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Lyr Add: Skippin' in the Mississippi Dew (Hartford

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GUEST,Riverboat Annie 17 Feb 01 - 02:12 PM
GUEST,oj 17 Feb 01 - 03:23 PM
GUEST,orville johnson fan 17 Feb 01 - 03:47 PM
GUEST,Mississippi Dew 05 Feb 04 - 01:12 AM
Jacob B 05 Feb 04 - 05:56 PM
GUEST,mike 20 Mar 04 - 07:25 AM
Art Thieme 20 Mar 04 - 02:52 PM
GUEST 29 Jan 10 - 01:18 AM
GUEST 15 Mar 11 - 12:33 PM
GUEST,TMFast 18 Apr 18 - 11:46 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: SKIPPIN' IN THE MISSISSIPPI DEW (Hartford
From: GUEST,Riverboat Annie
Date: 17 Feb 01 - 02:12 PM

SKIPPIN' IN THE MISSISSIPPI DEW
As recorded by John Hartford on "Mark Twang" (1976)

1. Well I dream of a girl and a steerin' wheel steamboat
A pilothouse stove and engine-room brass
Hangin' on a post by the main-deck stairway
Long hair skippin' in the Mississippi dew

CHORUS: Oh the river run wide, run deep, run muddy
The river run long after I am gone
With the steamboat wheelin' on a big wide bend
Just skippin' in the Mississippi dew

2. Well I went up the river come way last Sunday
Twelve feet of water on the Memphis gage
Wouldn't be home without the muddy water rollin'
Paddlewheel skippin' in the Mississippi dew. CHORUS

3. Now it used to be spring I'd ship on the river
Thirty-five days on a Balla [sic] line boat
I'd make a little money, get a springtime chicken
And take off a-skippin' in the Mississippi Dew. CHORUS TWICE


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Skippin' in the Mississippi Dew
From: GUEST,oj
Date: 17 Feb 01 - 03:23 PM

that's "valley line" boat ( name of a steamboat company) and springtime chick ( as in girl)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Skippin' in the Mississippi Dew
From: GUEST,orville johnson fan
Date: 17 Feb 01 - 03:47 PM

ya' got that right dude!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Skippin' in the Mississippi Dew
From: GUEST,Mississippi Dew
Date: 05 Feb 04 - 01:12 AM

Hi, I was just wondering if you have any fiddle music for any hartford songs, Mississippi Dew and Long Hot Summer Days especially. Guitar music would be appreciated also. My email adress is bsohare@bigred.unl.edu If anyone has anything please let me know
Thanks
Branden O'Hare


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Skippin' in the Mississippi Dew
From: Jacob B
Date: 05 Feb 04 - 05:56 PM

First line of the first verse should read: "Well I dream of a girl and a stern wheel steamboat".

I believe that the second verse should have "Memphis gate" instead of "Memphis gage", but I'm not certain.

And John Hartford definitely sang "Springtime chicken" on the "Mark Twang" album, not "springtime chick". It was clear that it referred to a girl, but he still sang "chicken".


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Skippin' in the Mississippi Dew
From: GUEST,mike
Date: 20 Mar 04 - 07:25 AM

I been playing this tune with the ol' G C &D cords on the manolin,
I find that the manolin is a good ints. to fug.out tunes
any other cord's out there.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Skippin' in the Mississippi Dew
From: Art Thieme
Date: 20 Mar 04 - 02:52 PM

I've been sending Mississippi River photos around of John that I took when I was singing on the Twilight and the Julia Belle Swain steamboat.

Those words bring back some fun times to me.

Knowing John, that was NOT a "spring" chicken in the song even though he indicated that it might've been springtime.

;-)

Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Skippin' in the Mississippi Dew (Hartford
From: GUEST
Date: 29 Jan 10 - 01:18 AM

It is def. Memphis gauge. The gauge is used to measure water levels in the river. So in the song the water is 12 foot deep at Memphis in the MS river


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Skippin' in the Mississippi Dew (Hartford
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Mar 11 - 12:33 PM

12 feet at Memphis is not a particularly impressive stage. Flood there is 34 feet.

http://www.srh.noaa.gov/lmrfc/?n=lmrfc-mississippiandohioriverforecast


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Skippin' in the Mississippi Dew (Hartford
From: GUEST,TMFast
Date: 18 Apr 18 - 11:46 PM

12 feet is 2 fathoms; the safe depth for steamboats that inspired Samuel Clemens to become "Mark Twain".


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