Martin Gilmore and Courtney Hartman - A Song So Sad

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My friend Courtney Hartman was in town and I love playing music with her. We have known each other since we were kids. I wrote this song just to recoird with her. It matches the vibe of some of my favorite music we have played together. She has a beautiful Bourgeois guitar, and plays it really well. Look for more information about her at and listen for her band Della Mae on Rounder records.




A Song so Sad
By: Martin Gilmore (Timtomtodd Music, ASCAP) 2012

His father had given him his guitar
His mother had taught him how to sing
He would sit by the river as an old man
Singing of young love blooming in the spring
Singing of a girl that he once loved so dearly
To early she was taken away
And the song he sang was so sorrowful with pain
That even the hardest heart would break

And he watched that Ohio River roll
As he sat there on the shore
And sang a song so sad, for the love he’d had
That he longed to see once more

He sang a song about the dream of a journey
She had heard him singing in the night
Across a broad and flowing river
So he went to be by her side
He found her deep out in the forest
Told her to follow as he led on
And he walked to the clearing at the river side
And when he turned she was gone

You can sometimes hear him singing in the distance
When the leaves don’t rustle in the breeze
Sitting there at the wood-side
At the place he lost his love in the dream


from Martin Gilmore and Friends, released November 1, 2012
Martin Gilmore: Lead Vocals and Guitar
Courtney Hartman: Harmony Vocals and Guitar



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