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GUEST,Joerg Gender and the soprano voice (79* d) RE: Gender and the soprano voice 17 Aug 00


Back from looking for the song with WW's yodel - do you remember? It's in the DT, but don't be too sure to get it from there. My impression is that poor Max&Co are currently trying to make their work a little easier while going to cry some bitter additional tears in the near future (that's success).

I would have tried to generate some blueclickythings but as the peculiar way I got the data three days ago doesn't work any more today...

To everybody also interested in the song, here's the lyrics as formerly available from the DT under N as 'Night Rider's Lament':

Last night as I was riding
Graveyard shift, midnight to dawn,
Oh, the moon was as bright as a reading light
For a letter from an old friend back home.

He asked me, "Why do you ride for your money?
Why do you rope for short pay?
You ain't gettin' nowhere and you're loosing your share--
Oh, you must have gone crazy out there."

He said, "Last night I run into Jenny;
She's married and has a good life.
Oh, you sure missed the track when you never come back;
She's the perfect professional's wife.
She asked me, 'Why does he ride for his money?
Why does he rope for short pay?
He ain't gettin' nowhere and he's loosing his share.
Oh, he must have gone crazy out there.' "

But they've never seen the Northern Lights.
Never seen the hawk on the wing.
Never seen the spring hit the great divide--
No, they've never heard old camp cookie sing.

Well, I read up the last of the letter.
I tore off the stamp for Black Jim.
And Billy come by to relieve me;
Just looked at my letter and grinned.

He said, "They ask you why do you ride for your money?
Why do you rope for short pay?
You ain't gettin' nowhere and you're loosing your share--
Oh, you must have gone crazy out there."
But they've never seen the Northern Lights.
Never seen the hawk on the wing.
Never seen the spring hit the great divide--
No, they've never heard old camp cookie sing.

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Words and music by Mike Burton, copyright 1975 Groper Music, Inc.
Recorded on Fashioned in the Clay, FSI-104, 1985, Gordon Bok, Ann
Mayo Muir, and Ed Trickett. Also recorded earlier by Jerry Jeff
Walker with a yodel at the end. It's a nice statement about
different strokes for different folks with a little bite to it.

The tune was once posted by Sorcha (? at least I hope so because I can't get back to there) in miditxt and abc. Unfortunately I didn't save the miditxt source but the abc source was

X:1
T:The Nightrider's Lament
M:3/4
Q:1/4=100
K:Bb
F6|F4F2|F4E2|E2D4|-D6|F6|-F2F2F2|FD3F2|F6|
-F4G2|G4GG|G3FE2|F2B,4|-B,4F,F,|DD3CD|E2D2C2|
B,6|-B,4FF|F2F2F2|FE3E2|E2D4|-D4F2|F2F2F2|
F3DF2|F6|-F4F2|G2G2G2|F4F2|FB,3B,2|B,6|-B,4F,F,|
DD3D2|E2D2C2|B,6|-B,2D2F2|G4GG|F4EE|ED5|-D6|
G6|-G4GG|F3FE2|D6|-D4B,B,|G2G2G2|A4AA|B2F2F2|
G6|F6|E6|-E4CD|EDC4|E2D2C2|B,6|-B,4FF|F2F2F2|
F3EE2|E2D4|-D4F2|F2F2F2|F3DF2|F6|-F4F2|G2G2G2|
F4F2|FB,3B,2|B,4F,F,|DD3D2|E2D2C2|B,6|-B,2D2F2|
G4GG|F4EE|ED5|-D6|G6|-G4GG|F3FE2|D6|-D4B,B,|
G2G2G2|A4AA|B2F2F2|G6|F6|E6|-E4CD|EDC4|E2D2C2|
B,6|-B,6|B,2D4|-D4F2|G4G2|F4E2|F4D2|B,6|GGG2G2|
F2F3E|D6|-D6|G6|-GGG2G2|A4AA|B4F2|G6|F6|E6|
-E4CD|EDC2D2|ED3C2|B,6|-B,6||

Everybody using abc2midi 1.7.7 as I do will get many many warnings "Bar ... has ... units instead of ..." and the result will sound very funny. Don't think of flaming poor Sorcha, simply Search&Replace "|-" by "-|". Then change the two occurences of the '-' in the first line position manually. Or try my own preliminary version including the yodel

X:1
T:The Nightrider's Lament
M:3/4
L:1/4
Q:1/4=120
K:C
V:1
% harmonica melody
%%MIDI channel 1
%%MIDI program 21
%%MIDI transpose -12
%%MIDI control 7 55
%%MIDI control 10 50
%
z2
e/2 f/2 | % Last
g2 g | g2 f | f e2- | e3 | % night
g2 g | g3 | g/2 e/2-e g | g3- | g2 c/2 c/2 | % graveyard
a2 a | g2 f/2 f/2 | g2 e | c3- | c2 G/2 G/2 | % moon
e/2 e3/2 d/2 e/2 | f e d | c3- | c2 % letter
%
c/2 e/2 | % but they've
g2 c' | b2 a | g2 d | c2 d/2 e/2 | % never
f2 f | g2 g/2 f/2 | e3- | e2 f/2 g/2 | % never
a2 a | b2 a/2 b/2 | c'2 g | a3 | g3 | f3- | f2 d/2 e/2 | % seen
f/2 e/2 d e | f e/2 d3/2 | c3- | c2 % never
%
%yodel
e/2 f/2 |
g/2 e'3/2 c' | g2 g/2 g/2 | a/2 f'3/2 d' | a3 |
g3/2 g/2 g/2 e'/2 | d'3 | e3/2 e/2 f | g2 e/2 f/2 |
g/2 e'3/2 c' | g2 g/2 g/2 | a/2 f'3/2 d' | a3 |
g3/2 g/2 g/2 e'/2 | f3/2 f/2 f/2 d'/2 | c'3- | c'3 ||

To everybody who really knows that song (especially as WW, she knows it, oh yes, she does): Please notify me if I misunderstood something - PLEASE!

Thread creeping but at least still telling songs (although still not knowing Shakira, but I'll try to remember)

Joerg


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