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Chord Req: Oh What a Beautiful City

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TWELVE GATES TO THE CITY


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Johnhenry'shammer 19 Oct 06 - 07:41 PM
GUEST,Richie 19 Oct 06 - 08:59 PM
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Subject: Chord Req: Oh What a Beautiful City
From: Johnhenry'shammer
Date: 19 Oct 06 - 07:41 PM

Anybody?


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: Oh What a Beautiful City
From: GUEST,Richie
Date: 19 Oct 06 - 08:59 PM

Here's one version:

This is an old southern spiritual, inspired by the Bible's Revelation chapter 21.

Revelation 21 - King James Version ( Public Domain)

Lyrics:
[Em] Oh, what a beautiful city.
[B7] Oh, what a beautiful city
[Em] Oh, what a beautiful city
[Em] Twelve gates to the city, [B7] - [[Em] Hallelujah

Three gates in the east,
Three gates in the west,
Three gates in the north
Three gates in the south
[Em] Twelve gates to the city, [B7] - [[Em] Hallelujah

Who are those children dressed in red?
There's twelve gates to the city, Hallelujah
Must be the children that Moses led
There's twelve gates to the city, Hallelujah

My Jesus done just what He said
There's twelve gates to the city, Hallelujah
He healed the sick and He raised the dead.
There's twelve gates to the city, Hallelujah


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: Oh What a Beautiful City
From: Barry T
Date: 19 Oct 06 - 09:11 PM

Lyrics *and* mp3 here...
http://www.ibiblio.org/jimmy/folkden-wp/?p=6987

Note that the song is titled "Twelve Gates to the City".

I also quite enjoy a Christmas version adapted and arranged by the New Christy Minstrels. Great stuff! Here's the chorus and one verse (all I can remember off the top of my head).

Oh! What a beautiful city
Oh! What a beautiful city
Oh! Oh! Oh! What a beautiful city
Oh! My Lord is born in Bethlehem.

Wise men from the East
Shepherds in the field
Angels sang from the heavens on high
The King of Kings is born in Bethlehem!

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Subject: RE: Chord Req: Oh What a Beautiful City
From: wysiwyg
Date: 19 Oct 06 - 10:15 PM

Better done unaccompanied.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: Oh What a Beautiful City
From: 12-stringer
Date: 20 Oct 06 - 01:30 AM

Not if you're Gary Davis.


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: Oh What a Beautiful City
From: GUEST,buspassed
Date: 20 Oct 06 - 05:10 AM

Or Sonny Terry.


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: Oh What a Beautiful City
From: Johnhenry'shammer
Date: 20 Oct 06 - 09:11 PM

The Em B7 aint bad but it's not really what I'm looking for. Anybody else? I really like the Dave Van Ronk version if that helps.


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: Oh What a Beautiful City
From: GUEST,shano
Date: 21 Oct 06 - 06:04 AM

Instead of Em B7 you could have Am D7 or Dm A7


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: Oh What a Beautiful City
From: GUEST
Date: 23 Oct 06 - 12:33 AM

or Rick and Sandy Epping


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: Oh What a Beautiful City
From: GUEST
Date: 23 Oct 06 - 12:39 AM

Might be best to buy DVR's version on one of his CDs.


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: Oh What a Beautiful City
From: MissouriMud
Date: 23 Oct 06 - 09:47 AM

Both Pete Seeger and Eric Darling did versions of this in major key - same basic chord progression as the minor versions described above but with a major tonic chord.    I have no idea where they got their versions.


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: Oh What a Beautiful City
From: Philj200
Date: 23 Oct 06 - 10:37 AM

Dave Van Ronk's version is only nominally in the major scale. He may have played a I chord but he was both singing and playing notes in a blues scale, flatting fourths and sixths in it whenever he wanted. And if I recall, Rev. Davis did that vocally as well.


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: Oh What a Beautiful City
From: Mudlark
Date: 23 Oct 06 - 11:49 AM

I do the 3 gates/direction part in major, then shift to minor, do the Em/B7 but throw in an Am as well, and slide the B7.

Obviously practically any gospel riff can be used in the "verse"...rich and poor, welcome to the city, etc., to extend this song...it's too much fun to sing to quit on it early.


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: Oh What a Beautiful City
From: Johnhenry'shammer
Date: 23 Oct 06 - 06:32 PM

So Mudlark, could you show me what you mean exactly whith the chords over the lyrics so I can see what you mean?


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: Oh What a Beautiful City
From: Steve-o
Date: 24 Oct 06 - 12:18 PM

Tim O'Brien does a version using three chords (as above), and the fingerstyle guitar playing is astounding! Check this one out.


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: Oh What a Beautiful City
From: Bob the Postman
Date: 24 Oct 06 - 12:33 PM

Here are the chords as given in Fred and Irwin Silber's Folksinger's Wordbook:

[C] Oh, what a beautiful city.
[G] Oh, what a [C] beautiful city
Oh, what a beautiful city
[C7] Twelve gates [F] to the [C] city, [G7]Halle[C]lujah[G7]

[C] Three gates in the east,
Three gates in the west,
Three gates in the north
Three gates in the south
[C7} Twelve gates [F] to the [C] city, [G7] Hallelu[C]jah

[C] Who are those children dressed in red?
[C7} Twelve gates [F] to the [C] city, [G7] Hallelu[C]jah
Must be the children that Moses led
[C7} Twelve gates [F] to the [C] city, [G7] Hallelu[C]jah


Here are the chords as given in Blood's and Patterson's Rise Up Singing

Oh, what a beautiful city.
Oh, what a beautiful city
Oh, what a beautiful city
Twelve gates to the city, Hallelujah
D D D D / A A DC A / D D D D / D G D A D G D D

Three gates in the east, three gates in the west,
Three gates in the north, three gates in the south
Twelve gates to the city, Hallelujah
D D D D / D D D D / D G D A D G D D

Who are those children dressed in red?
There's twelve gates to the city, Hallelujah
Must be the children that Moses led
There's twelve gates to the city, Hallelujah
D D D D / D G D A D G D D / D D D D / D G D A D G D D


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: Oh What a Beautiful City
From: Johnhenry'shammer
Date: 27 Oct 06 - 12:15 AM

The Rise up Singing version is PERFECT! Thank you!


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: Oh What a Beautiful City
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 27 Oct 06 - 11:19 PM

If you want to get tricky in the key of c

you can go Eflat Dminor
on 'to the'

But really its something of a weariness of the flesh.
(I have found.)


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: Oh What a Beautiful City
From: Janice in NJ
Date: 28 Oct 06 - 12:02 AM

This is from Revelation 21. The chapter is about the new Jerusalem, not the old one that everyone has been fighting over since Biblical times.

21:10. And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,

21:11. Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;

21:12. And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:

21:13. On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates.

21:14. And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

Question: Does one of those twelve foundations carry the name of Judas Iscariot? Just asking.


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