Above and below me world without end Writer/s: GUY CLARK, EMMYLOU HARRIS.

When Pearson learns he is terminally ill with Hodgkin’s disease and is to be sent to the minor leagues, Wiggen rallies his teammates to keep the catcher among them and inspires Pearson to become a better player before his time runs out. The band from Circo de La Maravilla plays the song at Lupe's funeral. The song "The Streets of Laredo" appears on the albums Sings the Ballads of the True West and American IV by Johnny Cash. George Peppard appeared as Piney Woods, the country-boy ballplayer who sings the ballad from which the novel's title is derived. His trials on earth, forever were o'er. One is the story of the way a doomed man may spend his last best year on earth. Cash also recorded two other versions with different lyrics on his first Christmas album (1963), and then again as "The Walls of a Prison" on his From Sea to Shining Sea album in 1967. "Come sit down beside me and hear my sad story, ", "TMA's 25 Greatest Sports Movies of All Time", "Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: The 5 Best Sports Films (And What the Others Get Wrong)", "Vincent Gardenia's final role indulged actor's twin passions", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Bang_the_Drum_Slowly&oldid=980920805, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 29 September 2020, at 07:38. The version of the song that he sings contains the lyrics, "Oh beat the drum slowly and play the fife lowly, and play the dead march as you carry me along..."[7][8], Harris's narrator Henry "Author" Wiggen, a star pitcher, tells the story of a baseball season with the New York Mammoths, a fictional team based on the New York Giants, as noted in the author's book Diamond: The Baseball Writings of Mark Harris. The old-time cowboy Frank H. Maynard (1853–1926) of Colorado Springs, Colorado, claimed authorship of the revised Cowboy's Lament, and his story was widely reported in 1924 by the journalism professor Elmo Scott Watson, then on the faculty of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Bodleian Library, Oxford, has copies of a 19th-century broadside entitled "The Unfortunate Lad", which is a version of the British ballad. The novel is the second in a series of four novels written by Harris that chronicles the career of baseball player Henry W. Wiggen. [16][17], The novel was also adapted for the stage by Eric Simonson and had its professional premiere at the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston on March 11, 1994. Put bunches of roses all over my coffin, The song "Blackwatertown" by The Handsome Family is another updated version of this song, framing the narrator's downfall as the resultant of an affair with a young woman employed in the publishing industry.

Emmylou Harris – Bang The Drum Slowly. The Smothers Brothers performed a similar comedy version on their 1962 album The Two Sides of the Smothers Brothers.

[1], One of the first reviews about the novel appeared in The New York Times in April 1956, by book reviewer Charles Poore, who wrote that "Bang the Drum Slowly is the finest baseball novel that has appeared since we all began to compare baseball novels with the works of Ring Lardner, Douglass Wallop and Heywood Broun. This in turn is the phrase used in the song "Bang the Drum Slowly" on the album Red Dirt Girl by Emmylou Harris. For I'm a young cowboy and I know I've done wrong." I spied a young freshman, dejected and blue. Doc Watson's version, St. James Hospital, combines some of the "cowboy" lyrics with a tune resembling St. James Infirmary and lyrics drawn from that song, and contains the unmistakable "bang the drum slowly" verse. Up where heaven had no more secrets to conceal. Lines from the song also feature in the British found-footage horror film The Borderlands (2013 film).