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“Kingston Springs Suite” Generates Newfound Interest!

vincentEditor’s Note: Little did I know when I published the 3 “Goodbye Kingston Springs” stories, that it would lead to new friends, a new appreciation for the reasons why I fell in love with this area so many years ago, and new opportunities to bring the past back so that we can all get a sense of what it was like here, and what some of the people were like, (many of them still right here!).

Vince Matthews’ friend, co-writer and neighbor was Jim Casey.  Jim Casey called me last week from Nebraska to talk to me about his years with Matthews and the others who came and went through “the Springs” during those years. We haven’t heard the last of this lovely story.

Casey is working with a Nashville producer and others to put the “Suite” together and get it out where everyone else can hear it, and know about it. I put them in touch with several of the residents who have reached out to me, and now the story is taking on a life of it’s own.

Casey also sent me a song written by he and Matthews called “500 Houses”, lamenting the arrival of the first big wave of homes and homeowners into the quiet town of approximately 300 at the time. Of course, some of those folks were me, and you. Jim was happy to hear that most of us are still pretty nice, very cool and love our little town, (I had to admit that a few stinkers came in too, but we couldn’t control that!). He calls Kingston Springs in the 70’s, “a magical place and a magical journey”.

He also sent me a story that he wrote about his reminiscences from back then.  This week we’ll start with the song, which is part of “Kingston Springs Suite”.

He explains some of the references in the song:

“The “Hey Jim” was directed at Jim Burroughs .. across the street from Vince’s and my house. Hollering from the front porch!

Of course..”Hey, Nana, Nana…” was Nana Oakley, from Oakley’s Grocery who owned the small house Vince lived in.

‘Wild Bill Emerson’, one of our lead guitarists who was from Bull Mt., Alabama…a real country boy.”

Next week, more of Jim’s story.

Enjoy!

 

500 HOUSES

By Vince Matthews and Jim Casey

Hey Jim, have you heard the news?

500 houses are comin’ through,

Hey Nana, Nana, will we have to move

500 houses are a lotta new folks in town..

 

They’re tearin’ down trees

And damming the springs,

Gonna build a golf course and everything

500 houses full of kids and dogs

A lotta water from the well

A lotta wood for the fireplace logs……

 

Thirty-one thousand to thirty-nine nine

Half a million miles of telephone lines

Twenty-two miles of paved city streets

Cover up the ground

where the green grass used to be…..

 

Where Mr. Newsom used to plant and plow

There’s a brand new supermarket coming up now,

Where Wild Bill Emerson hunted and fished

Got thirty-five miles

Of free flowing drainage ditch….

 

Thirty-one thousand to thirty-nine nine

Half a million miles of telephone lines

Twenty-two miles of paved city streets

Cover up the ground

where the green grass used to be…..

 

Five Hundred Houses are coming through

Count ‘em, one hundred and one, one hundred and two…….

 

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