Ages and Ages Ago


Last week I had the old Gene Autry song “Ages and Ages Ago” on my mind. I’m not sure if it was because 2020 seems to be speeding by quicker than any year I can remember or because Pap and Paul’s version of the song has divine harmony—the kind that should be saved for sweet old people and precious babes.

The song was written by Gene Autry, Fred Rose, and Ray Whitley.

Autry released the song in April of 1947. Over the years several other folks recorded the song including Conway Twitty and The Country Gentlemen. I know I’m totally prejudiced, but I don’t think any of the versions touch Pap and Paul’s.

I hope you enjoyed that lovely two part harmony as much as I do. My nephew Ben’s guitar playing ain’t bad either.

If you’d like to purchase some of Pap and Paul’s music check out the cds below: “Lamp Lighting Time,” and “Shepherd of my Soul.”


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  • Reply
    Marilyn Reed
    January 22, 2021 at 10:12 am

    Oh my! That was wonderful!

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    Patricia Small
    September 6, 2020 at 2:22 pm

    Love this one!

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    Ken Roper
    September 6, 2020 at 1:55 pm

    and Paul,
    I like the “old songs” better than most of the new ones. Like the ones sung by a girl or woman ” Jesus, take the Wheel “. It’s not coming to me who sings it right now, but I’ll think of her name by the time I finish this Comment.

    There was a Big Sign by the side of the road, where we used to live, I can’t remember what it was Advertising, but Mama taught Me and Harold to sing “The Sign by the Side of the Road” when we were little things. “I Have but One Goal” was our Signature Song. Harold would talk the song and I would put the Flavor to it. That helped Me, cause I couldn’t remember the words to most songs, and Harold would join me on the Chorus. Anyway, he was a couple years older than me. …Ken

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      Brenda Moore
      October 9, 2020 at 1:25 pm

      Nice. VERY nice!

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    Miss Cindy
    September 6, 2020 at 12:39 pm

    Tell you the truth, Tip, it makes me want to cry. It’s beautiful and I miss Pap and his sweet voice and calm demeanor.

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    September 6, 2020 at 11:47 am

    The music made me miss something that no longer is there! I loved the simple life of yesteryear. So much memory is tied with the beautiful winding Pinnacle Creek and playing cowboys and injuns with young family members. Toward the evening we would go in to listen to Roy Rogers and Gene Autrey on my Grandpa’s battery radio. I loved the soft flowing songs they sang. Can’t forget Trigger and Champion.
    Grandpa had a horse and a mule, and we never were allowed to ride. They were for plowing. That did not stop us from pretending they were there just waiting for us to make our getaway. We would run through the pastures hiding in what I think were fodder shocks, and turning fallen trees
    into hideouts
    One dear Uncle my age is lying in a hospital off in a flat state following a stroke. I talk daily to his son about his Dad who once played Roy Rogers in the fields at Pinnacle. My hero was always Gene Autrey. His Dad had never shared those magic years with him. Uncle Larry was too busy leaving the mountains so he could earn a good living. But, you better believe he has his plot already picked out back in his beloved mountains he was forced to leave. I know he would remember the song Pap and Paul just played, because childhood was so intertwined with those singing cowboys.

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    September 6, 2020 at 11:23 am

    Lovely! – How wonderful to have a family that makes music together!

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    Ann Applegarth
    September 6, 2020 at 10:32 am

    Sweet! And Ben adds a lot!

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    Craig Daingerfield
    September 6, 2020 at 9:35 am

    …the beautiful music that will always anchor my soul to the Blue Ridge.

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    Ed Ammons
    September 6, 2020 at 9:31 am

    There is nothing wrong with being totally prejudiced if you are totally right! You are totally right!

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    September 6, 2020 at 9:21 am

    Tipper, I enjoy listening to this music. My daddy played the guitar and my father in law and my wife’s sister would play guitars and sing together. He also had a band that played a lot in church and nursing homes. They would be asked to sing at funerals, she begin to sing with her daddy when 3 years old. All of these have passed on. As for myself, I can not played a radio without getting static.

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