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Tune/Chords Req: John Hardy

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Paul S 18 Sep 99 - 08:57 PM
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Subject: John Hardy
From: Paul S
Date: 18 Sep 99 - 08:57 PM

I found the lyrics in the DT, but does anyone have the tune and/or chords

Thanks


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Subject: Lyr Add: JOHN HARDY (from Rex Wells)
From: Gene
Date: 18 Sep 99 - 11:23 PM

Here is different version -
chords are G/C/G/-/G/C/G/-/G/C/G/-/G/D/G

JOHN HARDY
Recorded by: Rex Wells
Traditional

John Hardy were a brave and a desperated boy
Said he carried two guns every day
Shot his man in the Shawnee Camp
And I saw John Hardy get away, poor boy
Saw John Hardy get away.

John Hardy was a-standing, drinkin' by the bar
He were unconcerned with the game
When a pretty gal threw down fifty cents and said
Deal John Hardy in the game, poor boy
Deal John Hardy in the game.

SPOKEN
Now John Hardy stepped up with the money in his hand
Said boys, I've got the money to play
And the man that wins this pretty gals' money
[sung]
I've got the powder to blow him away, poor boy
Powder to blow him away.

The cards they was dealt and the money on the board
Jake Campbell won that twenty dollar bill
John Hardy drew his pistols and he took sure aim and fire
And he caused Jake Campbell's brains to spill, poor boy
Caused Jake Campbell's brains to spill.

John Hardy had 12 long miles to go, 6 of them he ran
Ran till he came to the White River's bank
Then he fell on his bosom and he swam, poor boy
Fell on his bosom and he swam.

John Hardy came in that long roadhouse
Where he thought he'd be out of the way
But the marshall stepped up and took him by the hand
Said, Johnny come along with me, poor boy
John Hardy come along with me.

John Hardy was a standin in his cold prison cell
With the tears streamin' down his eyres
Said sin's the death of many a poor boy
Now I'm ready to die, poor boy
Now I'm ready to die, Lord, Lord.

SPOKEN:
Well, they took John Hardy to the buryin' ground
Took him there for to die
And the very last words John Hardy ever said
[sung]
My 45, it never told a lie, poor boy
My 45, it never told a lie.

John Hardy were a brave and a desperated boy
Said he carried two guns every day
Shot his man in the Shawnee Camp
And I saw John Hardy get away, poor boy
Saw John Hardy get away.

REX WELLS/WESTERN SONGS & GUNFIGHTER BALLADS
Crown Records ST 241

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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: John Hardy
From: Frank Hamilton
Date: 19 Sep 99 - 02:46 PM

Paul,

John Hardy is a folk song. There are many different variants. I don't know which one Dick used in DT but Lomax has a version in one of his books (I think it's Folksong USA) and there are many. Woody Guthrie also had a version of it. I recorded a minor version many years ago. Which version?

Frank Hamilton


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Subject: Chords Add: JOHN HARDY (from Woody Guthrie)
From: Colonel KC
Date: 19 Sep 99 - 06:43 PM

The version I'm most familiar with, the one Woody Guthrie borrowed for The Ballad of Tom Joad, was a pick and strum bass line in C like this:
     C   F C G
g c e f e d b a g ;

C F C G
g c e f e c d ;

C F C G
g c e f e d b a g ;

G
b b a e g a b b g

G
b b a b a g
(all notes on the bottom three strings of the guitar)


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: John Hardy
From: Paul S
Date: 20 Sep 99 - 09:20 AM

Frank,

The one I prefer, was played by an acoustic blues trio in Peterborough, ON, called Jackson Delta. It was very minor-ish. I'm sure that clears up nothing, right?


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: John Hardy
From: fox4zero
Date: 20 Sep 99 - 11:24 AM

My favorite version of JOHN HARDY is sung by SARAH CARTER recorded at the Carter Family's first re- cording session in Bristol Virginia in about 1929. It was includud in Harry Smith's Anthology which has been reissued. Smith's recordings opened up a whole new world for me and thousands of others in the early 1950's. Sarah Carter's version is so genuine "old timey" PARISH


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: John Hardy
From: Frank Hamilton
Date: 20 Sep 99 - 04:16 PM

Paul, I know the one you mean. The tune goes something like this.

g c c a c dd ba g / cc c a cc d / cc c a cc dd ba g/ aa a Bb a f dd f a f d/ aa a Bb a f dd f g/

John Hardy was a desparate little man Carried a razor every day Killed a man down on the West Virginia line Oughta' seen John Hardy gettin' away, Lord Lord Oughta' seen John Hardy gettin' away.

I think it's in Lomax's "Folk Song U.S.A."

BTW, Woody sang this tune also with a different set of chords but the last line was ended in major like the tune he used for "Tom Joad."

Frank Hamilton


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: John Hardy
From: GUEST,Barny
Date: 24 Feb 04 - 01:54 PM

I like the version on Martin Simpson's Righteousness and Humidity.

Was wondering if anyone knows the tuning Martin uses for this?


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: John Hardy
From: BK Lick
Date: 24 Feb 04 - 03:29 PM

I believe the one Frank is thinking of is what Art Thieme sings in Jim Hickam's Feb. 7th radio broadacst. You can listen to it here.

          —BK


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: John Hardy
From: Alex.S
Date: 10 Jul 04 - 05:26 PM

Does anyone have the chords for the version sung by Pete Seeger on "The Essential Pete Seeger?" I don't think it's the standard set of C and G chords because the song sounds distinctly minor.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: John Hardy
From: Mr Happy
Date: 18 May 10 - 07:08 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_1UsiJHxOo


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: John Hardy
From: GUEST,electricjoelle
Date: 29 Jun 11 - 11:51 AM

i would love to see the chords for the minor version as well. many thanks in advance!


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