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Mississippi Riverboat Queen was written and recorded 30 years ago in Rota, Spain on a Teac reel-to-reel tape deck. I don't remember what the occasion was or what inspired me to write it. It is one of many songs I wrote and recorded back then that I was recently able to capture off the old tapes.

Both my singing and guitar playing are on one track, so I wasn't able to do much to clean it up. Nevertheless, I hope you enjoy it.
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Mississippi Riverboat Queen

The water’s still runnin’, and the bees are still buzzin’,
But the grandeur of the river is a dream.
For the riverboat is gone now, her lights are all shut down now,
She’s no longer to be seen.

Gone are the gay nights, and all of the bright lights,
And all the splendor of life’s cream.
Now as I sit and think of her, my eyes mist up and tear for her,
My Mississippi riverboat queen.

Time to stop dreamin’, of riverboat steamin’,
And get back to life, here and now.
But I’ll never forget her, she’ll be in my thoughts forever,
My Mississippi riverboat queen.
My Mississippi riverboat queen.


© 1976 Richard H. Wolters
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Hits: 9588
Comments: 28
Fans: 11
Plays: 408
Downloads: 139

Uploaded: Nov 14, 2006 - 09:51:09 AM
Last Updated: Nov 14, 2006 - 09:51:09 AM Last Played: May 22, 2019 - 05:35:01 PM
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Hardware:
Martin D28 acoustical guitar
Teac reel-to-reel tape deck
Mac PowerPC G4
Software:
Garageband
Comments
drakonis said 4605 days ago (November 14th, 2006)
great find!
Thanks for digging this tape up! Very nostalgic pretty song, and great guitar picking and singing. When I was 16, I took a trip up the Mississippi on the "Mississippi Queen" paddleboat's older smaller cousin, the "Delta Queen" (http://www.cruisemates.com/articles/reviews/deltaqueen/delta.cfm)... and it was wonderful... this song captures some of the slow pace and longing for time's gone by. THank you for sharing this!
ttfn,
Drakonis
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RickW said 4604 days ago (November 14th, 2006)
Re: great find!
You're welcome Drak! Glad you liked the song. I tried to find a decent picture of the Mississippi Queen, but the best I could find was the American Queen, pictured above. All three are close sisters though.

God bless,

Rick

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thetruffulaseeds said 4605 days ago (November 14th, 2006)
finally!
now here is a song I really enjoyed....talented on both guitar and vocals.
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RickW said 4604 days ago (November 14th, 2006)
Re: finally!
Thanks! I'm glad you liked it.

God bless,

Rick

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FEEL said 4605 days ago (November 14th, 2006)
Very Nice
Seems that tape fits in time very well. Thanks for digging and sharing.
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RickW said 4604 days ago (November 14th, 2006)
Re: Very Nice
You're welcome John. Thanks for listening.

God bless,

Rick

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Roxylee said 4605 days ago (November 14th, 2006)
Nostalgic...
for the peaceful, gentle days on the old rever bank. (not that I've ever seen the Mississippi) but the song captured the feelings well. :-)
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RickW said 4604 days ago (November 14th, 2006)
Re: Nostalgic
Thanks Roxy. I've been to the Mississippi, but never on a riverboat. Guess the feeling was imagination. :-)

God bless,

Rick

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MidiOrleans said 4605 days ago (November 14th, 2006)
ClassicSound
Good goin' Rick!
Classic sound.
I worked on the Mississippi Queen for 2 weeks
playin' old jazz some time ago. It was a trip.
Thanks for posting this nice piece.
scotty
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RickW said 4604 days ago (November 14th, 2006)
Re: ClassicSound
You're welcome Scotty. Thank you for the compliment. I'm glad you enjoyed this historical piece, as I've enjoyed many of yours. I bet workin' the ole Mississipp was a lot of fun. Was it around the time I wrote this?

God bless,

Rick

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Feter said 4604 days ago (November 15th, 2006)
Folkie
what a precious sound Ricky ..you just
letting me back to all my fav heros PP&M
and many more .. so honest this song is
and very wonderfull .wow ..what a classic !
thank you for sharing this ...!!
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RickW said 4604 days ago (November 15th, 2006)
Re: Folkie
Thanks Feter, and you are welcome for the trip down memory lane. You should have seen me when I got my hands on a reel-to-reel tape deck and played that tape for the first time in 30 years. The flood of memories was almost overpowering.

God bless,

Rick
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Scott Carmichael said 4599 days ago (November 20th, 2006)
Hey Rick
Once a year, I go to Indiana and camp with several great bluegrass players.. and they know every song... and we play all night around a campfire, all through the week... so I've developed an ear for what is genuine and classic... and I can hear this being performed there... these guys only pull out the ones that stand the test of time

great song
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RickW said 4599 days ago (November 20th, 2006)
Hey Scott
What a very cool compliment! Made me smile big time. :-) This is one that was a lot of fun to write and perform. Here it is 30 years later and I still love it. :-)

Thanks again and God bless,

Rick

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Bowman said 4599 days ago (November 20th, 2006)
What a wonderful treat
- to hear this side of your talents Rick. Loved the rolling rhythms of you guitar and your very appealing vocals. A great song. Thanks so much for posting it.
All the Best,
-Bowman

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RickW said 4598 days ago (November 20th, 2006)
Hi Charlie!
Thanks for the nice words. Glad you liked it. Wish I could play and sing like that now! :-) But, alas, the aging process has taken its toll.


God bless,

Rick
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eanbardsley said 4592 days ago (November 27th, 2006)
Very Nice
I loved this piece, you know there is such a Spanish folk sound to the guitar, it reminds of some of the classical major key Spanish works and the Alegrias of flamenco. Well done, great finger picking and great job singing.

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RickW said 4592 days ago (November 27th, 2006)
Hey Ian!
I am honored that you stopped by to have a listen, and I'm very pleased that you enjoyed it. I have other folk songs that I wrote and recorded with the Martin 30 years ago that I'll be posting now and then.

I'll be looking for more of your fantastic work, while I work on new material.

Thanks again and God bless,

Rick

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stevewhit said 4550 days ago (January 7th, 2007)
Hi Rick
Your voice has a real warmth about it.
I like the guitar work too.
Thanks

Steve

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RickW said 4550 days ago (January 8th, 2007)
Hi Steve!
Thank you for the kind words. Thanks for stopping by to listen. :-)

God bless,

Rick

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composerclark said 4522 days ago (February 4th, 2007)
Wonderful!
Nothing new to add, but I'll repeat that you have a beautiful, expressive voice, and with a voice like that, a gentle, simple guitar accompaniment is all you need to create wonderful music.
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RickW said 4514 days ago (February 13th, 2007)
Re: Wonderful!
Thank you Clark! I must remind you though, the voice you hear in this track is from 30-some years ago. It ain't the same now... :-))


God bless,

Rick

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Joe Brady said 4499 days ago (February 28th, 2007)
Hey Rick,
gotta love that Martin! I played for years with a fella who played one and it sounded very similar. When the song first started I was reminded of Billy Joe Shaver by your vocal style; that's a style I've always admired. For one track it sure sounds sweet. I identified well with the line "get back to life, here and now". Easy to wrap one's self up in nostalgia, more challenging to make the here and now pleaseant too. Thanks for making my here and now more pleaseant with this track.

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RickW said 4498 days ago (March 1st, 2007)
Hi Joe,
I always did love my Martin. :-) I don't know who Billy Joe Shaver is, but thank you for the compliment. Yes, looking back can be nostalgic, warm and fuzzy, but very dangerous too, if you stay there. Therefore, we need to strive to focus on where our feet are planted and where they are headed.

I'm thrilled that you liked this piece! :-)

God bless,

Rick
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DOCTORBIZARRE said 4360 days ago (July 16th, 2007)
GREAT SONG
I loved it!
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RickW said 4356 days ago (July 21st, 2007)
Re: GREAT SONG
Glad you liked it. Thanks for stopping by.

God bless,

Rick

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Name: Rick Wolters
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I am a widower living in Lynchburg, Virginia with my dog Blackie and cat Tiger. Forty years ago I played guitar and wrote ballads for my family, but the pressures of raising a family and working for a living left little time for that, so I stopped. ... [see more]

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