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Girl On the Rhythm Guitar

Released 2013
Dome Island Records
Released 2013
Dome Island Records
Co-writers Finley and Pagdon focus on Denise Jordan Finley's steady but interesting acoustic rhythm guitar styles from song to song on this somewhat traditional collection. the instrumentation is accessible, sparse and clean. The lyrics tell true tales.
  • 02:08 Story Lyrics
    Girl On the Rhythm Guitar

    god bless the poor musicians

    in the old string bands

    when people come to listen

    to sing along and clap their hands

    sweet music be their fortune

    as they roam from near and far

    god bless the fiddle and the mandolin

    and the girl on the rhythm guitar

     

    now tune up for the dancing

    gonna turn that crowd around

    with a reel and a waltz and a gospel song

    for when we pass the hat along

    well i'll eat-- that's how i'm paid

    then i'll lay my body down

    and dream of songs till the sun-up comes

    and it's off to another town

     

    god bless the poor musicians

    in the old string bands

    when people come to listen

    to sing along and clap their hands

    sweet music be their fortune

    as they roam from near and far

    god bless the fiddle and the mandolin

    and the girl on the rhythm guitar

     

    well i should have been a farmer's wife

    but i could not stay at home

    with the music in my head and the rhythm in my heels

    well it only made me ramble and roam

    i yodel when i'm happy

    i sing the blues when i'm alone

    but i belong to no one

    and i can carry everything i own

     

    god bless the poor musicians

    in the old string bands

    when people come to listen

    to sing along and clap their hands

    sweet music be their fortune

    as they roam from near and far

    god bless the fiddle and the mandolin

    and the girl on the rhythm guitar

  • 04:26 Story Lyrics
    Elmer McCurdy

    mccurdy was an outlaw

    his name was known by few

    robbed a train for forty bucks

    and some whiskey too

    he heard the posse's horses

    the baying of hound

    he said he wouldn't go alive

    so they shot him down

     

    oh the sheriff's posse shot him

    he couldn't be saved

    mccurdy waited sixty years

    till they dug his grave

     

    and when his life was over

    no one came and cried

    no one came to mourn him

    when mccurdy died

     

    oh the sheriff's posse shot him

    he couldn't be saved

    mccurdy waited sixty years

    till they dug his grave

     

    now when the undertaker got him

    despite his crime

    when he laid the body out

    mccurdy looked fine

    and when the funeral was over

    mccurdy was alone

    the undertaker kept him there

    till he turned to stone

     

    oh the sheriff's posse shot him

    he couldn't be saved

    mccurdy waited sixty years

    till they dug his grave

     

    two bogus brothers claimed him

    took him one day

    showed him for a quarter on a carnie midway

    and when they lost him in a card game

    mccurdy went out west

    hanging in a fun house

    mccurdy took his rest

     

    oh the sheriff's posse shot him

    he couldn't be saved

    mccurdy waited sixty years

    till they dug his grave

     

    now when that fun house fell to ruin

    mccurdy would astound

    they saw that he'd been once alive

    when they took him down

    police investigators

    learned who was to blame

    mccurdy waited sixty years 

    till they dug his grave

     

    and they made for him a headstone

    engraved it with his name

    and finally after sixty years

    mccurdy found his fame

  • 02:17
    Raised By the Railroad Line
  • 03:57
    My Father's Train
  • 04:40
    The Axeman
  • 03:51
    Wendigo
  • 02:27
    Charlotte's Jalopy
  • 02:52
    Talk to Me
  • 03:29
    Harmony
  • 02:46
    How Can I Keep from Singing
  • 02:03
    Londonderry Air
NOTES
The stories on this album take place mostly around the early nineteen hundreds. The tales they tell are based on truth... sweet family history, macabre tales of grizzly death, an account of a trip in a model T Ford. There is Dwain Story's "Wendigo," an Algonquin legend based on an Algernon Blackwood essay. The styles range from white gospel, to a taste of bluegrass (supported by Paul Craft's "Raised by the Railroad Line,) and a charleston, not to overlook the overtly undefinable styles that are the hallmark of this artist's music. The instrumentation is sparce, designated almost exclusively to acoustic guitar bolstered by co-writer, Daniel Pagdon's melodic contrabass, along with occasional comments from mandolin, and a fancy featured trumpet solo. Finley's versatile voice whines, whispers, and soars. Her guitar, true to the album title, is relentless in rhythmic drive, all the while changing in groove from song to song. The bonus track breaks away from the strumming guitar by featuring a free form single piano track to support a delicate, poignant vocal which proves to be a surprising deviation from the oft performed "Londonderry Air." If you savored the dark furnishings of "Hauntress," or were warmed by the winter fireside glow from "Solstice," you will find "Girl on the Rhythm Guitar" to be a fresh new color on the pallet for Finley's musical creations.

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