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pittsyltucky
Posted: Tue Nov 16, 2010 5:31 pm Reply with quote
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LEEVI

Born up on the Blue Ridge
At the Carolina line
Baptised on the banks of the New River
Brought up on the bluegrass
And the clear moonshine
Yeah, tough as iron but a heart as soft as leather
Leevi

Like a fire on the mountain
Runnin' wild in those days
Playin' Knights of the Gold Horseshoe and Indian raids
Huntin' jackvine in the summertime
And in the fall it was ginseng
Yeah, a country boy don't belong in the desert anyway
Leevi
Lord, Lord, Lord they shot him down
Ten thousand miles from a Southern town
Oooooooh, Leevi

From Galax to Bagdhad
On a camouflaged airplane
Where it was a hundred-nineteen degrees for twenty days straight
Shoved off in the sandbox
In a rollin' Hum-Vee
Cryin' Daddy, Daddy this don't look like Virginia to me
Leevi
Lord, Lord, Lord they shot him down
Ten thousand miles from a Southern town
Oooooooh, Leevi

In the market square all the bells
Were ringin' loud to fill the air
Leevi gazed his eyes out through the rocket glare
Through the desert and the ocean
To the furthest fields of home
And when the bullets pierced his body, he was already gone
Leevi
Lord, Lord, Lord they shot him down
Ten thousand miles from a Southern town
Oooooooh, Leevi

Oooooooh, Leevi
Lord, Lord, Lord they shot him down
Ten thousand miles from a Southern town
Oooooooh, Leevi
Oooooooh, Lord, Lord, Leevi
Oooooooh, Lord, Leevi

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DirtyHogg
Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 9:01 am Reply with quote
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THANK YOU SO MUCH! I started transcribing these lyrics from Youtube videos of OC and from people covering it and was stumped by some of it becuase the audio was not very good. I knew someone on this site would have em. Thanks again, you saved me some time and headache.

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pittsyltucky
Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 10:02 am Reply with quote
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Hogg - I'll put up an adjustment to this and others before too long. Still just listenin' and soakin' it in and looking forward to Monday night in Nashville!

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Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 11:22 am Reply with quote
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'tucky, I'm no purist, but didn't the boys finally decide on "Levi" rather than the spelling the young soldier used?

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DirtyHogg
Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 11:44 am Reply with quote
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pittsyltucky wrote:
Hogg - I'll put up an adjustment to this and others before too long. Still just listenin' and soakin' it in and looking forward to Monday night in Nashville!


Actually I went through it and thought it looked dead on. I've seen many people saying "soft as a feather" instead of leather.

Have fun Monday! I'm counting down the days till Louisville. 2nd row. Cannot wait!

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Kitty
Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 12:15 pm Reply with quote
*Mrs. Kitty* Joined: 23 Oct 2006 Posts: 2344 Location: Durham, NC
As for the name... I think they did change it to Levi on the album... but if I remember from the NPR story correctly, his name was spelled Leevi - which is why it is listed that way in early posts.
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DirtyHogg
Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 12:19 pm Reply with quote
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Yeah, I did some research after reading the article in PASTE yesterday - the young man spells it Leevi, I guess we'll have to see how its spelled on the release next week. I think it would be respectful NOT to spell it like his name because (IMO) its not only a tribute to Leevi Barnard but to every soldier that has sacrificed for this country.

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DirtyHogg
Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 12:48 pm Reply with quote
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After FURTHER research - yes it will be spelled LEVI on the release album.

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sgtwick
Posted: Mon Jul 23, 2012 4:58 pm Reply with quote
Lil' Birdie Joined: 09 Jul 2008 Posts: 22 Location: Wakefield, IL
Hello everyone! Does anyone know the chords to "Levi" yet? Love that song....reminds me of my time over there...almost makes me tear up. Thanks in advance!

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GumboStu
Posted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 10:11 am Reply with quote
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You playing still? That's great. I don't have the album yet give me a while. You should visit the fave track topic - Levi needs some love there!

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GumboStu
Posted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 10:54 am Reply with quote
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LEVI (album version)

G Born up on the C Blue Ridge
At the D Carolina line
G Baptised on the C banks of the New D River
G Brought up on C bluegrass
And D clear moonshine
Yeah, G tough as iron but a C heart as soft as D leather
G Levi C .....
D Lord, Lord, Lord they shot him G down C
D Ten thousand miles from a Southern G town C
D Oooooooh, G Levi C D

Like a fire on the mountain
Runnin' wild in those days
Playin' Knights of the Golden Horseshoe and Indian raids
now it's parachutes and combat boots and camoflaged airplanes
and a country boy who don't belong in the desert anyway
Levi
Lord, Lord, Lord they shot him down
Ten thousand miles from a Southern town
Oooooooh, Levi

Well the Bm sandbox sure gets lonesome
and it's a Em hundred and nine degrees
singing Bm "Carry me back to Virginia, Lord
I'm C down here on my D knees

In the market square while the bells
Were ringin' loud to fill the air
Leevi gazed his eyes out through the rocket glare
Beyond the desert and the ocean
To the furthest fields of home
And when the bullets pierced his body, he was already gone
Levi
Lord, Lord, Lord they shot him down
Ten thousand miles from a Southern town
Oooooooh, Levi

Oooooooh, Levi
Lord, Lord, Lord they shot him down
Ten thousand miles from a Southern town
Oooooooh, Levi
Oooooooh, Levi



The G C D riff bounces away under the verse and the refrain so even though it might read like it's different you just lay that same riff until you get to the sandbox. Hope this helps

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gwrap
Posted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 12:37 pm Reply with quote
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I like the tweaks for the album version. The original verse "Huntin' jackvine in the summertime And in the fall it was ginseng " definitely got an upgrade.

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Posted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 6:26 pm Reply with quote
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Gumbo you are my HERO! Still to this day you never seize to amaze me! Man i owe ya big time!!!!! Wish i could give ya a hug! Thanks again!!!!!!

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GumboStu
Posted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 6:44 pm Reply with quote
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sgtwick wrote:
Gumbo you are my HERO! Still to this day you never seize to amaze me! Man i owe ya big time!!!!! Wish i could give ya a hug! Thanks again!!!!!!


lol we'll figure something out

It's a funny thing. Way back when the new songs were being performed and we started to get youtube versions and stuff, Levi was way down on my list of songs I'd like to see on the album. i thought it was vaguely mawkish and opportunist. I have to say now though that I think they have totally nailed the mood with this version. It's clear cut and unsentimental, and still hits home. I reckon whatever your feelings about the war this song cuts to chase with what it's like to be a human being in that situation. I never thought it would be so great.

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DirtyHogg
Posted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 7:48 am Reply with quote
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Gumbo wrote:
"It's clear cut and unsentimental, and still hits home. I reckon whatever your feelings about the war this song cuts to chase with what it's like to be a human being in that situation. I never thought it would be so great"


Couldn't agree more. It doesn't wallow in self pity and sadness. It's upbeat and reflective. Becoming my favorite of this album.

(btw) I screwed up the quote part of the post - not sure what I did there, sorry.

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sgtwick
Posted: Fri Jul 27, 2012 11:39 am Reply with quote
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couldn't agree with you more gumbo and dirtyhogg! your exactly right! this song really hits home for me because i myself was brought up in a same similar way as the charcter in the song. i love how they make Levi think of home always, even when hes over there in a horible place. I always thought of home over there, every single day. Sometimes when i play or sing this song, my voice cracks or i tear up. really hits home for me and i love it! I wish i could personally thank the band for this song!

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DirtyHogg
Posted: Fri Jul 27, 2012 3:21 pm Reply with quote
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Hats off to you sir - and we thank you and Leevi for all you do and have done.

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pittsyltucky
Posted: Fri Jul 27, 2012 3:23 pm Reply with quote
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You call her "Sergeant" -- them stripes means she works for a living!!!! Laughing

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DirtyHogg
Posted: Fri Jul 27, 2012 3:32 pm Reply with quote
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Excuse me! Ma'am, Sergeant... now i'm flustered! Can I just do push ups? Shocked

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pittsyltucky
Posted: Fri Jul 27, 2012 4:34 pm Reply with quote
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Don't sweat it, Hogg - that's an army joke that goes way back...

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DirtyHogg
Posted: Fri Jul 27, 2012 8:29 pm Reply with quote
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Ha. Yeah, I've heard that line before - unfortunately I'm old. I think a few movies stole that "you see these stripes...!?" line from the military.

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sgtwick
Posted: Sat Jul 28, 2012 10:46 am Reply with quote
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don't sweat it hogg no pushups needed lol. maybe i need to change my name on here? i think alot of people think i'm a guy lol. ahhhh oh well. thanks again for your support hogg! we couldn't of made it over there without yall on the homefront here.

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DirtyHogg
Posted: Sat Jul 28, 2012 1:18 pm Reply with quote
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Can someone explain this line from Levi to me?

"Playin' Knights of the Golden Horseshoe and Indian raids"

thx.

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pittsyltucky
Posted: Sat Jul 28, 2012 1:35 pm Reply with quote
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It's a Virginia thing, Hogg...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knights_of_the_Golden_Horseshoe_Expedition

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DirtyHogg
Posted: Sat Jul 28, 2012 1:46 pm Reply with quote
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So when he writes "playin" - its a game/re-creation that kids do of this historical Virginia group of explorers? And Indian raids is sort of based on Cowboys and Indians we played as kids as well?

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Posted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 10:52 am Reply with quote
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heres the correct levi chords. i figured it would be a lot easier to just post a link to my country tabs page than try to get it to post correctly here.

http://www.countrytabs.com/tablature/Old_Crow_Medicine_Show/Levi_Chord_59528/?h=3aa5a3cd392f67dab1369f8bfd2c9a94&exp=9/16/2012%207:39:50%20AM

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