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Chord Req: phil ochs 'ballad of william worthy'

goodbar 14 Apr 07 - 11:13 PM
goodbar 23 Apr 07 - 06:29 PM
Phil Cooper 23 Apr 07 - 10:30 PM
goodbar 24 Apr 07 - 02:22 AM
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Subject: Chord Req: phil ochs 'ballad of william worthy'
From: goodbar
Date: 14 Apr 07 - 11:13 PM

does anyone know the chords?


Well, it's of a bold reporter a story I will tell
He went down to the Cuban land, the nearest place to hell He'd been there many times before, but now the law does say
The only way to Cuba is with the CIA

CHORUS:
William Worthy isn't worthy to enter our door
Went down to Cuba, he's not American anymore
But somehow it is strange to hear the State
Department say
You are living in the free world, in the free world you must stay

Five thousand dollars or a five year sentence may well be
For a man who had the nerve to think that travelin' is free
Oh why'd he waste his time to see a dictator's reign
When he could have seen democracy by travelin' on to Spain?

CH

So, come all you good travelers and fellow-travelers, too
Yes, and travel all around the world, see every country through
I'd surely like to come along and see what may be new
But my passport's disappearing as I sing these words to you

Well, there really is no need to travel to these evil lands
Yes, and though the list grows larger you must try to understand
Try hard not to worry if someday you should hear
That the whole world is off limits, visit Disneyland this year


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: phil ochs 'ballad of william worthy'
From: goodbar
Date: 23 Apr 07 - 06:29 PM

i hate to appear rude, but i'm just gonna bump this once and hope someone who knows it sees it this time....


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: phil ochs 'ballad of william worthy'
From: Phil Cooper
Date: 23 Apr 07 - 10:30 PM

Sorry the song is not in either of Phil Ochs' songbooks, can't help you with the chords.


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: phil ochs 'ballad of william worthy'
From: goodbar
Date: 24 Apr 07 - 02:22 AM

thanks for checking.

i'm pretty sure it starts with a D and i think there's a Bm somewhere in the chorus, but i have crappy ears and can't figure anything else out.


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: phil ochs 'ballad of william worthy'
From: goodbar
Date: 30 Aug 09 - 07:01 PM

Well, it's been two years since my last post in this thread and my ears have improved to the point where I've been able to transcribe what I believe to be a fairly accurate interpretation. So here it is for anyone else who's interested. Any feedback/corrections would be very much appreciated...

          D                        A            D      D7
Well, it's of a bold reporter whose story I will tell
   G                               D                D7
He went down to the Cuban land, the nearest place to hell
    G                                 D                Bm
He'd been there many times before, but now the law does say
    D                   A7         D D7
The only way to Cuba is with the CIA

Chorus:
       G                      D
William Worthy isn't worthy to enter our door
A                           D          D7
Went down to Cuba, he's not American anymore
    G                                 D                Bm
But somehow it is strange to hear the State Department say
       D                               A7                  D
You are living in the free world, in the free world you must stay


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