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Thread #59896   Message #2309453
Posted By: PoppaGator
07-Apr-08 - 05:13 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Here Am I Oh Lord Send Me (John Hurt)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Here I Am Oh Lord Send Me (John Hurt)
"Who will bear the sheaves away," as you will already have noticed if you have read the entire thread, is a line in the "source-hymn" lyrics added on 30 Jan 07 - 09:02 PM. So it is undoubtedly what Mr Hurt is singing as part of his own shorter spiritual. I'm sure that it shares a biblical reference with another old hymn, "Bringing In The Sheaves."

While we have now established this song's lyrics, no one has yet come up with the guitar tablature. I'm marking this thread "Add To Tracer." I don't have the time to work up this tune right now, let alone to type out text-based tablature, but I might be able to do so sometime in the future.

For a motherload of excellent MJH tabs, check out the website that Frank Delaney maintains on behalf of the Mississippi John Hurt Museum. It includes quite a few tabs, including a couple contributed by me and a another half-dozen or so by fellow Mudcatter Khandu. Unfortunately, this song isn't included ~ yet.

The tablature program used on this site, "Randytab," is freeware that can be downloaded from another page on the same site:

You'll need to download this program in order to access the tabs that Frank has posted. Using it should be very easy and enjoyable for anyone who's already "tab-literate." This program creates a MIDI file of the notes that are transcribed, which is great. If you're learning a song, you can hear the guitar part was you look at the tab, and if you're writing or trying to transcribe something, you can check your work and verify that it sounds the way you mean it to sound. I've heard that there are other programs that do the same thing, but this one is free, it's the first one I found, and it provides access to plenty of Mississippi John Hurt songs!