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Sunday, April 3, 2011

"When You And I Were Young, Maggie"

Lead sheet for "When You And I Were Young, Maggie" (music by James Butterfield, 1866).

For additional information on this piece of music, visit Wikipedia's page.

Lyrics:

I wandered today to the hill, Maggie
To watch the scene below
The creek and the rusty old mill, Maggie
Where we sat in the long, long ago.
The green grove is gone from the hill, Maggie
Where first the daisies sprung
The old rusty mill is still, Maggie
Since you and I were young.

A city so silent and lone, Maggie
Where the young and the gay and the best
In polished white mansion of stone, Maggie
Have each found a place of rest
Is built where the birds used to play, Maggie
And join in the songs that were sung
For we sang just as gay as they, Maggie
When you and I were young.

They say I am feeble with age, Maggie
My steps are less sprightly than then
My face is a well written page, Maggie
But time alone was the pen.
They say we are aged and grey, Maggie
As spray by the white breakers flung
But to me you're as fair as you were, Maggie
When you and I were young.

And now we are aged and grey, Maggie
The trials of life nearly done
Let us sing of the days that are gone, Maggie
When you and I were young.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Carl Saunders - "Claire de Lune"

Carl Saunders' trumpet solo over the chord changes of "Claire de Lune", from the Bob Florence Limited Edition recording Eternal Licks and Grooves, transcribed by Nick Schroeder.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

"New Orleans"

Lead sheet on "New Orleans" (Hoagy Carmichael).

Lyrics:

If you've never seen a quaint old Southern city
Just think of New, think of New Orleans

If you've never seen that town, boy, it's a pity
There's nothing like, nothing like New Orleans

It will remind you old fashioned lace
A glass of wine will greet your smiling face

And if you ever see a black-eyed gal like mine, boy
Oh, then you're right in it, right in New Orleans

"Black Bottom Stomp"

Lead sheet to "Black Bottom Stomp" (Jelly Roll Morton, 1926).



See this page for a detailed discussion of the history of this piece.

"You Tell Me Your Dream"

Lead sheet to "You Tell Me Your Dream" (1898).

Lyrics:
I had a dream, dear
You had one, too
Mine was the best dream
Because it was of you

Come, sweetheart, tell me
Now is the time
You tell me your dream
And I'll tell you mine

"Just A Little While To Stay Here"

Lead sheet for "Just A Little While To Stay Here" (Eugene Monroe Bartlett).

Lyrics:
Verse 1:
Soon this life will all be over
And our pilgramage will end
Soon we'll take our heavenly journey
Be at home with Christ our friend
Heaven's gates are standing open
Waiting for our entrance there
Some sweet day we're going over
All the beauties there to share

Verse 2:
Soon we'll meet all the redeemed ones
And we'll take them by the hand
Soon we'll press into our bosom
Over in the promised land
Then we'll be at home forever
Through out all eternity
What a blessed, blessed morning
That eternal morn will be
Chorus:
Just a little while to stay here
Just a little while to wait
Just a little while to labor
In the path that's always straight
Just a little more of troubles
In this low and sinful state
Then we'll enter heaven's portals
Sweeping through those pearly gates

Saturday, March 19, 2011

"Somebody Else Is Taking My Place"

Lead sheet for "Somebody Else Is Taking My Place" (Dick Howard, Bob Ellsworth, and Russ Morgan, 1937).

Lyrics:

Somebody else is taking my place
Somebody else shares your embrace
Now while I'm trying to keep from crying
You go around with a smile on your face

Little you care for the vows that we made
Little you care how much I have paid
My heart is aching soon will be breaking
For someone is taking my place

"China Boy"

Lead sheet for "China Boy" (Dick Winfre/Phil Boutelje, 1922).

"Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives To Me"

Lead sheet for "Blues My Naughty Sweetie GivesTo Me" (Arthur N. Swanstone, Charles R. McCarron, & Carey Morgan, 1919).



BLUES (MY NAUGHTY SWEETIE GIVES TO ME)
Arthur N. Swanstone, Charles R. McCarron, & Carey Morgan
New York: Jos. W. Stern & Co., © 1919.

VERSE 1
What is that song about kisses? What is that song about smiles?
If I could have my way, I'd sing a song today
That would beat them all by miles.
I wouldn't sing about smiling. That's not the title I'd choose.
I would sing about what I've got, and what I've got's the weary blues.

CHORUS 1
There are blues that you get from worry,
There are blues that you get from pain,
And there are blues when you're lonely,
For your one and only,
The blues you can never explain.
There are blues that you get from longing,
But the bluest blues that can be
Are the sort of blues that's on my mind.
They're the very meanest kind,
The blues my naughty sweetie gives to me.

VERSE 2
No use in chasing those rainbows. Rainbows will never help you.
They look so bright and gay, but they will fade away,
Then you'll find the sky's all blue.
Look at the ocean and that's blue. My sweetie's eyes are blue too.
When she got me, she blew away, and natur'ly that makes me blue.

CHORUS 2
There are blues that you get when single.
Those are blues that will give you pain,
And there are blues when you're lonely,
For your one and only,
The blues you can never explain.
There are blues that you get from longing
To hold someone on your knee,
But the kind of blues that always stabs,
Comes from hiring taxicabs,
The blues my naughty sweetie gives to me.

CHORUS 3
There are blues that you get from sweetie
When she phones to another guy,
And there are blues when your honey
Spends all of your money
And blues when she tells you a lie.
There are blues that you get when married,
Wishing that you could be free.
But the kind of blues that's good and blue
Comes from buying wine for two,
The kind of blues my sweetie gives to me.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Kenny Dorham - "Sign Off"

Kenny Dorham's trumpet solo over the chord changes to "Sign Off", from the Kenny Dorham recording Jazz Contemporary (transcribed by Adam Loudin).

Kenny Dorham - "This Love Of Mine" (alternate take)

Kenny Dorham's trumpet solo over the chord changes to "This Love of Mine" (alternate take), from the Kenny Dorham recording Jazz Contemporary (transcribed by Adam Loudin).

Friday, February 25, 2011

Friday, February 18, 2011

Charlie Potter demonstrates Diz lick

This lick confounded me for years.

Monday, February 7, 2011