Over The River Tonight © 1979 by Gary E. Andrews

 
       
 
Jan 11, 2007, 11:05 PM

Here’s one I played with a drummer who said, “I never heard music like that before,” as if it was totally foreign to his experience, listening or playing.

Another girl said, “That’s the perfect country song.”

To me, it was just a song, no genre, no category, just a song. Hope you like it. I have for nearly 30 years. After all, it’s the perfect country song.

Hear it on my website: http://www.garyeandrews.com

Over The River Tonight © 1979 by Gary E. Andrews

Put on a hat! Take off your coat!
Babe let’s you and I rent a boat!
I’ll row us, To the Kentucky si-hi-hide.
We’ll wait for the sun to desert us!
We’ll burn a bit but it won’t hurt us!
We’ll wait for the silver moon to ri-hise,
Over The River Toni-hi-hi-i-i-i-ight.

We’ll build up the fire, Put on a log!
We’ll take along your spaniel dog!
He will keep us company tonight!
And if I’m a bit slow movin’ in,
Won’t you invite me with a grin?
Spread your blanket.
Show me where to li-hie,
Over The River Tonight.

(Chorus)
Beneath the trees, The stars, The hills,
Jumpin’ fish and whip-poor-wills.
Have you ever seen the river, In moonli-ight?
I hope everything goes alright,
My boat floats and we don’t fight.
I guess I’ll let my conscience be my guide,
Over The River Toni-hi-hi—i—i—i-ight.

(Instrumental interlude, about four bars)

I said, I hope everything goes alright.
My boat floats and we don’t fight.
I guess I’ll let my conscience be my guide,
Over The River Toni-hi-hi—i—i—i-ight.

You can wear my coat, Lay in my lap.
I suppose your momma would make a flap,
If she knew what you were gonna do to-ni-hi-a-hight.
We’ll philosophize, sit and chat,
About what makes a ring around the moon like that.
We’ll be talkin’ ‘til the first twili-hight,
Lettin’ the time turn the page. (These two lines might be a bridge)
Lettin’ the moon set the sta-age,
Over the river, Over The River Toni-hi-hi—i—i-a—i—i-i—i-i—i-ight.
Hi-hi-hi-i—i-i-a-i-i-i-ight (doop doop doop doo)

[ Edited: 04 March 2014 01:52 AM by Gary E. Andrews]

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Jan 11, 2007, 11:44 PM

Gary you spin a nice story with this one , a perfect country song. Thanks for posting this vintage country song. I like it.
Did you ever demo it? I would be nice to hear how it goes, instead of my version, lol . I played some cords not to fast with it and it flows nice for me.
Cool song!
Art

 
     
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Jan 12, 2007, 03:11 AM

Looks very very very interesting.

Can we hear the melody?

 
     
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Jan 12, 2007, 04:00 PM

I accidentally recorded it on a computer. I had a chance to send “Goin’ Back To New Orleans”, a new song, to Leon Russell, and a friend of a friend had Magix brand software. He said, “I’m not feelin’ good, but if the guy can run right thru it, bring him over.” Well, we did, and I did Goin’ Back, he set the levels, I played guitar without singing, then sang along a third time, and we were done. He said, “Play some more,” and left the room. Well, I started pulling songs out of my…head, unplanned, unrehearsed, often with long breaks between because I couldn’t think under that pressure. But I recorded 13 more one-takes, “Over The River Tonight” being one. It’s on my website. It’s that rare bird of songs, the uptempo, positive song where everything’s going ok. I think someone had asked me, “How come you write all those sad songs?” and I said, “I don’t know. I wasn’t sad when I wrote ‘em.” That’s when “Over the River Tonight” came along.

[ Edited: 04 March 2014 01:55 AM by Gary E. Andrews]

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Jan 12, 2007, 05:14 PM

This is awesome Gary, I would love to hear it!!

 
     
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Jan 12, 2007, 05:37 PM

Here are the chords, if this works, just to give you some idea. A very accomplished guitarist, the late Nick Charles, said he’d never seen this progression. And I’m not real sure how to know whether to call it A flat minor or G sharp minor, etc., so I just picked one. It’s on my website.

Over The River Tonight © 1979 by Gary E. Andrews
E     Abm   Bm   A     A   Abm   Gbm   E   E
E…...........................................Abm        
Put on a hat! Take off your coat! Babe let’s you and I rent a boat!
Bm….................................A…..E
I’ll row us, To the Kentucky si-hi-hide.
E…..............................................Abm
We’ll wait for the sun to desert us!  We’ll burn a bit but it won’t hurt us!
Bm….......................................A                        
We’ll wait for the silver moon to ri-hise,
Am…...................E…..Abm..Bm…A…...E…Abm…Bm…A
Over The River Toni-hi-hi——-i———i—i—ight.
........E….......................................Ab (major instead of minor, don’t ask me why)
We’ll build up the fire, Put on a log!  We’ll take along your spaniel dog!
Bm…...............A…............E…..........E
He will keep us company tonight! And if I’m a bit slow movin’ in,
.........Abm….............................Bm
Won’t you invite me with a grin? Spread your blanket.
............................A…....Am
Show me where to li-hie, Over The River Tonight.

(Chorus)
....A….........................Abm….............Gbm…...............E
Beneath the trees, The stars, The hills, Jumpin’ fish and whip-poor-wills.
...............A…....................................Abm
Have you ever seen the river, In moonli-ight?
A…........................................Abm
I hope everything goes alright, My boat floats and we don’t fight.
..Bm…...........................................A…....Am…...................E…...Abm…Bm….A
I guess I’ll let my conscience be my guide, Over The River Toni-hi-hi———i—i—i-ight.
(Instrumental interlude, about four bars)
E…..Abm….Bm…...A…..A…..Abm…..Gbm….E…..A…..Abm
(Too many characters to post it all)
A Lettin’ the time turn the page.
Am….......................................Am…...A….................Am
Lettin’ the moon set the sta-age,————-Over the river, Over The River
....E…..Abm..Bm…A…E…..Abm…Bm..
Toni-hi-hi——-i——-i—-a—i—i———-i——-

[ Edited: 04 March 2014 01:57 AM by Gary E. Andrews]

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Mar 04, 2014, 01:57 AM

Here’s an oldie but goodie!

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Jan 09, 2019, 08:21 AM

You can hear this one at http://www.garyeandrews.com

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