Something I've always wondered

Something I've always wondered

Postby Aaron1229 » Sun Jun 11, 2017 12:18 pm

Jerry had some interesting pronunciations, a 'dray-gon' with matches, a 'way-gon' that's loaded with clay, among others. That's not part of a Bay Area dialect afaik. Does anyone know where that comes from?
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Re: Something I've always wondered

Postby lightningbolt » Sun Jun 11, 2017 2:12 pm

I have been listening to these songs for 40 plus years and I never heard it they way you do.....but everyone hears things differently.

As far as I know, Jerry resided within 100 miles of San Francisco from birth to death.
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Re: Something I've always wondered

Postby TI4-1009 » Sun Jun 11, 2017 2:32 pm

Not to mention "cicaaahdas" and "nut thatch".
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Re: Something I've always wondered

Postby elroy2288 » Sun Jun 11, 2017 4:09 pm

"Still my 'woint' of view" and all the hard accents on the Ts (which I adore)... :smile:
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Re: Something I've always wondered

Postby williamsaut » Sun Jun 11, 2017 4:24 pm

I agree, he does in fact pronounce words with a colonial mid west accent and I've be told that that is a Nocal accent but can't find any reverence to it on the web. Jerry was a master of stepping into the storyteller roll when performing a song. Sad song? Sad Jerry. etc. So maybe this "old Time" accent was part of his shtick on stage. In interviews I've heard, it's not as noticeable.
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Re: Something I've always wondered

Postby strumminsix » Sun Jun 11, 2017 4:56 pm

I've heard that too and always wondered. I imaged he took that storyteller part to heart from a classic, rustic POV.
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Re: Something I've always wondered

Postby Gr8fulCadi » Sun Jun 11, 2017 5:20 pm

I first took notice on Sugaree, 'when they bring that way'gon around' I always dug that about him when singing.
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Re: Something I've always wondered

Postby Rusty the Scoob » Mon Jun 12, 2017 6:17 am

I think it's just a singing thing. They teach you in chorale to alter some vowels to sound more musical - WAY-gon and DRAY-gon sound better than Weeeh-gon and Dreeh-gon and the more you stretch the first syllable out the more it matters. His accent when speaking was very different.
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Re: Something I've always wondered

Postby Jon S. » Mon Jun 12, 2017 6:48 am

That type of pronunciation occurs also sometimes in southern and midwestern accents, e.g., listen to Reba McIntyre. Aim for am, chayting for cheating, etc.
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Re: Something I've always wondered

Postby aiq » Mon Jun 12, 2017 7:33 am

I was always amused that Jerry grew a southern accent in Old and In the Way.
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Re: Something I've always wondered

Postby Aaron1229 » Mon Jun 12, 2017 8:44 am

Good points, I'm also assuming it was for musical effect; it just sounded more pleasing to the ear. Funny enough, I'm from the south, and my family says 'cicaaahhda'
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Re: Something I've always wondered

Postby CountryMile Cadillac » Mon Jun 12, 2017 12:51 pm

Im in agreement with Rusty about the vowels. this is from an interview with him talking writing with Hunter...

"Once in a while I get a song with the phrasing and everything, except lyrics. I have a sense of where I want the vowels to be and so on. " Jerry
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Every now and then from time to time"

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