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Subject: jesse winchester song??
From: Michael S
Date: 12 Dec 07 - 03:47 PM

Hello,

I hope someone can help. At the 2007 International Folk Alliance Conference, Jesse Winchester received an award. Following his acceptance speech he sang a beautiful, slow- tempo song that I have never heard anywhere else. As I recall, it was about an older couple dancing to or merely recalling the songs of their youth. The chorus said something about the couple singing the phrase sham ba la la la (or some such thing) as they reminisced.

Does anyone know the name of this song, if it's recorded, and/or on what recording?

I have looked at Jesse's official website, which provides lyrics from 10 albums released through 1999. No luck there.

Anyone? Thanks all.

Michael Scully
Austin, TX


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Subject: RE: jesse winchester song??
From: C. Ham
Date: 12 Dec 07 - 05:32 PM

There's a contact address for Jesse's webmaster on his site. I once asked a question to that address and got an e-mail back (a few weeks later) from Jesse himself.


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Subject: RE: jesse winchester song??
From: Michael S
Date: 12 Dec 07 - 05:48 PM

Thank you. I'll try that. A reply from Jesse would be fun. Since that may take weeks, if anyone knows the answer I'd still appreciate it if you'd post it here. If I learn first, I'll answer my own question for the rest of you.

Michael


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Subject: RE: jesse winchester song??
From: Michael S
Date: 15 Dec 07 - 05:56 PM

Not a lot of action on this post (undoubtedly because no one knew the answer). Jim Steinblatt of ASCAP was nice enough to ask Jesse directly. The song is called "Sham-A-Ling-Dong-Ding." Jesse didn't say if he has recorded it (and perhaps Jim didn't ask). I've searched Amazon, iTunes and Jesse's home page and I can't find a recording. It's a beautiful song.

Peace,
Michael Scully


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Subject: RE: jesse winchester song??
From: Dave'sWife
Date: 15 Dec 07 - 07:54 PM

I would have guess The Executioner's song because of the hummed chorus. 'd love to hear "Sham-A-Ling-Dong-Ding.

I've always loved his music. A babysitter of mine as a kid had one of his albums and I swear we wore the grooves right off that thing!


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Subject: RE: jesse winchester song??
From: Sorcha
Date: 15 Dec 07 - 09:16 PM

Apparently Folk Alley (radio) played it on Oct. 11, 2007. See here. Might be worth contacting them? The album, etc is listed on the page I linked.

I checked the archives and didn't find it but it was just a quick look. Might be there. Mountain Stage (radio) also played it.

Put "sham a ling" just like that in Google and you'll find what I found. This thread is the first hit! LOL


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Subject: RE: jesse winchester song??
From: Joe Offer
Date: 16 Dec 07 - 01:50 AM

He did it on Mountain Stage on July 20, but apparently that show is no longer available for download.
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: jesse winchester song??-Sham-A-Ling-Dong-Ding
From: C. Ham
Date: 16 Dec 07 - 07:36 PM

The recording that Folk Alley played was from the Kent State Folk Festival. The song is not yet available on one of Jesse's own album's. 1999's Gentleman of leisure is Jesse's most recent album of new material, so I'd assume the song is less than eight years old.


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Subject: Chord Req: SHAM-A-LING-DONG-DING
From: Beer
Date: 16 Jul 10 - 02:31 PM

Just love this song by Jesse Winchester but having difficulty in figuring out all the chords. Your help would be greatly appreciated.
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Subject: RE: Chord Req: Sham-a-Ling-Dong-Ding
From: Beer
Date: 17 Jul 10 - 02:41 PM

Refresh
There must be some mudcatter that knows the chords?
ad.


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Subject: Chord Req: Jesse Winchester Song
From: Beer
Date: 18 Jul 10 - 11:07 PM

Maybe by stating the authors name will help find my request. I promise this will be my last try.
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Chords to Jesse's song; "Sham-a-Ling-Dong-Ding'


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Subject: ADD: Sham-a-Ling-Dong-Ding (Jesse Winchester)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 19 Jul 10 - 01:45 AM

For the record, there's a video recording of the song at YouTube.

-Joe-
And, for the record, the lyrics:

Sham-a-Ling-Dong-Ding
(Jesse Winchester)

The boys were singing shing-a-ling
The summer night we met
You were tan and seventeen
O how could I forget
When every star from near and far
Was watching from above
Watching two teenagers fall in love

The way we danced was not a dance
But more a long embrace
We held on to each other and
We floated there in space
And I was shy to kiss you while
The whole wide world could see
So shing-a-ling said everything for me

And O the poor old old folks
They thought we'd lost our minds
They could not make heads or tails
Of the young folks' funny rhymes
But you and I knew all the words
And we always sang along to
O sham-a-ling-dong-ding
Sham-a-ling-dang-dong

So after years and after tears
And after summers past
The old folks tried to warn us
How our love would never last
And all we'd get was soaking wet
From walking in the rain
And singing sham-a-shing-a-ling again

And O the poor old old folks
They smile and walk away
But I bet they did some
Sham-a-lama-ding-dong in their day
I bet that they still close their eyes
And I bet they sing along to
O sham-a-ling-dong-ding
Sham-a-ling-dang-dong

O those sweet old love songs
Every word rings true
Sham-a-ling-dong-ding means sweetheart
Sham-a-ling-dang-dong does too
And it means that right here in my arms
That's where you belong
And it means sham-a-ling-dong-ding
Sham-a-ling-dang-dong


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Subject: RE: Chords: Sham-a-Ling-Dong-Ding (Jesse Winchester)
From: GUEST,Bernie
Date: 19 Jul 10 - 10:10 PM

This is on Jesse's latest release "Love's Filling Station"...a beautiful record....


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Subject: RE: Chords: Sham-a-Ling-Dong-Ding (Jesse Winchester)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 19 Jul 10 - 10:14 PM

....and remember the original request was for chords. Can anybody help? Here's a link to a YouTube Video for those of you who have a knack for chords.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Chords: Sham-a-Ling-Dong-Ding (Jesse Winchester)
From: Beer
Date: 19 Jul 10 - 10:15 PM

Bernie, would you know if the chords to the song are included?
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Subject: RE: Chords: Sham-a-Ling-Dong-Ding (Jesse Winchester)
From: bobad
Date: 19 Jul 10 - 10:20 PM

Man, that song just wrings the tears of reminiscence from these old eyes.


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Subject: RE: Chords: Sham-a-Ling-Dong-Ding (Jesse Winchester)
From: Beer
Date: 20 Jul 10 - 10:22 PM

You got that right Bobad.
I just wrote to Jesse's agent and asked her if she would forward my request to Jesse. I reminded her that I had booked him last year for our festival and hope that next time he is up this way that maybe I could get him to play for us.
I still can't believe that with all our musical members, no one has been doing this number. oh well!.
ad.


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Subject: RE: Chords: Sham-a-Ling-Dong-Ding (Jesse Winchester)
From: Beer
Date: 22 Jul 10 - 10:11 AM

Got the song sheets from Jesse this morning.
ad.


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Subject: RE: Chords: Sham-a-Ling-Dong-Ding (Jesse Winchester)
From: GUEST,Mike LaFramboise
Date: 29 Jul 10 - 10:27 AM

I have my take on this song posted on the UMGF. Mostly D-Bm-G-Em-A7 (capo'd at the 2nd fret so really E-C#m etc.). I have it more clearly spelled out there but I'm not sure how to link it. Lovely tune, makes people cry every time. It's not hard to lift if you watch the Costello/Spectacle video and listen carefully. For me the key is the lilting tempo that almost suggests waltz time. Oh, and that lovely chord (Daug or Gm7sus9) at "we always sang along".

Mike


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Subject: RE: Chords: Sham-a-Ling-Dong-Ding (Jesse Wincheste
From: GUEST,Jack
Date: 29 Jul 10 - 07:48 PM

Does anybody have the chords to "Bless Your Foolish Heart", from "Love Filling Station"? I can't find them anywhere not on his site).

Jack


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Subject: RE: Chords: Sham-a-Ling-Dong-Ding (Jesse Winchester)
From: Beer
Date: 29 Jul 10 - 08:27 PM

Hi Jack,
If you want the chords I think you have to order the song sheets. I got Sham-a- Ling- Dong- Ding for 4 bucks.
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Subject: RE: Chords: Sham-a-Ling-Dong-Ding (Jesse Winchester)
From: GUEST,tikigeek
Date: 17 Nov 10 - 11:07 AM

For Chords, go to Bettylou's guitar site. Look in her updates. Great and easy arraingement.


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Subject: RE: Chords: Sham-a-Ling-Dong-Ding (Jesse Winchester)
From: GUEST,Andy O'Sullivan
Date: 21 Nov 10 - 12:07 PM

I'd love the chords for this song. Anyone got as link to Bettylou's page?


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Subject: RE: Chords: Sham-a-Ling-Dong-Ding (Jesse Winchester)
From: GUEST,Ron Roberts
Date: 25 Sep 11 - 08:51 AM

Jesse, I want to thank you for this beutiful song, Elvis was right when he said you blow him away everytime. Jesse I pray that the Good Lord will watch over you during this fight. I lost my wife in July after fighting cancer for 17 years, she refused to let cancer get the best of her. She recieved a bone marrow transplant and passed away cancer free, unfortunatly a lung disease took her life. She was a wonderful example of faith, hope, love and compassion. I hope that you will also be blessed. Sham-a-ling helps me with my lonliness, it's as if you wrote the song for us. We were married 45 years, high school sweethearts. We love and pray for you.

God Bless you,
Ronnie and Ellen


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