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Lyr Req: Mr. Spaceman

Cindy@ 06 Jul 97 - 10:32 AM
My e-mail address 06 Jul 97 - 10:35 AM
Gene 06 Jul 97 - 12:57 PM
Bobby O'Brien 08 Jul 97 - 06:48 AM
Ralph Butts 08 Jul 97 - 07:20 AM
Jim Dixon 11 Nov 07 - 08:07 PM
Gene-Adelphi 11 Nov 07 - 09:07 PM
Joe Offer 11 Nov 07 - 10:33 PM
Lonesome EJ 12 Nov 07 - 12:21 AM
oldhippie 12 Nov 07 - 09:02 AM
Amos 12 Nov 07 - 10:15 AM
Rog Peek 12 Nov 07 - 06:05 PM
Jim Dixon 12 Nov 07 - 06:35 PM
PoppaGator 13 Nov 07 - 12:46 PM
GUEST,richard 25 Aug 08 - 05:40 PM
PoppaGator 25 Aug 08 - 06:26 PM
GUEST,Dave MacKenzie 25 Aug 08 - 06:33 PM
GUEST,Gerry 25 Aug 08 - 07:36 PM
PoppaGator 26 Aug 08 - 04:04 PM
GUEST,ian 09 Oct 08 - 05:04 PM
GUEST,Gerry 26 Jul 09 - 09:08 AM
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Subject: Please Mr.Spaceman and Forrest Lawn- Lyrics
From: Cindy@
Date: 06 Jul 97 - 10:32 AM

Help!!!! Does anyone have the lyrics (and music would be good too!) to "Please, Mr.Spaceman" and/or "Forrest Lawn"??? Any other funny songs from the sixties and seventies would be great too!! e-mail me!!! Thanks, Cindy
Tom Paxton's "Forest Lawn" (click).


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Subject: RE: Please Mr.Spaceman and Forrest Lawn- Lyrics
From: My e-mail address
Date: 06 Jul 97 - 10:35 AM

Oops! Tried to enter my e-mail as an HTML link, but it didn't work. Here is my e- mail if you have those lyrics! - cerddwr@wtp.net.


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Subject: RE: Please Mr.Spaceman and Forrest Lawn- Lyrics
From: Gene
Date: 06 Jul 97 - 12:57 PM

You can find them both at:

http://www.dejanews.com

Set AGE to OLD/search for [ Forest Lawn ] & [ Mr. Spaceman ]


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Subject: RE: Please Mr.Spaceman and Forrest Lawn- Lyrics
From: Bobby O'Brien
Date: 08 Jul 97 - 06:48 AM

Is this the "Forest Lawn" that goes:

"Oh take me down to Forest Lawn in a silver casket..."

If so, John Denver recorded it on his double album from 1973, "An Evening with John Denver".


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Subject: RE: Please Mr.Spaceman and Forrest Lawn- Lyrics
From: Ralph Butts
Date: 08 Jul 97 - 07:20 AM

Cindy.....Set filter to "forest" and age to 365, for lyric and more discussion....Tiger


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Subject: ADDPOP: MR. SPACEMAN (Roger McGuinn)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 11 Nov 07 - 08:07 PM

MR. SPACEMAN
Roger McGuinn

Woke up this morning with light in my eyes
And then realized it was still dark outside.
It was a light comin' down from the sky.
I don't know who or why.

Must be those strangers that come every night,
Whose saucer-shaped light put people uptight,
Leave blue-green footprints that glow in the dark.
I hope they get home all right.

CHORUS:
Hey, Mr. Spaceman, won't you please take me along?
I won't do anything wrong.
Hey, Mr. Spaceman, won't you please take me along
For a ride?

Woke up this morning. I was feeling quite weird.
Had flies in my beer. My toothpaste was smeared.
I opened my window. They'd written my name.
Said, "So long, we'll see you again."
CHORUS TWICE.

[Recorded by The Byrds; The Flying Burrito Brothers; The Holy Modal Rounders; Sharon, Lois & Bram; and several others.]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Spaceman
From: Gene-Adelphi
Date: 11 Nov 07 - 09:07 PM

Hello all

Some may know me from the Maryland Getaway others know me from places where I have misbehaved..

speaking of the Holy Modal Rounders...you will want to be looking out for the Bound to Lose DVD documentary .... release through Netflix... tells quite their story.

SK


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Spaceman
From: Joe Offer
Date: 11 Nov 07 - 10:33 PM

Now, there's somethingabout the harmony on the chorus that's very typical of the Byrds. Can somebody give a technical description of what it is that makes this style of harmony so distinctive? Who was it that sang the high part?
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Spaceman
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 12 Nov 07 - 12:21 AM

Joe
Initially, Gene Clark sang most of the lead melody parts, with Roger Mcguinn singing the higher and David Crosby singing the highest harmony parts. In the early two-part harmonies, Clark or Mcguinn usually sang the melodies with Crosby handling the harmony. After Clark left, McGuinn took over the majority of the lead vocals, Crosby sang the low and Chris Hillman sang the high harmony. That last trio is what you hear on the Mr Spaceman chorus.

Crosby went on to sing that middle harmony part with great success with Stills and Nash. Hillman later sang the high harmonies to Gram Parson's lead vocals with the Flying Burrito Brothers.

As to what makes the Byrds harmony unique, I have to give primary credit to Crosby. He has a particularly melodic and soothing tone which tends to soften the edges of the other voices, and had a harmony style which didn't just mimic the melody, but sang a counter-melody. This tended to fuse with the other voices into harmonics that had an effecting minor-note overtone.


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Subject: Lyr Add: I WANNA BE A SPACEMAN (J. Brogowski)
From: oldhippie
Date: 12 Nov 07 - 09:02 AM

Lyrics Add:


I Wanna Be A Spaceman
(J. Brogowski)

I wanna be a spaceman, I wanna live on Mars
I'll cruise around the planets, drive futuristic cars

I may be gone forever, I'm never coming back
Maybe I'll save the planet from alien attack

SOLO

My world will be so lonely, a spaceman can't have a wife
Nothing but stars around me, hope I'll be all right

I wanna be a spaceman in zero gravity
I'll just hit hyperspace and see what there is to see

Out past the Milky Way there must be someone there
Someone who understands me, someone who really cares
I wanna be a spaceman, I wanna live on Mars
I'll cruise around the planets, drive futuristic cars
I wanna be a spaceman in zero gravity
I'll just hit hyperspace and see what there is to see

I wanna be a spaceman


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Spaceman
From: Amos
Date: 12 Nov 07 - 10:15 AM

Hey Mister Spaceman
You've really started somethin'
Hey Mister Spaceman
Doncha know you got my heart a-thumpin'
Hey Mister Spaceman
I wanna be a space man too-oo--o--!
(Doodle-oo-hoo! A-doodle-oo-hoo!)

(IIRC this is the intro to the Holy Modal Rounders' version of the above listed "Mister Spaceman", by Roger Guin).

A


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Subject: Lyr Add: SPACEMAN (Phil Ochs)
From: Rog Peek
Date: 12 Nov 07 - 06:05 PM

Spaceman
By Phil Ochs


[first: the melody by itself, whistled]

Way high, so high:
Travelin' fast and free.
Spaceman, look down:
Tell me what you see.
    Can you see the hunger there
    Strike without a sound?
    Can you see the food you burn
    As you circle round?

Way high, so high:
All the world will cheer.
Spaceman, look down:
Tell me what you hear.
    Can you hear a child cry,
    Body filled with pain?
    Deadly sores when cures are there--
    How much fuel remains?

Way high, so high:
Spaceship made of steel.
Spaceman, look down:
Tell me what you feel.
    Can you feel the money gone
    As you sail through space?
    Can you feel how many die
    When you win the race?

Way high, so high:
Travelin' fast and free.
Spaceman, look down:
Tell me what you see.

[End: first two lines of the melody again, whistled.]


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Subject: Lyr Add: MR BASS MAN (Johnny Cymbal)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 12 Nov 07 - 06:35 PM

Those lyrics that Amos posted look like a takeoff on this old doo-wop hit:

MR. BASS MAN (partial lyrics)
Johnny Cymbal, 1963

Mr. Bass Man, you've got that certain something.
Mr. Bass Man, you set that music thumping.
To you, it's easy when you go, "One, two, three, di-da-bip-op-a-bop?
(You mean, "Ba-ba-BAH-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba!...)
Yeah! Mr. Bass Man, you're on all the songs
With a doo-doo-da-boom-boom and a doo-doo-da-boom-boom-bong.
Hey, Mr. Bass Man, you're the hidden king of rock 'n' roll.
Do-da-bip-op-a-bop?
(No, no! "Ba-ba-BAH-ba-ba-….)

[There is a more complete set of lyrics at a Swedish web site called The Boppers, but I can't vouch for their accuracy.]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Spaceman
From: PoppaGator
Date: 13 Nov 07 - 12:46 PM

Jim Dixon: you just beat me to it! I read those lyrics Amos posted, immediately recognized that old doo-wop number, and was just about to flaunt my superior knowledge, but lo and behold, as I scrolled down the page, there you were, complete with partial lyrics.

Of course, the Holy Modal Rounders number Amos quoted is by no means a "version" of McGuinn's song, it's another song altogether which just has the same title (and is, to boot, a parody of yet another unrelated song).

LEJ, thanks for the info on who sang which part for the Byrds. I've always loved David Crosby and known him as a great harmonizer, but haven't always recognized his voice in the mix of every number...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Spaceman
From: GUEST,richard
Date: 25 Aug 08 - 05:40 PM

so does anyone know the tabs for the holy modal rounder's version of mr. spaceman? I tried the Byrds but, as has been made obvious here, its a totally different song. Since it seems that the HMR version is based on Mr. Bass Man, is the music the same?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Spaceman
From: PoppaGator
Date: 25 Aug 08 - 06:26 PM

I don't know the HMR song first hand, but reading the (partial?) lyrics that Amos posted back on [12 Nov 07 - 10:15 AM], it's pretty obvious that it fits the tune of Mr Bass Man.

If you come up with additional verse/lyrics for the HMR parody/song, please be sure to let us know!

Also, any link to a soundfile or video performance of the Phil Ochs "Sapceman" song, yet another entirely different number, would be greatly appreciated!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Spaceman
From: GUEST,Dave MacKenzie
Date: 25 Aug 08 - 06:33 PM

The Rounder's Spaceman tunewise is a pretty straight (for them) take on Mr Bass Man, the main variations being in the timing between verses. The best way to get it (including the distinctive vocal tones is to listen to it on their eponymous first album.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Spaceman
From: GUEST,Gerry
Date: 25 Aug 08 - 07:36 PM

PoppaGator, there's a recording of Ochs doing (his) Spaceman on The Broadside Tapes. If you do a websearch for Phil Ochs Spaceman you'll turn up links to this release, as well as videos of other people singing it.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Spaceman
From: PoppaGator
Date: 26 Aug 08 - 04:04 PM

Thanks, Gerry. The first "other person" I happened upon is a young guy who does quite a few Phil Oches songs. I'm glad to see someone's keeping his legacy alive.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Spaceman
From: GUEST,ian
Date: 09 Oct 08 - 05:04 PM

In the version i have the chords are C sharp major A sharp major F sharp major and G sharp major. An easier version is C A F G. (i bet they just put a capo on, but it sounds about the same)

in the race to the moon in the race to the moon

C Oh mr spaceman you sure have started something A Oh mr spaceman Dontcha know you got my heart a thumpin' F Oh mr spaceman G I wanna be a space man too mamamamamamambop no sir its a pa mapamamama...

C A Oh mr space man dontcha know you got my heart a thumpin' F Oh mr spaceman G i'm not really very far behind With a a with a....

repeat the first verse and then yodelei EEE yodelei OOOOO...

thats pretty much the song


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Spaceman
From: GUEST,Gerry
Date: 26 Jul 09 - 09:08 AM

Jim Dixon posted lyrics to Jim McGuinn's Mr Spaceman a couple of years ago in this thread. There are two places where I hear something different from what Jim has written when I listen to the Byrds' recording. Last stanza, 2nd line, I hear "beard" instead of "beer". 3rd line, I hear "Over" instead of "I opened."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Spaceman
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 08 Oct 09 - 12:34 AM

I mentioned the Byrds' harmony structure above, and how David Crosby was the middle-layer cement that held it together. I'm reading his autobiography right now, Long Time Gone, and he goes into some detail about his approach that may be of interest to both Byrds fans and harmony singers in general.

"In two-part harmony you have a lot of room to move around. You can go in relationship from the root, which is the melody, to another note, which can be a fourth, a fifth, a seventh, a sixth, a ninth, even a second, and it can move around. And all of those different intervals have an emotional thing to them. For example a minor third above the root gives one feeling. An open fifth is another kind of feel. With three people, the tendency is to sing what're called "triads", which is the normal three-part chord. Three out of the four notes of the arpeggio, the fourth being the octave. What we did, which made me extremely proud, was sing a lot of nonparallel stuff. I did some of my best work being subtle, moving the middle part around in internal shifts that kept it happening. Those harmonies came out of the Everly Brothers, late-fifties and early-sixties jazz, and classical music."
- David Crosby, pg 155 Long Time Gone


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