Anthony Archibald - Harmonica - Busking with my mate Max on Douglas North Quay, summer 2011
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Anthony Archibald - Harmonica
Busking with my mate Max on Douglas North Quay, summer 2011
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Guitar: Only Our Rivers Run Free (Including lyrics and chords) This is my first attempt at this song, written by Mickey MacConnell. From Wikipedia: MacConnell began writing songs very early in his life. In 1965 he wrote "Only Our Rivers Run Free" about the constitutional status of Northern Ireland; it became an instant hit in Ireland. MacConnell's work has been greatly influenced by The Troubles in Northern Ireland and his songs reflect that there are those who suffer on all sides.
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Guitar: Sequel To The Pub With No Beer (Including lyrics and chords) I found this song in a list of songs by Slim Dusty, the Australian singer who performed the original song "Pub With No Beer".
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Guitar: I Believe (Including lyrics and chords) "I Believe" is a song I have never attempted to sing before, so here is my first ever performance of it. The following article from Wikipedia tells the story of its origins: "I Believe" is a popular song written by Ervin Drake, Irvin Graham, Jimmy Shirl and Al Stillman in 1953. "I Believe" was commissioned and introduced by Jane Froman on her television show, and became the first hit song ever introduced on TV. Froman, troubled by the uprising of the Korean War in 1952 so soon after World War II, asked Drake, Graham, Shirl and Stillman to compose a song that would offer hope and faith to the populace. In addition to Froman, "I Believe" has been recorded by many others, and has become both a popular and religious standard. Frankie Laine's version spent eighteen non-consecutive weeks at the top of the UK Singles Chart. Laine also had the most successful version in America, where he reached #2 for three weeks.
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Guitar: The Internationale (Including lyrics and chords) A request from subscriber Ken Shuttlesworth has introduced this song to me. According to Wikipedia: "The Internationale" (French: L'Internationale) is a left-wing anthem. It has been a standard of the socialist movement since the late nineteenth century, when the Second International adopted it as its official anthem. The title arises from the "First International", an alliance of workers which held a congress in 1864. The author of the anthem's lyrics, Eugène Pottier, attended this congress. The Internationale has been celebrated by communists, socialists, anarchists, democratic socialists, and social democrats. The original French words were written in June 1871 by Eugène Pottier (1816–1887, previously a member of the Paris Commune) and were originally intended to be sung to the tune of "La Marseillaise". In 1888 Pierre De Geyter (1848–1932) set the earlier lyrics to a new melody, composed especially for Pottier's lyrics. De Geyter's melody was first publicly performed in July 1888, and soon thereafter Pottier's lyrics became closely associated with, and widely used with, De Geyter's new melody. Thus the Internationale gained an identity that was entirely distinct, and no longer in any way directly tied to the French national anthem, the Marseillaise. For some unknown reason, when I 'copy and paste' the lyrics certain characters fail to copy. Mostly apostrophes and also in this case, dashes, so in the chorus, the word internationale should have been split into parts as follows: Inter – natio – nal - e. The chords would then have aligned correctly above the parts of the word. The word we've has an apostrophe missing and looks like weve. My apologies for not spotting this before completing the editing of the video.
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Guitar: Ae Fond Kiss (Including lyrics and chords) "Ae Fond Kiss" is a song that I had thought I had done before, but if I had, it has disappeared from my channel, so I am uploading this version today. Wikipedia has the following article about the song: The Scots song "Ae fond kiss and then we sever" by the Scottish poet Robert Burns is more commonly known as "Ae fond kiss". It is Burns' most recorded love song. After the publication of his collected poems, the Kilmarnock volume, Burns regularly travelled and stayed at Edinburgh. While there he established a platonic relationship with Mrs Agnes Maclehose and they began a regular correspondence using the pseudonyms 'Clarinda' and 'Sylvander'. Burns wrote 'Ae fond kiss' after their final meeting and sent it to Mclehose on 27 December 1791 before she departed Edinburgh for Jamaica to be with her estranged husband. The letter is held by National Library of Scotland as part of the Watson Autograph collection of manuscripts. Burns' original setting of three verses in eight lines was set to the tune of Rory Dalls' Port. The musical score was published in the collection of Scottish folks songs known as the Scots Musical Museum. (When I recorded this yesterday, I did not notice that I had made a slight error in the final verse. The lyrics on-screen are correct.)
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2017 November walks in the Isle of Man When I uploaded my video diary for walks undertaken in December 2017 two days ago, I discovered that I had not done one for the month of November, so I compiled this video which I am belatedly uploading today. This is my monthly diary of photographs of highlights of some of the walks taken mainly in the company of members of the Manx Footpaths Conservation Group here in the Isle of Man during the month of November. (For more information re this group go to manxfootpaths.org) The weather this month has been relatively kind to us on the days of the walks, but there have been some extremely wet and stormy days in-between. I did not walk on Sunday 26th as I was playing guitar for the Manx Folk Dancers at a concert that evening and would not have had time to get there had I gone on the walk. As usual, I have added audio tracks from some of the videos I have uploaded this month to accompany the photos. They are: Erev Shel Shoshanim – Autoharp instrumental Pennsylvania Polka – Guitar Staten Island NY – Guitar Garden Party – Guitar Country Honk – Guitar The Captain – Guitar Christmas 1914 Truce Song – Guitar All Through The Night – Autoharp instrumental If you would like to see more photos taken on these walks, visit the Facebook site “Isle of Man walks”, or my own Google + page which you should find if you put Tony Archibald in your search engine and click on the one with the Isle of Man flag, the Three Legs of Mann.
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2017 December walks in the Isle of Man This is my monthly diary of photographs of highlights of some of the walks taken mainly in the company of members of the Manx Footpaths Conservation Group here in the Isle of Man during the month of December. (For more information re this group go to manxfootpaths.org) This has been a month of mixed weather ranging from wet and windy, wintry and sunny days with temperatures between 10 degrees to minus 3. All walks went ahead, even on the Sunday when the island was covered in snow. The Department of Infrastructure (DOI) workforce did a great job clearing the roads after a snowstorm on the Friday brought much of the island to a stand-still. As usual, I have added audio tracks from some of the videos I have uploaded this month to accompany the photos. They are: Dark Island – Autoharp instrumental White Squall – Guitar White Christmas – Guitar Il Est Ne Le Divin Enfant – Autoharp instrumental He Was A Friend Of Mine – Guitar Now Westlin Winds – Guitar A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square – Guitar I Believe – Guitar Sylvia’s Mother – Guitar The Belles of Bedlam – Autoharp instrumental If you would like to see more photos taken on these walks, visit the Facebook site “Isle of Man walks”, or my own Google + page which you should find if you put Tony Archibald in your search engine and click on the one with the Isle of Man flag, the Three Legs of Mann.
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Guitar: My Favourite Things (Including lyrics and chords) Requested by subscriber "BIGFATBALDLouis", this song is from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "The Sound of Music" and is sung by Maria to the Von Trapp children one night when they are frightened by a thunder storm. The request was for the Tony Bennett version, but my own interpretation is a cross between his and the Julie Andrews version from the film. Incidentally, I uploaded a parody on this song some time ago: https://youtu.be/ZbbGoc3cBEM
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Guitar: A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square (Including lyrics and chords) I received a request from subscriber Lee Moran for a cover of this song performed by Bobby Darin. I remember it better sung by Vera Lynn, but as I found that I could not sing it in either style, I have done my own interpretation here. Chord progressions I found for it on the internet included many more that I simply am unable to play well enough, so I have simplified them for this version. The song was written in 1939 with lyrics by Eric Maschwitz and music by Manning Sherwin shortly before the outbreak of WWII.
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Guitar: The Minnesota Song (Including lyrics and chords) This one is a request from Cyril M Devine, the third one along with his birthday request, "New South Wales", and "I'm From New Jersey". I found this to be very tricky to sing as there are a lot of words to fit in to the tune. I also found it very amusing, especially as we had some snow here in the Isle of Man a couple of weeks ago which virtually brought the capital, Douglas, to a stand-still, even though there was only a couple of inches. (We don't often get snow here!) "The Minnesota Song" was written by Dan and Sandy Adler, and performed by Dan and is a tongue-in-cheek song about living in the "Great White North" of Minnesota.
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Guitar: I'm From New Jersey (Including lyrics and chords) Clearly the title of this song does not apply to me as I am not an American, but come from the Isle of Man, a small island in the middle of the Irish Sea. The reason I am singing this is that it is one of three songs requested by subscriber Cyril M Devine. The first (New South Wales) I uploaded on his birthday four days ago. This one is a song by John Gorka, a contemporary American Folksinger and song writer, and appears on the album Jack's Crows (1991) and on the movie soundtrack Fathers & Sons (1992).
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Guitar: A Holly Jolly Christmas (Including lyrics and chords) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY AND A PEACEFUL NEW YEAR Requested by subscriber Jamal Buckley, "Holly Jolly Christmas" is a Christmas song written by Johnny Marks and most famously performed by Burl Ives. The song has since become one of the Top 25 most-performed "holiday" songs written by ASCAP members, for the first five years of the 21st century. As well as being a popular Christmas song over fifty years after it was first released, one of the reasons Jamal requested it was because, like many others, he believes that I look somewhat like Burl Ives.
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Guitar: New South Wales (Including lyrics and chords) Happy Birthday Cyril! This is a request from Cyril M Devine who asked if I would upload it on 21st December for his 60th birthday. Amazingly, this is one of the songs from the repertoire of The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem that I do not recall even though I was an avid fan of theirs collecting at least a dozen of their LPs. (For those too young to know, LPs were the vinyl albums, equivalent to CDs and whatever has succeeded those in the modern day. I still listen to my LPs.)
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Guitar: I’ll Be Home For Christmas (Including lyrics and chords) This is a request from subscriber Ken Shuttlesworth. The song was performed originally by Bing Crosby. According to Wikipedia: The song was written by the lyricist Kim Gannon and composer Walter Kent. Songwriter and later producer and manager for The Platters, Buck Ram, who said he previously wrote a poem and song with the same title, was credited as a co-writer of the song following a lawsuit brought by Ram's publisher, Mills Music. Bing Crosby's original 1943 release of the song on Decca Records listed only Walter Kent and Kim Gannon as the songwriters on the record label. Later pressings added the name of Buck Ram to the songwriting credit. Originally written to honor soldiers overseas who longed to be home at Christmastime, "I'll Be Home for Christmas" has since gone on to become a Christmas standard. Searching for the chords for the song, I found a number of sites giving various interpretations, so I have chosen to use ones that for me seem to fit the song.
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Guitar: Christmas 1914 Truce Song (Including lyrics and chords) A request from subscriber Lee Moran introduced me to this song which was written in 2007 by Catherine Rushton who in 2014 uploaded her own video of her moving song on YouTube. I sent a message to Catherine asking permission for me to do a version of her song and she not only gave permission, but graciously supplied me with the lyrics and chords as well. Here then is my interpretation of Catherine's song. Originally entitled "Christmas 1914", as there is another song of that title which I have already covered, to avoid confusion, both Catherine and myself have added "Truce Song" to the title. The lyric extract at the end is of course "Stille Nacht" written by Josef Mohr. This is my first attempt at singing in German, so please excuse any mispronunciation. I recorded it yesterday morning, a wet and dark day, so the picture quality is a bit grainy as I had to have my light on it was such a dark morning.
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Guitar: Feliz Navidad (Including lyrics and chords) Looking for Christmas songs that I have not already uploaded, I decided to give this song by José Feliciano a go. I do not speak Spanish, so please forgive my attempt at pronunciation in the recording.
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Guitar: Over The River And Through The Woods (Including lyrics and chords) Subscriber "Mike Smith" asked if I had done a video of this song. I have never come across it before, so I looked for it on YouTube and having listened to it there, I have come up with this. Like the song "Jingle Bells", this is really a Thanksgiving Song, but has become associated with Christmas as Wikipedia explains: "The New-England Boy's Song about Thanksgiving Day", also known as "Over the River and Through the WoodS", is a Thanksgiving poem by Lydia Maria Child,[3] originally published in 1844 in Flowers for Children, Volume 2. Although many people sing "to grandmother's house we go", the author's original words were "to grandfather's house we go". The poem was originally published as "The New-England Boy's Song about Thanksgiving Day" in Child's Flowers for Children. It celebrates the author's childhood memories of visiting her grandfather's house (said to be the Paul Curtis House). Lydia Maria Child was a novelist, journalist, teacher, and poet who wrote extensively about the need to eliminate slavery. The poem was eventually set to a tune by an unknown composer. The song version is sometimes presented with lines about Christmas, rather than Thanksgiving. For instance, the line "Hurrah for Thanksgiving Day!" becomes "Hurrah for Christmas Day!". As a Christmas song, it has been recorded as "A Merry Christmas at Grandmother's". Although the modern Thanksgiving holiday is not always associated with snow (snow in late November occasionally occurs in the northern states and is rare at best elsewhere in the United States), New England in the early 19th century was enduring the Little Ice Age, a colder era with earlier winters.
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Guitar: It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas (Including lyrics and chords) The following comes from Wikipedia: "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" is a Christmas song written in 1951 by Meredith Willson. The song was originally titled "It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas". The song has been recorded by many artists, but was a hit for Perry Como and The Fontane Sisters with Mitchell Ayres & His Orchestra on September 10, 1951, and released on RCA Victor as 47-4314 (45 rpm) and 20-4314 (78 rpm). Bing Crosby recorded a version on October 1, 1951, which was also widely played. A popular belief in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, holds that Willson wrote the song while staying in Yarmouth's Grand Hotel. The song makes reference to a "tree in the Grand Hotel, one in the park as well..."; the park being Frost Park, directly across the road from the Grand Hotel, which still operates in a newer building on the same site as the old hotel. It is also possible that the "Grand Hotel" Wilson mentions in the song was inspired by the Historic Park Inn Hotel in his hometown of Mason City, Iowa. The Park Inn Hotel is the last remaining hotel in the world designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and is situated in downtown Mason City overlooking central park.
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Guitar: The Captain (Including lyrics and chords) I was directed to this Leonard Cohen song when I received a request from "A Ruined Chapel by Moonlight " for it. It is not one of Cohen's song with which I am familiar, but I have given it a go.
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Guitar: Toper’s Farewell (Including lyrics and chords) A subscriber, Dominic Pennock as ked me if I could possibly sing an old song for which he had found lyrics in a Wisconsin Newspaper archive for the Wisconsin Democrat. The song was apparently sung to the tune Derry Down, a song I uploaded some time ago, hence his asking me. Dominic sent me a copy of the archive clip, but the print was so small and difficult to decipher, I could not proceed. However, yesterday, Dominic sent me his own working out of the song's lyrics, and so I set to to record it. I made quite a few mistakes trying to record it, but with some fairly reasonable editing I have put together my interpretation of what this song may have sounded like. The archive article dates back to 1846. Dominic also provided the printer's notes that were highlighted in the lyrics and which I have indicated in the annotations with black numbers in brackets: (1) ptisans - ptisan. noun. A medicinal infusion, such as sweetened barley water. Origin of ptisan. Middle English tisane peeled barley, barley water from Old French from Latin ptisana, tisana from Greek ptisanē from ptissein to crush. (2) See Lord Byron on 'Hock and Soda Water' Headpiece to Don Juan (3) Pouring cold water on some matters has a different effect. (4) Anacreon (5) Bowl in this context is a bowl full of Punch (6) Puncheons = Punch (7) Tierces = The tierce (also terse) is both an archaic volume unit of measure of goods and the name of the cask of that size. The most common definitions are either one-third of a pipe or forty-two gallons. (8) Noyeau = Noyaux apricot seed liquor rhymes with boy-o (9) Prussic acid = Hydrogen cyanide (10) period slang for 'giving up the game' (11) joke calling out tetotallers who drink beer and cider (like a dig at a "vegetarian" of today who eats fish (12) flip = a mix of beer, rum and sugar (13) Metheglin = Celtic honey mead (14) Tokay = Pinot grigio (15) Translated into french, from 'Wines due pay.' Liquor unpaid for (16) Ex pede Herculem, "from his foot, [we can measure] Hercules", is a maxim of proportionality In other words, one can extrapolate the whole from the part. (I mis-read this and sang deceit instead of depict. Poor eyesight!) (17) The Latin poet says, "O si sic omnes" sea-sick omnes all sea-sick, dog Latin. From the Latin tag, 'O si sic omnes', - 'if everyone was like this/that'. (18) Prog, slang for meat; it rhymes with grog slang for drink (19) Wilful plagiarism from Campbell. (20) Lethe's dark lake is a reference to Lethe river of unmindfulness in Hades it flows round the cave of Hypnos, in this song it's referenced with "Mens sana in corpore sano" a Latin phrase, usually translated as "a healthy mind in a healthy body" so I think it all means "forget the drink and go healthy" I wish to give Dominic a big thank you for all the hard work he has put into this project, and hope he likes my interpretation of it.
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Guitar: He Was A Friend Of Mine (Including lyrics and chords) A request from subscriber Lee Moran led me to this song. I have not seen the film Brokeback Mountain, so was not aware of Willie Nelson's version until I looked for the song on YouTube after receiving the request. Wikipedia has the following article about it: "He Was a Friend of Mine" is a traditional folk song in which the singer laments the death of a friend. The earliest known version of the song is titled "Shorty George" (Roud 10055). A performance by African-American inmate Smith Casey, who accompanied himself on guitar, was first recorded by musicologist couple John A. and Ruby Terrill Lomax in 1939 at the Clemens State Farm in Brazoria County, Texas. Alan Lomax described the song as a "blues" that was "a dirge for a dead comrade." The song has since been recorded by many artists, including Bob Dylan, Dave Van Ronk, The Washington Squares, Bobby Bare, Mercury Rev, The Black Crowes, The Mitchell Trio, Willie Nelson, Nanci Griffith, Cat Power, The Leaves, and (in a reworded version) The Byrds. The version recorded by Willie Nelson was used in the film Brokeback Mountain and erroneously credits Bob Dylan as the songwriter. Dylan had arranged an early version of the tune in 1961 and his version can be heard on the compilation album The Bootleg Series Volumes 1–3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961–1991.
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Guitar: I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In (Including lyrics and chords) Commenting on my original upload of this song, "Jack Carter" requested that as in that version, I had only included the lyrics, please would I do a version showing the chords as well. That upload was done in 2008 and was one of my earliest efforts on YouTube, and at the time I had thought that just watching my fingers would be enough, especially as the chords are mostly just G and D, with an Em in the third line. So today I am uploading a new version, including the chords. I have chosen to sing this one in the key of Bb, so the capo is at the 3rd fret whereas last time I sang it in C.
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Guitar: Angel In The Christmas Play (Including lyrics and chords) A request received from subscriber Ken Shuttlestworth yesterday led me to this song which I had never heard before. It was performed by a child entertainer by the name of Gayla Peevey in 1954 as a novelty Christmas song. She had had a minor hit the year before with another such novelty song: I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas. I have been unable to find any more information regarding the composer or writer of the song and have had to work out the chord progression for myself by ear. In the annotations, for the intro, I have shown in capital letters, the chords, while in lower case letters, the notes I am playing on the 'step down' run.
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Guitar: I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (Including lyrics and chords) Commenting on one of my recent uploads, "Jim Magoo" requested this song which somewhat surprisingly I have never sung before, even though I have been uploading seasonal songs each year for about nine years now. From Wikipedia: "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" is a Christmas song with music and lyrics by British songwriter Tommie Connor. The original recording by Jimmy Boyd, recorded on July 15, 1952 when he was 13 years old,[1] reached No. 1 on the Billboard pop singles chart in December 1952, and on the Cash Box chart at the beginning of the following year. It later reached Number 3 in the UK Charts when issued there in November 1953. The song was commissioned by Saks Fifth Avenue to promote the store's Christmas card for the year, which featured an original sketch by artist Perry Barlow, who drew for The New Yorker for many decades. The song describes a scene where a child walks downstairs from its bedroom on Christmas Eve to see the mother kissing "Santa Claus" under the mistletoe. Boyd's record was condemned by the Roman Catholic Church in Boston when it was released on the grounds that it mixed kissing with Christmas. Boyd was photographed meeting with the Archdiocese to explain the song. After the meeting, the ban was lifted.
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Guitar: A Prisoner's Song for Christmas (Including lyrics and chords) Requested by Cyril M Devine, this is a somewhat unusual Christmas song. It relates to a period of troubled times in Northern Ireland during the 1970's when paramilitary prisoners were housed in a prison called The Maze which was sited at the former Royal Air Force station of Long Kesh, on the outskirts of Lisburn. This song, performed by The Irish Brigande and by Charlie and the Bhoys, uses a Cyril Tawney tune called "There Are No Lights On Our Christmas Tree". I could not find the chords, so have worked out my own accompaniment.
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Autoharp: Il est né le divin Enfant (Instrumental) I usually try to upload some seasonal songs or tunes for Christmas, so here is a French carol. It does have lyrics, but my schoolboy French is not good enough for me to attempt to sing the carol, so I am playing it as an instrumental piece only. I came across this tune a couple of weeks ago and thought it might be one I could try on the autoharp. I copied out the score using MuseScore2, then made my own arrangement so as to be able to play the melody. If you would like a copy of my MuseScore file as a PDF, send me your email address and I will forward it to you. There are only 3 chords needed to play it, G; C and D and if you are observant enough, you will be able to follow my playing as I use my middle finger to hold down the G chord bar, index finger for C and ring finger for D.
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Guitar: Now Westlin’ Winds (Including lyrics and chords) "Now Westlin' Winds" is a song written by Robert Burns set to a tune called "I had a horse, I had nae mair". The following comes from a site http://www.dgdclynx.plus.com/poetry/p... The great contemporary Scottish folk singer Dick Gaughan seems to sing this song at every opportunity. It must be his favourite piece of Burns. He has recorded it on his `Handful of Earth' and his `Live in Edinburgh' albums. Details of which can be found in my Dick Gaughan Discography. It is one of Burns earliest songs, although he revised it later for publication. Written in 1775 at the time of Burns' infatuation with Peggy Thomson of Kirkoswald. `I spent my seventeenth summer,' he wrote in his autobiographical letter to Dr Moore in August 1787, `on a smuggling [coast] a good distance from home at a noted school, to learn Mensuration, Surveying, Dialling, etc ... I went on with a high hand in my Geometry; till the sun entered Virgo, a month which is always a carnival in my bosom, a charming Fillette who lived next door to the school overset my Trigonometry, and set me off on a tangent from the sphere of my studies.' Later, he tried out a modification of this early song in honour of Jean Armour; no known copy survives. Going back to the same song, Burns then sent a version which has a number of Scots words in place of the original English diction to be printed in `The Scots Musical Museum' (vol. iv, 1792, no. 351). Unusually for a love-song, `Now westlin winds' includes four lines of protest against the `slaught'ring guns' of sportsmen (ll 21-4). I cannot play the way Dick Gaughan did, so here, I present my own arrangement of the song. Glossary: Westlin' = Western pairtrick = partridge hern = heron cushat = pigeon ilka = every
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Guitar: Sylvia's Mother (Including lyrics and chords) At the end of last month, I uploaded the song "A Couple More Years" which was performed by "Dr Hook and the Medicine Show". This song was their first hit song. It was written by Shel Silverstein, American poet/songwriter, some of whose output I have previously uploaded too. Here then is my arrangement of the song Sylvia's Mother.
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Autoharp: Dark Island (Instrumental) I have uploaded guitar accompanied versions of this tune as songs in the past, but today, I am presenting an autoharp instrumental version. Should anyone want the PDF file I worked from, send me your email address and I will share it with you. The following comes from Wikipedia: The Dark Island is a six-part British television miniseries, produced by Gerard Glaister for the BBC. It premièred on 8 July 1962. It was later adapted for radio, which was transmitted in 1969. It was set on the Outer Hebridean island of Benbecula, though the majority of the series was filmed on South Uist. While the show is no longer seen, the theme tune remains a favourite with Scottish musicians, mostly accordionists and pipers. This beautiful air was originally called "Dr Mackay's Farewell to Creagorry" by its composer, Iain MacLachlan.
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Guitar: Country Honk (Including lyrics and chords) A few days ago, I uploaded the song "Garden Party" which told the story of Rick Nelson's appearance at a concert in Madison Square Garden. During his performance, he sang some of his old songs which were received well, but when he sang the Rolling Stones song "Country Honk", he was booed and left the stage, watching the rest of the concert from backstage and not appearing in the finale. This is the song that did not go down so well for him. It is not within my comfort zone, and I have never sung it before, but here goes: It was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones. On reflection, I should probably have changed the key to Bb to suit my voice.
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Guitar: A Song For Alberta (Including lyrics and chords) My last upload was a Canadian song by Stan Rogers, "White Squall". Today at the request from subscriber Cyril M Devine, I am uploading another Canadian song, this one written and published only last year by Mike Plume, a singer/songwriter who fronts his own roots-based band bearing his own name. This is my own interpretation of his song.
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Guitar: White Squall (Including lyrics and chords) Subscriber "Darisimon" requested this Stan Rogers' song which I had not heard before. It tells the sad tale of a young crewman losing his life when a sudden squall hit the ship he was on, washing him overboard. Songs such as Stan Rogers' "The Mary Ellen Carter" and Gordon Lightfoot's "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" tell of how on the Great Lakes, even on a calm day, sudden squalls and storms can arise with devastating consequences. I did not notice when I sang this that in the final chorus, the words Stan Rogers sings were slightly different from the other choruses: The first line of the chorus throughout had been: "But I told that kid a hundred times, don't take the lakes for granted." In the final chorus I should have sung: "But I tell these kids a hundred times, don't take the lakes for granted." Note in verse one, the word 'sault' is pronounced 'soo'. It comes from the French Canadian for waterfall or rapids. In this song, it probably refers to Sault Ste. Marie (Sault Sainte Marie), a city on the St. Marys River in Ontario, Canada, close to the US-Canada border.
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Guitar: Pennsylvania Polka (Including lyrics and chords) A request from subscriber Mike Smith led me to this song. Written by Leo Zeke Manners with music by Lester Lee, it was recorded and performed by The Andrews Sisters and by Frank Yankovic, known as "America's Polka King" and more recently by an Australian children's music group called The Wiggles.
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Autoharp: The Belles of Bedlam In a comment on my mandolin/guitar version of this tune, subscriber "oracle2mountain" suggested that this could be done on the autoharp, so I have given it a go. Only three chord bars are used G, C and D. If you would like a pdf of this arrangement, send me your email address and I will let you have the one I worked from. The tune was written by composer Allan Williams for the female members of a band he formed called The Bedlam Ceilidh Band.
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Guitar: Garden Party (Including lyrics and chords) At a concert on Sunday night last, my lifelong pal Al Lawrence sang this Rick Nelson song, accompanying himself with some amazing guitar work. I am by no means as skilled on the guitar as Al, but have had a go with the following result. The story behind the song is explained in Wikipedia as follows: "Garden Party" is a 1972 hit song written by Rick Nelson and recorded by him and the Stone Canyon Band on the album Garden Party. The song tells the story of Nelson being booed off the stage at a concert at Madison Square Garden. On October 15, 1971, Richard Nader's Rock 'n Roll Revival concert was given at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The playbill included many greats of the early rock era, including Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, and Bobby Rydell. Nelson came on stage dressed in the then-current fashion, wearing bell-bottoms and a purple velvet shirt, with his hair hanging down to his shoulders. He started playing his older songs like "Hello Mary Lou", but then he played the Rolling Stones' "Country Honk" (a country version of their hit song "Honky Tonk Women") and the crowd began to boo. While some reports say that the booing was caused by police action in the back of the audience, Nelson took it personally and left the stage. He watched the rest of the concert backstage and did not reappear on stage for the finale. Lyric references: A garden party - October 15, 1971's Rock 'n Roll Revival concert at Madison Square Garden, New York City My old friends - fellow performers at the concert Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley and Bobby Rydell Yoko - Yoko Ono Yoko's walrus - John Lennon Mr. Hughes - George Harrison (Mr. Hughes) hid in Dylan's shoes - Harrison's planned (but later abandoned) album of Bob Dylan covers I said hello to Mary Lou, she belongs to me - Nelson's song "Hello Mary Lou", which he played at the concert; also a reference to "She Belongs to Me", a Bob Dylan song covered by Nelson I sang a song about a Honky-Tonk - The Rolling Stones song "Country Honk", the song that allegedly caused the booing And it was time to leave - Nelson's subsequent departure Out stepped Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry's song "Johnny B. Goode" Playing guitar like a-ringing a bell - the line in "Johnny B. Goode", "he could play guitar just like a-ringing a bell"
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Autoharp: Erev shel shoshanim At the Scottish Autoharp Workshop Weekend back in July of this year, we had the great pleasure of attending a masterclass presented by the wonderful Karen Mueller. One of the pieces we worked on in that class was this beautiful Hebrew love song. (There are lyrics to it, but we learned it as an instrumental piece, and that is how I am playing it in this video.) It has taken me some time to getting around to performing it, and there are a couple of mistakes, but I wanted to do it, so that I can share it with my good friends Karen and David Leiserach who have just celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. The arrangement I am attempting is the one Karen Mueller did at the workshop. Wikipedia has the following about the song: Erev Shel Shoshanim (English: Evening of Lilies or Evening of Roses; the Hebrew word shoshana has been identified with both flowers) is a poetic Hebrew love song. Its melody is often used as wedding music in Jewish weddings. It is well known not only within Israeli and Jewish music circles, but known throughout the Middle East, and it is often used as a song belly dancers dance to. The song has also been translated into Armenian, in which language its title is "Yarus (O, Rose!)". The music is by Yosef Hadar, the lyrics are by Moshe Dor. The song was first recorded in 1957 by singer Yafa Yarkoni, and a year later by the duo HaDuda'im. Their version became a smash hit in Israel. If you would like the pdf file I worked from, send me your email address in a message, and I will share it with you.
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Guitar: Staten Island NY (Including lyrics and chords) Suggested by subscriber Cyril M Devine, Staten Island NY is a song from the repertoire of 'The Irish Rovers'. Their version was the only one I could find on YouTube, and I worked out my chord progression accompaniment from listening to that version.
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2017 October walks in the Isle of Man This is my monthly diary of photographs of highlights of some of the walks taken mainly in the company of members of the Manx Footpaths Conservation Group here in the Isle of Man during the month of October. (For more information re this group go to manxfootpaths.org) Two storms hit the island during the course of the month, but they did not affect any of the Thursday or Sunday walks all of which went ahead according to schedule. I, however, did miss one Sunday walk due to illness. As usual, I have added audio tracks from some of the videos I have uploaded this month to accompany the photos. They are: In The Gloaming – Guitar Fisherman’s Blues – Guitar A Couple More Years – Guitar Staten Island NY – Guitar Yesterday – Guitar O Can Ye Sew Cushions – Autoharp Old Shep – Guitar Any Dream Will Do – Guitar Write Me A Love Song – Guitar Goodnight Sweetheart – Guitar If you would like to see more photos taken on these walks, visit the Facebook site “Isle of Man walks”, or my own Google + page which you should find if you put Tony Archibald in your search engine and click on the one with the Isle of Man flag, the Three Legs of Mann.
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Guitar: A Couple More Years (Including lyrics and chords) Written by Bobby Gosh and recorded by "Dr Hook" in 1976, this is a song that my friend Eddie Rough sang at one of our Sunday night concerts a couple of weeks ago when we shared the two hours doing two half hour sets each. It was released as the B-side of the song "A Little Bit More" by Dr Hook, but has been covered by many artists since, including Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson.
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Guitar: Write Me A Love Song (Including lyrics and chords) This is the second Mike Cross song that has been requested by subscriber Ken Shuttlesworth. I have not been able to find any information regarding the song, and am assuming that it was written by Mike Cross himself. It proved to be quite a challenge as it changes key after the second chorus and uses some chords with which I am not familiar, never having tried to play them before. However, as they say, "you are never too old.....", so I have given it a go. The chords I was not familiar with are: Dbm (C#m), which is the same as Bm played two frets higher, and Gbm (F#m), which is the same as Fm played one fret higher. (This is obvious, I know, but as I have always had problems trying to play barre chords, in the past I usually tried to find a way of playing songs that needed them in a different key so as to be able to play an easier chord shape). By the way, Mike Cross wrote the song "The Drunken Scotsman" which is one of my most popular videos.
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Guitar: The Lord'll Provide (Including lyrics and chords) Subscriber Ken Shuttlesworth regularly presents me with requests, and has asked me to do a couple of Mike Cross songs, the first of which I am uploading today. The Lord'll Provide was written by Larry Reynolds and performed by Mike Cross on his album "The Bounty Hunter". The chord progression I am using was worked out with the help of Riffstation.
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Guitar: Old Shep (Including lyrics and chords) Subscriber "Mopo Pogu" suggested that I should sing this one. "Old Shep" is a song that was written by Red Foley and Arthur Williams in 1933 and was performed originally by Red Foley himself. Many people will however associate it with Elvis Presley who recorded it in 1956, but it has been covered by many artists before that and since. Wikipedia has the following about the song: "Old Shep" is a song written and composed by Red Foley and Arthur Williams in 1933, about a dog Foley owned as a child. In reality, the dog, poisoned by a neighbor, was a German shepherd called "Hoover." Foley first recorded the song in 1935, and again in 1941 and 1946. The song, later recorded by many artists including Hank Snow and Elvis Presley, became a country classic. Hank Williams 1942, Elvis Presley 1956, Hank Snow 1959, Walter Brennan 1960, Dave Dudley 1965, Johnny Cash 1975, Everly Brothers & Garrison Keiler 1988, Pat Boone 1994, Burton Cummings (as Elvis) 1994, Alabama 2006. I have never sung it before myself, and have based my interpretation on the Red Foley original.
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Guitar: Yesterday (Including lyrics and chords) I uploaded a version of this song some eight years ago using my 12-string EKO for accompaniment, but I was suffering from a sore throat at the time, and because it is a favourite song from The Beatles, I have decided to do it again using my new Epiphone 6-string. I have modified the chord progression slightly, playing Bm in this version rather than B. Quite amusingly, when he composed this tune, Paul McCartney gave it the working title "Scrambled Eggs" until he came up with the lyrics and changed it to "Yesterday"
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Guitar: Any Dream Will Do (Including lyrics and chords) A couple of months ago, a lady in her 80's came to the monthly sing-around I host at the sheltered accommodation at which I live and sang the song 'Crazy' for us. She asked me if she could come again and did so last month, singing 'The Very Thought of You' and this song, 'Any Dream Will Do'. We had spent an afternoon at her house practising, and it went very well at the sing-around. I had not done this one myself before, so decided it was time I did so, so here is my own interpretation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice song from the show 'Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat. In the show, the song is performed by the soloist, (Joseph), and a backing choir, the latter echoing his words in the second and third verses. I have shown their responses in the annotations in yellow print inside brackets, and sing them myself softly. The chord progression I am using is of my own making.
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Guitar: Fisherman’s Blues (Including lyrics and chords) I seem to recall that a subscriber asked me to do this song some time ago, but It slipped my mind and I did not get around to doing it until now. My friend 'Blue John' Gregory has sung it at our sessions which was the first time I had heard it. Written by Mike Scott and Steve Wickham, the song was the title track of an album produced by a band called The Waterboys about which Wikipedia has the following: Fisherman's Blues is a 1988 album by The Waterboys. The album marked a change in the band's sound, with them abandoning their earlier grandiose rock sound for a mixture of traditional Irish music, traditional Scottish music, country music, and rock and roll. Critics were divided on its release with some disappointed at the change of direction and others ranking it among The Waterboys' best work. The album was the Waterboys' best selling album, reaching a number 13 placing on the U.K. charts on release, and 76 on the Billboard 200. As it happens, I am uploading this on a day just after the Isle of Man and its surrounding neighbours have been hit by the storm Ophelia, and I certainly would not like to be a fisherman on seas as rough as the ones pounding our shores just now.
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Autoharp: O Can Ye Sew Cushions (Including lyrics and chords) At the monthly meeting of the Manx Autoharp Group in September, Alan Williamson introduced us to this sweet Scottish lullaby. The following is taken from a site called Traditional Scottish Songs: This old lullaby, sung by a mother whose husband is away at sea, was one of the many which Robert Burns collected and published, sometimes with his own embellishments. Note that some of the "words" are just baby talk and do not have a specific meaning. As well as the baby talk, there are words in the song which some may not know: bairn=baby greets=cries mony=many biggit=built doo=dove minnie=mother sair=sore dinna=don't lammie=lamb ken=know saut=salt
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Guitar: Goodnight Sweetheart (Including lyrics and chords) I think I came across this song when I was looking for titles of songs I remembered from bygone days and thinking it was the song that began: "Goodnight sweetheart, see you in the morning....." Clearly, I had the wrong song, but listened to it anyway and quite liked it, so here is my interpretation. Wikipedia has the following about this song; "Goodnite, Sweetheart, Goodnite" is a popular song that was a hit during the mid-1950s. It was written by Calvin Carter and James "Pookie" Hudson in 1953. It was originally recorded by the R&B doo-wop group The Spaniels in 1954. The original version peaked at number five on the R&B Best Sellers chart. The best-selling version of the song was recorded by the McGuire Sisters in 1954. It was also recorded in 1954 by country music duo Johnnie & Jack. The song should not be confused with a completely different, of the same name, from the 1930s, sung by Rudy Vallée, among others. The Spaniels' song has the sub-title "it's time to go" and the now famous doo-wop bass line intro. The bass line was not, however, included in the McGuire Sisters' cover version, made to sell to white audiences. As I come from the British Isles, and being a former school master, I have used the English spelling for Goodnight.
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Guitar: On The Shores of Gallipoli (Including lyrics and chords) Requested by subscriber, Lee Moran, On The Shores of Gallipoli is a song written by Alan G Brydon and tells of the ill-fated Gallipoli campaign of WWI. I was unable to find the lyrics and chords for the song, but listened to a YouTube video of the song, sung I think by Brydon himself, I was able to work them out for myself for my own interpretation. The following is taken from the information with that video: Scottish songwriter Alan Brydon visited Gallipoli in the summer of 2015 as part of a pilgrimage from his hometown Hawick, to mark a century since the campaign and the loss of local men. This song was inspired by the visit and first performed at the Helles memorial on the Gallipoli peninsula during a ceremony by Hawick Callants Club. It is dedicated to, and in remembrance of, all those who fell, of all nations.
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Guitar: Ballad Of The Green Berets (Including lyrics and chords) This one comes as a request from subscriber "ClassicRockLivesOn". It is new to me, but the tune is familiar, so it did not cause any problems in creating my own interpretation using chords I worked out for myself. The following is an excerpt from an article in Wikipedia: The United States Army Special Forces; colloquially known as the Green Berets (due to their distinctive service headgear), are a special operations force tasked with five primary missions: unconventional warfare (the original and most important mission of Special Forces), foreign internal defense, special reconnaissance, direct action, and counter-terrorism. The first two emphasize language, cultural, and training skills in working with foreign troops. Other duties include combat search and rescue (CSAR), counter-narcotics, counter-proliferation, hostage rescue, humanitarian assistance, humanitarian demining, information operations, peacekeeping, psychological operations, security assistance, and manhunts; other components of the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) or other U.S. government activities may also specialize in these secondary areas.
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Guitar: Julian of Norwich (Including lyrics and chords) Written by Sydney Carter, this is a song I only came across yesterday when my Facebook friend Karen Mueller, autoharp virtuoso, uploaded a video of the song for which she intends to make an autoharp arrangement. I liked the song so much but as Karen will be doing an autoharp version I decided to make my own arrangement on the guitar. The chords I show in the annotations are for a strumming accompaniment, and will not necessarily match up to what I am playing in my finger-style accompaniment. Although I am singing and playing in the key of C, I have put the capo at the 5th fret and am using chords as if in the key of G as this allows me to pick out the melody more easily. In the verses, as I am not using strings 5 and 6 when I play the G chord, I am only holding down the first two strings as follows: xx0033. Wikipedia has the following articles relating to Julian of Norwich: The Lady Julian of Norwich, or Mother Julian, or Dame Julian, a 14th-century anchoress, took her name from the saint of the church, which was dedicated either to Julian the Hospitaller or Julian of Le Mans. Essentially destroyed by bombing during World War II, the church was extensively restored by the architect J.A. Chaplin and reopened in 1953 mainly to act as a Shrine Church for Julian of Norwich. The Friends of Julian have a shop and lending library in a hall at the corner of the street. Julian's feast day in the Roman Catholic tradition is on 13 May, as well as in the Lutheran and Anglican traditions. The Catechism of the Catholic Church quotes Julian of Norwich when it explains the Catholic viewpoint that, in the mysterious designs of Providence, God can draw a greater good even from evil: "Here I was taught by the grace of God that I should steadfastly keep me in the faith... and that at the same time I should take my stand on and earnestly believe in what our Lord shewed in this time—that 'all manner [of] thing shall be well.'" Poet T. S. Eliot incorporated the saying that "…All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well", as well as Julian's "the ground of our beseeching" from the 14th Revelation, into Little Gidding, the fourth of his Four Quartets: In 1981 Sydney Carter wrote the song "Julian of Norwich" (sometimes called "The Bells of Norwich"), based on words of Julian.
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Guitar: In The Gloaming (Including lyrics and chords) I found this song after reading an article in Mudcat. I had thought they were referring to the Harry Lauder song Roamin' in the Gloamin', but realised that I was wrong. I therefore looked for it and found the following information on Wikipedia: "In the Gloaming" is an 1877 song composed by Annie Fortescue Harrison with lyrics taken from a poem by Meta Orred. Orred's poem (of the same title as the song) appeared in her 1874 book Poems. The 1877 song was very popular in the United States that year.[1] It is not to be confused with the 1911 song "Roamin' In The Gloamin'". I usually play the G chord as 320003, but in this song I am playing it as 320033 at the beginning of the verse, so that in the first phrase I can lift off my little finger and play 320030.
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2017 September walks in the Isle of Man This is my monthly diary of photographs of highlights of some of the walks taken mainly in the company of members of the Manx Footpaths Conservation Group here in the Isle of Man during the month of September. (For more information re this group go to manxfootpaths.org) Sadly, three members of our walking group, former leaders of walks, passed away this month, so I would like to dedicate this video to them: Penny Meyrick, Judith Derbyshire and Dr Adrian Pilling – RIP. The weather was very mixed this month, but even on wet days, all walks went ahead as planned. As usual, I have added audio tracks from some of the videos I have uploaded this month to accompany the photos. They are: Love Me Tender – Autoharp Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow – Guitar Living Doll – Guitar The Dawning Of The Day – Guitar It Gets Easier – Guitar The Lorelei – Guitar A White Sandy Beach of Hawaii – Guitar The Young Ones – Guitar Travellin’ Light – Guitar The I Kissed Her – Guitar Football Crazy –Guitar We Must Journey On – Guitar Shenandoah – Autoharp If you would like to see more photos taken on these walks, visit the Facebook site “Isle of Man walks”, or my own Google + page which you should find if you put Tony Archibald in your search engine and click on the one with the Isle of Man flag, the Three Legs of Mann.
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Guitar: The Galway Rebel Boys (Including lyrics and chords) A request from subscriber "Lucille just rocks" introduced me to this song. The lyrics come from a site called "Irish Folk Songs", but the chord progression is one I worked out for my own accompaniment of the song. The site also gives the following information: In 1916 the revolutionary forces in Ireland took advantage of the British Armies involvement in the great war and made yet another attempt to end British domination in Ireland. At Easter they took control of Dublin and some rural areas. The great majority of the insurgents were members of the Irish Volunteers, later knows as the Irish Republican Army. Liam Mellows was the organiser of the Irish Volunteers in the west of Ireland and during Easter week he raised over 1,000 men in County Galway, capturing the police barracks in Oranmore and holding the town of Athenry. Due to lack of communication with the provisional government in Dublin and being short of arms the Galway Rebels were forced to disperse. Liam Mellows disguised himself as a priest and escaped to Dublin and later to the U.S.A. Some years later Mellows was a leader of the anti partition forces during the Irish civil war and was captured and executed in Dublin in November 1922. While imprisoned in Mountjoy Prison he often played his favorite tunes on the fiddle, - The Old Irish Airs. The only son is of great importance in rural Ireland, becoming the farmer and maintaining the family as his father ages. In this song the father, although he supports the stand Mellows and the volunteers in their fight for Irish freedom, never the less, asks his son to remain on the farm to meet the family needs. Tommy learned this song from his father, John Small and the text is by Tomás O'Bairéad.
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Guitar: Border Boys Kept Coming (Including lyrics and chords) I received a request for this song a few days ago from subscriber Lee Moran. Not able to find the lyrics, I tried to work them out from the one YouTube video of the song, but although I had most of them, there were some that I could not hear clearly enough, so I sought assistance from Mudcat Café. The following day, a guest on Mudcat, Maeve, supplied me with the lyrics for the whole song, some of which I had got wrong anyway, so thanks to Maeve I am able to fulfill the request. The chord progression I worked out for myself. The Border Boys were the King's Own Scottish Borderes who in 1815 were in the van of the fighting in Gallipoli, suffering horrific losses.
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Guitar: We Must Journey On (Including lyrics and chords) "We Must Journey On" is another song that my friend Margaid sings from time to time at our Tuesday night sessions. The song was written by Allan Taylor, an English songwriter. I am playing using chord shapes for the key of G, but by placing the capo at the 5th fret, I am really playing and singing in the key of C. The reason for not using C chord shapes is that to pick out the accompaniment, in this case I find it easier to use the G chord shapes. Note that quite often where I indicate the chord to be G, I do not play the full chord, but simply lift my fingers off altogether as I am only using the open strings at that point.
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Guitar: It Gets Easier (Including lyrics and chords) My friend Margaid sang this one last week at our Tuesday night session. It is a song written by Willie Nelson and Buddy Cannon and performed by Willie himself. The chord progression is very simple at least what I worked out seemed to be so, this being my own interpretation.
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Guitar: Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow (Including lyrics and chords) Wikipedia has the following about this song: "Will You Love Me Tomorrow", also known as "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow", is a song written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King. It was originally recorded in 1960 by the Shirelles, who took their single to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song is also notable for being the first song by an all-girl group to reach number one in the United States. It has since been recorded by many artists over the years, including a 1971 version by co-writer Carole King.
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Guitar: Then I Kissed Her (Including lyrics and chords) Originally written by Phil Spector, Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry under the title of "Then He Kissed Me" and performed by The Crystals, the song was re-worded to the title "Then I Kissed Her" and released by The Beach Boys on their 1965 album Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!) with Al Jardine on lead vocals and production by Brian Wilson. Beyond title and gender changes, new lyrics were written retelling the story of the Crystals' song from the boyfriend's point of view.
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Guitar: The Lorelei (Including lyrics and chords) In the comments on my video of Lonnie Donegan's song "Lorelei", subscriber "126makin" mentioned that he recalled a German folk song called "The Lorelei" which he had sung as a schoolboy. As he said, TV was at least ten years away so our main form of entertainment was the 'wireless' (radio for the benefit of those too young to have come across the term.) I suspect that the programme he would have been listening to would have been BBC's Singing Together, which was still being broadcast into the 1970's and perhaps later and has been a great source of many of my own uploads. I had not come across this one however, but feel certain that he must have been referring to this song which was written as a poem by Heinrich Heine and set to music by Friedrich Silcher. The version I am singing was translated from the original German by Aaron Kramer. I have worked out my own accompaniment for the song which I present here.
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Guitar: Travellin' Light (Including lyrics and chords) Performed by Cliff Richard and The Shadows, "Travellin' Light" was written by Sid Tepper and Roy C Bennett. It is another song from the repertoire of Cliff, some of whose songs I am looking at at present.
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Guitar: The Dawning of the Day (Including lyrics and chords) A request from Ken Shuttlesworth directed me to this song written by Roy Williamson who along with Ronnie Browne were The Corries. The title is the same as an Irish song which I uploaded about five years ago (https://youtu.be/BfQJnd1bLGA), but is an entirely different song. With all the controversy regarding Scottish Independence at the present time, I think this is a very poignant song and I am sure all my friends in Scotland will appreciate it. As I was not able to find the chord progression anywhere, I worked it out for myself.
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Guitar: The Young Ones (Including lyrics and chords) Having uploaded "Living Doll" a couple of days ago, I thought I would look at some more of Cliff Richard's songs. Wikipedia has the following about this one: "The Young Ones" is a single by Cliff Richard and the Shadows. The song, written by Sid Tepper and Roy C. Bennett, is the title song to the 1961 film The Young Ones and its soundtrack album. With advance orders of over 500,000, it was released in January 1962 on the Columbia (EMI) label and went straight to No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart, the first British single to do so. It held that position for six weeks and spent 20 weeks in the chart. It has sold 1.06 million copies in the UK, and 2.6m worldwide.
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Guitar: Living Doll (Including lyrics and chords) "Living Doll" was written by Lionel Bart for the film "Serious Charge". Sung by Cliff Richard who was acting in the film. According to Wikipedia: Unbeknownst to Richard, his contract to appear in the film required that there would be a single of one of the film's songs released. Richard recounts, "I remember passionately refusing to record 'Living Doll'. There was a day of telephone calls from Norrie Paramor, with me saying I hated the song and that it wasn't right for us." Richard did not like what he called its "pseudo-rock" beat. "It did not sound like real American rock 'n' roll to us" said Richard. Paramor told Richard "Change it. Do it any way you like, but do it". While sitting around one afternoon before a show, thinking about what they could do with the song, Bruce Welch, while strumming a guitar, suggested they do it like a country song. Richard and his band agreed and duly rerecorded the song with the slower tempo. "Living Doll" became Richard's first number one hit in the UK staying at the top of the charts for six weeks after its release in July 1959.
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Guitar: Until It’s Time For You To Go (Including lyrics and chords) My friend Margaid Bird sings this Buffy Sainte-Marie song at our Tuesday night sessions, but until I looked for it myself, I could not work out where to go for the chords in the bridge section. Buffy's original version is sung from the point of view of a woman, but when male performers sing it, they sing the lyrics I am singing here.
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Guitar: The Bantam Cock (Including lyrics and chords) I uploaded a Jake Thakray song a few days ago, namely "Sister Josephine" and that got me looking at another of his humorous songs, "The Bantam Cock". The story of this randy little bird tells itself.
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2017 August walks in the Isle of Man This is my monthly diary of photographs of highlights of some of the walks taken mainly in the company of members of the Manx Footpaths Conservation Group here in the Isle of Man during the month of August. (For more information re this group go to manxfootpaths.org) The weather was fine mixed this month, but even on wet days, all walks went ahead as planned. On sunny days, there were often butterflies about and August is a particularly colourful month with heather blooming especially on the higher hills around the island. As usual, I have added audio tracks from some of the videos I have uploaded this month to accompany the photos. They are: Memory – Guitar The Very Thought of You – Guitar Wild Mountain Thyme – Guitar My Heart Will Go On – Guitar Jack and Bramble – Mandolin, Guitar and Violin (My own composition) Everybody’s Talkin’ At Me – Guitar Fields of Gold – Autoharp Golden Dawn – Guitar The Hand That Rocks The Cradle – Guitar Until It’s Time For You To Go – Guitar Concertina Man – Harmonica (created by MuseScore2) and Guitar (My own composition) If you would like to see more photos taken on these walks, visit the Facebook site “Isle of Man walks”, or my own Google + page which you should find if you put Tony Archibald in your search engine and click on the one with the Isle of Man flag, the Three Legs of Mann.
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Guitar: Confound the Science (Including lyrics and chords) I saw a video on Facebook a few days ago in which a couple dressed to look like Simon and Garfunkel sang this parody on "The Sound of Silence". It was so well written and performed, I felt I had to do my own version. As the caption with their video said, I don't think I have to tell you about whom I am singing.
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Guitar: White Sandy Beach Of Hawaii (Including lyrics and chords) The song "White Sandy Beach Of Hawaii" by Israel Kamakawiwoʻole has been requested by Ken Shuttlesworth.
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Guitar: Suzanne (Including lyrics and chords) Suzanne is a song written by Leonard Cohen and is the final one on a list of requests from Keith at Kerroo Glass Sheltered Accommodation in Ramsey, here in the Isle of Man.
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Guitar: My Heart Will Go On (Including lyrics and chords) "My Heart Will Go On" also called the "Love Theme from Titanic", is the main theme song to James Cameron's blockbuster film Titanic. Its music was composed by James Horner, its lyrics were written by Will Jennings. It is another song from the list of possible songs for inclusion at a sing-around at Kerroo Glass Sheltered Accommodation in Ramsey. Originally performed by Celine Dion it became the second best selling single by a female artist in history and the eighth overall.
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Guitar: Oh, Sister Josephine (Including lyrics and chords) This is the third song from a list of requests from Keith at Kerroo Glass Sheltered Accommodation for inclusion at one of our monthly sing-arounds there. Written and performed by Jake Thakray, this is an amusing song about a criminal on the run from the police who disguises himself as a nun and lives in a convent until the police catch up with him. Jake Thakray first came to fame singing on the weekly TV programme, "The Braden Beat". I inadvertently omitted to sing the word "toilet" in the penultimate verse, but the on-screen lyrics are correct.
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Guitar: Memory (Including lyrics and chords) This is the second song from a list of requests from Keith at the sheltered accommodation at Kerroo Glass in Ramsey for inclusion at our monthly sing-around there. Written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Trevor Nunn for their musical show "Cats", it was made famous by Elaine Paige who played the character "Grizabella". Wikipedia has the following about the song: "Memory", often incorrectly called "Memories", is a show tune from the 1981 musical Cats. It is sung by the character Grizabella, a one-time glamour cat who is now only a shell of her former self. The song is a nostalgic remembrance of her glorious past and a declaration of her wish to start a new life. Sung briefly in the first act and in full near the end of the show, "Memory" is the climax of the musical, and by far its most popular and well-known song. Elaine Paige originated the role of Grizabella in the West End production of Cats, the first to publicly perform the song on stage and bringing attention to its writers Andrew Lloyd Webber and Trevor Nunn, who received the 1981 Ivor Novello award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically.
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Guitar: Golden Dawn (Including lyrics and chords) At the monthly sing-around I host at Kerroo Glass Sheltered Accommodation in Ramsey, one of the regular audience members asked if we could do some songs from a list he provided. The first song on his list was "Golden Dawn" as sung by Barbara Streisand. New to me, this song was written by Barry Gibb, (of the Bee Gees), his younger brother, Andy, and Barry's song Steve, so has a slim connection to the Isle of Man, it being the birthplace of Barry and his twin brothers Robin and Maurice.
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Guitar: The Very Thought Of You (Including lyrics and chords) I received a request from subscriber "DuggerSports" to see if I could perform this song using my autoharp for accampaniment. Unfortunately, there are too many chords in the song that I do not have on my autoharp, so I have attempted the song using my guitar. It has taken me a bit outside my comfort zone as I am basically a folk singer who usually only plays simple open chords. This being a jazz style of song uses chords I am less familiar with. Wikipedia has the following about the song: "The Very Thought of You" is a pop standard recorded and published in 1934 with music and words by Ray Noble. The song was first recorded by HMV in England in April, 1934 by Ray Noble and His Orchestra with Al Bowlly on vocals. This record was then released in the United States as Victor 24657-A. The B side was "I'll Be Good Because of You". Noble re-recorded the song in 1941 in a version released on Columbia Records as 36546 featuring the vocals of Snooky Lanson. It has been covered since by many well known artists such as Bing Crosby; Doris Day; Nat "King" Cole; Frank Sinatra etc.
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Guitar: Everybody's Talkin’ (Including lyrics and chords) This is a song written and performed originally by Fred Neil, but became famous when Harry Nilsson's version was chosen as the theme song for the film "Midnight Cowboy". It is also a song from the repertoire of Glen Campbell and like my last upload, "The Hand That Rocks The Cradle", is a tribute to him. In the on-screen annotations, I notice that I omitted the word "a" in the line .... "Sailin’ on a summer breeze".
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Guitar: The Hand That Rocks The Cradle (Including lyrics and chords) Written by Ted Harris, this is a song from the repertoire of Glen Campbell, who sadly passed away this week. The title of the song comes from a poem by William Ross Wallace, and although the words of the song are not those of the poem, the sentiment is the same.
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Guitar: The Union Mare And The Confederate Grey (Including lyrics and chords) This song, written by Englishman Paul Kennerly and performed by Waylon Jennings is one that my friends Dickie and Desi Kelly perform and I thought it was time I had a go at it myself. (From time to time, in the annotations I add to my videos, apostrophes go missing. This happened in verse 3 so instead of "we'd" it appears as "wed". I try to spot these errors before I upload the song, but since YouTube stopped using their own annotations, it is not possible for me to correct what appears on screen.)
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Guitar: Lorelei (Including lyrics and chords) I came across this song in a thread in Mudcat.org earlier this week. I was a fan of Lonnie Donegan back in the early 1960's, but do not remember this one which he performed in his own inimitable style. The song was written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller a song writing duo who wrote a number of Elvis Presley's hit songs as well as songs for other artists. They were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1985 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. PLEASE NOTE, I MISSED OUT THE LETTER m IN THE INITIAL ANNOTATIONS. THE KEY IS F#m.
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Guitar: Hard Times In The Country (Including lyrics and chords) This song by country singer Don Edwards seems to me to be rather apt for America today.
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Anthony Archibald - Guitar
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
2017 July walks in the Isle of Man This is my monthly diary of photographs of highlights of some of the walks taken mainly in the company of members of the Manx Footpaths Conservation Group here in the Isle of Man during the month of July. (For more information re this group go to manxfootpaths.org) The weather was fine for the first three weeks but turned wet towards the end of the month, but all walks went ahead as planned. I missed three walks this month, the first being a Sunday when I was playing for the Manx Folk Dance Society in the morning and performing at the Party in the Park in Ramsey in the afternoon. The other walks I missed were the Thursday and Sunday walks 20th and 24th when I was attending an autoharp workshop weekend in Moniaive in Scotland. I have included some shots of the Manx Folk Dancers in this compilation and some shots of the start of my weekend leaving the island on the Ben-my-Chree. As usual, I have added audio tracks from some of the videos I have uploaded this month to accompany the photos. They are: Concertina Man – Harmonica (created by MuseScore2) and Guitar (My own composition) Beneath The Old Oak Bough – Guitar (My own composition) Seed of Life – Autoharp (My own composition) The Light in my Mother’s Eyes – Guitar Nina’s Harp Melody – Harp and Flute (both created by MuseScore2) (My own composition) Johnny Boy – Autoharp Will You Be Mine – Guitar (My own composition) Georgy Girl – Guitar If you would like to see more photos taken on these walks, visit the Facebook site “Isle of Man walks”, or my own Google + page which you should find if you put Tony Archibald in your search engine and click on the one with the Isle of Man flag, the Three Legs of Mann.
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Guitar: Leave Her Shipmate, Leave Her (Including lyrics and chords) The lyrics for this song were presented to me by a new YouTube friend, Barry Dixon, asking me to help him by collaborating in a project dear to his heart. Barry produces videos relating to Royal Navy ships and what happens to them when they are decommissioned. Barry has re-worked a well known shanty "Leave Her Johnny, Leave Her" to tell the story of The Regent, and this can be found at: https://youtu.be/OrbVonxVlaQ. (As well as using this song, Barry also used my harmonica version of Leave Her Johnny, Leave Her) For those of you who like me do not know the naval terms, Barry kindly included a glossary for me: STON = Supply & Transport Officer – NAVY 'bow' - the pointy end of the shiP 'Op' - short for Operation (Op Granby was the name for the Iraq War). 'Guzz' - sailors name for Plymouth~Devonport ( 'Alang' - the breakers yard in India 'down South' - refers to the Falklands.
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Guitar: Beneath The Old Oak Bough (Including lyrics and chords) This song was my first ever attempt at writing a song in the folk style. I wrote it over thirty years ago, but rarely perform it nowadays. However, although I did upload it eight years ago to YouTube, the camera I was using then was an inferior webcam which was not able to cope with any volume without creating interference, so I am uploading it again to get a better sound. It seems quite appropriate to do so when many are remembering the terrible loss of life of young men on both sides in the battle of Passchendaele a hundred years ago. My own father was a survivor of that battle, but he never talked about his experiences other than to say he served at "Wipers", which is what he and his comrades called "Ypres", so I can only guess at the hell he, his comrades and their foes went through during those awful times.
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Autoharp: Johnny Boy (Including lyrics and chords) At our 'open stage' session at the Scottish Autoharp Workshop Weekend, Ruth Dyke performed this Gary Moore song beautifully and I was so taken with it, I asked her for the lyrics and chords. I listened to Gary Moore's own version of it, then tried it out myself like Ruth on the autoharp. I decided to do a slower version than Ruth's and the chords shown in the annotations are more a guide line for picking out the melody on the autoharp, but should work for guitar as well.
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Autoharp: Seed of Life (Including lyrics and chords) I uploaded this song eight years ago when I first started this channel and was uploading my own compositions only. I was using a very inferior webcam at the time and the quality of the video left a lot to be desired, so I have decided to do another version of it. As I have just returned from Moniaive in Scotland where I was attending the Scottish Autoharp Workshop Weekend which included a masterclass given by the delightful Karen Mueller, I thought I might see what this sounds like on the autoharp. (I missed a note in the second instrumental break, but apart from that, I think it is quite reasonable). Hope you like it.
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Guitar: Will You Be Mine (Including lyrics and chords) "Will You Be Mine" is a song I wrote a while ago especially to practise using chord inversions higher up the neck of the guitar. I uploaded it some time ago using chords based on the F chord shape, but that was using inferior recording equipment. This time I have decided to try using inversions based on the A chord shape. That means that in the intro I am playing an A chord shape at the 5th fret to produce a C chord; at the 3rd fret for a Bb chord and at the first fret for an Ab chord.
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Guitar: Georgy Girl (Including lyrics and chords) My friend Sylvia asked me if I knew the song "Georgy Girl" as she would like to sing it. I knew the song, but never having attempted to play it before, I said I would look it up and see what I could come up with, this video being the result. "Georgy Girl" was the title song of a film about which Wikipedia has the following: Georgy Girl is a 1966 British film based on a novel by Margaret Forster. The film was directed by Silvio Narizzano and starred Lynn Redgrave as Georgy, Charlotte Rampling, Alan Bates, and James Mason. The movie also features the well known title song performed by The Seekers. The plot follows the story of a virginal woman in 1960s Swinging London who is faced with a dilemma when pursued by both her father's older employer and the young lover of her promiscuous and pregnant flatmate. The title song, "Georgy Girl", written by Tom Springfield and Jim Dale, was recorded by Australian band The Seekers. A single release of the song (with somewhat different lyrics) topped the singles chart in Australia, and was a top-ten hit in both the UK and the US (#2 for two weeks). It was the 56th biggest British hit of 1967, and the 57th biggest American hit of 1967.[6] It became a gold record, and was also nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Original Song from a Motion Picture category. Tom Springfield wrote many songs which were performed by The Seekers. Jim Dale, who wrote the lyrics, started his career at the age of eighteen as a comedian, later starring in many of the "Carry On" series of films. He moved to America, where he starred on Broadway in such shows as Barnum, Me and My Girl, Candide etc. Nowadays, he does lot of 'voice work', being best known in America as the narrator of the "Harry Potter" audio books. For anyone not familiar with these chords: D4 = x00233 and Dsus2 = x00230
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Autoharp: Sweet Rosyanne (Including lyrics and chords) I am heading for Moniaive in Scotland tomorrow for an autoharp weekend workshop, so thought it appropriate to upload this simple autoharp song today. Only two chords, so very easy to play along with. The Brothers Four released a version of this song in 1961 on their album "Roamin'", but I understand that it is much older than that, but can find no information about earlier versions on the internet. My own interpretation is based on The Brothers Four version.
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Anthony Archibald - Autoharp
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Guitar: The Light In My Mother's Eye (Including lyrics and chords) At The Party in the Park in Ramsey three weeks ago, my friend Barbara Killey sang this song which was written by Chris While. Babs kindly gave me the lyrics and chords, as I was unable to find them anywhere on the internet.
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Guitar and Harmonica: Concertina Man (Original composition) I have been writing some little tunes for friends who play at our Friday night sessions at The Crosby Hotel in the Isle of Man. Ian plays the concertina so I wrote this one for him. I used MuseScore2 to create the music, but as they do not have a concertina voice in their free reed section, I had to use a harmonica voice instead. I recorded the MuseScore playback and strummed my guitar along with it to create this video.
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Guitar: Texas, Our Texas (Including lyrics and chords) Requested by subscriber "Mike Smith", this is the State Song for Texas as Wikipedia explains: "Texas, Our Texas" is the official state song of Texas. It was written in 1924 by William J. Marsh, who was born in Liverpool, England, and emigrated to Texas as a young man, and Gladys Yoakum Wright, a native of Fort Worth, Texas, and selected as the state song by a concurrent resolution of the Texas Legislature in 1929 following a statewide competition. Older songs, such as "The Yellow Rose of Texas" and "Dixie", were also considered but ultimately it was decided a new song should be composed. At times, there have been movements to replace "Texas, Our Texas" with the better known "The Eyes of Texas." The first word of the third line was originally largest, but when Alaska became the largest state when it was admitted to the United States in 1958, the word was replaced with boldest.[1] This song was sung in group by elementary students in Texas at the beginning of their school classes during the 1950s. At that time "largest" started the third line of the first verse. As of the 1980s, this song was still sung before classes in some schools, along with the pledge to the American and Texas flags, but with "boldest" instead of "largest." I had to take quite some time trying to work out a chord progression which sounded reasonable. I only play by ear, so it may not be perfect, but here is my interpretation of the song.
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