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Leader Of The Band

Lyrics

An only child alone and wild, a cabinet maker's son 
His hands were meant for different work 
And his heart was known to none
He left his home and went his lone and solitary way
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An only child alone and wild, a cabinet maker's son 
His hands were meant for different work 
And his heart was known to none
He left his home and went his lone and solitary way
full lyrics

Features of This Track

mellow rock instrumentation
folk influences
heavy use of vocal harmonies
acoustic sonority
paired vocal harmony
a busy horn section
melodic horn lines
major key tonality
thru composed melodic style
a good dose of acoustic guitar pickin'
acoustic rhythm guitars

These are just a few of the hundreds of attributes cataloged for this track by the Music Genome Project.

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gclemens768
Regmo9, I'm quite sure you are as well.
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One of the most beautiful tribute songs ever written or performed.
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parkercolora d o
cindy it's about his biological father not the heavenly father
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This was one of those singers whose death really saddened me. He had such a great style and wrote beautiful songs. I'm glad I got to see him in concert one time.
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cindy21484
This was the first time reading the lyrics. It sounds like it's about Jesus on his travels, meeting this man, giving the gift of the holy spirit...
Worth looking into more..
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Most tender tribute to his Dad....Dan is surely missed.....
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Peggy is my aunt
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wingsofthedr a g o n s
One of the more beautiful songs.
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Could listen to this all day
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R. I. P. Gone too soon this is a classic like a few of his other songs
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His father was a band leader saw him in concert great good story
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Love this song. Brings back memories of my singing .
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nancytontan
My Dad has been gone two years ago, now. His gentle way of sculpting young men into fathers and gentlemen will last forever as long as we take the time for our own children. His greatest gift was his love and kind (but firm) steady guidance.
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I miss you pop
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A truly touching song. Always end up misty eyed when this song plays
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Also reminds me of an amazing Middle School band leader I know who my kids had. Great, inspirationa l guy who also tried to be a soldier once (former marine) and who now spends his time sculpting souls - the kids love him. Think of him every time I hear this.
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Makes me cry every time. Every. Time.
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This song has milked 10000 tears out of me. I am a living legacy of God's plan.
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Thanks for the moment, Dan. RIP to you as well.
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Miss u pop:-(
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miacale
also....I wish I could 'like' or 'thumbs' up all of the comments below mine here.....tis s u e , please....
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This music is a gift that I treasure. I still have my Dad around, my wife lost her Dad when she was 12. She still greives and cries. When I hear this song and I am alone, I cry too.
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familyparker
Played this song at my dad's funeral 13 years ago... Seems like yesterday . Beautiful song...
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imgigglegirl
This song makes me miss my dad. I'm glad I had a great connection with him before God took him home.
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Very nice song I never appreciate the meaning of this song till now, love it
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No kids and gone too soon. Miss you Dan. I wish more kids my age listened to music like this. My dad has always listened to Dan and I can remember sitting on the porch in the sun on summer nights while my dad sang an played in the background. Oh I wish those days were back.
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Dan Fogelberg was an incredible songwriter, musician, singer and talent. He was taken from us much too early.
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Wow what a moving, poignant, and beautiful song. Lucky to still have my father in great shape. Blessings to you welchX5. My job helps folks with alz. and their families make the best transition they can. Moving and sad. Share the good memories and keep your parents alive.
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Such a moving song
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scorrigan77
welchx5 - for those of us whose dad's inspired this kind of love, we're really blessed.
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beeeeutifull l . . .
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Sorry about your dad welch. There are no words.
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I love this song
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Great Song...I'm calling my Dad right now...
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I am a cabinet makers son who is distaught at the slow loss of a great man,our father, who suffers from dementia/alz h e i m e r s . This song meant much to me growing up, but takes on special meaning as time steals his mind, memories, sense of humor, and mental agility. Pop can no longer finish the new york times crossword as was his daily custom as far back as I can remember. I do tell him I love him everytime I see him. He smiles...I guess that's enough for me. vangoghmcmlx v i @ a o l . c o m
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t_heath

A lot of us look up to our fathers the same way....
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what a beautiful dedication to his father, and what a gift to the world for sharing it with us!
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This song is an absolutely true story about Dan's love for his Father. His Father was a real Leader of the Band,
in Peoria, or Champagne, Illinois. His father was the son of a cabinet maker. Look up Dan on the Internet. His beautiful soul left this world when he was only fifty-six. He died from Prostate Cancer. A huge loss to those of us that knew and loved him. love, Sara and Sammy Harrington
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I believe Dan Fogelberg has given the whole world 'a debt we can never repay'. He re-paid the 'debt he could never re-pay' by sharing his music with us. love, Sara and Sammy Harrington
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Yes, it looks like this song is autobiograph i c a l . It is beautiful.
http://en.wi k i p e d i a . o r g / w i k i / D a n _ F o g e l b e r g
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kellied
Does anyone know much about this song? Is it autobiograph i c a l for him, a dedication to his own father?
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mikeandsherr y r o b e r t s
Say it while you can.
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I agree completely with stonecutter9 0 2 - well said...
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If this song doesn't stop you dead in your tracks, I'm not convinced you are human. I saw Dan in concert in the early 90's. A rather chatty guy, his intro to this song was very simple and short. "If I could have only written one song, it would be this one". Thank you, Dan.
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bphumm
Beautiful tribute to all beloved fathers. Our father left this world in 1994.
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I have always loved this song but it recently has taken a much deeper place in my heart as My Father a strong and wonderful man has been stricken with mesotheleoma and now that time is fleeting this song stirs memories of all the stupid and wonderful things my leader of the band had graced all of his children,gra n d children and great grand children with. @)---/---
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Definitely. I have the piano sheet music for this, it's definitely meant to be played on a guitar though. ^^;
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... then just go away... its a classic
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boring

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