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GUEST,Anders Faergeman, Denmark, andersvf@worldonl 09 Jul 03 - 03:05 AM
Joe Offer 09 Jul 03 - 03:56 AM
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GUEST,Martoons 25 Oct 06 - 08:10 AM
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Subject: The Telephone Girl
From: GUEST,Anders Faergeman, Denmark, andersvf@worldonl
Date: 09 Jul 03 - 03:05 AM

Hi, I'm looking for the lyrics to The Telephone Girl by Arville Reed
according to the liner notes on an LP by the Red Clay Ramblers called Twisted Laurel. I'm having a hard time getting all the words. Any help will be greatly appreciated.


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Subject: RE: The Telephone Girl
From: Joe Offer
Date: 09 Jul 03 - 03:56 AM

Hi, anders - this won't help you much, but Sylvia Herold has a brief clip of her recording of the song here (click). Sounds like she had trouble figuring out the lyrics, too. If all else fails, you might e-mail Sylvia for the lyrics.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: Lyr Add: TELEPHONE GIRL (from Red Clay Ramblers)
From: Stewie
Date: 09 Jul 03 - 05:14 AM

Anders, here is how I hear the Ramblers' recording. They mistakenly sing 'moonlight' instead of 'woodland' in the first chorus. They sing 'woodland' in every subsequent chorus, but also maintain Arville's quaint 'say' instead of 'says'.

TELEPHONE GIRL

My heart is broke, it ain't no joke
I'm happy and I'm sad
I feel so queer, I sometimes fear
That thing will drive me mad
A little girl with frizzen curls
Came here a week ago
To work upon that telephone
And say hello, hello

Chorus:
Hello, hello, hello, hello
Her voice with music rings
It's sweeter than the whippoorwill
That in the moonlight sings         [Should be 'woodland']      
Across the floor, beside the door
As I march to and fro
She leans upon that telephone
And say(s) hello, hello

I have not spoken to her yet
I've been in such a daze
Although she sometimes looks at me
With sort of a distant gaze
I feel too weak, I cannot speak
My heart is beating so
Like when she reach(ed) that telephone
And said hello, hello

Chorus

I see her as she walks along
In sunshine and in rain
I hear her midst the jingle
Of the elevated train
Every sound that comes around
Above and down below
It seems to say the livelong day
Hello, hello, hello

Chorus

I tell you what, I'll buy a spot
Not very far from town
And if she'll 'gree to marry me
We both will settle down
Where the wild honeysuckles bloom
And the fragrant flowers grow
She'll meet me at the garden gate
And say hello, hello

Chorus

Source: transcription from Red Clay Ramblers 'Twisted Laurel' reissued on Flying Fish CD FF70055.

Note: Arville Reed's recording, the RCR's source, may be found on Blind Alfred Reed 'Complete Recorded Works 1927-1929' Document DOCD-8022.   Arville was Blind Alfred's son and played guitar on many of his father's recordings.   In his note to the Document CD, Tony Russell suggests that it was possibly not written by Arville because 'it sounds like a topical composition from earlier in the century when Alexander Graham Bell's invention was still a novelty'.

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Telephone Girl
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Jul 03 - 01:55 AM

Hi Stewie,
Thanks a million for the lyrics. It's a great help, although I did
get most of it right myself, but there are some tricky words that are
hard to get. I think that moonlight in the chorus is logical as the
whip-poor-will does "sing" at dusk or nighttime, but why they sing it
as they do beats me. Thanks again. I'll be back if I need help another
time.
All the best
Anders


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Subject: Chord Req: TELEPHONE GIRL
From: GUEST,Martoons
Date: 25 Oct 06 - 08:10 AM

howdy folks.
I've been trying to work out the chords for the above tune and am a bit stuck near the end of the verse and in the chorus. Here's what I have so far, but I could use some help. The' C' doesn't sound quite right to me. TIA.

TELEPHONE GIRL
Blind Alfred Reed

G
My heart is broke, it ain't no joke
      D                   G      
I'm happy and I'm sad
   D
I feel so queer, I sometimes fear
         G
That thing will drive me mad
    G - C             G
A little girl with frizzen curls
         D                G
Came here a week ago

To work upon that telephone

And say hello, hello

Chorus:
G
Hello, hello, hello, hello
       D                      G
Her voice with music rings
      D
It's sweeter than the whippoorwill
                               G
That in the woodland sings      
G
Across the floor, beside the door
    D                   G
As I march to and fro
       C                           G
She leans upon that telephone
       D                G
And say(s) hello, hello


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: TELEPHONE GIRL
From: radriano
Date: 25 Oct 06 - 11:17 AM

Sylvia Herold, a friend of mine, recorded this. I'll ask her what chords she uses.


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: TELEPHONE GIRL
From: Scoville
Date: 25 Oct 06 - 12:11 PM

Also on the Red Clay Ramblers' Twisted Laurel; I didn't know it was a Blind Alfred Reed (although I'm not surprised now that I hear it) and I don't know how similar are the two versions, but if all else fails, I can check when I get home this evening.


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: TELEPHONE GIRL
From: GUEST,Dale
Date: 25 Oct 06 - 12:22 PM

Another version is by Doc Watson on the Legacy set with David Holt. I could be wrong because I haven't listened to either the RCR or Reed versions lately, but it seems to me that Doc's version may be more complete. Certainly it is a lot longer than Martoon's version.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req/ADD: The Telephone Girl
From: GUEST,Dale
Date: 25 Oct 06 - 09:53 PM

The lyrics as sung by Doc Watson are significantly different. He and David Holt will be at the Ozark Folk Center on Saturday night, but unfortunately I have other commitments for the evening. Otherwise I would make it a point to ask Doc what his source for the lyrics was. I like his version better.

The Telephone Girl
as sung by Doc Watson on Legacy, High Windy 1258, 2002

Here of late I feel so strange
I'm happy and I'm sad
The way my feelings are sometimes
I think they'll drive me mad
A pretty little girl with frizzy curls
Came here a week ago
To work upon the telephone
And sh'said, hello, hello

Hello, hello, her sweet hello
Her voice like music rings
It's sweeter than the whippoorwill
That in the moonlight sings            
As the bell boy here at this hotel
I'm always on the go
And then she'll ring that telephone
And say hello, hello

I haven't spoken to her yet
I've been in such a daze
Although sometimes she looks at me
With a sort of a distant gaze
That I feel so weak, I cannot speak
My heart is beating so
And then she'll ring that telephone
And say hello, hello

I see her as she walks along
In sunshine and in rain
I can hear her midst the jangle
Of the elevated train
I'd buy for us a little place
Where honeysuckles grow
She could meet me at the garden gate
And say hello, hello

In about a year, she married me
And then we settled down
In a pretty little bungalow
Not very far from town
At night as I go home from work
My heart is beating so
She'll kiss me at the door
And say . . . hello . . . hello . . . hello


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req/ADD: The Telephone Girl
From: Artful Codger
Date: 26 Oct 06 - 04:55 PM

So is this song by Arville or by Alfred, and is it in the public domain or not?


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req/ADD: The Telephone Girl
From: Scoville
Date: 26 Oct 06 - 07:49 PM

Hmm, I can't tell any better than the chords posted above. Good luck.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req/ADD: The Telephone Girl
From: GUEST,Richie
Date: 26 Oct 06 - 09:42 PM

Blind Alfred Reed's son is Arville. Apparently Springsteen has recorded it. Lyrics anyone?

Richie


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Telephone Girl
From: GUEST,Martoons
Date: 30 Oct 06 - 06:22 AM

Thanks again for all the help.
I love this place.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Telephone Girl
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 30 Oct 06 - 06:37 PM

The Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music has images of the sheet music of several songs from a musical play (or perhaps a revue) described as follows:

The Telephone Girl.
The Great Musical Success As Produced at the New York Casino
Words by Hugh Morton; Music by Gustave Kerker; Staged by Geo. W. Lederer.
Publication: New York: T.B. Harms & Co., 18 East 22nd St., 1898.

Here are the songs for which the Levy Collection has sheet music with lyrics:

THE OLD DAYS
First Line: Do you remember the old, old days?
First Line of Chorus: The old days, the old days, Oh, they were the silver and gold days!

MY ESTELLE.
First Line: The Queen of the Telephone girls is my Estelle
First Line of Chorus: Oh, my Estelle, she is the belle

LITTLE BIRDIES LEARNING HOW TO FLY.
First Line: I'm a giddy, gay Lothario and sinner
First Line of Chorus: Blushing maid is, The little bird that's learning how to fly

LITTLE YALLER BOY.
First Line: Eatin' a piece of watermilyum, on der rail fence over yonder
First Line of Chorus: I wants to hold yer right on my knee

AND THE BELL GOES TING A LING LING.
First Line: Oh, the telephone is a dangerous thing, and it throw you when it can

The Levy Collection also has the sheet music of a piano arrangement (no lyrics) called "Selection from The Telephone Girl." Judging from the section headings within this arrangement, and the titles listed on the covers of the above songs, there are several missing songs.

I wonder if the "folk process" went to work on one of these songs, and the title of the production got attached to the song?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Telephone Girl
From: GUEST,Richie
Date: 30 Oct 06 - 08:26 PM

Jim,

IMHO these songs are different. It seems like this is based on a parlor song from around 1900 tho.

Richie


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Telephone Girl
From: Artful Codger
Date: 31 Oct 06 - 01:19 AM

I ask again: By Arville (the son) or Alfred (the father)?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Telephone Girl
From: GUEST,Hootenanny
Date: 31 Oct 06 - 04:49 AM

ORVILLE Reed I believe.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Telephone Girl
From: Arkie
Date: 31 Oct 06 - 10:37 PM

He was listed as Arville on the recording.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Telephone Girl
From: GUEST,Richie
Date: 31 Oct 06 - 10:56 PM

This is from memory and it was a while ago, can't remember the source:

There was a discussion about the copyright concerning Springsteen's use of the song. The song was done by Blind Alfred Reed. Arville, his son, (who played with his dad) copyrighted the song.

The origin of the song is in doubt but is usually credited to Arville as the copyright holder.

There was a complaint in the forum about Springsteen's free use of the song.

I'd like to find the origin myself.

Richie


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Telephone Girl
From: Debbie in Utah
Date: 21 Jun 07 - 12:02 PM

If anyone is still interested, my father used to sing this, and these are the chords he gave me. His might have been different, because he was a much better guitar player than I am, and we converted some of the songs he sang into the chord of G, which is the easiest for me to play.

   G                  C       G
My heart is broke, it ain't no joke

    C             G
I'm happy and I'm sad

C                G         E7
I feel so queer, I sometimes fear

    A7                   D7
that things will drive me mad

G      C       G         
A little girl in frizzled (or golden) curls

    C             G
came here one week ago

    C                  G   E7
She leaned against the telephone

    A7       D7      G
and said, "Hello, hello."

                C      G
(CH) Hello, hello, hello, hello

    C                G
her voice with music rings

    C                G      E7
It's sweeter than the whipporill

    A7               D7
out in the moonlight sings

G       C         G
Across the floor, beside the door

   C             G
as I walked to and fro

    C                  G    E7
She leaned against the telephone

    A7       D7      G
and said, "Hello, hello."


His notes say he "learned the song from (his) older brother, Roscoe H Mabry, who learned it from relatives of 'Old Virginia.' Roscoe couldn't sing, but he could read the music and tell you if you were singing it right or wrong."

It is one of the earliest songs my father remembers; born outside Woodlawn VA in 1908.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Telephone Girl (Arville Reed)
From: GUEST,Bill Hicks
Date: 22 Oct 10 - 07:18 AM

The "moonlight"/"woodland" thing mentioned early in this thread comes from the Reed recording. We simply stayed with his recorded version. These days the Craver/Hicks/Watson/Newberry Band has done backslid to singing only "woodland," as we're geezers and who wants to remember these persnickety details, it's as bad as an extra beat in a fiddle tune. But--it was "originally" as the Ramblers did it. Just sayin'.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Telephone Girl (Arville Reed)
From: GUEST,Alison
Date: 31 Jul 13 - 11:24 PM

Well, somebody ought to thank Electric Bill for his contribution. So I will. Thanks!


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