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Subject: Mary Chapin Carpenter Lyrics
From: Ariel
Date: 09 Nov 98 - 10:55 PM

Mary Chapin Carpenter- Does she have a website with lyrics????


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Subject: RE: Mary Chapin Carpenter Lyrics
From: Joe Offer
Date: 10 Nov 98 - 01:04 AM

Here's a good one, for starters: click me
And the best place for country music in general is Cowpie

-Joe Offer-


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Subject: ADD: This Shirt (Mary Chapin Carpenter)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 05 Sep 06 - 05:07 PM

A friend of mine needs to see this song. I hope she enjoys it. I think it's my favorite Mary-Chapin Carpenter song most of the time (but when I'm in a certain mood, "Shut Up and Kiss Me" ranks higher, but that one's reserved for my wife).
-Joe-

THIS SHIRT

(Mary-Chapin Carpenter)

This shirt is old and faded, all the color's washed away
I've had it more damn years than I can count anyway
I wear it beneath my jacket, with the collar turned up high
So old I should replace it, but I'm not about to try

This shirt's got silver buttons, and a place upon the sleeve
Where I used to set my heart up right there where anyone could see
This shirt is the one I wore to every boring high school dance
Where the boys ignored the girls and we all pretended to like the band

This shirt was a pillow for my head on a train through Italy
This shirt was a blanket beneath the love we made in Argeles
This shirt was lost for three whole days in a town near Buffalo
Till I found the locker key in a downtown Trailways bus depot

This shirt is the one I lent you, and when you gave it back
It had a rip inside the sleeve where you rolled your cigarettes
It was the place I put my heart, now look at where you put a tear
I forgave your thoughtlessness, but not the boy who put it there

This shirt was the place your cat decided to give birth to five
And we stayed up all night watching, and we wept when the last one died
This shirt is just an old faded piece of cotton
Shining like memories inside those silver buttons

This shirt is a grand old relic with a grand old history
I wear it now for Sunday chores, cleaning house and raking leaves
I wear it beneath my jacket with the collar turned up high
So old I should replace it, but I'm not about to try

 [Capo 5; each chord is one measure]
[C=x32010; C(4)=x33010; C(9)/B=x20010; Am=x02210; Am/G=3x2210;
Fmaj9=1x3010; G6=3x0000; Em=0x2000; C/G=3x2010; D9/F#=2x0210.]

C C(4) C C(9)/B    C C(4) C C(9)/B
[intro]

C                C(4)         C                C(9)/B
This shirt is old and faded, all the color's washed away
C             C(4)                C             C(9)/B
I've had it more damn years than I can count anyway
Am             Am/G          Fmaj9             G6
I wear it beneath my jacket, with the collar turned up high
Am            Am/G          Fmaj9    G6             C C(4) C C(9)/B
So old I should replace it, but I'm not about to try

This shirt's got silver buttons, and a place upon the sleeve
Where I used to set my heart up right there where anyone could see
This shirt is the one I wore to every boring high school dance
Where the boys ignored the girls and we all pretended to like the band

Em                Fmaj9          C                G6
This shirt was a pillow for my head on a train through Italy
Em                Fmaj9                C             G6
This shirt was a blanket beneath the love we made in Argeles
Em               Fmaj9                  C             G6
This shirt was lost for three whole days in a town near Buffalo
Am                C/G             D9/F#      G6            C C(4) C C(9)/B
Till I found the locker key in a downtown Trailways bus depot

This shirt is the one I lent you, and when you gave it back
It had a rip inside the sleeve where you rolled your cigarettes
It was the place I put my heart, now look at where you put a tear
I forgave your thoughtlessness, but not the boy who put it there

This shirt was the place your cat decided to give birth to five
And we stayed up all night watching, and we wept when the last one died
This shirt is just an old faded piece of cotton
Shining like memories inside those silver buttons

This shirt is a grand old relic with a grand old history
I wear it now for Sunday chores, cleaning house and raking leaves
I wear it beneath my jacket with the collar turned up high
So old I should replace it, but I'm not about to try

C C(4) C C(9)/B
[repeat and fade]



TAB:

[Note that this tablature is just four-measure-long PIECES of tab
that you string together to play the whole song.]
[All the chords have the same picking pattern with the thumb playing
an alternating bass line.]


C                C(4)             C                C(9)/B
E ------0---------|------0---------|------0---------|------0---------|
B ----------1-----|----------1-----|----------1-----|----------1-----|
G --0-----------0-|--0-----------0-|--0-----------0-|--0-----------0-|
D ----2-------2---|----3-------3---|----2-------2---|----2-------2---|
A 3-------3-------|3-------3-------|3-------3-------|0-------0-------|
E ----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .
(This shirt is old and faded, all the colors washed away...)


Am               Am/G             Fmaj9            G6
E ------0---------|------0---------|------0---------|------0---------|
B ----------1-----|----------1-----|----------1-----|----------0-----|
G --2-----------2-|--2-----------2-|--0-----------0-|--0-----------0-|
D ----2-------2---|----2-------2---|----3-------3---|----0-------0---|
A 0-------0-------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
E ----------------|3-------3-------|1-------1-------|3-------3-------|
^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .
(I wear it beneath my jacket, with the collar turned up high...)


Em               Fmaj9            C                G6
E ------0---------|------0---------|------0---------|------0---------|
B ----------0-----|----------1-----|----------1-----|----------0-----|
G --0-----------0-|--0-----------0-|--0-----------0-|--0-----------0-|
D ----2-------2---|----3-------3---|----2-------2---|----0-------0---|
A ----------------|----------------|3-------3-------|----------------|
E 0-------0-------|1-------1-------|----------------|3-------3-------|
^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .
(This shirt was a pillow for my head on a train through Italy...)


Am               C/G             D9/F#            G6
E ------0---------|------0---------|------0---------|------0---------|
B ----------1-----|----------1-----|----------1-----|----------0-----|
G --2-----------2-|--0-----------0-|--2-----------2-|--0-----------0-|
D ----2-------2---|----2-------2---|----0-------0---|----0-------0---|
A 0-------0-------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
E ----------------|3-------3-------|2-------2-------|3-------3-------|
^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . . ^ . ^ .
(Till I found the locker key in a downtown Trailways bus depot...)


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Subject: RE: Mary Chapin Carpenter Lyrics
From: wysiwyg
Date: 05 Sep 06 - 05:13 PM

I'm glad for MCC that Country gave her a home, but she is much more songwriter than Country so I am glad to see her work here.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Mary Chapin Carpenter Lyrics
From: Peace
Date: 05 Sep 06 - 05:16 PM

She is one of the top five songwrites on Earth. (OK, top 25, but this kid is fan #1. I love her work. Give a listen to her "Jubilee" when you can.


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Subject: RE: Mary Chapin Carpenter Lyrics
From: Little Hawk
Date: 05 Sep 06 - 05:20 PM

I agree 100 % with that assessment, Peace. She's as good as it gets.


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Subject: RE: Mary Chapin Carpenter Lyrics
From: akenaton
Date: 05 Sep 06 - 05:36 PM

Well Well, Peace and LH, Didn't know you were both fans of my favourite female writer/singer.

Got hooked on "Hometown girl", but have never seen her perform.

Too many brilliant songs to pick one favourite, but "John Doe no 24" breaks my heart and "The moon and St Christopher" gives me hope for the future of humanity.

"Stones in the road" is just the best CD ever made. What about that sax player?
Why is MCC thought of as a "country" singer? I could never work that out. She will always be a folkie as far as I'm concerned. There's something about the timbre of her voice which I find absolutely riveting....Ake


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Subject: RE: Mary Chapin Carpenter Lyrics
From: GUEST,synbyn
Date: 05 Sep 06 - 06:22 PM

She's so much range- and she knows how to put a CD together too, so that you're ready to receive a song like This Shirt or What If we Go To Italy (?)... always one or two that are so deliciously simple, but you try singing them... ok enuff droolin'! economy, that's what it is, far more memorable than 78 verse ballad...


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Subject: RE: Mary Chapin Carpenter Lyrics
From: Little Hawk
Date: 05 Sep 06 - 06:25 PM

She's definitely a folkie whom they figured they could market better at the time with the tag "country" stuck on. "Stones in the Road"....is so good that it's unclassifiable. I'd put it among the 10 best albums of all time, and I think it's her best.

By the way, here's another "country" singer who is really a Tex-Mex folkie, and also has done some wonderful stuff in both Spanish and English: Tish Hinojosa.   Her album "Destiny's Gate" is superb.


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Subject: RE: Mary Chapin Carpenter Lyrics
From: jaze
Date: 06 Sep 06 - 04:27 PM

Her "10,000 Miles" is the best version I've ever heard.


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Subject: RE: Mary Chapin Carpenter Lyrics
From: beardedbruce
Date: 06 Sep 06 - 04:34 PM

Peace, LH, Ake and I agree on something???!!!



I saw her live at Wolftrap, years ago, but missed her at the Twist and Shout. Maybe we can hear from some of those that caught her, then?


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Subject: ADD: Down at the Twist and Shout
From: beardedbruce
Date: 06 Sep 06 - 04:39 PM

"Down at the Twist and Shout"
Performed by Mary Chapin Carpenter

Chorus:
Saturday night and the moon is out
I wanna head on over to the Twist and Shout
Find a two-step partner and a Cajun beat
When it lifts me up, I'm gonna find my feet
Out in the middle of a big dance floor
When I hear that fiddle wanna beg for more
Gonna dance to a band from a-Lou'sian' tonight

Well, I never have wandered down to New Orleans
Never have drifted down a bayou stream
But I heard that music on the radio
And I swore some day I was gonna go
Down Highway 10 past Lafayette
To Baton Rouge and I won't forget
To send you a card with my regrets
'Cause I'm never gonna come back home

Repeat Chorus

They got a alligator stew and a crawfish pie
A golf storm blowin' into town tonight
Livin' on the delta's quite a show
They got hurricane parties every time it blows
And here up north it's a cold, cold rain
And there ain't no cure for my blues today
Except when the paper says: Beausoleil is coming into town
Baby let's go down

Repeat Chorus

Bring your mama, bring your papa, bring your sister, too
They got lots of music and lots of room
When they play you a waltz from 1910
You gonna feel a little bit young again
Well, you learned to dance with your rock 'n' roll
You learned to swing with a do-si-do
But you learn to love at the fais do-do
When you hear a little Jole Blon

Repeat Chorus


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Subject: RE: Mary Chapin Carpenter Lyrics
From: beardedbruce
Date: 06 Sep 06 - 04:42 PM

http://brindedcow.umd.edu/twistandshout/


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Subject: RE: Mary Chapin Carpenter Lyrics
From: Little Hawk
Date: 06 Sep 06 - 06:50 PM

Well, BB, it's not a political subject, right? ;-) Politics is the great divider of people who otherwise would get along fine and agree on most things.

Mary Chapin Carpenter is a sheer delight as both performer and songwriter. I've seen her live once, at Massey Hall in Toronto. Great show. She made a little fun of the 'diva' phenomenon, pointing out that she does not enjoy the special iconic status of such luminaries as Celine Dionne, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, people who need out stretch out their lily-white (or not) arm to cause audiences to gasp...and stretching out her arm to show how it's done by those who CAN do it. It was pretty funny, but you had to be there...


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Subject: RE: Mary Chapin Carpenter Lyrics
From: akenaton
Date: 07 Sep 06 - 03:26 PM

OK BB, If you appreciate MCC, you can't be all bad.....Ake


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Subject: RE: Mary Chapin Carpenter Lyrics
From: akenaton
Date: 07 Sep 06 - 04:39 PM

BTW   Why only 15 posts on a thread about the "Queen of Folk".
Where are all these arseholes who are always whining about "too many political threads"?....I don't see many contributions from them up here in "Music"

Maybe their job is to make life miserable for those of us who enjoy debate.....Ake


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Subject: RE: Mary Chapin Carpenter Lyrics
From: Little Hawk
Date: 07 Sep 06 - 05:27 PM

I think you have hit upon the crux of the matter, Akenaton. ;-)


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Subject: RE: Mary Chapin Carpenter Lyrics
From: GUEST,Dale
Date: 08 Sep 06 - 01:36 AM

Well, I am jumping up and down (figuratively speaking) to see that MCC has some true fans here. They ran a piece on her on CBS Sunday Morning a few months ago. I watched it a couple of times, then copied it to a DVD after some movie, but I have no idea which one. Someday it'll resurface and I'll gladly watch it again.

And yes, I bought her very first Columbia album well before she was a household name in music. I had noticed that she had written John Wilkes Booth for Tony Rice on his Native American album. That was enough for me. Buying that album unheard was an easy choice, though I do regret having bought it on cassette rather than LP.

Don't try to catagorize her.   She doesn't.   It's just great music whether it be country, folk, pop or you-name-it.

There, another post from a true believer.


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Subject: RE: Mary Chapin Carpenter Lyrics
From: GUEST,Eric
Date: 08 Sep 06 - 02:47 PM

If you want guitar tab as well try http://adamschneider.net/music/mcc/
Adam has 50 to 60 songs up there. I first heard of her when John Stewart mentioned that she was singing his "Runaway Train" in concert with a great arrangement by John Jennings. Roseanne Cash picked up on it and recorded it with a very similar arrangement and made it a no. 1 hit in the US country charts so MCC did not seem interested in recording it after that. I actually heard her sing through my interest in Nanci Griffith and they were on a US tv special [along with Roaeanne Cash] as new "folky" country stars. I have seen her here in the UK 2 or 3 times and much as I love her she seems to have got a little samey recently. Still, she has done some brilliant songs.

Eric


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Subject: ADD: Shut Up and Kiss Me (M,C. Carpenter)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 08 Sep 06 - 05:23 PM

This one reminds me of somebody who was very good at what she called a "full-body kiss." The relationship was good while it lasted, but she was a Republican and a born-again Christian, so it didn't last long. She dumped me with a voice mail message.
But I won't let your being Republican come between us, Bruce...

SHUT UP AND KISS ME
(Mary Chapin Carpenter)

Don't mean to get a little forward with you
Don't mean to get ahead of where we are
Don't mean to act a little nervous around you
I'm just a little nervous about my heart

It's been a while since I felt this feeling
That everything that you do gives me
It's been too long since somebody whispered
Woooooo, shut up and kiss me

Didn't expect to be in this position
Didn't expect to have to rise above
My reputation for cynicism
I've been a jaded lady when it comes to love

But, oh baby, just to feel this feeling
That everything that you do gives me
It's been too long since somebody whispered
Woooooo, shut up and kiss me

There's something 'bout the silent type
Attracting me to you
All business, baby, none of the hype
That no talker can live up too-ooo-ooo [guitar solo]


Come closer baby, I can't hear you
Just another whisper, if you please
Don't worry 'bout the details, darling
You've got the kind of mind I love to read

Talk is cheap and baby, time's expensive
So why wait another minute more
Life's too short to be so apprehensive
Love's as much the symptom, darling, as the cure

Oh, baby, when I feel this feeling
It's like the genuine voodoo hits me
It's been too long since somebody whispered
Wooooo, hooooo

Oh baby, I can feel this feeling
That everything that you do gives me
It's been too long since somebody whispered
Woooooo, shut up and kiss me
Wooooo, hooooo
Woooooo, shut up and kiss me

-------------------------------------------
[Each chord is half a measure.]
[The acoustic guitar is actually in E, with a capo on the 5th fret.
The electric is in A, no capo. These chords assume no capo.]

n.c. n.c. n.c. n.c.    n.c. n.c. n.c. n.c.
[intro (drums)]
E D A A    E D A A    E D A A    E D A A
[intro]

E               D            A       A
Don't mean to get a little forward with you
E               D            A         A
Don't mean to get ahead of where we are
E               D            A       A
Don't mean to act a little nervous around you
      E             D         A       A
I'm just a little nervous about my heart

D             E             A         A
It's been a while since I felt this feeling
D          E          A       A
That everything that you do gives me
D               E          A          A
It's been too long since somebody whispered
D      E   A            A
Woooooo, shut up and kiss me
E D A A    E D A A
[instrumental]

Didn't expect to be in this position
Didn't expect to have to rise above
My reputation for cynicism
I've been a jaded lady when it comes to love

But, oh baby, just to feel this feeling
That everything that you do gives me
It's been too long since somebody whispered
Woooooo, shut up and kiss me

B         B                   B       B
There's something 'bout the silent type
D            E      A   A
Attracting me to you
B    B               B            B
All business, baby, none of the hype
D         D          D       E   D   A   A    E D A A   
That no talker can live up too-ooo-ooo [guitar solo]
E D A A    E D A A
[guitar solo]
E D A A    E D A A    E D A A   E D A A
[piano solo]

Come closer baby, I can't hear you
Just another whisper, if you please
Don't worry 'bout the details, darling
You've got the kind of mind I love to read

Talk is cheap and baby, time's expensive
So why wait another minute more
Life's too short to be so apprehensive
Love's as much the symptom, darling, as the cure

Oh, baby, when I feel this feeling
It's like the genuine voodoo hits me
It's been too long since somebody whispered
Wooooo, hooooo

Oh baby, I can feel this feeling
That everything that you do gives me
It's been too long since somebody whispered
Woooooo, shut up and kiss me
Wooooo, hooooo
Woooooo, shut up and kiss me


TAB:

Piano "intro":

E 8=9-------------
B ----7=8---------
G --------5=6-----
D ------------4=5-
A ----------------
E ----------------

Acoustic rhythm guitar, verse (capo 5):

B       A       E
E ----------------|----------------| (Or something like this;
E 4---4---2---2---|----------------| improvise. The chorus is
G 4---4---2---4---|2---2---2---2---| the same, except the B
D 2---2---0---0---|2---4---2---4---| and the A are switched
A 2---2---0---0---|0---0---0---0---| around.)
^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .

Electric rhythm guitar, verse (no capo):

E       D    A                E          D    A               (E)
E ----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B ----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
G --------2---4-2-|----2---2-------|--------2---4-2-|----2---2-------|
D --------0---0-2-|----4---2---4-2-|--------0---0-2-|----4---2---4-2-|
A 2---4---------0-|----0---0---0-2-|----4---------0-|----0---0---0-2-|
E 0---0-----------|--------------0-|----0-----------|--------------0-|
^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .

Electric rhythm guitar, chorus:

    D       E    A                   D       E    A
E --|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B --|--3-------5-----|----------------|--3-------5-----|----------------|
G --|--------------2-|----2---2---2---|--------------2-|----2---2---2---|
D 3/|4---4-5/6-----2-|----4---2---4-3/|4---4-5/6-----2-|----4---2---4---|
A --|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
E --|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
    ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .


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