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Lyr Add: Chords Req: Songs sung by Bobby Bare

Jim Dixon 28 Apr 13 - 06:17 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: Chords Req: Songs sung by Bobby Bare
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 28 Apr 13 - 06:17 PM

Copied from another thread:
    Hi I am trying very hard to find the chords to two songs by Bobby Bare they are "The Bottomless Well" and "Paul"; both were written by Shiel Silverstein, I cannot find anybody who knows these chords or a place to look at them. I don't know why they were both very popular songs on Bobby Bare's double album, Ledgends Lullabies and Lies that came out in the late 50's or earky 60's I think.

    Any help with these would be much apreciated.
    Many thanks,
    Don Elison


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Subject: Lyr Add: PAUL (from Bobby Bare)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 28 Apr 13 - 06:20 PM

I can't help with the chords, but maybe somebody else can. Meanwhile, I can provide the lyrics, which have apparently never been posted at Mudcat before. I transcribed these from Spotify:


PAUL
As sung by Bobby Bare on "Bobby Bare Sings Lullabys [sic], Legends and Lies" (1973)

Well, he rode through the woods on a big blue ox.
He had fists as hard as choppin' blocks.
Five hundred pounds and nine feet tall,
That's Paul.

Talk about workin'! When he swings his axe,
You could hear it ring for a mile and a half,
And he'd yell "Timber!" and down she'd fall
For Paul.

Talk about drinkin'! That man's so mean
That he'd never drink nothin' but kerosene.
A five-gallon can is a little bit small
For Paul.

Talk about women! That man's so lusty
He needs a woman ever' hour just to keep from gettin' rusty.
Young ones run and the old ones crawl
To Paul.

Talk about tough! Well, he once had a fight
With a thunderstorm on a cold dark night.
I ain't sayin' who won, but it don't storm at all
'Round here, thanks to Paul.

He was ninety years old when he said with a sigh,
Said, "I think I'm gonna lay right down and die,
'Cause sunshine and sorrow, I've seen it all,"
Says Paul.

Says, "There ain't no man alive can kill me,
Ain't no woman left can thrill me,
And I think heaven just might be a ball,"
Says Paul

So he died,
And we cried.

It took eighteen men just to bust the ground,
Took three or four more just to lower him down,
And we covered him up and we figured that was all
For Paul.

But late one night the trees started shakin'
And the dogs started barkin' and the earth started quakin',
And out o' the ground with a "Hi, y'all"
Came Paul.

Well, he shook the dirt from off his clo'es,
He scratched his ass and wiped his nose.
"You know bein' dead wasn't no fun at all,"
Says Paul.

He said, "Now up in heaven they got harps on their knees.
They got clouds and wings but they got no trees.
I don't think that's much of a heaven at all,"
Says Paul.

So he jumps on his ox with a fare-thee-well.
He said, "I'll find out if they got trees in hell."
And he rode away and that was all
We ever seen of Paul.

But the next time you hear a "timber" yell
That sounds like it's comin' from the pits o' hell,
Then a boomin' laugh and a ghostly wail
Like somebody choppin' on the devil's tail,
Then a shout and a call, a crash and a fall,
That ain't no mortal man at all;
That's just Paul.


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Subject: Lyr Add: BOTTOMLESS WELL (sung by Bobby Bare)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 28 Apr 13 - 07:04 PM

BOTTOMLESS WELL
As sung by Bobby Bare on "Bobby Bare Sings Lullabys [sic], Legends and Lies" (1973)

They say there he sits in his big white wicker rocker,
Eatin' candy-coated cashews, sippin' orange lemonade,
While a sweet young thing fans the flies from off his eyebrows.
He's dozing' in the green catalpa shade.
Lord, they say that Jesse Langtry's got it made.

Little bit south of the Okeechobee,
There's a story that the swamp folks tell
About a mean old man named Jesse Langtry
And a sweet young maid and a bottomless well.

That water's cold, but that don't matter.
How deep it is, no one can tell.
Just drop a stone; you'll never hear it splatter;
It just falls down, down, forever in the bottomless well.

Through fifteen miles of snakes and 'gators,
With a ragin' fever and the tremblin' chills,
I wandered lost through the Okeechobee,
And there I seen 'em sittin' there by the bottomless well.

Yeah, now there he set in his big white wicker rocker,
Eatin' his candy-coated cashews, sippin' orange lemonade,
While that sweet young thing fanned the flies from off his eyebrows.
He's dozin' in the green catalpa shade.
Lord, I swear that Jesse Langtry got it made.

Ah, let's hear it for Jesse now!

I asked her for a drink o' water,
And as Jesse slept, me and her, we talked a spell.
She said that she was his wife and daughter, (lord, lord!)
But his heart was cold, cold and dark as a bottomless well.

And as he slept, I bent to kiss her.
I heard a loud and jealous yell,
Felt my head explode in darkness,
And two big hairy arms picked me up and dragged me to the bottomless well.

I woke up in fear and tremblin'.
I was starin' down into the jaws o' hell,
As he held me high above his shoulders,
A-gonna throw me down, down, down to the bottomless well.

Now here I sit in Jesse's big white wicker rocker,
Eatin' his candy-coated cashews, sippin' his orange lemonade,
While that sweet young thing fans the flies from off my eyebrows.
I'm dozin' in the green catalpa shade,
Enjoyin' the things that Jesse Langtry made.

Oh, God bless you, Jesse!

Now some folks say that sweet thing pushed him,
But I was there and I swear, he fell;
But it ain't murder, 'cause he ain't dead, 'cause he's still a-fallin',
Goin' down, down, forever in the bottomless well,
Goin' down, down, down, down, down.

Bye, Jesse!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Chords Req: Songs sung by Bobby Bare
From: GUEST,Larry Saidman
Date: 28 Apr 13 - 11:01 PM

One of the nice things about those Shel Silverstein songs is that they're so easy to play....simple melodies and chords.

PAUL;   A D-G-A-D sequence....changes every bar except sometimes the last D is held for 2 bars. \


BOTTOMLESS WELL:

Intro: A (hold it) to D
       A                A7
       &                D

Main song:
D A
A D
D D7 G
A7 D

Hope that helps.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Chords Req: Songs sung by Bobby Bare
From: GUEST
Date: 30 Mar 16 - 02:29 PM

Beginning chords are C-F-G then chord change to D-G-A and ending chords are E-A B7.......happy to help.If you know the song then you know where the chord progressions are.....have fun


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Chords Req: Songs sung by Bobby Bare
From: Louie Roy
Date: 30 Mar 16 - 02:54 PM

When this song was first written by an unknown artist in the 1930s or before it was called Paul Bunyon and his mighty blue ox. I'm sure over the years the words have been changed and many more added but I first heard it about 1930


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Chords Req: Songs sung by Bobby Bare
From: GUEST,Louie Roy
Date: 30 Mar 16 - 05:05 PM

One other thing I forgot to mention the Blue OX name was Babe. People take credit for tunes or poems that were written before they were born. Also this tune or poem was about a logger in Minnesota


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Chords Req: Songs sung by Bobby Bare
From: PHJim
Date: 31 Mar 16 - 08:48 AM

Louie Roy, Are you talking about this particular song or the folk tale of Paul Bunyon. I'm sure that Shel Silverstein never claimed to have invented the character of Paul, but Shel is not the type of guy who fastens his name onto old folk songs.

This is the guy who wrote The Unicorn Song, A Boy Named Sue, The Cover Of The Rolling Stone and countless other classic songs and poems. He wrote the liner notes on Ramblin' Jack Elliott's first album. It's worth getting just for the liner notes.
Although his song "The Cover Of The Rolling Stone" did get Dr. Hook onto the cover, I don't believe that Shel has ever appeared on the cover of the Rolling Stone.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Chords Req: Songs sung by Bobby Bare
From: Louie Roy
Date: 31 Mar 16 - 09:57 AM

According to the lyrics posted by Jim Dixon To me it appears that Silverstein is taking credit for the original words and I know that is not so due to the fact I heard these lyrics in 1930 and I'm sure they were written before that date. Paul Bunyon was a fairy tale for kids in that era to believe in. Like when he plowed the Mississippi River to the gulf. Of course it was all a fanacy but many kids in that period of time used him as their hero.


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