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A PICTURE FROM LIFE'S OTHER SIDE
AS I GO RAMBLING ROUND
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BOUND FOR GLORY
CLEAN-O
DEPORTEES
DO RE MI
DUST PNEUMONIA
EL DO RE MI
GAMBLER
HARD TRAVELIN'
HARD, AIN'T IT HARD
HIGHWAY 66 BLUES
I AIN'T GOT NO HOME IN THIS WORLD ANYMORE
I'M GONNA MAIL MYSELF TO YOU
JACKHAMMER JOHN
JESUS CHRIST
JUST THE FACTS, MA'AM
LIFEBELT WASHED UP ON THE SHORE
LUDLOW MASSACRE
MEAN TALKING BLUES
MRS. ROOSEVELT
NINE HUNDRED MILES
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PASTURES OF PLENTY
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RANGER'S COMMAND
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THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND
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Subject: Pastures of Plenty music?
From: RS
Date: 18 Mar 97 - 09:53 AM

I found the Woody Guthrie song Pastures of Plenty in the song database, but I only know an approximate tune. Can anyone help? - Thanks - RS


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Subject: RE: Pastures of Plenty music?
From: Paul Jay
Date: 18 Mar 97 - 10:09 PM

RS This is Woodie Guthrie's reworking of the traditional tune "Pretty Polly" It's on his recording "Bound for Glory" & "Original Recordings" & others; also on the Weavers recording "Traveling On" Dave Van Ronk's "Somebody Else" & others. I found a record in our local library of Woodie's as well as printed music in several books there.


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Subject: RE: Pastures of Plenty music?
From: RS
Date: 19 Mar 97 - 11:15 PM

To Paul Jay: Thanks for the info! Do you have the names of the books in which you found the printed music? - then if our local library doesn't have then, I could try an Interlibrary loan. - RS


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Subject: RE: Pastures of Plenty music?
From: RS
Date: 19 Mar 97 - 11:26 PM

To Paul Jay: Thanks for the info! Do you have the names of the books in which you found the printed music? - then if our local library doesn't have then, I could try an Interlibrary loan. - RS


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Subject: RE: Pastures of Plenty music?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 20 Mar 97 - 02:29 AM

Hi - "Pastures of Plenty" is in "the Collected Reprints from Sing Out! The Folk Song magazine, volumes 1-6, 1959-1964." (wish they could have come up with a shorter title). You can order it from Sing Out for $17.50, 1-888-sing-out. It's in the reprints from 1960. Maybe your library will have bound collections of the magazine. Hope that helps. -Joe-


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Subject: RE:tab Needed:Pastures of Plenty
From: Alicia
Date: 24 Oct 98 - 04:02 PM

Does anyone know where I can find tab to the Guthrie tune "Pastures of Plenty"? All I could find were really bad chords Alicia
Messages from multiple threads combined. this message and the messages below are from a new thread.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Lyrics Needed: Song about a Tinker
From: Big Mick
Date: 24 Oct 98 - 04:38 PM

Alicia,

I have several sources for this. I will let you know titles, etc. in a bit. I am just passing through, but I will get out the info later today.

All the best,

Mick


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Subject: RE: Lyrics Needed: Song about a Tinker
From: Big Mick
Date: 24 Oct 98 - 06:21 PM

Alicia, The book I have is called "Woody Gutherie Songs" from TRO Ludlow music. It is edited by Judy Bell and Nora Gutherie. It is an excellent resource and I got it from Elderly Instruments. Go to WWW.elderly.com, push the books button, go to personality's and you will find two books on Gutherie. Both are in the $8.00 range.

All the best,

Mick


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Subject: Chords Add: PASTURES OF PLENTY (Woody Guthrie)
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 24 Oct 98 - 07:59 PM

Alicia,

I'm not sure how you switched topics. In the future, go to the Main Forum Page and click on Create a New Thread. Title it just like you did this one and you'll do fine. You are a bit lost under the Tinker heading. I am trying out the < pre > command here. Hope it works.

 Am         G       Am               G          Am
It's a mighty hard row that my poor hands have hoed
C Em E
My poor feet have traveled a hot dusty road
Am G Am
Out of your Dust Bowl and Westward we rolled
C Em Am
And your deserts were hot and your mountains were cold

G Am G Am
I worked in your orchards of peaches and prunes
C Em E
I slept on the ground in the light of the moon
Am G Am
On the edge of the city you'll see us and then
C Em Am
We come with the dust and we go-o-o with the wind

Enjoy the song.

Roger in Baltimore


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Subject: RE: Lyrics Needed: Song about a Tinker
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 24 Oct 98 - 08:02 PM

Well, I am getting close. Perhaps you can pick up the gist of the song from this posting.

Roger in Baltimore


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Subject: RE: Pastures of Plenty music? (Guthrie)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 01 Aug 06 - 06:18 PM

Here's the tune, from Hal Leonard's Woody Guthrie Songbook. The songbook has this in the Key of G with one chord, G. You'll find a more complex chords arrangement above. The tune, of course, is a reworking ogf "Pretty Molly/Polly."

Click to play (joeweb)


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Subject: RE: Pastures of Plenty music? (Guthrie)
From: Mark Ross
Date: 02 Aug 06 - 01:03 AM

Acturally I think Woody played the song in D, one chord all the way through, he capoed up two frets and played in C position.


Mark Ross


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Subject: RE: Pastures of Plenty music? (Guthrie)
From: Chanteyranger
Date: 02 Aug 06 - 01:36 AM

There is a wonderful arrangement of it by the American Irish folk band Solas, on their live concert DVD/video. Karan Casey was still in the band and sings lead. Of course, get the original, Woody Guthrie's recording first, but what a moving performance of it by Casey.

Chanteyranger


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Subject: RE: Pastures of Plenty music? (Guthrie)
From: David C. Carter
Date: 02 Aug 06 - 05:15 AM

I think Mark Ross has got it right.
It's in capoed D,playing a C shaped chord all through the song.
On the last couple of verses he gets a little extravagant and hits the G shaped A chord.

David


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Subject: Lyr Add: PASTURES OF PLENTY (Woody Guthrie)
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 02 Aug 06 - 02:20 PM

There are several slightly differing versions of lyrics. Ludlow Music obtained renewed copyright in 1960 and 1963; I have not seen these issues, and they may differ from each other. How close are they to the older sung versions of the 1940's?
Here is the one from "Woody Guthrie Folk Songs," 1963, Intro. Pete Seeger, p. 22 with music and chords. It differs in some lines from the one in the DT, and the one in "Sing Out!," also indicated as copyright Ludlow 1960, 1963.

Lacking is the verse about orchards of peaches and prunes.

Lyr. Add: PASTURES OF PLENTY
(Woody Guthrie, copyright Ludlow 1960, 1963)

It's a (Em)mighty hard road that my poor hands have hoed,
My (G)poor feet have travelled a hot dusty (B7)road,
(Em)Out of your dustbowl and westward we roll,
Through deserts so hot and your (A7)mountains so (Em)cold.

I've wandered all over your green growing land.
Wherever your crops are I've lent you my hand,
On the edge of your cities you'll see me and then,
I come with the dust and I'm gone with the wind.

California, Arizona, I've worked on your crops,
Then north up to Oregon to gather your hops,
Dig beets from your ground, I cut grapes from your vines,
To set on your tables that light sparklin' wine.

Green Pastures of plenty from dry desert ground,
From the Grand Coulee Dam where the water runs down,
Ev'ry State of this Union us migrants have been,
*We come with the dust and we're gone with the wind.

It's always we ramble that river and I,
All along your green valleys I'll work till I die,
I'll travel this road until death sets me free,
'Cause my Pastures of Plenty must always be free.

It's a mighty hard road that my poor hands have hoed,
My poor feet have travelled this hot dusty road,
On the edge of your cities you'll see me and then,
I come with the dust and I'm gone with the wind.

*We work in your fight & we'll fight til we win" is the last line of the 'Green Pastures' verse in "Sing Out!" Probably changed for Union labor, but has little application to the dust bowl migrants of the song.


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Subject: RE: Pastures of Plenty music? (Guthrie)
From: Big Mick
Date: 02 Aug 06 - 02:45 PM

This is the version I have sung for a long while. My assumption has always been that it was the original. But the verse with the line about about peaches and prunes also sounds very much as though it were there originally. I think I will go to the Woody Gutherie Archives and find out. I will report back.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Pastures of Plenty music? (Guthrie)
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 02 Aug 06 - 05:55 PM

Good idea, Big Mick.
I think most of us know the 1960's words, which may depart from those Guthrie wrote. He also may have varied them for different occasions and some of these could be preserved in the archives.


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Subject: RE: Pastures of Plenty music? (Guthrie)
From: Matt_R
Date: 02 Aug 06 - 07:08 PM

I can't help but think of Tom Paxton's "Talking Vietnam Potluck Blues".


(see what I did there?)


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Pastures of Plenty (Woody Guthrie)
From: GUEST
Date: 31 Oct 12 - 11:18 AM

Tom Paxton plays this tune on the Tribute album with capo 3rd fret, c major and a minor each line, over and over. He is such an amazing singer. I need to find more of his music...


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