Gypsies On Parade

Volume 5 - Number 5


A Tribute To "Pappy"

This issue of Gypsies On Parade is dedicated with love to the memory of Aden "Pappy" Viars. Pappy passed away October 4, 1990. He was the beloved father of Jackie Combs and and beloved "Daddy" to Mark and Frank Miller as he was the only father they had known. Pappy was not only grandfather to Mark and Frank, he also had 26 grandchildren and 38 great grandchildren. More than that he became an honorary grandfather, "Pappy", to everyone he met from the members of the band, the road crew, the office staff, and fans to the many "stars" he met through the years.

It was to difficult to try to put into words the love that family, friends, and fans had for him and the loss felt by all, so we thought this song written by Mark for Pappy and Mammy's (Mary Viars) 50th wedding anniversary would at least in a small way express our love for this man.


Once He Could Move Mountains

The lines of time get deeper, his hair is siver gray
But I remember his big strong hands and when his life was fun and games

Once he could move mountains, now he just moves slow
He'd just soon rock in his chair, but he once rock and rolled
No more tricks left up his sleeve, Grandma was his ace in the hole
Once he could move mountains, now he just moves slow

Lord don't he love grandma you can take that to the bank
And when he bows his head at night for her his God he thanks

He took on what life gave him Lord knows you don't pick and choose
There are plenty of men who have worn his hat but there ain't one who can fill his shoes

Once he could move mountains, now he just moves slow
He'd just soon rock in his chair, but he once rock and rolled
No more tricks left up his sleeve, Grandma was his ace in the hole
Once he could move mountains, now he just moves slow

written by Mark Miller --- Copyright 1987


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