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Lyr/Chords Req: Drifting Too Far from the Shore

08 Sep 99 - 04:42 PM (#112568)
Subject: Drifting Too Far From Shore
From: Dave Carter, tantalum@juno.com

I am searching for music to a song, which has lyrics on MudCat. I would very much like to find music to "Drifting Too Far From Shore" as performed by David Grisman and Jerry Garcia. If anyone could point me in a direction or send me some info, I would very much appreciate it.


16 Jan 03 - 03:41 PM (#868651)
Subject: Authorship correction: Drifting Too Far From Shore
From: Genie

I couldn't find the lyrics in the DT or forum, either, Dave, because I included the word "the" in the title. When I just looked for "drifting too far," I found it.

The DT, though, does not give credit to the composer, Charles E. Moody, who wrote it in 1923.

It would also be nice to have a MIDI attached.


16 Jan 03 - 03:44 PM (#868653)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Drifting Too Far From Shore
From: MMario

yes - a midi would be nice. it is one of the missing tunes in the DT.

scanned dots, abc, solfage, also acceptable.


16 Jan 03 - 05:00 PM (#868711)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Drifting Too Far From Shore
From: Big Tim

Performed by Dylan on "Knocked Out Loaded" album, 1986: probably the version that will last the longest.


16 Jan 03 - 05:19 PM (#868724)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Drifting Too Far From Shore
From: Genie

If no one has a MIDI, I'll try to make one with Finale NotePad Plus this weekend.

MMario, are you able to open my MIDIs that I send you in that format?
We seem to have encountered SNAFUs when I tried to send that kind of MIDI in December, and I still don't know if you were able to open them.

PM me if that format doesn't work for you.

Genie


17 Jan 03 - 11:57 AM (#868758)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Drifting Too Far From Shore
From: MMario

midi or finale note pad - either is okay by me.


17 Jan 03 - 12:36 PM (#868793)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Drifting Too Far From Shore
From: GUEST, Dale

Extra trivia, no charge.

Charles E. (Ernest) Moody was a member of the Georgia Yellow Hammers string band.   He also wrote the well known hymn, Kneel At The Cross. Then there's The Song Of The Doodlebug . . .


14 Mar 03 - 03:35 PM (#910207)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Drifting Too Far From Shore
From: GUEST

anyone got a tune for this?


14 Mar 03 - 04:14 PM (#910238)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Drifting Too Far From Shore
From: MMario

if anyone does - they haven't posted it...it's *still* one of the missing tunes. (hint)

(Either that of somehow I've lost it, in which case I apologize)


14 Mar 03 - 04:42 PM (#910258)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Drifting Too Far From Shore
From: GUEST,Mary V.

I found "Drifting too far from shore ".
on www.winmx.com.
I hope that it will help you, and at least
get you the melody.
It is a beautiful song.
I'm not familiar with Dylans version.
Hope this helps .

Mary


15 Mar 03 - 02:15 AM (#910501)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Drifting Too Far From Shore
From: nutty

chords can be found here

Drifting too far

And there is a MIDI here (Scroll down to Section 3)
Drifting too far


15 Mar 03 - 08:41 PM (#910997)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Drifting Too Far From Shore
From: Genie

I have this song on a CD of "Old & In The Way" (Jerry Garcia, David Grisman, and others), and it's also done often at a bluegrass jam I participate in in Seattle. The tune used in both those places seems slightly different from the one in the MIDI above. For one thing, I'm used to hearing it in 3/4 time.

Sorry I haven't got the NotePad file done yet. (I had to take time out from Mudcat to deal with the real world.) But I will try to get to it soon -- maybe this week end.

Genie


16 Mar 03 - 10:40 AM (#911225)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Drifting Too Far From Shore
From: GUEST,Gern

I want to point out that Dylan's "Drifting Too Far From Shore" is not a version of this traditional gospel song. It is a totally different set of lyrics and tune, bearing even less resemblance to the original than some of his traditional makeovers. However long it may "last" is a matter of conjecture, but Charles Moody's beautiful song has a 60-year head start. I would refer interested listeners to the Stanley Brothers' version instead.


16 Mar 03 - 09:47 PM (#911623)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Drifting Too Far From Shore
From: Rolfyboy6

The Stanley Brothers did this as well. Influential in the 1960s and 70s. It is probably where Grisman and Garcia got their version. It was on "Legendary Stanley Brothers - Live, vol. 1" recorded 1960.


13 Nov 07 - 10:39 PM (#2193210)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Drifting Too Far From Shore
From: GUEST,LeeM

Drifting Too Far From the Shore was written by my great uncle Charles E. Moody. I knew him as 'Uncle Earnest'and saw him at family reunions in Tunnel Hill, Georgia. If you are interested in knowing more about C.E. Moody, and his body of work, I suggest that you contact the Tennessee Folklore Society and request a copy of their 'Bulletin' that had a very detailed article about him. (Published somewhere around 2003. Part biography, with an excellent discography) The gentleman who researched and wrote the article interviewed a number of individuals who knew him well. Among those interviewed was my Mother (his niece)Doris Moody Manis. For the record, my favorite version of the song thus far can be found on Emmie Lou Harris' Angel Band CD.


14 Nov 07 - 02:35 PM (#2193730)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Drifting Too Far From Shore
From: PoppaGator

This song is part of the repertoire of our sea-shanty group, the N.O. Quarter Shanty Krewe.

Our leader, K.C. King (Mudcatter "ship'scat") used to belong to a much better-established (well, really, a much better) sea-music emsemble, The Boarding Party, who recorded an excellent version on one of their CDs.


14 Nov 07 - 09:43 PM (#2194027)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Drifting Too Far From Shore
From: pdq

It's hard to imagine a better version than the duet with Ricky Skaggs and Linda Ronstadt, see Seldom Scene's "15th Aniversary Celebration", Sugar Hill: SH CD 2202.


16 Jun 08 - 05:47 PM (#2367341)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Drifting Too Far From Shore
From: GUEST,S. Levy

Need Help Quickly,

I was just called today to play for a funeral on Thurs.June 19th ( tonight is Monday June 16th). The family would like me to play Drifting Too Far From Shore and I don't have the sheet music for it. Could anyone out there help me and this family with their loved ones' request? Could you fax the (piano) music to 902-684-3344 and email me at levyfam.ns.symaptico.ca? It would be greatly appreciated. ( I'm not sure that I can find my way back here once I exit). Thanks for any help.


16 Jun 08 - 05:51 PM (#2367350)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Drifting Too Far From Shore
From: GUEST,S. Levy

Please note that I have corrected the email address. It is levyfam@ns.sympatico.ca

Thanks for any help with piano sheet music to Drifting Too Far From the Shore.


17 Jun 08 - 05:03 PM (#2368181)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Drifting Too Far From Shore
From: GUEST,DWR

Email sent with sheet music from Heavenly Highways.

Dale


17 Jun 08 - 05:20 PM (#2368195)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Drifting Too Far From Shore
From: GUEST,DWR

Also, it is a bit late and I hope he comes back someday and sees this, but thanks to LeeM, who stopped by on 13 Nov 07 - 10:39 PM with the information about his great uncle Earnest, C E Moody, who wrote this wonderful hymn which has stood the test of time and will no doubt continue to do so for many years beyond our lifetimes.


17 Jun 08 - 06:10 PM (#2368248)
Subject: Lyr/Chords Req: Drifting Too Far From Shore
From: Genie

On YouTube you can hear Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton and Porter Waggoner, and other artists' versions of Drifting Too Far From The Shore.
I didn't find a video of Jerry Garcia's old group, Old And In The Way, doing that song, but I have it on a CD. They do a great version.


16 Mar 09 - 05:18 PM (#2590447)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Drifting Too Far From Shore
From: GUEST

Charles Ernest Moody and the Georgia Yellow Hammers were an "old-time" band in the 1920's from Calhoun, Georgia. They were very well known and did one of the first fully integrated recording session with The Baxter Brothers, also from Gordon County, GA.


28 Jun 09 - 08:08 AM (#2666404)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Drifting Too Far From Shore
From: GUEST

Music Notes


28 Jun 09 - 08:01 PM (#2666756)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Drifting Too Far From Shore
From: fumblefingers

I have the song by Bill Monroe.


28 Jun 09 - 09:26 PM (#2666790)
Subject: Lyr Add: DRIFTING TOO FAR FROM THE SHORE (Moody)
From: Q (Frank Staplin)

"Drifting Too Far From the Shore" was copyright 1944 by Stamps-Baxter and C. E. Moody, renewed 1972. It appeared in "Calvary Songs," Stamps-Baxter Music & Ptg. Co. The original copyright may be 1929 (when the Carolina Gospel Singers recorded it) but it is believed that Moody wrote it in 1924, when he was with the Yellow Hammers.
Does anyone know of a recording of this period and/or initial copyright information? Or have a copy of the lyrics before those of the Carolina Gospel Singers?

Words in the DT differ slightly from those in the Stamps-Baxter publication, "Heavenly Highway Hymns." It is easier to post the lyrics than to point out word differences. Of the several versions of the lyrics on the net, that of Jerry Garcia is closest to that in "H. H. H."

Lyr. Add: DRIFTING TOO FAR FROM THE SHORE
Charles Earnest Moody,
"Heavenly Highway Hymns," No. 133.

1
Out on the perilous deep
Where dangers silently creep
And storms so vi'lently sweep
You are drifting too far from shore. (the peaceful shore)

Chorus-
Drifting too far from shore,
                (the peaceful shore)
You are drifting too far from shore,
                (the peaceful shore)
Come to Jesus today, let Him show you the way,
You are drifting too far from shore
                (the peaceful shore)

2
Today the tempest rolls high
And clouds o'ershadow the sky,
Sure death is hovering nigh,
You are drifting too far from shore (the peaceful shore)

3
Why meet a terrible fate
When joys abundantly wait?
Turn back before it's too late,
You are drifting too far from shore (the peaceful shore)


29 Aug 09 - 08:26 PM (#2711812)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Drifting Too Far from the Shore
From: GUEST

I'm Looking for the music sheet and words to Drifting Too Far From The Shore.


01 Sep 09 - 01:59 PM (#2713857)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Drifting Too Far from the Shore
From: Jim Dixon

Musical notation for DRIFTING TOO FAR FROM THE SHORE by Charles W. Moody can be found in:

Rural Roots of Bluegrass: Songs, Stories & History by Wayne Erbsen.

The Bluegrass Gospel Songbook by Wayne Erbsen.

Old Time Gospel Songbook by Wayne Erbsen.

Hymns of the Old Camp Ground by Wayne Erbsen.

Bluegrass Picker's Tune Book by Richard Matteson, Jr.

Old-Time Gospel Banjo Solos by Jack Hatfield (with tablature)

Parking Lot Picker's Songbook - Dobro Edition by Bruce Philips, Stacy Phillips, Dix Bruce. (with tablature)


01 Sep 09 - 03:02 PM (#2713905)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Drifting Too Far from the Shore
From: GUEST,Pete Peterson

Didn't anybody other than me learn it from the Monroe Brothers? They recorded it in 1936 as a duet; the Stanley Brothers probably learned it from them.

Their version also includes their curious misreading of "perilous" in the first line which sounds like "peer-i-ous" . And they're both singing it.

   Heavenly Highway Hymns is a great book!


05 Oct 09 - 04:41 PM (#2739128)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Drifting Too Far from the Shore
From: GUEST,Mark Wheeler

Yes I remember it from the monroe bro.s. The stanley bro.s put their twist on it. I can't say it was bad just a little different is all. However the most recent that I know of is IIIrd tyme out. It has the bluegrass feel of the originals, but with so much more feeling. Makes want to run down and get saved all over again. LOL
Have faith in the Lord.


06 Oct 09 - 11:25 AM (#2739615)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Drifting Too Far from the Shore
From: Stewie

My favourite recording of this by far is John Starling, lead vocal, with Ricky Skaggs on harmony vocal. It is on Starling's 'Long Time Gone' album. Lovely!

--Stewie


27 Oct 09 - 08:40 PM (#2754034)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Drifting Too Far from the Shore
From: GUEST,Guest

My father, Bill, and uncle, Joe, - "The Burchfield Brothers" recorded this song for Capital Records in 1947. A member of our extended family sang and played it at Daddy's funeral. This song is very special to us.


16 Dec 09 - 02:53 PM (#2789800)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Drifting Too Far from the Shore
From: GUEST,mike jones

lee, i want to be sure you know that dr. b.l. and i have nominated c.e.moody and the yellowhammers to the georgia music hall of fame.i was fortunate to visit with c.b. when he was in calhoun shortly after the family reunion. my wife and i were very appreciative to have been invited to the reunion. also spent time with frances.
i have started a thread "charles e. moody and the georgia yellow hammers". you will likely be interested in some of the things we discovered. mike j


22 Dec 09 - 08:50 PM (#2794714)
Subject: Origins: Drifting Too Far From The Shore
From: GUEST,999

The existing thread is screwed up. I have no idea who posted it. The page that opens comes up blank as in nada, zip, etc.

The song was written by Charles Moody.

Here's a link to lyrics and chords.

http://www.classic-country-song-lyrics.com/driftingtoofarfromtheshorelyricschords.html


25 Dec 09 - 10:58 AM (#2796249)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Drifting Too Far from the Shore
From: Jim Dixon

GUEST,999: Are you referring to this thread?
charles e. moody-georgia yellow hammers
Works fine for me.


25 Dec 09 - 05:53 PM (#2796405)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Drifting Too Far from the Shore
From: GUEST,999

Hi, Jim. No. The thread I referred to just wasn't there at all when I tried--many times--to open it. I wrote to Jeri and she got into it, deleted that thread and combined a few so that this one is what we have now.


26 Dec 09 - 01:04 AM (#2796521)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Drifting Too Far from the Shore
From: GUEST,Seth in Olympia

There is also a good Hank Williams version of this song on a YouTube video.
seth