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Sweet E – A Quirky song About a Pretty Girl

Sweet E

There are times when you’re talking to me

And I should be listening

There are times when you’re talking to me

I don’t hear a thing

 

If you take a look at me

You will note the glassy look I have in my eye

I’m not looking through you

I’m lookin’ at you

 

And I wonder in amazement, thinking,

“My you’re pretty!”

And the words you say just slip right past me

Such a pity.

 

There are times when you’re walking with me,

Hand in hand along the street

In the midst of our reverie

I can’t help but note

 

Every guy that walks past us

Is checkin’ you out surreptitiously.

You don’t seem to notice

And I just smile inside

 

And I wonder in amazement thinking,close up sunglasses sideview

“My you’re pretty”

And I want to take you all the way to

Quebec City

 

There are times when you’re talking to me

And I should be listening

There are times when you’re talking to me

I don’t hear a thing

I don’t hear a thing

I’m glad you wear my ring.

 

The cover is a painting by Tanya Loviz from Australia. We have one of her prints hanging in our house. She was kind enough to give me permission to use it. My friend, and graphic artist, Thelma Freeman, of Napa, California put the whole thing together. She did a great job.

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– See more at: http://www.geoffreycode.com/site/category/lyrics/#sthash.Yey5s0A9.dpuf

 

 

 

Available now on iTunes
Available now on iTunes

 

Turnin’ Me – Lyrics

The lyrics to Turnin’ Me, to be released in advance of the forth-coming album ‘Later’, due in spring 2014.

Turnin' Me

Wonderin’ when I’ll see you

Missin’ you more each day

I’m thinkin’ about you so much

My feet are turnin’ to clay

 

Wonderin’ where it went wrong

It seemed such a good thing

But I can’t take the silence

What’s worse than this? (Nothin’)

 

Case for my Takamine. It's been around since '82
 

(You’re turnin’ me)          Sideways and upside-down

(You’re turnin’ me)          Inside and out

(You’re turnin’ me)          Sideways and upside-down

(You’re turnin’ me)          Out and about

(You’re turnin’ me)          Sideways and upside-down

(You’re turnin’ me)          Inside and out

(You’re turnin’ me)          Sideways and upside-down

(You’re turnin’ me)          Without a doubt

 

When I sit, think about

All o’ the things we done

What does it mean to me now

All o’ that time?

 

And all o’ that effort, from you n’ me

It stands unacknowledged now

What does it mean, to you know

Its such a damn waste

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(You’re turnin’ me)          Sideways and upside-down

(You’re turnin’ me)          Inside and out

(You’re turnin’ me)          Sideways and upside-down

(You’re turnin’ me)          Out and about

(You’re turnin’ me)          Sideways and upside-down

(You’re turnin’ me)          Inside and out

(You’re turnin’ me)          Sideways and upside-down

(You’re turnin’ me)          Without a doubt

 

 

And I don’t wanna think what’s next

Don’t want to head out west

Don’t want to pack my chest

And I think of where we missed

Where we wrongly guessed

In pursuit of our quest

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(You’re turnin’ me)          Sideways and upside-down

(You’re turnin’ me)          Inside and out

(You’re turnin’ me)          Sideways and upside-down

(You’re turnin’ me)          Out and about

(You’re turnin’ me)          Sideways and upside-down

(You’re turnin’ me)          Inside and out

(You’re turnin’ me)          Sideways and upside-down

(You’re turnin’ me)          Without a doubt

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What Am I Hearing? The G Chord

I must have played a ‘G’ chord on my guitar thousands of times. It is my preferred key on the guitar because, as a soloist, it is very versatile. On my current set list, shown below, no fewer than 11 of the guitar songs are in G.

I was in a duet about 10 years ago called the Dirty Ol’ Buskers. I played guitar, harmonica and the kazoo, (specifically for a cover of the Ringo version of ‘You’re Sixteen’) and my partner, Rob White, played a set of drums one might find a busker playing. A real simple set and he stood while playing. It was a great set-up. We both sang.
The Dirty Ol' Buskers logo
The Dirty Ol' Buskers

I will take a minute to explain what a G chord is to you non guitar players as it is relevant to what I will explain later. A guitar has six strings, (duh?!?) and to form a G chord, at least the way I do it, is to press down the 6th string at the 3rd fret, (bass) with your second finger, mute the 5th string, press down the 3rd fret of the first string with your 3rd finger and strum. The key is that strings 4, 3 and 2 are left open and ring out once you strum until you stop them. Great chord!

Two of the songs we did were Squeezebox by the Who and Rave On by Buddy Holly. We played both songs in G and the reasoning was thus: Both songs involve a simple boogie pattern over a shuffle beat and it sounds good with the full G chord but the real magic is that, when it came time to do some sort of guitar solo, I would get my two fingers in the position described above and start flying around the fret board, hitting chords at frets 3, 6, 7, 8, 10, 15, 20. The beauty of this is that you are actually playing a solo, whether you are focusing your strum on the high notes or the low notes, and those three open strings I mentioned just continue to ring out, basically acting like a rhythm guitarist.

So, we had two singers singing in harmony, one set o’ drums and one guitar acting like two guitars, essentially a five piece group. It was an effective way of filling out the sound.The Dirty Ol' Buskers - photo shoot

I have G on my mind because I was sitting down to do a little work on the guitar the other day and, after tuning up, struck a G chord. It was another of those strange aural phenomena I wrote about earlier, (see Barely Audible Music). When I struck the G chord, this one note really stood out. So, rather than doing what I had set out to do, I decided to spend a few minutes chasing this sound that just came out of my guitar. What resulted was a finger picking song that, with a little more development, is now being worked up with the working title ‘Quirky Riff in G’. (I dunno if I will stick with that title?)

And this song just emerged from a chord that I had played thousands of times.

It is a wondrous instrument.IMG_4366

This is my current set list, (songs in bold are piano, italics are in G.)

I Threw it All Away – Dylan
Victory – Code
Sail Away – Neil Young
Deliver Your Children – McCartney
One Too Many Mornings – Dylan
All Things Must Pass – George Harrison
The Way – Fastball
Shooting Star – Dylan
River of Tears – Ian Hunter
Yesterday’s Love – Code
The Crystal Ship – Doors
Flowers and Dust – Code
High Flying Bird – E John

Don’t Think Twice – Dylan
The Weight – The Band

Always on My Mind – Elvis
Richard Cory – McCartney
New Orleans – Arlo Guthrie
Most of the Time – Dylan
You’re So Square – Elvis/Queen
I’m Wandering – Kristina Train
Louisiana – Randy Newman
Let It Be – Beatles
Desperado – Eagles
Skyline Pigeon – E John

Downtown Train – Rod Stewart
Sweet Painted Lady – E John
Make You Feel My Love – Dylan
You Stepped into My Dreams – Ian Hunter
The Man You Wanted – Code
Walk a Thin Line – Fleetwood Mac
Love Minus Zero/No Limit – Dylan
Out on the Weekend – Neil Young
Who’ll Stop the Rain – CCR
Standing on a Rock – Ozark Mountain Daredevils

Catch The Wind – Donovan
Say it Ain’t So, Joe – Murray Head
I Shall Be Released – Dylan
Here, There and Everywhere – Beatles

Come a Little Bit Closer – Fleetwood Mac
I’ve Just Seen a Face – Beatles
There’s a Kind of Hush – Herman’s Hermits