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Lyr/Chords Req: Remember the Alamo

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REMEMBER THE ALAMO
THE BALLAD OF THE ALAMO


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GUEST,Fred 12 Mar 01 - 11:09 PM
GUEST,Sarah2 (at work) 13 Mar 01 - 12:25 AM
mkebenn 13 Mar 01 - 07:57 AM
Chris/Darwin 13 Mar 01 - 09:43 AM
Midchuck 13 Mar 01 - 10:07 AM
Allan C. 13 Mar 01 - 12:02 PM
Sarah2 13 Mar 01 - 01:46 PM
GUEST,Fred 13 Mar 01 - 11:14 PM
mkebenn 13 Mar 01 - 11:31 PM
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Subject: Remember the Alamo
From: GUEST,Fred
Date: 12 Mar 01 - 11:09 PM

Does anyone happen to know the chords for the Jane Bower song of "Remember the Alamo?" I transcribed the lyrics from an old Kingsto Trio album, but haven't worked out the cholds yet.

Thanks

Lyrics are here (click)


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Remember the Alamo
From: GUEST,Sarah2 (at work)
Date: 13 Mar 01 - 12:25 AM

Fred,

I think I have this at home somewhere. Keep an eye out here. I'm on the dreaded night shift right now, but will try to dig something up soon, if nobody beats me to it. (If they do, fine!)

Sarah


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Remember the Alamo
From: mkebenn
Date: 13 Mar 01 - 07:57 AM

Fred, I do this thus, {G}one hundred and (D) eighty were (Bm)challanged by {C} Travis to (G) die. By the line that he (D) drew with his (BM) sword when the (C) battle was (G) nigh. (G7) Any (C) man who will fight to the (Bm) death cross over, but (C) he who would live better (G) fly. And over his (D) line stepped a (Bm)hundred and (C) seventy (G} nine (G7) (C) hey, Santa Anna, we're (Bm) killin' your soldiers (C) below, so the rest of Texas will (G) know, and (D) remember the (G) Alamo. Good luck, nice to see others interested in songs like this. Mike


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Remember the Alamo
From: Chris/Darwin
Date: 13 Mar 01 - 09:43 AM

I have to confess that the only version of this song I have ever heard is Donovan's. I have always followed his arrangement, which is in D.

Intro D//A7//D//G//C//C//C//C// A hundred and (A7)eighty were (D)challenged by (G)Travis to (D)die; with a line that he (A7)drew with his (D)sword as the (G)battle grew (A)nigh; the (G)man that steps over the (D)line is for glory, and (A7)them that is left better (D)fly; and over the (A7)line stepped a (D)hundred and (G)seventy (A)nine; (G)hey! up Santa Anna, we're killin' your soldiers be(F#m)low, so the (G)rest of Texas will (D)know, (A7) and remember the (D)Alamo, A7//D//G//D//D//D//D//

You really need to listen to Donovan's arrangement, which uses a walking bass line to provide the interest and continuity.

Regards Chris


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Remember the Alamo
From: Midchuck
Date: 13 Mar 01 - 10:07 AM

This his how I used to do it when the Kingston Trio were the folk group. Yes, I'm that old:

(E) One hundred and (D) eighty were (E)challanged by (D)Travis to (E) die. (*) (E)
By the line that he (D) drew with his (E)Sword when the (D) battle was (E) nigh. (*) (E)
The(A) man who would fight to the (E) death cross over, but (D) him that would live better (E) fly.
And over his (D) line walked a (E)hundred and (D) seventy (E} nine.(*) (E)

(A) hiii-yup, Santa Anna, we're killin' your soldiers be- (E)low, so the (D) rest of Texas will(E)know, and re- (B7) member the (E) Alamo, Re- (D) member the (E) Alamo(*) (E).

(*) means: Slide the first-position E up one fret, still leaving the the two E's and the B open, and play the whole six strings, and to hell with the dissonances.

Peter


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Remember the Alamo
From: Allan C.
Date: 13 Mar 01 - 12:02 PM

This was the first song I ever recorded. It was done on a WIRE recorder. Boy! Does that make me feel old!!


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Remember the Alamo
From: Sarah2
Date: 13 Mar 01 - 01:46 PM

Oh, good -- I was beaten to it thrice! Now I don't have to shuffle around looking for it, although Chris/D's post reminds me it's probably in that old Donovon book, and that might have been way down the list of places I would have looked. Good job, all!

Sarah


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Remember the Alamo
From: GUEST,Fred
Date: 13 Mar 01 - 11:14 PM

Thanks to you all. I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who likes this song, even if it does play a bit with history. I'm thinking of doing it at our next singers circle in honor of Texas Independence Day of March 2. And Yes, I'm that old, too. My older brother and I combined our resources to buy all the Kingston Trio first several albums.

Does anyone happen to know the history of the song itself? Like who is Jane Bowers?


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Remember the Alamo
From: mkebenn
Date: 13 Mar 01 - 11:31 PM

Daughters of the Alamo, or the Texas revolution, or something. I've seen this sond credited to John Bowers, odd. I heard it first by KT3 of course, and always credit it to Jane..Mike


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Subject: LYR ADD: Come to the Bower - Damron & Henderson
From: GUEST,Sarah2 (at work)
Date: 14 Mar 01 - 01:05 AM

Fred,

If you really want to wake 'em up, get your hands on a recording of "Come to the Bower" by Allen Damron. It's a song he wrote with Tim Henderson about the battle of San Jacinto.

At San Jacinto, there were about 5 or 7 men with instruments, and I think we're talking about a fife and several fiddles. Helluva martial band. And it seems there was only one song they all knew, a slightly off-color item named "Come to the Bower." So that's what they played during the charge. But that's not the song Allen and Tim wrote. It's lyrics go like this:

Come to the Bower (Allen Damron and Tim Henderson)

Jose Maria Gillero,
He was a cousin of mine,
Good with riata and spur,
The young senoritas and wine.
But we heard that the tyrant was coming
And Jose said he felt he must go.
For the honor and glory of Texas,
He died at the Alamo.

Refrain: Playing, "Come, come, come to the bower,"
As over the hill at the Bastard* we go
Playing, "Come, come, come to the bower,"
And yellin, "Remember the Alamo!"

It's a long way back east to the mountains,
To Virginia and old Tennessee,
A land full of lawmen and fences,
Got a little too crowded for me.
And I heard tell of wide open spaces,
Where you ride free and lonesome for days.
Oh, I see now them Texans weren't lyin' --
Think I'll just help to keep it that way!

Refrain

Now, ma handed down the long rifle,
And I never had held it before.
She said, "Your pa died with Fannin at Goliad,
"And I reckon that makes this your war."
Now this army is plumb sick of runnin',
And they act like they ain't scared to die:
Look at Houston himself nappin' under yon tree;
If he ain't worried, neither am I.

Refrain

***

*Santa Anna was known to fly into a rage if anyone mentioned that his parents were never married. Naturally, all the Texans called him "The Bastard." People just aren't very sensitive to others' feelings, sometimes.

Sarah


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Remember the Alamo
From: Giac
Date: 14 Mar 01 - 05:12 PM

Apparently Jane Bowers died nearly a year ago. Here is a link to an obituary, in which she is credited with other KT songs including Senora and Coast of California.

jane bowers

Those were some of my favorite KT tunes (yeah, I'm that old, too).


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Remember the Alamo
From: GUEST,Fred
Date: 14 Mar 01 - 11:52 PM

Thanks for the info, Giac.


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