1 (edited by TIGLJK 2015-12-27 13:23:27)

Topic: The Christmas Dinner

[song]
{t:The Christmas Dinner }

{c:I woke up this morning with absolutely no plan to even play my guitar, much less write anything.  Then I went to one of my favorite places on Chordie - Badeye's Friday Blues fix and listened to Mr. Nighthawk - which was awesome. I then picked up my guitar and started messing around, because once you hear that - you gotta play something.......so I played this little e string riff that I thought sounded cool.  Then some stuff got in my head about Christmas and it all started unfolding - I started jotting stuff down.  The line about twerking in the song came from the BadEye video - jeepers- it was years ago when they made that and there they were - twerking-  way ahead of their time. Any way - here it is. Where it says 12, 10 9,7   - those are all single notes on the Low E string at those frets – I just didn’t know how to really write that }
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[A]T’was late Christmas morning in my house
Nothing was stirring not [E] even a mouse
[E]The tinsel was shiny , lights were bright
[E]The tree was such a [A]beautiful sight
But [D]as I was stepping down the stairs
I [A] soon  became quite  aware
that [E]  underneath my tree  was bare ,there
[12]Were [10]no  [9]pres[7]ents [A] anywhere

[A]Thought I’d been  good  throughout the year
[A]stopped all my cussing ,and [E] laid off the beer
[E]It seems I spent the  whole year working
[E] No time for twitter, Facebook, or [A] twerking
[D] the emptiness beneath the tree
oh[A] tell me how  could this  be, it
[E] seems 'ol Santa  forgot  me,   there
[12] aint [10] no [9] gifts [7] that [A]  I can see

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[D] Sometimes things aren’t clear to me
[A] sometimes it’s hard for me to see
[D]What’s  important and what is real
[E] ain’t what you want,  it’s how you [A]feel

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[A]I left my house , walked down the street
[A] met a man begging for[E] something to eat
[E] I took him to  dinner and bought him a meal
He told me life stories  that  [A] seemed unreal
I [D] looked in his eyes to understand, but he
[A] sadly reached out and shook my hand
I[E] told him I’d help him ,the best I that can, spent   
[12]Christ[10]mas [9]with [7] a [A] lonely man

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[D] Sometimes things aren’t  clear to me
[A]  it’s been  so hard for me to see
[D ] getting presents  is no big deal
[E] but sharing some love, now  that is [A] real

{eoc}

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"Use the talents you possess, for the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except only the the best." - Henry Van Dyke

Re: The Christmas Dinner

Atta boy, TIG! I started laughing at the outset, but you really brought this home with a terrific message ... very good. Twerking? lol

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Re: The Christmas Dinner

TF
Thanks  lol  - that was my intent -  surprise -  just like the message of the song.  I'm still not sure on the chords  -each time I play it  i get second thoughts  ( must be the twerking ! smile )

If any one has improvement suggestions on anything feel free to let me know - I know its not quite right , but then again - neither am I :^(
smile
Jim

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Re: The Christmas Dinner

when i read it i wasn't sure if it was meant to be funny or not. so when i read the posts above i thought yes i was right. but it gets very serious at the end and as mentioned, gives a great message; sometimes it's the gifts you give that are the gifts you receive.

nice one jim, your writing is getting so good

phill

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Re: The Christmas Dinner

Jim, if you don't mind me making a suggestion? This sounds like one of those "talking" songs while the guitar plays those chords. Maybe call it, "The Christmas Dinner Talkin' Blues"?

Anyway, I LOVED reading it and like TF]/b] and [b]Phill, thought it might be funny all the way through, but you brought the "message" home my friend. Nice going!

Your Pal

Bill

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Re: The Christmas Dinner

My first thought was its a comedy song. (Remember the mouse in old Amsterdam). Then it makes a real point.
I played it through with a steady 3/4 rhythm,  more like a waltz than a twerk. But hey, great stuff, I enjoyed it.

Thick as two short planks

Re: The Christmas Dinner

KIR - That's pretty much how I play it as well
Phill - Thanks - thought it would be good to put an unusual twist to it.
Bill and Dondra - glad you liked it ! smile

I'll try to get a recording of it when I get it all figured out and have some time - I'm in the thros of basketball season and it takes so much of my time coaching and scouting.

Jim

"Use the talents you possess, for the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except only the the best." - Henry Van Dyke

Re: The Christmas Dinner

I re-wrote this a bit and changed the chords some.  I think it plays a lot easier and makes a little sense.
Happy New Year to all my friends on Chordie.  May the new year keep you safe, healthy, and full of happiness and love.

Jim

"Use the talents you possess, for the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except only the the best." - Henry Van Dyke