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Lyr/Chords Req: Mary Ellen Carter (Stan Rogers)

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THE EENSIE-WEENSIE SPIDER
THE MARY ELLEN CARTER


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GUEST,Steven G. 02 Nov 01 - 05:29 PM
Clinton Hammond 02 Nov 01 - 05:35 PM
breezy 02 Nov 01 - 07:39 PM
GUEST,Steven G. 03 Nov 01 - 07:22 AM
GUEST,Steven G. 03 Nov 01 - 07:26 AM
breezy 03 Nov 01 - 12:16 PM
Clinton Hammond 03 Nov 01 - 01:34 PM
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Subject: Mary Ellen Carter
From: GUEST,Steven G.
Date: 02 Nov 01 - 05:29 PM

Hello, all

I been recently listening to Stan Rogers - Between the Breaks... Live ! and was listening to the Mary Ellen Carter, and I really like the version that was on the album. A slower pace, but great acoustics with the long neck mandolin include in it.

I was wondering if the chords are the same, but is the capo in the different position in the song?

Thanks again,

Steven G.


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Subject: Mary Ellen Carter
From: Clinton Hammond
Date: 02 Nov 01 - 05:35 PM

I believe it's the same key and everything... DADGAD, capo'd 5th to put it in the key of G... It is a good version eh... A lot of people ply this song way too fast... It has much more appeal at a moderate pace...

My personal favorite is the live recording at the end of the show "One Warm Line"...


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Mary Ellen Carter
From: breezy
Date: 02 Nov 01 - 07:39 PM

after artisan's interpretation, I have to admit Stan doesn't capture the emotion quite as well. I have loved Stan and his voice and literacy ever since I discovered him from Eric Bogle doing Lock-keeper. The first song sung by Stan that I heard was '45 years 'at the time my wife walked out with the children after Christmas 1988. I stood in the record shop of Cecil Sharp House and cried. Then I cried for Ariel. Stan has helped me pull through but it was Artisan singing M.E.C. that got to me. If you've heard the last chorus you'll know what I mean. I am very happily remarried with 3 boys, while my daughter of 22 years garduated and is a teacher, and my 18 year old son is 'doing the gap thing' Tell Max.I've got a baritone range and do it in the key of 'A' capo 2nd fret and play 'G' shape starting gently and winding it up before easing off going into the last verse.It's the words that take priority .In fact it is probably best sung unaccompanied.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Mary Ellen Carter
From: GUEST,Steven G.
Date: 03 Nov 01 - 07:22 AM

Hello, Breezy

I know, 45 Years is my favorite as well. I first heard it when I first got my first tape of Stan Rogers called "Stan Rogers - Home to Halifax", it was great a song. I tried to sing 45 Years as Stan sung it, but I really don't have a great baritone voice as Stan has. So I wrote to Stan's Best Friend, Paul Mills and he gave a suggestion of singing the song in the key of C, and I figured out that the capo should be on the 2nd fret on the guitar, and it works.

But basically nearly every song from Stan Rogers, I play them with the capo on the 2nd frets higher. He certainly was a amazing songwriter.

Anyway, got to go.

Steven G.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Mary Ellen Carter
From: GUEST,Steven G.
Date: 03 Nov 01 - 07:26 AM

Hello, Clinton

Thanks for helping me on learning DADGAD a few months ago. DADGAD is fun. I am having a great time with my 12 string guitar with this tune, and playing the Mary Ellen Carter is pretty neat. If the Mary Ellen Carter is the same key as in the Between the Breaks album, I will try it out.

Anyway, got to go.

Steven G.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Mary Ellen Carter
From: breezy
Date: 03 Nov 01 - 12:16 PM

I play it in the key of 'D' but I capo the 7th fret and play 'G' shapes then I can repro the intro and linking phrases using claw-hammer, but I must always make sure I dont set off too fast.I believe I reflect Stan's version. I got it on the album Fogarty's Cove.At last I'm ready for Christmas.


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Subject: Mary Ellen Carter
From: Clinton Hammond
Date: 03 Nov 01 - 01:34 PM

Didn't The Irish Decendants also record a really good version of MEC?? Or did I dream that?


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