I am beginning to enjoy "(Little) Liza Jane" as a song with a good banjo melody line, and a good dance tune, as well. I've been chenking out youtubes and BHo, and would appear this tune is played in several chord progressions, even almost modal-ish by some.
What chords fit you playing of this tune on verses and chorus?
Might make a good TOTW.
You may be man enough to take my woman, but you'll never get my banjo.
May not the incidence of success, nor the pretense of retirement- Lessen the want of enlightenment.
i don't know about chord progrssions never thought of it as a chordy tune but there are a lot of variaions on it, i haven't found any tab for it i like and don't really care for most of the banjo versions i have heard so i am working on one that the only recording i can think of that sounds like it is by a "rock" band called NRBQ on their debut album that i no longer have and is probably not even avalble anymore. most of the versions i have heard don't adorn the melody at all and in fact sound like they are leaving notes out. so hard to explain but when played the way i am thinking i really love the tune. think of it played on harmonica and jug.
I always just play the 1 chord with a quick 5 at the end for both parts.
Once you start adding in chords, you can go almost anyplace with that song.
I too have heard an immense variety of chords used.
If there is a version you like, then I would settle on those chords and teach them to others and make it _your_ version of the song. ==================================== If you want to experiment, then you have three ways: think of a general feel for the tune and plan chords around that (compositional approach), add in chords based on your knowledge of harmony (theoretical approach), or listen to a wide variety of ideas and steal from those (plagiaristic or folk-process approach)
I got a girl in Tennessee Little Liza Jane Corn is sweet and so is she Little Liza Jane
This is the one I consider to be Little Liza Jane. The one with the F#m we learned as "Liza on the Train" but we call "Liza in A"
I don't know how to get the chords to line up above the text but I figure others do and maybe someone will do that for me.
I've always considered "Little Liza Jane" and "Goodbye Liza Jane" aka "Charlotte Town" to be "song" versions as opposed to instrumental versions. MY wife and I are constantly threatening to put together a cd called "The Liza Jane Chronicles" - one cd with as many versions as we know (about 7) and can learn (at least 4 more) and can dig up off the net (?????).
Goin up on the mountain, gonna get me a load o cane, gonna make me up some molasses, gonna sweeten ol Liza Jane, o lil Liza, lil Laza Jane, o lil Laiza, lil Liza Jane - that's the verse i usually start with anyhow. always liked that tune a lot.
Thats the song I call Little Liza Jane. This will be clumsy because I'm going to include chord changes as letters in parenthesis ( and ) since I can't get them to line up above the right words. If anyone would like I can tab it out too. I plan on tabbing a bunch of Liza tunes.
(1) I got a (5) gal and (1) you've got (5) none
(1)Little Liz(5)a (1)Jane
(1)I got a (5) gal that (1) calls me (5) hon
(1)Little Liz(5)a (1)Jane
(1)Oh little (4)Liza (1)little Liz(4)a (1)Jane, Oh little (4)Liza (1)died on (5)the (1)train
Key of D -- 1=D, 4=G, 5=A Key of G -- 1=G, 4=C, 5=D
I think the tune we play and call "Liza Jane" (or sometimes specify as J.P. Fraley's Liza Jane) might also be called "Liza Po' Gal" or "Liza Poor Gal." This is the one with the F#m in it. Dan Levenson features it in his Festival Tunes Book, and while it's a bit different than how we learned it, it is still much the same.
I did record the tune on the banjo I'm selling in the classifieds. It's there on my homepage.
Thanks much for all those lyrics bluemule77, i couldn't have ever remembered half of them and would have sat on my long list of things to do for who knows how long, i also didn't notice that the tune was in Festival tunes, i'll go look it up now and see how i like that one, it's probably better than my own. ----- Oh well no the Dan L. Liza Poor Gal tune won't work for me, i don't think i do the F#m thing in mine, i think it's probably just a 1,5 a whole different feel, that one is too notey for what i'm after.
The version Cathy Moore plays in the clip above definately has the F#m chord implied in the melody. I don't see that she's actually holding the chord, but it picks up the minor sound. Like a lot of old songs, there are variations on Liza Jane. Paul