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Buffalo Skinners ( Goodwilly's)


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Vic Holman

 Genre: Folk-Rock

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This song, Buffalo Skinners is an old nugget that Micheal found and was the driving force on getting this song going. Hopefully he may know some additional history on it.

Goodwilly's are by hook or crook:

Uncle F. Goodwilly (Micheal Wark)
Gumption Goodwilly (Vic Holman)
Grandpa Curmudgeon Goodwilly (Dadai)
Mojo Goodwilly (Mike Dancy)

We have also ask a few of our friends here at Macjams to sit in.

Cousin Brucey plays bass and has provided the drum tracks as well.
It seems Mojo (Mikey D.) and Cousin Brucey (Neil Porter) got into something of a poker match. Mojo put his drum tracks into the ante and got beat by Cousin Brucey's five aces.


Cousin Satchmo Limpdog, (Tom Bronco) who took time off between gigs with his band "The Flying Dentures" to help us out.

Half brother five times removed. Cantankerous Carmichael, (Scott Carmichael). Part-time saloon honky tonk piano player.

Julio Chupa, (Ian Beardsley) Uncle Flaccid's gardener.

Vocals are by Tom, Micheal & Dadai.

Piano courtesy of Scott Carmichael

Acoustic guitars are Vic and Micheal

Mandolin by Micheal

Ian does a acoustic duet with Micheal

Neil is on bass and provided the drums

Vic is on slide and electric guitar

And a special thanks to Myshkin (Ross) for the logo
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Lyrics
Buffalo Skinners

'Twas in the town of Jacksburo, in the year of '73
That a man by the name of Kreggo come walking up to me.
Saying how you doing young feller and would you like to go.
To spend the summer pleasantly on the range of the buffalo.

Me being out of employment, to Kreggo I did say.

This summer on the buffalo range depends upon the pay.

For if you pay good wages, transportation to and fro'

It's likely I'll go with you to the range of the buffalo

Yes I will pay good wages, and transportation too.

If you'll agree to work for me until the season's through.

But if you do get homesick and you try to run away. 

You'll starve to death on the buffalo range, and also lose your pay.

With all this fancy talking he set me up quite a plan. 

Some ten or twelve in number, all able bodied men.

Our trip it was a pleasant one as we hit the westward road
.
Until we reached Las Cruces in old New Mexico

(instrumentals)

Well then our pleasures ended and our troubles they begun. 

When lightning struck the wagon boys and made the buffalo run
.
A thousand head a-breathin' fire, stampeding they did go.

And outlaws waiting to pick us off from the hills of Mexico
Well the working season ended but the drover would not pay.

He said 'you boys been extravagant, your all in debt to me.
'
But the cowboys never heard such a thing as a bankrupt drover-o
.
So they left his bones to bleach in the hills of Mexico.

Across the Rio Grande my boys and homeward we are bound
.
No one on this buffalo range will ever more be found
.
Go home to your wives and sweethearts, tell others not to go
.
To spend the summer pleasantly on the range of the buffalo

'Twas in the town of Jacksburo, in the year of '73.
That a man by the name of Kreggo come walking up to me.
Saying how you doing young feller and would you like to go.
To spend the summer pleasantly on the range of the buffalo.
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Uploaded: Sep 05, 2007 - 09:42:22 PM
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Comments
dolby said 3752 days ago (September 5th, 2007)
Wow -
- so much going on here! Like some kind of mid-seventies supergroup:-))

I'm presuming from your blurb that this is a traditional song, redone? At times this sounds mid-western country and at times quite Irish. Obvious comaprison is Mark Knopfler circa Sailing to Philadelphia (especially those half dozen notes on the fade out guitar)

The mix of vocals taking on the different characters works really well - there's some lovely contrasts in there. The instrumentation and playing is geat, as is the production.

Great job -
Phil


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Vic Holman said 3752 days ago (September 6th, 2007)
Thanks Phil
who knew you can get so many diverse players on MacJams and for all of them to gel so well. I was totally impressed what everyone had to offer...and yet effortlessly.

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said 3752 days ago (September 5th, 2007)
Whoa!
Nice job on those slides and on the mix Vicar!

I'm afraid I know nothing of the history behind this tune. I first heard it covered on an album by a favorite alt-country-rock band the legendary "Shakin' Apostles." I fell in love with their version and decided I would like to cover it.

When I researched the tune online I was led to Byrds alumni Roger McGuinn's website, where he posts acoustic covers of many traditional American folk tunes. (Incidently, that's also where I found "St. Clair's Defeat" and "St. James Infirmary"...) After playing around with it I began to think it would make a great Goodwillys tune, and so this project was born.

Thanks to my Goodwilly brethren and to those hardy guest musicians who contributed so much to making this track a thing of beauty.

Be well all!
Vic Holman said 3752 days ago (September 6th, 2007)
It was great you found this Mike
I've probably heard this waaay more then anyone else during mixing. Everyone did a splendid job and took it to heart.

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Feter said 3752 days ago (September 6th, 2007)
Buffalo Skinners
the superGroup of the new century the time of loads
the time of global warmings and wars .this song weigh
alot with truthness , if This song can be presents
nobody can do it but the Byrds ..but folks You done it
just as best as any of the Folk Rocks can !! ...
certainly a CLASSIC ..the band feelings and the singin
the playin ..the piano fillings .and all the acoustic
guitar riffs and rethyms ..I mean it ...its THE BEST !

thank you all you guys who participate in this gem
to creat such honest impressive song ...Thank You !
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Vic Holman said 3752 days ago (September 6th, 2007)
Thanks Feter
Maybe not a supergroup, but some super friends that gave 100%. A great global community group that gelled from the outset on this. I'm glad I was a part of it as well.

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jiguma said 3752 days ago (September 6th, 2007)
Too much fun!
I've always been a big McGuinn fan, and was really pleased when the request for a bass "session" came in on this - when I managed to extend it to drums and bass I was a happy Cousin Brucey indeed.
Amazing that there are 7 of us playing on this, and to my knowledge, none of us have actually met face to face. My favourite parts are Mike's mandolin (even though I thought it was an organ in the first mix) and Vic's electric guitar duet at the end. Great performances all round though, and a heap of fun for me to play on! Mikey - I hope things are going OK for you and that you'll be back behind the kit soon. Best regards,
Neil
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Vic Holman said 3752 days ago (September 6th, 2007)
Cousin Brucey
A very big special thanks to you. Not only did you beat Mikey D. at poker. But you really helped out in a big way. I was more then thrilled at your enthusiasm to this piece.

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said 3749 days ago (September 9th, 2007)
Nice!
Neil, thanks for taking on the drums for this one- they sound fantastic! Everything about this tune sounds great! Things are going better for me and I really appreciate everyone's support.

Now, about that poker game........ :-)

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bud said 3752 days ago (September 6th, 2007)
Move over Willburys
Goodwillys are in town. I love this tune - so much goodness in one package - great hearing all the traded verses. The relaxed tempo and panoramic lyrics are wonderful - and all the playing is aces.
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Vic Holman said 3752 days ago (September 6th, 2007)
Thanks Bud
When I started getting the tracks to this I was immediately stunned by the like mindset of all the contributors. Mike found a pretty cool P.D. song for us to update.

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Mcboy said 3752 days ago (September 6th, 2007)
won't make
me forget the wilburys....but...not bad.....not bad.....
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Vic Holman said 3752 days ago (September 6th, 2007)
I definately haven't forgotten
I picked up there reissue. some of the songs that never got finished are great. There will never be another Roy or George in my book

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said 3752 days ago (September 6th, 2007)
Wilburys Reissue!
I picked it up too. I can't believe they left "Maxine" off the first album. What a fabulous tune!

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jiguma said 3751 days ago (September 7th, 2007)
Sounds like a virus!
I picked it up too ;)
The Goodwilly flu .........

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bronco said 3752 days ago (September 6th, 2007)
Wow
Thanks for letting me be a small part of this! That line about "You'll starve to death on the buffalo range, and also lose your pay." just cracks me up. I guess it is possible that a widow might collect the wages but I always get that image of a skeleton demanding their pay!
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said 3752 days ago (September 6th, 2007)
ha ha!
I had problems with that line as well Tom, but didn't want to change the lyrics. Your "widow" explanation is helpful. But now every time I listen to this I'll see that "skeleton"!

Thanks again for the vocal contrib Cuz!

Be well!

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"...genius persuasive in speech decieves us; blind is the heart in the multitude of men." (THE ODES OF PINDAR, from Nemea 7)
said 3752 days ago (September 6th, 2007)
Great line....
"You'll starve to death on the buffalo range, and also lose your pay."

An nice twist of humor by the songwriter, whoever he is. If dying in the desert don't scare ya enough to keep ya from running off... then remember you'll lose you pay too!

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soulful song: <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/32568">Just Go</a>...
It's just music... Dadai
said 3752 days ago (September 6th, 2007)
GOODWILLYS BACKED !!
Such a surprise to find you backed friends ! WOW ! What a song !
Mikey, Vic, Jack, Mikey (D), Ian, Scott, Neil .. etc. (sorry if i forgot one of you) ! THIS IS YOUR BEST SO FAR FRIENDS ! Great song, great music, great singers, great sound from one of my favorite bands i've ever heard !
Keep up the good work friend ! this is just a master work from you all. Enjoyed

Take Care
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Yeman Auf Al-Rawi
Vic Holman said 3752 days ago (September 6th, 2007)
thanks Yeman
I hope everyone involved on this feels the same way. There really was alot of work and countless hours to get this piece to it's final state. Everyone did a great job.

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said 3752 days ago (September 6th, 2007)
Special acknowledgement to...
you Vic, and to the Warkster. Great mix on this cast of characters.

I sit back sometimes, amazed that I get to be included in these songs with such creative and cool musicians. So much thanks to you two, and to all the distant relatives and gardners who joined in.

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soulful song: <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/32568">Just Go</a>...
It's just music... Dadai
echoroom said 3752 days ago (September 6th, 2007)
Look at that line-up!
A Macjams supergroup! a cast of 1000's. This is a great track, wonderful guitar, great use of all the vox (they all work realy well together). The lyrics are fantastic on this , and i love how everyone gives each part of the tale a differnt slant - outstanding job, guys!

steve
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Vic Holman said 3752 days ago (September 6th, 2007)
hey Steve
Everyone did a great job!

But, please no cast of thousands. I would shit a buffalo trying to mix that much in. Mike found a great old tune for everyone to sink there teeth into

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said 3752 days ago (September 6th, 2007)
"s--t a buffalo"?!?
That's the second awful image associated with this tune that will dog my memory henceforth! Thanks alot Vicar!

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"...genius persuasive in speech decieves us; blind is the heart in the multitude of men." (THE ODES OF PINDAR, from Nemea 7)
guitapick said 3752 days ago (September 6th, 2007)
Intense...
...just a seriously intense piece of art...fine piece, guys.
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Vic Holman said 3751 days ago (September 6th, 2007)
Thanks Bob
...I hope the band has passed the audition. Someone once said that after a rooftop concert.

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michael2 said 3752 days ago (September 6th, 2007)
awesome
take on this song. you guys are like the Travelin Wilburies of MJ. This sounds so good, can't believe how clean sounding it is. Hope you guys got a chance to shake the dust from your chaps and let the horses drink deeply when you were done.
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said 3752 days ago (September 6th, 2007)
Thanks Michael!
My horse ran off as soon as I dismounted her, but I did drink deeply!

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"...genius persuasive in speech decieves us; blind is the heart in the multitude of men." (THE ODES OF PINDAR, from Nemea 7)
Moviz said 3752 days ago (September 6th, 2007)
I know the
Wilburies have been mentioned a lot here, but it's got to be said... If you all had Irish accents this could be being sung in any venue in Ireland I'm sure tunewise; it just has that lilt. (Wonder if it was written by an Irish imigrant?) A cast of thousands is right too... from all parts of the globe, well done all, M
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Vic Holman said 3751 days ago (September 7th, 2007)
if we were irish
We would probably be drinking more than playing.

I still find it fascinating that anyone collaborating from anywhere in the world and still make it come together like everyone is in the same room is beyond words.

The band want's to know if they ever did play in a Irish Pub would you be buying the beers? Thanks Maurice!

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said 3752 days ago (September 6th, 2007)
Cool Tune
Nicely rendered, would like to listen to this outddors instead of in here, it has that outdoorsey feel to it, nice song!
Vic Holman said 3751 days ago (September 7th, 2007)
Hey Tom
sure does have that on the range feel. I'm still smelling the smoke from the campfire. I'm not sure if driving around in a convertible with the top down will work, But It's worth a shot.

Good to hear from ya bro.

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said 3752 days ago (September 6th, 2007)
!
dont know what to say sometimes all this talent leaves a guy speechless! You guys! another great one the good willys get gooder!!
Vic Holman said 3751 days ago (September 7th, 2007)
Hey EB
Sadly for me it has taken me over twenty years to find people to play some good music with. My old bands couldn't get it together at all.

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Vic Holman said 3752 days ago (September 6th, 2007)
all smiles
I would like to thank everyone who participated on this.

First Mike found this nice little old tune and got the ball rolling.

I had the luxury to solo the tracks. Sometimes in a large mix it is hard to follow each instrument throughout.

We all know that Neil is a great bass player, but his playing is very lyrical when you can hear it by itself.

Scotts piano playing I think really carries the drive for the rhythm.

Great work guys! It was a pleasure working with you
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eanbardsley said 3751 days ago (September 6th, 2007)
Thank You Goodwillys,...
for having me aboard on this one, I really love the song, the lyrics tell such a nice story about cowboys, and the music was so nice, it was a really pleasure to play on!!!!
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Feter said 3751 days ago (September 7th, 2007)
Remarkable !!
Just Cool remarkable Pickin there my Friend Kudos !!
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eanbardsley said 3751 days ago (September 7th, 2007)
Thank you Feter!!!
So many nice sounds coming out on this, a real groovy cowboy song!!!

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said 3751 days ago (September 7th, 2007)
Ian!
Great fun dueling with you my friend! Thanks for riding with me and the boys!

Be well!

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eanbardsley said 3751 days ago (September 7th, 2007)
I always love to,...
saddle up, it was a rewarding ride, thanx!!!

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Doadars Uncle said 3751 days ago (September 7th, 2007)
The GeeDubl's!
This one's got a grizzly warmth to it. (If that makes any sense)

Well presented stuff!

Doug
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Vic Holman said 3751 days ago (September 7th, 2007)
Thanks Doug
I get what you are saying. Seems to me everyone who played on this is very grizzled. Maybe we need to determine who is the most grizzled.

Thanks for the listen Doug!

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said 3750 days ago (September 7th, 2007)
Most grizzled...
... me

D

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Vic Holman said 3750 days ago (September 8th, 2007)
I don't know Jack
I'm sure you are quite grizzled. But I'm so grizzled that even my cat stared down a coyote face-to-face and I was able to hiss off seven raccoons off my front porch with them squeling and running of with there tails between there legs

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said 3750 days ago (September 8th, 2007)
Oh yeah...
I'm so grizzled I went to the mirror awhile ago and---for a moment or two---thought I was watching a rerun of "One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest"!

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"...genius persuasive in speech decieves us; blind is the heart in the multitude of men." (THE ODES OF PINDAR, from Nemea 7)
Doadars Uncle said 3750 days ago (September 8th, 2007)
Ooops!
I think I meant "gristley".

Rock on fellows!

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said 3750 days ago (September 8th, 2007)
Most gristley, eh??
... me!
(chew on that)
(on second thought don't)

Cur

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It's just music... Dadai
Peter Bauckham said 3751 days ago (September 7th, 2007)
Nice Collaboration
from you all. Excellent mixing, playing and singing - The different vocals fit in really well together. Good to hear those 'Vic Holman' electric guitar sounds. The Mandolin is a nice touch. Great song really well done!

Thanks for sharing.

Peter
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Vic Holman said 3751 days ago (September 7th, 2007)
Thanks Peter
Everyone did put in a great performance. I probably have heard this way more then a hundred times during the mixing process and still enjoy hearing everyones take.

It's a wonder Mikes mandolin didn't catch fire with some of that fast picking.

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buckhorn said 3750 days ago (September 8th, 2007)
Nice!
Epic writing. Nice vocals all around. Cool to hear the contrast between all the characters. Reminds me a bit of "pancho and lefty." Good one guys.
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Vic Holman said 3750 days ago (September 8th, 2007)
So Far We Don't Know Who wrote it
...it's public domain. But a cool story. The vocals contributed are great a mix

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said 3735 days ago (September 23rd, 2007)
MacJams Supergroup?
The blending of the different voices and instruments sounds so comfortable, I'd swear all you guys were in the same room, playing between rounds of beer.

There's a genuine haunting feel to this; these epic western tunes really have bones that just won't rest. You guys did an incredible job painting the ghosts with an easy grace that still leaves a subtle chill on the spine.
Vic Holman said 3733 days ago (September 24th, 2007)
Hey Rik
I was amazed that we were able to get 7 or 8 different people together on this. The mixing was a real chore considering everyone has different recording styles ambience and levels. It was a chore of the love for music. Better then out there skinning buffalo in the hot sun.

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said 3713 days ago (October 15th, 2007)
Awesome Tune Goodwillys!!! :-)
Ahhh...the lure of adventure!!! :-) Read the fine print, Boys! :-) And always have a plan "B"!!! :-) Okay, Vicar!!! :-) Y'all are amazing when y'all get together! Lookin' forward to the next Goodwillys tune!, which, I hear, is due out soon!!! :-) Kudos my Bros!!! Y'all rock my world! :-)
Vic Holman said 3712 days ago (October 15th, 2007)
plan b, is run away!
yes a new tune due sometime soon!
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