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Cuilionn Lyr Req: Key of R (Elizabeth W. Anthony) (111* d) RE: Lyr Req: Key of R (Elizabeth W. Anthony) 04 Feb 10

Nope... just listened to Tom. While I applaud him for crediting the original composer accurately, his tune varies somewhat from the original. Also, a goodly part of the comedy of the original was the intentional halting awkward out-of-keyness of it. The first time I saw it performed by Women, Women & Song, I believe Mary actually untuned her instrument to perform it. (Think of a struggling new player of mandolin or guitar, with those slight pauses while they try to get their fingers, with only occasional success, into the proper places.) This song should never sound too smooth or polished!

By the way, I think the song can work out great when sung a capella. You can veer even more widely with pacing and out-of-keyness and sound just as awful as possible, without that pesky guitar shackling you to the tyranny of standard pitch.


P.S. If you think "The Key of R" is brilliant, I wish you could hear the Gershwin parody they did about the challenges of Northwest gardening: "The Rhapsody We Blew."

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