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Lyr Add: Hills of Mexico - anyone got tab?

GUEST,gillymor 12 Jun 15 - 11:32 AM
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Subject: Lyr Add: Hills of Mexico
From: GUEST,gillymor
Date: 12 Jun 15 - 11:32 AM

This from the Roscoe Holcomb version:

Hills Of Mexico

When I was in Old Fort Worth in 18 and 83
Some old Mexican cowboy come stepping up to me
Said I'll hire you, young fella, how would you love to go
And to spend the season working in those hills of Mexico

Well having no employment back to him I did say
'Tis according to your wages, according to your pay
Said I'll pay you good wages, on a steamboat you will go
And you'll spend the season working in those hills of Mexico

Well, they sent along that old steamboat and back to home did go
How those bells started ringing, the whistles they did blow
Going back to friends and loves ones and I'll tell them not to go
To that God-forsaken country in those hills of Mexico.

I was surprised to find that this great cowboy song was not in the DT (or did I miss it?). It bears some similarities to Buffalo Skinners and is also known as Mexican Cowboy. There are a lot of fine versions out there by Bruce Molsky, Ricky Skaggs, Elizabeth LaPrelle, Willie Watson, Riley Baugus and others but my absolute favorite is a longer version by The Renegades with Carol Elizabeth Jones on vocals.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Hills of Mexico
From: Lighter
Date: 12 Jun 15 - 12:54 PM

Here's what I hear Holcomb singing on YouTube. A few words are inaudible to me:


When I's in Old Fort Worth in 18 and 83,
Some old Mexican cowboy come stepping up to me
Sayin' now how're you, young fella, how would you love to go?
You can spend another season on the plain of Mexico.

Lord, I have no employment back to him did say.
Said, it is 'cordin' to your wages an' 'cordin' to your pay,
Said, I'll pay to you good wages, often till you're ????
If you'll spend another season 'long with me in Mexico.

And his wages on that old steamboat we back to home go.
How the bells they did ring, the whistles they did blow.
How the bells they did ring, the whistles they did blow.
In that godforsaken part down in the hills of Mexico.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Hills of Mexico
From: GUEST,gillymor
Date: 12 Jun 15 - 02:22 PM

That is closer to what Holcomb sang on the several versions I listened to, Ligthter.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Hills of Mexico
From: Lighter
Date: 12 Jun 15 - 02:38 PM

Thanks. One or two words (like "part down") may still be off.

Typo: "home did go."

The line doesn't make much sense, but that's what he seems to be singing.

Possibly he learned the song garbled (several stanzas are missing in comparison with its model, "The Range of the Buffalo.") Or he may simply have forgotten the words.

Great trad performance though.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Hills of Mexico
From: GUEST,gillymor
Date: 12 Jun 15 - 03:08 PM

Here's The Ricky Skaggs/ Bruce Hornsby version lyrics:

HILLS OF MEXICO

    When I's in old Fort Worth in eighteen and eighty-three
    Saw a Mexican cowboy come ridin' up to me
    Sayin' how are you, young fellow, how would you like to go
    And spend another summer in the hills of Mexico?

    Well, I had no appointment back to him I did say
    It's accordin' to your wages, accordin' to your pay
    I will pay to you good wages and often, too, you know
    If you'll spend another season in the hills of Mexico

    Now with all this flatterin' talkin' he signed up quite a train
    Some ten or twelve in number, some able bodied men
    And our trip it was pleasant as we hit the western road
    Till we crossed the old Peace River to those hills of Mexico

    It was there our pleasures ended and our troubles all begun
    Was a lightening storm that hit us and made the cattle run
    And we all got full of stickers from the cactus that did grow
    And the outlaws there to rob us in those hills of Mexico

    Well, they sent along that old steamboat and back to home did go
    How those bells started ringing, the whistles they did blow
    Going back to friends and loves ones and I'll tell them not to go
    To that God-forsaken country in those hills of Mexico

And Willie Watson performing Mexican Cowboy.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Hills of Mexico
From: GUEST,gillymor
Date: 27 Jun 15 - 09:44 AM

Hey Joe Offer, what is the procedure for getting a song, this song, installed in the DT?


    Just post it in the Forum. Dick and Susan, curators of the Digital Tradition, choose additions from the songs posted in the Forum. More here (click)
    -Joe-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Hills of Mexico
From: Amos
Date: 27 Jun 15 - 12:53 PM

Fascinating that whole sections of this song are straight lifts from "The Buffalo Skinners", where Mexico is only mentioned in passing as a layby for outlaws. Or, is it the other way 'round? (Just because I learned Buffalo Skinners first does not mean it is the actual provenance of those floating couplets!) An opportunity for scholarship!


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Subject: Lyr Add: HILLS OF MEXICO (Roscoe Holcomb)
From: banjoonthelump
Date: 29 Aug 17 - 11:22 AM

Hills of Mexico
by Roscoe Holcomb

When I'zzzzzz in old Fort Worth
in 18 and 83
Some ol' Mexican cowboy
come steppin' up to me
Sayin' I'll hire you young feller
How would you love to go
and to spend another season
with me in Mexico?

Lord, I had no employment
back to him did say
Tis' 'cordin' to your wages
and 'cordin' to your pay
Say I will pay to you good wages
often, till you're home
If you'll spend another season
with me in Mexico

(break)

And they sent an'on that old steamboat
and back to home did go
How the bells it did ring
the whistles they did blow
How the bells it did ring
the whistles they did blow
In a God forsaken part
fer from those hills of Mexico


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Hills of Mexico
From: Joe Offer
Date: 29 Aug 17 - 03:49 PM

Here's the Roscoe Holcomb recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pi7nxuQZnJ8

Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncWVa3da6jM

Bruce Molsky: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwADChpHyW4


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Hills of Mexico
From: Hrothgar
Date: 30 Aug 17 - 04:18 AM

Looks as though it is a close relation to "The Range of the Buffalo"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Hills of Mexico
From: gillymor
Date: 30 Aug 17 - 07:15 AM

A lot of folks think it's similar to "Buffalo Skinners" but I sing both songs and I don't hear it. They share a few lyrics but the melodies are distinctly different.


The Renegades, long since disbanded, did my favorite version with Carol Elizabeth Jones on vocals and James Leva on fiddle.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Hills of Mexico
From: gillymor
Date: 30 Aug 17 - 08:04 AM

Mexican Cowboy- Willie Watson


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Hills of Mexico
From: John Minear
Date: 30 Aug 17 - 11:07 AM

Check out "Hills of Mexico" by Polecat Creek (Laurelyn Dossett & Kari Sickenberger) on their album "Ordinary Seasons".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0P6oXls0Ss&index=5&list=PLDV3iPXCQ9ViVqzC2JpMnTjJ-9n95i0hc


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Hills of Mexico
From: gillymor
Date: 30 Aug 17 - 11:28 AM

Listening to that excellent Polecat Creek version linked above (Riley Baugus on banjo, I assume) I noticed this interesting take on it:

Meredith Moon

She throws in a verse you usually hear in Diamond Joe.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Hills of Mexico
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Jan 18 - 01:15 AM

Anyone happen to have the tab for this song?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Hills of Mexico - anyone got tab?
From: gillymor
Date: 28 Jan 18 - 06:00 AM

Here's banjo tab from the Banjo Hangout in PDF or TablEdit:


Hills of Mexico


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