Anthony Archibald - Guitar - Guitar: Auntie Julia {Parody on Hallelujah} (Including lyrics and chords) I came across this one in a thread on Mudcat.org, the lyrics being asked for by a guest as a song he had seen on a list of songs by Jez Lowe. Another guest, Julia L, provided the lyrics which were written by Mike Danver Scott. I looked to see if I could find Jez Lowe's version but to no avail. However Scott's own version is on YouTube. I performed it myself last night at a party at a friend's house, and it went down well. So, with apologies to the late great Leonard Cohen, here is my interpretation of this parody on his song Hallelujah.
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Guitar: Auntie Julia {Parody on Hallelujah} (Including lyrics and chords) I came across this one in a thread on Mudcat.org, the lyrics being asked for by a guest as a song he had seen on a list of songs by Jez Lowe. Another guest, Julia L, provided the lyrics which were written by Mike Danver Scott. I looked to see if I could find Jez Lowe's version but to no avail. However Scott's own version is on YouTube. I performed it myself last night at a party at a friend's house, and it went down well. So, with apologies to the late great Leonard Cohen, here is my interpretation of this parody on his song Hallelujah.
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Guitar: Connecticut Redneck Song (Including lyrics and chords) I have been asked to sing this song by subscriber Cyril Devine. Written by David Stephens, the song is about a disaffected resident of Foley, Alabama who moves up north to Storrs, Connecticut, but finds when he gets there, he would rather be back home in Alabama. Stephens performs the song to a banjo accompaniment, but I have chosen to play the guitar for two reasons; I am not skilled enough to play the banjo as fast as the song requires, and I have been finding that it puts too much strain on my shoulder making it painful to play. (I suffer from a painful complaint called 'polymyalgia') I had difficulty finding the lyrics and chords for this one. I did manage to work most of the lyrics out listening to Stephens own version, but had help from Cyril Devine himself and from Jim Dixon on a thread in The Mudcat Café. The chords I worked out for myself.
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Guitar: Rainbow’s End (Including lyrics and chords) This is the second song that my friend Derek Tootill sent me by the performer Rex Brisland. As with 'Cricket in the Hearth', I had to guess at the chord progression, and have no other information regarding it as I have been unable to find the song on the internet. For some reason, apostrophes do not copy and paste when I add the annotations, so I have to enter them manually after pasting, but in this case, I missed the one that should have appeared in John O'Groats.
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Guitar: Cricket In The Hearth (Including lyrics and chords) A friend, Derek Tootill, gave me a recording from a performer called Rex Brisland with a number of songs that he felt I might like. I have not been able to find any of these songs anywhere on the internet, so with lyrics furnished by Derek, and chords I have worked out myself, I have done my own versions of some of these songs, the first being "Cricket in the Hearth". I have only just realised that I had not created on-screen lyrics and chords as I have with my recent uploads, so as YouTube has not stopped the creation of annotations yet, (they do so next week), I am adding them for this one, so my apologies to anyone watching on a mobile phone or i-phone, annotations do not work on those devices.
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Guitar: Only Children After Rain (Including lyrics and chords) I received a request for this song yesterday from Cyril Devine. It is a song performed by Liam Clancy, and I had some difficulty with it as I was unable to find a complete set of lyrics and nowhere could I find the chords. Joe Offer of Mudcat Café, furnished me with the lyrics, but I have had to work out the chord progression for myself, so it may not be exactly what Liam Clancy sang, but I hope, a fair representation of it. Although the song references troubles in Ireland, it might also apply to anywhere in the world where there is war or civil conflict. "Only Children After Rain" was written by Paul Foskin and Paul Grant.
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Guitar: Secret Love (Including lyrics and chords) The last video I uploaded was a song performed by Doris Day and just over a month ago, I uploaded 'Deadwood Stage' also performed by Doris. Secret Love is another of her songs, written and composed by Paul Francis Webster, (lyrics) and Sammy Fain, (music) for the film 'Calamity Jane' in which of course Doris Day starred in the title role. For my interpretation, I have chosen to play with a finger-style accompaniment the first time through, then strumming and whistling in the second run through.
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Guitar: By The Light Of The Silvery Moon (Including lyrics and chords) The song: "By The Light Of The Silvery Moon" was published in 1909 and first performed by Lillian Lorraine. Written by Edward Madden with music by Gus Edwards, the song featured in a film of the same name, starring Doris Day in 1953. In the film, she sang it as a duet with Gordon MacRae.
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Guitar: Woman Sweeter Than Man (Including lyrics and chords) At a sing-around at sheltered accommodation at Kerroo Glass in Ramsey last week, Graham Alexander sand this on which was originally done by Cliff Hall of the Liverpool Spinners. I had thought that I had done most of The Spinners songs, but this one had eluded me until now.
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Autoharp: Little Brown Jug (Including lyrics and chords) According to Wikipedia: "Little Brown Jug" is a song written in 1869 by Joseph Winner, originally published credited to "Eastburn" (Winner's middle name) by J.E. Winner in Philadelphia. It was originally a drinking song. It remained well known as a folk song into the early 20th century. Like many songs which make reference to alcohol, it enjoyed new popularity during the Prohibition era. In 1939, bandleader Glenn Miller recorded and broadcast his swing instrumental arrangement of the tune with great success, and the number became one of the best known orchestrations of the American Big Band era. I had thought that I uploaded a guitar version of this song, but when subscriber "athull08" asked for it, I could not find that version on my channel and realized that it was one I had intended to do, but slipped my memory, so here is an autoharp version.
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Guitar: Press Gang (Including lyrics and chords) A request from Lee Moran for the song Press Gang gave me some trouble for the version he suggested I listen to differs from the a cappella version sung by Ewan MacColl. Also I was not able to find chords for the other version, so I have prepared my own version, basing my tune partly on the one Lee led me to and partly on the song 'The Parting Glass' using a chord progression of my own devising.
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Guitar: God’s Gonna Cut You Down (Including lyrics and chords) This song has been requested by subscriber "Hemmi Hedman". My friend Desi Kelly sings a lot of Johnny Cash songs, but I have never heard him sing this one. According to Desi, it is one of JC's later numbers. I have never heard it before, and was quite pleased to get a quite reasonable result from my first attempt at singing it, so although it is by no means perfect, here is that attempt. With the capo at the first fret, the Am chord is used predominantly, but for the lines "God's gonna cut 'em/(you) down" the sequence of chords is C Dm Em Am and at the beginning, I had some hesitation while trying to remember this sequence. I have chosen to prepare annotations in red as they stand out better against the background.
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Guitar: Salonika (Including lyrics and chords) A request from subscriber 'DavidWTrolololol' led me to this one. David knows it as a song performed by Jimmy Crowley from Cork, but I first heard it sung by The Dubliners back in the days when I had hair! Salonika is the name of the second largest city in Greece, Thesaloniki, which was used during the Great War (WWI) as a staging post for troops from Britain and its allies as the troops were sent to other theatres of war such as Gallipoli and the Macedonian Front. As this song did not appear on any of the LPs I had of The Dubliners, however, it had slipped by me until this request.
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Guitar: Old Atlantic Shore (Including lyrics and chords) A request from subscriber "rjnrf" for help with this song has introduced me to a Canadian singer/songwriter that I have not come across before, namely "Stompin' Tom Connors". I must check out more of his songs. A short extract from Wikipedia: Charles Thomas "Stompin' Tom" Connors, OC (February 9, 1936 – March 6, 2013) was a Canadian country and folk singer-songwriter. Focusing his career exclusively on his native Canada, Connors is credited with writing more than 300 songs and has released four dozen albums, with total sales of nearly 4 million copies. I have just spotted a small error in the annotations: in the chorus, it should read ...When the big sky's blue..... (The apostrophe did not copy when I pasted the lyrics)
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2017 March 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 March. (For more information re this group go to manxfootpaths.org) We had mixed weather again this month. There were some really fine sunny days, but also some wet ones and on two occasions the weather was too wet altogether and I did not walk on those days. As mentioned last month, Storm Doris hit the island on 23rd February and on our first walk in March, we saw some of the devastation it had caused as we walked through Groudle Glen. As usual, I have added audio tracks from some of the videos I have uploaded this month to accompany the photos. They are: It Ain’t Gonna Rain No More Guitar Arkansas Traveler Guitar Perhaps Love Guitar The Deadwood Stage Guitar Bring Me A Boat Guitar Flight of the Earls Guitar Secret Love Guitar Last Kiss Guitar Chain of Love Guitar Flesh and Blood Guitar Big Weekend Guitar America 12-string 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: 1916 (Including lyrics and chords) A request from Lee Moran has introduced me to this thought-provoking and moving song written and performed by Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead. As I discovered seven years ago when I uploaded another of Lemmy's songs, namely: "I Ain't No Nice Guy" (https://youtu.be/T6Wj2ELkbtc), although Motörhead were a 'punk rock' or 'heavy metal' band some of their songs do lend themselves to a folk style. 1916 is a song about the terrible 'Battle of the Somme'. From an article in Wikipedia, Lemmy wrote: "..'Nightmare/The Dreamtime' and '1916' both relied heavily on keyboards, which was very different for Motörhead – or any heavy band in 1990. I wrote the words before the music. It's about the Battle of the Somme in World War I...Nineteen thousand Englishmen were killed before noon, a whole generation destroyed, in three hours – think about that! It was terrible – there were three or four towns in northern Lancashire and south Yorkshire where that whole generation of men were completely wiped out.." The chord progression I am using for my interpretation of the song is one I found on the Ultimate Guitar site.
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12-string Guitar: Big Weekend (Including lyrics and chords) Big Weekend is a song written and performed by Tom Petty and perfectly describes this weekend for me. Today, (Friday), in the afternoon I host my monthly sing-around at the sheltered accommodation at which I live and tonight I play guitar with friends at The Crosby Hotel where we play session music. Tomorrow night I am going to an open mic night run by my friend Dickie Kelly and on Sunday night accompanied by my friend Shaz on flute, I am joining another island folk singer, Babs Killey, at the Mitre Hotel in Kirkmichael for a two hour musical concert. I have now more or less mastered the art of putting lyrics and chords on screen without using YouTube annotations which are about to be phased out. Where I show the chord 'A' as 'A*', it is played using the chord shape for 'D' sliding it up to the 9th fret. Dsus is x00233
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Guitar: Fisherman’s Song (Including lyrics and chords) A request from subscriber, "Monolith Preacher", took me to this song written by Andy M Stewart and sung by the Scottish folk band "Silly Wizard" of which Stewart became a member in 1974. I have sung another of their songs namely "Queen of all Argyle" (https://youtu.be/7LXLdWc6WWg), but this is the first time I have come across The Fisherman's Song.
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Guitar: The Last Kiss (Including lyrics and chords) I received a request for help finding a song from subscriber, Jamie Cyr. He only knew the lyrics from the chorus, but I found the song he was after, it being "The Last Kiss". The following article from Wikipedia tells more about the song: "Last Kiss" is a song released by Wayne Cochran in 1961 on the Gala label. It failed to do well on the charts. Cochran subsequently re-recorded his song for the King label in 1963. It was later revived by J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers, Pearl Jam and several international artists, including the Canadian group Wednesday, with varying degrees of success. The song was one of several teen tragedy songs from that period. I even found a version by Elvis Presley when looking for the song on YouTube. The chord progression I found on Ultimate Guitar, transposing it to a key to suit my voice.
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Guitar: Arkansas Traveler (Including lyrics and chords) According to YouTube, this is my 3,000 th upload, though I think it is slightly more than that as some of my videos appear to have been removed for some unknown reason). Arkansas Traveler was originally written as a fiddle tune by Colonel Sandford C. 'Sandy' Faulkner in the middle of the 19th century. Lyrics were added in 1947 in preparation for its naming as the state song. The song is traditionally known to have had several versions of lyrics, which are much older than the copyrighted song. The official lyrics as the state historical song of Arkansas are copyrighted and can be found on the website of the Arkansas Secretary of State. The lyrics I am singing are not the official State Song lyrics, but Peter Pan record lyrics. I have always wanted to be able to play this tune on the banjo, but I am finding that I am in too much pain, due to a condition called polymyalgia, when I try to play that instrument, so have settled for trying it out on the guitar. I am not a particularly good instrumentalist, so this has been quite a challenge and is by no means perfect, but here goes anyway.
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Guitar: Am I That Easy To Forget (Including lyrics and chords) Written by Carl Belew and W.S. Stevenson, this song was first released in 1958, sung by Carl Belew, but has been covered since by many artists including Skeeter Davis; Gene Vincent; Jim Reeves; Patti Page; Engelbert Humperdink to name but a few. My friend Wendy Victoria Baron sang it on Sunday night at a sing-around at The Marine Hotel in Peel. My interpretation is based on the Jim Reeves version. I am still working out how to set up my own annotations using my Video Editor app. I have worked out how to align them as I want them now, but the font comes out too large on screen. I will adjust this in future videos.
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Guitar: Lay Down Beside Me (Including lyrics and chords) Written and performed by Don Williams, and more recently a duet by John Waite and Alison Krauss, my friends Derek Oates and Margaid Bird have been singing this one at our music sessions recently. My interpretation is based on Don Williams' original version. YouTube are doing away with annotations which is what I have been using to place on screen lyrics and chords for my uploads, so I have had to try to find another way of doing this. This is my first attempt at doing so, and I had some difficulty in placement with this one, but in future, I think I have worked it out better so that they will align to the top of the screen properly.
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Guitar: Flight Of The Earls (Including lyrics and chords) On Thursday night, some of my friends were rehearsing for a gig we are doing tonight at The Marine Hotel in Peel, a belated St Patrick's night. My friend Eddie Rough sang this song which none of us had heard before, and I liked it so much, I did this recording yesterday, (St Patrick's Day), and present it here for you today. "The Flight of the Earls" is a reference to an historical incident about which Wikipedia has the following article: The Flight of the Earls (Irish: Imeacht na nIarlaí) took place on 14 September 1607, when Hugh O'Neill, Earl of Tyrone and Rory O'Donnell, 1st earl of Tyrconnell, and about ninety followers left Ulster in Ireland for mainland Europe. This song is of course set in modern times and was written by Liam Reilly. The chord progression is my own interpretation.
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Guitar: It Ain't Gonna Rain No More (Including lyrics and chords) This is one that had eluded me until yesterday when I found it in a list of songs I have just begun to work through. I never belonged to the scouts, and we don't have summer camps as they do in America, so although I may have heard the song, I have never sung it before. There are numerous verses, so I have just selected a few for my performance here.
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Guitar and Harmonica: Bring Me A Boat (Including lyrics and chords) My friends Lynne and Sue sang this song at our weekly sing-around last Tuesday and I thought it was such a beautiful song I would give it a try myself. Written by Declan O’Rourke and performed by Kate Rusby, this is a re-working of the song "The Waters of Tyne". On the version I listened to by Kate Rusby, there is a beautiful flute accompaniment, but in my own version, I have used my harmonica. Also, I have changed the gender, singing it from the point of view of a man rather than the Rusby version which is sung from the point of view of a woman.
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Anthony Archibald - Guitar/harmonica
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Guitar: Flesh and Blood (Including lyrics and chords) At a sing-around a couple of weeks ago, my blind friend Desi Kelly was asked to sing this Johnny Cash song. Desi may be blind, but has an incredible memory and sings more like Johnny Cash than JC himself. (Check out a playlist on my channel: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLcjzdbNa2raLEbLlfEqtHny4lQRg5ED2L) With no hesitation, Desi played and sang the song even though he had not done so for over six years. I liked what I heard, so have now done my own version which I present here using a chord progression I have worked out for myself.
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Guitar: Perhaps Love (Including lyrics and chords) Perhaps Love is a song my friend Derek Oates sang at a couple of concerts we did last month, one for the residents of the sheltered accommodation at which I live, the other at the Manx Blind Welfare Society. Written and performed by John Denver, there is a particularly moving version of it on YouTube where John sings it as a duet with Placedo Domingo.
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Guitar: Deadwood Stage (Including lyrics and chords) A week ago, the Isle of Man was hit by Storm Doris which caused considerable damage and mayhem in the south of the island in particular. On the following day, after the storm had passed, I was hosting our usual monthly sing-around at the sheltered accommodation at which I live and made the pun: "Yesterday, Doris had her Day!!" Doris Day, a lady now in her 90's played the title role in the musical film, "Calamity Jane" and this song was one of the first she sang in that film. There are more verses to the song, including one with a reference to Wild Bill Hickok: "on his gun there's more than twenty-seven notches", but I have just restricted myself to four verses. The song was written by Sammy Fain And Paul Francis Webster in 1953.
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12-string Guitar: Chain of Love (Including lyrics and chords) My friend Dickie Kelly sings this song, having heard the Irish country singer Mike Denver performing it on a recent trip to Portugal. Wikipedia has the following about the song: "The Chain of Love" is a song written by Rory Lee Feek and Jonnie Barnett, and recorded by American country music singer Clay Walker. It was released in January 2000 as the third single from his album Live, Laugh, Love. "The Chain of Love" reached a peak of number 3 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts, providing Walker with his thirteenth Top Ten hit on that chart. It was also his second Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.
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Anthony Archibald - 12-string guitar
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2017 February 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 February. (For more information re this group go to manxfootpaths.org) February was rather wet and windy with only a couple of sunny days for our walks, but none the less, we managed to get most of them in, only losing one due to the severe winds of Storm Doris on Thursday 23rd. As usual, I have added audio tracks from some of the videos I have uploaded this month to accompany the photos. They are: Lus Vuigh Ny Manninee (Rose of Sharon) in the key of Am Flute Beg Your Leave Guitar Gentle Annie Autoharp Hand-Loom Weavers’ Lament Guitar The Holy Ground Guitar I’d Love You To Want Me Guitar Nickety Nackety Guitar Rawtenstall Annual Fair Guitar We’ll Meet Again Guitar The White Cliffs of Dover Guitar When Time Turns Around Autoharlp The Bolivar Guitar Lus Vuigh Ny Manninee (Rose of Sharon) in the key of Em Flute and 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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Anthony Archibald - Guitar/autoharp/flute
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Autoharp: When Time Turns Around (Including lyrics and chords) At a concert I will be attending tonight, one of the two acts performing will be my friends Lynne and Sue who may well sing this sweet song. I first heard it sung by Lynne a few weeks ago and decided to give it a go on the autoharp. The song was released in 1988 by the Canadian 'new wave synthpop band' "Spoons" and was written by two of its members, Gordon Deppe and Scott MacDonald. I got a bit lost in the instrumental before the final half verse. It went on longer than intended. I hope you might just be able to hear the ticking of a clock in the final instrumental outro.
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Guitar: Killeter Fair (Including lyrics and chords) A request from Ken Shuttlesworth introduced me to this song, the only other version on YouTube has been done by Raymond Crooke. https://youtu.be/dkjFKhABHA4 The following article comes from Wikipedia: Killeter (from Irish: Coill Íochtair, meaning "lower wood") is a small village and townland near Castlederg in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. In the 2001 Census it had a population of 147. Killeter has a yearly August fair, which celebrates the diversity and richness of rural life. The village itself sits along an ancient pilgrimage trail which winds its way to Lough Derg. The national cycle network traverses part of this trail, which is bounded to the west by Killeter Forest. There's a song on RCA's label Ireland's Greatest Hits titled Killeter Fair, sung by Leo McCaffrey. The lyrics aren't found on the internet, but the closest match link is listed on Irelandseye.com Following the link given, I discovered the song, described as a poem written by Jimmy Quigley, but on checking out another site, (Speedy deletion Wiki) I found an extra verse which I have included in my own interpretation. The tune the poem is set to is the same as "The Garden Where The Praties Grow"
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12-string Guitar: I'd Love You To Want Me (Including lyrics and chords) Requested by IGOR OZKARSKI, "I'd Love You to Want Me" is the title of a popular song from 1972 by Lobo (the stage name of Roland Kent LaVoie). He wrote the song, which appears on his album Of a Simple Man. It is not one I recall, but to fulfill the request, I am using my 12-string guitar and chord progression I found on Ultimate-Guitar.
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Guitar: Old John Braddelum (Including lyrics and chords) From time to time, the memory throws up random recollections from the past. When I woke this morning, I started singing this song which I had not heard for over forty years. Old John Braddelum was one of the songs from the BBC radio series 'Singing Together' some time in the early 1970s. Children in my class sang it at a school concert. We had a 'wall' painted on stiff cardboard that stretched the length of the stage. Children were standing behind the wall singing the chorus each time it came round, but the verses were sung by individual children who were crouched down behind the wall until their verse when they popped up to sing it, joined by the choir for the chorus. When it came to verse eight, the audience got a surprise when instead of a child popping up to sing the verse, I appeared!
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Guitar: Nickety, Nackety (Including lyrics and chords) I found this song having read a thread on mudcat café. From the title of the thread, I had assumed that it was about a song I have uploaded in the past, namely The Wee Cooper of Fyfe, but it turns out this is an American song, probably originating from the 'Cooper', but with a different theme and chorus. I listened to a 1927 recording of the song by Chubby Parker who sang it with a banjo accompaniment, but when I tried it with the banjo, it did not sound right, so I have used by guitar and a chord progression I picked out by ear.
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Guitar: The White Cliffs Of Dover (Including lyrics and chords) Commenting on my video of "We'll Meet Again", which I uploaded in May of 2015, William Butler asked me to do a video of "The White Cliffs of Dover". On checking my song files, I discovered that I had the lyrics and chords, so must have intended to upload it around the same time, but it slipped my memory. So today I correct that omission. As with "We'll Meet Again", "The White Cliffs of Dover" was made famous by Dame Vera Lynn who will be celebrating her 100th birthday in March and will be releasing a new album a few days before her birthday. The song was written in 1941 by Walter Kent with lyrics by Nat Burton. The chord progression I am using is reputedly how it was performed by Jim Reeves.
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Guitar: The Holy Ground (Including lyrics and chords) I uploaded a version of this song years ago when I first began to present songs on YouTube. On that occasion, I used a finger-style accompaniment throughout, but this time I only play the introduction that way, strumming the rest of the time. Wikipedia has the following about the song: The Holy Ground is a local place name in the town of Cobh, County Cork, on the southern coast of Ireland. The song "The Holy Ground" is named after this area. The name is ironic, the piece of ground known as the Holy Ground was the town's red-light district in the 19th century when the town, then known as Queenstown, was a major stopping point for ships crossing the Atlantic and had a large throughput of seafarers. Although the song is now closely associated with Cobh in Co Cork, it probably originated in Wales where it was known as Old Swansea Town Once More, or sometimes as The Lass of Swansea Town.
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Autoharp: Gentle Annie (Including lyrics and chords) I uploaded a different song by this title some time ago, that one being written by 'the father of American folk music', Stephen Foster. At the time, my YouTube friend Raymond Crooke commented that he knew another song by the same title which Tommy Makem used to perform. I looked up that song, (both Raymond's version and Tommy's), but never got around to recording it myself for some reason. So, having been reminded of this a couple of days ago, I have now done this version using my autoharp for accompaniment, and as today is our monthly meeting of the Manx Autoharp Group, I felt it appropriate to upload it now. This song I believe was written by Tommy Makem, and in one of his videos he introduces it by reciting beautifully the poem, The Dawning of the Day, or Raglan Road. I uploaded the song The Shores of Normandy a couple of days ago which uses the melody of the song The Dawning of the Day, so this is another reason that it is appropriate for me to upload this song today.
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Guitar: Shores of Normandy (Including lyrics and chords) Shores of Normandy is a poem written by Jim Radford and set to the tune, "The Dawning of the Day", also known as "Raglan Road". I received a request from Lee Moran for this one and this is my first attempt at it, the chord progression I played without reference to any source but my own ears. "D Day" was originally supposed to be 5th June, but unseasonable storms delayed the invasion by a day and even then the seas were rough. (This happened in 1944. I was born a year later on June 5th 1945).
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Guitar: Hand Loom Weavers’ Lament (Including lyrics and chords) This is another song from the Deep Lancashire LP that Lee Moran directed me to. I have not come across this one before, and have worked out my own chord progression after listening to Harry Boardman's version on the LP. Harry used a banjo, but I am using my guitar. In the first verse, the expression: "...it's enough to make you crill" had me a bit flummoxed...."crill" is a Lancashire dialect word used when something made your flesh creep or made you shudder in horror.
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Guitar: Beg Your Leave (Including lyrics and chords) Like my last two uploads, namely "A Mon Like Thee" and "The Rawtenstall Annual Fair", this song is one from an LP called "Deep Lancashire". My Youtube friend, Lee Moran, requested that I look at doing some of the songs from that LP, and the first two are ones I already knew from having heard them sung by friends, but this one is completely new to me. Not coming from Lancashire, I was not aware of the term 'pace-egging', so I have had to look it up and discovered that this is a tradition similar to one we have in the Isle of Man, namely 'The White Boys', but where ours is associated with St Stephen's Day, Boxing Day, the Pace-eggers do their thing at Easter. The following is from a site called Historic UK: Pace-Eggers were once a common sight in Lancashire villages. They were groups of fantastically dressed 'mummers' complete with blackened faces, wearing animal skins and festooned with ribbons and streamers. They processed through the streets singing the traditional Pace-egger's song and collecting money as a tribute. The procession included various characters… the Noble Youth, the Lady Gay, the Soldier Brave and the Old Toss-Pot! The Old Toss-Pot was a drunken buffoon who wore a long straw tail stuffed with pins. It was not wise to grab the Old Toss-Pot's tail. I only learned this song this morning and have put my own chord progression to it, based on what I heard on the LP.
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
Guitar: Rawtenstall Annual Fair (Including lyrics and chords) Written by Robert Patrick Weston and Bert Lee, "Rawtenstall Annual Fair" is a music hall song from Lancashire. My friends Lynne Tootill and Sue McMaster often sing this as does my friend Jack Verity. Jack in particular coming from Oldham, performs it a cappella in his broad Lancashire accent. As I come from the Isle of Man, my attempt at a Lancashire accent is probably not very authentic. I love the imagery conjured up by this fun song.
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Anthony Archibald - Guitar
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
2017 January 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 January. (For more information re this group go to manxfootpaths.org) January was a month of mixed weather and was for the most part quite mild, though it was bitterly cold on New Year’s Day for our first walk with a northerly wind blowing. Some of the walks were taken under blue skies, but more under overcast skies. Happily, we did not miss out on any due to heavy rain. As usual, I have added audio tracks from some of the videos I have uploaded this month to accompany the photos. They are: The January Man 12-string Guitar Lus Vuigh Ny Manninee (Rose of Sharon) Flute and Guitar (My own composition) Have You Ever Seen The Rain Guitar No Matter What Guitar Beeswing Guitar My Elusive Dreams Guitar Like I Used To Do Guitar Beautiful Sunday Guitar Cousin Jack Guitar If You Miss Me At The Back Of The Bus Guitar The Dark Island Guitar Lus Vuigh Ny Manninee (Rose of Sharon) Flute and 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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Anthony Archibald - Guitar/12-string guitar/flute
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
Guitar: A Mon Like Thee (Including lyrics and chords) My thanks to Lee Moran who has reminded me of some songs I have been meaning to learn for some time, but had not got around to. "A Mon Like Thee" is a pleasant little tale from Lancashire about a man who welcomes anybody who calls at his home and offers them hospitality and friendship. I have a couple of friends who sing this one, and coming from Lancashire, they are able to do so with a genuine Lancashire accent, but as I come from the Isle of Man, my attempt at the accent is not so authentic. The song was written by Edmund Hill, and apparently had three verses, but for some reason when The Oldham Tinkers recorded it they only sang the first two. Later, Mike Harding added a fourth verse, and I have included all four in my own interpretation. Note, Jack lived in a green house, not as some seem to sing a greenhouse!
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
Guitar: Cousin Jack (Including lyrics and chords) At a concert last Sunday, a young man, new to our group, sang this song. "Cousin Jack" is a song performed by the 'roots and folk' duo "Show of Hands". The song was written by Steve Knightley who with Phil Beer are the members of the duo. The song is about the demise of the mining industry in the county of Cornwall. My own maternal great-grandparents moved to the Isle of Man from Cornwall to work at the mines in Foxdale, so I feel an affinity to anything Cornish and therefore felt I had to do my own version of this moving song.
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Autoharp: The Isle of Eigg (Including lyrics and chords) Last night was Burns' Night, and I had been invited to a Burns' Night supper, after which a few of us broke out the guitars and sang Scottish songs. Although she did not sing this one last night, our hostess, Margaid often sings this one on a Tuesday night and I thought it was high time I did my own version, and as it is some time since I last used my autoharp, I am accompanying the song on it. The Isle of Eigg is one of the most beautiful Hebridean Islands. About five miles long by three miles wide, Eigg lies 10 miles off the Scottish West coast, South of the Isle of Skye. Arisaig is a village in Lochaber, Inverness-shire, on the west coast of the Scottish Highlands. The word Arisaig means "the safe place" in the Scottish Gaelic language.
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Anthony Archibald - Autoharp
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
Guitar: If You Miss Me At The Back Of The Bus (Including lyrics and chords) My friend Lynne sang this one at one of our Sunday night concerts a couple of weeks ago. Wikipedia has the following article about the song: "If You Miss Me at The Back of the Bus" was a song written by Carver Neblett and recorded by Peter Seeger on his album For Kids and Just Plain Folks in 1963. The song was written in response to attempts to desegregate a public swimming pool in Cairo, Illinois, after a young African-American man drowned while swimming in a local river due to the pool not allowing any African-Americans to use it. The song depicts the attitude of the African American community towards civil rights during the 1960s. In his book with Bob Reiser, Everybody Says Freedom, Seeger commented that people would improvise new lyrics to the song to reflect on various situations. The song's popularity grew after it began to be used as one of the anthems for the civil rights movement.
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Anthony Archibald - Guitar
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
Guitar: Like I Used To Do (Including lyrics and chords) At the dedication mass for my late friend Donal McMahon, a recording of Donal himself singing this song was played. It was such a moving piece, it brought me and others to tears. I looked it up on returning home, and having found the lyrics, worked out my own chord progression which I present here in my own interpretation. In the dedication service, the title of the song was given as "Carry This Torch", but songwriters Tim O'Brien and Patrick Alger entitled it "Like I Used To Do".
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
Guitar: Have You Ever Seen The Rain (Including lyrics and chords) Written by John Fogerty, "Have You Ever Seen The Rain" was released as a single in 1971 by Creedence Clearwater Revival. I saw a version of the song on Facebook the other day, performed by Willie Nelson and his daughter Paula which to be honest I liked much more than the CCR version. Wikipedia has the following in an article about the song: ....In a literal sense the song describes a sunshower such in the lyric "It'll rain a sunny day" and the chorus "have you ever seen the rain Comin' down on a sunny day?". These events are particularly common in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, but less common in other parts of the country, due to localized atmospheric wind sheer effects. In southern regional dialect there is even a term for it "the devil beating his wife".
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Guitar: Beeswing (Including lyrics and chords) I uploaded a version of this song in August 2009 and made the following observation: "Written by Richard Thompson, I first heard this lovely song sung by Donal, one of our regulars at the Tuesday evening music session. I have also watched and listened to Christy Moore singing it, but good though that version is, nothing comes near Donal's singing and playing. I have however wanted to learn it since hearing him the first time, so here is my version which comes a very far distance behind the others mentioned." Sadly our friend Donal passed away last week and his Dedication Mass will take place tomorrow, so as a tribute to him, I have done a newer version, this time raising the key from G to Bb. RIP Donal Mcmahon
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Guitar: Mary Skeffington (Including lyrics and chords) My friend Lynne Tootil sang this song at a concert last week. Written by Gerry Rafferty, whose mother's maiden name was Skeffington, according to a site called "Song Facts". This also comes from that site: According to Rafferty's Daily Telegraph obituary, he was born in Paisley, Scotland on April 16, 1947, and had a miserable childhood, "His mother would hide from his father to avoid being beaten when he came home drunk". All the sources for the chords to this show the progression as A D A.... for the first line, but having listened carefully to Rafferty's version on YouTube, I think it sounds better as A Asus2 A Asus2 is simply the same as the A chord but lifting the finger off the second string 002200
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
Guitar: My Elusive Dreams (Including lyrics and chords) Wikipedia has the following about this song: "My Elusive Dreams" is a country music song written by Billy Sherrill and Curly Putman, which has been recorded by several artists. The best-known version was recorded as a duet by David Houston and Tammy Wynette, and was a No. 1 country hit in October 1967; the song also peaked at No. 89 on the Billboard Hot 100. My friends Derek Oates and Margaid Bird sing this as a duet in the Houston-Wynette style, whilst another friend, Eddie Rough sings it as a solo in the original Putnam style, and that is how I am presenting my own interpretation.
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Guitar: No Matter What (Including lyrics and chords) "No Matter What" is a song written by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber for the stage musical "Whistle Down The Wind". It was made popular by the Irish boyband Boyzone in 1998 when they recorded it to tie in with the show's first UK production. My friend Margaid Bird sings this at our Tuesday night music sessions, and I have learnt it so that I can accompany her if needed.
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Anthony Archibald - Guitar
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
Flute and Guitar: Lus vuigh ny Manninee (Original composition) I felt the urge to write a tune yesterday morning, and with the aid of MuseScore2, set about doing so. I wrote the tune especially for my lovely friend Sharon who plays the flute in our sessions on Wednesday and Friday nights, and have given it a Manx title which in English means "The Rose of Sharon". (The rose of Sharon is a name given to a number of plants in particular Hibiscus syriacus). I sent an audio file of my recording to Sharon, and last night at a friend's party, we performed it for the first time together. My performance here is done by playing the tune using the flute voice on MuseScore2, then playing a guitar accompaniment over it, albeit somewhat tentatively as I was making up the accompaniment as I went along.
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Anthony Archibald - Flute/guitar
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
Guitar: Beautiful Sunday (Including lyrics and chords) Released in 1972, Beautiful Sunday was written by Daniel Boone (real name Peter Green) and Rod McQueen and performed by Boone. It reached number 21 in the UK charts, doing slightly better in the US where it made 15 on the Billboard Hot 100. Not my usual style, but as I heard one of my friends sing it a couple of weeks ago, and it is a jolly song, I decided to give it a go myself, recording it appropriately enough on a sunny Sunday morning.
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Anthony Archibald - Guitar
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
2016 walks in the Isle of Man My first upload of the year is a compilation of photographs taken on walks throughout the year 2016 here in the Isle of Man, one from each of the walks I was on. These are walks organised by the Manx Footpaths Conservation Group, and I usually do the Thursday and Sunday walks, though they also have walks on a Tuesday, Saturday and in the summer, Wednesday evenings. I injured my left ankle and calf at the end of December 2015, so missed some of the Sunday walks in January, but was soon back to full fitness and made all the remaining ones. As usual, I am playing some of the sound tracks from videos I have on my channel and they are: 12-string Guitar - The January Man; 12-string Guitar - Upside Down; Mandolin and Guitar - Belles of Bedlam; Guitar - A Rainy Night in Soho; Autoharp - The Sound of Silence; Mandolin and 12-string Guitar - Kauan Odotettu. If you would like to view more of my photographs from the walks I go on, 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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Anthony Archibald - Guitar/autoharp/mandolin
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
2016 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) December was quite a mild month with quite a bit of sunshine and late autumnal colours making the walks very pleasant for the most part. As usual, I have added audio tracks from some of the videos I have uploaded this month to accompany the photos. They are: The Dark Island Guitar Leave Your Sheep (Faag-jee ny Kirree) Autoharp (My own composition) Little Maggie May Guitar It Doesn’t Matter Anymore Autoharp Bye-Bye Blackbird Guitar Dublin Town In 1962 Guitar Keep You In Peace Autoharp Kauan Odotettu Mandolin and 12-string 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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Anthony Archibald - Guitar/autoharp/mandolin
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
Guitar: The Dark Island (Including lyrics and chords) I uploaded three different versions of this song a few years ago, at a time when it was completely new to me and I was not totally familiar with the melody. I sang this version with lyrics by David Silver first and was then directed to the lyrics by Stewart Ross whose son explained that there has been a long running dispute as to who first wrote lyrics to the tune. I then found another version with lyrics by Alan Bell. The only point on which everyone seems to agree is that the tune was written by accordionist Iain MacLachlan and was used by the BBC for a thriller by the same title of a story set in Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides, though it was apparently filmed in South Uist. The group of musicians with whom I play session music play the tune regularly, so I am now more familiar with it and have decided to re-record the Silver version which I present here. We normally play this in the key of G, but I cannot sing it in that key, so I have placed the capo at the 5th fret so as to sing in the key of C
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Anthony Archibald - Guitar
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
Guitar: Across The Alley From The Alamo (Including lyrics and chords) Looking for songs that are new to me, I came across this one yesterday and had to do it myself. Written by Joe Greene, it was recorded in 1957 by The Mills Brothers and is according to Wikipedia, a jazz standard which probably accounts for why I had not come across it before, not being a big fan of jazz.
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Anthony Archibald - Guitar
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
Guitar: Dublin Town In 1962 (Including lyrics and chords) At our Sunday night concert after we had our Christmas dinner, my friend Eddie Rough sang this song which I had not heard before. (Eddie's name may be Rough, but his singing is smooth as velvet!) As a seventeen year old, I was in Dublin in 1962 taking part in a folk festival as a dancer, so this song brought back pleasant memories to me. The song was written and performed by Dermot O’Brien a top Irish folk musician from the 1960s right through until his death in 2007. Here is my own interpretation of this lovely song.
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Anthony Archibald - Guitar
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
Autoharp: Leave Your Sheep [Faag jee ny Kirree] (Including lyrics and chords) I wrote this Christmas song last year and uploaded it in time for Christmas, but I felt I had sung it an octave too low. Since then, a friend, Fiona McArdle has kindly translated my lyrics into Manx and with her help and the help of my good friend Sharon Christian, I am now singing it both in Manx and English. (My Manx pronunciation may be a bit suspect though). Fiona's translation is as follows: Voch’llyn, tar-jee! Clasht-jee n’ arrane! Eaisht-jee rish n’ ainleyn chaghteraght Faag-jee ny kirree! Beemayd freayll arrey orroo noght. Ny gow-jee aggle! Ta shin aynshoh. Immee-jee gys Bethlehem Faag-jee ny kirree! Beemayd freayll arrey orroo noght. Yiowmayd shiu, oikan ruggit jiu, Mac Voirey, cho meiygh as meen, ‘Sy vanjoor marish e voir veen, Eunys y chur dooin veih Niau. Hig deiney creeney lesh shilley er’n Vab Cur lhieu gooityn da’n vabban meein, Gow-jee moylley mâroo as arrane Shee dy row er deiney as mraane. Voch’llyn, tar-jee! Clasht-jee n’ arrane! Eaisht-jee rish n’ ainleyn chaghteraght Faag-jee ny kirree! Beemayd freayll arrey orroo noght. Ny gow-jee aggle! Ta shin aynshoh. Immee-jee gys Bethlehem Faag-jee ny kirree! Beemayd freayll arrey orroo noght. My phonetic interpretation of this is: Vock lin tar-jee! Clash-jee n’arrane! Aysh-jee rish ninelan chackteragh Feg-jee n' kirree! Bimad frail arra oroo nock Ni gow-jee aal! Ta shin onshore. Immee-jee gus Bethlehem Feg-jee n' kirree! Bimad frail arra oroo nock Yow mud shoe eekan ruggid jew Mac Vorra, cho meark as meen, Su vanjoor morish e vor veen, Eunice u cur doon vie Niow Hig daynya creena lesh shillya urn Varb Cur lew gootin da’n vabban meein, Gow-jee molla mareoo as arrane Shee du row er denya as mrain Vock lin tar-jee! Clash-jee n’arrane! Aysh-jee rish ninelan chiackteragh Feg-jee n' kirree! Bimad frail arra oroo nock Ni gow-jee aal! Ta shin onshore. Immee-jee gus Bethlehem Feg-jee n' kirree! Bimad frail arra oroo nock and in English: Shepherds come! Hear the song! Hark the herald angels sing: Leave your sheep! We will keep Watch o’er them tonight. Have no fear! We are here! Make your way to Bethlehem! Leave your sheep! We will keep Watch o’er them tonight. There you’ll find a new-born child; Mary’s son so meek and mild In a manger gently laid; Come to bring us joy. Wise men too will come to him, Costly gifts to the babe they will bring. Join with them and praises sing: Peace be to all men! Shepherds come! Hear the song! Hark the herald angels sing: Leave your sheep! We will keep Watch o’er them tonight. Have no fear! We are here! Make your way to Bethlehem! Leave your sheep! We will keep Watch o’er them tonight.
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Anthony Archibald - Autoharp
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
Guitar: Little Maggie May (Including lyrics and chords) I first heard this lovely song a little over a year ago when it was sung in Peel Cathedral by a visiting group from Cornwall who were taking part in "Yn Cruinnaght" (Manx for eisteddfod) here in the Isle of Man. Until recently, I had not been able to find either the lyrics or the tune, but now I have and so here is my own interpretation of "Little Maggie May". Although strongly associated with Cornwall, the song was actually written in America in 1869, words by G. W. Moore, music by Charles W. Blamphin. Apparently, it was collected by Ralph Dunstan and was included in his work, "The Cornish Songbook". In his own words, Dunstan said: "This pleasing little song was communicated by Capt T Collett, of Polglaze, Perrancoombe, who heard it at St Mabyn about 1870. I rather fancy it is of American origin but have never come across any other record of it. Verses 2,3,and 4 are a conjectural restoration. [Ralph Dunstan January 24 1930]." I recorded this mid-afternoon on a very gloomy day, so my apologies for the poor quality of picture.
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Anthony Archibald - Guitar
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
Autoharp: Keep You In Peace (Including lyrics and chords) At our autoharp weekend in Moniaive, Scotland, last July I picked up some useful tips from the tutors whose sessions I attended. However, as I could not be in two places at once, I split the day going to Heather Farrell-Roberts session in the morning and Bob Fish's in the afternoon. Consequently, I missed the morning session with Bob who introduced his group to this lovely song. I had not known it, so until I got home and wrote it our using MuseScore, and listening to the result, I was not able to sing it. I thought that it is a very suitable song for this time of year, so here is my own interpretation of "Keep You In Peace", which was written and composed by Sarah Morgan.
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Anthony Archibald - Autoharp
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
Guitar: Cold Blow And The Rainy Night (Including lyrics and chords) A couple of weeks ago, "CazzoPORTICO Scimmie" asked if I knew the song "Cold Blow And The Rainy Night". At that time, I did not, however, I have since listened to Christy Moore's own version which he sang 'a cappella', and have devised a chord progression which I feel suits, so here is my interpretation of this song which I believe to be traditional.
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Anthony Archibald - Guitar
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
Autoharp: It Doesn’t Matter Anymore (Including lyrics and chords) It is a while since I uploaded anything using my autoharp, so for the next few days, I will do so. This is a song that Heather Farrell-Roberts taught us at an autoharp workshop in Moniaive, Scotland back in July. She used it as an example of a 'driving' beat. Made famous by Buddy Holly, it was written by Paul Anka. Wikipedia has the following article: The song reached number 13 as a posthumous hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in early 1959, shortly after Holly died in a plane crash on February 3, 1959. The single was a two-sided hit, backed with "Raining in My Heart". "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" was Holly's last US Top 20 hit and featured the orchestral backing of Dick Jacobs. It was also successful in the United Kingdom, where it became the country's first posthumous number 1 hit. In the annotations, I have mostly only shown the chord for strumming, but as I played it, I was including some melody, so watch my fingers to check where I use the G and D7 chord bars which are played with my middle and ring fingers respectively.
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Anthony Archibald - Autoharp
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
2016 November 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 November. (For more information re this group go to manxfootpaths.org) November was quite a damp month with little sunshine, but all walks went ahead as planned, and the autumnal colours compensated for the dullness throughout the whole of the month. As usual, I have added audio tracks from some of the videos I have uploaded this month to accompany the photos. They are: Turn Around Guitar Hurrah, We’re Homeward Bound Guitar The Ballad of Bethnal Green Guitar After the Goldrush Guitar Song Of Lieutenant Kijé Guitar and Harmonica A Single Yellow Rose Guitar It’s Four in the Morning Guitar The Dutchman Guitar Putting on the Style Guitar Arrane y Niee Mandolin 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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Anthony Archibald - Guitar/harmonica
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
Guitar: O Holy Night (Including lyrics and chords) Although I have uploaded a previous version of this carol, using my 12-string guitar, I have decided to do so again today as I felt that in the key of G which I used last time, it was a bit of a stretch for me to reach the high notes. This time I am singing and playing in the key of F. It is probably my favourite Christmas carol and I sang it for the residents of Marathon Court Nursing Home on Wednesday and will be doing so again today at the Kerroo Glass sheltered accommodation in Ramsey. Originally written as a poem "Minuit, chrétiens" (Midnight, Christians) by a wine merchant and poet, Placide Cappeau (1808–1877) in Roquemaure at the end of the year 1843, it was set to music by Adolphe Adam in 1847. Unitarian minister John Sullivan Dwight created a singing edition based on Cappeau's French text in 1855, and it is his version I am performing here.
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Anthony Archibald - Guitar
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
Guitar: Bye Bye Blackbird {Full Version} (Including lyrics and chords) Yesterday, I uploaded a version of "Bye Bye Blackbird" which only used the chorus of the song. I should have realised there would be verses too, for as with many songs from that era, later recordings just used the chorus which was more memorable than the verses. I found on YT an original recording of the song performed by Gene Austin in 1926, and though I have not been able to find the chords for this full version, I have devised my own from his singing. I have chosen to perform this version in a different key to yesterday's upload and am not whistling as the song is long enough without the need for an instrumental verse, and am using a finger-style accompaniment rather than strumming as I did yesterday.
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Anthony Archibald - Guitar
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
Guitar: Bye Bye Blackbird (Including lyrics and chords) Here is an oldie I did at my monthly sing-around recently at the sheltered accommodation in which I live. Lyrics by Mort Dixon, music by Ray Henderson in 1926, it has been a 'standard' ever since. When I found the lyrics and chords, they were only for the chorus which is the way I remember the song as most performers of my era only sang it this way. However, as I am writing this, I have just discovered that there are verses to it as well, so I will endeavour to learn them and upload a full version asap.
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Anthony Archibald - Guitar/whistling
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
Guitar: She Lived Down By The Firehouse (Including lyrics and chords) Yesterday, I received a message from one of my YouTube friends, William O'Connell, presenting me with the lyrics and chords to a song which is new to me. I looked it up and found a few versions on YT, including a recording by Pie Plant Pete. The information with it was so interesting, I have taken the liberty of copying it and pasting it here:- So why is Pie Plant Pete an important figure in the development of pop music? Well Pie Plant had a show on WLS, a 50,000 watt radio station out of Chicago where he’d sing and play guitar along with his partner Bashful Harmonica Joe. A young kid named Lester William Polfuss tuned in the signal from WLS, became infatuated with Pie Plant Pete, taught himself the harmonica and guitar, copied Pete’s act and started to gig around his hometown of Waukesha Wisconsin as Red Hot Red. Red Hot Red, known later as Les Paul eventually developed the electric guitar and basically invented multi-track recording, and it was Pie Plant Pete who inspired Les Paul to become a musician. Thanks Pete. I had thought of using my harmonica to play the instrumental break, but as I am playing and singing in F, and my F diatonic harmonica is set up in too high an octave, I decided against it as it did not sound right. (Pie Plant Pete's real name was Claude Moye) Here then is my own interpretation of this song from the 1920s.
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Anthony Archibald - Guitar
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
Guitar: Tenting Tonight (Including lyrics and chords) A bitter-sweet song from the American Civil War period, "Tenting On The Old Campground" or as it is also known, "Tenting Tonight" was a song popular with both civilians and soldiers from both sides of the conflict. It was written by Walter Kittredge in 1863 in response to receiving his draft notice, but was not published until a year later. I was asked to perform this one by my friend athull08, and not being familiar with it, I checked out a few versions on YouTube and have now done my own interpretation here which I wish to dedicate to all the brave souls who are standing against the money motivated injustice at Standing Rock and are suffering terrible abuse from the so-called 'law enforcement agencies' who are committing atrocities which at other times would be considered to be 'war crimes'! I missed a verse which should have been: The lone wife kneels and prays with a sigh That God his watch will keep O'er the dear one away and the little dears nigh, In the trundle bed fast asleep.
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Anthony Archibald - Guitar
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Guitar: Prisoner's Song (Including lyrics and chords) Having uploaded the Vernon Dalhart version of "Puttin' On The Style", I decided to look up more songs by this artist and found this one. Interestingly, the lyrics are virtually identical with "Meet Me By The Moonlight", a song performed by The Stanley Brothers and The Carter Family among others, a version of which I uploaded last year in my "Toneway" collection. The melody, however, is quite different. Wikipedia has a long and interesting article about the Dalhart version: "The Prisoner's Song", is a song copyrighted by Vernon Dalhart in 1924 in the name of Dalhart's cousin Guy Massey, who had sung it while staying at Dalhart's home and had in turn heard it from his brother Robert Massey, who may have heard it while serving time in prison.[1][2] "The Prisoner's Song" was one of the best-selling songs of the 1920s, particularly in the recording by Vernon Dalhart. The Vernon Dalhart version was recorded on Victor Records in October 1924 and marketed in the hillbilly music genre. It was likely one of the best-selling records of the early 20th century. Although contemporary data show that Victor pressed slightly over 1.3 million copies during the record's peak years of popularity,[3] anecdotal accounts sourced from a 1940s promotional flyer report sales as high as 7 million.[4] The song's publisher at the time, Shapiro, Bernstein & Co., reportedly sold over one million copies of the song's sheet music.[5] It was later performed by, among others, Hank Snow, Bill Monroe and Brenda Lee. The first verse was sung by Liberace at the end of an episode of the 1960s television show Batman in which Liberace played the double role of twin criminal brothers, both of whom ended the episode behind bars. The song was included in Lyle Kessler's play Orphans and the film adaptation of the same name which the character of Harold drunkenly mumbles. The verse sung was altered to "if I had the wings of an anger, over these prison walls I would fly, Straight to the arms of my mutter, and then I'd be willing to die".
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Guitar: Puttin’ On The Style (Including lyrics and chords) As a youth, I loved skiffle, especially when performed by Lonnie Donegan and his band, and this song was a favourite. It came as a surprise then when I came across an earlier version of it last week. This was written by George P Wright and Norman Cazden and performed by Vernon Dalhart, predating the Donegan version by over 30 years. The lyrics and tune of the original are not the same as the version I knew, so it was quite tricky performing this one myself without slipping back to the Donegan version.
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Guitar: Hurrah, We're Homeward Bound (Including lyrics and chords) On a thread in Mudcat.org a few days ago, a request for the lyrics and chords for this song had me looking for my own version of it. I was surprised to find I had not got one on YouTube, so I set to and recorded this after working out the chord progression for myself. I have based my interpretation on a version by Ian Campbell on an LP entitled 'This Is The Ian Campbell Folk Group'. The title is really simply 'Homeward Bound', but as I have sung two other songs with this title, I have called my version 'Hurrah, We're Homeward Bound' to avoid confusion. According to one of the replies on Mudcat, this is a forebitter shanty and should be performed 'a cappella', but I am sure that if any instruments were available, the crewmen would have used them. In particular a concertina sounds great as in the Ian Campbell version.
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Guitar: A Single Yellow Rose (Including lyrics and chords) A Single Yellow Rose is a song written and performed by Isla Grant is a song that my friend Linda Qualtrough sings at our music sessions from time to time, and though written from a female perspective, I like it so am singing my own interpretation which I hope you enjoy.
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Guitar: The Ballad Of Bethnal Green (Including lyrics and chords) A couple of days ago, I received a request from Bill O'Connell for help with the chords for this song by Paddy Roberts from 1959. I think I vaguely remember the song which is a humorous imitation of a traditional folk song. Here is my interpretation with chords I have devised after listening to the original song played on the piano.
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Guitar and Harmonica: Song Of Lieutenant Kijé (Including lyrics and chords) In a thread on Mudcat.org a couple of days ago, a request was asked for seeking the lyrics to a song from the BBC radio series 'Singing Together' from 1958. Thanks to a Nigel Parsons, the full lyrics were obtained. I used to use the programme, 'Singing Together' in my own days as a teacher in the 1970s, but had never come across this one. The melody for the song is 'Troika' from Prokofiev's Lieutenant Kijé suite, the lyrics being written by Gladys Whitred. I have played the melody on my harmonica as a bridge in the song 'I Believe In Father Christmas', so I have decided to give this one a go for myself. The chord progression is of my own devising. Lieutenant Kijé apparently was thought by the Tsar to be an exceptional soldier who rapidly advanced through the ranks of the army, but it turns out he was only a figment of the imagination of the Tsar's secretary who invented him and his exploits to lift the spirits of his employer.
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Guitar: It's Four In The Mornin' (Including lyrics and chords) My friend Peter Corkhill sang this one last night at our sing around. The song was written by Jerry Chesnut and performed by country singer Faron Young. For my own interpretation, I have included an instrumental verse by whistling the melody.
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Guitar: The Dutchman (Including lyrics and chords) A few years ago, a musical friend used to sing this song at our sing around sessions, and I always meant to have a go at it myself. Two days ago, somebody uploaded a video on Facebook of Liam Clancy and Tommy Makem performing it, so this time I looked it up and have made my own interpretation. I spent an hour or two every day for three years with a dear old lady neighbour who had Alzheimer's, so I can identify very much with this beautiful song written by Michael Peter Smith, a Chicago-based singer-songwriter. (Rolling Stone Magazine once called him "The greatest songwriter in the English language").
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Guitar: After The Goldrush (Including lyrics and chords) I saw a video on Facebook last week of Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris singing an updated version of this Neil Young song, and realized that I had not done this one myself. Here then is my interpretation of Neil Young's original lyrics. (As I do not have an orchestra with a horn player to help me, I have simply hummed the instrumental verse.)
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Guitar: Turn Around (Including lyrics and chords) A thread in 'mudcat café' yesterday led me to this song which I have not heard in many years. The version I remember would have been by Harry Belafonte, but the song was written by Malvina Reynolds. This was one of her earliest songs and she was told that she had to share the copyright with the record producer and performer, so it is attributed to her, Al Greene and Harry Belafonte. My YouTube friend, Raymond Crooke, has his own version of this song but from a male perspective, changing the lyrics accordingly. (https://youtu.be/eUn2Y0I1moE) I am sticking with Malvina's original lyrics in my own interpretation.
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Guitar: Let The Mermaids Flirt With Me (Including lyrics and chords) My friend, 'Blue John Gregory' is an exponent of blues and plays and sings this song at some of our sing arounds. He has a version of this song on YouTube: (https://youtu.be/HTAXu8f9Yio). I am not as accomplished a guitarist, but I like the song, so here is my own interpretation of it. The song is a Mississippi John Hurt number.
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Guitar: The Boxer {Parody} (Including lyrics and chords) DISCLAIMER: If you are easily offended by rudeness, please do not watch this video! A friend sang a parody on the The Boxer at a sing around a couple of weeks ago. I thought he had made it up himself, but he told me he had found it on the internet, so I looked for it. I did find the one he sang, but also came across this one, so with apologies to Simon and Garfunkel, here is my interpretation of lyrics written by Steve Baigent.
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Guitar: The Rabbit (Including lyrics and chords) I came across this amusing ditty on Facebook a couple of weeks ago and thought it would be fun to have a go at it. It was written and performed by The Good Brothers, a Canadian country, bluegrass and folk music group originating from Richmond Hill, Ontario.
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2016 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) Once again, the weather has been kind for our Thursday and Sunday walks, most of which have gone ahead in sunny conditions. As usual, I have added audio tracks from some of the videos I have uploaded to accompany the photos. They are: October Song Guitar Following The Leader Guitar All The Fine Young Men Guitar The Holland Handkerchief Guitar Shine On Harvest Moon Guitar Little Pot Stove Guitar Coorie Doon Guitar Autumn Comes 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: Coorie Doon (Including lyrics and chords) Also known as "A Miner's Lullaby", "Coorie Doon" was written by Matt McGinn. "The Brobdingnagian Bards" site has the following about it: It's a beautiful hypnotic lullaby by Matt McGinn (1928-1977) one of the most prolific songwriters of the Scottish Folk Revival. "Coorie doon" means to "snuggle down" as well as "crouch down". McGinn does an amazing job at applying the images of a child in going to bed and the miner going down into the mines. I came across it last week when a video of it appeared on Facebook. The chord progression is of my own devising.
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Guitar: Little Pot Stove (Including lyrics and chords) This is a song that our friend Wilf Young sings 'A Capella' at our music sessions. It was written by Harry Robertson, about whom Wikipedia has the following: Harry Robertson (1923 – 15 May 1995) was a Scottish-born, Australian folk-singer/songwriter, poet and activist, who became a key figure in the development of the Australian folk music tradition. Robertson emigrated from Scotland in 1952 where he worked in the whaling industry and wrote a number of songs and poems about the lives of the whalers without glorifying the industry. Among them were "Queensland Whalers", "Ballina Whalers" and "Wee Dark Engine Room". Robertson and others established the Moreton Bay Folk Festival, also regarded as the 3rd National Folk Festival, in 1969, and the Maleny/Woodford Folk Festival in 1987, both in Queensland. Nic Jones covered this song as "The Little Pot Stove" on his 1980 Topic album Penguin Eggs; the song also gave the album its title. I have based my interpretation on the singing of Nic Jones and Wilf with chord progression of my own devising.
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Guitar: The Holland Handkerchief (Including lyrics and chords) Tidying up my songs folder the other day, I came across this one which I do not recall. I can only assume that somebody had requested that I sing it, and having prepared it, I did not get around to doing so. With apologies therefore if that is the case, here is my interpretation of this traditional murder ballad. Also known as The Suffolk Miracle, this is number 272 in the Child Ballad index and Roud 246. My Youtube friend Raymond Crooke uploaded his version of"The Suffolk Miracle" a few months ago:- https://youtu.be/Pv-RjVURXig.
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Guitar: Waiting For The Robert E Lee (Including lyrics and chords) This is my final music hall song from the site I have been working through. (There are many more, but I have done all the ones I know or found an interest in.) Wikipedia has the following short article about it: "Waiting for the Robert E. Lee" is an American popular song composed in 1912 by Lewis F. Muir and L. Wolfe Gilbert. The title refers to the steamboat of that name. It was featured in the 1927 film The Jazz Singer, and later recorded by Al Jolson. In this one, the verses are sung in E while the chorus modulates to A. (Capo at 4th fret C modulating to F)
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Guitar: Wait Till The Sun Shines Nellie (Including lyrics and chords) This is yet another music hall song that has a memorable chorus, but also has verses which are not so well known. I recorded this a week ago on a very wet Sunday morning, a day on which I was due to lead a walk in the afternoon. Just as in the song, the weather cleared in time for my walk, and we enjoyed a lovely afternoon in bright sunshine. Wikipedia points out: In a long-standing tradition, floor traders at the New York Stock Exchange sing this song on the last trading day of every year and on Christmas Eve. The song has been the stock exchange anthem at least back as far as 1934. It is also a popular song in barbershop music. The song was written in 1905, the music written by Harry Von Tilzer and lyrics by Andrew B. Sterling.
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Guitar: They're Movin' Father's Grave (Including lyrics and chords) "They're Movin' Father's Grave To Build A Sewer" is a classic music hall song with origins unknown. It was revived by The Clancy Brothers, but was well known to listeners of the BBC Home Service, (now Radio 4) as it was sung frequently by Frank Muir. There are a number of variants with regard to the lyrics. I am singing those found on the music hall songs and monologues site I have been working through.
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Guitar: They Can't Find Kelly (Including lyrics and chords) I have mentioned before that Florrie Forde was one of my mother's Godparents, and have sung a number of her songs. Of course one of her best known was: Kelly From The Isle of Man. "They Can't Find Kelly" I think is an homage to that song. It was written and performed by Billy Merson, whose song "The Spaniard That Blighted My Life" I uploaded a couple of days ago. I particularly like finding songs about "Kelly" as two of my best musical friends are brothers, Des and Dickie Kelly, so when I found this one in the site of music hall songs and momologues I am working through, I just had to do my own version. (Dickie Kelly sings regularly on a Friday night at The Whitehouse in Pee, hence the reference to it towards the end of the video.) The chords are of my own devising.
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