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​Daddy Played The Banjo

This song is by Steve Martin and Steep Canyon Rangers, features Edie Brickell and appears on the album Live (2014).

Daddy played the banjo beneath a yellow tree
It rang across the backyard an old time melody
And I loved to hear the music but I was only five
And I listened as his fingers made the banjo come alive

Sometimes I wake up at night and hear a distant tune
And the music would echo around my childhood room
And I sneaked down the back stairs, Daddy never knew
And I grabbed a broom and made believe that I was pickin' too

One day Daddy placed my fingers down upon the strings
And he picked it with his other hand, he made the banjo ring
Now the music takes me back to across a yellowed age
To the summers with my Dad and the tunes he played

I'm just telling lies about the things I did
'Cause I'm the banjo player who never had a kid
Now I sit beneath a yellow tree
Hoping that there's a kid somewhere listening to me

Daddy played the banjo beneath a yellow tree
It rang across the backyard and wove a spell on me
Now the banjo takes me back through the foggy haze
Where memory of what never was became the good old days

Written by:

Steve Martin and Gary Scruggs