#03442
Way Over Yonder (Shanneyganock) video
#2221: YouTube video by gdgest
©2012 ~ Used with permission ~

Lived in a place called Okfuskee,
And I had a little girl at a holler tree;
I said, little girl, it's plain to see,
There ain't nobody that can sing like me,
There ain't nobody that can sing like me.

She said, "It's hard for me to see,
How one little boy got so ugly."
Yes, my little girly, well that might be,
But there ain't nobody that can sing like me,
There ain't nobody that can sing like me.

Way over yonder in the minor key,
Way over yonder in the minor key,
There ain't nobody that can sing like me.

Walked down by the Buckeye Creek,
To see the frog eat the goggle eye bee;
To hear the west wind whistle to the east,
Sayin' there ain't nobody that can sing like me,
There ain't nobody that can sing like me.

Oh, my little girly, won't you let me see,
Way over yonder where the wind blows free;
Nobody can see in a holler tree,
And there ain't nobody that can sing like me,
There ain't nobody that can sing like me.

Way over yonder in the minor key,
Way over yonder in the minor key,
There ain't nobody that can sing like me.

Mama cut a switch from a tree,
And laid it down on she and me;
It stung lots worse than a hive of bees,
But there ain't nobody that can sing like me,
There ain't nobody that can sing like me.

Now I have walked a long, long way,
And I still look back on my Tanglewood days;
I've led a lot of girls since then to stray,
Sayin' there ain't nobody that can sing like me,
There ain't nobody that can sing like me.

Way over yonder in the minor key,
Way over yonder in the minor key,
There ain't nobody that can sing like me.

Way over yonder in the minor key,
Way over yonder in the minor key,
There ain't nobody that can sing like me,
[FADING]
There ain't nobody that can sing like me,
There ain't nobody that can sing like me,
There ain't nobody that can sing like me,
There ain't nobody that can sing like me,
There ain't nobody that can sing like me,
There ain't nobody that can..............

####.... Woody Guthrie, 1946 / Billy Bragg, 1997 ....####
This is a variant of Way Over Yonder In The Minor Key with words by Woody Guthrie and music by Billy Bragg. Words ©1965 (renewed) by Woody Guthrie Publications, Inc. Contact The Publisher - Administered by Bug Music, 7750 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90046, buginfo@bugmusic.com (323)969-0988.

Okfuskee is a county in Oklahoma, USA. It was the home county of Woodrow Wilson "Woody" Guthrie [1912-1967] an American singer-songwriter and folk musician whose musical legacy includes hundreds of political, traditional and children's songs, ballads and improvised works. Guthrie was born in Okemah, the county seat. The county is named for a former Muscogee town in present Cleburne County, Alabama, which in turn was named for the Okfuskee, a Muscogee tribe.

This variant was recorded by Shanneyganock (Volume VII, trk#3, 2009 CD, produced by Jason Whelan and recorded at Great Big Studio, St John's, NL).


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From shelterfromthenorm.tumblr.com 26 Sep 2012:
During the spring of 1992, Woody Guthrie's daughter Nora contacted English singer-songwriter Billy Bragg about writing music for a selection of completed Guthrie lyrics after Bragg played a Guthrie tribute concert in New York City's Central Park. Nora's father had left behind over a thousand sets of complete lyrics written between 1939 and 1967; none of these lyrics had any music other than a vague stylistic notation. It was her intention that the songs be given to a new generation of musicians who would be able to make the songs relevant to a younger generation. Nora Guthrie contacted Bragg, who in turn approached Wilco and asked them to participate in the project as well. Wilco agreed, and in addition to recording with Bragg in Ireland, they were given their own share of songs to finish. Rather than recreating tunes in Guthrie's style, Bragg and Wilco created new, contemporary music for the lyrics. What seemed like a risky enterprise surprised everyone; released in 1998 as Mermaid Avenue, the results were met with universal acclaim. The album received a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Folk Album, and went on to place fourth in the Pazz & Jop Critics Poll for 1998.



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