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Sylvia's Mother - Dr. Hook

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(@dogsbody)
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Here's another dead easy classic from my youth.

Read those lyrics, So sad, don't it just tug at your heart (guitar)strings and only three chords required!

It could be another of those pub band classics.

The original "Dr Hook & The Medicine Show" as they were called when they did this were a great band to watch, plenty of comedy and just great players.

Verse 1:

(A)Sylvia's mother says Sylvia's busy, too busy to come to the (E)phone

(E)Sylvia's mother says Sylvia's trying, to start a new life of her (A)own.

(D)Sylvia's mother says (A)Sylvia's happy...

(A)So (E)why don't you leave her (A)alone?

(A)And the (E)operator says :" Forty cents more, for the next three minutes."

Chorus:

(D)Please Mrs. Adria, I've (A)just got to talk to her

(E)I'll only keep her a(A)while

(D)Please Mrs. Adria, just (A)want to tell her Good(E)bye...

Verse 2:

(A)Sylvia's mother says Sylvia's packing, she's goin' to be leaving (E)today.

(E)Sylvia's mother says Sylvia's marrying, a fellow down Galveston (A)way

(D)Sylvia's mother says (A)"Please don't say nothing...

(A)To (E)make her start crying and (A)stay."

(A)And the (E)operator says :" Forty cents more, for the next three minutes."

Chorus:

(D)Please Mrs. Adria, I've (A)just got to talk to her

(E)I'll only keep her a(A)while

(D)Please Mrs. Adria, just (A)want to tell her Good(E)bye...

Verse 3:

(A)Sylvia's mother says Sylvia's hurrying, she's catching the nine'o'clock (E)train"

(E)Sylvia's mother says "Take your umbrella, cause Sylvia it's starting to (A)rain"

(D)And Sylvia's mother says (A)"Thank you for calling...

(E)And so won't you come back (A)again."

(A)And the (E)operator says :" Forty cents more, for the next three minutes."

Chorus:

(D)Please Mrs. Adria, I've (A)just got to talk to her

(E)I'll only keep her a(A)while

(A)Please Mrs. Adria, just (A)want to tell her Good(E)bye...

(E)Tell her goodbye. Please, tell her goodbye

(E)Goodbye......Fade out

Enjoy it

Peace & love

Chris

The guitar is all right John but you'll never make a living out of it! (John Lennon's Aunt Mimi)


   
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(@dogsbody)
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Hey I've just noticed, I've become a junior member.

Get the beer out!!!

Cheers all.

Chris

The guitar is all right John but you'll never make a living out of it! (John Lennon's Aunt Mimi)


   
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(@dogsbody)
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Before everyone gets confused by the date,

I've reposted this to clean up the chords and place them in with the lyrics to make it easier to read. And I'm a full member now too.

All the best

Chris

The guitar is all right John but you'll never make a living out of it! (John Lennon's Aunt Mimi)


   
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ROFLMAO!!!!! :D

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(@esrona)
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Great song, could you give some insight in the timing please, i.e how many bars for a chord?
And i you can a strumming pattern, love to play the song but need a bit more info.
Keep up the good work and grats on your membership!!
Ron


   
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(@dogsbody)
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Ok Ron,

Here goes with my thoughts on the srumming pattern for this:

Taking the first line of the lyric, for example

DD-UU-D
Sylvia's mother says

DD-UU-D
Sylvia busy

DD-U-U-U-D
too busy to come to the phone

The (-) is to signifiy a missed beat. The last down strum is where you switch from the A to E chord.

This pattern is pretty typical right through the song

Hope this helps, I'm not that good at translating strum patterns to paper. I find that they come naturally to me as I play. I'm fortunate in that I suppose.

Anyway good luck with it Ron.

Chris

The guitar is all right John but you'll never make a living out of it! (John Lennon's Aunt Mimi)


   
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