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Mick Lowe 23 Dec 98 - 09:45 PM
Joe Offer 24 Dec 98 - 02:02 PM
Joe Offer 24 Dec 98 - 04:01 PM
Mick Lowe 24 Dec 98 - 04:30 PM
lesblank 25 Dec 98 - 04:26 PM
Roger in Baltimore 26 Dec 98 - 08:50 AM
catspaw49 26 Dec 98 - 10:58 AM
lesblank 26 Dec 98 - 11:44 AM
Joe Offer 26 Dec 98 - 03:45 PM
Mick Lowe 27 Dec 98 - 08:26 PM
The Shambles 04 Mar 01 - 05:42 PM
Joe Offer 04 Mar 01 - 10:51 PM
GUEST 14 Apr 12 - 06:39 PM
dick greenhaus 14 Apr 12 - 09:22 PM
Nick 15 Apr 12 - 02:25 PM
alanabit 15 Apr 12 - 02:58 PM
MtheGM 15 Apr 12 - 03:24 PM
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Subject: Chords for Miss Otis..AND
From: Mick Lowe
Date: 23 Dec 98 - 09:45 PM

Hi gang,
Can anyone help with the guitar chords for Miss Otis Regrets
AND
A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL.. many thanks to those of you mudcatters that have provided me with lyrics (a special mention to &Brack), chords and and immense entertainment (see the thread about what guitar you play for more info).. over the past year.
It just goes to support my theory that the mudcat is one of the if not THE best sites on the web (apart from my own that is)... Let's hope it just keeps getting better.
All the best
Mick


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Subject: RE: Chords for Miss Otis..AND
From: Joe Offer
Date: 24 Dec 98 - 02:02 PM

I'm not much of a guitarist, Brack&, but my Warner Fakebook gives these chords:
Eb / Bb7 / Eb/G Eb7 / Ab6 Fm /
Eb / Eb6 / Bb / Bb7 /
Eb Bb7 / Eb7 / Ab / - Ab6 / Eb6/G Eb7 /
Ab6 Fm / Eb/Bb / F9/Bb Bb7 / Eb

-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Chords for Miss Otis..AND
From: Joe Offer
Date: 24 Dec 98 - 04:01 PM

Miss Otis Regrets (she's unable to lunch today)
Words and Music by Cole Porter
© 1934, Warner Brothers, Inc. (renewed)


Miss Otis regrets, she's unable to lunch today, madam,
Miss Otis regrets, she's unable to lunch today.
She is sorry to be delayed,
but last evening down in Lover's Lane she strayed, madam,
Miss Otis regrets, she's unable to lunch today.

When she woke up and found that her dream of love was gone, madam,
She ran to the man who had led her so far astray,
And from under her velvet gown,
She drew a gun and shot her love down, madam,
Miss Otis regrets, she's unable to lunch today.

When the mob came and got her and dragged from her the jail, madam,
They strung her upon the old willow across the way,
And the moment before she died,
She lifted up her lovely head and cried, madam......
Miss Otis regrets, she's unable to lunch today.
Miss Otis regrets, she's unable to lunch today


Miss OEb-tis re-grets, she's un-aBb7-ble to lunch to-dayEb Eb7, maAb6-dam, Fm
Miss OEb-tis re-grets, she's un-aEb/G-ble to lunch to-day. Bb Bb7
She is sorEb-ry to be deBb-layed, Bb7
but last eveAb-ning down in Lov-er's LaneAb6 she strayed, Eb/G Eb7 ma-dam,Ab6 Fm
Miss OEb/Bb-tis re-grets, she's un-aF9 Bb-ble to lunchBb7 to-day. Eb


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Subject: RE: Chords for Miss Otis..AND
From: Mick Lowe
Date: 24 Dec 98 - 04:30 PM

Many thanks Joe
I'll give them a try
Mick


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Subject: RE: Chords for Miss Otis..AND
From: lesblank
Date: 25 Dec 98 - 04:26 PM

Golly Joe ! What have you got against guitar playing mankind ?? I, admittedly not a Tony Rice or Dan Creary, would need one extra hand with six fingers to play more than once annually in E - flat. Now, you have cast down the gauntlet !!

Les


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Subject: RE: Chords for Miss Otis..AND
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 26 Dec 98 - 08:50 AM

lesblank,

'Tis a jazz song (on this folk music site, fie on thee Joe O.). So you get jazz chords. Them there jazz players make up all these fancy chords in barre formations so they just slide 'em up and down the neck any ol' wheres they wants. Drives us authentic folk guitarists crazy.

But, if you like the song, Lesblank, you can capo on the first fret and play in D. I hereby translate from Eb to D. Eb=D / Bb7=A7 / Eb=D/G=F# Eb7=D7 / Ab6=G6 Fm=Em / Eb=D / Eb6=D6 / Bb=A / Bb7=A7 / Eb=D Bb7=A7 / Eb7=D7 / Ab=G / - Ab6=G6 / Eb6=D6/G=F# Eb7=D7 / Ab6=G6 Fm=Em / Eb=D/Bb=A / F9=E9/Bb=A Bb7=A7 / Eb=D

Of course, no one in their right mind knows "6ths" and "9ths". Sometimes you can just play the major and ignore 'em. What they're tryin' to do is follow the melody notes within the chord. So, you could do the same, playin' single notes instead of them there full chords. Us folk guitarists know you can play one note at a time if your want to.

Good luck with the song!!

Roger in Baltimore


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Subject: RE: Chords for Miss Otis..AND
From: catspaw49
Date: 26 Dec 98 - 10:58 AM

Roger--From one folk picker to another, you speak the TRUTH! I had a wonderful music education throughout my chidhood and teen years; knew all about 6ths and 9ths and chord structures. Then I got my first guitar. All that great classical training went out the window when it came to guitar. Coming of age in the 60's, all I knew was that I wanted to sound like many folk types I'd just discovered and to sing songs that "hit home." 35 years later, for all I know, there might be not only be a Gm9, but also an H7 or a Jsusp4. There were quite a few above average players at Berea and I remember one guy who would be working out a tune and picking pattern and sometimes stop and stare at the neck of his box and say, "Well, it's on there somewhere." Struck me as the truth then and I still play that way today. It's a very personal instrument and part of the folk tradition is to embellish and change to fit your style. My wife's biggest obstacle in playing is to lose the structure she has in so many other aspects of her life. She asks,"How do you do that exactly?" and I can only say, "Well, you just sorta' er,uh ... well kinda'...uh,see,uh..." I think YOU know what I mean. See you later, CATSPAW49


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Subject: RE: Chords for Miss Otis..AND
From: lesblank
Date: 26 Dec 98 - 11:44 AM

A CAPO !! Heaven forbid !!! Seriously, thanks for the replies. My real purpose was to poke Joe a little; since he didn't reply, I guess it was all for naught -- Maybe. I've never actually heard the song; have seen it in a couple fake books owned by my colleagues, but never felt an overwhelming desire to play it -- hence my apathy.

BUT you can rest assured I will attempt it for my family audience which numbers five (now): wife dog and three fish. And I will utilize a brace -- for almost forty years one has been permanently attached to my Guild F-20's neck.

Have a Happy New Year All

Les


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Subject: RE: Chords for Miss Otis Regrets
From: Joe Offer
Date: 26 Dec 98 - 03:45 PM

Sorry, Les - I took the day off on Christmas. Didn't see your message until noon on the 26th. See? I told you - I am not a Mudcat addict.
I've been a beginner guitarist for some ten years now, and I still refuse to play in front of anybody. I know darn well those chords are impossible, but I don't know music well enough to give you better chords.
I really love the song, folk or not. I suppose my favorite recording is the one done by Ella Fitzgerald - she makes it sound so elegant, which makes the irony of the song come through.
They may not be folk, but I think the songs of the "great" American songwriters are great material for any folk musician. The songs have certainly become part of American tradition. They've been sung over and over, by so many different musicians in so many different ways. Some may scoff, but I credit Willie Nelson with introducing me to these wonderful songs. My dad sang 'em to me first, but Willie was much more credible to me at the time.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Chords for Miss Otis..AND
From: Mick Lowe
Date: 27 Dec 98 - 08:26 PM

Being on the other side of the pond to most of you I confess to the only renditioin I have heard is by Kirsty MacColl (and it is brilliant you need to hear it..) though a friend of mine (who suggested we did it in the first place), has heard it done by Lonnie Donnegan (Don't say "WHO"..) in a skiffle fashion...
And Joe many thanks.. whilst at my parents for Christmas I mentioned the song and would you belive it.. yep they had the sheet music for it and you were bang on...
Finally any of you who haven't heard it.. do yourself a favour for the New Year and get a copy.. Failing that at least take a listen to one of the following.. Saw Doctors/The Corrs/Sally Gardens/Snowy Breasted Pearl/Big Country/Green Glens of Antrim/Alisha's Attic/ Anygoddamnthingyoulike..
All the best and a Happy New Year
Mick


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Subject: RE: Chords for Miss Otis..AND
From: The Shambles
Date: 04 Mar 01 - 05:42 PM

In another thread this song was dicribed as a parody of the murder ballads. Any thoughts on that?

It does not seem to be a typical Cole Porter song?

What is its history?


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Subject: Miss Otis Regrets - history
From: Joe Offer
Date: 04 Mar 01 - 10:51 PM

Hi, Roger - I think this is my favorite Cole Porter song - I love this style of humor. Here's what David Ewen says in American Popular songs: From the Revolutionary War to the Present:
A number written for the private delectation of Cole Porter's friends. He improvised it one evening in 1934 during a party at the home of a friend. Monty Woolley proceeded to borrow a morning coat and a silver tray and impersonated a butler while delivering the lines to Porter's accompaniment. For the rest of that season Woolley enjoyed nothing better than to arrive at parties dressed up as a butler; always upon his entrance he would chant the first line of "Miss Otis Regrets." He sang it in the Cole Porter screen biography Night and Day in 1946.

So it seems to me that Porter wrote it simply for the fun of it, and that there's no deep meaning or complicated history to it. Ah, but when Ella Fitzgerald sang it, her voice was pure silver.

Here's what Robert Kimball says in The Complete Lyrics of Cole Porter

Porter wrote this as a parody of a country and western song, and dedicated it to Elsa Maxwell. Monty Woolley suggested the title to Porter, which he accompanied with a wager that Poeter could not write a song to fit the title. It was first performed on stage by Douglas Bing in the London production of Hi Diddle Diddle that opened on October 3, 1934.
Now, I wonder what country song he was parodying....
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Chords for Miss Otis..AND
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Apr 12 - 06:39 PM

It has a resemblance to Frankie and Johnny in terms of the plot line


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Subject: RE: Chords for Miss Otis..AND
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 14 Apr 12 - 09:22 PM

Jut think how much simpler life would be if people provided chords using numbers instead of letters---A song in Eb doesn't do much good if you need to play it in C in order to sing with it.


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Subject: RE: Chords for Miss Otis..AND
From: Nick
Date: 15 Apr 12 - 02:25 PM

I / V7 / I/iii I7 / IV6 IIm
I / I6 / V / V7
I V7 / I7 / IV / IV6 / I6/iii I7/
IV6 IIm / I/v / II9/v V7 / I


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Subject: RE: Chords for Miss Otis..AND
From: alanabit
Date: 15 Apr 12 - 02:58 PM

The London entertainer Earl Okin does a stunning version of this song. It is one of my favourites.


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Subject: RE: Chords for Miss Otis..AND
From: MtheGM
Date: 15 Apr 12 - 03:24 PM

The version of the story of its composition that I heard many years ago on a BBC radio programme, was that CP, who had a reputation for quick composition, was at a lunch party, when someone bet after lunch that he couldn't compose a singable song in an hour. His hostess, jumping into the spirit, picked up that morning's letters which she had not yet read, and said the song must be on the subject of the first she opened. It turned out to be an apology from an expected guest who hadn't been able to make it. "But I must have a reason for her not coming," Porter pleaded. "Oh ~~ she's dead," replied the hostess facetiously. So Porter, together with a fellow guest [female] who had offered to be there while he composed for rehearsal purposes & sing the song when ready, retired into the next room where there was a piano. He won the bet ~~ the result after one hour being 'Miss Otis Regrets'.

True? Who knows. But I trust Auntie Beeb.

~Michael~


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Subject: RE: Chords for Miss Otis..AND
From: GUEST,Grishka
Date: 16 Apr 12 - 12:14 PM

As suits a legendary song like this one, there are about five legends of its genesis on the web.

A good legend must have a point in itself. In this case the line must be:
1) a messenger says someone "regrets she is unable to lunch today",
2) CP stumbles over the logic behind it; she must have meant "... with you",
3) since if she were unable to lunch at all, she must be very ill indeed, which she would have written (or told the messenger) first, being the more important news.
4) CP thus realises that the phrase can be taken as a breach of the law "important things first", a fruitful source of comic effects. -

In my opinion this is one of the best songs ever in the category of black humour (with a "u", putting to shame many British specialists). A good idea executed with perfect craftsmanship in poetry and music.

The lyrics are a parody in the older sense of the word (literally: besides the path): two normally seperated worlds are being mixed.


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