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Chord Req: The Man from Athabasca

15 Oct 12 - 12:32 PM (#3420276)
Subject: Chord Req: The Man from Athabasca
From: GUEST,Drayman

Here on Mudcat, we've got quite a few threads devoted to Country Joe MacDonald, and we've got a few great threads about the poetry of Robert W. Service (known for Cremation of Sam McGee, Shooting of Dan McGrew, and more).

I'm trying to pick out some of the tunes on a great solo album of Country Joe's. It's called "War, War, War." He took some of the WWI poems of Service and set them to music during the Vietnam era.

One of my very favorites is called "The Man from Athabasca."

Country Joe does it in Cm, which I've been making by capo at IV and making the shape of Am. Then some other shapes I make are C, G, and E; I get a little mixed up because it's a long song with verse, chorus, and what we might call bridge sections, I think.

I'd be grateful if somebody said he or she knew the complete chord changes!

Nate
"the drayman"


15 Oct 12 - 06:52 PM (#3420455)
Subject: RE: Chord Req: The Man from Athabasca
From: GUEST,999

http://www.lyricstime.com/country-joe-mcdonald-the-man-from-athabasca-lyrics.html

Lyrics there, but I could not locate chords.


15 Oct 12 - 11:43 PM (#3420540)
Subject: RE: Chord Req: The Man from Athabasca
From: Drayman

I know! It's such a tease!


16 Oct 12 - 02:20 PM (#3420851)
Subject: RE: Chord Req: The Man from Athabasca
From: GUEST,Grishka

Here is what I heard on YouTube, hope it helps:

Intro:
Am C G Am Am E Am Am

Verse:
Am C G Am Am Am7 E E
Am C G Am Am Am7 E E
F C G Am Am
Am C G Am Am Am7 E E
Am C G Am Am Am7 E E
F C G Am Am
F C G C F C G C
F C G C F C E E E E E E E E

Bridge (brackets form a bar together):
Am [C G] Am Am


16 Oct 12 - 02:30 PM (#3420857)
Subject: RE: Chord Req: The Man from Athabasca
From: GUEST,999

That is great, Grishka. I swear I looked for it on YT yesterday to no avail. Must be too much aluminium in my diet.

Note that geographically, the Town of Athabasca and Lake Athabasca are far apart--about 250 miles as the crow flies.


16 Oct 12 - 09:20 PM (#3421053)
Subject: RE: Chord Req: The Man from Athabasca
From: Drayman

Wow!

Thanks, Grishka! I can't wait to try playing this wonderful tune with your chords.

If I try it and I'm struggling, can I PM you and insert the chord-changes into the lyrics where I hear them and make sure I understand where they happen?

Thanks a million for your advice!

Nate the drayman
(can't start practicing now...wife watching US presidential debate on TV)


17 Oct 12 - 06:07 PM (#3421600)
Subject: RE: Chord Req: The Man from Athabasca
From: GUEST,Grishka

Nate, you're welcome. I do not think you can PM guests, and in fact I would not know how to receive such messages. But others have sent public messages with much less public relevance, so it should be OK to ask here.

Each of the chord I notated covers one bar, except for the bracketed two chords, each of which lasts for half a bar. Hope that helps, and you know whom you want for president.


04 Feb 13 - 06:45 AM (#3475561)
Subject: RE: Chord Req: The Man from Athabasca
From: GUEST,kelvin

I've been haunted by this album for over 40yrs. Ever since I saw country Joe do "Jean Duprez" on the OGWT in 1971. I play it at least every November 11th and at other times to. Picked up a copy of "rhymes of a red cross man", in Hay on Wye a few years back.
Thanks for the chords. great as far as it goes but what about the bit that goes "and I tell of lakes fish haunted" etc.
If you want some simpler songs of that album you could try "the twins" or "young fellow my lad". both of which are just 3 chords.


05 Feb 13 - 08:50 AM (#3476030)
Subject: RE: Chord Req: The Man from Athabasca
From: GUEST,Grishka

Kelvin, I must admit that I had not listened to the whole song, wrongly assuming that there would not be any change.

So for the bit "And I tell them of the Furland ...":

A7 A7 C C
A7 A7 C C
A7 A7 C C
A7 A7 C C C
Esus4 Esus4 Esus4 Esus4 Am Am

And the end:

... C C
F C F C F C E E E E Am

Yes, the song got something. (Would it be nitpicking if I suggested more care with the pronunciation of French words, as put into the mouth of a Foreign Legionnaire?)


05 Feb 13 - 10:29 AM (#3476057)
Subject: RE: Chord Req: The Man from Athabasca
From: wysiwyg

I just can't help it-- every time I see the thread/song title, another tune plays in my head: Girl from Ipanema.

~S~