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Chord Req: I Used To Call Her Baby

GUEST,Martoons 29 Sep 14 - 01:09 PM
maeve 30 Sep 14 - 07:58 AM
GUEST,leeneia 30 Sep 14 - 09:25 AM
Will Fly 30 Sep 14 - 06:11 PM
maeve 30 Sep 14 - 09:00 PM
Leadfingers 30 Sep 14 - 10:20 PM
Will Fly 01 Oct 14 - 08:05 AM
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Subject: Chord Req: req: I Used To Call Her Baby chords
From: GUEST,Martoons
Date: 29 Sep 14 - 01:09 PM

Hi all,
I've been playing around with 2 Dallas String Band tunes.
i've figured out the chords for 'Chasin Rainbows' but have become stumped by 'I Used To Call Her Baby'. I've found a copy of sheet music from 1919 but it doesn't have chord diagrams and I can't read music.
With my limited ability it sounds like a combination of C-F-A and G but I can't for the life of me find the correct placement of the chords.
Can someone help me figure these out.


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Subject: ADD: I Used To Call Her Baby
From: maeve
Date: 30 Sep 14 - 07:58 AM

Here are the lyrics (not checked against the Dallas String Band version, the sample sound file I could find is all instrumental) to save time for chord addition:

I Used to Call Her Baby
Words and music by Howard Johnson, Murray Roth, & Cliff Hess

My father was a widower and we lived all alone,
With no one in our home that we could call our own.
But sad to state, I grew to hate that weary, dreary life.
Made up my mind I'd go and find a loving, little wife.
I met a little dear and courted her a year.
And oh what pretty things I used to whisper in her ear.
   
    I used to call her "Baby," she seemed like a baby to me.
    When she said that we should wed, you bet I was glad.
    Then I took her home and introduced her to Dad.
    That's when I lost my baby, for Dad had coin you see.
    She never even stopped to say, "Ta-Ta,"
    Next day she turned around and married Pa.
    And just to think, I used to call her "baby"
    And now she's a mother to me.

To think that after all these years so free from care and strife,
I'd change my plan of life, and try to grab a wife,
I thought that she'd be company, but now I plainly see,
That she is better company for Daddy than for me.
The way she made me feel it seems it can't be real,
But just the same I got an awful deal

    I used to call her Baby, She seemed like a baby to me,
    Any time she comes along and sits on my knee,
    She don't seem to have the same attraction for me,
    To think she was my Baby, It's got me up a tree,
    Now when my evening pray'rs have all been said,
    She always tucks me in my little bed,
    And just to think I used to call her Baby,
    And now she's a mother to me.


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: req: I Used To Call Her Baby chords
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 30 Sep 14 - 09:25 AM

The sheet music is here.

http://digital.library.msstate.edu/cdm/ref/collection/SheetMusic/id/25579

The outlook for chords is not good, Martoons. Even if you can't read music, you can see that the notes move up and down the scale a lot. (For chords, you want music which mostly goes from space to space or from line to line.) And when you get to the chorus, the music is bristling with sharp and flat signs. It is moving up and down by half-steps, which are even worse.

Why not make up a new tune?


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: req: I Used To Call Her Baby chords
From: Will Fly
Date: 30 Sep 14 - 06:11 PM

Martoons - Maeve PM'd me with your chord request.

I've got the sheet music - I'll write the chords out for you sometime tomorrow.

More later,

Will


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: req: I Used To Call Her Baby chords
From: maeve
Date: 30 Sep 14 - 09:00 PM

Thank you very much, Will. Much appreciated.

Maeve


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: I Used To Call Her Baby
From: Leadfingers
Date: 30 Sep 14 - 10:20 PM

Clicky for Audio


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: I Used To Call Her Baby
From: Will Fly
Date: 01 Oct 14 - 08:05 AM

Martoons, if you'd care to contact me via my website, I'll email you the chords.

Will Fly


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: I Used To Call Her Baby
From: maeve
Date: 01 Oct 14 - 08:20 AM

Thank you very much, Will. I'll try to keep this thread refreshed for a few days so Guest Martoons can easily find your message.


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: I Used To Call Her Baby
From: Will Fly
Date: 01 Oct 14 - 08:40 AM

Thanks Maeve.

The tune is very simple and the harmonic progression is, at heart, pretty basic - but the sheet music is very densely packed with chords which include a fair few passing notes, and it all looks and sounds more complex than it has to be.

In passing, I note it's the reverse of the English coin minted by Vesta Victoria...

"I used to think that he was my young man.
He used to call me his little Mary Ann.
But mother caught his eye and they got married on the sly -
Now I have to call him Father!"


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: I Used To Call Her Baby
From: GUEST,Martoons
Date: 01 Oct 14 - 01:22 PM

Thank you all for your help.
As the old adage says, "It takes a village to play the guitar"
M


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: I Used To Call Her Baby
From: maeve
Date: 01 Oct 14 - 04:25 PM

I'm glad you returned to the thread, Martoons. Have fun with the chord progression Will has for you! Thanks for your courtesy, also.


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