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Posted - 12/11/2003 :  6:51:52 PM  Show Profile
Does anyone know where I could find some guitar tabs for Gabby Pahinui's Moonlight Lady?
My friend is a big fan of his music and he knows much more than me but he doesn't use the computer that much so I'm looking for him.
Does Pahinui use a slack key guitar for this song? Because I've just been looking for "Gabby Pahinui - Moonlight Lady guitar tabs" and I've come up with nothing :/

Anything would be greatly appreciated ^_^
Thank you!


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Posted - 12/12/2003 :  11:17:29 AM  Show Profile  Visit Admin's Homepage  Send Admin an AOL message  Send Admin an ICQ Message  Send Admin a Yahoo! Message
Pretty song! As far as I know, there is not any published tab of Moonlight Lady. It was composed by Carlos Andrade. I was lucky to meet Carlos and hear him perform Moonlight Lady at the Kahumoku workshop last June. What an fascinating guy... accomplished composer and musician, canoe builder, Hokule`a crewmember, PhD, professor.

There is an archived 1985 recording available online of Carlos performing this song with his band and Taj Mahal. Go to http://www.prairiehome.org/performances/19851116 and Moonlight Lady is at 20.45.

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Posted - 12/12/2003 :  12:52:37 PM  Show Profile
Indeed a nice song.
Don't know of any published TABS.
Randy Lorenzo told me it's pretty easy to figure out in "Cyril's C" - then proceeded to show me, but unfortunately I didn't TAB it at that time, as I don't regularly play in C.
Maybe that can be enough of a hint to help you figure it out from the recording.
San Jose
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Posted - 12/12/2003 :  11:41:51 PM  Show Profile  Visit Bwop's Homepage
Mai poina-- it's also recorded on Carlos' "Na Pali" album, and Bla covers it on (I tink) several albums. (I think Bla may play it in standard tuning, and Carlos is a fan of C Mauna Loa).

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Russell Letson

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Posted - 12/13/2003 :  02:46:09 AM  Show Profile  Visit Russell Letson's Homepage
If the album notes are to be believed, "Moonlight Lady" is the only "Gabby Band Vol. 1" song that Gabby neither sings or plays on--it's Bla and Randy Lorenzo on vocals and guitars--in fact, it's the only cut that doesn't have three to five guitars. I can't say what tuning Randy used, but Bla is a long-time drop-D/left-handed-upside-down player, and that's where I'd start. Well, drop-D anyway.

[Brief pause for on-line research.] Here's a link to the liner notes for Bla's "Windward Heart" CD on the Dancing Cat site:


The song annotation has info on Bla's arrangement on this recording.

I also see that Patrick Cockett co-wrote the song with Carlos Andrade--there's no composer credit on the GPHB album.
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Posted - 12/14/2003 :  4:11:36 PM  Show Profile
I like the version on the Gabby Band CD - it has an excellent tiple solo by Ry Cooder.
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Posted - 12/14/2003 :  10:51:51 PM  Show Profile
Don't do tab, but give this a try:

[C]Moon[F]light [C]lady, [C]eyes [F]dark as the [C]midnight [C7]sky,
[F]Not too [C]many [F]men [C]for[D]get [C]your [D]smile.
[C]Moon[F]light [C]lady, [C]arms [F]strong as the [C]valley [C7]walls,
[F]Not too [C]many [F]men [C]for[D]get [C]your [D]touch.

[Bm]You work in the [Em]fields by day,
[A7]In the sun while your [D]children play.
[Bm]Rivers sing [Em]their lullabies,
[A7]And rainbows fill their [D]youthful eyes.

[C]Moon[F]light [C]lady, [C]voice [F]like a [C]running [C7]stream,
[F]Not too [C]many [F]men [C]for[D]get [C]your [D]song.
[C]Moon[F]light [C]lady, [C]skin [F]warm as the [C]noonday [C7]sun,
[F]Not too [C]many [F]men [C]for[D]get [C]your [D]spell

I play this in C Mauna Loa

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Julie H

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Posted - 12/17/2003 :  11:59:47 PM  Show Profile
Gee thanks, Dean. This has been one of my favorite songs ever since the 70's, and I just sang and played it on my ukulele. Yippee, I learned another song! Aloha, Julie
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