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Do you have room in your heart? (Bela Fleck)

FrankieB 11 May 01 - 04:43 PM
Amos 11 May 01 - 07:50 PM
wysiwyg 12 May 01 - 03:34 PM
Hawker 12 May 01 - 09:22 PM
Jande 12 May 01 - 11:57 PM
GUEST,Bardford 13 May 01 - 12:14 AM
wysiwyg 13 May 01 - 01:22 AM
InOBU 14 May 01 - 07:51 AM
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Kim C 14 May 01 - 12:19 PM
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Subject: Do you have room in your heart?
From: FrankieB
Date: 11 May 01 - 04:43 PM

Hey guys--

New here. I have been wondering something since I bought Bela Fleck's Bluegrass Sessions cd a while back (which is absolutely fantastic by the way, for those of you who haven't heard it-- it's perfect driving music, and I know because I played it through several times while I was crossing the Sangre de Christo mountains in a snowstorm in March...). Anyway-- track 16 is a poem(ish) sort of thing called Do You Have Room in Your Heart? My question is.... in between the bits that you can understand, what in the world is he saying? Is that pig latin or something like it? It's just something I've been curious about. And by the way, I do have room in my heart for the five string banjo...

FrankieB


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Subject: RE: Do you have room in your heart?
From: Amos
Date: 11 May 01 - 07:50 PM

Dunno. But I do have!

A


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Subject: RE: Do you have room in your heart?
From: wysiwyg
Date: 12 May 01 - 03:34 PM

Welcome to Mudcat. Lots of room in that heart too.

Keep popping this thread up if you do not get an answer-- someone will nab it eventually!

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Do you have room in your heart? (Bela Fleck)
From: Hawker
Date: 12 May 01 - 09:22 PM

Sorry, can't help, but thought Id refresh for you, Oh! and I only have room in mine for a tenor banjo!
Lucy


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Subject: RE: Do you have room in your heart? (Bela Fleck)
From: Jande
Date: 12 May 01 - 11:57 PM

*refresh*


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Subject: RE: Do you have room in your heart? (Bela Fleck)
From: GUEST,Bardford
Date: 13 May 01 - 12:14 AM

I'm not familiar with the song, but I snooped around a little, and discovered that it is a poem by Flecktone member Ray "Futch" (aka"Futureman") Wooten. There are a few pages out there connected with this interesting fellow,(search 'futureman'), but I was not able to find any words to the song.
Cheers,
Bardford


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Subject: RE: Do you have room in your heart? (Bela Fleck)
From: wysiwyg
Date: 13 May 01 - 01:22 AM

Hey FrankieB, look what you got going here! Who knows where it will lead? *G*

Oh and BTW-- if you post here whatever bits you can understand from the recording, it may help someone find out the rest. You will need to look at the FAQ thread (top of the thread list) to learn how to do HTML coding for line breaks if you don't already know how that works in this site-- line breaks do not appear in the post the same way you enter them in the text box when you are writing your post.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Do you have room in your heart? (Bela Fleck)
From: InOBU
Date: 14 May 01 - 07:51 AM

Went to high school with Bela, I will ask around and see if any of us are still in contact with him. I have a photo of one of his first banjo lessons, in front of the HS of Music and Art, Marshall Jacobowitz placing Bela's fingers on the frets... He passed Marsh in about a week! Cheers, Larry


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Subject: RE: Do you have room in your heart? (Bela Fleck)
From: Whistle Stop
Date: 14 May 01 - 08:59 AM

I agree, it's a great CD. Can't help you with the poem, because when I listen to this one I skip over the poem, and the corny bits (there's a few of them on there). I'd rather just hear these guys play -- they're phenomenal.


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Subject: RE: Do you have room in your heart? (Bela Fleck)
From: GUEST
Date: 14 May 01 - 11:53 AM

It goes something like this:

Is there room in your heart for the 5-string banjo? (that plunky sound) Is there room in your heart for the 5-string banjo? (it's round)

That's about all I can remember right now.


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Subject: RE: Do you have room in your heart? (Bela Fleck)
From: Kim C
Date: 14 May 01 - 12:19 PM

I sold furniture to Bela once. Nice guy. He had room in his house for a futon, anyway.


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Subject: RE: Do you have room in your heart? (Bela Fleck)
From: InOBU
Date: 14 May 01 - 01:53 PM

Hi Kim, he really was an exceptionaly nice guy in High School, I expect he still is... L.O.


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Subject: RE: Do you have room in your heart? (Bela Fleck)
From: FrankieB
Date: 15 May 01 - 03:32 AM

Just having another look at the CD notes again, I actually think it's John Hartford who "performs" the poem on the cd-- perhaps this was a timely question, considering John's health at the moment. I guess we all have room in our heart for him. Anyway, it doesn't really matter what the words are-- it's just a wacky little interlude in between a hell of a lot of good music. I was just curious-- there aren't that many poems out there about banjos... Cheers- FrankieB ps-- I am not a banjo player but I live with one...


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Subject: RE: Do you have room in your heart? (Bela Fleck)
From: wysiwyg
Date: 15 Jul 01 - 11:15 AM

refresh


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Subject: RE: Do you have room in your heart? (Bela Fleck)
From: GUEST,banjopicker88
Date: 22 Jan 10 - 08:29 PM

Hi, I guess I'm a few years late, but I was searching today to find the words of that poem. Since I couldn't find them anywhere, I'll post what I think they are here; I just listened through it a bunch.


Do you have room in your heart for the five-string banjo,
        that plunking sound?
Do you have room in your heart for the five-string banjo?
        It's round.

I heard a rhapsody in its plunk and thump,
And I fell headlong, does that make me a chump?
Earl, J.D., Sonny,
I hurl myself at your cosmic excellence
Did you sell your soul for the golden pick?
        Or not?

African chant,
Plantation lament,
Ragtime rant,
Appalachian bent,
Bluegrass,
Newgrass,
Two thousand and two-grass.

Do you have room in your heart for the five-string banjo,
        that plunking sound?
Do you have room in your heart for the five-string banjo?
        It's round.


And to answer the original question, the parts that you can't understand are just the words of the poem translated into some sort of imaginary language, sort of like Pig Latin. If you listen, you can hear the words he's saying, just with extra syllables thrown in. For instance, when the main voice in the poem says "or not", you hear "OrglefoR NoglefOT" in the background. Hope this helps anyone curious about it. Fantastic album though.


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