World Gone Wrong — A Body in Sound

World Gone Wrong (1993) is a body. Not just a great body of work, but a body. The greatness of this album of folk and blues classics is that there is one voice speaking on it and one person speaking with this voice, whether he speaks guitar, harmonica, or English. I’ll try to make it […]

“Lyrics Dustup Ends in Apology”

Wired News: Lyrics Dustup Ends in Apology Kinda interesting, this one… Especially the last couple of paragraphs. Beginning in January, the Music Publishers Association, of which Warner Chappell is a member, will begin pursuing a campaign against 5 to 6 such companies, according to MPA CEO Lauren Keiser. “Lost revenue for rights holders is in […]

“Song sites face legal crackdown”

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Song sites face legal crackdown Before you act: there’s no point in writing comments like: Where’s the zip file? I want the zip file. Can you please send me the zip file? well well… What can I say? Several people have sent me links to this and other similar news […]

Chimes of Freedom

Chimes of Freedom was, I think, the first Dylan song that I really made an effort to transcribe. This was before the days of the Internet and in my case also before the days of Lyrics, so if I wanted the words on paper, I had to write them out myself. Which I wanted, and […]

One Too Many Mornings

Seven years ago, I wrote, in the first version of the tab of “One Too Many Mornings”: The chords below are what he plays. I’m not sure about the fingering, though. I have a feeling that it is played in some kind of altered tuning, but I’m not sure yet. The low g’s that are […]

The Battle of Wichita — the full story

OK, here’s the full story of the battle of Wichita, as requested. It sounds pretty easy at first — just a run down similar to so many other songs (The Wicked Messenger, Down the Highway, and quite a few others), but when it came down to figuring out the details… One thing was for certain: […]

Tab Tools

After the story of the battle of Wichita, here’s some info on the tools I use when I tab. Ear. Couldn’t do it without it. Plain text editor. Well, not quite, but in principle. No fancy tabbing software, just typing. Tabbing is an ASCII art form… Occasionally, pen and paper, but nowadays, I can hardly […]


Finally! Now I can admit it: Wichita Blues has been bugging me for years. Thanks to a CD from Thomas Romon, and a file from lowgen at the Pool (heartfelt thanks to both!), I’ve finally won the struggle. Turned out it was played in a tuning he has never, to my knowledge, used anywhere else. […]

See That My Grave Is Kept Clean

See That My Grave is Kept Clean Another little gem (or at least almost-gem) from the McKenzie Tapes. Differs from the standard version by using the E class of licks instead of the Drop D class of the recorded version. But the most prominent feature is the uneven rhythm, with 5/4 bars alternating with plain […]