MUSICAL NOTES The ACOUSTIC CORNER

“…storms may blow & the wind may rise…”

"I got the idea of playing guitar to my garden from the great Ramblin' Jack Elliott, who talked about singing old cowboy tunes, to soothe an unsettled herd. 

Whenever I see plants going through a hard time or new starts in need of a lullaby, I just grab my guitar and sing 'em a SONG. And ya know, it seems to work some. Or sometimes, 'good enough' is all you can do.

Really, it's just me goofing off, noodling around on a guitar, when I should be gardening. I fear they are on to me...."  

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…storms may blow & the wind may rise…”

One of the quickest ways to get me to stop singing is to ask, “yeah, but do you play anything other than hobo ballads, highway hymns & trail songs?…”.

Much of the blame for that, lies with one of my all-time heroes, Utah Phillips, a truly great singer, songwriter, poet, storyteller, and dear & dedicated friend of poor and working class men & women, everywhere.

An avid ‘freight-hopper’ himself, in 1973, Utah released one of my favorite albums, “Good Though!” (Philo Records), featuring so many true classic railway ballads & anthems, such as “Starlight on the Rails”, “Frisco Road”, “Old Buddy, Goodnight”.

This one quickly became a staple of my own repertoire. It’s a great tune for aspiring finger-pickers to ‘train’ their digits on! ENJOY!!

GUITAR: Utah’s main guitar was a 1967 Guild F-50, with a silver dollar set into the headstock. The Guild F-50 is a ‘Jumbo’, sitka spruce top with maple back & sides.

CHORDS & SCALES

GOING AWAY

by Utah Phillips


C – F – C
Is that the moon I see over there in the west
F – C
Or just the headlight gleam, C&O express?
C – F – C
I know she’s gone, whatever I say
F – C – (C/B – Am7 – G) – F
It won’t be long till I maaaaaaaake up my mind
C
And go away.


C – F – C
Is that the sun coming up on the eastern shore
F – C
Or just the coal bed glow behind the firebox door?
C – F – C
I know she’s gone, whatever I say
F – C – (C/B – Am7 – G) – F
It won’t be long till I maaaaaaaake up my mind
C – C7
and go away.

(BRIDGE)

F
Did you see that fool, he can’t hear the whistle
C – Am7
Blind old man caught out on the trestle
D7
Can’t go up and he can’t go back
G7
Train kept coming brushed him off the track.


F – C
Oh the storms may blow and the wind may rise
F – C
I long to go where the fast mail flies
F – C
I know she’s gone, whatever I say
F – C – (C/B – Am7 – G) – F
It won’t be long till I maaaaaaaake up my mind
C
And go away.

*Written by Utah Phillips. From “Good Though!” (1973 Philo Records)

* All transcriptions are from ear & represented in keys, who’s open chord shapes best capture those used in the original recordings, or else best lend themselves to more common finger-picking patterns employed within the specific genre. So keep your CAPO handy!! Comments, corrections, improvements and cool alternate versions are WELCOME!! As previously stated, all transcriptions are as best as I could figure, from ear. So keep me honest.

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