Chet Nichols

Chet Nichols

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Unique - General | Waving Prairie, Illinois, United States
Total Song Plays: 39,375   
Member Since: 2004
   Last Login: 2/24/2020
   Sounds Like: Good question!, Little Feat, Joni Mitchell, Donovan

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Song Description

This comes from the "Live" CD, "Black & White" recorded back on 9/11/71 in Kansas City, MO at Cowtown Ballroom. It is the only surviving recording of Chet playing performing "live" The album showcases his varied songwriting, vocals, guitar work, piano playing and harmonica performances. It is a raw, gritty analog recording with all kinds of peaks and valleys, but the music and lyrics always shine through. Enjoy!

Broadjam Member Reviews

Truly Americana, this live recording done in alternative tuning is a good showcase of an authentic artist who has found his audience. (That's a really big audience clapping out there). I really enjoyed the guitar playing and the stream of consciousness writing. Probably disqualifies it from "commercial" but still cool to listen to. It's a great road song.

    - Kate Carpenter

enjoyable tune. good production balance. liked a live version.
good instrumentation.

    - Steve Dafoe - Songwriter
Lyrics

"Waving Prairie"
Lyrics and Music by Chet Nichols
Copyright 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

Song Length
6:15
Genres
Folk - Americana, Folk - Alternative
Tempo / Feel
Medium Fast (131 - 150)
Lead Vocal
Male Vocal
Mood
Peaceful

Subject Matter
Earth, Prairie, Plains

Similar Artists
Joni Mitchell, Neil Young
Language
English
Era
1970 - 1979

Lyric Credits Chet Nichols
Music Credits Chet Nichols
Producer Credits Chet Nichols & Stephen Barncard
Publisher Credits Chet Nichols (ASCAP) & Magic Garage (ASCAP)
Performance Credits Chet Nichols
Label Credits Magic Garage Records