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The Waltons

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

The Waltons,1973-80, with several follow up movies.
Based on the book ‘Spencer’s Mountain’ written by Earl Hammer, Jr., and a movie (72) based on the book. The tv show was placed on a fictional Walton’s Mountain, in fictitious Jefferson County, Virginia. The time setting for the show was the Great Depression and WWII.
John-boy was the central character and oldest of the 7 children. He became a novelist and journalist. John-boy was based on Earl Hammer, Jr. The opening and closing voice over was done by Mr. Hammer.
The extended family consisted of the 7 siblings, their parents John and Olivia, and grandparents ‘Zeb’ and Esther Walton. I never could get the kids straight. Deep breath ... Jason, Mary-Ellen, Erin, Ben, Jim-Bob, Elizabeth (plus 2 infants that died in birth). At the end of each episode, there was a shot of the darkened house, with several voices calling out “good night” and a name. Before I retired, when staff evening staff were leaving, left the ER, when someone started calling out “good night” to the off going shift, someone would call out “good night, John-boy!”



No lyrics to the opening theme, but it’s a nice video.

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watch?v=qpmRcP8S7Bo



Old Virginia, America



Hey, honey, won't you sit down
And stop here for a spell
Singin' the sweet old lullabies
To forget about your health
Don't think about tomorrow
It's a whole night's sleep away
Sure would be pleased to have you stay



And it's reach out old Virginia
Won't you rock him close to you
The poor boy's had a hotel so long
He don't know what to do
It's time to come on home
And put your feet up for a while
So much travlin' 'round tends to take away your smile



'Pears to me it's all a body can do to stay in tune
And you've been strainin' at those strings
From mornin' till noon
So come on down and hang around
It'll put you right real soon
'Cause nothing's changed
It's all the same



Reach out old Virginia
Won't you rock him close to you
The poor boy's had a hotel so long
He don't know what to do
It's time to come on home
And put your feet up for a while
So much travlin' 'round can take away your smile



Reach out old Virginia
Won't you rock him close to you
The poor boy's had a hotel so long
He don't know what to do
It's time to come on home
And put your feet up for a while
So much travlin' 'round can take away your smile



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