Anthony Archibald - Guitar - Guitar: Mr Moonlight (Including lyrics and chords) I am having a go at songs from the repertoire of The Beatles at present. Mr Moonlight was a track on their album "Beatles For Sale", but is not one of their own compositions. It was written by Roy Lee Johnson. According to Wikipedia: The first known recording of the song was by blues pianist Piano Red, recording as "Dr. Feelgood and the Interns". It was released as a B-side of a minor rhythm & blues hit single (titled "Dr. Feelgood") in 1962. The record became something of a cult favorite among several young British R&B enthusiasts, some of whom would soon go on to become members of well-known bands. Another emerging beat group, The Hollies, recorded and released their own performance of the song with Graham Nash on lead vocals prior to the Beatles' version. In addition, the same song was also covered by the Merseybeats in 1963. I forgot to add that I am playing this with the capo at the 6th fret and am therefore singing and playing in the key of F#.
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Guitar: Mr Moonlight (Including lyrics and chords) I am having a go at songs from the repertoire of The Beatles at present. Mr Moonlight was a track on their album "Beatles For Sale", but is not one of their own compositions. It was written by Roy Lee Johnson. According to Wikipedia: The first known recording of the song was by blues pianist Piano Red, recording as "Dr. Feelgood and the Interns". It was released as a B-side of a minor rhythm & blues hit single (titled "Dr. Feelgood") in 1962. The record became something of a cult favorite among several young British R&B enthusiasts, some of whom would soon go on to become members of well-known bands. Another emerging beat group, The Hollies, recorded and released their own performance of the song with Graham Nash on lead vocals prior to the Beatles' version. In addition, the same song was also covered by the Merseybeats in 1963. I forgot to add that I am playing this with the capo at the 6th fret and am therefore singing and playing in the key of F#.
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Guitar and Harmonica: Little Mary Phagan (Including lyrics and chords) Requested by "BUZ OSKARSON", this is a "murder ballad", a style of folk song popular around the beginning of the 20th century. The song was written by "Fiddlin' John Carson and Rosa Lee Carson and is based on a true story. Factory superintendant Leo Frank was convicted of the murder of 13 year old factory girl Mary Phagan, but although he was originally sentenced to death, this was commuted to life. Incensed by this decision, a mob broke into the jail in which he was held and lynched him. Evidence was later found that pointed the true fault and guilt of the crime at Jim Conley, a 29 year old black janitor at the factory. Conley was found on the day of Fagan's murder cleaning a blood drenched shirt. He claimed that the stains were rust stains, after trying to hide the shirt. Later, Conley denied, under oath, that he had a grade school education and could read and write. Conley had a record of drinking and violence, and had served a sentence on the chain gang. Conley eventually confessed to the murder, but only after Leo Frank was lynched. I apologise for the use of the word "nigger" in this song, but it was written over a hundred years ago and that is how they spoke of coloured people in those days. In 1988, a two-part miniseries was produced by NBC called "The Murder of Mary Phagan". My rendition of this song is based on a recording by Vernon Dalhart, (real name - Marion Try Slaughter), an American country music singer and song writer.
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Guitar: Tired of Waiting For You: (Including lyrics and chords) Happy Birthday to Ken Shuttlesworth, one of my subscribers who has made many requests for songs and even made a trip to the Isle of Man to meet me in person. Ken has requested this song written by Ray Davies of The Kinks, which according to Wikipedia: "Tired of Waiting For You" was a hit 1965 rock song by the English band The Kinks. The song was released as a single on 15 January 1965 in the UK and on 17 February 1965 in the USA. It then appeared on their second studio album Kinda Kinks. According to Ray Davies, the music for "Tired of Waiting for You" was written on the train to the recording studio and the words were written at a coffee shop during a break in the session.
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Guitar: Lucille (Including lyrics and chords) Subscriber "Vicious" suggested I should do this one as he or she is having trouble with the chord changes. I regularly search for the chords to songs, most often finding them on the site "Ultimate Guitar". However, the positioning of the chords over the lyrics tends to migrate, so the chords do not appear over the correct words, which can be very confusing. I usually copy and paste into my own word processer on my computer, then listening carefully to a recording of the song, re-position the chords to their correct place. Wikipedia has the following about this song: "Lucille" is a song written by Roger Bowling and Hal Bynum, and recorded by American country music artist Kenny Rogers. It was released in January 1977 as the second and final single from the album Kenny Rogers. It became Rogers' first major hit as a solo artist after leaving the successful country/rock group The First Edition the previous year. An international hit, it reached number 1 on the Billboard Country Singles chart and number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100.[2] Overseas, "Lucille" reached the top of the UK Singles Chart in June 1977, the first of Rogers' two number one singles there.
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Guitar: God Save Ireland (Including lyrics and chords) A request from Cyril M Devine led me to this song: Wikipedia has the following about it: "God Save Ireland" is an Irish rebel song celebrating the Manchester Martyrs, three Fenians executed in 1867. It served as an unofficial Irish national anthem for Irish nationalists from the 1870s to the 1910s. On 18 September 1867, a group of 20–30 men effected the escape of two Fenian prisoners by ambushing the carriage transporting them to Belle Vue Gaol in Manchester. An attempt to shoot the lock off the carriage door caused the death of a police guard. In the following weeks, 28 men were arrested, 26 sent for trial, and five tried on 29 October. None had fired the fatal shot; all were charged with murder under the common purpose and felony murder doctrines. One of the five, Edward O'Meagher Condon, concluded his speech from the dock with the words "God Save Ireland", a motto taken up by supporters in the public gallery. All five were convicted and sentenced to death, again responding "God Save Ireland". One was acquitted on appeal as the evidence was shown to be unreliable; although the others were convicted on the evidence of the same witnesses, their sentences stood, though Condon's was commuted. The other three, Michael Larkin, William Phillip Allen, and Michael O'Brien, were hanged on 23 November 1867 and dubbed the Manchester Martyrs, not merely by physical force Irish republicans but more generally by Irish nationalists who felt a miscarriage of justice had occurred. The lyrics to "God Save Ireland" written by Timothy Daniel Sullivan were first published on 7 December 1867, the day before the Martyrs' funeral. To hasten his song's adoption, Sullivan set it to the well-known tune of "Tramp! Tramp! Tramp!", a popular pro-Union song of the American Civil War. Between 1867 and 1916 "God Save Ireland" was often referred to as the "Irish national anthem", being habitually sung at gathering of Irish nationalists, both in Ireland and abroad. The song was sung by the insurgents during the Easter Rising of 1916, but thereafter it fell out of favour. Just as the Irish Parliamentary Party and the green harp flag were eclipsed by Sinn Féin and the Irish tricolour, so "God Save Ireland" was eclipsed by "The Soldiers' Song", which was formally adopted in 1926 as the anthem of the Irish Free State created in 1922.
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Autoharp: Reflections Of My Love (Original composition including lyrics and chords) I have uploaded a guitar version of my song some time ago, but decided to try it out with an autoharp accompaniment rather than the guitar as before.
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Guitar: I Want To Hold Your Hand (Including lyrics and chords) "I Want to Hold Your Hand" is a song by the English rock band the Beatles. Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, and recorded in October 1963, it was the first Beatles record to be made using four-track equipment. With advance orders exceeding one million copies in the United Kingdom, "I Want to Hold Your Hand" would have gone straight to the top of the British record charts on its day of release (29 November 1963) had it not been blocked by the group's first million seller "She Loves You", their previous UK single, which was having a resurgence of popularity following intense media coverage of the group. Taking two weeks to dislodge its predecessor, "I Want to Hold Your Hand" stayed at number 1 for five weeks and remained in the UK top 50 for 21 weeks in total.
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2018 August 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 August. This has been a month of mixed weather, from fine and sunny to wet and windy and foggy. All walks went ahead as scheduled except for the final Sunday walk of the month when heavy rain put all but the leader off from attending, so understandably, he abandoned that walk. However, when the weather cleared later in the afternoon, I did an exploratory walk on my own which will be the basis for a Thursday walk next month. As usual, to accompany the photos I have added audio tracks from some of the videos I have uploaded this month (mainly Beatles’ songs) and two from a few years ago. They are: Remember When – Guitar (Alan Jackson) Laxey Wheel – Guitar (Stuart Slack) In My Life – Guitar (The Beatles) Help –Guitar (The Beatles) I’ll Be On My Way –Guitar (The Beatles) To Know Her Is To Love Her – Guitar (The Beatles) Ticket To Ride – Guitar (The Beatles) You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away – Guitar (The Beatles) Mr Moonlight – Guitar (The Beatles) The Fool On The Hill – Guitar (The Beatles) Girl – Guitar (The Beatles) Sunset – Autoharp (My own composition). If you would like to see more photos taken on these walks, visit the Facebook site “Isle of Man walks”, or my own Google + page which you should find if you put Tony Archibald in your search engine and click on the one with the Isle of Man flag, the Three Legs of Mann.
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Guitar: Sinner Man (Including lyrics and chords) A request from subscriber "thomas07895" has prompted me to do this video. Thomas commented on an earlier version that he would like me to do another without the "crackling" interference there was on my original version. It was done using a webcam which tended to cause such interference if I put too much volume into my singing or playing, so here is my 2018 version. There are only two chords used, namely Em and D.
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Guitar: I Feel Fine (Including lyrics and chords) "I Feel Fine" is yet another song from The Beatles. It was written by John Lennon. At the beginning of my video, I pluck the A string before going into the strumming pattern. Of course, I do not get the effect that The Beatles did as I cannot create feedback. Wikipedia explains as follows: "I Feel Fine" starts with a single, percussive feedback note produced by McCartney plucking the A string on his bass, and Lennon's guitar (which was leaning against McCartney's bass amp) picking up feedback. This was the first use of feedback on a rock record. According to McCartney, "John had a semi-acoustic Gibson guitar. It had a pickup on it so it could be amplified ... We were just about to walk away to listen to a take when John leaned his guitar against the amp. I can still see him doing it … it went, 'Nnnnnnwahhhhh!' And we went, 'What's that? Voodoo!' 'No, it's feedback.' 'Wow, it's a great sound!' George Martin was there so we said, 'Can we have that on the record?' 'Well, I suppose we could, we could edit it on the front.' It was a found object, an accident caused by leaning the guitar against the amp." Although it sounded very much like an electric guitar, Lennon actually played the riff on an acoustic-electric guitar (a Gibson model J-160E),employing the guitar's onboard pickup.
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Guitar: Fool on the Hill (The) (Including lyrics and chords) "The Fool On The Hill" is a song from ... read moreThe Beatles written by Paul McCartney. According to Wikipedia: The song's lyrics describe the titular "fool", a solitary figure who is not understood by others, but is actually wise. McCartney said the song relates to someone like Maharishi Mahesh Yogi: 'Fool on the Hill' was mine and I think I was writing about someone like Maharishi. His detractors called him a fool. Because of his giggle he wasn't taken too seriously ... I was sitting at the piano at my father's house in Liverpool hitting a D 6th chord, and I made up 'Fool on the Hill. The song involves alternations of D major and D minor in a similar manner to Cole Porter's alternations of C minor and C major in "Night and Day". It took me a while to get the hang of this one, possibly because of the D6 start. I do not play the flute and anyway don't have the euipment to double track, so I whistle where they used a flute and other instruments. I have published a book of 50 songs which can be found at the following address: http://store.blurb.com/ebooks/p9f18a3d281fe2b824498
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Guitar: You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away (Including lyrics and chords) This is yet another song from The Beatles. Written by John Lennon, Wikipedia quotes him as saying: "That's me in my Dylan period again. I am like a chameleon, influenced by whatever is going on. If Elvis can do it, I can do it. If the Everly Brothers can do it, me and Paul can. Same with Dylan." I don't play the flute, so have whistled the outro.
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Guitar: To Know Her Is To Love Her (Including lyrics and chords) "To Know Her Is To Love Her" is a song recorded by The Beatles, but is a re-working of a Phil Spector song entitled: To Know Him Is To Love Him. Wikipedia has the following about the original song. Spector was inspired by words on his father's tombstone, "To Know Him Was To Love Him." It was first recorded by the only vocal group of which he was a member, the Teddy Bears. Their recording spent three weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in 1958, while reaching No. 2 on UK's New Musical Express chart. Peter & Gordon and Bobby Vinton later had hits with the song, with its title and lyrics changed to "To Know You Is to Love You". In 1987, the song was resurrected by Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, and Emmylou Harris, whose Trio recording topped the U.S. country singles charts. The song is in 12/8 time.
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Guitar: Remember When (Including lyrics and chords) My friend Peter Corkhill performed this lovely song at one of our Tuesday night sessions recently and again at a sing-around at sheltered accommodation in Ramsey. It was written and performed by American country singer Alan Jackson and was used as the theme song in the Pixar animated film "Up". In Jackson's version, the tune modulates up half a tone half way through, but my skills on the guitar preclude me from doing this, so I stay in the same key throughout in my interpretation.
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Guitar: Hurricane (Including lyrics and chords) About a month or so ago, I received a request from subscriber "Guilherme Krol Lins " asking me if I would play "Hurricane" by the group "Thrice". The song is attributed to the whole group: Dustin Kensrue, Teppei Teranishsi, Eddie Breckenridge, Riley Breckenridge. I struggled to work out the chords as none of the usual sources seemed to have what sounded right, and watching videos of Thrice performing the song did not help as the chord shapes did not match up to what I was hearing. Eventually, however, my friend Ste Cain suggested that the guitar that Dustin Kensrue is playing in the videos is tuned a whole tone down, i.e. instead of eadgbe, it is dgcfad. Retuning my guitar accordingly, I was able to follow Dustin's playing. He was playing in Bb but with the guitar tuned down was using chords for the key of C. The timing of this song is not easy either, and I may not have it perfectly, but here then is my interpretation of the song. I am playing it in the key of C as I found Bb just a tad too low for my voice. Note that the chords used in the chorus change for the last one.
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Guitar: Ticket To Ride (Including lyrics and chords) Another song from The Beatles, "Ticket To Ride" was written by John Lennon, but like many of their songs it was credited to Lennon/McCartney. Wikipedia includes the following in an article about the song: Issued as a single in April 1965, it became the Beatles' seventh consecutive number 1 hit in the United Kingdom and their third consecutive number 1 hit in the United States, and similarly topped national charts in Canada, Australia and Ireland. The song was included on their 1965 album Help! Recorded at EMI Studios in London in February that year, the track marked a progression in the Beatles' work through the incorporation of drone and harder-sounding instrumentation relative to their previous releases.
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Guitar: I'll Be On My Way (Including lyrics and chords) "I'll Be On My Way" is another song from The Beatles. According to Wikipedia: "I'll Be on My Way" is a song attributed to John Lennon and Paul McCartney, which was first released on 26 April 1963 by Billy J. Kramer with the Dakotas as the b-side of their single "Do You Want to Know a Secret", a song also attributed to Lennon–McCartney. The single reached number two in the UK charts while "From Me to You" by the Beatles was occupying the number 1 position. According to Lennon, the song was written by McCartney: "This was early Paul." However, there is good evidence that Lennon also contributed to the song. In 1980 Lennon said "that's Paul on the voids [joys] of driving through the country." "I'll Be on My Way" is considered to be the first song that Lennon and McCartney "gave away," and the Billy J. Kramer with the Dakotas' version of the song is included on the EMI album The Songs Lennon and McCartney Gave Away.
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Guitar: Girl (Including lyrics and chords) I am still working through songs from the repertoire of The Beatles, songs that I like and am now able to make a stab at playing. Wikipedia has the following about the song: Girl is a song written by John Lennon (credited to Lennon–McCartney) and performed by the Beatles on their 1965 album Rubber Soul. "Girl" was the last complete song recorded for that album. "Girl" is one of the most melancholic and complex of the Beatles' earlier love songs. Lennon stated that the "girl" was an archetype he had been searching for and would finally find in Yoko Ono. In the annotations, the chords Am and C are not quite in the correct place over the line: "She's cool, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh". The Am should be over the word "cool" and the C over the first "ooh".
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Guitar: In My Life (Including lyrics and chords) I uploaded this Beatles' song about four years ago, but had forgotten I had done so as for some reason I did not have the lyrics and chords in my own collection of songs. I therefore recorded it again. I played my first version strumming the guitar, but this time I used a finger-style picking accompaniment. The lyrics for "In My Life" were written by John Lennon though there was some disagreement as to whether Paul McCartney wrote the melody or not. It was released on the Rubber Soul album in 1965,
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Guitar: Help! (Including lyrics and chords) "Help"! is the title song from The Beatles fifth studio album. In the words of the song: "When I was younger, so much younger than today, I never needed anybody's help in any way" was not really true for me. I was just beginning to learn to play the guitar in the mid '60's and while I loved The Beatles, I shied away from trying to play their songs as they seemed to be written in keys using chords I could not play. Now "...I find I've changed my mind, I've opened up the door" and know how to transpose into keys that use chords I can play, so I have finally got round to trying to play more of their songs.
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July 2018 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 July. The long hot sunny dry spell of May and June finally broke towards the end of the second week this month, so some of the walks in the latter part of the month were undertaken in damp, misty conditions. I was away in Scotland on an autoharp workshop weekend in the third week so missed both the Thursday and Sunday walks on the 19th and 22nd. All other walks went ahead a scheduled regardless of the weather. As usual, to accompany the photos I have added audio tracks from some of the videos I have uploaded this month and two from a few years ago. They are: The Honeysuckle and the Bee – Guitar Stranger on the Shore – Autoharp Sand and Sea – Guitar I’m a Loser – 12-string Guitar and Harmonica I Should Have Known Better – 12-string Guitar and Harmonica A Hooker Poem – Autoharp That’s Alright Mama – Guitar and Harmonica Things We Said Today – 12-string Guitar A Hard Day’s Night – 12-string Guitar It Gets Easier – Guitar Crazy – Autoharp Arrane Y Nee – Autoharp. If you would like to see more photos taken on these walks, visit the Facebook site “Isle of Man walks”, or my own Google + page which you should find if you put Tony Archibald in your search engine and click on the one with the Isle of Man flag, the Three Legs of Mann.
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Guitar: I'll Follow the Sun (Including lyrics and chords) "I'll Follow The Sun" is another Beatles' song which according to Wikipedia: It is a melancholy ballad written primarily and sung by Paul McCartney and credited to Lennon–McCartney. It was released in 1964 on the Beatles for Sale album in the United Kingdom and on Beatles '65 in the United States, but was written long before that year: a version recorded in 1960 can be found on the bootleg record You Might As Well Call Us the Quarrymen. The song was released as a mono extended play 45 in 1964 on Parlophone/EMI (and in 1995 as a B-side to Baby It's You).
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12-string Guitar and Harmonica: I'm A Loser (Including lyrics and chords) I'm A Loser is a Beatles' song written by John Lenon. An article in Wikipedia states: According to music critic Richie Unterberger, while the lyrics tell a story of romantic rejection, "I'm a Loser" is one of the first Beatles compositions that "goes beyond young love," including "the hypocrisy of keeping up a happy face when your world's falling down". According to music critic Richie Unterberger, while the lyrics tell a story of romantic rejection, "I'm a Loser" is one of the first Beatles compositions that "goes beyond young love," including "the hypocrisy of keeping up a happy face when your world's falling down". Lennon hits a low G in the verses, a note usually reserved for baritone and/or bass singers. This was atypical of Lennon; he sang the bulk of his Beatles songs in a tenor register. "I'm a Loser" does not mark the only occasion on which Lennon sang a low G, he also did so in "Happiness Is a Warm Gun". I tried to reach that low G, but failed. Most people I have heard singing this song don't even try to go down that low but sing it an octave higher.
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Guitar and Harmonica: That's Alright Mama (Including lyrics and chords) Perhaps best known as the first recording released by Elvis Presley, "That's Alright Mama" was actually written by and first recorded by blues singer Arthur Crudup in 1946 under the title "That's Alright". It was one of the songs my friend Max, (Ian Blacklaw Richardson), used to sing often and I would accompany him with my harmonica, but I have never sung it myself until today. Here then is my own interpretation of this popular song.
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12-string Guitar: Things We Said Today (Including lyrics and chords) I uploaded a version of this song a couple of years ago, but sang it in the key of Am. I think I did the initial quick strum better on that version, but the pitch was too low, so this time I am singing it in Cm. When I first was learning to play the guitar, I used to think that songs written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney for the Beatles were far too difficult for me to attempt. I could not read music and in those fare off days, the only source of music was from books or song sheets and most of their songs seemed to be written in keys I could not play chords for so I tended to ignore them. However, I now realise that even if a song is written in a key the chords for which I cannot play, it is a simple task just to transpose into a key I am comfortable with and also, it is not necessary to play all the chords they may have used or indicated.
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Autoharp: A Hooker Poem (Including lyrics and chords) As I will be attending the Scottish Autoharp Weekend Workshops in Moniaive later this week, I thought as this will be my last upload for a week, it would be appropriate to do this one. JJoolz Live from UK Autoharps posted this poem last week. I asked did it have a tune and on being told "No", I thought this might be suitable. I think the tune is more or less the same as for a song I have uploaded some time ago using a guitar for accompaniment called "The Drunken Scotsman".
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Guitar: Sand And Sea (Including lyrics and chords) Sand and Sea is a love song written by my late friend Ian Blacklaw Richardson, better known to his friends as Maxie. I uploaded his song "Scotland Will Flourish" two days ago on the day of his funeral. A CD of this song was played at the start of the ceremony, sung by Ian himself. I used to accompany him, on this and many other of his own songs, playing my harmonica, but this is the first time I have played and sung it myself. You can find some videos of Max and Me in a playlist on my channel: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list... This song is one of the songs we played together for the first time at the Shore Hotel in Laxey. Max often ended songs with an unusual chord, and in this one, I am not sure if I have named it correctly, but the final chord is an A minor seventh plus f# which I have called Am7+6#
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Autoharp: Scotland Will Flourish (Including lyrics and chords) I uploaded a guitar accompanied version of this song a few years ago, but today I am uploading it accompanied on the autoharp. The composer and author of this song, Ian Blacklaw Richardson, passed away a week ago, and today it is his funeral. Ian, better known to his friends as "Max" or "Maxie", has been a good friend to me since I first met him about ten years ago, and I have the honour of singing this song along with two other friends at the funeral service. "Scotland Will Flourish" was recorded by The Corries who were also friends of Max, and when he was Scotland's First Minister, Alex Salmond was pushing for this to be Scotland's new National Anthem. RIP Max!
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12-string Guitar: Hard Day's Night (A) (Including lyrics and chords) I am at present trying out songs written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon of The Beatles, which as a young man I loved, but never had the confidence to play for myself. For anyone not familiar with it, the first (crash) chord, Gsus4 is: 320011
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12-string Guitar and Harmonica: I Should Have Known Better (Including lyrics and chords) When I first started learning to play guitar at the age of 21, there was no internet, so the only way to find lyrics and chords for songs was to buy sheet music or books. In the case of The Beatles, when I found books of their songs, the songs were mostly written in keys using chords I could not play and even when I tried to transpose into a key with chords I was comfortable with, there were still some required that I could not play, so I rather gave up on ever playing and singing their songs. Nowadays, however, older and perhaps a little wiser, but still not particularly skilful as a guitarist, I am able to find the chords on the internet and transpose them easily and where necessary for my own playing, omit or simplify them for my own arrangements. I find "Ultimate Guitar" to be a very helpful site for this, though at times I feel their version does not quite sound right, so I tweak it to suit myself. Here then is my latest offering of The Beatles' song "I Should Have Known Better".
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Guitar: You're Driving Me Crazy (Including lyrics and chords) Wikipedia has the following about this song: "You’re Driving Me Crazy" is an American popular song composed (music and lyrics) by Walter Donaldson in 1930 and recorded the same year by Lee Morse, Rudy Vallée & His Connecticut Yankees and Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians (with vocal by Carmen Lombardo). The song became a hit and was added to the 1930 musical comedy Smiles, starring Marilyn Miller and Fred and Adele Astaire. It was also recorded in 1930 by McKinney's Cotton Pickers and by Nick Lucas & His Crooning Troubadors. I particularly remember a version from 1961 by The Temperance Seven which topped the UK singles chart, but it is on the Rudy Vallée version I have based my own effort with whistling rather than instrumental breaks.
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Autoharp: Stranger On The Shore (Including lyrics and chords) When I prepared my monthly video diary for June, I included a version of this song which I recorded a few years ago accompanying myself on the guitar. I got to thinking "what woulud it sound like using the autoharp?". Acker Bilk wrote the tune for his daughter and originally called it after her, "Jenny". However, it was used as the theme music for a BBC TV drama serial entitled "Stranger on the Shore" and under this title, was first released in 1961 in the UK, and then in the US, and reached number 1 in the US and number 2 in the UK. In 1962, songwriter Robert Mellin wrote lyrics for the song allowing it to be covered by artists such as Andy Williams and The Drifters.
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Harmonica: Summertime (Instrumental only) Just a bit of self-indulgence this morning. I have only played harmonicas in major keys until recently when a friend played a harmonica in the key of A minor. I bought one for myself to try out, and this is the first tune I found I could play which I had not been able to play on a major key harmonica. The tune is of course "Summertime" which is a song from the George Gershwin opera "Porgy and Bess".
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2018 June 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 June. This has been the hottest and driest June on record here in the Isle of Man. There was only one day this month that our walk was undertaken in rain, and that was only a light drizzle which soon lifted, the sun shining by the end of the walk. High temperatures and cloudless skies however, do not always make for good photography as the air is often quite hazy in those conditions, but for the most part, I have been happy with the results from my new camera. As usual, to accompany the photos I have added audio tracks from some of the videos I have uploaded this month and one from a few years ago. They are: Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying – 12-string Guitar Walk On The Wildside – Guitar I Want My Dog Back – 12-string Guitar Stranger On The Shore – Guitar Ruby Tuesday – 12-string Guitar Winchester Cathedral – Guitar Eight Days A Week – Guitar Somewhere My Love – Autoharp Sutter’s Mill – 12-string Guitar Why (Because I Love You) – Guitar Talk To Me Of Freedom – Guitar You’re Driving Me Crazy – Guitar Daughters and Sons – 12-string Guitar Summertime – Harmonica 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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12-string Guitar: Meet Me On The Corner (Including lyrics and chords) "Meet Me On The Corner" is a hit song from the English folk/rock group Lindisfarne. It was written by band member Rod Clements and sung by Ray Jackson and comes from their second album: "Fog on the Tyne". As a single, the song reached No. 5 in the UK and remains the only Lindisfarne song to win an Ivor Novello award. I was reminded of this song recently when friends Brian and Denise sang it at one of our Tuesday night sing-arounds.
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12-string Guitar: Eight Days A Week (Including lyrics and chords) I have just been watching James Corden and Sir Paul McCartney in a Late Late Show special, Carpool Karaoke. Eight Days A Week did not feature in the show, but as I have just prepared this video, I thought it a good time to upload it. I thought I had done this some time ago, but either my memory is failing, or for some reason that one has been deleted, so here goes again.
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12-strig Guitar: Daughters And Sons (Including lyrics and chords) A request from subscriber Ken Shuttlesworth introduced me to this song written and performed by Tommy Sands, folk singer, songwriter, radio broadcaster, and political activist. The song is an anthem of hope for people around the world who live in troubled times.
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Guitar: Why (Because I Love You) (Including lyrics and chords) The following extracts from Wikipedia tell the history of this song: "Why" is a hit song recorded by Frankie Avalon in 1959 that went to No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart published on the week of December 28, 1959, for the week ending of January 2, 1960, making it the last No. 1 single of the 1950s, and the first No. 1 single of the 1960s at the same time. It also became the first No. 1 single of the 1960s on the Cashbox magazine charts. The song was written by Avalon's manager and record producer Robert "Bob" Marcucci and Peter De Angelis. It was Avalon's second and final No. 1 hit. The melody is based on an Italian song. Anthony Newley covered the song shortly after Avalon, and his version went to No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart in February 1960. I have never sung this before, and my fingers went to the wrong place a couple of times in the final verse. The chords shown on-screen are what I should have been playing.
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Guitar: Winchester Cathedral (Including lyrics and chords) The following extract from Wikipedia explains the history of this song: "Winchester Cathedral" is a song by The New Vaudeville Band, a British novelty group established by the song's composer, Geoff Stephens, and was released in late 1966 by Fontana Records. It reached #1 in Canada on the RPM 100 national singles charts and shortly thereafter in the U.S. on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Stephens was a big fan of tunes from the British music hall era (or what Americans would call "vaudeville"), so he wrote "Winchester Cathedral" in that vein, complete with a Rudy Vallée soundalike[2] (John Carter) singing through his hands to imitate a megaphone sound.[3] Although the song was recorded entirely by session musicians, when it became an international hit, an actual band had to be assembled, with Fontana trying unsuccessfully to recruit the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band. The recording is one of the few charting songs to feature a bassoon. The band toured extensively under the tutelage of Peter Grant, who later went on to manage The Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin. The tune went to No. 4 in the UK Singles Chart.[6] It went all the way to the top in the U.S., however, displacing "You Keep Me Hangin' On" by the Supremes on December 3, 1966. After a one-week run at No. 1, "Winchester Cathedral" was knocked off the summit by the Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations", only to rebound to the top spot the following week. After two additional weeks, it was knocked off the top for good by "I'm a Believer" by The Monkees.
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Autoharp: Somewhere My Love (Including lyrics and chords) I uploaded a guitar accompanied version of this song a few weeks ago and wondered if I could play it on the autoharp. The guitar version I sang in the key of E, but I do not have all the chords required for that key on my autoharp and at first tried it in the key of D. This proved to be a bit too low for me to sing, so I have done this version in the key of G.
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Guitar: Walk On The Wild Side (Including lyrics and chords) "Walk On The Wild Side" is a song written and performed by Lou Reed and was released in 1972. It was very risqué as Wikipedia explains: The lyrics were groundbreaking and risqué for their time, telling stories not usually told in rock songs up to then, and containing references to prostitution, transsexuals, and oral sex. Each verse refers to one of the "superstars" at Andy Warhol's New York studio, The Factory. "Holly" is based on Holly Woodlawn, a transgender actress who lived in Miami Beach, Florida as a child. In 1962, after being bullied by homophobes, the fifteen-year-old ran away from home; and, as in the lyrics, learned how to pluck her eyebrows while hitchhiking to New York. "Candy" is based on Candy Darling, a transgender actress and the subject of an earlier song by Lou Reed, "Candy Says". She grew up on Long Island ("the island") and was a regular at "the back room" of Max's Kansas City. "Little Joe" was the nickname of Joe Dallesandro, an actor who starred in Flesh, a 1968 film about a teenage hustler. Dallesandro said in 2014 that he had never met Reed when the song was written, and that the lyrics were based on the film character, not himself personally. "Sugar Plum Fairy" was a reference to actor Joe Campbell, who played a character by that name in Warhol's 1965 film, My Hustler. The term was a euphemism for "drug dealer". "Jackie" is based on Jackie Curtis, another Warhol actor. "Speeding" and "crashing" are drug references. Curtis at one time hoped to play the role of James Dean in a movie; Dean was killed in a car crash. To be honest, I never really listened to the lyrics too closely at the time the song was released, just liking it for its somewhat unusual catchy rhythm which as I discovered when recording this video is not that easy to sustain with just the guitar.
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12-string Guitar: Ruby Tuesday (Including lyrics and chords) Wikipedia describes this song as follows: "Ruby Tuesday" is a song recorded by the Rolling Stones in 1966, released in January 1967. The song, coupled with "Let's Spend the Night Together", was a number-one hit in the United States and reached number three in the United Kingdom. The song was included in the American version of Between the Buttons (in the UK, singles were often excluded from studio albums). Rolling Stone magazine ranked the song number 310 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The song title was the source of the restaurant chain of the same name. Multi-instrumentalist Brian Jones played recorder and piano, whilst the double bass was played jointly by bassist Bill Wyman (pressing the strings against the fingerboard) and Keith Richards (bowing the strings). According to Keith Richards in a 1971 Rolling Stone interview, he wrote the song in a Los Angeles hotel room in early 1966 about a groupie he knew; he has also stated that it was about Linda Keith, his girlfriend in the mid-1960s.
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12-string Guitar: I Want My Dog Back (Including lyrics and chords) I came across this song watching a performance by Greg Schreiber at the Mountain Laurel Autoharp Gathering from last year. I have chosen to perform it with the 12-string guitar as Greg's performance with the autoharp is already on YouTube. Written by Tom T Hall, there is a very good bluegrass version by a band called The Spinney Brothers which I have also watched on YouTube. Sometimes when I copy and paste lyrics into my video editor, apostrophes do not transfer and I have to alter the words manually. I missed one in the word don't and one in the word she's, both in verse 1.
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12-string Guitar: Sutter's Mill (Including lyrics and chords) My last upload was "Illinois" which was written and performed by Dan Fogelberg. Today's song, "Sutter's Mill" is also by Dan Fogelberg. I was introduced to this one by my friend Derek Oates who sings it from time to time at our musical sing-arounds. The lyrics of the song are not strictly accurate historically as it was not John Sutter who found the gold, but one of his trusted employees as Wikipedia explains in an article about the man: John Augustus Sutter Sr. (February 23, 1803 – June 18, 1880), born Johann August Suter, was a German-born Swiss pioneer of California known for establishing Sutter's Fort in the area that would eventually become Sacramento, California, the state's capital. Although he became famous following the discovery of gold by his employee James W. Marshall and the mill making team at Sutter's Mill, Sutter saw his own business ventures fail during the California Gold Rush. Those of his elder son, John Augustus Sutter Jr., were more successful.
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12-string Guitar: Illinois (Including lyrics and chords) Requested by subscriber Cyril M Devine, "Illinois" is a song written and performed by Dan Fogelberg. The chord Dm/C is a cross between Dm and C and is played as x30241, i.e. the usual fingering for Dm with a "c" added third fret on the 5th string.
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12-string Guitar: Hard Tack Come Again No More (Including lyrics and chords) Requested by subscriber Athull08, this is a parody on Stephen Foster's "Hard Times Come Again No More". As I am very familiar with the original, it was quite a challenge not to sing the original lyrics, especially in the chorus as you might notice in the first one. In the annotations, I have shown in lower case and red two 'accidentals' as at that point, I am just playing the note rather than a full chord.
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2018 May 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 May. The weather throughout most of the month of May has been exceptionally fine and sunny, although on the last walk of the month, conditions were misty for a while. Surrounded as we are by sea, a by-product of prolonged hot sunny weather is sea mist which often covers the whole island. I am still getting used to my new camera and found a few “teething” problems, but I think for the most part, I am quite happy with it. As usual, I have added audio tracks from some of the videos I have uploaded this month to accompany the photos. They are: I Wish I Was Single Again – Autoharp The Trail of the Lonesome Pine – Guitar Snowbird – Guitar Rose Marie – Guitar The Wonder of You – Guitar Spirit In The Sky – 12-string Guitar Somewhere My Love – Guitar Cover From The Sky – 12-string Guitar Sealed With A Kiss – Guitar Talk To Me Of Freedom – Guitar Thank You Very Much – 12-string Guitar Sunset – Autoharp (Original tune) 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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12-string Guitar: Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying (Including lyrics and chords) Wikipedia has the following about this song; "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying" is a song written and originally performed by British beat group Gerry and the Pacemakers. The songwriting is credited to Gerry Marsden and the other band members, Freddie Marsden, Les Chadwick and Les Maguire. It was first recorded by Louise Cordet, and then recorded by the group themselves in early 1964. It was released in April 1964 as Gerry and the Pacemakers' fifth single in Britain, and spent 11 weeks on the United Kingdom's Record Retailer chart, reaching No. 6.[In the US, it was the breakthrough single for the group, spending 12 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching No. 4.
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12-string Guitar: Cover From The Sky (Including lyrics and chords) Cover From The Sky is a song written by Ricky Ross, lead singer of the group Deacon Blue. I heard it for the first time only a couple of weeks ago when our friends Brian and Denise Kissack sang it at one of our Tuesday night sessions.
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Autoharp: I Wish I Was Single Again (Including lyrics and chords) My friend Kevin sang a version of this song recently at the Manx Music Festival known locally as The Guild. I found a version which I have accompanied with my new autoharp.
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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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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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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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