The Accursed Hat, Version II

December 17, 2008 8:03 PM

A rendition of Jofus' brilliant cowboy epic.

I was perusing this MetaTalk thread from August, in search of lyrics to put music to, and came across Jofus' awesome cowboy tune about an accursed hat. I set it to music, asked him for his permission - and he informed me it had been done already (but also, to go for it!). I had somehow missed Astro Zombie's kickass version, but mine is different enough I felt OK posting it. It's a simple cowboy melody with guitar, banjo, and my old standby, the fist-drum. Enjoy!

Oh, and - I make two mistakes in the song. One was from Jofus' original posting, one was all my own doing. Spot them for extra credit.

posted by ORthey (8 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

Oh man, this is wonderful, ORthey. Am I correct that you dropped the new reverb you'd been trying for this tune? As I said in one of your other songs, I prefer the 'flawed' ORthey.

Not only your standby fish-drum, but your terrific 'ahhhs' instead of 'oooohs'. Have you ever combined them, instead of only using one?

The other day, I met a woman who was whistling, except her whistling had this great vibrato to it. I've been trying to figure it out, since. I guess I'm just saying that because we both seem to whistle a lot.

This is just so solid, though. But spontaneous, too.
posted by Corduroy at 10:36 PM on December 17, 2008

Absolutely gorgeous. Awesome.
posted by Astro Zombie at 11:04 PM on December 17, 2008

Oh. My. God.
posted by Jofus at 2:40 PM on December 18, 2008

Great work as always, the picking and pick-up are so well done.
posted by ageispolis at 5:13 PM on December 18, 2008

Thanks, guys. This was a fun one.

Corduroy, yeah, beside a teeeensy bit of reverb there's nothing on the vocals. The whistle has been spruced up, though.
posted by ORthey at 11:18 AM on December 19, 2008

Original: The hat beside me called to me
Mistake: The hat beneath me called to me

There's also another line:

Original: So far from any road
Mistake: So far from the road

Extra credit hunting aside, this is great. I missed both the thread and AZ's version, but these are great lyrics. And the cowboy thing suits you very well. It doesn't sound clichesque at all. Very, very nice, ORthey.
posted by micayetoca at 1:50 PM on December 19, 2008

This is great.
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 3:09 AM on December 21, 2008

A combination of Jofus and ORthey? How could it not be anything but great? Thanks ORthey!
posted by Effigy2000 at 2:02 PM on April 30, 2009

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