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Hornswaggle is an alternate spelling of hornswoggle, an archaic word that means to bamboozle or hoodwink. I take my pronunciation from the late Harvey Korman in "Blazing Saddles" --

"I want rustlers, cutthroats, murderers, bounty hunters, desperados, mugs, pugs, thugs, nitwits, halfwits, dimwits, vipers, snipers, conmen, Indian agents, Mexican bandits, muggers, buggerers, bushwhackers, hornswagglers, horse thieves, bull dykes, train robbers, bank robbers, ass kickers, shit kickers and Methodists!"

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Tuesday, July 23, 2002

Been doing some Internet research on Elliot Smith, whose "Needle in the Hay," played during Richie Tenenbaum's suicide scene in "The Royal Tenenbaums," is flat-out awesome. Can't seem to find much decisive information. Tenenbaums was the first movie since "Pulp Fiction" that I saw twice in the theaters and I saw it again last night. Much more on the film later. Tried to figure out "Needle" on guitar while watching the scene. It sounds like an Am/Dm7 back-and-forth with a C>B>A walkdown on the A string to conclude each verse. But that's not it exactly. (I picked up the Dm7 quickly bc that's a chord I've been enamoured with of late.) What I've found online indicates Smith likes to use variations of open D tunings, which explains why what I managed to play sounds close, but a couple notes off, especially with the Am.

.: posted by hornswaggler 3:21 PM

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