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The Hair of the Widow of Bridlington Jake Thackray

Bm She was a widow in Bridlington,

Em

A7

D

she was, was the widow of Brid

G7

small and bonny at forty-two,

F#7

Bm

Em

A7

D

-

with eyes of very unsettling blue,

G7

F#7

Bm

and what she thought she ought to do,

Em

A7

D

she did, she did, she did -

G7

F#7

Bm

whatever she thought she ought to do

Bb7

A7 2

D 2

she did, did the widow of Brid.

D

Dmaj7

Bm7

F#m7

"My only darling's dead, he is,

G F#m7

Em

A7

Em

A7

D

and all my children grown :

D

D

the house has emptied, all the love-birds flown.

G7

F#7

Bm

Em

A7

D

In place of widow's weeds, I'll let my coal-black hair grow long-

F#7

"

as glossy as a blackbird's wing,

G7

F#7

Bm

Em(add9)

A7

D

as cocky as his song

Em

F#7

Bm

"Forget the spit and the window pane :

Bm

G7

bugger Brid ! I'm still the same !

F#7

G7

F#7

Bm

My hair will always grow again !"

A7

It did, it did, it did :

Em

D

G7 F#7

Bm

"My hair will always grow again !"

Bb7

A7 2

Db6

D6

D 2

It did, did, did, did, did on the widow of Brid !

chords

D transcribed by Malcolm Jeffrey

Bm Em F#7 Bb7 Ü Dmaj7 F#m7 Db6 D6 á á
Bm
Em
F#7
Bb7
Ü
Dmaj7
F#m7
Db6
D6
á
á

notes

D

A7 A7 2
A7
A7 2
Bb7 Ü Dmaj7 F#m7 Db6 D6 á á notes D A7 A7 2 Ö D D

Ö

D
D

D 2

Dmaj7 F#m7 Db6 D6 á á notes D A7 A7 2 Ö D D 2 á

á

G Em(add9)
G
Em(add9)

G7

D6 á á notes D A7 A7 2 Ö D D 2 á G Em(add9) G7

When playing the end-of-each-verse “D 2” chord over the word “Brid”, Jake plucks the top D on the top E string several times, slowing down with each pluck. This is called Rallentando, folks ! (ahhhhnnn !) Don’t forget to do it as it’s part of the charm of the song.

In the descending chord sequence in the slower sections (“My only darling’s dead, he is…” etc) (D Dmaj7 Bm7 F#m7), you can employ a top bass run trick. Here comes a

big useful tip

which will not only help you in this song but throughout your career ! Are you ready ?

Instead of playing your D with the normal three-finger triangular formation, play it with the top 3 strings barred with your index finger and your ring finger fretting the D on the B string, as in D 3 below. You get the identical effect to a normal D but you have two fingers spare and they are able to be positioned more flexibly because you haven’t got three fingers crammed into the area of a 2p piece. Now, apart from only having to lift your ring finger off and instantly getting a Dmaj7 (which does occasionally come in useful), you can do bass runs in D ! So the descending D Dmaj7 Bm7 F#m7 sequence can now be achieved by this -

D 3
D 3

instead of a D

instead of Dmaj7 with baby finger playing bass note
instead of Dmaj7
with baby finger
playing bass note
3 instead of a D instead of Dmaj7 with baby finger playing bass note instead of

instead of Bm7 with middle finger playing bass note

If you can do it, curl your thumb over the edge of the neck (you should be using it to stop the bottom E string moving !) and fret the F# on the bottom E string with it. A bit cramped but you play the F# of the bass run too without having to change chords to F#m7.

This kind of thing is very commonly found in Jake’s playing and it’s not hard to do, and it sounds great. Use it ! Enjoy

!

At the end of the slow sections, after “blackbird’s wing…” and similar, remember to strum the Em(add9) chord slowly upwards in a Spanish fashion and pause for audience effect…

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