Anthony Archibald - Guitar - 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: 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: Talk To Me Of Freedom (Including lyrics and chords) Requested by Ken Shuttlesworth, Talk To Me Of Freedom is a song written and performed by Martin Whelan, whose song "Bread and Roses" I uploaded about three months ago, again at the request of Ken. The following is from Martin's own web page: Martin Whelan, a Dublin fitter and trade union activist, has been writing, playing and singing around Ireland for many years. He has now been professionally recorded for the first time, something long overdue. His songs embody a search for meaning and a striving for justice, a strong sense of the role of the working class on the stage of history. There is in his songs a longing towards the world, a burning towards the future, that is both individual and collective, that is haunting and deeply moving. I am sure there are many men who can relate to this song. The chords I had to work out for myself. The lyrics are provided on the YouTube page of his own performance of this song, but whoever wrote them out did not get them quite right. By listening very carefully to Martin's singing, I hope I have managed to do so.
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12-string Guitar: Maybe (Including lyrics and chords) I came across the sheet music for this song when I was doing some Spring cleaning a couple of weeks ago. Written by Thom Pace, it was the theme song for the TV series "The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams". Wikipedia has the following about it: Thomas Michael Pace (born January 13, 1949 in Boise, Idaho) is an American singer-songwriter, who is best known for the song "Maybe," which became the theme of The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams. The song started out as a medley titled "Wear The Sun In Your Heart/Maybe." Pace had originally intended the song "Maybe" for the film The Snow Tigers, but ultimately it became the theme song of the Sunn Classic Pictures film and TV series, The Life And Times Of Grizzly Adams, both of which were loosely based on a biography written by Charles E. Sellier. The program starred Dan Haggerty as James Capen Adams, whom the film and series both said had fled from false murder charges into the mountains and forest nearby. The made-for-television film The Capture Of Grizzly Adams, which also starred Haggerty and also featured "Maybe" as its theme, finally showed Adams successfully clearing his name. While struggling to survive, Adams saves an orphaned grizzly bear cub he adopts and names Ben. The bear, while growing to its huge adult size, becomes Adams' closest companion. Consistently kind and gentle, Adams discovers and demonstrates an uncanny ability to gain the trust of most of the indigenous wildlife of the region, and he helps, sometimes rescues, takes in and tames many species. Originally a hunter, with his learned affection for wildlife Adams resolves never to harm another animal whenever possible. In the television series, Adams had two human friends, an old mountain man trader named "Mad Jack" played by Denver Pyle who was often featured with his mule ("Number Seven"), and a Native American by the name of "Nakoma" played by Don Shanks. Adams, Mad Jack, and Nakoma helped myriad mountain visitors while protecting wildlife at the same time.
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Guitar: Walkin' Back To Happiness (Including lyrics and chords) When I was but a teenager, many many years ago, I fell in love with this song and the artiste who performed it, namely Helen Shapiro. Wikipedia has the following about the song: "Walkin' Back to Happiness" is a 1961 single by Helen Shapiro. The song was written by John Schroeder and Mike Hawker. With backing orchestrations by Norrie Paramor, the song was released in the United Kingdom on the Columbia (EMI) label on 29 September 1961. It was number one in the UK for three weeks beginning 19 October, but only reached #100 on the US Billboard Hot 100, Shapiro's only US chart appearance. The single sold over a million copies and earned Helen Shapiro a golden disc. Helen Shapiro was only fifteen when the song topped the UK, a year younger than me. When I prepared the scrolling title for this video, I had not realised that there is an album by John Cooper Clarke with the title "Walking Back To Happiness". Helen Shapiro's song was actually entitled "Walkin' Back To Happiness", so I should have used the abridged version Walkin' for the title page and in the annotations throughout the song.
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Guitar: The Trail Of The Lonesome Pine (Including lyrics and chords) A friend, Graham Alexander, sang this song at our monthly sing-around in Ramsey last month, performing it in the humourous style of Laurel and Hardy, including the chorus where Stan Laurel's voice becomes a deep bass until hit with a mallet by Oliver Hardy when it becomes falsetto. (I hit Graham with a plastic cosh!) I however am singing it straight. Wikipedia has the following information about the song: "The Trail of the Lonesome Pine" is a popular song published in 1913, with lyrics by Ballard MacDonald and music by Harry Carroll. Inspired by John Fox, Jr.'s 1908 novel of the same title, the song expresses the singer's love for his "girl" June, who lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. It appears to have been first recorded in New York on 28 March 1913 by the Spanish-American tenor, Manuel Romain and released in June of that year on issue number 1743 of the Edison Blue Amberol Record label. The song was featured in Laurel and Hardy's 1937 film Way Out West. It was performed by The Avalon Boys and featured a section sung in deep bass by Chill Wills, lip-synced by Stan Laurel in the film, with the last line in falsetto (sung by Rosina Lawrence) after Ollie hit Stan on the head with a mallet.
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12-string Guitar: Oil Money (Including lyrics and chords) "Oil Money" is a song requested by Cyril M Devine who also provided me with the lyrics for it, though I had to work out my own chord progression for it. The song was written and performed by American singer/songwriter Bill Morrissey. Until I received the request, I had not come across this artiste, so I have never heard the song.
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Guitar: The Wonder of You (Including lyrics and chords) Having uploaded "The Great Pretender", today I am uploading another song from the repertoire of "The Platters", namely "The Wonder of You". The song was written by Baker Knight and as Wikipedia explains: It was originally recorded by Vince Edwards ('Dr Ben Casey') in 1958, but this recording has never been released. In 1959, Ray Peterson released it as a single. The song became a Top 40 hit for him on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #25, and also reached #23 in the UK. That same year it was recorded by Ronnie Hilton. His version was also a hit reaching #22 on the UK Singles Chart. The Ray Peterson record briefly re-entered the Hot 100 in 1964. In the early 1960s, the Platters also recorded this song, which appeared on a 1970s compilation The Platters – 30 Golden Hits. In 1969, The Sandpipers recorded an album of the same name including the song. An album of instrumentals of the same name by Nelson Riddle was also released in 2000. Elvis Presley recorded a live version of "The Wonder of You" in Las Vegas, Nevada in February 1970. The song was released as a single on April 20, 1970, backed by the song "Mama Liked the Roses". In the United States, both songs charted at #9 together in the spring of 1970. "The Wonder of You" was one of his most successful records in the UK ever, topping the UK Singles Chart for six weeks in the summer of that year. It is his fifth biggest seller in the UK to date, with sales of 891,000. It also stayed at number one in the Irish Charts for three weeks that same year. This was the 59th Top 40 hit of his career. Presley's version also reached number 37 on the US Country Singles chart, and number one on the easy listening chart. "The Wonder of You" was one of about thirty-five songs Elvis would regularly perform at concerts. The lyrics I am singing are the ones "The Platters" used and differ from those sung by Peterson, Hilton, Presley etc.
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12-string Guitar: The Great Pretender (Including lyrics and chords) Another song from the "Oldies" site is "The Great Pretender" about which the following information comes from Wikipedia: "The Great Pretender" is a popular song recorded by The Platters, with Tony Williams on lead vocals, and released as a single on November 3, 1955. The words and music were written by Buck Ram, the Platters' manager and producer who was a successful songwriter before moving into producing and management. "The Great Pretender" reached the number one position on both the R&B and pop charts in 1956. It also reached the UK charts peaking at number 5. The song was repopularized in 1987 by Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of the rock band Queen. Mercury's version reached number four on the UK Singles Chart. My interpretation is based on the original by The Platters.
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12-string Guitar: Thank You Very Much (Including lyrics and chords) My video today is another from the "Oldies" site I am working through. "Thank You Very Much" is a song that was written by Mike McGear (real name Peter Michael McCartney, the brother of Paul McCartney). McGear, along with poet Roger McGough and comic entertainer John Gorman, performed as the comedy trio from Liverpool, "The Scaffold". Wikipedia tell us: the reference in the song to "Aintree Iron" is one that McGear has been reluctant to explain. Starting in the key of F, the song modulates into G and then A, but as I have the capo at the 2nd fret, I am starting in G and modulating up to A and then B. I could not sing this at the same tempo as The Scaffold did largely due to the difficulty in repeating the word "very" eight times in one of the verses.
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12-string Guitar: Spirit In The Sky (Including lyrics and chords) Spirit In The Sky is another song from the "Oldies" site. Wikipedia has the following about it: "Spirit In The Sky" is a song written and originally recorded by Norman Greenbaum and released in late 1969. The single became a gold record, selling two million copies from 1969 to 1970 and reached number three on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart (April 18, 1970), where it lasted for 15 weeks in the Top 100. Billboard ranked the record the No. 22 song of 1970.[4] It also climbed to number one on the UK, Australian and Canadian charts in 1970. Rolling Stone ranked "Spirit in the Sky" No. 333 on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The song was featured on the 1969 album of the same name. Cover versions by Doctor and the Medics and Gareth Gates have also made the number 1 spot in the UK.
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Guitar: Somewhere My Love (Including lyrics and chords) Another song from the "Oldies" site, Somewhere My Love is a song that was originally written as "Lara's Theme" a leitmotif by Maurice Jarre for the film "Dr Zhivago". By special request of Connie Francis, Paul Francis Webster later took the theme and added lyrics to it to create "Somewhere, My Love". Francis, however, withdrew from the project when the lyrics were presented to her because she thought of them as too "corny". A few weeks later, Francis reconsidered her position and recorded the song nonetheless, but by then Ray Conniff had also recorded a version of his own, reaching #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1966. Conniff's version of the song also topped the "Easy listening" chart in the U.S. for four weeks. Despite Conniff's success, Francis also had her version released as a single, and although it failed to chart in the US, it became one of her biggest successes internationally, becoming one of the "Top 5" in territories such as Scandinavia and Asia. In Italy, her Italian version of the song, "Dove non so", became her last #1 success.
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Guitar: Snowbird (Including lyrics and chords) Another song from the "Oldies" site I am working through is "Snowbird" about which Wikipedia has the following: "Snowbird" is a song by the Canadian songwriter Gene MacLellan. Though it has been recorded by many performers (including Bing Crosby and Elvis Presley), it is best known through Anne Murray's 1969 recording, which—after appearing as an album track in mid-1969—was eventually released as a single in the summer of 1970. It was a No. 2 hit on Canada's pop chart and went to No. 1 on both the Canadian adult contemporary and country charts. The song reached No. 8 on the U.S. pop singles chart, spent six weeks at No. 1 on the U.S. adult contemporary chart, and became a surprise Top 10 U.S. country hit as well. It was certified as a gold single by the RIAA, the first American Gold record ever awarded to a Canadian solo female artist. The song peaked at No. 23 on the UK Singles Chart. In 2003 it was an inaugural song inductee of the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.
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Guitar: Sealed With A Kiss (Including lyrics and chords) My song today is another from the "Oldies" site I have been checking out recently. Wikipedia has the following about it: "Sealed with a Kiss" is a song written by Peter Udell and Gary Geld and was most successful as a 1962 hit single for Brian Hyland, who recalls Geld saying the song was "based on, but not totally based on, a Bach finger exercise (see five-finger exercise)." The original recording of "Sealed With a Kiss" was that by The Four Voices which was released as a single in May of 1960 without becoming a hit. In 1962, Brian Hyland, who often performed Udell and Geld's material, covered the song. Hyland's single began its run on June 6, 1962 and became a hit, reaching No. 3 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart. The personnel on the original Brian Hyland recording included Mundell Lowe, Al Caiola on guitar, Gary Geld on piano, George Duvivier on bass, Blackie Shackner on harmonica and Gary Chester on drums and Sticks Evans and Al Rogers on percussion. When re-released in 1975, Hyland's recording charted in the UK at No. 7. Hyland also recorded a version in German. Please note that in the annotations, F# should have been F#m.
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12-string Guitar: Take Us Down (Including lyrics and chords) I received two requests from my YouTube friend, Ken Shuttlesworth, recently. I uploaded "Alcoholics' Anthem" a few days ago which was his first request. "Take Me Down" is the second. The song was written and performed by David Llewellyn, a Welsh singer/song writer, and harks back to a time when children worked in mines alongside their fathers. I am grateful to Raymond Crooke who also has uploaded his version of the song and inlcuded a link to the lyrics on his own website. https://youtu.be/O_0iEzNMDP8 Apologies for the slightly out of focus video, but I have a new camera and am still getting the hang of it.
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12-string Guitar and Harmonica: Is Anybody Goin’ To San Antone (Including lyrics and chords) A request from subscriber Mike Smith introduced me to this song yesterday. The version he suggested I check out was by Texas Tornados, but the song written by Glenn Martin and Dave Kirby, was first recorded by American country music artist Charley Pride. I have, however, based my interpretation on the version by Texas Tornados who use a squeeze box in their instrumental breaks, so I decided to try it with the harmonica.
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2018 April walks in the Isle of Man This is my monthly diary of photographs of highlights of some of the walks taken during the month of April. April has been a month of mostly fine Spring weather on the Thursdays and Sundays on which I walk, although there were a couple of occasions when it was overcast or misty. On the penultimate Sunday walk when we visited Cashtal yn Ard, I had the misfortune to drop my camera which I usually have on its strap around my neck. It landed on the edge of the lens mounting and completely jammed the mechanism. Consequently, I had to use my mobile phone to take photos during the final part of that walk. I used my old stand-by camera for the next Thursday walk at Peel. I bought a new camera and received it in time for our final walk 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: Mr Bojangles – Autoharp Juliet – Guitar Highland Cathedral – Guitar Crazy – Autoharp Rose Marie – Guitar Little Arrows – 12-string Guitar My Mother’s Eyes – Guitar Iko, Iko – Guitar Rhythm of the Rain – 12-string Guitar Oh My Papa – 12-string Guitar Banks of the Moy – Guitar Rivers of Texas – Guitar The Ghost of General Lee – 12-string Guitar When The Man Comes Around – Guitar Old Friends – Guitar (Abridged version) 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: Rose Marie (Including lyrics and chords) Still working through "Oldies", Wikipedia has the following about this one: "Rose Marie" is a popular song from the musical or operetta of the same name. The music was written by Rudolf Friml and Herbert Stothart, the lyrics by Otto Harbach and Oscar Hammerstein II, In the original Broadway production in 1924, the song was performed by Dennis King and Arthur Deagon, as the characters Jim Kenyon and Sergeant Malone. In 1955, "Rose Marie" was a hit for the American country singer Slim Whitman. Produced by Lew Chudd, of Imperial Records. Whitman's recording of the song spent 11 weeks at number one in the UK Singles Chart - setting a record which was not beaten until 1991, when Bryan Adams spent 16 weeks at the top of that chart with "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You". Only a short song, it tests me to the limit of my voice's upper baritone range.
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12-string Guitar: Rhythm Of The Rain (Including lyrics and chords) Back to the Oldies today. I hope "Rhythm of the Rain" does not tempt the beautiful sunny weather we are experiencing at present to change. From Wikipedia: "Rhythm of the Rain" is a song performed by The Cascades, released in November 1962. It was written by Cascades band member John Claude Gummoe. It rose to number three on the US pop chart on March 9, 1963, and spent two weeks at number one on the US Easy Listening chart. Billboard ranked the record as the No. 4 song of 1963. The song was also a top 5 hit in March 1963 in the United Kingdom and, in May 1963, was a number-one single in Ireland. In Canada, the song was on the CHUM Chart for a total of 12 weeks and reached number 1 in March 1963. In 1999 BMI listed the song as the ninth most performed song on radio/TV in the 20th century. The Cascades' recording was used in the soundtrack of the 1979 film Quadrophenia and included in its soundtrack album.
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12-string Guitar: Alcoholics' Anthem (Including lyrics and chords) The camera I usually use to record myself playing songs suffered a terminal accident on Sunday when it fell and landed on the lens jamming the mechanism, so I have had to record this request from Ken Shuttlesworth on my old stand-by camera. The song was written by Harold Gretton, a New Zealand poet and lyricist. My thanks to YouTube friend Raymond Crooke for the lyrics. The melody of course is the tune for "Men of Harlech". On listening to my recording, I think it might have been better had I raised the key to C or D.
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Autoharp: Crazy (Including lyrics and chords) A couple of weeks ago, I came across an instrumental version of this Willie Nelson classic played by Ken of Whipoorwill Acoustics. https://youtu.be/pILMPsyD8xo Ken's brilliant rendition inspired me to have a go at playing it on my new Oscar Schmidt autoharp. My new 'harp does not have any diminished chords, so I have arranged this version to suit the chords I have available on it. I am still re-learning the layout, but I don't think I made too many errors on this. In the annotations, I have shown some chords in red. These are passing chords and may be omitted if you wish to play along.
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12-string Guitar: Part Of The Union (Including lyrics and chords) Wikipedia has the following about this song: "Part of the Union" is a song by English band Strawbs featured on their 1973 album Bursting at the Seams and was the band's most successful single, peaking at number 2 in the UK Singles Chart. It also reached number 10 in the Irish Singles Chart. The writing credits are given to Richard Hudson and John Ford, but the song may be an adaptation of the Woody Guthrie/Almanac Singers' song "Union Maid". The lyrical resemblance is striking although the tune is different. Although it was believed that the song was intended to ridicule the powerful British trades unions of the time, the song (especially its chorus "You don't get me I'm part of the Union") quickly became popular as an unofficial anthem of the trades union movement.
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Autoharp: Mr Bojangles (Including lyrics and chords) My new OscarSchmidt autoharp arrived on Tuesday, and I am very pleased with it. I am having to re-learn where the chord buttons are though as the layout is not the same as the Richwood 'harp I have been playing for the last few years. Mr Bojangles is a song written and originally recorded by American country music artist Jerry Jeff Walker for his 1968 album of the same title. This is my own arrangement of the song. As I say, I am re-learning the chord bar arrangement on my new 'harp and hit the wrong buttons on a couple of occasions, but I hope that does not distract from the performance too much.
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12-string Guitar: Oh My Papa (Including lyrics and chords) Please note that in the annotations for this song, I missed the letter "m" when writing F#minor, so wherever you see F# it should be F#m. Quite appropriately, after uploading a song, "My Mother's Eyes" a couple of days ago, the next upload on my list is "Oh My Papa". Wilipedia has the following about the song: "O mein Papa" is a German song, as related by a young woman remembering her beloved, once-famous clown father. It was written by Swiss composer Paul Burkhard in 1939 for the musical Der schwarze Hecht (The Black Pike), reproduced in 1950 as Das Feuerwerk (The Firework) to a libretto by Erik Charell, Jürg Amstein, and Robert Gilbert. In 1954, that musical was turned into the film Fireworks with Lilli Palmer. "Oh, mein Papa", an instrumental version by trumpeter Eddie Calvert, topped the UK Singles Chart in 1954, and was also a Top 10 hit in the United States. It was adapted into English by John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons under the title "Oh! My Pa-Pa". A recording by Eddie Fisher with Hugo Winterhalter's orchestra and chorus was made at Webster Hall, New York City, on December 12, 1953. It was released by RCA Victor Records as catalog number 20-5552 (in US) and by EMI on the His Master's Voice label as catalog number B 10614. Fisher's recording became a No. 1 hit on the U.S. Billboard chart in 1954. Fisher's version also made the UK Top 10; thus, in the UK, Calvert's version was number one while Fisher's made the top 10, but missed the top spot, and in the U.S., the opposite occurred.
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Guitar: My Mother's Eyes (Including lyrics and chords) Written by Abel Baer and L Wolfe Gilbert, My Mother's Eyes is a song which was first performed by George Jessel in 1929. It was first recorded and released by Broadway Broadcasters in 1928. Russ Hamilton released it on the audio single "I Don't Know Why" in 1957. Hamilton, whose real name was Ronald Hulme, was born in Everton, Liverpool. He was one of the first singer-songwriters of pop music to have come out of the city, and he was the first Liverpool artist to hit the United States music scene with his song "Rainbow" several years before the Beatles. In 1957, chart success in the U.S. was a very unusual feat for a British performer and so it made Hamilton a hot property for a while. As a result, Hamilton had to commute from one side of the Atlantic to the other to meet the demands for live performances.
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Guitar: Rivers of Texas (Including lyrics and chords) Rivers of Texas is a song requested by subscriber, Mike Smith. This is a new song to me. Apparently, there is much discourse as to whether it is a traditional song or a "written song" that has become accepted as traditional. I have based my interpretation of the song from a version on YouTube by Mason Williams, and have worked out my own chord progression for it from his singing.
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12-string Guitar: Little Arrows (Including lyrics and chords) My next upload from songs I have chosen from The Oldies site I am working through is Little Arrows. Written by Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood, according to Wikipedia: "Little Arrows" is a single by English artist Leapy Lee. Released in 1968, it was the first single from his album Little Arrows. The song peaked at number 2 in his homeland, number 11 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. It also reached number 1 on the RPM Country Tracks chart in Canada. I just like it because it is such an upbeat happy song.
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Guitar: Banks of the Moy (Including lyrics and chords) A request from Cyril M Devine led me to this song. I checked out a number of versions of the song by various artists on YouTube. The one I liked the most was sung by Colleen Raney, and I have based my own interpretation on hers. The lyrics I found, again on various sites, were not always clear, so the ones I am singing are a mix of all the versions I found. Michael Davitt is the "Irish boy" mentioned in the song and Wikipedia has the following about him: Michael Davitt was an Irish republican and agrarian campaigner who founded the Irish National Land League. He was also a labour leader, Home Rule politician and Member of Parliament (MP). He campaigned for Home Rule and was a close ally of Charles Stuart Parnell, the leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party, until the party split over Parnell's divorce and Davitt joined the anti-Parnellite Irish National Federation.
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Guitar: Juliet (Including lyrics and chords) Please be aware that when I wrote out the annotations for this song, I did not notice that I had written F# when it should have been F#m. Juliet was a 1964 hit song for the group "The Four Pennies". The tune was written by Mike Wilshaw, and developed into the song with the help of Lionel Morton and Fritz Fryer developed it into a song, named after Fryer's 2 year old niece.
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Guitar: Iko Iko (Including lyrics and chords) Wikipedia has the following about the song: "Iko Iko" is a much-covered New Orleans song that tells of a parade collision between two tribes of Mardi Gras Indians and the traditional confrontation. The song, under the original title "Jock-A-Mo", was written and released as a single in 1953 by Sugar Boy and his Cane Cutters that failed to make the charts. The song first became popular in 1965 by the girl group, The Dixie Cups, who scored an international hit with "Iko Iko". In 1967 as part of a lawsuit settlement between "Sugar Boy" James Crawford and the Dixie Cups, the trio were given part songwriting credit to the song. In 1972, Dr. John had a minor hit with his version of "Iko Iko". The most successful charting version in the UK was recorded by Scottish singer Natasha England who took her 1982 version into the top 10. "Iko Iko" became an international hit again twice more, the first being the Belle Stars in June 1982 and again with Captain Jack in 2001.
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Guitar: Highland Cathedral (Including lyrics and chords) My friend Sharon Christian played this tune for us on her folk pipes (mini bagpipes for playing indoors) accompanied by Geoff Robinson on bodhrán and I immediately fell in love with the tune. Quite surprisingly, I discovered that this is not a Scottish melody, but one written by two German musicians: Ulrich Roever and Michael Korb for a highland games in Germany in 1982. Since that time, there have been a number of sets of lyrics written for the tune, but only those written by Ben Kelly have been registered with the PRS (Performing Rights Society) and MCPS (Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society) in 1990. When played as a pipe tune, the pattern is AABB, but for Ben Kelly's song it is AABABA.
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2018 March walks in the Isle of Man This is my monthly diary of photographs of highlights of some of the walks taken during the month of March. March, like February, has been a month of mixed weather. Wet and windy at the start of the month, then a mixture of bright and sunny weather, but cold temperatures and some snow, ending up bright and sunny again, but still cold. All walks went ahead as scheduled, but those undertaken in wet conditions of drizzle and rain did not provide opportunities for good photography. As usual, I have added audio tracks from some of the videos I have uploaded this month to accompany the photos. They are: Arkansas Traveler – 5-string Banjo Wind In The Willows – Autoharp Java Jive – Guitar More Than I Can Say – 12-string Guitar Excerpt From A Teenage Opera – Guitar Downtown – Guitar In Your Easter Bonnet – Guitar It’s All In The Game – 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 - 5-string banjo/autoharp/guitar
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5 string Banjo: Arkansas Traveler (Including lyrics and chords) I uploaded a version of this song a few months ago accompanying myself on guitar. I have always wanted to be able to play it on the banjo, but struggled to do so, especially as I suffer from a complaint called polymyalgia and playing with the long neck of the banjo was putting too much pressure on my shoulder, causing much painful discomfort. However, I tried again a few days ago and found that I could manage reasonably pain-free, so had another go at "Arkansas Traveler". Wikipedia has the following about the song: The music was composed in the 19th century by Colonel Sanford C. 'Sandy' Faulkner (1806–1874); the current official lyrics were written by a committee 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 lyrics I am singing are the ones released by Peter Pan Records. The chords shown in the annotations are for guitar accompaniment and harmonize with, but do not necessarily match I am playing on the banjo.
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Guitar: Here Comes Peter Cottontail (Including lyrics and chords) "Here Comes Peter Cottontail" is a song requested by Ken Shuttlesworth. It was mentioned in the Wikipedia article I quoted when I uploaded "In Your Easter Bonnet" a couple of days ago as being one of the most popular Easter songs. Wikipedia has the following article about the song: Here Comes Peter Cottontail" is a popular Easter song composed in 1949, by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins. They also wrote "Frosty the Snowman" in 1950. Mervin Shiner was the first person to record the song, on Decca Records in 1950. It reached #8 on Billboard Hot 100. Due to the immense popularity of Gene Autry's Christmas songs "Here Comes Santa Claus" and "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer", Nelson and Rollins asked Autry to record their song. His 1950 version was on the Columbia label and peaked at number 3 on the U.S Billboard Hot Country Singles chart and at number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It is often regarded as one of the most popular Easter songs of all time. It is often used for TV commercials around the Easter period.
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Anthony Archibald - Guitar/whistling
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12-string Guitar: In Your Easter Bonnet (Including lyrics and chords) Also known as "Easter Parade", "In Your Easter Bonnett" is a song I have not done before, which is an omission I am putting right today in time for this Easter. Wikipedia has the following article about the song: "Easter Parade" Song Language English Written Irving Berlin Released 1933 "Easter Parade" is a popular song, written by Irving Berlin and published in 1933. Berlin originally wrote the melody in 1917, under the title "Smile and Show Your Dimple", as a "cheer up" song for a girl whose man has gone off to fight in World War I. A recording of "Smile and Show Your Dimple" by Sam Ash enjoyed modest success in 1918.[1] Berlin resurrected it with modifications and new lyrics for the 1933 revue As Thousands Cheer. The song was introduced by Marilyn Miller and Clifton Webb in the Broadway musical revue As Thousands Cheer (1933), in which musical numbers were strung together on the thematic thread of newspaper headlines. Like many of Berlin's songs, it later appeared in films. It was performed by Don Ameche in Alexander's Ragtime Band (1938) which was loosely based on Irving Berlin's life. Bing Crosby sang it in the film Holiday Inn (1942) which featured an Irving Berlin song about each major holiday. In 1948, it was performed by Judy Garland and Fred Astaire in the musical film Easter Parade, which was constructed around the song. The song was also featured in the Rankin/Bass special The First Easter Rabbit in 1976. Artists who had a hit record with the song include Leo Reisman & Clifton Webb (1933),[5] Bing Crosby (recorded June 1, 1942), Harry James (1942), Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians (1947), and Liberace (1954). The song is often considered to be one of the most popular Easter songs of all time, along with "Peter Cottontail". For the benefit of anybody not familiar with the term "rotogravure", this is a printing system using a rotary press with intaglio cylinders, typically running at high speed and used for long print runs of magazines and stamps.
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12-string Guitar: Ghost Of General Lee {The} (Including lyrics and chords) The Ghost of General Lee is a request for Hemmi Hedman from Finland. This is a song composed by Billy Ray Reynolds and Ben Keith and performed by Waylon Jennings. It tells of the dreadful horrors of civil war when kin were fighting against kin, even brothers killing brothers.
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Guitar: When The Man Comes Around (Including lyrics and chords) This is a request from subscriber "Michael". Wikipedia has the following about the song: "The Man Comes Around" is the title track from Johnny Cash's American IV: The Man Comes Around, released in 2002. It was written several years prior to the release of the album; however, Cash updated it for the album. It is one of the last songs Cash wrote before his death. Both sung and spoken, the song makes numerous Biblical references, especially to the Book of Revelation. The song was inspired by a dream Cash had about Queen Elizabeth II in which the queen compared Cash to "a thorn tree in a whirlwind." Haunted by the dream, Cash became curious if the phrase was a biblical reference and eventually found a similar phrase in the Book of Job.
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Autoharp: Wind In The Willows {The} (Including lyrics and chords) Checking out a comment on my original upload of this song on which I accompanied myself on my 12-string guitar, I decided to see what it would sound like using my autoharp. The instrumental intro is a bit hesitant as I am playing it by ear and this was my first try, but the remainder was such a reasonable take, I decided not to try for any more as I felt I would be bound to go wrong if I did. The annotations are what I should have been playing. The song was written by Ralph McTell for an animated TV programme of Wind in the Willows, the Kenneth Graham story from which A A Milne wrote the play Toad of Toad Hall.
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12-string Guitar: More Than I Can Say (Including lyrics and chords) Now that I have my 12-string back in playing order thanks to my new luthier friend David Swindells, I am going to be using it more often. Written by Sonny Curtis and Jerry Allison, both members of Buddy Holly's band "The Crickets", "More Than I Can Say" was recorded by the band after Holly's death. Their original version hit No. 42 on British Record Retailer Chart in 1960. It has been notably performed by singers Bobby Vee, Leo Sayer, and Sammy Kershaw. Leo Sayer's cover version of "More Than I Can Say" spent five weeks at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in December 1980 and January 1981, kept from the top spot by "Lady" by Kenny Rogers and "(Just Like) Starting Over" by John Lennon.
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Guitar: Java Jive (Including lyrics and chords) Written by Ben Oakland and Milton Drake and recorded by "The Ink Spots" in 1941. It is a favourite of my friend Jan Brodie who is the first person I heard singing it. I came across it again the other day when working through some of the songs on the site I am checking out at present, namely "http://bettyloumusic.com/otheroldies.htm".
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Guitar: Bally McQuilty Band (Including lyrics and chords) Regular requestee, Ken Shuttlesworth, has been after this one for some time, but until he directed me to my YouTube friend, Raymond Crooke's version, I had not been able to find the lyrics to it. Happily, Raymond included a link to his own lyrics site: https://youtu.be/t-A0BF0aPx0. I have made a small change to Raymond's lyrics, singing "at" rather than "with" in the last line of the secon part of the chorus as this is what Kathleen McCormack sings in her version. As today is St Patrick's Day, and I like to try to upload an Irish song on this day each year, here is my interpretation of The Bally McQuilty Band which was written by Mike Nono,.
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Guitar: Dravot’s Farewell (Including lyrics and chords) A request from "Dusty Druid", Dravot's Farewell is a hymn from the film "The Man Who Would Be King". Wikipedia has the following: Daniel Dravot (DRAV-it) is a fictional character in Rudyard Kipling's novella "The Man Who Would Be King" (1888) and its film adaptation. In the film, he is portrayed by Sean Connery. Not having read the book, nor having seen the film, I am not sure if the hymn was written by Kipling or by Maurice Jarre. The melody is 'borrowed' from the Irish folk song, "The Minstrel Boy". In the film, I think Dravot sings it just using the melody of the first two lines from "The Minstrel Boy", but I have chosen to sing it using the whole melody.
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Guitar: Excerpts From A Teenage Opera {Grocer Jack} (Including lyrics and chords) I am picking out a few songs from a site called "bettyloumusic.com". This song was supposed to be one of a series of songs about characters in a fantasy village. Producer Mark Wirtz, reached global success with his production of excerpts from the first rock opera, A Teenage Opera. Though never allowed to be completed or released as an entire work, the opera's excerpts "Grocer Jack," "Sam," "Weatherman," and "Theme" became trail-blazers. Wikipedia has the following about it: The first song written was the story of Grocer Jack, the local grocer who was taken for granted until he died. Wirtz took an unused backing track from an old recording of his, a song called "Love Will Always Find A Way" and Steve Howe was asked to overdub the guitar. Wirtz had the character of Jack in his imagination but asked Keith West to write the lyrics for it. After West heard the music, he wrote the lyrics straightaway. Soon after, the single was recorded at Abbey Road Studios. The engineer, Geoff Emerick, who was working with The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album at the time, recorded the song in true stereo, a rarity at the time, with all the latest technology that was available. The song itself featured the "Opera" trademark, the children's chorus, with singers from Corona Stage School.
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12-string Guitar: Let The Heartaches Begin (Including lyrics and chords) I thought that my beloved 12-string guitar had "bit the dust" a few weeks ago when it literally went BANG and the neck sank into the body. Quite by chance, I met up with a chap who is a luthier and lives only a couple of miles from me. He took the guitar away and two days later returned it in perfect working order. Thank you David Swindells, I am so happy to have it back. Here is my first recording since getting it back: Wikipedia has the following about the song: "Let the Heartaches Begin" is a song performed by British singer Long John Baldry. The single was a number one hit in the UK Singles Chart on 22 November 1967 where it stayed for two weeks. It was the second of two consecutive UK number one hits for the writing partnership of Tony Macaulay and John Macleod, the first being "Baby Now That I've Found You" by The Foundations. Macaulay says of the recording session "Long John Baldry sings it extraordinarily well, thanks to three-quarters of a bottle of Courvoisier". (By the way, my luthier friend David Swindells also repairs computers)
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Guitar: Downtown (Including lyrics and chords) A bit of self-indulgence today. Wikipedia has the following about this song: "Downtown" is a song composed by Tony Hatch which, as recorded by Petula Clark in 1964, became an international hit, reaching number one in Billboard Hot 100 and number two in UK Singles Chart. Hatch received the 1981 Ivor Novello award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically. My friend Sylvia asked me to find the lyrics and chords for this one and at first, the chords I found on Ultimate Guitar were too complicated for my meagre skills. However, I did find an easier arrangement on a site called "bettyloumusic.com" and it is that arrangement I am playing here.
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Autoharp: Beautiful Connecticut Waltz (Including lyrics and chords) I had not heard this song until yesterday. It comes as a request from subscriber and regular requestee, Clive M Devine. Connecticut adopted "Beautiful Connecticut Waltz" by Joseph Leggo of Newington as an official state song in 2013. Its original state song was Yankee Doodle. I have not uploaded anything using my autoharp for a while, I thought this one might suit the instrument. I have taken the liberty of arranging the song for the autoharp playing the instrumental break as the melody of the tune and chorus, rather than the way it is played on Joe Leggo's version.
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Guitar: It’s All In The Game (Including lyrics and chords) "It's All in the Game" was a 1958 hit for Tommy Edwards. Carl Sigman composed the lyrics in 1951 to a wordless 1911 composition titled "Melody in A Major," written by Charles G. Dawes, later Vice President of the United States under Calvin Coolidge. It is the only No. 1 single in the U.S. to have been co-written by a U.S. Vice President or a Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
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Guitar: Don't Worry, Be Happy (Including lyrics and chords) I uploaded this video two days ago, but discovered that it was not playing correctly on YouTube, so I deleted that version and am uploading it again in the hope it will play correctly this time. Not a request, but a bit of self-indulgence trying out a song I have liked, but never sung before. Wikipedia has the following about it: "Don't Worry, Be Happy" is a popular worldwide hit song by musician Bobby McFerrin. Released in September 1988, it became the first a cappella song to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, a position it held for two weeks. The song's title is taken from a famous quotation by Meher Baba. The "instruments" in the a cappella song are entirely overdubbed voice parts and other sounds made by McFerrin, using no instruments at all; McFerrin also sings with an affected accent.
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Guitar: General Lee (The) (Including lyrics and chords) I tried to upload this song two days ago, but for some unknown reason, when playing the video back on YouTube, it kept sticking as the title scrolled and the video was out of sync with the audio. I then uploaded another song, (Dong't Worry, Be Happy), which I thought had been successful, but although it worked properly the first time I played it, it began to do the same thing. If this works properly today, I will delet that song and upload it again. I received a request from subscriber Hemmi Hedman from Finland for this Johnny Cash song. It comes from the soundtrack album "The Dukes of Hazzard". The Dukes of Hazzard is an American action-comedy television series that aired on CBS from January 26, 1979, to February 8, 1985. The Duke boys drove around in their car, The General Lee, frequently being chased by bumbling sherrif Rosco P Coltrane on orders from county commissioner Boss Hogg. I could never master barre chords, so I use a grip chord version when necessary. In this song the progression from F to G to Am is best done using the barre chords, (or in my case, grip chords) as it is an easy progression up the neck and sounds better in this case.
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2018 February walks in the Isle of Man This is my monthly diary of photographs of highlights of some of the walks taken during the month of February. February has been a month of mixed weather varying from fine and sunny with light winds; fine and sunny with gale force winds; light rain and heavy rain; and even some wintry showers of snow. All walks went ahead as scheduled though, but those undertaken in wet conditions of drizzle and rain did not provide opportunities for good photography. As usual, I have added audio tracks from some of the videos I have uploaded this month to accompany the photos. They are: Don’t Worry, Be Happy – Guitar My Get Up And Go – Guitar It’s A Lovely Day Tomorrow – Guitar Bread And Roses – Guitar Wouldn’t It Be Loverly – Guitar Cock O’ The North – Guitar I Love Robbin’ Banks – Guitar Kisses Sweeter Than Wine – Guitar The Ballad of Lucy Jordan – Guitar North To Alaska – Guitar You Old Fool – 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: Cock O’ The North (The)(Including lyrics and chords) On receiving a request from subscriber "Zippy Zuul " for this song, my first thoughts were, that I didn't realise there were lyrics other than rather rude ones we used to sing to the tune starting:| "Auntie Mary had a canary......etc" On entering the title in the YouTube search box, I found versions by The Alexander Brothers and Andy Stewart. The lyrics were harder to find, and having found only one site for them there seemed to me to be a lot of errors in them, probably because the person who uploaded them had tried to transcribe the song by listening to Andy Stewart singing it, but did not understand his Scottish dialect. I sought help from Mudcat.org and thanks to Mick Pearce (MCP), I now have what we think are the correct lyrics and it is these I am presenting here in my own interpretation based mainly on Andy Stewart's singing. The chords I am using are the ones I play when we do this tune with our Friday night session music group in a set beginning with The Athol Highlanders, followed by Drummond Castle and concluded with Cock o' the North.
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Guitar: Ballad Of Lucy Jordan (Including lyrics and chords) Written by Shel Silverstein, The Ballad of Lucy Jordan was originally recorded by Dr Hook & The Medicine Show with the name spelled as "Jordon" in 1974. According to Wikipedia: In 1979, the song was also recorded by the English singer Marianne Faithfull. Taken from her 1979 album Broken English, it was released as a single in October 1979 and has become one of her highest charted songs. It is featured on the soundtracks to the films Montenegro, Tarnation and Thelma & Louise. Faithfull also performed the song during a guest appearance in the episode "Donkey" from the fourth season of Absolutely Fabulous, in which God (Faithfull) sings the song in a dream to a miserable, dieting Edina. In 2016, the Faithfull version was used in the finale of American Horror Story: Hotel.
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Guitar: Billy The Kid (Including lyrics and chords) This is a song from the repertoire of Marty Robbins. It appears on his album Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs which also included his best known hit, El Paso. The song "Billy The Kid" is a traditional song about the outlaw William H Bonny, real name Henry McCarty. Like many folk songs, the story told in it is not an accurate history. Wikipedia has the following about McCarty: Henry McCarty (1859 – July 14, 1881), also known as William H. Bonney, and known popularly as Billy the Kid, was an American Old West gunfighter who participated in New Mexico's Lincoln County War. He is known to have killed eight men. Before he started using the alias "William Bonney", McCarty's first arrest was for stealing food in late 1875, and within five months he was arrested for stealing clothing and firearms. Two days later, he escaped from jail and fled from New Mexico Territory into the neighboring Arizona Territory, making him both an outlaw and a federal fugitive. After murdering a blacksmith during an altercation in August 1877, Bonney became a wanted man in Arizona Territory and returned to New Mexico, where he joined a group of cattle rustlers. He became a well-known figure in the region when he joined the Regulators and took part in the Lincoln County War. In April 1878, the Regulators killed three men, including Lincoln County Sheriff William J. Brady and one of his deputies. Bonney and two other Regulators were later charged with killing all three men. Bonney's notoriety grew in December 1880 when the Las Vegas Gazette in Las Vegas, New Mexico, and The Sun in New York City carried stories about his crimes. Sheriff Pat Garrett captured Bonney later that month. In April 1881, Bonney was tried and convicted of the murder of Brady, and was sentenced to hang in May of that year. He escaped from jail on April 28, 1881, killing two sheriff's deputies in the process and evading capture for more than two months. Garrett shot and killed Bonney—aged 21—in Fort Sumner on July 14, 1881. During the following decades, legends that Bonney had survived that night grew, and a number of men claimed to be him.
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Guitar: You Old Fool (Including lyrics and chords) This is yet another song from the repertoire of The Weavers. This is an American take on the song "Seven Drunken Nights" a version of which I uploaded about 9 years ago: https://youtu.be/VXC2OnDa2oo The Weavers' song, sometimes known as "You Old Fool, You Blind Fool", is not quite as explicit as that one. In the chorus, the two lines in which the wife gives her dubious reply to the question in The Weavers' version is sung by the lady member of the group, "Ronnie Gilbert", (Ruth Alice "Ronnie" Gilbert).
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Guitar: Sinking Of The Reuben James (Including lyrics and chords) This is yet another song from the repertoire of The Weavers. It was written by Woody Guthrie and tells the story of the first American Navy vessel sunk during the European theatre of war during WWII. Wikipedia has the following about the ship: USS Reuben James (DD-245)—a post-World War I, four-funnel Clemson-class destroyer—was the first United States Navy ship sunk by hostile action in the European theater of World War II and the first named for Boatswain's Mate Reuben James (c.1776–1838), who distinguished himself fighting in the Barbary Wars. Reuben James was laid down on 2 April 1919 by the New York Shipbuilding Corporation of Camden, New Jersey, launched on 4 October 1919, and commissioned on 24 September 1920, with Commander Gordon W. Hines in command. The destroyer was sunk by a torpedo attack from German submarine U-552 near Iceland on 31 October 1941.
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Guitar: My Get Up And Go (Including lyrics and chords) At present I am looking at songs from the repertoire of The Weavers. This one is a song they sang at their reuinon concert in Carnegie Hall in 1980, and pretty much tells it from the heart as to how us more senior people feel. ;-) (The second verse should be sung by a lady).
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Guitar: Kisses Sweeter Than Wine (Including lyrics and chords) Kisses Sweeter Than Wine is a popular love song written by The Weavers in 1950. The song was a hit for Jimmie Rodgers in 1957 and Frankie Vaughan in 1958. The song was first recorded by The Weavers, who released the song as a Decca single in 1951, as Decca 9-27670. The recording by The Weavers reached #19 on the Billboard chart and #20 on the Cashbox chart in 1951. The song used the tune from a Lead Belly song. "If It Wasn't for Dicky". Lee Hays of The Weavers wrote seven verses which were pared down to five, and Pete Seeger wrote the chorus, but the music was credited to "Joel Newman" and the lyrics to "Paul Campbell", both names being pseudonyms for Howard Richmond, The Weavers' publisher. Other artists also covered the song including Peter, Paul and Mary, Marlene Dietrich, Andy Williams and Alex Harvey, as well as Nana Mouskouri both in French and German.
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Guitar: The Flying Dutchman (Including lyrics and chords) I was introduced to this song a couple of weeks ago by subscriber "BIGFATBALDLouis" who described it as a "bad ass sea shanty"! It is from the repertoire of a group called The Jolly Rogers and appears on their album "XXV". Wikipedia has the following about the group: The Jolly Rogers are a pirate-themed Renaissance folk group who perform at Renaissance fairs in the Midwest United States since 1991. Their high-energy performances of traditional sea shanties, humorous songs and improvisational comedy skits are big crowd pleasers wherever they go. The band's music also makes regular appearances on Marc Gunn's Renaissance Festival Music Podcast, and came in 9th place for top music performers in the podcast's First Annual Renaissance Festival Performer Awards in 2005. This is my own interpretation of the song with chords worked out with the help of Riffstation.
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Guitar: I Love Robbin’ Banks (Including lyrics and chords) A request from Cyril M Devine for Alan Coe's song "I Love Robbin' Banks" introduced me to this one. I know nothing about the song other than that it appears on the album Invictus (Means) Unconquered (1981). David Allan Coe (born September 6, 1939) is an American songwriter, outlaw country music singer, and guitarist who was popular in the 1970s and 1980s.
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Guitar: It's A Lovely Day Tomorrow (Including lyrics and chords) Requested by subscriber Lee Moran, this is a Vera Lynn song from the 1940's. Wikipedia explains as follows: "It's a Lovely Day Tomorrow" is a song written in 1938 by composer Irving Berlin. The song came out of a conversation with British / Hungarian film producer Alexander Korda in a New York taxi cab in 1938. The Munich agreement had just depressed both men. Korda asked Berlin if he had written a war song yet, and a few blocks later Berlin came up with the tune and lyrics. It was first performed in London at the start of the war in 1939 before its American release, which caused a sensation at the time. Berlin used it in his 1940 musical Louisiana Purchase, in which it describes feelings of despair and hope during the American Great Depression, of the 1930s. It was recorded by British artist Vera Lynn and promoted to lift spirits of British people during the darkest days of World War Two and the Blitz.
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Guitar: Lukey’s Boat (Including lyrics and chords) My apologies to the person who drew my attention to this song, I have lost the message you sent, so I cannot remember who asked for it. It is a song from the repertoire of Great Big Sea, a Canadian band from Newfounland and Labrador. Wikipedia has the following article about the song: "Lukey's Boat" is a comical folk song originating from the east coast of Newfoundland. Given its metre, it may have derived from a sea shanty. There are many minor variations of the song, depending on the singer; however it is essentially about the characteristics of the title boat, with the last few stanzas about Lukey returning home to find his wife dead and buried (which appears not to grieve him much, as he'll have another "in the spring of the year"). The earliest printed version was in "Ballads from Nova Scotia" (1932) by Helen Creighton, listed as "Loakie's Boat". It was recorded as "Lukey" by Great Big Sea for their 1995 album Up, by Great Big Sea with The Chieftains for the 1998 album Fire in the Kitchen, by Fiddler's Green, a German folk band, for their 2007 album Drive Me Mad!, and The Kreellers on Sixth and Porter released in 2008. The strumming pattern I found a bit tricky to start with, but it is basically: (G) D D U U D U (C) D D (D7) D D to a count of (G) 1, 2, 3 & 4 & (C) 1, 2 (D7) 3, 4 Great Big Sea do a lively instrumental break using squeeze box, whistles and guitar, but I have chosen to try to whistle it. The tune of the instrumental break is one we play in the session group I belong to and is called "Staten Island". Trying to get from the main tune into the instrumental break, I got lost, so had to start with the instrumental break and then splice the beginning to it, so there is a bit of an hiatus at that point of the video. Having copied and pasted the lyrics from a site on the internet, I did not notice the word "planched" in the penultimate verse. I think it should have been "planished" (or perhaps to fit the rhythm, "plan'shed")
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2018 January walks in the Isle of Man This is my monthly diary of photographs of highlights of some of the walks taken during the month of January. January has been a very wet and windy month, but only one walk was cancelled due to the heavy rain on that day. As usual, I have added audio tracks from some of the videos I have uploaded this month to accompany the photos. They are: Blue Moon – 12-string Guitar Ae Fond Kiss – Guitar Only Our Rivers Flow Free – Guitar The Loch Tay Boat Song – Autoharp My Favourite Things – Guitar La Vie En Rose – Guitar Peter Pan and Me – 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: Bread and Roses (Including lyrics and chords) Another request from Ken Shuttlesworth has introduced this song to me. The following comes from the site I looked at to find the lyrics for this song written by Martin Whelan: The imagery of bread and roses has been a recurring theme in the history of the labour movement. It was the slogan of women garment workers in New York in 1908 when 15,000 women marched after the death of 128 women in a factory fire. After the slogan appeared on the banner of textile workers during their 10 week strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1912, James Oppenheim, an IWW man, wrote a song Bread and Roses which has been often sung and recorded. Martin Whelan's song, written 10 years ago and sung at gatherings of Irish labour activists, was inspired by the reference to James Larkin as "a man who would put a flower in a vase on a table as well as a loaf on a plate" (Sean O'Casey)
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Guitar: Wouldn’t It Be Loverly (Including lyrics and chords) My friend Sylvia asked me if I could play this one and accompany her singing it. I found the chords on a few sites, but as they were all pretty much the same and included too many in my opinion, I worked out an accompaniment that I could play and without any rehearsal, we performed it on Tuesday night at our weekly sing-around. The song is from the Lerner and Loewe musical "My Fair Lady" and is sung by the female lead, Eliza Doolittle. Julie Andrews played Eliza in the original Broadway show, but Audrey Hepburn was given the part for the movie, her singing being dubbed and was performed by Marni Nixon.
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Guitar: La Vie En Rose (Including lyrics and chords) On receiving a request from subscriber "Hans Christian Go" asking if I might be able to do a version of La Vie En Rose, I looked it up and at first thought that it was doubtful as there were too many chords that my arthritic old fingers won't allow me to play, but I worked on it and discovered that by simplifying the accompaniment I was able to do so after all. I then felt so good about it, I recorded this video straight away. I do not usually record at night, but wanted to get this while it was still fresh in my memory, so with apologies for the video quality, here is my attempt at it. Wikipedia has the following about the song: The song La Vie En Rose was the signature song of popular French singer Édith Piaf, written in 1945, popularized in 1946, and released as a single in 1947. The song became very popular in the US in 1950 with no fewer than seven different versions reaching the Billboard charts. These were by Tony Martin, Paul Weston, Bing Crosby (recorded June 22, 1950),[3] Ralph Flanagan, Victor Young and Louis Armstrong. The song's title can be translated as "Life in happy hues", "Life seen through happy lenses", "Life in rosy hues"; its literal meaning is "Life in Pink".[6] The lyrics and melody of the song were written by Édith Piaf herself, but the melody was said officially to have been composed and registered by Louiguy only, since at the time, due to the stringent registration requirements of SACEM, Piaf did not have the necessary qualifications to be able to copyright her work with SACEM. Piaf offered the song to Marianne Michel, who slightly modified the lyrics, changing "les choses" ("things") for "la vie" ("life"). In 1943, Piaf had performed at a nightclub/bordello called "La Vie en Rose". Initially, Piaf's peers and songwriting team did not think the song would be successful, finding it weaker than the rest of her repertoire. Heeding their advice, the singer put the song aside, only to change her mind the next year. The song was performed live in concert for the first time in 1946. It became a favorite with audiences. "La Vie en rose" was the song that made Piaf internationally famous, with its lyrics telling about the joy of finding true love and appealing to those who had survived the difficult wartime.
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Guitar: North To Alaska (Including lyrics and chords) Another request from Ken Shuttlesworth has me singing a song from one of my favourite movies, seen when I was but a youth. Written as the theme song for the film of the same name, starring John Wayne, "North To Alaska" is a song written by Mike Philips and performed by Johnny Horton. I got the lyrics and chords from Ultimate Guitar, and it was not until I had already prepared the video that I found that the lady's name should have been Jenny, not as copied from the site "Ginny". I record songs in my flat which is in a complex of sheltered accommodation. Each morning, a warden visits to check I am OK. This morning, Lynn came in just as I was reaching the end of this recording, but I kept singing anyway. I don't think you can hear her calling to me though. Wikipedia has the following about the song: "North to Alaska" is a 1960 hit song recorded by Johnny Horton which featured in the movie of the same name. Though Horton had sung several popular movie tie-in songs, this was the first one that was sung over the opening titles. The song's lyrics during the opening titles of the film provide a back story for the point where the film begins: Sam McCord left Seattle in 1892 with George and Billy Pratt, "crossed the Yukon river" and "found the bonanza gold below that old white mountain just a little southeast of Nome." By "1901" Sam was known as "a mighty man," and his partner George then tells him, "I'd trade all the gold that's buried in this land for one small band of gold to place on sweet little Jenny's hand." George feels that Jenny is his "true love," and he declares he will "build for my Jenny a honeymoon home" below the same mountain where gold was discovered. An instrumental of the song is also played at the saloon on a piano when Sam and Angel arrive in Nome. Written by Mike Phillips, "North to Alaska" topped Billboard magazine's Country Singles chart, reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and eight on Norway Singles Chart. Members of the Western Writers of America chose it as one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time. Horton died in an automobile accident 5 November 1960 shortly after the song was released.
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Guitar: Lonesome Traveller (Including lyrics and chords) Another song from the repertoire of the American folk group from the 1950's, Wikipedia has the following short piece about it: Lonesome Traveller is a 1950 skiffle song written by Lee Hays and recorded by Pete Seeger and The Weavers in that year. The lyrics begin "I'm just a lonely and a lonesome traveller.." I have based my interpretation partly on The Weavers version, but also influenced by a version by Lonnie Donegan who led the Skiffle scene on this side of "The Pond".
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Guitar: The Roving Kind (Including lyrics and chords) My last upload was a song from the repertoire of the American folk group The Weavers, so I thought I would look at more of their songs and came across this one which I first remember being sung by an American 'pop' singer in 1950. According to Wikipedia: The Roving Kind was a popular song adapted in 1950 from a British folksong "The Pirate Ship" by "Jessie Cavanaugh" and "Arnold Stanton" (both names are pseudonyms used by music publisher The Richmond Organisation). The song is about a girl who is nice but a wanderer. The best-known version was recorded by Guy Mitchell in 1950, in which it reached #4 on Billboard in December 1950. The song also reached #6 on the Cashbox charts in December 1950. The song had first been recorded by the American folk group, The Weavers. Mitchell's jocular version followed the original sea-shanty style. Mitch Miller followed this "folk-origin" formula for most of Mitchell's subsequent hits.
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Guitar: Banks Of Marble (Including lyrics and chords) Also known as The Banks Are Made of Marble, this is another request from Cyril M Devine and is a song from the 1950's protest movement in America. It was written by Les Rice, (though one version I found says his name was Lee Rice), and was performed by Pete Seeger and by The Weavers among others. I disagreed with the chord progressions I found on other sites as they did not sound right in the chorus, so I have done my own.
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Guitar: Peter Pan And Me (Including lyrics and chords) Earlier this week, I uploaded a song written by Mickey MacConnell, namely "Only Our Rivers Run Free". I discovered that his first album was entitled "Peter Pan and Me", so I looked up the album title song and am presenting my arrangement here. A line from Wikipedia says: 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. I have never been able to work with tabs, but feel you might like to know what I am playing as an intro to the song and between verses. In my own way of showing it, I indicate which finger or thumb I am using as follows: T = Thumb; I = Index finger; M = Middle finger; R = Ring finger. My Thumb can play any of the bass strings, 4th, 5th or 6th strings. My Index finger only plays 3rd string; my Middle finger only plays 2nd string and my Ring finger only plays 1st string. In relation to the capo, the number in brackets indicates which fret I am at: What I am trying to play, (not always successfully) is as follows: I(3), M(1), I(3), I(2), I(0), T4(3), I(0), T5(3), T4(2), I(0) I(3), M(1), I(3), I(2), I(0), T4(3), I(0), M(2), R(0) I(3), M(1), I(3), I(2), I(0), T4(3), I(0), T5(3), T4(2), I(0) T4(3), T4(2), T5(3)
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Autoharp: Loch Tay Boat Song (Including lyrics and chords) My Facebook friend, Martin Buck, pointed out that I have not uploaded anything using my autoharp for a while. I decided therefore to try out one of my favourite songs from the repertoire of The Corries. I have uploaded a version of this song some time ago using my 12-string guitar for accompaniment. The arrangement I have done here is a combination of a simple 'strumming' accompaniment while singing, and an arrangement for melody picking for the instrumental break. I only used three chords, G, C and D. There are a couple of slight errors in my playing, but as these came near the end, I decided not to try for another 'take'. Nighean Ruadh means Red-haired Girl.
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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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