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widowmaker 14 Mar 03 - 01:47 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: The Naked Highwayman
From: widowmaker
Date: 14 Mar 03 - 01:47 AM

Hi Catters, can someone please post me the words and chords to this superb song by Steve Tilston if poss, heres hoping!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Naked Highwayman
From: jonm
Date: 14 Mar 03 - 03:09 AM


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Naked Highwayman
From: jonm
Date: 14 Mar 03 - 03:10 AM

Oops.

The full lyrics are on the Fairport CD "Jewel in the Crown".Haven't got it here, so I can't post them.


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Subject: ADD: The Naked Highwayman (Tilston)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 14 Mar 03 - 03:40 AM

I see that I requested this song back in 1997. Lo and behold, the "Jewel in the Crown" CD was on the shelf in my room - and my records show I bought the CD in 1996.
-Joe Offer-



THE NAKED HIGHWAYMAN
(Steve Tilston)

As I rode out one summer's day for profit and for pleasure,
I planned to rob the London coach and take it at my leisure.
A brace of pistols duly primed, a sabre fit to shave on,
I waited underneath the trees that lined the banks of Avon.

I didn't hear her dainty step as she appeared before me:
A face to charm a singing bird with words that did implore me.
"Can you help me sir?" she said, "I fear the time is near run
For me to cross before the tide swells the banks of Avon."

All you roving fellows listen, while you can,
Of the time that I became a naked highwayman. (repeat)

So gallantly I did dismount and walked into the water,
As she told me that she was a wealthy merchant's daughter.
So I thought I'd try my luck and do my best to charm her.
Said I was the only son of a country farmer.

"Your hands they are as smooth as silk,
They never touched a plough sir
And I suppose these pistols help you milking of your cows."
She looked at me with mocking eyes as coal-black as a raven
And then she fell into my arms beside the banks of Avon.

All you roving fellows listen, while you can,
Of the time that I become a naked highwayman. (repeat)

Her honeyed lips, I was beguiled, a lamb led to the slaughter,
Eventually I fell asleep in the arms of the merchant's daughter.
When I awoke I was alone, my clothes and pistols token,
With just the leaves to hide my shame beside the banks of Avon.

In vain I tried to catch a glimpse of the city spires,
Running like a rabbit through the bushes and the briars.
Then I heard the London coach and I was all a-shiver;
A lady's voice was calling out: "Stand-to and deliver!"

All you roving fellows listen, while you can,
Of the time that I became a naked highway man. (repeat)

"Your money or your life I'll have, it's all the same to me.
It's hangèd for a sheep or murder in the first degree."
She stood there in my overcoat, brandishing my pistol,
And relieved the London coach of the gold of Bristol.

And it's up she's mounted on my horse and rode into the distance
And I went naked to the coach begging for assistance.
No more I'll play the highwayman, no more I'll put the mask on,
I'll leave it to the bright-eyed girl who roams the banks of Avon,

All you roving fellows listen, while you can,
Of the time that I became a naked highwayman. (repeat)

As I rode out one summer's day for profit and for pleasure,
I planned to rob the London coach and rake it at my leisure.
A brace of pistols duly primed, a sabre fit to shave on,
I waited underneath the trees that lined the banks of Avon.

"The Naked Highwayman is a romp, filled with table turning, trickery and good old- fashioned stand and delivery. By all accaunts female cabinpersons and highwaypersons did exist. And why not? Where are they now? Were the men all so optically challenged? Or was it more a case of 'None as blind as them that don't want t'see?"
Steve Tilston


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Subject: RE: Chords Req: The Naked Highwayman
From: GUEST,GerMan
Date: 14 Mar 03 - 08:32 AM

So what about the chords?

;-)


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Subject: RE: Chords Req: The Naked Highwayman
From: MMario
Date: 14 Mar 03 - 08:36 AM

tune! a tune, please, someone?


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Subject: RE: Chords Req: The Naked Highwayman
From: widowmaker
Date: 14 Mar 03 - 03:24 PM

Thanks for the lyrics chaps all we need now is the chords, maybe if steve reads these he might post them for us


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Subject: RE: Chords Req: The Naked Highwayman
From: MMario
Date: 14 Mar 03 - 03:30 PM

widowmaker - maybe all *you* need are chords - but some of us need a melody...


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Subject: RE: Chords Req: The Naked Highwayman
From: widowmaker
Date: 15 Mar 03 - 01:27 AM

This is so true but I actually have a recording of this great song and if someone would care to tell me how, I would make it available, if thats allowed?


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Subject: RE: Chords Req: The Naked Highwayman
From: breezy
Date: 15 Mar 03 - 01:53 PM

buy the album and listen to it you tight buggers, its the least Steve deserves after all , isnt it? or am I out of order?
I got 'Jewel' I got the Words , i've the tune
but
Bloody awful to sing.
Best leave it where it is.


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Subject: RE: Chords Req: The Naked Highwayman
From: widowmaker
Date: 15 Mar 03 - 08:30 PM

I thought it easy to sing as it has a nice meter, but being a relatively poor guitarist I struggle with chords so hence my request for some assistance


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Subject: RE: Chords Req: The Naked Highwayman
From: GUEST,GerMan
Date: 19 Mar 03 - 04:40 AM

I have at least 3 versions (ST & Fairport) of this on CD but I can't work out the chords. Between us we've established that we know the lyrics & tune but does anyone out there know the chords?

Trying to stop the thread dying!


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Subject: RE: Chords Req: The Naked Highwayman
From: jonm
Date: 19 Mar 03 - 07:27 AM


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Subject: RE: Chords Req: The Naked Highwayman
From: jonm
Date: 19 Mar 03 - 07:33 AM

The tune, lyrics and chords are all in the Fairport Songbook 2, which is usually available from most folk music stores, Amazon (I think) and certainly the Fairport website.

It's a b*gger to sing up to speed. I've tried it slower, with the emphasis on beats 1 and 4 in the bar - gives it an unusual rhythm and lets the singer and the listener catch all the lyrics.

BTW, what's happening? Twice now in this thread, I've got halfway through a posting and the system has submitted a blank post, then taken me back to my incomplete post (you'll see an empty jonm poting before each of mine with text in). This hasn't happened before.


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Subject: RE: Chords Req: The Naked Highwayman
From: Jim Colbert
Date: 19 Mar 03 - 10:15 AM

Great point, jonm- when a song is readily available in a songbook, especially from an independent artist, it's never a bad thing to actually help the artist out by making a purchase. True, sometimes you have only a passing or casual interest in a song, or don't want a whole book's worth of material, or it may even be way beyond your ability once you see the chords (especially pieces composed on instruments other than the guitar), but just pointing out, this is all part of how these guys make a living...

As a songwriter, I also enjoy picking up songbooks now and again for things like changes I hadn't thought of, things like that.

jim


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