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Soldier's Joy

Posted by steve davis


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Size: 1,651kb, uploaded 7/2/2007 3:43:18 PM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

I once read this was a morphine/beer mixture for battlefield first aid during the Civil War. Is this true?

23 comments on “Soldier's Joy”

fisher Says:
Tuesday, January 8, 2008 @7:42:38 PM

i dont know about the beer,but yeah,soldiers joy was morphine. I love this song,there are so many variations.Nice job Steve.

mhickler Says:
Saturday, January 12, 2008 @9:26:12 AM

I heard that an alternate title for Soldier's Joy is "Payday in the Army," so... money?

Mainechowder Says:
Monday, January 14, 2008 @7:35:02 AM


Sounds great!! Sounds great!


John Kuhn Says:
Sunday, November 2, 2008 @6:03:01 PM

Hey Steve, now that was different.Im gonna have to listen this a few more times.LOL.Lots going on ..Nice colorful arr...You didnt hit that Morph and the beer before recordin this did ya?LOL.Never heard a better up the neck break..CLEAN! Great job ! Enjoyed it!..John

steve davis Says:
Sunday, November 2, 2008 @6:24:13 PM

I won a banjo contest with a similar arrangement of this,JohnThere's a partial tab of this break in "what are some bad habits"

Hugh was dissing Thumb fretting,so I wrote out how I use my thumb on this part.

It's a strange feeling position at first,but is easy to do with a little practice and stretching.


darryl k. Says:
Sunday, September 13, 2009 @7:53:17 PM

Yes indeed. Very nice. Love the way you stray into new territory, especially those jazzy bits near the end.

Tom Hanway Says:
Thursday, December 3, 2009 @11:18:10 AM

This is great picking, all kinds of neat variations, all very tasty and inspiring. I love the chord subs too. Lovely, lovely stuff!

Tom Hanway Says:
Thursday, December 3, 2009 @11:18:11 AM

This is great picking, all kinds of neat variations, all very tasty and inspiring. I love the chord subs too. Lovely, lovely stuff!

steve davis Says:
Friday, December 4, 2009 @8:23:12 AM

Thanks Darryl and Tom...I try to play what sounds good to me and if others like it,that's icing on the cake.
SJ has been a favorite of mine for a long time.

It's one of my first successes into the key of D w/o a capo and helped my subsequent ventures into other keys w/o capoing the lower frets.

mikey5string Says:
Friday, June 4, 2010 @6:41:32 PM

sounds great but am i the only one who can barely hear it?

I really like your picking but I have to put the speaker next to my ear to hear it. Wish it was louder so I could steal some licks!

steve davis Says:
Friday, June 4, 2010 @7:16:48 PM

A buddy of mine tried to add volume to them,but couldn't do it.
I'd record some more,but not til I figure out how to get better results

Frisco Fred Says:
Thursday, August 12, 2010 @10:04:42 AM

It's the touch, and you've got

From Greylock to Bean Blossom Says:
Thursday, December 23, 2010 @2:15:43 PM

There is a musician /band leader in Martinsville Indiana named Talmadge Law. For a couple of years he ran a great festival called Green Acres there. He sings the song Soldiers Joy. It is a hard story/song about the soldiers in the Civil War that became addicted the the "soldiers joy" of alcohol and morphine. I guess it was the only way to kill the pain with the surgerys. It is a great vocal song. I heard him do it 2 years ago at a fall Bean Blossom festival.

pstroud1 Says:
Thursday, May 12, 2011 @6:32:19 PM

I really like this one Steve. Thanks

Crusty Says:
Monday, April 14, 2014 @9:47:52 AM

Twenty five cents for whiskey
Twenty five cents for beer
Twenty five cents for morphine
Get me out of here

I think that's the lyrics for one of the verses.

Raymond B Says:
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 @10:38:03 AM

dont sound like soldiers joy

steve davis Says:
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 @1:06:21 PM

That's close to how our Canadian fiddlers play it and those are the people I try and please,Raymond.

banjoman56 Says:
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 @6:49:18 PM

Sounds great to me! I would be tickled pink to be able to play it that well.

CliffK Says:
Monday, September 22, 2014 @8:24:00 AM

Sounds very nice, Steve.

Tom Hanway Says:
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 @10:21:43 AM

It's been a while since I listened to this, and you're also way up the neck, very cool playing, and so clean! Love those chord sprinklings, such a unique way of playing this, and I bet you could keep on going endlessly improvising, Steve. Great stuff!

Tom Hanway Says:
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 @10:30:24 AM

Where's Raymond B.? What a stupid comment he made, and now he's gone, gee, I wonder why? I don't know why people would bother writing about something that someone put real effort into to making, just to berate it and act the troll. This is 'Soldier's Joy' played with real feeling and imagination. You can play the banjo Steve, you can REALLY play!

steve davis Says:
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 @10:42:04 AM

Raymond who?
Thank you,Tom.

From Greylock to Bean Blossom Says:
Saturday, February 23, 2019 @7:18:01 AM

I think Raymond B may have been talking about the combination of beer and morphine being soldiers joy and not about the playing which is nice!

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