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Lyr Req/Add: I Want to Die Easy

GUEST,Stew 14 Jun 04 - 01:40 PM
mack/misophist 14 Jun 04 - 02:12 PM
Deckman 14 Jun 04 - 02:37 PM
GUEST,Stew 14 Jun 04 - 03:18 PM
The Fooles Troupe 14 Jun 04 - 09:36 PM
Deckman 15 Jun 04 - 09:54 AM
Padre 15 Jun 04 - 09:57 AM
Deckman 15 Jun 04 - 10:44 AM
GUEST,Stew 16 Jun 04 - 01:03 PM
Sandy Paton 16 Jun 04 - 06:20 PM
Billy the Bus 16 Jun 04 - 11:22 PM
oombanjo 05 Mar 06 - 05:02 AM
Peace 05 Mar 06 - 11:42 PM
oombanjo 07 Mar 06 - 03:21 PM
bigchuck 07 Mar 06 - 03:47 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: I want to die easy
From: GUEST,Stew
Date: 14 Jun 04 - 01:40 PM

I have an old cassette with Dwight Diller singing this tune. His words are not understandable in most of the verses. Hopefully someone is familiar with this song and could post the lyrics. Thanks for any help.
Stew


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I want to die easy
From: mack/misophist
Date: 14 Jun 04 - 02:12 PM

Can't find the words but Dover Paperbacks has a book in print that has them: Best Loved Negro Spirituals. Sorry.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I want to die easy
From: Deckman
Date: 14 Jun 04 - 02:37 PM

Stew, I have an old Sam Hinton record where he is singing a song by this title. Bob


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I want to die easy
From: GUEST,Stew
Date: 14 Jun 04 - 03:18 PM

The version I have starts out:

I want to die easy when I die,
I want to die easy when I die,
When the room goes dark and death creeps into your heart,
I want to die easy when I die.

A bit depressing it would seem, but a nice melody just moves it right along.

Is this the one you have Deckman?
Thanks Stew


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I want to die easy
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 14 Jun 04 - 09:36 PM

It's easy to do these days. You can get the stuff in a bottle. Natural fibers work best though.

Robin


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I want to die easy
From: Deckman
Date: 15 Jun 04 - 09:54 AM

Stewart, I just e-mailed you about this record. Bob


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Subject: ADD: I Want to Die Easy
From: Padre
Date: 15 Jun 04 - 09:57 AM

Rock Creek used to sing a version that went:

I WANT TO DIE EASY

I want to die easy when I die (x2)
I want to die easy when I die, shout salvation as I fly
I want to die easy when I die

I want to see my mother when I die (x2)
I want to see my mother when I die, shout salvation as I fly
I want to die easy when I die


{The rest was zipper verses (father, sister, brother) ending with}

I want to see Jesus when I die

Padre


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I want to die easy
From: Deckman
Date: 15 Jun 04 - 10:44 AM

Yes, that's the version that Sam Hinton recorded. Bob


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I want to die easy
From: GUEST,Stew
Date: 16 Jun 04 - 01:03 PM

I thank you all for your input. I know the tune a little better now. I think Dwight Diller revised the song a bit to suit his style as it differs in meter somewhat, but he definitely based his version on the older spirtual.
Stew


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I want to die easy
From: Sandy Paton
Date: 16 Jun 04 - 06:20 PM

The Rock Creek version is on "Sharon Mountain Harmony" - Folk-Legacy CD-86.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I want to die easy
From: Billy the Bus
Date: 16 Jun 04 - 11:22 PM

My recollection of the song from half a century back is akin to that of Padre. As to the sentiment of "dying easy", I'll always treasure a comment from my old mate "Tonks" - who, thankfully, passed away in the same way.

"He went to sleep, and woke up dead"....

Oh, that we all could do the same. There's a thought in there for song spinners who 'want to die easy'...

I'm toasting "Tonks" with a VERY LARGE whisky..

May we all 'Die Easy' -despite our sins....

Slainté - Sam


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Subject: Tune Req: Wanna Die Easy When I Die
From: oombanjo
Date: 05 Mar 06 - 05:02 AM

Does anyone know what tuning this old gem is played out of. Cheers Oombanjo


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Wanna Die Easy When I Die
From: Peace
Date: 05 Mar 06 - 11:42 PM

Sounds like a modal tuning to me.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Wanna Die Easy When I Die
From: oombanjo
Date: 07 Mar 06 - 03:21 PM

Thanks Peace I tried dropping the B to G minor and putting it up to a C for G modal, the nearest I get is capo 5 in modal but the sound is to high, maybe I should de tune to F modal. Thanks for the help. JY.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Wanna Die Easy When I Die
From: bigchuck
Date: 07 Mar 06 - 03:47 PM

Sounds to me like Em on the guitar. I make the chords to be:
Em      /Em       B7    / Em            Am / Em       Am B7 Em/.
Maybe you can come up with a tuning that could fit that pattern.

Sandy


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Wanna Die Easy When I Die
From: oombanjo
Date: 07 Mar 06 - 04:14 PM

Thanks bigchuck I'll give it a try. If anyone wants to check out the old time scene over here in the uk try this site. www.FOAOTMAD.org.uk click on the Sacrewell interactive site, log in the members login with. ( sacrewell_camp and password visitor ) check out the site and photo's, Cheers to all Oombanjo.


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