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Lyr Add: Waterbound (Dirk Powell)

BanjoRay 26 Jun 10 - 02:03 AM
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Subject: Lyr Add: WATERBOUND (Dirk Powell)
From: BanjoRay
Date: 26 Jun 10 - 02:03 AM

This is not the usual Old Time song but the superb one recorded by Dirk Powell on his Time Again CD, and beautifully performed with some tremendous musicians on the touring version of the Transatlantic Sessions
Ray

WATERBOUND
(Dirk Powell)

I went out late one night,
The moon and stars were shining bright
A storm come up and the trees come down,
I tell you boys I was waterbound

Waterbound on a stranger's shore
River rising to my door
carried my home to the field below
I'm water bound, nowhere to go.

Carved my name on an old barn wall
Or no-one would know I was there at all
Stable's dry on a winter's night
If you turn your head you can see the light.

Black cat crawling on an old box car
A rusty door and a falling star
Aint got no dime in my nation sack
I'm waterbound and I can't get back

It's I'm going and I won't be back
If you don't believe me count my tracks
The river's long and the river's wide
I'll meet you boys on the other side

So say my name and don't forget
The water still aint got me yet
Ain't nothing but I'm bound to roam
I'm waterbound and I can't get home


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Waterbound (Dirk Powell)
From: BanjoRay
Date: 26 Jun 10 - 08:38 PM

The lineup for the link in the previous message is:

Dirk Powell - vocals and banjo
John Doyle - harmony vocals & guitar
Bruce Molsky - fiddle
Tim O'Brien - Mandolin
Aly Bain - fiddle
John McCusker - fiddle
Jerry Douglas - dobro
Mike McGoldrick - whistle
Donald Shaw - piano
Russ Barenberg - guitar
Todd Parks - bass
Pat McInerney - percussion
James McIntosh - drums

Ray


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Waterbound (Dirk Powell)
From: Eric Armstrong
Date: 27 Jun 10 - 02:19 AM

We were lucky enough to have Dirk along with members of Portland's Foghorn String Band performing in West Vancouver last Friday.
Dirk sang Waterbound and preceded it with a very touching introduction in which he explained that as a teenager he felt isolated from his musical mentor grandfather who lived across the Ohio river in Kentucky.
This show was part of the Vancouver Jazz festival which is really developing into something special


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Waterbound (Dirk Powell)
From: GUEST,BanjoRay
Date: 27 Jun 10 - 10:40 AM

I think Dirk and Foghorn have got together a few times to the benefit of everybody! You're very lucky to have seen 'em.
Cheers
Ray


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Waterbound (Dirk Powell)
From: Stringsinger
Date: 27 Jun 10 - 11:34 AM

OK, I like the song but here's what I posted on the YouTube video.

stringsinger100
58 seconds ago
I like Dirk and his playing and singing but this session is too much. All these instruments bog the song down. it's too heavy even with these fantastic musicians.
it plods when it should dance. Too excessive. it doesn't have that lighter banjo touch that I've heard Dirk get. Also, Dirk's vocal gets lost in this big band. You don't hear the interplay between the banjo and the voice which marks the great folksingers' musicality.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Waterbound (Dirk Powell)
From: Stringsinger
Date: 27 Jun 10 - 11:38 AM

Rather than have the whole band play throughout, smaller combinations could have been used. Banjo and guitar for one section. Banjo guitar and fiddle for another. Maybe a solo by the instrumentalists, (not all at once).

There was for my taste a conflict in styles. The Irish approach doesn't always work with the Appalachian sounds particularly if they are combined in a heavy beat. It mashes everything together in a plod.

Big is not necessarily better.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Waterbound (Dirk Powell)
From: GUEST,skipper
Date: 08 Sep 10 - 10:22 AM

has any one got the chords , thanks


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Waterbound (Dirk Powell)
From: GUEST,NedLudd
Date: 20 Feb 11 - 06:52 PM

Sorry Stringsinger I must beg to differ - the Transatlantic version with Dirk is a fine example of fusion music. I saw the band in Gateshead a couple of weeks ago (unfortunately missing Bruce Molsky and Tim O'Brian)but it was a still tremendous night.

The interplay on this song between whistle, fiddle and banjo is sublime - sometimes sounding Irish, other times almost Peruvian.

This is a great song and must be dedicated to the poor unfortunate souls of New Orleans, the Ganges Delta, Queensland and dear old Cumbria in the UK.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Waterbound (Dirk Powell)
From: GUEST,Hootenanny
Date: 21 Feb 11 - 08:04 AM

I'm with Stringsinger on this. All excellent musicians accepted. But surely it would have been more in keeping with the spirit of the song if it had been done solo.
Personally I feel the same about most of the Transatlantic sessions, much too cluttered and heavy. I watched some of the programmes recently and the addition of piano and drums and percussion were completely unneccesary on most items. Personally I feel that drum kits and percussion completely ruin this series - in fact this music. It would be nice at times to have the American artists and Irish or Scottish artists doing what they do best without the "help" of those from other traditions. OK so you can argue that they have the same roots but there are differences which I feel should be shown and not all just thrown into one musical melting pot.

Hoot


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Waterbound (Dirk Powell)
From: GUEST,NedLudd
Date: 21 Feb 11 - 07:14 PM

Hoot, I respect your opinions but I do think that we can sometimes become too precious about the type of music that we enjoy. The genre of 'Folk Music' is a dynamic tradition by definition for it is constantly evolving. What passes for Irish traditional music in the pubs of Temple Bar today is a long way from the traditional playing of Michael Coleman and Gorman in the past, and has been influenced by the eastern European rhythms introduced by the likes of Moynihan, Irvine, Lunny et al in the 1960s. Likewise, Bluegrass as a genre is little more than 65 years old.

With regard to instruments, sixty years ago you would hardly have seen a mandolin or mandola played within a folk context either in Britain or in Ireland; and the most people thought at that time that a bouzouki was a military weapon for killing tanks! Yet these instruments are now accepted as traditional folk instruments.

I agree with you that the Transatlantic Sessions do not always get it right, but when they do, they get it beautifully right; and the latter occasions far outnumber the former. I am grateful to the Sessions for introducing me over the years to such great musicians from across the pond as Gerry Douglas, Russ Barenburg, Iris Dement, Darrell Scott, Joan Osborne, Tim O'Brien, etc.

This is simple honest music that packs a mighty emotional punch; it often tells of love, death, disease, privation, famine and dispossession, a message which sadly is as relevant today as it was in the 1840s or 1930s.

So relax, TS gives great players and singers from different traditions the chance to play together. If the result doesn't come up to your expectations, then stick with your preferred format; for all this is only a matter of personal taste – there is room for everyone here.

Ned


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Waterbound (Dirk Powell)
From: GUEST,Hootenanny
Date: 22 Feb 11 - 06:05 AM

Ned,

What do yo mean relax?

I have been relaxing to and participating in music for many many years. Long enough to know the music and various styles which I prefer. If by "relax" you mean listen to performances which I don't particulary care for then I ask why?

Hoot


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Waterbound (Dirk Powell)
From: GUEST,SaddleYourOwnHorse
Date: 21 Apr 11 - 11:17 PM

If all you experts would take a break and and give us beginners the chords so we could play along, I would appreciate it. I'd just like to strum along on my guitar. Chords anyone?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Waterbound (Dirk Powell)
From: GUEST
Date: 13 May 11 - 08:46 AM

chords to water bound are start with c sharp minor e b a b c sharp minor have fun


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Waterbound (Dirk Powell)
From: open mike
Date: 13 May 11 - 09:50 AM

what an all-star line up!!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Waterbound (Dirk Powell)
From: GUEST
Date: 24 Jul 11 - 02:49 PM

This chord arrangement works for me.

Em                  G
I went out late one night,
    D                           Em
The moon and stars were shining bright
Em                               G
A storm come up and the trees come down,
    D                         Em
I tell you boys I was waterbound


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Waterbound (Dirk Powell)
From: freddfish
Date: 24 Jul 11 - 02:59 PM

sorry, I wasn't logged in for the above post

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ob0ZGHi8M_Q&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL

This is a vid of a band out of Florida called Jubal's Kin, who do a good version of this tune...their arrangement is worth a look.


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Subject: Chords Add: WATERBOUND (Dirk Powell)
From: Crowhugger
Date: 25 Jul 11 - 02:31 PM

In the Transatlantic Sessions recording these are the chords I hear, almost consistent from verse to verse but with a few variations; I found only twice using F# bass with G chord (but my speakers aren't the best), and once the last Em of the verse comes early, maybe to emphasize the sadness:


Em                   G
I went out late one night,
    D                           C
The moon and stars were shining bright
   C                     D          G
A storm come up and the trees come down,
   D                        Em
I tell you boys I was waterbound

Em                         G
Waterbound on a stranger's shore
G                   C
River rising to my door
C                      D    G
Carried my home to the field below
    G    G/F#    Em
I'm waterbound, nowhere to go.

Em                            G
Carved my name on an old barn wall
    G                      D       C
Or no-one would know I was there at all
C                  D       G
Stable's dry on a winter's night
       G                               Em
If you turn your head you can see the light.

Em                               G
Black cat crawling on an old box car
   G                         C
A rusty door and a falling star
       C                D      G
Ain't got a dime in my nation sack
    G                           Em
I'm waterbound and I can't get back

Em                            G
It's I'm going and I won't be back
       Em                         C
If you don't believe me count my tracks
    C                            G
The river's long and the river's wide
      G                         Em
I'll meet you boys on the other side

    Em                      G
So say my name and don't forget
    G                         C
The water still ain't got me yet
       C               D       G
Ain't nothing but I'm bound to roam
    G    G/F#                  Em
I'm waterbound and I can't get home


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Waterbound (Dirk Powell)
From: reynard
Date: 21 Nov 11 - 09:18 AM

Black cat crawling on an old box car
A rusty door and a falling star
Aint got no dime in my nation sack
I'm waterbound and I can't get back


Shame nobody has anything to say about the words. Did Dirk Powell write this based on the traditional bluegrass song? My first take on this was that it is a metaphorical description of our current economic plight. Aint got no dime in my nation sack. But then I googled "nation sack" and got this (Catherine Yronwode):


The "nation sack" is a particular kind of mojo hand that is of special interest to women, because it is used to keep a man faithful and true. It so happens that the Nation sack is also of special interest to blues fans (many of whom are men) because it is mentioned in what may be Robert Johnson's finest song, "Come On In My Kitchen," recorded on November 23, 1936.

A mojo hand is... a flannel bag containing one or more magical items. The word is thought by some to be a corruption of the English word "magic" but it more likely is related to the West African word "mojuba," meaning a prayer of praise and homage. It is a "prayer in a bag" -- a spell you can carry. (Nice picture of one here:

http://www.luckymojo.com/mojo.html


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Waterbound (Dirk Powell)
From: BanjoRay
Date: 21 Nov 11 - 12:27 PM

In this song I believe it's a 'nation sack , short for donation. Why would one keep dimes in a mojo hand?

Ray


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Waterbound (Dirk Powell)
From: GUEST,Barney Boy
Date: 01 Dec 11 - 01:41 PM

Looking to find correct tuning for the Banjo for this song.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Waterbound (Dirk Powell)
From: BanjoRay
Date: 01 Dec 11 - 07:31 PM

Well, I don't know the "correct" tuning, but I find that gEADE seems to work well - puts it into a sort of E minor mode.

Ray


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Waterbound (Dirk Powell)
From: GUEST
Date: 03 Dec 11 - 11:51 AM

On Dirk's Home Again album the chords seem to be- (capoed at 2 so the played B minor is actually C# minor)- best played in drop D to get the low base in the first line and there are some nice runs between some of the odd base notes:

Bm    BmA DF#       D
I went out   late one night,
       A             Bm            AF#      G
The moon and stars were shining bright
   G                            A                      D
A storm come up and the trees come down,
   D         DC#          DF#   Bm
I tell you boys I was waterbound


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Waterbound (Dirk Powell)
From: GUEST,gillymor
Date: 04 Dec 11 - 10:06 AM

I like the big band TS version and Dirk's album version but my favorite one was done by Mike McGoldrick on his Aurora album with spare instrumentation and some lovely back up vocals.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Waterbound (Dirk Powell)
From: GUEST,Dave
Date: 07 Mar 12 - 12:57 PM

I'm a beginner so forgive me if I made a mistake but Russ Barenburg definitely used capo fret 4 on a Youtube video of this song. First chord is C#m, so then you can use Am,C,G,F open chord shapes. It sounds OK to me and I can play it!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Waterbound (Dirk Powell)
From: GUEST,Guy Wollff
Date: 15 Jan 13 - 09:09 PM

On the Transatlantic session clip I believe Dirk is in sawmill tuning -1 or f sharp (Dorian) . The banjo tuning wouild be gDGCD but tuning the G down a half step to F# and so on . You can see in the tape that the guitar is plaing at the 4th fret (3:10) All the best , Guy


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Waterbound (Dirk Powell)
From: GUEST
Date: 06 Apr 13 - 10:08 PM

Open your mind and ears, all songs can be played in endless ways, they do not have to be done in only one style ,tempo or instrument combination.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Waterbound (Dirk Powell)
From: GUEST,Hootenanny
Date: 07 Apr 13 - 06:07 AM

Further to my posting above about two years back, I was fortunate to see Dirk live last night in a small venue. He performed this song with just guitar and fiddle accompanying him and his banjo. It just re-inforced my belief that the Transatlantic Sessions presentation recipe just suffocates so much beutiful music.
However I do agree it's horses for courses. Give me the simple life.

Hoot


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Waterbound (Dirk Powell)
From: GUEST,Hootenanny
Date: 07 Apr 13 - 08:34 AM

Re above post I should have said Mandlolin instead of banjo. Well it was early.

Hoot


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Waterbound (Dirk Powell)
From: GUEST
Date: 27 Aug 13 - 07:47 PM

For me, the hard part of this song is the rhythm. I had the hardest time trying to count it out, as it doesn't seem that the bars are quite regular. I finally ended up counting: 123456, 1234. Doe anyone else agree?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Waterbound (Dirk Powell)
From: GUEST
Date: 27 Aug 13 - 11:24 PM

http://uk.video.search.yahoo.com/video/play;_ylt=A2KLqIl5ax1S70IAg8V1BQx.;_ylu=X3oDMTBvbWZjYWNkBHNlYwNjZC1leHAEc2xrA2V4cAR2dGlkAw--?p=transatlantic+sessions+john+martyn&vid=5a1b8a38ca16b3276b9240253e202b22&l=6%3A28&turl=http%3A%2F%2Fts4.mm.bing.net%2Fth%3Fid%3DV.4997062432260215%26pid%3D15.1&rurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DuvCU1U2rhB0&tit=John+Martyn+-+Transatlantic+Sessions+-+Solid+Air&c=4&sigr=11a8nrk32&back=http%3A%2F%2Fuk.search.yahoo.com%2Fsearch%3Fei%3DUTF-8%26p%3Dtransatlantic%2Bsessions%2Bjohn%2Bmartyn&sigb=12f1d7hji&ct=p&age=0&&tt=s

i know its a bit random - but if you want something simple (and quite stunning) from transatlantic sessions here is the great john martyn with his song about nick drake.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Waterbound (Dirk Powell)
From: GUEST,achmelvich
Date: 27 Aug 13 - 11:26 PM

or perhaps not - sorry about that


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Waterbound (Dirk Powell)
From: GUEST,topband
Date: 03 Dec 13 - 12:19 AM

all bout the ears and the key boys....ciao


C#m                  E
I went out late one night,
   B                         A
The moon and stars were shining bright
A                   B         E
A storm come up and the trees come down,
B                      C#m
I tell you boys I was waterbound

C#m                        E
Waterbound on a stranger's shore
E                  A
River rising to my door
A                     B   E
Carried my home to the field below
   E   E/D#   C#m
I'm waterbound, nowhere to go.

C#m                           E
Carved my name on an old barn wall
   E                     B      A
Or no-one would know I was there at all
A                B      E
Stable's dry on a winter's night
      E                              C#m
If you turn your head you can see the light.

C#m                              E
Black cat crawling on an old box car
E                        A
A rusty door and a falling star
      A               B    E
Ain't got a dime in my nation sack
   E                         C#m
I'm waterbound and I can't get back

C#m                           E
It's I'm going and I won't be back
      C#m                        A
If you don't believe me count my tracks
   A                           E
The river's long and the river's wide
    E                        C#m
I'll meet you boys on the other side

   C#m                     E
So say my name and don't forget
   E                        A
The water still ain't got me yet
      A             B      E
Ain't nothing but I'm bound to roam
   E   E/D#                C#m
I'm waterbound and I can't get home


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