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Woody's tunes

dick greenhaus 23 Dec 11 - 05:26 PM
Elmore 23 Dec 11 - 10:23 PM
Tootler 24 Dec 11 - 01:57 AM
Dave Hanson 24 Dec 11 - 03:08 AM
Elmore 24 Dec 11 - 09:20 PM
Elmore 24 Dec 11 - 09:32 PM
dick greenhaus 25 Dec 11 - 09:58 AM
GUEST 25 Dec 11 - 10:35 AM
Elmore 25 Dec 11 - 08:53 PM
Elmore 26 Dec 11 - 09:32 AM
Stringsinger 26 Dec 11 - 01:05 PM
Mark Ross 26 Dec 11 - 02:22 PM
Bob the Postman 26 Dec 11 - 03:21 PM
Elmore 26 Dec 11 - 04:39 PM
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Subject: Woody's tunes
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 23 Dec 11 - 05:26 PM

Has someone compiled a roster of Woody's Guthrie's songs and the corresponding sources of their melodies?


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Subject: RE: Woody's tunes
From: Elmore
Date: 23 Dec 11 - 10:23 PM

Stolen, mostly


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Subject: RE: Woody's tunes
From: Tootler
Date: 24 Dec 11 - 01:57 AM

"Stolen" is unkind.

It was accepted practice long before Woody to use existing tunes for new songs.

Early Broadsides frequently specified the tune that the words had been set to.


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Subject: RE: Woody's tunes
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 24 Dec 11 - 03:08 AM

Stolen is OK, according to Woody's daughter Norah, Woody called himself a ' tune thief '

Dave H


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Subject: RE: Woody's tunes
From: Elmore
Date: 24 Dec 11 - 09:20 PM

stolen is OK. Woody even from himself. Merry ...


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Subject: RE: Woody's tunes
From: Elmore
Date: 24 Dec 11 - 09:32 PM

Or Stolen is OK. Woody even stole from himself. Sorry. Merry...


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Subject: RE: Woody's tunes
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 25 Dec 11 - 09:58 AM

None of which relates to the question being asked.


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Subject: RE: Woody's tunes
From: GUEST
Date: 25 Dec 11 - 10:35 AM

The Wabash Cannonball, mostly.


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Subject: RE: Woody's tunes
From: Elmore
Date: 25 Dec 11 - 08:53 PM

Wait'til next year.


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Subject: RE: Woody's tunes
From: Elmore
Date: 26 Dec 11 - 09:32 AM

Woody Guthrie.org has a wealth of material on his life, his songs, etc. Although I didn't find anything specific about his tunes this web site seems like a good starting point.As you know, next year marks the 100 year anniversary of his birth, and, in addition to concerts there are all kinds of scholarly seminars planned at a variety of locations.


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Subject: RE: Woody's tunes
From: Stringsinger
Date: 26 Dec 11 - 01:05 PM

This from Adam Miller.

"Put Your Finger in the Air"                "I Was Born about 10,000 Years Ago."

"Ramblin' Round"                                    "Goodnight Irene"

"Roll on Columbia"                               "Goodnight Irene"

"Pastures of Plenty"                         "Pretty Polly"

"I Ain't Got No Home"                        "This World is Not My Home"

"Union Maid"                                       "Red Wing"

"Rueben James"                                  A Part: "Wildwood Flower"

"1913 Masacre"                                     "One Morning in May"

"Pretty Boy Floyd"                         "The Death of Floyd Collins"

"Don't You Push Me Down"                        "Jingle Bells"

"Buffalo Skinners"                                 "Hills of Mexico"

"Ship in the Sky"                            "Hard Ain't it Hard" / "What Will I Do For My Money's All Gone"

"This Land is Your Land"                "When the World's on Fire"

"Tom Joad"                                        "John Hardy"

"Philadelphia Lawyer"                                  "The Jealous Lover of Lone Green Valley"

"Clean-o"                                           "Butcher's Boy"

"Ladies Auxiliary"                               "Butcher's Boy"

"So Long It's Been Good…"                        A Part: "Ballad of Billy the Kid"

"Grand Coulee Dam"                           "Wabash Cannonball"

"Jesus Christ"                                     "Jesse James"

"Why Oh Why?"                         "Danville Girl"

"Dance Around and Around"               "Danville Girl"

"Do-Re-Mi"                                        "Hang Out the Front Door Key"

"Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad" "Chilly Winds"

"Standin' Down New York Town"    "I Know You Rider Gonna' Miss Me When I'm Gone"

"Little Sack O' Sugar/Riggle Tickle"    "Eighth of January"

"I Woke Up in a Dry Bed"                  "Lights in the Valley Outshine the Sun"

"I Been Doin' Some Hard Travelin"         ?

"Pretty Boy Floyd"                         "The Black Velvet Band"

"Dust Storm Disaster"                   "John Henry"

"Tin Horn Taxi"                         1st 8 bars of "Ghost Riders in the Sky' + last 8 bars of "High Barbary"

Melody not by Woody:

"Deportee"                                        "Whoopie Ti Yi Yo, Get Along Little Dogies" / "Jolie Blonde"


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Subject: RE: Woody's tunes
From: Mark Ross
Date: 26 Dec 11 - 02:22 PM

Actually, Frank, I think that NEW YORK TOWN is Woody's reworking of Blind Lemon Jefferson's ONE DIME BLUES.

Mark Ross


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Subject: RE: Woody's tunes
From: Bob the Postman
Date: 26 Dec 11 - 03:21 PM

I think the Ludlow Massacre tune came from the Carters' "No Depression".


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Subject: RE: Woody's tunes
From: Elmore
Date: 26 Dec 11 - 04:39 PM

Thank goodness some people who know what they're talking about picked up this thread. My apologies to Mr. Greenhaus.


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