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'Cross the Green Mountain' - Dylan

Little Hawk 30 Nov 08 - 07:26 PM
Little Hawk 30 Nov 08 - 07:57 PM
Amos 02 Dec 08 - 01:04 PM
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artbrooks 02 Dec 08 - 11:21 PM
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Subject: 'Cross the Green Mountain' - Dylan
From: Little Hawk
Date: 30 Nov 08 - 07:26 PM

You might enjoy listening to this beautiful and mournful song about the Civil War and taking in the images...

Cross the Green Mountain - video of the song

Dylan's song was written for the Civil War movie "Gods and Generals". The song is a requiem for both sides in that war. Some of the verses clearly have to do with the death of Stonewall Jackson, shot accidentally by his own men during confused encounters on the first night of Chancellorsville, which was Lee and Jackson's greatest victory, but resulted in the death of Jackson, a death the South could ill afford.

Here are the lyrics as best I make them out (I think some versions that are out on the net now are mistaken on a few specific words and phrases):

I cross the Green Mountain
I sit by the stream
Heaven blazing in my head
I dreamt a monstrous dream
Something came up
Out of the sea
Swept through the land of
The rich and the free

I look into the eyes
Of my merciful friend
And then I ask myself
Is this the end?
Memories linger
Sad yet sweet
And I think of the souls in heaven who we'll meet (or "who will meet"?)

Alters are burning
The flames far and wide
The foe has crossed over
From the other side
They tip their caps
from the top of the hill
You can feel them come
All brave blood do spill (....or...."More brave blood to spill"?)

Along the dim
Atlantic line
The ravaged land
Lasts for miles behind
The light's coming forward
And the streets are broad
All must yield
To the avenging God

The world is old
The world is gray
Lessons of life
Can't be learned in a day
I watch and I wait
And I listen while I stand
To the music that comes
From a far better land

Close the eyes of our Captain
Peace may he know
His long night is done
The great leader is laid low
He was ready to fall
He was quick to defend
Killed outright he was
by his own men

It's the last day's last hour
Of the last happy year
I feel that the unknown
World is so near
Pride will vanish
And glory will rot
But virtue lives
And cannot be forgot

The bells
Of evening have rung
There's blasphemy
On every tongue
Let them say that I walked
In fair nature's light
And that I was loyal
To truth and to right

Serve God and meet your foe
Look upward beyond
Beyond the darkness that masks
The surprises of dawn
In the deep green grasses
And the blood stained woods
They never dreamed of surrendering
They fell where they stood

Stars fell over Alabama
And I saw each star
You're walking in dreams
Whoever you are
Chilled are the skies
Keen is the frost
And the ground's froze hard
And the morning is lost
A letter to mother
Came today
Gunshot wound to the breast
Is what it did say
But he'll be better soon
He's in a hospital bed
But he'll never be better
He's already dead

I'm ten miles outside the city
And I'm lifted away
In an ancient light
That is not of day
They were calm they were blunt
We knew 'em all too well
We loved each other more than
we ever dared to tell


The recording is in the key of G# (or A flat if you prefer). Put a capo on the first fret and play it as if in G. The verses are mostly of this pattern of chords

(Am)I cross the Green (Bm) Mountain
(C)I sit by the (D) stream
(Am)Heaven blazing (Bm)in my head
(C)I dreamt a monstrous (D) dream
(C)Something came (G) up
(Am)Out of the (D)sea
(Em)Swept through the (C) land of
The (D) rich and the (Em) free (C) (G) (D)

I think there's an alternate pattern in some of the verses, though and the melody line shifts in those too...I'm busy figuring it out right now.


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Subject: RE: 'Cross the Green Mountain' - Dylan
From: Little Hawk
Date: 30 Nov 08 - 07:57 PM

Okay, there is an alternate chord pattern and melody on a few verses.

It seems to go with these chords:

Serve God and meet your foe                C        Bm
Look upward beyond                                Am        G
Beyond the darkness that masks                C        Bm
The surprises of dawn                        Am        D
In the deep green grasses                        C        G        
And the blood stained woods                        Am        G
They never dreamed of surrendering                 Am        Bm
They fell where they stood                        C        D


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Subject: RE: 'Cross the Green Mountain' - Dylan
From: Amos
Date: 02 Dec 08 - 01:04 PM

What a lovely thread, Little Hawk!! :D



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Subject: RE: 'Cross the Green Mountain' - Dylan
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 02 Dec 08 - 01:49 PM

Oh no! Amos... you ruined LH's achievement. What is to be done?

This calls for a link back the related thread


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Subject: RE: 'Cross the Green Mountain' - Dylan
From: Amos
Date: 02 Dec 08 - 02:24 PM

Chinga made me do it. Blackmail.



A


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Subject: RE: 'Cross the Green Mountain' - Dylan
From: artbrooks
Date: 02 Dec 08 - 11:21 PM

Chinga su que?


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Subject: RE: 'Cross the Green Mountain' - Dylan
From: Little Hawk
Date: 03 Dec 08 - 12:50 AM

Chinga is Amos's primate paramour. She runs a brothel in Milwaukee. It is a horribly sordid tale, one which I will resist posting anything further about here, because it's just too nasty. Awful, really. I hate to even think about it. ;-)

*****

Now, I have a couple more small corrections to the lyrics.

1. "the ravaged land lies" for miles around, not "lasts"

Along the dim
Atlantic line
The ravaged land
Lies for miles behind
The light's coming forward
And the streets are broad
All must yield
To the avenging God

2. "Serve God and be cheerful"

Serve God and be cheerful
Look upward beyond
Beyond the darkness that masks
The surprises of dawn
In the deep green grasses
Of the blood stained woods
They never dreamed of surrendering
They fell where they stood


There are only 3 verses with the alternate chord pattern, and they resolve to the 5th of the key at the end (a D chord).

The other verses all resolve to an Em at the end of the lyric, followed by a C and then a G chord.


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Subject: RE: 'Cross the Green Mountain' - Dylan
From: semi-submersible
Date: 03 Dec 08 - 01:27 PM

"Altars are burning" is more probable than "Alters." (The "e" spelling is only used in the verb. 'E'll be sacrificed on the altar, 'cos 'e altered the meaning.)


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Subject: RE: 'Cross the Green Mountain' - Dylan
From: Little Hawk
Date: 03 Dec 08 - 01:59 PM

Yeah, that's right. I should have spelled it "altars". One more among many small corrections. ;-)

There are a surprising number of errors in the various posted versions of the supposed lyrics on the Net, the most striking being the seemingly universal replacement of the word "foe" with "fool" in "the foe has crossed over to the other side"...and "ravaged land" with "rapper's land".

I get the feeling that there are a lot of young people out there now who have never even heard the word "foe" in their lives. Dylan has written the song very much in the vernacular and mindset of the Civil War era itself...."foe" was a common word to use and there were no rappers back then, that's for danged sure! ;-)


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Subject: RE: 'Cross the Green Mountain' - Dylan
From: Bobert
Date: 03 Dec 08 - 05:38 PM

Sorry, LH, fir not noticing this thread... And sorry that everyone else didn't either 'cause now it has sent you into an early Christmas season depression... I generally don't get depressed until about the 12th or 13th but seein' as you have allready raised the flag then count me in...

BTW, the song is purdy depressin', too...

Man, I kniow I shouldn't have opened that other thread... Ruined my entire year... 'Er at least what is left of it...

B~


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Subject: RE: 'Cross the Green Mountain' - Dylan
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 03 Dec 08 - 08:01 PM

...there were no rappers back then, that's for danged sure!

Oh yes there were. Here are some modern day carriers of the rapper tradition, in Yorkshire.
............................................

One extra correction - I'm pretty sure those first two lines should read

I cross the Green Mountain
I slept by the stream
Heaven blazing in my head
I dreamt a monstrous dream


The other YouTube clip, the soundtrack version it appears. just has the first few verses. A more restrained version, and all the more powerful as a result, I felt.

Thanks for pointing us to this, Little Hawk.


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Subject: RE: 'Cross the Green Mountain' - Dylan
From: Little Hawk
Date: 03 Dec 08 - 08:33 PM

Yeah, I liked that version too, McGrath. You may indeed be right that it is "slept" by the stream. That makes better sense in the context of the whole verse.


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Subject: RE: 'Cross the Green Mountain' - Dylan
From: Beer
Date: 03 Dec 08 - 09:35 PM

Thanks for finding this L.H.
Bob sure as hell can still write a great song.

Beer (adrien)


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Subject: RE: 'Cross the Green Mountain' - Dylan
From: Arkie
Date: 03 Dec 08 - 11:36 PM

L.H., thanks for posting. Powerful words. Now to look forward to the recording and the film.


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Subject: RE: 'Cross the Green Mountain' - Dylan
From: Little Hawk
Date: 04 Dec 08 - 12:13 PM

The film's been out for years, Arkie. I think it came out back in 2002 or thereabouts. The song lyric is not listed on Dylan's website at all for some reason, but a recording of the song appears on the new Dylan double album collection: Tell Tale Signs

It's the last track on the 2nd disc.


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Subject: RE: 'Cross the Green Mountain' - Dylan
From: Arkie
Date: 04 Dec 08 - 10:01 PM

Thanks L.H. I have add the CD and DVD to my Christmas list. The wait will not be as long as I thought. Obviously, I have not been keeping up with latest releases.


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