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Brian 24 Sep 99 - 05:13 PM
Torbjörn Olsson 24 Sep 99 - 06:56 PM
folk1234 24 Sep 99 - 10:19 PM
Roger in Baltimore 25 Sep 99 - 12:53 PM
Torbjörn Olsson 25 Sep 99 - 04:55 PM
Torbjörn Olsson 25 Sep 99 - 04:58 PM
Roger in Baltimore 25 Sep 99 - 05:52 PM
Joe Offer 26 Sep 99 - 03:01 AM
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Subject: Poor Howard CHORDS needed please
From: Brian
Date: 24 Sep 99 - 05:13 PM

Help I would like to be able to play the Leadbelly song Poor Howard...If anyone can help with chords and/or tuning I would really appreciate it. Thanks

Regards Brian Tipton


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Poor Howard CHORDS needed ple
From: Torbjörn Olsson
Date: 24 Sep 99 - 06:56 PM

Brian, if you could put out your email-address on this thread, I could send you the lyrics, chords and musical notes.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Poor Howard CHORDS needed ple
From: folk1234
Date: 24 Sep 99 - 10:19 PM

Dear Torbjorn: Please post the lyrics & chords on the active thread. I, and perhaps others, would like them. I have sung Poor Howard along with others and I have led the singing a capella, but I've never used my guitar. Thanks


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Poor Howard CHORDS needed ple
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 25 Sep 99 - 12:53 PM

From "A Folksinger's Guide to the 12-String Guitar as Played by Leadbelly" by Julius Lester and Pete Seeger.

Leadbelly played the song in "Open A": strings tuned EAEAC#E (bass to treble, left to right). Those of you who are adverse to strings breaking and necks twisting could try "Open G": strings tuned DGDGBD.

The opening "riff" is slide 2-3-4 on the 5th string and strum, then 2 on the 4th string and strum, then 2-3-4 on the fifth string and strum, then 0 on the fifth string and strum. It should sound like "Who's been here since I've been gone." Then you go to the D7th chord fingered:

0 2 0 2 1 0

Holding the chord, pick 2 on the 2nd string and strum then 2 on the 2nd string and strum, 4 on the second string, 2 on the second string, 0 on the second string and strum. This should give you "Pretty little girl with a red dress on"

For the chorus: barre at the fifth fret and occasionally finger the first string 7 th fret where you have the C chord, and barre the seventh fret and occasionally finger the first string at the ninth fret when you see D chord. The final D7th is the chord outlined above.

Lyrics and chords:

  G
Who's been here since I've been gone?
D7th~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~G
Pretty little girl with a red dress on.

Who's been here since I've been gone?
D7th~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~G
Pretty little girl with a red dress on.

CHO:
C~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~G
Pretty little girl with a red dress on,
D~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~G
Pretty little girl with a red dress on,
C~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~G
Pretty little girl with a red dress on,
D7th~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~G
Left me here to sing this song.

Who's been here since I've been gone?
Great big man with a derby on....etc.

Poor Howard was a poor boy,
Left me here to shout for joy....etc.

Of course, you could just tune your guitar in standard fashion and play the indicated chords, but you won't sound much like Lead Belly.

Enjoy the song!

Roger in Baltimore


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Poor Howard CHORDS needed ple
From: Torbjörn Olsson
Date: 25 Sep 99 - 04:55 PM

This is what I found.
POOR HOWARD

C
Poor Howard's dead and gone
G7 C
Left me here to sing this song
C
Poor Howard's dead and gone
G7 C
Left me here to sing this song
F C
Poor Howard's dead and gone
G7 C
Poor Howard's dead and gone
F
Poor Howard's dead and gone
G7 C
Left me here to sing this song

Who's been here since I've been gone
Pretty little girl with a red dress on
Who's been here since I've been gone
Pretty little girl with a red dress on
Pretty little girl with a red dress on
Pretty little girl with a red dress on
Pretty little girl with a red dress on
Left me here to sing this song

Who's been here since I've been gone
Great big man with a derby on
Who's been here since I've been gone
Great big man with a derby on
Great big man with a derby on
Great big man with a derby on
Great big man with a derby on
Left me here to sing this song

-Then I have a couple of lines that I don't know how to use in this song. They goes like this:

Poor Howard was a poor boy
Poor Howard was a poor boy
Poor Howard was a poor boy
Left me here to shout for joy

Left me here to shout for joy
Left me here to shout for joy
Left me here to shout for joy
Left me here to shout for joy

Line Breaks <br> added. Preformat commands <pre> (beginning) and </pre> (end) added to space chords.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Poor Howard CHORDS needed ple
From: Torbjörn Olsson
Date: 25 Sep 99 - 04:58 PM

Sorry. The lyrics I just send did get messed up. It looked OK before I sent it.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Poor Howard CHORDS
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 25 Sep 99 - 05:52 PM

Torbjorn,

Sorry I don't know how to double dot my o's.

To keep your lyrics laid out in lines you have to use some HTML code (don't ask me what it means). At the end of each line, type in <pre><br></pre>. If nothing show here, I made a mistake. I want to show you <br>. This is known as a "line break" and allows you to move to the next line automatically. Otherwise, your web browser just ignores the "enter" you hit when making up your post.

Now, to the music. The two verses you post at the end may be sung to the chorus melody, not the verse melody. Then they "scan" just fine.

Roger in Baltimore


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Subject: Posting Chords
From: Joe Offer
Date: 26 Sep 99 - 03:01 AM

Hi, Roger and Torbjörn- I fixed your HTML in this thread, and I'm wondering about Roger's instructions on the preformat command. I put <pre> at the beginning of the entire passage that has chords, and </pre> at the end. I don't think Roger's method will work, but maybe I'm wrong on that. By the way, to display angle brackets, it's &lt; (left) and&gt; (right). The ö umlaut would be &ouml;.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Poor Howard CHORDS needed ple
From: Jeri
Date: 26 Sep 99 - 09:01 AM

Quick, painless tip: when I reply to someone with an accent in their name, I just copy and paste it from their message.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Poor Howard CHORDS needed ple
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 26 Sep 99 - 09:19 AM

Jeri,

I thought of that. Only I thought about it several minutes after I submitted my post. Thanks for the suggestion.

Roger in Baltimore


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Subject: Poor Howard
From: brian@audiophileusa.com
Date: 28 Sep 99 - 01:11 PM

You people are a fine bunch of individuals ...thanks for all your Poor Howard help....If you see a red haired fella' wearing horn rimmed glasses and wailin' at the moon about a pretty little girl with a red dress on ...you know you done the right thing....

Regards Brian t.


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