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Lyr Req: There But for Fortune (Phil Ochs)

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AUTOMATION SONG
BOUND FOR GLORY
CHANGES
CHORDS OF FAME
DRAFT DODGER RAG
FLOWER LADY
HILLS OF WEST VIRGINIA
I AIN'T MARCHIN' ANYMORE
I'M GOING TO SAY IT NOW
IN THE HEAT OF THE SUMMER
IS THERE ANYBODY HERE?
JIM DEAN OF INDIANA
LINKS ON THE CHAIN
LOVE ME, I'M A LIBERAL
LOVE ME, I'M A LIBERAL
NO MORE SONGS
ONE MORE PARADE
OUTSIDE OF A SMALL CIRCLE OF FRIENDS
PHIL
PLEASURES OF THE HARBOR
SMALL CIRCLE OF FRIENDS
TALKING BIRMINGHAM JAM
THAT WAS THE PRESIDENT AND THAT WAS THE MAN
THAT WAS THE PRESIDENT, THAT WAS THE MAN 2
THAT'S THE WAY IT'S GONNA BE
THE POWER AND THE GLORY
THE WAR IS OVER
THERE BUT FOR FORTUNE
TOO MANY MARTYRS
WHAT'S THAT I HEAR? (FREEDOM CALLING)
WHEN I'M GONE


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The Shambles 01 Feb 00 - 07:51 PM
Joe Offer 01 Feb 00 - 08:10 PM
The Shambles 02 Feb 00 - 02:00 AM
The Shambles 02 Feb 00 - 03:08 AM
Steve Parkes 02 Feb 00 - 03:16 AM
Joe Offer 02 Feb 00 - 04:50 AM
Steve Parkes 03 Feb 00 - 03:33 AM
Joe Offer 03 Feb 00 - 04:15 AM
Susanne (skw) 05 Feb 00 - 05:41 PM
Joe Offer 05 Feb 00 - 06:54 PM
raredance 06 Feb 00 - 12:03 AM
paddymac 07 Feb 00 - 12:05 AM
The Shambles 07 Feb 00 - 02:03 AM
Lonesome EJ 07 Feb 00 - 02:39 AM
Peter T. 07 Feb 00 - 09:35 AM
Joe Offer 07 Feb 00 - 03:32 PM
Peter T. 07 Feb 00 - 03:41 PM
GUEST,LEJ 07 Feb 00 - 05:04 PM
GUEST,Graham Pirt 07 Feb 00 - 05:18 PM
Susanne (skw) 07 Feb 00 - 05:29 PM
bbelle 07 Feb 00 - 07:11 PM
ddw 08 Feb 00 - 12:30 AM
Joe Offer 08 Feb 00 - 01:10 AM
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Subject: There but for fortune. words?
From: The Shambles
Date: 01 Feb 00 - 07:51 PM

I was suprised that this was not in the DT? I did find in the threads a verse (and chords). Could some kind soul post the words of this song please?

I was showing off, when someone wanted the words and I said proudly "no problem, just a press of a button away".

I have told them I expect to have it tomorrow, so they will be back then. HELP!


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Subject: RE: There but for fortune
From: Joe Offer
Date: 01 Feb 00 - 08:10 PM

Hmmmm. Sure it's there, Roger, o ye of little faith! Click here.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: There but for fortune
From: The Shambles
Date: 02 Feb 00 - 02:00 AM

Thank you Joe.

All I got was Tom Paxton's 'Phil'?


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Subject: RE: There but for fortune
From: The Shambles
Date: 02 Feb 00 - 03:08 AM

But when I did it UPPER CASE---- DA DAH!

Now I always use new UPPER CASE!


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Subject: RE: There but for fortune
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 02 Feb 00 - 03:16 AM

Joe, is this the lyric before it was "improved" by Baez? (My memory isn't what it was - I think!)

Steve


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Subject: Lyr Add: THERE BUT FOR FORTUNE (Phil Ochs)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 02 Feb 00 - 04:50 AM

Gee, Steve, don't tell me you're one of those purist types... Well, OK, I have transcribed it exactly from a live Ochs performance:
THERE BUT FOR FORTUNE
(Phil Ochs)

Show me a prison, show me a jail
Show me a prison man whose face is growing pale
And I'll show you a young man with many reasons why
And there, but for fortune, may go you or I

Show me an alley, show me a train
Show me a hobo who sleeps out in the rain
And I'll show you a young man with many reasons why
And there, but for fortune, may go you or I

Show me the whiskey stains on the floor
Show me a drunken man as he stumbles out the door
And I'll show you a young man with many reasons why
And there, but for fortune, may go you or I

Show me the country where the bombs had to fall
Show me the ruins of the buildings once so tall
And I'll show you a young land with so many reasons why
And there, but for fortune, go you or I
It's almost exactly what's in the database. I can't say I've ever been bothered by the way Baez handles lyrics, but now you've got me curious, so I listened to the Baez recording. She says "prisoner whose life has gone stale," and she says "drunkard" instead of "drunken man." She might use "the" instead of "a" in a few places. No major changes, I'd say. I listened to it on a 1964 Baez recording - very simple, beautiful, unembellished arrangement. I'd say it's Baez at her best.
But it appears to me that the transcription in the database is closer to the Ochs recording.
-Joe Offer- ^^^ (already in database)


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Subject: RE: There but for fortune
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 03 Feb 00 - 03:33 AM

Purist?! joe, I'd invite a lesser man to wash out his mouth. A couple of years ago I wrote a letter to a magazine (I forget what for), and it got a thoroughly unjustified reply, which boiled dow to what a sad person I must be. It was accompanied by a cartoon from the staff illustrator (an accolade, really!) with me describing myself as "stricly speaking, I'm a know-all, not a pedant"; something I've proudly pointed out to people ever since.

And he did say "this is a song that was written for me by Joan Baez"!

Steve


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Subject: ROTFLMAO
From: Joe Offer
Date: 03 Feb 00 - 04:15 AM

Hi, Steve - I'm one of those who protests the Internet (and occasionally Mudcat) practice of one person telling a joke, and then 75 people responding with acronyms that indicate their asses have been off-laughed.
Nonetheless, you gave me a good chuckle. I do like to see correct lyrics in the database, and usually prefer the "original" version of a song, if it's one that can be traced to a songwriter.
I made a quick copy of "Miss Otis Regrets" from the database to use as a cheat sheet for a song circle this evening. As I was going out the door, I noticed that the words didn't fit the meter of the song. Good thing I had a copy of the original Cole Porter lyrics, so I didn't have to fake it. You can bet I'll submit corrected lyrics.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: There but for fortune
From: Susanne (skw)
Date: 05 Feb 00 - 05:41 PM

Joe, I have a Joan Baez recording - ('Joan Baez 5'). What I understand in the second line is 'the prisoner whose life has gone astray'. You think that likely? - Susanne


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Subject: RE: There but for fortune
From: Joe Offer
Date: 05 Feb 00 - 06:54 PM

Hi, Susanne - the collection I listened to has the same cut you have, the one from Joan Baez 5. I listened again, and I'll admit it's hard to pick out the ending sound of the last word on that line - I still say it's "whose life has gone stale." I can't say I'm totally satisfied with either rendition of the line. I could wish that Ochs had polished it a bit more.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: There but for fortune
From: raredance
Date: 06 Feb 00 - 12:03 AM

In the for what its worth category, "The Complete Phil Ochs" songbook has the pale faced prison man line that's in the version Joe pasted above with one teeny tiny variation - Above has "growing", the songbook has "growin'"

rich r

LTMSVTNOEKBPICOOMN

(Laughing To Myself So Vigorously That No One Else Knows But Pop Is Coming Out Of My Nose)


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Subject: RE: There but for fortune
From: paddymac
Date: 07 Feb 00 - 12:05 AM

I gotta admit, rich r, your "alias" made me laugh. Thanks.


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Subject: RE: There but for fortune
From: The Shambles
Date: 07 Feb 00 - 02:03 AM

This is a good example of a song that has been used, abused and tortured but still carries its simple and eloquent message today, despite all of that.

A good song?


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Subject: RE: There but for fortune
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 07 Feb 00 - 02:39 AM

I think it's a great song, Shambles. The tune is quite beautiful, the words simple and to the point. But I think the sentiment behind it elevates it to greatness- we are all linked by the common bonds of our humanity, however separate we may seem. This is the great message of the Folk music of that era.

LEJ


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Subject: RE: There but for fortune
From: Peter T.
Date: 07 Feb 00 - 09:35 AM

In one of her books, Joan Baez remarks that this is one of the few songs that gets through to a younger generation. She uses it on tough houses.
yours, Peter T.


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Subject: RE: There but for fortune
From: Joe Offer
Date: 07 Feb 00 - 03:32 PM

Hey, Peter - what lyrics differences do you have in your Baez songbook? That recalcitrant Susanne <grin> still won't accept my "prisoner whose life has gone stale" interpretation, and my Baez songbook doesn't have that song.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: There but for fortune
From: Peter T.
Date: 07 Feb 00 - 03:41 PM

Gee, Joe, I don't have it in my songbooks at all (except RUS!!!). I have the same recording of Phil Ochs as you do. I agree with you about the need to do more with the song: it sort of cliches around with what is a terrific idea, and a great tune. yours, Peter T.


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Subject: RE: There but for fortune
From: GUEST,LEJ
Date: 07 Feb 00 - 05:04 PM

Joe, I have the Baez recording and will check the lyric.


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Subject: RE: There but for fortune
From: GUEST,Graham Pirt
Date: 07 Feb 00 - 05:18 PM

Just for info - Mudcatter Sam Pirt and his band 422 are at this moment supporting Joan Baez in London at the Waldorf Hotel for the BBC. Don't times move on? He hadn't heard of her!


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Subject: RE: There but for fortune
From: Susanne (skw)
Date: 07 Feb 00 - 05:29 PM

Wasn't his dad there to tell him about her?


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Subject: RE: There but for fortune
From: bbelle
Date: 07 Feb 00 - 07:11 PM

I don't want to be dogmatic, but the word is "stale" ... moonchild


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Subject: RE: There but for fortune
From: ddw
Date: 08 Feb 00 - 12:30 AM

Joe, I used to do the song as learned from Baez and my recollection of the words agrees with yours — for what that's worth.....

david


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Subject: Joan Baez
From: Joe Offer
Date: 08 Feb 00 - 01:10 AM

I went to a Joan Baez concert a couple of years ago, the first time I'd seen her live. I expected her to have a condescending, "more liberal than thou" attitude. I was pleasantly surprised. Either she's learned to laugh at herself, or maybe she never was as stuffily politically correct as I thought her to be. The concert was a real pleasure, and she came across as a warm, funny, intelligent human being.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: There but for fortune
From: Susanne (skw)
Date: 08 Feb 00 - 05:54 PM

Maybe it is possible to be politically correct without being stuffy and 'liberaller than thou'?? Just a thought ...
Still haven't had the time to listen, but as several people say so I suppose I misheard 'astray' for 'stale'. - Susanne


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Subject: RE: There but for fortune
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 08 Feb 00 - 07:26 PM

Yep, Joan says "stale". A better rhyme with jail than "astray", anyway.


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