I know what you mean with the varied melody on Springsteen's
recordings. The Dublin concert first three notes is the same as the
waltz "Midnight on the Water", but that's not much to hang one's hat on.
The Live recording track 32 (I think) melody reminds me more
distinctly of Dylan's "With God On Our Side" with a very few
differences. Of course, Dylan stole lots of melodies for his songs
in the folk tradition and he certainly wasn't the first. Woody
Guthrie did it regularly. I was a young one hearing Pete Seeger
doing the Union Maid song only decades later to find out it was the
melody Redwing. If Redwing gets played at a session, I more likely
than not will break out with the Union Maid song.
I haven't yet located the 1992 recording Springsteen did of this song.
Faith Hill recorded the song as well, but the melody was
substantially different and also not a waltz.
Thanks for the inspiration to do some research. I like the waltz
version, though will step it up to G from F for easier singability in
my range and for a little more open string resonance.
Harry Seaman wrote:
Date: Sat, 23 Jan 2010 11:00:28 -0600
From: Harry Seaman <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Tune I D help
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Here is a link to a Dublin concert with Bruce Springsteen and the
Seeger Band, playing "If I should Fall Behind".
My question is this: Is the tune for that waltz perhaps known by
another name? traditional? The reason I suspect so is that his
published recording of that song uses an entirely different melody,
not even in 3/4 time.