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Guitar Man
Chaparral 309
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Guitar Man
ID: 24

Label information
Grid list of Chaparral recordings
TypeSinging Call
Vic's Rating5 (excellent)
Media45 rpm vinyl
Gary Shoemake (picture)     recordings by Gary Shoemake

Gary Shoemake

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Cue Sheet


Circle left
*Well I quit my job down at the car wash
I left my mama a goodbye note

Walk around that corner, now see saw the one you know
And now those men star by the right and roll it roll it go
You do an allemande left that corner, weave the ring
to the guitar --- go guitar
You're gonna swing your baby get once around
Well you promenade back home
**I thought my pickin' would set them on fire
But nobody wanted to hire a Guitar Man


*Well I nearly starved to death in Memphis
I run out of money and left

*Well the little five piece band was jealous
So I took my guitar and I set in

**Well whose that leading that five piece band
Well wouldn't you know it's that swinging little Guitar Man

FIGURE    Basic, corner progression

Well now the head two couples square thru
You're gonna count about four you go
You make a right hand star with the outside two now roll it go
Now heads star by the left in the middle go back to the same two
Everybody pass thru, you make a U-turn back & when you do
Touch 1/4, boys run right
Left allemande and then come back swing your baby
Well you're gonna promenade that land
I thought my pickin' would set them on fire
But nobody wanted to hire a Guitar Man


Wouldn't you know it's the swinging little Guitar Man

SEQUENCE (Opener, Figure twice heads, break, Figure twice sides, Closer, Tag)


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Guitar Man Lyrics ID: 556

Well, I quit my job down at the car wash,
Left my mama a goodbye note,
By sundown I'd left Kingston,
With my guitar under my coat,
I hitchhiked all the way down to Memphis,
Got a room at the YMCA,
For the next three weeks I went huntin' them nights,
Just lookin' for a place to play,
Well, I thought my pickin' would set 'em on fire,
But nobody wanted to hire a guitar man.

Well, I nearly 'bout starved to death down in Memphis,
I run outta money and luck,
So I bought me a ride down to Macon, Georgia,
On a overloaded poultry truck,
I thumbed on down to Panama City,
Started pickin' out some o' them all night bars,
Hopin' I could make myself a dollar,
Makin' music on my guitar,
I got the same old story at them all night piers,
There ain't no room around here for a guitar man
We don't need a guitar man, son

So I slept in the hobo jungles,
Roamed a thousand miles of track,
Till I found myself in Mobile Alabama,
At a club they call Big Jack's,
A little four-piece band was jammin',
So I took my guitar and I sat in,
I showed 'em what a band would sound like,
With a swingin' little guitar man.
Show 'em, son

If you ever take a trip down to the ocean,
Find yourself down around Mobile,
Make it on out to a club called Jack's,
If you got a little time to kill,
Just follow that crowd of people,
You'll wind up out on his dance floor,
Diggin' the finest little five-piece group,
Up and down the Gulf of Mexico,
Guess who's leadin' that five-piece band,
Well, wouldn't ya know, it's that swingin' little guitar man.

Lyrics by Jerry Reed.
Recorded by Jerry Reed; Elvis Presley.


Suggested speed 46 or 47 RPM

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    last modified: 2017-11-18 at 19:47:27
24-March-2019 17:02:35
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