Sunday, March 1, 2009

Mississippi Mud

No ukuleles where damaged in this fracas!

A ukulele playing friend, Carol a.k.a. UkeGal, had a small gathering of ukers over to her new house to play, sing and enjoy a potluck dinner. Erich Sylvester, who has known Carol, since her college days and also performs at clubs in The City (S.F.) regularly, always has a few great tunes that he shares, they really are fun with a lot of nifty simple-yet-effective chord changes, but he doesn't bring the sheet music - UUUUGGGGGHHHHH! Well Erich did lead us through and we got to write down the chords to Mississippi Mud. His version is quite close to Jim Bottorff's,, but with a few simpler chord changes.
The midnight sun chord are quite similar:
Words and Music by James Cavanaugh & Harry Barris - 1927

When the sun goes down, the tide goes out
The peo -ple gath -er 'round and they all be -gin to shout "Hey! Hey! Un -cle Dud
It's a treat to beat your feet on the Mis -sis -sip -pi Mud
It's a treat to beat you feet on the Mis -sis -sip -pi Mud"
What a dance do they do! Lord -y, how I'm tell -in' you
They don't need no band They keep time by clap -pin' their hand
Just as hap -py as a cow chew -in' on a cud
When the peo -ple beat their feet on the Mis -sis -sip -pi Mud.


Lord -y how they play it! Good -ness, how they sway it.
Un -cle Joe, Un -cle, Jim How they pound the mire with vi -gor and vim.
Joy! that mu -sic thrills me. Boy! it near -ly kills me.
What a show when they go. Say! they beat it up ei -ther fast or slow.

(Repeat Chorus)

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