Lyrics & Knowledge Personal Pages Record Shop Auction Links Radio & Media Kids Membership Help
The Mudcat Cafesonny

Post to this Thread - Sort Descending - Printer Friendly - Home


Chord Req: Whiskey On A Sunday

DigiTrad:
WHISKEY ON A SUNDAY or COME DAY, GO DAY


Related threads:
(origins) Origin: Ballad of Seth Davy / Whiskey on a Sunday (71)
Seth Davey (24)
Lyr Req: Whiskey on a Sunday (45)
Seth Davy info please (30)
Lyr Add: Whisky on a Sunday (19)


GUEST,Ebisu 24 Mar 03 - 04:12 PM
breezy 24 Mar 03 - 06:08 PM
DonMeixner 24 Mar 03 - 06:20 PM
Anglo 24 Mar 03 - 06:29 PM
DonMeixner 24 Mar 03 - 07:01 PM
Raggytash 24 Mar 03 - 07:03 PM
Raggytash 24 Mar 03 - 07:06 PM
Blackcatter 25 Mar 03 - 03:25 AM
Blackcatter 25 Mar 03 - 03:29 AM
GUEST,Raggyatsh 25 Mar 03 - 03:41 AM
ced2 25 Mar 03 - 07:22 AM
GUEST,Den at work 25 Mar 03 - 08:46 AM
IanC 25 Mar 03 - 09:34 AM
breezy 25 Mar 03 - 10:07 AM
GUEST,Guest Phil P 26 Mar 03 - 08:37 AM
Nigel Parsons 28 Mar 03 - 05:21 AM
Schantieman 28 Mar 03 - 05:33 AM
Blackcatter 28 Mar 03 - 11:18 AM
Schantieman 28 Mar 03 - 02:28 PM
Schantieman 28 Mar 03 - 02:29 PM
GUEST,Me 20 Dec 03 - 07:30 AM
Mr Happy 20 Dec 03 - 07:47 AM
Raggytash 20 Dec 03 - 08:46 AM
GUEST,Big Jim from Jackson 20 Dec 03 - 06:43 PM
The Fooles Troupe 20 Dec 03 - 07:30 PM
McGrath of Harlow 20 Dec 03 - 08:15 PM
Raggytash 20 Dec 03 - 08:23 PM
The Fooles Troupe 21 Dec 03 - 03:42 PM
s&r 21 Dec 03 - 06:47 PM
GUEST,Jon 14 May 06 - 10:55 AM
GUEST,spikeis 14 May 06 - 06:18 PM
Richard Bridge 15 May 06 - 10:34 AM
4stringmark 01 Aug 06 - 06:10 AM
GUEST,Bee 01 Aug 06 - 07:50 AM
cetmst 01 Aug 06 - 08:01 AM
GUEST,ChrisJBrady 05 Nov 09 - 11:51 AM
GUEST,Ben muller 09 Apr 13 - 07:59 AM
GUEST,Lavengro 09 Apr 13 - 05:33 PM
Share Thread
more
Lyrics & Knowledge Search [Advanced]
DT  Forum
Sort (Forum) by:relevance date
DT Lyrics:




Subject: Chord Req: Whiskey On A Sunday
From: GUEST,Ebisu
Date: 24 Mar 03 - 04:12 PM

AKA Come Day Go Day!   Any offers would be appreciated


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Chord Req: Whiskey On A Sunday
From: breezy
Date: 24 Mar 03 - 06:08 PM

A


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Chord Req: Whiskey On A Sunday
From: DonMeixner
Date: 24 Mar 03 - 06:20 PM

Try this, transposing with no banjo to work with here, flying without a net so to speak.

Don



Co(E)me day, go day
Wi(A7)sh in my heart it were Su(E)nday
Dri(G#)nking buttermilk thr(F#)u the week
Whi(A7)skey on a Sun(E)day

H(E)e sits in the corner of Bevvington Bu(F#)sh
O(A7)n top of an old packing ca(E)se
he(E) has three wooden dolls that can da(F#)nce and can sing
And he cro(A7)ons with a smile on his fa(E)ce

His tired old hands tug away at the strings
And the puppets dance up and down
A far better show than you ever would see
In the fanciest theatre in town

And sad to relate that old Seth Davy died
In 1904
The three wooden doll in the dustbin were laid
His song will be heard nevermore

But some stormy night when you're passing that way
And the wind's blowing up from the sea
You'll still hear the song of old Seth Davy
As he croons to his dancing dolls three


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Chord Req: Whiskey On A Sunday
From: Anglo
Date: 24 Mar 03 - 06:29 PM

Well, not quite what I would have used.
Try this -

Verse:
E - F#7 - B7 - E (twice)

Chorus:
C#7 - F#7 - B7 - E (twice).


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Chord Req: Whiskey On A Sunday
From: DonMeixner
Date: 24 Mar 03 - 07:01 PM

Anglo,

You are right, I was using muscle memory and definately not mind memory.

Don


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Chord Req: Whiskey On A Sunday
From: Raggytash
Date: 24 Mar 03 - 07:03 PM

Correctly known as "The Ballad of Seth Davy" There are previous links about this songs and the terminolgy thereof


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Chord Req: Whiskey On A Sunday
From: Raggytash
Date: 24 Mar 03 - 07:06 PM

If played in C there is a bass run from the 4th to the 1st fret on the 5th string which is fundimental to the chorus


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Chord Req: Whiskey On A Sunday
From: Blackcatter
Date: 25 Mar 03 - 03:25 AM

You know I've never heard it called the Ballad of Seth Davy. All three recordings I have and the DT have it listed as Whiskey on a Sunday.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Chord Req: Whiskey On A Sunday
From: Blackcatter
Date: 25 Mar 03 - 03:29 AM

Well, I stand corrected.

I put "Ballad of Seth Davy" (with quotes)into Google and came up with one hit:

An Evening With Tom O'Connor

Black Velvet Band
When I Was A Lad
Dublin '62
Mountains Of Mourne
Liverpool
In My Liverpool Home
The Ballad Of Seth Davy
Liverpool Lou


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Chord Req: Whiskey On A Sunday
From: GUEST,Raggyatsh
Date: 25 Mar 03 - 03:41 AM

Tom O'Connor hails from Liverpool were the song is written about, New Brighton being across the River Mersey, with it's Pavvy or Pavilion Threatre. Jowler bin being a slang term for dustbin in Liverpool. Bevington is a district near Everton and the Bush was a pub located there. I could go on..............


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Chord Req: Whiskey On A Sunday
From: ced2
Date: 25 Mar 03 - 07:22 AM

First heard this song 33 years ago. Was known then as Seth Davy. Heard the Spinners do it in October '66 at a "freshers" concert at the college I attended. My recollection was that some of their words were different. Most significantly there were, according to them no strings. Seth Davy sat astride a plank on a packing case and with one end anchored underneath his bum; the free end was thus able to vibrate when the plank was drummed by his fingers. His dolls were on the end of wooden sticks and were held either under his armpit or in the hand that was not doing the drumming so that their feet just touched the plank. The legs of the dolls were "loose coupled" so that the drumming of the plank made them dance. A few years ago I did try the system of getting some very crude dolls to dance in this fashion and it worked well. Unfortunately not having four arms and hands I found I could not play guitar, sing the song and do the demonstration of the dancing dolls at the same time.
The date of Seth Davy's death was given as 1905 and in the Spinners version of the song, "the 3 dancing dolls in a jowler bin ended and the plank went to mend a back door". I would take issue with the chords given the relative minor to the key should figure as shopuld the relative minor to the sub dominant vis Am & Dm in the key of C.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Chord Req: Whiskey On A Sunday
From: GUEST,Den at work
Date: 25 Mar 03 - 08:46 AM

I play this song in G and like Raggytash I do the bass run to kick the song off. In G you walk from G, Gb, F to E and start with the chorus in Em.

Co(Em)me day, g(C)o day
I Wi(D)sh in my heart it was Su(G)nday G, Gb, F, E
Dri(Em)nking buttermilk a(C)ll the week
Whi(D)skey on a Sun(G)day.

Done from memory I hope this works.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Chord Req: Whiskey On A Sunday
From: IanC
Date: 25 Mar 03 - 09:34 AM

Who is Glyn Hughes?


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Chord Req: Whiskey On A Sunday
From: breezy
Date: 25 Mar 03 - 10:07 AM

if your playing in C then the A chord appears at the begining of the chorus as well as 1/2 way thru
capo so you sing it in C


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Chord Req: Whiskey On A Sunday
From: GUEST,Guest Phil P
Date: 26 Mar 03 - 08:37 AM

It is amazing how many people play the same tune in a different way.

I almost agree with "Guest Den at work" but I put in an "Am" instead of where he shows a "C".

The verse then also includes an Am instead of a C.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Chord Req: Whiskey On A Sunday
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 28 Mar 03 - 05:21 AM

Ced2's description of the dolls reminds me of seeing this song performed on TV by Rolf Harris. Being artistically minded he performed complete with the 'dancing dolls'. The dolls he had matched Ced2's description in that (as far as I recall) they were similar to marionettes, but with head and torso in one piece of wood, with 'loose' arms and legs, and each was on to a long piece of dowel attached at about shoulder blade level.
As this was on children's TV, Rolf explained the whole meaning of the song. I wrote to him requesting the words at that time, and (somewhere) still have his reply, which included a photocopy of a manuscript (literally. words and music hand written on staff notation paper! ) of the song . A search today has not yet turned it up, but I'm still looking.

Nigel


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Chord Req: Whiskey On A Sunday
From: Schantieman
Date: 28 Mar 03 - 05:33 AM

Bernie Davis, a leading light of folk in Liverpool, resident of the Everyman FC (Tuesday night) and organiser of the Mersey Shanty Festival (w/e of 14th June, plug plug), also sings & plays the melodeon with dancing dolls on a plank. He makes them move with a string attached to the end of the plank and to his foot. Quite amazing - you need to see it!

Steve


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Chord Req: Whiskey On A Sunday
From: Blackcatter
Date: 28 Mar 03 - 11:18 AM

There's a name for those type of dolls, but danged if I can remember it. They are common in Appalachia and the South.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Chord Req: Whiskey On A Sunday
From: Schantieman
Date: 28 Mar 03 - 02:28 PM

Dancing Dans?

see
this link

Oh b*gger it - why doesn't the blue click link thing work for me?

Anyway, it's http://www.lotzdollpages.com/lfolk.html - you'll just have to c & p.

Steve


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Chord Req: Whiskey On A Sunday
From: Schantieman
Date: 28 Mar 03 - 02:29 PM

Ah - it did work!   Didn't look like it before. Learn summat every day!


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Chord Req: Whiskey On A Sunday
From: GUEST,Me
Date: 20 Dec 03 - 07:30 AM

Well heres how I play it....

Em                      Am
He sits on the corner of Beggars Bush
D7                        G
Astride of an old packing case

And the dolls at the end
       Am
Of the plank were dancing
      D7                         G
As he crooned with a smile on his face (walk-down 3 frets)

Em       Am
Come day go day
D7                         G
Wishing in me heart it was Sunday
                   Am      
Drinking buttermilk all the week
D7          G
Whiskey on a Sunday

His tired old hands tugged away at the strings
And the puppets they danced up and down
A far better show than you ever would see
In the fanciest theatre in town

But in 1902 old Seth Daly died
His song it was heard no more
The three dancing dolls
In the dustbin were thrown
And the plank went to mend the backdoor

But on some stormy night
If you´re passing that way
With the wind blowing up from the sea
You can still hear the song
Of old Seth Daly
As he croons to his dancing dolls three


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Chord Req: Whiskey On A Sunday
From: Mr Happy
Date: 20 Dec 03 - 07:47 AM

Its Bebbington Bush.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Chord Req: Whiskey On A Sunday
From: Raggytash
Date: 20 Dec 03 - 08:46 AM

Bevington Bush, I beleive it's in the Everton district of Liverpool


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Chord Req: Whiskey On A Sunday
From: GUEST,Big Jim from Jackson
Date: 20 Dec 03 - 06:43 PM

In the Ozarks those dolls are called "Limber Jims". John Roberts and Tony Barrand have a nice recording of "Come Day, Go Day" on one of the records handled by Folk-Legacy. Good song.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Chord Req: Whiskey On A Sunday
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 20 Dec 03 - 07:30 PM

Lark In the Morning, I think it was, had some of those dolls in their catalogue a couple of years ago.

Robin


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Chord Req: Whiskey On A Sunday
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 20 Dec 03 - 08:15 PM

"Jumping Jacks" is another word for them. Or "Jigging Puppets. You see them often enough in folk festvals in England.

I've seen people try working them with a string tied to the foot, and the stick fastened to a belt, to allow them to play an instrument with both hands while the doll dances. ced2 , you might try that.

It would be possible to have a Jumping Jack type doll hanging on strings, instead of fixed on a stick, and dancing on the board, so that might be how Seth Davey is envisaged as doing it, in the light of the verse about strings.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Chord Req: Whiskey On A Sunday
From: Raggytash
Date: 20 Dec 03 - 08:23 PM

These dolls are hinged at the knees, hips, shoulders and elbows. A rod of dowelling is inseted in their back and held in one hand whilst the other hand taps a broad thin piece of wood upon which the doll is gently rested. The resulting vibration of the "plank" causes the doll to "dance" the joints swivelling, the arms and legs rotating as they collide witht he vibrating "plank" beneath them. Often these dolls are painted to resemble soldiers in uniform.
The dolls described in the song do not have strings of any description


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Chord Req: Whiskey On A Sunday
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 21 Dec 03 - 03:42 PM

Lark In the Morning mentioned above - had the type Raggytash described. Some were undressed, the more expensive ones were dressed, but I'm sure none were as soldiers.

Robin


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Chord Req: Whiskey On A Sunday
From: s&r
Date: 21 Dec 03 - 06:47 PM

I learned this many years ago as "Daggers Bush" and his tired old hands were on the wooden beam, otherwise the same as GUESTMe.

I have wondered many times whether the original version was hijacked by the liverpool dialect, or whether the liverpool version was translated to the above.

Stu


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Chord Req: Whiskey On A Sunday
From: GUEST,Jon
Date: 14 May 06 - 10:55 AM

It's folk music. There are bound to be a hundred variations. I learned it as beggars bush, myself.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Chord Req: Whiskey On A Sunday
From: GUEST,spikeis
Date: 14 May 06 - 06:18 PM

Hi all. Well, hailing from West Kirby on the Wirral, opposite side of the river from "The 'Pool" (Liverpool), I THINK you'll find it's Bebbington, and its the PIVVY, as in the scouse vernacular P-a-VIILION
See ya la

Spike


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Chord Req: Whiskey On A Sunday
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 15 May 06 - 10:34 AM

Google gives the suburb of Liverpool as "Bevvington Bush". And if you are starting in E (try the E perfect at the 7th fret) then the F#7 suggested above sounds better (I think) as F#m, and the run down becomes E E flat D C sharp (all in barred A shapes)


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: Chords Add: WHISKEY ON A SUNDAY
From: 4stringmark
Date: 01 Aug 06 - 06:10 AM

Hi

Here's how I've always played the Irish Rovers version on the guitar:

Intro: A G7 F#7

F#7      B      B6 B
Come day go day
E                      A       A G7 F#7
Wishin' me heart it was Sunday
F#7                B               B6 B
Drinking buttermilk through the week
E            A
Whiskey on a Sunday

A                        B
He sits on the corner of old Beggars Bush
E                        A
On top of an old packing crate
A
He has three wooden dolls
         B
That can dance and can sing
       E                         A    A G7 F#7
And he croons with a smile on his face

etc.

This was always a favourite song of mine when I was a young.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Chord Req: Whiskey On A Sunday
From: GUEST,Bee
Date: 01 Aug 06 - 07:50 AM

The dancing dolls are called Dancing Dans in Nova Scotia. I watched someone using one this past weekend (bluegrass festival), late at night up in the camping area. The musicians at that site were relying on the Dancing Dan to set the rhythm (yes, they were deep in their cups).


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Chord Req: Whiskey On A Sunday
From: cetmst
Date: 01 Aug 06 - 08:01 AM

These delightful little creatures are sold as Limberjacks at Colvin Mill in Virginia, home of the Mill Run Dulcimer Band


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Chord Req: Whiskey On A Sunday
From: GUEST,ChrisJBrady
Date: 05 Nov 09 - 11:51 AM

Folks may be interested in my new pahe:

http://chrisbrady.itgo.com/jigdolls/jigdolls.htm

Chris B.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Chord Req: Whiskey On A Sunday
From: GUEST,Ben muller
Date: 09 Apr 13 - 07:59 AM

Hi

I am learning how to play a accordeon and I would like to play whisky on a sunday on it but I can't find the right chords on the internet.

I hope you can help me with this.

Many thanks in advance
Ben


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Chord Req: Whiskey On A Sunday
From: GUEST,Lavengro
Date: 09 Apr 13 - 05:33 PM

Not the one I remember seeing him do but.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yl96bDSvL-g


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate
  Share Thread:
More...

Reply to Thread
Subject:  Help
From:
Preview   Automatic Linebreaks   Make a link ("blue clicky")


Mudcat time: 25 September 6:22 AM EDT

[ Home ]

All original material is copyright © 1998 by the Mudcat Café Music Foundation, Inc. All photos, music, images, etc. are copyright © by their rightful owners. Every effort is taken to attribute appropriate copyright to images, content, music, etc. We are not a copyright resource.