It's just this little chromium switch, here... (derspatchel) wrote,
It's just this little chromium switch, here...
derspatchel

and we would play together, like fine musicians should

I couldn't remember what song Guitar Hero and Rock Band reminded me of until now, when this Harry Chapin goodie popped into my head. For those who don't know the song, the verses are all played on an acoustic guitar ... very badly. But the other instruments come in for the chorus and it sounds like music, and the music does sound good.

Six String Orchestra
Harry Chapin

The very day I purchased it, I christened my guitar
As my Monophonic Symphony Six String Orchestra
In my room I'd practice late, they'd leave me alone
My mother said "You're nothing yet to make the folks write home."

I'd play at all the talent nights; I'd finish, they'd applaud
Some called it muffled laughter, I just figured they were awed
So I went up for an encore, but they screamed they'd had enough
Or maybe I just need a group to help me do my stuff
And so I'd dream a bass will join me and fill the bottom in
And maybe now some lead guitar so it would not sound so thin
I need some drums to set the beat and help me keep in time
And way back in the distance, some strings would sound so fine

And we would play together, like fine musicians should
And it would sound like music, and the music would sound good
But in real life I'm stuck with that same old formula
Me and my Monophonic Symphony Six String...
Orchestra.
Oh, I write love songs for my favorite girl and sing them soft and slow
But before I get to finish, she says she has to go
She's nice and says "Excuse me, I've got to find a bar
I think I need refreshment for I hear you play guitar."

Oh, I sent a demo tape I made to the record companies
Two came back address unknown, one came back COD
Of course I got form letters all saying pleasant things
Like suggesting I should find a trade where I would not have to sing
And so I'd dream a bass will join me and fill the bottom in
And maybe now some lead guitar so it would not sound so thin
I need some drums to set the beat and help me keep in time
And way back in the distance, some strings would sound so fine

And we would play together, like fine musicians should
And it would sound like music, and the music would sound good
But in real life I'm stuck with that same old formula
Me and my Monophonic Symphony Six String...
Orchestra.
I've been taking guitar lessons but my teacher just took leave
It was something about a breakdown or needing a reprieve
I know I found my future so I will persevere
And hold onto my dream of making music to their ears...

(CHORUS, THEN OUT)


The Smothers Brothers performed this live at a Harry Chapin tribute concert. It's a lovely track, punctuated by some of their older chestnuts.

DICK: Gee, Tommy, that's some of the best guitar playing I've ever heard from you.
TOM: Thank you!
DICK: That's not a compliment.
TOM: But you just said it was the best guitar playing you've heard from me!
DICK: Yes, I did, but it's not a compliment.
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