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The whistle knows my name
Posted: Mon Apr 13, 2009 7:25 pm Reply with quote
Thousandaire Joined: 21 Apr 2008 Posts: 1010
WAY DOWN THE OLD PLANK ROAD

Well, my wife died on Friday night, on Saturday she was buried
Sunday was my courtin' day, Monday I got married
Well I won't get drunk no more,
I won't get drunk no more,
I won't get drunk no more
Way down the old plank road

So, come all you nosy women, you tellin' ????? about
Don't tell no tales upon me, boy, I'm bad enough without
I won't get drunk no more,
I won't get drunk no more,
I won't get drunk no more
Way down the old plank road

Well I ????? up my mule, boy, ????? ???? ???? ????, Lord
Instead of haulin' four, Lord, I only haul two
I won't get drunk no more,
I won't get drunk no more,
I won't get drunk no more
Way down the old plank road

Well, Nashville it's a hot ol' town, Memphis it's a doozy
I wanna see more pretty gals, I hop to Chattanoogey
I won't get drunk no more,
I won't get drunk no more,
I won't get drunk no more
Way down the old plank road

Well, my wife died Friday night, Saturday she was buried
On Monday was my courtin' day, on Saturday I got married
Well, I won't get drunk no more,
I won't get drunk no more,
I won't get drunk no more
Way down the old plank road

I won't get drunk no more,
I won't get drunk no more,
I won't get drunk no more
Way down the old plank road

I won't get drunk no more,
I won't get drunk no more,
I won't get drunk no more
Way down the old plank road

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Need a little help here. That, or I'm gonna have to work on my Elvis legs.

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pittsyltucky
Posted: Mon Apr 13, 2009 9:21 pm Reply with quote
*Johnny* Joined: 15 Sep 2006 Posts: 4268 Location: Pigg River District, Pittsylvania County, Virginia
Words to live by, Charlie...


I helped you as much as I could -- added to/edited yours...

Not that it will help any, but here's an Uncle Dave Macon recording of it...

I'd rather be in Richmond in all the hail and rain
Than to be in Georgia, boys, wearing that ball and chain
Won't get drunk no more
Won't get drunk no more
Won't get drunk no more
Way down the old plank road

I went down to Mobile to get on the gravel train
Very next thing they heard of me, had on the ball and chain
***

Doney, oh dear Doney, what makes you treat me so
Caused me to wear the ball and chain, now my ankle's sore
***

Knoxville is a pretty place, Memphis is a beauty
If you want to see them pretty girls, hop to Chattanoogey
***

I'm gwine to build me a scaffold on the mountain high
So I can see my ????? girl as she goes riding by
***

My wife died a Friday night, Saturday she was buried
Sunday was my courting day, Monday I got married
***

Eighteen pounds of meat a week, whiskey here to sell
How can a young man stay at home, pretty girls look so well
***

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The whistle knows my name
Posted: Mon Jun 21, 2010 2:39 pm Reply with quote
Thousandaire Joined: 21 Apr 2008 Posts: 1010



So the order here is 1-2-2a-2-2b. The rhythm is accurate although there is a little bit of fudging on the notes to make it simpler. This is based on the Cookeville show version. There are a few other lyrical passages for the fiddle and Ketch does some minor improvisation, but (yet again) this is a song where if you have the intro down you can pretty much fudge the rest of it.

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The whistle knows my name
Posted: Tue Jun 22, 2010 6:41 pm Reply with quote
Thousandaire Joined: 21 Apr 2008 Posts: 1010
^Updated

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