Vassar Played The Fiddle

from by Markus Rill

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Vassar Played The Fiddle
(Markus Rill/George Bähr)

I was just a kid first time I heard a violin
the sound touched something deep within my soul
I swear it changed the entire world that I was living in
I knew then I had a goal

I was still a kid when I picked up the violin
I must admit it didn’t sound good right away
but I liked the wood and I liked the bow upon the strings
and I practiced every night and every day

I wanted to play like the king of hillbilly jazz
making sparks fly from an instrument so little
I wanted to play soft and slow and low
and high and hard and fast
cause that’s how Vassar played the fiddle

My sister married when I was 22
I had a fever but I played for her to dance
then I split early cause Vassar played 120 miles away
and I didn’t wanna miss that chance

Hopped in my junk heap and put the pedal to the floor
my fever rising but the gas was running low
and in a thunderstorm I ended by the side of the road
I never made that show

But I bet he played like the king of hillbilly jazz
made the angels smile and tap their feet a little
I bet he played soft and slow and low
and high and hard and fast
cause that’s how Vassar played the fiddle

I never got a second chance to see Vassar play
in August of 2005 Vassar Clements passed away
I’m still a kid when I hear a violin
the sound just touches something deep within my soul
I swear it changed the entire world that I’ve been living in
when I heard Vassar had to go

Tonight I play for the king of hillbilly jazz
now that the angels have him sitting in their middle
tonight I play soft and slow and low
and high and hard and fast
cause that’s how Vassar played the fiddle

credits

from Getting Into Trouble, released April 17, 2018
Markus – vocal, acoustic guitar
Dave Coleman – mandolin, acoustic baritone guitar, vocal
Sue Ferrers – fiddle
Didi Beck – upright bass
Leonardo von Papp – drums
Robert Oberbeck, Hannah Weidlich – vocal

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Markus Rill München, Germany

A unique sandstone voice and songs that’ll get under your skin. Markus Rill has a way of combining stripped-down storytelling with rough-edged roots’n’roll that’s utterly captivating

»Songs that are beautifully shimmering with ambiguity - brilliant lyrics« - Rolling Stone"

"Rill shows great depth as a songwriter, bandleader and producer" - No Depression/USA
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