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Old-time waltz w/ lyrics in D

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Jun 10, 2019 - 9:54:13 AM

Jimbeaux

Germany

206 posts since 5/24/2016

I like to be able to switch up and play a nice waltz with lyrics sometimes.

I've got one I love for almost every tuning but ADAE. Any suggestions?

Sometimes my daughter runs in the room and wants to hear a song, but if I'm in D I always have to retune first.

Jun 10, 2019 - 10:13:47 AM

1143 posts since 10/13/2010

I don't cross tune but maybe A&E Waltz would work? It's awful pretty.
youtube.com/watch?v=vSDsJm0K1Ew

Jun 10, 2019 - 10:35:22 AM
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1143 posts since 10/13/2010

I guess it doesn't have lyrics but it's still awful pretty.

Jun 10, 2019 - 10:46:19 AM

Jimbeaux

Germany

206 posts since 5/24/2016

quote:
Originally posted by martynspeck

I guess it doesn't have lyrics but it's still awful pretty.


 I'll check it out, but for me lyrics are actually more important than whether it's a waltz or not.

Jun 10, 2019 - 1:59:45 PM

4081 posts since 9/26/2008

Mockingbird Hill, look it up.

Edit: no wait that's not old time, unless it's Swedish ot. 

Edited by - ChickenMan on 06/10/2019 14:01:18

Jun 10, 2019 - 2:30:20 PM
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carlb

USA

2123 posts since 2/2/2008

Home on the Range
Irene Good Night

Jun 10, 2019 - 3:14:21 PM

Swing

USA

1903 posts since 6/26/2007

Moonlight on the Rio Colorado has words and the melody is great.

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Swing

Jun 10, 2019 - 4:49:59 PM
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DougD

USA

9043 posts since 12/2/2007

More Pretty Girls Than One

Jun 10, 2019 - 9:00:35 PM
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Fiddler

USA

3904 posts since 6/22/2007

Some nice waltzes in D with lyrics

  • Beautiful Brown Eyes
  • Who's Going to Shoe Your Pretty Little Foot
  • Storms Are On The Ocean
  • Peek-a-boo Waltz
  • Rivers of Texas (my personal favorite.)

Lore has it that Rivers of Texas was created in the 1840s and is probably the first song written in Texas. It was used to teach the major rivers in the State. 

I spent much of my youth on the Neches, Angelina and Sabine Rivers (fishing and hunting), my college years on the Brazos (Baylor), my first job near the Red River (Shrevesport) and I now live near the Trinity (near Dallas). I have swum the Guadalupe and fjorded the Frio and I have waded a cross the slow San Antonio and the Rio Grande.

If you have truly experienced the rivers in Texas, the song has deep meaning. You will understand the terms "muddy", "quick sandy" and "cold" and "where the girls are plump and pretty".

"She hugged me and kissed me and called me her own, but down by the Brazos she left me alone."  Yup, been there.

Jun 11, 2019 - 12:23:06 AM

93 posts since 7/27/2018

Shenandoah Valley Waltz in D is played at our old time jam. The lyrics are just as important as the instrumental part. Its "Old Time Authenticity" can be questioned, but I say who cares?

Jun 11, 2019 - 6:59:03 AM

AZJohnB

USA

195 posts since 6/27/2007

Clementine

Jun 12, 2019 - 11:29:53 AM

Jimbeaux

Germany

206 posts since 5/24/2016

Thanks everyone.

"Who's gonna shoe your feet" strikes me as one of my favorites among those mentioned.

I really like a recording of Frank Bode singing and playing it on guitar with Paul Brown on fiddle. It has such a great old sound to it compared to almost any version I've heard.

That makes me wonder, does anyone know if an old source recording of that tune that is sung with fiddle accompaniment?

Edited by - Jimbeaux on 06/12/2019 11:32:46

Jun 12, 2019 - 12:00:49 PM
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DougD

USA

9043 posts since 12/2/2007

No fiddle, but the "source" recording I know is by the Blue Sky Boys: youtu.be/Yb85NKauNDc
This song is related to "The Storms are on the Ocean" that Fiddler suggested earlier.

Jun 12, 2019 - 2:13:49 PM
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Fiddler

USA

3904 posts since 6/22/2007

Woody Gutherie and Blue Sky Boys are my sources for "Who's gonna shoe.." BSB for "Beautiful Brown Eyes." (Also "Banks of the Ohio")

Yes, each are very similar to Carter Family's "Storms." In fact, the songs share some verses.

I just remembered that this tune is also known as the "Green Valley Waltz" and has been around awhile. It was recorded in 1929 by McCartt Brothers.

Which came first? Who knows? Given the nature of the recording industry and copyright laws at the time, BSB, WG, CF each took the popular song, changed a few words, changed the title and voila' - a new copyrightable song.

Jun 12, 2019 - 7:15:51 PM

22 posts since 6/11/2019

Kentucky Waltz. Or, Tennessee waltz, though D is kinda high for a male to sing on that one.

Composed in the 40s, so neither is old-time, but waltzes are timeless.

Jun 12, 2019 - 7:57:16 PM
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22 posts since 6/11/2019

"Tuesday's Gone"--Skynerd

Heh.

Jun 14, 2019 - 2:08:01 PM
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Jimbeaux

Germany

206 posts since 5/24/2016

Well I ended up learning Who's gonna shoe your foot in A because this is my my favorite version: https://youtu.be/L1Qk-akT0h0

Plus thre oldest recording I could find was in C, which actually works the best for my vocal range on this one...

Jon Bekoff plays it pretty masterfully in D, though, but without lyrics. 

I guess I'll have to review everyone's suggestions again to find a good D waltz...

Jun 16, 2019 - 6:21:05 PM

17 posts since 12/16/2016

Kate Wolf put lyrics to Midnight on the Water. On guitar I like it key of C, but on fiddle I play it in D and take vocal breaks. You’re probably already familiar with the tune made famous by Benny Thomasson. Would be interesting to know how Kate Wolf was inspired to write lyrics to it. Steve

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