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Stage Fright  The Band

 
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Album: Stage Fright
 
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Tracks
1. Strawberry Wine
2. Sleeping
3. Time To Kill
4. Just Another Whistle Stop
5. All La Glory
6. The Shape I'm In
7. W.S. Walcott Medicine Show
8. Daniel & The Sacred Harp
9. Stage Fright
10. The Rumor
 
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Track 1. Strawberry Wine
 
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by L.Helm and J.R.Robertson. Album: Stage Fright
1970 Canaan Music, Inc.
 
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[A7] [B7]  
[E7]I would try my fing[A]er [E]and[E7] I would try my hand[A] [E]
At [E7]any fool game in this man's land
But [A7]don't you talk about this-a friend of mine,[E7]
I ain't nev[B7]er been let down and y[A7]ou'd be wastin' [E7]time.
I would scratch and steal, I would maim a man,
I would even run the bounty across the other country,
So don't you talk about this here friend of mine,
I gave it all of my money, but it makes me feel fine.
Yeah, I [E7]know you won't give me no peace of mind,
Try to understand I just wanna feel good all the time.
[A7] Don't you talk about a dear old friend of mine[E7],
Well, I know[B7] that you are sweet and more than double fine.
Everybody said you oughta marry that rich man down the line,
But if I had to make a choice I wouldn't change my mind.
Honey, [A7]you just ain't as sweet as my strawberry wine,
Oh [E7]no,[A7] no no no no no no no [E7]no,[A7] no no no no no no no [E7]no.[A7] [A]
Yeah, You caught me when I's down a-sleepin' in the park,
Climbin' up the walls and laughin' in the dark.
But I heard you been talkin' about a dear old friend of mine,
Never tasted anything as sweet as my strawberry wine,
No, no no no no no, no no no no no no no no,
No, no no no no no no no.
 
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Track 2.Sleeping
 
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by R.Manuel and J.R.Robertson. Album: Stage Fright
1970 Canaan Music, Inc.
 
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Intro: F/C C, Eb/Bb Bb, Bb/F F
For the [F]life we [C/E]chose in the [Dm7]evening we [F7/C]rose,
[Bbmaj9]just long [A7]enough [A7/C#]to be [Dm7]lovers [F6/C]again.[F6]
And [Bb]for nothing [F/A]more, the [Gm7]world was too [Gm7/C]sore
To [F]live in.[Eb/F] [F]
Sad old ships,
A morning eclipse,
I spent my whole life guessing,
Then I turned from the sun
And saw everyone
Searching.
The [F]hoot owl and his song, will bring you [Bb]along
[F/C]Where els[C]e on eart[Eb/Bb]h woul[Bb]d you [Bb/F]wanna go[F]?
We can [F]leave all this hate, before it's too [Bb]late
[F/C]Why would [C]we [Eb/Bb]wanna [Bb]come [Bb/F]back at a[F]ll?
Cobwebs on my pillow,
I'm found in the willow,
I'd spend my whole life sleeping.
To be called by noon
Is to be called too soon
Today.
The storm is passed,
There is peace at last,
I'll spend my whole life sleeping.
Now there's not a sound,
No one to be found
Anywhere.
The shepherd and his sheep
Will wind you to sleep,
Where else on earth would you wanna go ?
To a land of wonder
When you go under,
Why would we want to come back at all ?
Coda: F Eb/F F7
 
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Track 3. Time To Kill
 
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by J.R.Robertson. Album: Stage Fright
1970 Canaan Music, Inc.
 
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The man[A]y roads I've covered,
The man[F#]y trails I've burned,
But wh[B]en our paths did cross, love, whew!
My wh[E]ole world made a turn.
And we've got time to[A] kill,
What a thrill,
[E]June and July.
We've got all o[D]ur love,
Buckets of,
The tea[E]rs that we cried.
Now we don't cry no more,[A]
Gonna bolt the door.[D]
Don't know what we've got,[E]
But it feels like a lot,[D]
We don't need no more.[A] [E]
When my day's work is done
We can take in a jamboree,
But I just wanna sit down by the fire
With my love right here beside me.
We've got time to kill,
Catskill,
Sweet by and by.
We've got all our love,
The sky above,
The twinkle in your eye.
Now where the wheel might roll
Is where my love and I shall go.
We're gonna plant the seed,
There ain't nothing we need,
We found our own rainbow.
My love wants to have her fortune read
And I know that she's in a hurry.
If we go along the straight and narrow,
You don't even have to worry.
We've got time to kill,
Standin' still,
Go on, give it a try!
We've got all our love,
Mountains of,
The trees are so high.
We don't need no big car,
Don't eat no caviar.
When we come to rest
We take to the nest
You know where we are.
 
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Track 4. Just Another Whistle Stop
 
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by R.Manuel and J.R.Robertson. Album: Stage Fright
1970 Canaan Music, Inc.
 
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Intro:
[Am] [Bb] [G] [C] [/] [Bm] [/] [Am] [/] [G] [/] [F] [/] [/]  
[C]To all concerned d[Bb]ead or alive
[Am]The locomotive [G#]will arrive
Bringin' souls from all around,
They'll be bound for higher ground.
Look out, stranger, it's comin' through
With plenty of room for me and you.
And it's j[C]ust another [Am]whistle stop
If y[Dm]ou don't quit till we reach the top
[C]I'[Bm]d [Am] [G]be [F]much obliged to you
[Am] [Bb] [C] Odd man out,
You know that's the rule.
You can scream and you can shout,
But they'll only call you a crazy fool.
[Am] [Bb] [C] [D#] Pay no mind to [G#]what they say
D# G# Am Bb G Back to intro at the C
When they're `bitter they talk that way
I seen a young boy on the run
And I seen other children havin' fun.
A police siren flashing light,
I wonder who went down tonight.
People, people, where do you go
before you believe in what you know ?
It's just another whistle stop,
If you don't quit till we reach the top
I'd be much obliged to you.
When the trolley is clean out of reach,
A certain lesson it will teach.
To grind your ax until it's dull,
You've got to get it in your skull.
Tell the people all across the sea
Don't turn your back because it's free.
It's just another whistle stop,
If you don't quit till we reach the top
I'd, I'd be much obliged to you.
And it's odd man out,
You know that's the rule.
You can scream and you can shout,
But they'll only call you a crazy fool.
Pay no mind to what you read,
There's one way home that's guaranteed.
C / Bm / Am / G / F / Em / Dm / C# Round Again
 
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Track 5. All La Glory
 
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by J.R.Robertson. Album: Stage Fright
1970 Canaan Music, Inc.
 
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[D] I wanna hear [Bm7]pitter patter[Em7]
Climb [G]up your[A] ladder now[D]
[Bm7] It's time for [Em7]you to dream away,[A]
[G] For what a big day[Bm] you've been through.
[Gm7/Bb-bass] You've done all the things that you wanted t[F#m]o do.[D]
All[D/C#-bass] la [G]glory,[D] I'm second st[G]ory,
[D] Feel[A] so tal[G]l [D]like a [A]prison wall.
I'm lookin' for a star bright
To shine down your light now
And keep the little one safe and warm,
'Cause to her it's just a fantasy
And to me it's all a mystery.
All la glory, I'm second story,
Feel so tall like a prison wall.
[Em7] And before the leaves all[A] turn brown,[A/G-bass]
[F#m] Before they fall [Bm]to the ground,[Bm/A-bass]
[G] You will find[Gm] the harmo[D]ny,
Wait and [A]see.
Listen to the serenade,
Little girl, promenade now.
You've got the sunshine in your hand
And maybe come some sweet day
You'll walk that Milky Way.
All la glory, I'm second story,
Feel so tall like a prison wall,
[A] [A/G-bass]That [D]tall[D/C#-bass] [Bm] [G/A-bass] [D]
 
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Track 6. The Shape I'm In
 
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by J.R.Robertson. Album: Stage Fright
1970 Canaan Music, Inc.
For an analysis of the lyrics, and more, see D L Lewis' article on "Shape I'm In".
 
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[G] Go out yonder,[C] [G] peace in the valley[C]
[G] Come downtown, ha[C]ve to [G]rumble in the alley[C]
[D]Oh, you don't know the [G]shape I'm in
Has anybody seen my lady
This living alone will drive me crazy
Oh, you don't know the shape I'm in
( Tab from: http://www.guitartabs.cc/tabs/t/the_band/stage_fright_crd.html )
[C] I'm gonna go [Dm]down by the wa[Em] - [Dm(E]ter[bass)] [C]
[C] But I ain't gonna [Dm]jump in, no, no[Em] [Dm(E] [bass)]
[C] I'll just be [Dm]looking for my [Em]mak [Dm(E]- er[bass)]
[F] And I hear that that's[D7] where she's been? Oh!
Out of nine lives, I spent seven
Now, how in the world do you get to Heaven
Oh, you don't know the shape I'm in
I just spent 60 days in the jailhouse
For the crime of having no dough
Now here I am back out on the street
For the crime of having nowhere to go
Save your neck or save your brother
Looks like it's one or the other
Oh, you don't know the shape I'm in
Now two young kids might start a ruckus
You know they feel you trying to shuck us
Oh, you don't know the shape I'm in
 
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Track 7. W.S. Walcott Medicine Show
 
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by J.R.Robertson. Album: Stage Fright
1970 Canaan Music, Inc.
 
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Verse:
W[G]hen your arms are empty, got no [F]where to go
C[G]ome on o[D7]ut and cat[G]ch the show
There'll be[G] saints and sinners you'll see[B7] losers and winners
A[C]ll kinds of people you might[C#dim] want to know
Once you g[G]et it, You can't fo[E7]rget it,
W.S. Wa[Eb]lcott Me[D7]dicine S[G]how
You know[C] he always [D]holds it in a [E]tent,
And if you're [G]looking for [C]the real thing,[D]
He can [C]show you [D7]where it [G]went.
There's a young faith healer he's a woman stealer
He will cure by his command
When the music's hot you might have to stand
To hear the Klondike Klu Klux steamboat band
Don't you sweat it You can't forget it
W.S. Walcott Medicine Show
I'd rather die happy than not die at all
And a man is a fool who will not heed the call
Gonna see Miss Brer Foxhole(*) she's got diamonds in her teeth
She is real gold down underneath
She's a rock and roll singer and a true dead ringer
For something like you ain't never seen
Once you get it, You can't forget it
W.S. Walcott Medicine Show
W.S. Walcott Medicine Show
W.S. Walcott Medicine Show
W.S. Walcott Medicine Show
(*) aka. "Diamond Teeth Mary"
 
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Track 8. Daniel and the Sacred Harp
 
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by J.R.Robertson. Album: Stage Fright
1970 Canaan Music, Inc.
See Peter Viney's article for more about this song.
 
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Chorus:
Da[G]niel, Daniel and the s[D]acred harp,
Da[C]ncing through the cl[G]over.
Da[C]niel, Daniel w[Bm]ould you mind,
[D7]If I look it o[G]ver.
Verse:
I he[G]ard of this famous harp ye[C]ars ago back in my h[D7]ome t[G]own
But I sure never thought old Da[C]niel be the one to come and br[D]ing it ar[Em]ound
T[G]ell me Daniel h[D]ow the harp c[C]ame into your pose[G]ssion.
Are you one of the ch[D]osen few who will ma[C]rch in the processi[G]on?
[C] [Em]  
and Daniel said:
T[G]he sacred harp was han[D]ded down, from f[G]ather unto [D]son,
And m[C]e not being r[Bm]elated, I could[Am] never be the[D7] one.
So I sa[G]ved up all my si[D]lver, and [G]took it to a [D]man,
Who sa[C]id he could de[Bm]liver the harp, s[Am]traight into my [G]hand.
Three y[Em]ears I waited patie[A]ntly,
'Till he retu[D]rned with the harp from the s[C]ea of Galilee.
He said[Em] there is one more th[A]ing I must ask,
But n[D]ot of personal g[C]reed.
But I [Bm]wouldn't listen I just gr[Am]abbed the harp,
And said t[D7]ake what you may n[G]eed.
Now Da[G]niel looked quite sati[C]sfied, and the harp it se[D]emed to g[G]low.
But the price that Daniel had rea[C]lly paid, he did not e[D]ven k[Em]now.
B[G]ack to his brother he t[D7]ook his troubled mind.
And he s[C]aid dear brother I'm [G]in a bind.
But the brother would not h[D7]ear his tale,
he said [C]Old Daniel's gonna [G]land in jail.
[G]So to his father Da[D]niel did run,
And he [G]said oh father what [D]have I done.
His fat[C]her said son you've g[Bm]iven in, you know you [Am]won your harp,
But you l[G]ost in sin.
Then Da[Em]niel took the harp and went h[A]igh on the hill,
And he b[D]lew across the meadow like a whi[C]ppoorwhill.
He pl[Em]ayed out his heart just the t[A]ime to pass,
But as he loo[D]ked to the ground, he no[C]ticed no shadow did he c[G]ast.
Repeat Chorus
 
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Track 9. Stage Fright
 
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by J.R.Robertson. Album: Stage Fright
1970 Canaan Music, Inc.
 
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[Em] Now deep in the heart of a [A]lonely kid
Em(G bass) D C Single notes: B D#
Who suffered so much for what he did,
[Em] They gave this ploughboy his [A]fortune and fame,
Em(G bass) D C Single notes: B D
Since that day he ain't been the same.
[G] See the man with the [Am]stage fright
[F] Just standin' up [F(D]ther[bass)]e to give it[G] all his might.
And he got caught in the [Am]spotlight,
[F] But when we get to the end
[D] He wants to start all over[G] again.
I've got fire water right on my breath
And the doctor warned me I might catch a death.
Said, "You can make it in your disguise,
Just never show the fear that's in your eyes."
See the man with the stage fright,
Just standin' up there to give it all his might.
He got caught in the spotlight,
But when we get to the end
He wants to start all over again.
[F#m] Now if he says that he's[Bm] afraid,
[C] Take him[D] at his word.[G]
[F#m]And for the price that the [Bm]poor boy has paid,
C C#o D Eb Em
He gets to sing just like a bird, oh, ooh ooh ooh.
Your brow is sweatin' and your mouth gets dry,
Fancy people go driftin' by.
The moment of truth is right at hand,
Just one more nightmare you can stand.
See the man with the stage fright
Just standin' up there to give it all his might.
And he got caught in the spotlight,
But when we get to the end
He wants to start all over again, hmm hmm,
[F] You wanna [D]try it once [G]again, hmm hmm,
[F] Pl[D]ease don't make [G]him stop, hmm hmm,
[F] Let him [D]take it from the [G]top, hmm hmm,
[F] Let him [D]start all over a[G]gain
 
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Track 10. The Rumor
 
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by J.R.Robertson. Album: Stage Fright
1970 Canaan Music, Inc.
 
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[E] [G] [A] [B7]  
[E] [G] [A] [B7]  
[E]Now when the [A]rumor [D]comes to your [E]town,
[C#m]It grows and [G#m]grows, where it [C#m]started no one [A]know[B]s.
[E]Some of your [A]neighbors [D]will invite it right [E]in,
[C#m]Maybe it's a [G#m]lie, [C#m]even if it's a [C#m]sin,
They'll [A]repeat the [B7]rumor [E]again.[E7]
[A]Close your [G]eyes, [F#m]hang d[B7]own your [E]head[A]
[A]Until the [B7]fog blows aw[E]ay, [E7]let it roll away.
[A]Open up your [G]arms[F#m] and f[B7]eel the [E]good,[A]
[A]It's a-[B7]comin', a [B7]brand new [E]day, [G]hmm[A] hm[B7]m.[E] [G] [A] [B7]
Big men, little men turned into dust,
Maybe it was all in fun, they didn't mean to ruin no one.
Could there be someone, someone here among this crowd
Who's been accused, had his name so misused
And his privacy refused ?
Close your eyes, hang your head
Until the fog blows away, let it roll away,
Open up your arms and feel the good,
It's a-comin', a brand new day,
Hmm.. no, no, no.
Now all you vigilantes wanna make a move,
Maybe they won't, you know I sure hope they don't.
For whether this rumor proves true or false,
You can forgive or you can regret,
But he will never ever forget.
Close your eyes, hang down your head,
Until the fog blows away, let it roll away.
Open up your arms and feel the good,
It's a-comin', a brand new day,
Hmm, la la la la la,
Oh oh la la la la la.
 
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