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Merritt Chord Req: Sittin' on Top of the World (MS Sheiks) (11) RE: Chord Req: Sheik's 'Sittin' on Top of the World' 29 Dec 03


Art - Great story re Vinson. The most common reference I've seen to authorship for Sittin on Top of the World is to Walter Jacobs and Bo Carter, two of the original Mississippi Sheiks. It's my understanding that Walter Jacobs is a pseudonym for Walter Vincent, Vinscen, Vinson, etc. Who didn't give him credit or pay him? Did he have a legal lock on his Walter Jacobs identity?

My favorite arrangement of this song (off a tape I got out of the dollar bin at a local discount store; Jacobs and Carter are credited) is by Ray Charles before he "hit the big time." It's got the adult chords vs. the I-IV-V ones above. Not better, just different. I've reconfabulated the song slightly so I could properly abuse in my own style:

(Key of E; really for me in "C" with capo on 4th fret)

C/G7aug5/C/C7
F7+6/Fm7
C/E7/Am/D9
Dm7/G7+7/C/turn on G7

My unindicted music partner plays in straight E to get some contrast. Charles' vocal on this IMO just fits so nice...there's less of the "oke, Baby, you're gone but I'm just fine.." machismo of some covers I've heard. More the complexity of false bravado and deep pain. We played this tune Saturday night at a bar packed with people half our age, i.e., in their twenties, and had many nice comments. This is just a great song. It speaks to people.

- Merritt

"It's all one big note." - Frank Zappa


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