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Post by aradlaw » March 14th, 2020, 7:24 pm

The Last of the Hackdrivers by Damon Runyon (1880 - 1946).

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Alfred Damon Runyon was an American newspaperman and short-story writer. He was best known for his short stories celebrating the world of Broadway in New York City that grew out of the Prohibition era. Runyon's fictional world is also known to the general public through the musical Guys and Dolls based on a few of his stories. ( Wikipedia)
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The Last of the Hackdrivers by Damon Runyon, read for LibriVox.org by [your name].
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A STORY OF THE CITY

YOU all recall ''Seattle," and his team of balky grays
Who stood at Kelcey's corner for a score of years or more;
His hack a welcome haven in your salad, ballad days
When you steered, a trifle tempest tossed, against his friendly shore.
You must recall "Seattle," and the creak and squeak and rattle
Of his deep sea-going carriage as it churned along the street ;
In rain or shine he waited for the patrons he had slated —
And now, they say, "Seattle's "dead ; time surely passes fleet!

You must recall " Seattle," and his horses, Tom and Joe;
His beaming, liquored countenance, and somewhat husky bass —
For twenty years of night he stood and watched us come and go
And lent a helping hand to us with all his courtly grace.
He drove you to your courting, to your wedding and disporting,
He stood, a beacon of relief, from nightfall until dawn.
When anyone was buried, in his good old hack he ferried
The mourners to the graveyard where he himself has gone.

Aye, we all recall "Seattle," and his team of sulky grays,
A taxicab is at his stand, and he has passed along.
But we seem to hear — an echo of the ballad, salad days —
His husky voice uplifted in an oldtime dance hall song.
So we'll weep for old "Seattle," and we'll miss the creak and rattle
Of the iron-heeled wheels that sang to us in creeping down the road;
And in that place hereafter, we will greet that kindly grafter
With a pleasant, "How, Seattle," and a "Have you got a load? "


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Post by KevinS » March 15th, 2020, 7:20 am

Not feeling well. I'll get back to work as soon as possible. My LibriVox: https://librivox.org/sections/readers/13278

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Post by aradlaw » March 15th, 2020, 10:01 am

Thank you Kevin, there are a few items you may wish to correct..
@ 0:57 is read "He drove you to courting," text reads "He drove you to your courting,"
@ 1:06 is read "..in his quick old hack he ferried.." text reads "..in his good old hack he ferried.."
@ 1:31 is read "..and we'll miss the creak and the rattle.." text - ..and we'll miss the creak and rattle.."
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Post by KevinS » March 15th, 2020, 10:22 am

aradlaw wrote:
March 15th, 2020, 10:01 am
Thank you Kevin, there are a few items you may wish to correct..
@ 0:57 is read "He drove you to courting," text reads "He drove you to your courting,"
@ 1:06 is read "..in his quick old hack he ferried.." text reads "..in his good old hack he ferried.."
@ 1:31 is read "..and we'll miss the creak and the rattle.." text - ..and we'll miss the creak and rattle.."
It seems I was re-writing Mr. Runyan's verse! I will make corrections.
Not feeling well. I'll get back to work as soon as possible. My LibriVox: https://librivox.org/sections/readers/13278

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Post by Horner94 » March 15th, 2020, 11:48 am

Hello!
Here is my attempt ready for PL'ing: https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/hackdrivers_runyon_cjph_128kb.mp3
Time: 01:59

Best regards,
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Post by Blightyear55 » March 15th, 2020, 11:54 am

Good afternoon!

Here is my submission for this poem. I had never read it before and enjoyed it. Thanks for your consideration. Recording length is 2:16.

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/hackdrivers_runyon_hlb_128kb.mp3
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Post by hayduo » March 15th, 2020, 12:59 pm

Hello, this is my first recording on LV!

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/hackdrivers_runyon_hi_128kb.mp3 (2:09)

Greetings from Peru!
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Post by aradlaw » March 15th, 2020, 6:39 pm

Thank you Chad, Harmon, Hernán and Graham. :thumbs:
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Post by silverquill » March 15th, 2020, 8:45 pm

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Post by aradlaw » March 16th, 2020, 7:41 am

Thank you Larry. :thumbs:
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Post by ruthema » March 16th, 2020, 4:27 pm

Hello! This is also my first recording on LibriVox, and I'm excited to join.


https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/hackdrivers_runyon_mr_128kb.mp3

Time: 1:40

Thank you,
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Post by aradlaw » March 17th, 2020, 8:19 am

Thank you Bruce. :thumbs:
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Post by aradlaw » March 17th, 2020, 8:28 am

Welcome to LibriVox Madison. :D Good first reading, however, there are a few technical issues to correct.
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