Chet Nichols

Chet Nichols

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Unique - General | Waving Prairie, Illinois, United States
Total Song Plays: 39,249   
Member Since: 2004
   Last Login: 7/22/2019
   Sounds Like: Good question!, Little Feat, Joni Mitchell, Donovan

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Song Description

I lived in Kansas for many years. It was home base when I was touring. I drove a lot during those days. I became very aware of the subtle rise and fall of the landscape as I drove across the low and high prairies in the central USA. These inspired this song. This and an open-air "be-in" in Lawrence, KS that I attended and performed at where I saw several people flying kites...helped to inspire the tune, too.

Story Behind the Song

Top Ten Folk Top Ten USA Top Ten North America Top Ten-Folk: Rural #1 Illinois #1 USA #1 Folk #1 Folk-Americana #1 Folk-Rural

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Oh what a voice! Love the open tuning and the guitar playing - totally captivating. Thunderstorm sound effects were terrific. Lyrics are rather stream of consciousness...the kind of song you want to listen to just because it's so cool...even if you don't understand everything he's singing about. The guitar rendition is so energy-infused. You almost wish you had a video to watch him play. Recording is crystal clear. Somebody knew how to mike this guitar! Love the slides.

    - Kate Carpenter

Not the song's fault - but I can't hear the lyrics well enough to single out a name for this song. Med.s fault. but aside from the words I can hear the music and the voices well enough to really like it. The vocals smooth and beautiful. Rich, plummy voice, innovative harmonizing, rich range. The vocals are innovatively and creatively used. I very much enjoyed hearing this.

    - Birthe Noer Myers
Lyrics

"Waving Prairie"
Lyrics and Music by Chet Nichols
Copyright 1969 by Chet Nichols (ASCAP) & Magic Garage Music (ASCAP)
http://www.chetnicholsmusic.com * chet@chetnichols.net
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Off on the waving prairie
The road that brings me home
Is the same road that takes me away
We should all hitchhike once in a while
The feel the need of depending
And to walk the lowly mile
Get caught in a heavy thunderstorm
On the waving prairie

Rebuild the city
Regroup the old stones
Forget the crumbled citadel
And bury all the bones
I?m here and now
Not trying to grow old too soon
I?m gaps that need repair
And I need some wind
Lord, I need some wind
I need some wind to flow
I need some wind to flow
I need some wind to flow
To the waving prairie

You can ride I?d rather walk
Try to keep my pace
This sea of land it takes me in
You?d walk if you weren?t in the race
Live and work and try to be free
Do you listen with your mouth
Or do you use your ears?
Live and work and try to be free
Do you listen from without
Or do you use within?
And bear yourself to a stranger
Live and work
And bear yourself to a stranger
Try to be free
And bear yourself to a stranger
Live and work
And bear yourself from future danger

My fingers are the columns that are braced against the sky
My fingers are the music played from my crystal spy
My fingers play the music that makes you laugh and makes you high
My fingers are the mourning of the Ohio six who died
My fingers are the columns that guide and testify
My fingers are the vehicle that get me around
To the waving prairie
Off on the waving prairie
The road that brings me home
Is the same road that takes me away

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Copyright © 1969 ® ? by Chet Nichols (ASCAP) & Magic Garage Music (ASCAP)
All US and Global rights reserved. This song or any portion thereof (lyrics, music, samples, vocals) may not be reproduced in any form or media, distributed, transmitted, downloaded, shared or used in any manner whatsoever without the express written permission of the publishers. For permission requests, write to the publisher at chet@chetnichols.net or http://www.chetnichols.net, or addressed to "Attention: Permissions Coordinator," at the address below.
Magic Garage Music, PO Box 2398, Northbrook, IL 60065

Song Length
5:40
Genres
Folk - Americana, Folk - Americana
Tempo / Feel
Medium (111 - 130)
Lead Vocal
Male Vocal
Moods
Ecstatic, In High Spirits

Subject Matter
Hitchhiking, Change

Similar Artists
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Joni Mitchell
Language
English
Era
2000 and later

Lyric Credits Chet Nichols
Music Credits Chet Nichols
Producer Credits Stephen Barncard
Publisher Credits Magic Garage Music (ASCAP)
Performance Credits Chet Nichols, Guitar - Zakir Hussain, tabla
Label Credits Magic Garage Records