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Subject: Lyr Req: Nashville Blues?
From: Cluin
Date: 31 Oct 05 - 05:56 PM

I was just sitting here listening to Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's classic "Circle Be Unbroken" (the first collection) and hearing Earl Scruggs, Vassar Clements, Norman Blake, Junior Huskey and the Nits playing on "Nashville Blues"...

I was wondering has anybody heard any lyrics for this great tune? Album credits say it was composed by Earl.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Nashville Blues?
From: pdq
Date: 31 Oct 05 - 06:58 PM

It's on Doc Watson's eponymous first solo record: CD Vanguard   VMD-79152        

The song was written by the great Delmore Brothers.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Nashville Blues?
From: Cool Beans
Date: 31 Oct 05 - 07:50 PM

Here's what I remember:
I've got the blues
Those Nashvile blues.
I've got the blues
Those Nashvile blues.
Aint got no hat
Aint got no shoes.
---
The people here
They treat me fine
The people here
They treat me fine.
They give me beer
And they give me wine.
==
I'm going back to Arkansas
I'm going back to Arkansas.
Gonna stay right there.
With my maw and paw.
--
I've got the blues, those Nashville blues
etc.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Nashville Blues?
From: Cluin
Date: 31 Oct 05 - 08:30 PM

Thanks, but that ain't the tune, folks.
Same title, I know, but the one I'm talking about is a banjo tune defintely written by Earl Scruggs.
He plays it with his banjo tuned to open Dm, I think.

Chord progression is something like:
 |dm   |F    |dm   |dm   |
|dm   |F    |A    |A    |
|dm   |F    |dm   |dm   |
|dm   |dm   |dm   |D    |
|dm   |dm   |dm   |dm   |:


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Nashville Blues?
From: Peace
Date: 01 Nov 05 - 10:18 AM

"Nashville Blues," recorded in 1971 with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Nashville Blues?
From: Peace
Date: 01 Nov 05 - 10:21 AM

It's an instrumental.


I'll go look for an mp3


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Nashville Blues?
From: Peace
Date: 01 Nov 05 - 10:23 AM

Machine I'm on will not allow access to mp3 stuff. Maybe someone else could google

nashville blues, earl scruggs, mp3


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Nashville Blues?
From: Peace
Date: 01 Nov 05 - 02:07 PM

Try here. I can't, Cluin.

Scroll down a bit; on left side of screen.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Nashville Blues?
From: Cluin
Date: 01 Nov 05 - 02:21 PM

Interesting version, Peace. That guy can certainly honk on a similar version of the tune, but he's shifted it out of the minor key to a major, dropped the gearshift from D minor to D major for the 16th bar, as well as dropping the last 4 bar resolving refrain from Earl's version on the Dirt Band recording.

There probably aren't any lyrics to it. I don't think Earl Scruggs was much of a lyricist.


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Subject: Lyr ADD: THE NASHVILLE BLUES (Delmore Brothers)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 11 Oct 19 - 11:36 PM

THE NASHVILLE BLUES
As recorded by The Delmore Brothers, 1936. (Bluebird B-6312, Montgomery Ward M-4753)

1. Iíve got the blues, those Nashville blues. (2x)
Ainít got no hat; ainít got no shoes.

2. The people here, they treat me fine. (2x)
They give me beer; they give me wine.

INSTRUMENTAL BREAK

3. Iíve got the blues; Iíve got Ďem bad. (2x)
Somebody stole that gal I had.

4. Sheís gone; sheís gone away from me. (2x)
One thing she left: she left me free.

INSTRUMENTAL BREAK

5. I wish I was a turtledove. (2x)
Iíd fly away to the girl I love.

6. Itís hard to tell what a girl will do. (2x)
Theyíll win your love and leave you blue.

INSTRUMENTAL BREAK

7. Iím goiní home to Arkansas. (2x)
Gonna stay right there with Ma and Pa.

8. If you find me sad, please go away. (2x)
Come back again some other day.

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Note: They actually sing in call-and-response fashion, like this:

ďIíve got the blues (Iíve got the blues), those Nashville blues.
Iíve got the blues, those Nashville blues.
Ainít got no hat (ainít got no hat); ainít got no shoes.Ē

...but I have omitted all the repeated phrases from the above transcription.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwteL71hg1M


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