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Lyr/Chords Req: God's River (Emmett Miller)

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GUEST,Christien Gagnier 04 Feb 11 - 09:15 PM
Joe Offer 04 Feb 11 - 09:25 PM
GUEST 04 Feb 11 - 10:30 PM
GUEST,Grishka 05 Feb 11 - 08:43 AM
Chris in Portland 05 Feb 11 - 11:09 AM
wysiwyg 05 Feb 11 - 11:18 AM
GUEST,Christien Gagnier 10 Feb 11 - 09:06 AM
GUEST,Grishka 10 Feb 11 - 02:12 PM
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GUEST,Grishka 13 Feb 11 - 05:21 AM
wysiwyg 27 Feb 11 - 04:49 PM
GUEST,JK23 31 Mar 11 - 10:27 AM
GUEST,Christien Gagnier 30 Jul 11 - 11:52 AM
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Subject: Chords for 'God's River' by Emmett Mille
From: GUEST,Christien Gagnier
Date: 04 Feb 11 - 09:15 PM

Hello. I was wondering if anybody knew the chords to 'God's River' by Emmett Miller. I am completely entranced by the song and want to learn how to play and sing it but have had trouble even determining the key. Thanks to anyone that can help.


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Subject: ADD: God's River' (Emmett Miller)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 04 Feb 11 - 09:25 PM

I can't help with chords, but we usually try to include lyrics in chords threads. I found a recording at Spotify - it's a good song. I found the lyrics for this and a number of other Emmett Miller songs at Emmett Miller's Myspace Blog:

GOD'S RIVER
(as recorded by Emmett Miller)

'fraid I'll never last till I get to the Levee
'fraid to travel fast with a pack so heavy
but I'm gonna stack it, try to get to pack it on that ol' river line

Strolling by the side but my heart is happy
that's because I'm heading for Home
Never more will I ever roam

Home, those whistles & bells
I know what that spells,
God's River

Home, if I miss that boat
I know I can float
God's River

mile by Mile I paddle my old canoe
i'll be in heaven when my journeys over
For the one i adore
is watching the shore
God's River

(yodel)

mile by mile I paddle my old canoe
I'll be in heaven when my journey's over
For the one i adore
is watching the shore
God's River



Recorded by Emmett Miller on June 12th in 1928 with the Drosey brothers, Stan King, Eddie Lang, Leo McConville on turmpet & Authur Schutt on piano.


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Subject: RE: Chords for 'God's River' by Emmett Miller
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Feb 11 - 10:30 PM

Thanks for the lyrics Joe. The chords are what I'm after. It must be in the key of B or C with a lot of 7th chords but so far it has caused me great difficulty. I`ve been to the myspace page too. It is seems like sort of a joke still any emmett miller content is better than none. The way he sings the song fascinates me....he sings in such a relaxed and yet heartfelt manner......the music sounds very dated stylistically but the singing is timeless. All the recordings Emmett Miller made with the Georgia Crackers are awesome. Even the music has grown on me over time.


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Subject: RE: Chords for 'God's River' by Emmett Miller
From: GUEST,Grishka
Date: 05 Feb 11 - 08:43 AM

I am curious about Canadian yodelling. If you link us to an audio or video stream, or MP3 file, I promise to take a stab at the chords (unless someone else beats me to it). Alternatively, send us an ABC or MIDI of the melody, though our results then may differ from Miller's.


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Subject: RE: Chords for 'God's River' by Emmett Miller
From: Chris in Portland
Date: 05 Feb 11 - 11:09 AM

Emmett's recording are obviously dated.
If you like this sound, try Red McKenzie and the Mound City Blue Blowers. Red really got lost in the shuffle of time.
Chris


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Subject: RE: Chords for 'God's River' by Emmett Miller
From: wysiwyg
Date: 05 Feb 11 - 11:18 AM

Link to tune?

~S~


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Subject: Chord Req: God's River by Emmett Miller....
From: GUEST,Christien Gagnier
Date: 10 Feb 11 - 09:06 AM

Earlier I had posted a message asking if anyone knew the chords to Emmett Miller's version of "God's River". Several people asked for a link to the song and so here is a link to the mp3:

http://www.boudoirartdolls.com/yahoo_site_admin/assets/audio/musicGodsRiverBlues.331201650.mp3

If you just want to stream the track then use this link:

http://www.boudoirartdolls.com/music_-_side_3

I thank you all for any assistance you can provide.


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Subject: RE: Chords for 'God's River' by Emmett Miller
From: GUEST,Grishka
Date: 10 Feb 11 - 02:12 PM

Christien, thank you for linking the song for us. Yes, that's the "shuffle" of time with a charmingly nostalgic sound.

The chords are a bit tricky, since the band is not always united in harmony. Here is my go, everyone is welcome to correct or improve it:
 Intro:
Eb Ab7
Eb C7 Fm Bb7 Eb _
Ebm Abm/Cb Bb7

Ebm                           Gb
'fraid I'll never last till I get to the Levee
Abm                          Eb
'fraid to travel fast with a pack so heavy
Abm                     Eb            Cm              G7        Cm  Abmaj7 Bb7
but I'm gonna stack it, try to get to pack it on that ol' river line
Ebm                          Gb
Strolling by the side but my heart is happy
Abm                            Bb7
that's because I'm heading for Home
Abm                    Bb7
Never more will I ever roam

Eb                     Abm
Home, those whistles & bells
                 Eb     C7 Fm
I know what that spells,
Bb7   Eb   Cm Fo Bb7
God's River

Eb                   Abm
Home, if I miss that boat
             Eb   C7/E Fm
I know I can float
Bb7   Eb   Cm Fm Bb7-9
God's River

Eb   Abm Ao   Eb7/Db Ab        Ao
Mile by  mile I      paddle my old canoe
Eb         Eb7                     F9 Bb7
I'll be in heaven when my journeys o--ver
Eb             Abm
For the one i adore
                Eb   C Fm
is watching the shore
Bb7   Eb   Cm Fo Bb7
God's River

("yodel":)
Eb _ Ab7 Eb Bb7 Eb Abm Bb7
Eb _ Ab7 Eb C Bb7 Eb _ Abm

Mile by mile etc.

Eb Ab Bb7 Eb Ab Eb Bb9 Eb


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: God's River by Emmett Miller....
From: GUEST,Grishka
Date: 10 Feb 11 - 02:17 PM

(The elves will probably unite the two threads)


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: God's River by Emmett Miller....
From: GUEST
Date: 11 Feb 11 - 12:09 AM

what do you mean?


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Subject: RE: Chords for 'God's River' by Emmett Miller
From: Joe Offer
Date: 11 Feb 11 - 12:42 AM

Threads combined.
-Joe the Elf-


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Subject: RE: ADD: Chords for 'God's River' by Emmett Miller
From: wysiwyg
Date: 11 Feb 11 - 10:57 AM

Christien, what are the beautiful songs playing after the selection ends? Can I download them too?

~Susan


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Subject: RE: ADD: Chords for 'God's River' by Emmett Miller
From: wysiwyg
Date: 11 Feb 11 - 11:00 AM

Christien-- never mind. I discovered what was auto-playing (from another site)., but thank you for the song on YOUR site-- a lot of good stuff!

~Susan


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Subject: RE: ADD: Chords for 'God's River' by Emmett Miller
From: GUEST,Christien Gagnier
Date: 12 Feb 11 - 02:41 PM

Wow.....thanks a zillion for your effort......the key is Eb apparently.....is that to facilitate the wind and brass instruments?.....I suppose this must be Eddie Lang's chord choices.....I will let you know my success at learning this arrangement....I love to play Emmett Miller's version of "Lonesome Hearted Blues" which has an a complicated chord pattern with a key modulation as well, but it is in a more conventional guitar key (Dmaj and F sharp maj).....it is played rather loosely but I suppose that could be the dixieland influence where group improvisation created such realities.....thanks again grishka, you must have an amazing ear!


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Subject: RE: ADD: Chords for 'God's River' by Emmett Miller
From: GUEST,Grishka
Date: 13 Feb 11 - 05:21 AM

You're welcome, Christien. I enjoyed listening.

Yes, those "flat" keys are usually chosen to make it easier for the Bb clarinet player in particular. (The other instrument we hear is a Bb trombone. The traditional Bb trumpet is missing here, i.e. replaced by Emmett's "yodelling".) Banjo players had/have to be used to those keys – they have fewer strings to cover than guitarists.

On the guitar, Eb will be D with capo 1. If you have no wind instruments to worry about (or modern professionals who own an A clarinet as well), transpose the song to suit your voice and your guitar technique, e.g. to ordinary D major.


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Subject: RE: ADD: Chords for 'God's River' by Emmett Miller
From: wysiwyg
Date: 27 Feb 11 - 04:49 PM

Oooh, we're gonna do this as an offertory, as soon as we find us a horn player.

~S~


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Subject: RE: ADD: Chords for 'God's River' by Emmett Miller
From: GUEST,JK23
Date: 31 Mar 11 - 10:27 AM

Anybody know who wrote the song? It sounds like a show tune to me


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Subject: RE: ADD: Chords for 'God's River' by Emmett Miller
From: GUEST,Christien Gagnier
Date: 30 Jul 11 - 11:52 AM

No idea but just as "Lovesick Blues" was written by Tin Pan Alley professionals I would not be surprised if "God's River" was too.


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Subject: RE: ADD: Chords for 'God's River' by Emmett Miller
From: GUEST,Hoyle Osborne
Date: 12 Aug 11 - 01:05 AM

The songwriter credit is given in several sources as "Baskett" - no first name. I have a strong suspicion this must be Billy Baskette, writer of another excellent song of the same time, "Dream Train." I'll post a more correct lead sheet for "God's River" as soon as I get the chance.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: God's River (Emmett Miller)
From: GUEST,Hoyle Osborne
Date: 24 Feb 15 - 01:55 PM

Here is my lead sheet for "God's River," both in E-flat, Emmett Miller's recorded key, and in C for somewhat easier guitar chords.
God's River [original and in C]


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: God's River (Emmett Miller)
From: GUEST
Date: 09 Oct 16 - 06:31 AM

Thank you so much for the lyrics! As far as chords, that's very simple, email me if you're interested in them and I'll write 'em down for you Captainjeffrey1930@gmail.com. Thanks again for the lyrics, that's the only thing I couldn't figure out
-Jeffrey Paul Moran


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: God's River (Emmett Miller)
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Nov 17 - 10:53 PM

wow, this is cool...."lone canoe" instead of "old canoe" thank you for posting this


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