History Music / HarryChapin

27th May '17 7:16:46 PM Plactus
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* GiftedlyBad: "Six String Orchestra" is about a hopeless musician who refuses to give up the dream.
-->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
1st Apr '17 5:01:23 AM YankeeDave
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* DanBrowned: "She Is Always Seventeen" features this verse:
-->In 1963, Black and White upon the land
-->She brought me to the monuments and made us all join hands
-->And scarcely six months later, she held me through the night
-->When we heard of what had happened in that brutal Dallas light
The march on Washington was in August 1963, three months - not six - before President Kennedy was assassinated.


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** Chapin specialized in this: "WOLD" is about a guy who dumped his wife and family and then turns up eight years later, expressing no concern at all for how the kids are doing or what his absence did to them - he just wants to talk about himself, and for good measure he hints at his ex that he wants her back. (She's smart enough to decline.) "If My Mary Were Here" is about a guy who calls his ex in the middle of the night to whine about how the woman he dumped her for has now dumped him, and he invites himself to her place. Then, of course, there's "Cat's in the Cradle."
1st Apr '17 4:44:52 AM YankeeDave
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* GenerationXerox: The narrator of "Cat's in the Cradle" laments that his son ends up just like him.

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* GenerationXerox: The narrator of "Cat's in the Cradle" laments that his son ends up just like him. He's arguably wrong about that, though, as his son IS taking time out to help his sick kids.
11th Jan '17 5:41:02 AM crazysamaritan
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* LyricalDissonance: "30,000 Pounds of Bananas" is a cheerful, up-tempo song and a crowd-pleasing favorite... about a real life fatal truck accident. Originally intended to be serious, until Chapin realized how hard it was to keep a straight face while singing about a man being killed by bananas.
** Nonetheless, Chapin always refused to perform the song when playing concerts in Pennsylvania (where the actual accident took place) out of respect for the victim's memory.

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* LyricalDissonance: "30,000 Pounds of Bananas" is a cheerful, up-tempo song and a crowd-pleasing favorite... about a real life fatal truck accident. Originally intended to be serious, until Chapin realized how hard it was to keep a straight face while singing about a man being killed by bananas. \n** Nonetheless, [[labelnote:Note]]Nonetheless, Chapin always refused to perform the song when playing concerts in Pennsylvania (where the actual accident took place) out of respect for the victim's memory.[[/labelnote]]



* NoExceptYes: "30,000 Pounds of Bananas" has a revised ending that has the line "Yes, We have no bananas", which comes from an actual song that was popular in the 1920s.
7th Jan '17 4:17:35 PM Gosicrystal
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* NoExceptYes: "30,000 Pounds of Bananas" has a revised ending that has the line "Yes, We have no bananas."
** Which comes from an actual song that was popular in the 1920s.

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* NoExceptYes: "30,000 Pounds of Bananas" has a revised ending that has the line "Yes, We have no bananas."
** Which
bananas", which comes from an actual song that was popular in the 1920s.
5th Aug '16 4:18:58 PM Mdumas43073
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Harry Chapin (19421981) was an American [[FolkMusic folk rock]] musician and philanthropist in the 1970s and early '80s, and creator of such famous songs as "Cat's in the Cradle" and "Taxi." He was killed in 1981 in a traffic accident while on his way to a free concert he was giving, although he may have already been dead; the autopsy and his driving patterns, which caused the accident, are consistent with him having suffered a heart attack behind the wheel.

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Harry Chapin (19421981) was an American [[FolkMusic folk rock]] musician and philanthropist in the 1970s and early '80s, and creator of such famous songs as "Cat's in the Cradle" and "Taxi." He was killed in 1981 in a traffic accident while on his way to a free benefit concert he was giving, although he may have already been dead; the autopsy and his driving patterns, which caused the accident, are consistent with him having suffered a heart attack behind the wheel.
14th Jun '16 8:09:10 PM Mdumas43073
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* StepUpToTheMicrophone: John Wallace, the bassist in Chapin's backing band, performs the second part of the "Taxi" bridge (''"Baby's so high that she's skying..."'') in a falsetto voice. He also performs the "part" of the title character in "Mr. Tanner", singing the chorus of "O Holy Night" in his natural baritone overlapping with Harry's singing of the actual chorus.

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* StepUpToTheMicrophone: StepUpToTheMicrophone:
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John Wallace, the bassist in Chapin's backing band, performs the second part of the "Taxi" bridge (''"Baby's so high that she's skying..."'') in a falsetto voice. He also performs the "part" of the title character in "Mr. Tanner", singing the chorus of "O Holy Night" in his natural baritone overlapping with Harry's singing of the actual chorus.
14th Jun '16 8:08:52 PM Mdumas43073
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* StepUpToTheMicrophone: John Wallace, the bassist in Chapin's backing band, performs the second part of the "Taxi" bridge (''"Baby's so high that she's skying..."'') in a falsetto voice. He also performed the "part" of Mr. Tanner, singing the chorus of "O Holy Night" in his natural baritone, overlapping Harry's singing of the actual chorus to "Mr. tanner".

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* StepUpToTheMicrophone: John Wallace, the bassist in Chapin's backing band, performs the second part of the "Taxi" bridge (''"Baby's so high that she's skying..."'') in a falsetto voice. He also performed performs the "part" of Mr. Tanner, the title character in "Mr. Tanner", singing the chorus of "O Holy Night" in his natural baritone, baritone overlapping with Harry's singing of the actual chorus to "Mr. tanner".chorus.
14th Jun '16 8:07:07 PM Mdumas43073
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** "Let Time Go Lightly," which can be heard on the Greatest Stories Live album, was written and performed by Harry's brother Steve, who was the band's pianist. Harry's other brother Tom, also a guitar player, would frequently sing parts of songs during the live shows.
** During live performances of ''Circle'', Harry would insist that everyone from other members of the band all the way to the road crew sing a stanza of the song, partly as a novel way to showcase the people who made his band operate, and also to encourage AudienceParticipation, insisting that anyone and everyone is able to sing the song.

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** "Let Time Go Lightly," which can be heard on the Greatest ''Greatest Stories Live Live'' album, was written and performed by Harry's brother Steve, who was the band's pianist. Harry's other brother Tom, also a guitar player, would frequently sing parts of songs during the live shows.
** During live performances of ''Circle'', "Circle", Harry would insist that everyone from other members of the band all the way to the road crew sing a stanza of the song, partly as a novel way to showcase the people who made his band operate, and also to encourage AudienceParticipation, insisting that anyone and everyone is able to sing the song.
29th Apr '16 8:58:46 AM Mdumas43073
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** "Mr. Tanner" is based on a concert review Harry read in the New York Times.

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** "Mr. Tanner" is based on a concert review Harry read in the ''The New York Times.Times''.
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