Anthony Archibald - Autoharp - Autoharp: Green Grow the Rashes O (Including lyrics and chords) The widow of my good friend Ian Blacklaw Richardson (Max to his friends) requested that I sing this one which Ian used to sing often. I did a twelve-string gutiar accompanied version some time ago, but thought it might sound quite good on the autoharp, so for Elizabeth here is "Green Grow the Rashes O" (There is another song called "Green Grow the Rushes-Oh" which I have also sung, but that one is an English song and should not be confused with this one written by Robert Burns in 1783 and published in Poems in 1787. Later in 1787 it was published with music in The Scots Musical Museum, the first of Burns' poems to be set to music.)
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Autoharp: Green Grow the Rashes O (Including lyrics and chords) The widow of my good friend Ian Blacklaw Richardson (Max to his friends) requested that I sing this one which Ian used to sing often. I did a twelve-string gutiar accompanied version some time ago, but thought it might sound quite good on the autoharp, so for Elizabeth here is "Green Grow the Rashes O" (There is another song called "Green Grow the Rushes-Oh" which I have also sung, but that one is an English song and should not be confused with this one written by Robert Burns in 1783 and published in Poems in 1787. Later in 1787 it was published with music in The Scots Musical Museum, the first of Burns' poems to be set to music.)
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Guitar: Fisherman's Luck (Including lyrics and chords) This is another request from my friend Ken Shuttlesworth for his birthday last week. This song was written by Dorsey Dixon. It was recorded by the Dixon Brothers in 1937 and released in 1938. It was based on a popular tall story known as "The Convivial Snake." Thanks to Raymond Crooke who also has recorded this one for the lyrics. The chord progression is of my own devising.
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Autoharp: Waterbound (Including lyrics and chords) This is my second song for Jan's challenge on the UK Autoharps page on Facebook, this month's theme being "WATER". I found this song on the Toneway Mountain Music Collection and did upload it about five years ago using my Richwood Autoharp, but as I thought I had used a guitar on that occasion, I have done it again using my new OS chromatic 'harp fro this presentation. It is only a three chord bash, but I think it is fun to play and try adding some hammering on techniques.
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Guitar: It’s All Over but The Crying (Including lyrics and chords) Requested by "Mirza Rafi", "It’s All Over but The Crying" is a song from the repertoire of the group "The Inkspots" written by Russ Morgan and Seger Ellis. Wikipedia has the following about the group: The Ink Spots were an American vocal jazz group who gained international fame in the 1930s and 1940s. Their unique musical style presaged the rhythm and blues and rock and roll musical genres, and the subgenre doo-wop. The Ink Spots were widely accepted in both the white and black communities, largely due to the ballad style introduced to the group by lead singer Bill Kenny.
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Guitar: I’ll Spend My Life with You (Including lyrics and chords) A slightly belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my friend, Ken Shuttlesworth for whom I have attempted this song. Written by Bobby Hart and Tommy Boyce, it was performed by The Monkees.
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Autoharp: Arrane Ny Niee (The Washing Song) (Including lyrics and chords) I have just been taking part in a most enjoyable Zoom meeting with fellow autoharp players from around the world during which we had time to chat and many of those present performed a piece of music or a song related to Jan's Challenge on the UK Autoharpers Facebook page, the theme being "WATER". I attempted this Manx folk song, a lullaby which is called "Arrane Ny Niee" which translates as "The Washing Song". Although I am Manx, born and bred, sadly we were never taught our own language at school, and I have never found the time to try to learn it in later life, so I sang only the English translation.
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Guitar: The Outlandish Knight (Including lyrics and chords) Another song from the Penguin Book of English Folk Songs collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams and others, "The Outlandish Knight" tells a commonplace tale of an unscrupulous man trying to trick a pretty maiden, rob her and murder her, but being outwitted and getting his comeuppance. There are a number of variants of this song including the American "Pretty Polly". This one, collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams was "Sung by Mr. Hilton, South Walsham, Norfolk (R. V. W. 1908). As with all the songs I am uploading from this book, the chord progression is of my own devising.
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Guitar: On Monday Morning (Including lyrics and chords) This was the first video I recorded using my new Nikon camera and I was not as yet familiar with the settings, so the focus was not quite right. Also, the sound reproduction quality is not up to the usual standard as some of my viewers have informed me. At present I do not have access to my PC and am working from my laptop which does not have the necessary apps for me to create new videos, so I am not re-recording this one but posting it as is. "On Monday Morning" is another song from the Penguin Book of English Folk songs collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams and others. It is a rather dark misogynistic story. According to the header in the book, this was "Sung by W. Alexander, Cliddesdon, Hants (R. V. W. 1909) The chord progression is of my own devising.
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Guitar: O Shepherd, O Shepherd (Including lyrics and chords) The song for today, "O Shepherd, O Shepherd" is another from the Penguin Book of English Folk Songs collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams and according to the book was: "Sung by Mrs. Davis, Dorchester, Dorset (H. E. D. H. 1906). The chord progression is of my own devising.
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Guitar: The Manchester Angel (Including lyrics and chords) "The Manchester Angel" is another song from the Penguin Book of English Folk Songs collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams and others. The header for this one states: 'Sung by S. Gregory, Beaminster, Dorset (H. E. D. H. 1906. As usual, I have created my own chord progression for my interpretation of this song. My apologies if the sound quality is not the best. The camera I used to record this video does not give good reproduction when recording close up apparently. It sounds OK on higher quality players, e.g. on my Smart TV, but not so on smaller equipment such as laptops or mobile phones. I will not be using this camera for future recordings, but return to one of my older ones which gives better quality sound recording.
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Guitar: The Man of Burningham Town (Including lyrics and chords) This song comes from the Penguin Book of English Folk Songs collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams and others and its source according to the header in the book "Sung by Mr. Locke, Rollesby, Norfolk (R. V. W. 1908)" The chord progression is of my own devising.
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Guitar: Lovely Joan (Including lyrics and chords) "Lovely Joan" is another song from the Penguin Book of English Folk Songs collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams and others. The story has a nice twist as the man who is obviously intent on having his way with Lovely Joan is thwarted, losing both his gold ring and his horse. As with all the songs in this book, I have devised my own chord progression for my accompaniment.
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Guitar: Lord Thomas and Fair Eleanor (Including lyrics and chords) "Lord Thomas and Fair Eleanor" is another song from the Penguin Book of English Folk Songs collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams and others. According to the header in the book this one was: "Sung by Mrs Pond, Shepton Beauchamp, Som. (C. J. S. 1904) The final two verses are very familiar and appear to be re-cycled in a number of songs of a similar nature
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Guitar and Piano: Long Lankin (Including lyrics and chords) Long Lankin is a murder ballad which I found in the Penguin Book of English Folk Songs collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams and others. Above the song in the book, it states: "Sung by sister Emma, Clewer, Berks. (C. J. S. 1909). For this video, I created a piano accompaniment using MuseScore3 over which I played and strummed my guitar and sang while that was playing. I had to be closer to my camera than usual to see the lyrics on my computer screen, not realising that the camera would follow my body movements thus giving the impression that my room is rocking with me.
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Guitar: Lisbon (Including lyrics and chords) "Lisbon" is yet another song from the Penguin Book of English Folk Songs collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams and others. It is another song with a familiar theme where a young man leaves the country to fight in a foreign war forsaking his girl who then wants to follow him and is even willing to disguise herself as a man and join up to be with him. The book states the following to be the source of the song: Sung by Mrs. Lock, Muchelney Ham, Somerset (C. J. S. 1904) The chords are of my own devising.
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Guitar: The King Will Take the Queen (Including lyrics and chords) Requested by my American pal, Ken Shuttlesworth, "The King Will Take the Queen" is an old English drinking song the lyrics and chords for which I got from fellow prolific uploader on YouTube, Raymond Crooke. In fact, it was from Raymond's upload of the song I learned it, never having come across it before.
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Guitar: John Barleycorn (Including lyrics and chords) I uploaded another version of this song under the title "John Barleycorn Must Die" some time ago. On that occasion, I used a DADGAD accompaniment on my guitar. This version comes from the Penguin Book of English Folk Songs collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams and others and the following regarding its source states: "Sung by 'Shepherd' Haden Bampton, Oxon. (C. J. S. 1909). The lyrics are identical in both versions, but the tune is different and for this video I am playing using normal tuning and chords of my own devising.
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Guitar: Jack the Jolly Tar (Including lyrics and chords) "Jack the Jolly Sailor" is another song from the Penguin Book of English Folk Songs collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams and others where it is described as being "Sung by Mrs Hooper, Hambridge, Somerset (C. J. S. 1904). It is very reminiscent of two songs I have uploaded, "Barnacle Bill the Sailor" and "Yarmouth Town".
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Guitar: The Grey Cock (Including lyrics and chords) The Grey Cock or The Lover's Ghost is another song from the Penguin Book of English Folk Songs collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams and others. I uploaded a song called "The Night Visiting Song" some time ago and it was an abridged version of this song that omitted the verses explaining that the visitor was the ghost of her lover. In the Penguin book's explanation of where the song was collected it states: Sung by Mrs Cecilia Costello, Birmingham (M. S. & P. S. S. 1951). The chord progression is of my own devising.
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Guitar: Gloucester Feast Song (Including lyrics and chords) Back to the BBC programme "Singing Together" for my upload today. The title may also simply be called "Feast Song". The following appears in Joe Offer's printout: Source: Broadwood, L, 1893, English County Songs, London, Leadenhall Press Notes: "Gloucester Noke" is followed by a question mark in the book. Sung at Frocester about 1840. Words and tune from Mrs Graham Clarke, through Miss M Curtis Hayward. An explanation regarding "Gloucester Noke" was added by Malcolm Douglas in May 2007: 'Noke' is a mis-reading of 'Voke', an attempt at rendering a dialectal pronounciation of 'folk'. This is obvious if you look at the MS with a magnifying glass and know something about orthography. Miss Broadwood, I'm sure, owned at least one of the former and knew a fair bit about the latter; but we all make silly mistakes at times, and this was one of hers.
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Guitar: The Gentleman Soldier (Including lyrics and chords) A familiar tale of a maiden wronged by an unscrupulous soldier masquerading as a gentleman, the Penguin Book of English Folk Songs collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams. According to the entry in the book, the song was sung by Mr Coomber, Blackham, Sussex. As with all the songs from this book, the music score was printed, but the chord progression is of my own devising.
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Guitar: Frog and the Mouse (Including lyrics and chords) This song is a variant on another with the title "Froggie Went A-courting" that I have uploaded previously. This one comes from the BBC programme, "Singing Together". It tells the same story as the one I am more familiar with, but has a different tune and lyrics. The lyrics, however are so similar, I had difficulty stopping myself from slipping into the other ones as I was singing this one.
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Guitar: Banks of Sweet Primroses (Including lyrics and chords) As I am still having difficulty with my home Wi-Fi, I am again working from a local coffee shop where they have free Wi-Fi. This song comes from the Penguin Book of English Folks Songs collected by composer Ralph Vaughan Williams and was sung by Mrs Vaisey, Hampshire and collected in 1892. The music score is in the book, but with no chords shown, again I have devised my own chord progression for accompaniment.
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The Fox (Including lyrics and chords) I have uploaded a song with this title previously, but this is an older variant I have not heard before. It is another song from the BBC programme "Singing Together". I had some difficulty stopping myself from slipping into the other version from time to time.
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Guitar The Devil and the Ploughman (Including lyrics and chords) I am still having problems at home trying to get a stable Wifi connection, so am at a llocal coffee shop where they have free Wifi. This is a similar song to one I have uploaded previously, that one being an American variant. This one comes from a book of English Folk Songs collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams in the early part of the twentieth century. The music score I found in the book but have produced my own chord progression for it.
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Autoharp: The Landlord's Wife (Including lyrics and chords) I have been having problems connecting to the internet for over a week now. Today I am at a local cafe where they have free wifi, so I can at last upload my video. This is a self-penned song that I think fits in with Jan's challenge on the UK Autoharp page on Facebook.
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Guitar: As Sylvie Went Walking (Including lyrics and chords) This song comes from a Penguin Book of English songs collected by the composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. It is in fact the first song in that book and yet according to the description, it was collected from the singing of a lady in Australia. I have had this book for many years, but as I do not sight read music, it is only since I have been able to write the score out using MuseScore 3 that I have been able to hear the more obscure songs in the book. I have created my own chord progression for accompaniment.
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Guitar: Forty Miles (Including lyrics and chords) My song today from the BBC programme "Singing Together" is a very familiar story in folk music with various twists at the end. Among the footnotes in Joe Offers' archive of songs from Singing Together is the following: "The earliest English version of this delightful piece is a street ballad issued in the reign of James II (1685-88) under the title of John's Earnest Request; Or, Betty's Compassionate Love extended to him in a time of distress." Two copies of this, printed for P. Brooksby between 1672 and 1696, can be seen at "Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads". You might wonder why I play this in the key of D but use my capo at the second fret and use chords for the key of C. The reason for this is that the key of D suits my voice better than C, but I am able to pick out the accompaniment better using the C chords.
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Guitar; The Foggy Dew (Including lyrics and chords) My song from the BBC programme "Singing Together" today is "The Foggy Dew". I have uploaded songs with this same title or a variant on it previously, but have not come across this version. "The Foggy Foggy Dew" is the one I first learned and is virtually the same story as this one. The other song "The Foggy Dew" is an Irish song totally unrelated to this story. This variant was published with the following footnotes: Source: The Foggy Dew, Ed Frank Purslow, 1973 Notes: Hammond Sm.30; collected from Mrs Gulliver, Combe Florey, Somerset. May 1905 Frank Purslow's notes follow: Another old favourite, but now sung mostly around the folk clubs; traditional versions are hard to come by these days. A great many people have sought to invest the "foggy dew" with some sort of symbolism. What meaning the phrase does have seems fairly obvious, and I feel quite sure that country singers who sang this song did so without a thought for any hidden meanings. With all due respect to A.L. Lloyd, I find his "Bugaboo" theory as unconvincing as the rest. What if one of Bell's Tynesiders did ascribe the girl's fear to the mock-ghostly "Bogle-bo"? It probably merely indicates that one singer, at least, preferred his songs' sentiments to be rationalised - or else he had a higher-developed sense of humour than his neighbours. As "The Foggy Dew" the song appeared on late 18th century English broadsides. My own theory - which, if true, would probably prove A.L. Lloyd right! - is that the song originated in Ireland (again!)
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Guitar: Flower of Killarney (Including lyrics and chords) My song today "Flower of Killarney", comes from the Autumn 1970 edition of the BBC programme "Singing Together" and has the following footnotes: Source: Singing Together, Autumn 1970, BBC Publications Notes: In the booklet, this is simply listed as 'Irish Folk Tune', and no information is given about the lyrics. The tune is Gentle Maiden, which Edward Bunting got from a Miss Murphy of Dublin, in 1839: many songs have subsequently been set to it. Play it faster and its close relationship to Rosin the Beau becomes clear. The tune-family that includes both goes back a fair way in both Ireland and Britain, but Bunting's opinion that it is "ancient" and "pure Irish" was based solely on his theories on the structure of Irish melody, which Alfred Moffat (The Minstrelsy of Ireland, 4th edition, nd [the 1st edition was 1897], note to Thomas Moore's 'Oh! Love is a hunter boy') described as "often refuted"; and in those days "refuted" still meant "disproven". The words quoted in Singing Together are as printed in Desmond MacMahon, The New National Songbook Part II, London: Thomas Nelson & Sons Ltd, 1939; where they are described as "20th Cent[ury]". The song was issued by Elkin & Co in 1954 as sheet music arranged for SATB by Desmond MacMahon "with words by A[lfred] H Body" (COPAC listing)
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Autoharp: Sand (Including lyrics and chords) A post from one of my friends from Moniaive in Scotland, (Maggie MacBean), drew my attention to this song which must have passed me by in my younger days as I do not recall it and I loved Nancy Sinatra. However, I only had the one LP of hers and although she did perform "Some Velvet Morning" with Lee Hazlewood, this one was not on that album. Lee Hazlewood wrote "Sand" and first performed it with Jane Hokum in March 1966 before his performance with Nancy Sinatra in May the same year. For my attempt at the song, having no female partner to sing it with, I have sung the male part in as low a register as I can manage, then sung the female part an octave higher. In the annotations, the male part is printed in white lettering, the female in pink.
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Guitar: Flow Gently Sweet Afton (Including lyrics and chords) Flow Gently Sweet Afton is a poem by Robert Burns, written in 1789. It has been set to many tunes, this one being the one shown in the BBC programme "Singing Together" summer 1951 pamphlet.
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Guitar: Flora, Lily of the West (Including lyrics and chords) "Flora, Lily of the West" is another song from the BBC programme "Singing Together" and has the following footnotes in the pamphlet: Source: Songs of the West by S. Baring-Gould. Notes: Baring-Gould Notes: Two melodies have been noted down to this ballad, one from Matthew Baker, the old cripple on Lew Down, the other from Samuel Fone. The first one is identical with one obtained in Yorkshire by Mr Kidson. The words are on Broadsheets by Such, Fortey, Bar of Leeds, etc. In the original the lover betrayed by Flora stabs to the heart the "lord of high degree" who has supplanted him - "I walked up to my rival with a dagger in my hand, And seized him from my false love, and bid him boldly stand; Then, mad with desperation, I swore I'd pierce his breast, And I was betrayed by Flora, the Lily of the West." He is tried for murder, but "a flaw was in the indictment found," and he escapes the gallows. And the ballad winds up - "Although she swore my life away, she still disturbs my rest. I must ramble for my Flora, the Lily of the West" I have thought it well to cut out the murder and the trial. The ballad has clearly an Irish origin, what air is used in Ireland I am unable to say. It has been generally accepted that the ending of a phrase on the same three notes is characteristic Irish music. It is not more so than English folk airs. "Flora, the Lily of the West" was wont to be sung annually at the Revel at St Breward's on the Bodmin Moors, and can be traced back there to 1839. There Henry Hawken, sexton at Mickalstow, hard by, acquired it, and from him the first melody was taken down as well as by the Rev. W.J. Wyon, vicar of St Issey, in 1889. The tune given here is as collected from Matthew Baker. See Flora, The Lily Of The West(2) from "Related Songs" below for the tune collected from Samuel Fone.
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Guitar: Flight of the Earls {A P Graves} (Including lyrics and chords) My song today from the BBC programme "Singing Together" is "Flight of the Earls" written by A.P.Graves with music by C.V.Stanford and published in the Autumn 1969 pamphlet, though the song was originally published in "The Irish Song Book" in 1894. I uploaded another song with this same title, but it was a more recent composition written by Liam Reilly and although the title is the same, the two songs refer to different times; Graves' song relating to events of the seventeenth century while Reilly's song refers to the twentieth century. Stanford's melody was also used for another song I have uploaded some time ago, namely "The Boys of Wexford". The chords shown in the annotations work for strumming, but may not be exactly what I am playing finger-style.
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Autoharp: Gartan Mother's Lullaby (Including lyrics and chords) Today is my friend Corinna's birthday and as she is very fond of this song, I thought I would upload this version especially for her. Wikipedia has the following information about the song: "Gartan Mother's Lullaby" is an old Irish song and poem written by Herbert Hughes and Seosamh Mac Cathmhaoil, first published in Songs of Uladh [Ulster] in 1904. Hughes collected the traditional melody in Donegal the previous year and Campbell wrote the lyrics. The song is a lullaby by a mother, from the parish of Gartan in County Donegal. The song refers to a number of figures in Irish mythology, places in Ireland and words in the Irish language. Aoibheall, (pronounced "ee-val") commonly known as Aoibhinn the Beautiful, is the queen of the Northern Fairies. The Green Man, (or Fear Glas in Irish) it is said if you see him in the morning, "no ill follows"; but if at night, death or some other terrible misfortune will surely overtake you. He is sometimes called Fear Liath, or the Grey Man. Siabhra, is a generic term for an Irish fairy of any kind. In ancient writings the Tuatha de Danann, or little magicians of the Pagan Irish, were called "siabhra" without distinction. Tearmann, Irish for Termon, a village near Gartan in Donegal. Leanbhan, is an old Irish word for little child. (leanbh is Irish for child +án leanbhán is its diminutive.)
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Guitar: Diggin' up Bones (Including lyrics and chords) Requested by my American friend, Ken Shuttlesworth, "Diggin' up Bones" is a song performed by Randy Travis and written by Al Gore, (no relation to the former Vice President of the USA), Paul Overstreet and Nat Stuckey. This song is not within my comfort zone, but I have given it a go anyway though my attempt at an instrumental break is nothing like the one you will find in Travis's own performance.
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Guitar:Flat River Raftsman (Including lyrics and chords) My song today from the BBC programme "Singing Together" comes from the Catskills as the small amount of information in the footnotes indicates: Source: Folk Song of the Catskills Cazden, Haufrecht and Studner ISBN: o-87385-580-3. Notes: Approved by Publisher as being avalaible to public. As the song is from the Catskills, it seems likely that the "Greenville" mentioned in verse one must have been Greenville Town on the northern border of Greene County, New York, in the United States. As this song only has three verses, I chose to repeat the first verse at the end to lengthen it.
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Guitar: Fill the Cup (Including lyrics and chords) I may have uploaded this song before, but this is the version printed in the BBC programme "Singing Together" and had the following footnote: Source: Singing Together, Autumn 1960, BBC Publications Notes: The caption says "Irish Tune, Words by Barbara Kluge". No further information is given. Well, if you don't know how to make a good cup of tea, here's how to do it. As usual, I have devised my own chord progression for the song.
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Guitar: Father Grumble (Including lyrics and chords) My song from the BBC programme "Singing Together" today is "Father Grumble". The following are from the footnotes to the song in the pamphlet: Source: Randolph, V, 1982. Ozark Folksongs, Illinois Press, Urbana Notes: Randoph wrote: Sung by Fanny Mulhollan, Pineville, Mo., Dec 21, 1927 An American derivative of the old Scottish "John Grumble" (Kittredge[1913]). See also Campbell and Sharp; Pound (1922); Cox (1925); Eddy; Gardner and Chickering; Linscott; Belden (1940); Brewster (1940a) and the Brown collection. Reported quite widely in tradition in Britain and Ireland; but chiefly in the USA and Canada. Found in Scotland as John Grumlie, and as The Wife of Auchtermuchty, which first appears in the Bannatyne MS (1568) as The Wyf of Auchtirmuchty. This is sometimes attributed to Sir John Moffat. Bruce Olson quotes the text, as published by Allan Ramsay in The Evergreen, 1723. Also quoted is Ballad of A Tyrannical Husband, from a MS of the time of Henry VII, Chetham Library, Manchester. As with most of the songs from the "Singing Together" pamphlets, I have made my own chord progression for my interpretation of the song.
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Guitar: Farmer's Daughter (On the Banks of Sweet Dundee) (Including lyrics and chords) Another song from the BBC programme "Singing Together", The Farmer's Daughter is also known as On the Banks of Sweet Dundee. The footnotes in the publication read: Source: Randolph, V, 1982. Ozark Folksongs, Illinois Press, Urbana Notes: Randolph wrote: Sung by Kate Stubblefield, Crane, Mo., May 7, 1928 The English broadside version of this song is known as "Undaunted Mary" and it is published in several popular songbooks. See Tolman and Eddy for detailked references and an Ohio fragment. Cox prints two West Virginia texts. In some versions of the ballad Willie does not die - as is implied by by the final lines of the sixth stanza of this text - but is reunited with Mary in the concluding verses.
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Autoharp: Happy Wanderer (Including lyrics and chords) Jan's challenge for July is for songs about our hobbies. Apart from singing and playing various musical instruments, my main hobbies are walking and photography. I thought this song covers all bases so to speak as I love singing, playing the autoharp and the camera I filmed this on is the one I use to take photographs on my walks. Wikipedia has the following information about "The Happy Wanderer": "The Happy Wanderer" ("Der fröhliche Wanderer" or "Mein Vater war ein Wandersmann") is a popular song. The original text was written by Florenz Friedrich Sigismund (1791–1877). The present tune was composed by Friedrich-Wilhelm Möller shortly after World War II. The work is often mistaken for a German folk song, but it is an original composition. Möller's sister Edith conducted a small amateur children's and youth choir in Schaumburg County, Northern Germany, internationally named Obernkirchen Children's Choir, in Germany named Schaumburger Märchensänger. She adapted Sigismund's words for her choir. In 1953, a BBC radio broadcast of the choir's winning performance at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod turned the song into an instant hit. On January 22, 1954, the song entered the UK singles chart and stayed on the chart—only a Top 12 at the time—for 26 non-consecutive weeks, peaking at Number 2 (for five consecutive weeks). The amateur choir, many of whose original members were war orphans, turned into an international phenomenon in the following years. The group performed on many international tours under the name Obernkirchen Children's Choir and recorded several albums. They made two appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show (November 29, 1964, and December 11, 1966).
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Guitar: The Farmyard (Including lyrics and chords) This song appears in the BBC programme "Singing Together" in their Autumn 1966 edition. The following footnote accompanies the song: The Farmyard, or The Merry Green Fields was noted by Cecil Sharp from Eliza Gardey, aged 74, at Marylebone Workhouse, London, on 22 October 1908 (Sharp MSS ref. Folk Tunes 1984). It was first printed in Sharp, English Folk-Songs for Schools, London: Novello, 1908-1925, No. 985. Also in Karpeles, Cecil Sharp's Collection of English Folk Songs, II, 425-426, with the singer's name given as "Goodey" (apparently a mistake). Number 745 in the Roud Folk Song Index, though it seems likely that the songs listed under 887 also belong with it. Something of a loose song family which also includes Old MacDonald and a stage song of 1706, In the Fields in Frost and Snows which appears in D'Urfey, Pills to Purge Melancholy (1719-1720, II, 214-16: from Thomas D'Urfey and William Worthen Appleton, Wonders in the sun; or, The kingdom of the birds: London, 1706).
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Guitar: Farewell to Tarwathie (Including lyrics and chords) Another song from the BBC programme "Singing Together", Farewell to Tarwathie" was published in the Spring 1986 edition simply as being from Scotland. In a discussion thread in Joe Offer's collection of these songs, the following appears: I have just read the discussion notes on this song Folk Songs and Ballads of Scotland' ISBN 0.8256.0057.X compiled and edited by Ewan MacColl, states that Farewell to Tarwathie was written by " George Scroggie, one time miller at Federate in the parish of New Deer Aberdeenshire wrote this song in the early eighteen fifties". As with most of the songs from this collection that I have attempted, I have made my own chord progression for it.
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Guitar: Maid of Monterey (Including lyrics and chords) A request from subscriber "Athul08" introduced this song to me. The song, "Maid of Monterey" is a 19th century song composed by John Hill Hewitt, published in Baltimore in 1851. The song depicts the Battle of Monterey (September 21-24, 1846), a major engagement of the Mexican-American War. A young Mexican maiden tends lovingly to wounded and dying soldiers even though they were her country's enemies. For my interpretation of the song, I have used a simple finger-style accompaniment and devised my own chord progression for it.
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Guitar: Farewell to Fiunary (Including lyrics and chords) Back to the BBC programme "Singing Together" for today's upload. "Farewell to Fiunary" was published in the Autumn 1971 pamphlet and in the footnotes it states: Described as "Traditional Scottish tune, Words by Rev. Norman Macleod." Taken from New Scottish Orpheus from Patterson's Publications, Ltd. In a "Discussion" section of Joe Offer's collection of songs from Singing Together is the following: "These words, attributed to my great grand father are a poor bastardization of his originals. If anyone wants I will be happy to send them the real ones. Maxwell MacLeod Fuinary Morvern." As with most of the songs from this collection, I have worked out my own chord progression for the song which I present here.
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Guitar: Daydream Believer (Including lyrics and chords) Another request from my young American friend, Ken Shuttlesworth, "Daydream Believer" is a song performed by "The Monkees", and written by J. Stewart. Wikipedia has a lengthy article about the group. The following are extracts from the article: The Monkees are an American rock and pop band originally active between 1966 and 1971, with reunion albums and tours in the decades that followed. Their original line-up consisted of the American actor/musicians Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork with English actor/singer Davy Jones. The group was conceived in 1965 by television producers Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider specifically for the situation comedy series The Monkees, which aired from 1966 to 1968. The band's music was initially supervised by record producer Don Kirshner, backed by the songwriting duo of Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart. Dolenz described The Monkees as initially being "a TV show about an imaginary band... that wanted to be the Beatles that was never successful". Ironically, the success of the show led to the actor-musicians becoming one of the most successful bands of the 1960s. The Monkees have sold more than 75 million records worldwide making them one of the biggest selling groups of all time with international hits, including "Last Train to Clarksville", "Pleasant Valley Sunday", "Daydream Believer", and "I'm a Believer". Newspapers and magazines reported that the Monkees outsold the Beatles and the Rolling Stones combined in 1967, but Nesmith admitted in his autobiography Infinite Tuesday that it was a lie that he told a reporter. Playing the chorus, I experimented a little with the chord change from C to D by simply sliding the C chord shape up two frets. I also made an error when I attempted to put in a short instrumental break, and had to re-do it. I didn't manage to splice the join together well enough, please forgive!
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Guitar: Farewell My Own True Love (Including lyrics and chords) For my upload today I am returning to songs from the BBC programme "Singing Together". The song is "Farewell My Own True Love" and the only information that came with the pamphlet is that it is an American song. As with most of the songs I have uploaded from the "Singing Together" programmes, I have worked out my own chord progression for the accompaniment.
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Guitar: When the Boys Come Rolling Home (Including lyrics and chords) This is a song that passed me by as a younger man but which I have now recorded having been directed to it by subscriber "Jack Carter". Written by Tommy Sands, this song was recorded by The Dubliners and appears on their album "40 Years", though in their version they sing: "Sailing out of Dublin in the morning ..." where Sands wrote: "Sailing out of Belfast in the morning ..." which is what I sing.
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Guitar: Less of Me (Including lyrics and chords) A request from subscriber "RaZe Gorky" has led me to this Glen Campbell song which I had not come across before. Not only performed by Campbell, it was written by him too. The message of the song, think more of others than yourself I feel is particularly apt for the present worrying times, especially for those of us who are lucky enough to be fit and well and able to look after ourselves. Think about helping others who are less fortunate and find ways to help them get through this period of uncertainty.
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Autoharp: Where the River Shannon Flows (Including lyrics and chords) Requested by my friend from America, Ken Shuttlesworth, "Where the River Shannon Flows" was written in 1905 by James L Russell and was first recorded by Harry Macdonough in 1906. Many others have recorded it since then including John McCormack, Slim Whitman, Bing Crosby to name but a few. I have chosen to try it out on my autoharp and have made up my own chord progression for the song.
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Guitar: We're All Africans (Including lyrics and chords) This is a song written by Jim Wearne, a folk singer/song writer from America whose ancestors came from Cornwall. A few years ago there was a documentary broadcast on TV in which scientists studying DNA had come to the conclusion that all human beings have one ancestor in common if you trace their DNA back to its origins and they named that person as "Lucy". As "Lucy" was from Africa, it means that everybody in the world, regardless of their skin colour is from African stock, and this inspired Jim to write this song. I found it on SoundCloud about three years ago and Jim has been kind enough to share the lyrics with me and has given permission for me to do my own version and post it here on YouTube. I have made up my own chord progression for it.
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Guitar: Bonny Wood Green (Including lyrics and chords) Today's upload comes as a request from "Lainey Bechta". It is not a song I had heard before but I have given it a go using chords I have worked out myself as I was unable to find a source for them on the internet. The lyrics I found on a couple of sites and some of these indicated that the last two lines of each verse were repeated, but versions on YT all seemed to omit this repeat, so I have done so as well.
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Guitar: Voodoo Man (Including lyrics and chords) Like my last upload, "Bottom of the Sea", "Voodoo Man" is from the Jolly Rogers' CD, "XXV". Requested by subscriber "Rising Phoenix Paranormal", it gave me problems in that the videos that exist of it on YouTube are not available here in the Isle of Man for some reason known only to YT. I did managed to acquire the track through Amazon music and was therefore able to tell how the song goes. The chord progression I found on Ultimate Guitar.
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Guitar: Bottom of the Sea (Including lyrics and chords) Commenting on my version of a song by "The Jolly Rogers", namely "The Flying Dutchman", subscriber "Rising Phoenix Paranormal" asked if I would have a go at two more of their songs from the same CD, this being one of them. (The other, "Voodoo Man", I am working on). With the help of a site, "ChordU", with a little modification of my own, I have worked out a chord progression which seems to fit well enough and present them here.
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Guitar: I Shall Not Care (Including lyrics and chords) "I Shall Not Care" is a song written by Steve Lacey, my Canadian friend, from Yellowknife, Northern Territories. In his own words, this is a song he wrote in an attempt to create a folk style song with an Elizabethan feel to it. Yesterday, Steve sent me the lyrics and chords and gave me permission to share this on YouTube, so I recorded this version straight away.
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Guitar: Down Among the Canebrakes (Including lyrics and chords) Yesterday was my 75th birthday and as a present to myself, I bought an new guitar, a Harley Benton Line King-CE VS. This morning I have used it for this recording of a song requested by subscriber athull08, namely Stephen Foster's "Down Among the Canebrakes". This is one of Foster's songs with which I was not familiar, and the chord progression I am using is of my own devising. For those, like myself, who are not familiar with the term "canebrake", Wikipedia has the following: A canebrake or canebreak is a thicket of any of a variety of Arundinaria grasses: A. gigantea, A. tecta and A. appalachiana. As a bamboo, these giant grasses grow in thickets up to 24 ft tall. A. gigantea is generally found in stream valleys and ravines throughout the southeastern US. A. tecta is a smaller stature species found on the Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plains. Finally, A. appalachiana is found in more upland areas at the southern end of the Appalachian mountains.
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Guitar: That's the Glory of Love (Including lyrics and chords) As often happens, a tune came into my head a few days ago for no apparent reason as was the case with "That's the Glory of Love", more correctly entitled "The Glory of Love". I sat down with my guitar and worked out my own interpretation straight away. Wikipedia has the following about the song: "The Glory of Love" is a song written by Billy Hill, recorded by Benny Goodman in 1936, whose version was a number one pop hit. Subsequently, the song has been recorded by a vast number of artists, ranging from Dean Martin to Jimmy Durante to Paul McCartney. Bette Midler included the song in her film Beaches (1988) and it appears in the soundtrack recording. In 1951, R&B vocal group, The Five Keys, had their biggest R&B hit with their version of the song, hitting number one on the R&B chart for four non-consecutive weeks. Although The Five Keys recording sold a reported million copies, pressed recordings are very rare. (The title "Glory of Love" was used for another song written by Pete Cetera some fifty years later in 1986) .
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Autoharp: Locked In Blues (Including lyrics and chords) The UK Autoharp challenge for June, set by Jan Brodie is for songs relating to the lock-down situation we find ourselves in during this Covid-19 pandemic. My friend, Max, (Ian Blacklaw Richardson), author of "Scotland Will Flourish", wrote many songs including one called "Locked Out Blues". I feel sure that if he were still alive, he would have altered the lyrics to reflect the present situation, so I have taken the liberty to do so and present it here. Max performed his song at a concert in Laxey a few years ago where I accompanied him on harmonica: https://youtu.be/ouM175zQeis
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Guitar: False Bride (The) (Including lyrics and chords) Back to the BBC programme "Singing Together" for my upload today. "The False Bride" is a variant of the song "I Once Loved a Lass" which I have uploaded in the past. The lyrics tell the same story, but the tune is different. The footnote in the pamphlet reads as follows: Source: Songs Of The West, S Baring Gould Notes: Baring Gould notes: "Words and music taken down from Old Sally Satterly." Known in England mainly as The False Bride or The Week Before Easter. In Scotland it's often called The Forsaken Lover or I Once Loved a Lass, though Jeannie Robertson called her set (where the hero is even more bitter than usual) She's Only My Auld Shoes. It's been found in Ireland as The Lambs on the Green Hills. Both Karpeles and Peacock noted sets in Newfoundland, and the Roud Index lists one from Australia. The song was still current in tradition in the 1960s and 1970s; and may well be to this day. The earliest known examples are broadside issues of the late 17th century.
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Guitar: Sloop John A (Including lyrics and chords) No! It is not a misprint. This is a song that was written by Les Barker as a parody on the well known song "Sloop John B".
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Guitar: Across the Great Divide (Including lyrics and chords) Listening to an instrumental on Soundcloud yesterday played by a very talented autoharp player, Neil Walters, I realized that I had in fact meant to perform this Kate Wolf song myself. I had written out the lyrics and chords for it a couple of weeks ago, but had not recorded it and had let it slip from my memory, so yesterday afternoon, I remedied that omission with this being the result.
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Guitar: Faithful Johnny (Including lyrics and chords) Today's song from the BBC programme "Singing Together" is "Faithful Johnny". The footnote with the song reads: Source: Singing Together, Spring 1961, BBC Publications Notes: Described somewhat vaguely as 'Old Scottish Song'. From 'The Daily Express Community Song Book'. The singing directions are given as 'Sad, but not too slow.' As with all the songs from this series, I have created my own arrangement and chord progression. To fit in quick changes to the G chord, I simply lift my fingers off as I am only plucking open strings.
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Guitar: Faithful Emma (Including lyrics and chords) Today's song from the BBC programme "Singing Together" is somewhat confusing. The title is, "Faithful Emma", but nowhere in the song does Emma's name appear, and the first three verses seen to have no connection with the final verse as was noted in the footnotes in the pamphlet: Source: Lucy Broadwood and J A Fuller Maitland. 1893, English County Songs, Leadenhall Press, London Notes: From Sussex. Lucy Broadwood wrote: This fragment is either the beginning and end of one ballad, or the first three verses of one tacked on to the ending of another. The name of the song is that given to it by the choir man who sang it to Mr Sumner, the connection between Emma's faith and Mary's fickleness is not apparent. The chord progression is of my own devising.
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Guitar: Visions of Sugar Plums (Including lyrics and chords) Yesterday I received a request for this song from a new follower, "RaZe Gorky" who is a fan of Glen Campbell. "Visions of Sugar Plums" was written by Glen Campbell and Jerry Fuller and performed by Campbell on his LP "True Grit" which clearly was released after the film starring John Wayne was released. Campbell also starred in that film. I liked the song immediately, so within an hour of receiving the request, recorded this video.
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Guitar: Who Loves the Sun (Including lyrics and chords) My upload today is a request from my American friend, Ken Shuttlesworth, who once again has given me a challenge that has taken me out of my comfort zone so to speak. The song, "Who Loves the Sun" written by Lou Reed of "The Velvet Underground", provides me with good practice at using barre chords, which despite playing guitar for over fifty years is a skill I have only recently worked on, and even though it is not a "folk song", I quite liked it, so here is my attempt at it.
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Autoharp: Eriskay Love Lilt (Including lyrics and chords) My song today from the BBC programme "Singing Together", (Spring 1973), is one I have uploaded in the past but on that occasion used a guitar for accompaniment. I decided to try it on the autoharp for this upload. I would normally play and sing this one in the key of C or D, but neither key sounded as good on my Oscar Schmidt chromatic autoharp, so even though it is not the best key for my voice, I am playing it in the key of G. The footnote in the BBC pamphlet reads: The pamphlet acknowledges "the trustees of the estate of Marjory Kennedy-Fraser and Boosey and Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd, arr. Marjory Kennedy-Fraser from Songs of the Hebrides."
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Guitar: The Enniskillen Dragoon (Including lyrics and chords) "The Enniskillen Dragoon" is another song from the BBC programme "Singing Together". I have uploaded a version of this song previously based on the singing of "The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem", with a strumming accompaniment, but for this version, I have chosen to play it finger-style.
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Guitar: Dives and Lazarus (Including lyrics and chords) My song from the BBC programme "Singing Together" today is "Dives and Lazarus". Wikipedia has the following: Dives and Lazarus is Child ballad 56 and a Christmas carol. Francis James Child collected two variants in The English and Scottish Popular Ballads. It is based on the parable of the rich man and Lazarus (also called "Dives and Lazarus" and found in Luke 16:19-16:31), but the story contains some miraculous elements, and has its emphasis slightly changed from the more traditionally Jewish to a more popularly Western Christian view of the afterlife. As in other popular renderings of the parable, Dives (Latin for rich or splendid) was considered as a proper name, and the name even was changed to Diverus in variant B. I have used the tune from the score in the pamphlet and have made up my own chord progression for my accompaniment.
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Guitar: Dicky of Taunton Dene (Including lyrics and chords) Back to the BBC "Singing Together" programme for today's upload. This is a new song to me, coming from Somerset, a place I have never visited. As usual with these songs from "Singing Together", I have worked out my own accompaniment for it.
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Guitar: The Weight (Including lyrics and chords) "The Weight" is a song by the American group, "The Band". Attributed to band member Robbie Robertson who was brought up in Canada. Wikipedia has the following explanation regarding some of the characters mentioned in the song: The colorful characters in "The Weight" were based on real people members of The Band knew, as Levon Helm explained in his autobiography, "This Wheel's on Fire". In particular, "young Anna Lee" mentioned in the third verse is Helm's longtime friend Anna Lee Amsden, and, according to her, "Carmen" was from Helm's hometown, Turkey Scratch, Arkansas. "Crazy Chester" was an eccentric resident of Fayetteville, Arkansas, who carried a cap gun. Ronnie Hawkins would tell him to "keep the peace" at his Rockwood Club when Chester arrived.
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12-string Guitar: Summer Holiday (Including lyrics and chords) Even though in the present lock-down conditions, we are not going to be allowed to take a holiday, I thought I would upload this Cliff Richard classic and hopefully lift people's spirits in these strange times. Wikipedia has the following about the song: "Summer Holiday" is a song recorded by Cliff Richard and The Shadows, written by rhythm guitarist Bruce Welch and drummer Brian Bennett. It is taken from the film of the same name, and was released as the second single from the film in February 1963. It went to number one in the UK Singles Chart for a total of three weeks, as had the first single from the film, "The Next Time". After "Summer Holiday" had spent two weeks at number one, The Shadows' instrumental "Foot Tapper" - also from the same film - took over the top spot for one week, before "Summer Holiday" returned to the top spot for one further week. The track is one of Richard's best known titles and it remains a staple of his live shows. It was one of six hits Richard performed at his spontaneous gig at the 1996 Wimbledon Championships when rain stopped the tennis.
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Guitar:Cuckoo The (Including lyrics and chords) This is another song from the BBC programme "Singing Together". I have uploaded the American version of this song in the past, but this is the first time I have come across the original English version. Interestingly, I particularly noted that there are verses in it common to other songs as well, e.g. On Top of Old Smokey The following are from the footnotes with the song in the pamphlet: Source: Baring-Gould, 1895, A Garland of Country Song, London, (reprinted Llanerch 1998) Notes: Baring-Gould wrote: This charming little song is known throughout England. It is to be found, the verses strangely inverted, in an old Garland, "The Sailor's Return", Glasgow, 1802 (B.M. 11621, b 13). Halliwell, in his "Nursery Rhymes," quotes the first verse only. This same verse has got worked into "The Seasons," in "Songs from the West," No 19. Dr Barrett in his "English Folk Songs" includes "The Cuckoo" No 47. But the words as he collected them are confused. The "sycamore tree" is converted into "a sailor so free," and the order with the sanzas is 4,1,2, and a verse that is quite unknown to us. The Glasgow Garland also opens with a verse which we do not think belongs to the song:- A-walking and a-talking, and a-walking was I, To meet my sweet Billy, he'll come by and bye. To meet him in the meadows is all my delight, A-walking and a-talking from morning till night. The significance of the little song seems to be this. The inconstant lover is likened first to a cuckoo that is a rover, and lastly to a sycamore that so early drops its leaves. I have worked out my own chord progression for this, the chords shown being suitable for strumming. However, as I am playing finger-style, the run from F through G7 to C at the end of lines 1, 2 and 4 may give the impression that I stay in C.
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Guitar: Cottage Thatch'd with Straw (Including lyrics and chords) The Cottage Thatch'd with Straw is another song from the BBC programme "Singing Together". I have made up my own chord progression for accompaniment to this song. When I change from Am to G, I slide up to the note f#, but as I was not playing an actual chord I have indicated this in the annotations simply with the hash tag #. It is not a song that I have heard, but according to the footnote, it is well known in Devon. The following comes as a footnote to the song: Source: Songs of the West by S. Baring-Gould. Notes: The words and the melody were taken down from John Watts, quarry man, Alder, Thrushleton, Devon. This is one of the best known and, next to 'Widdecombe Fair,' most favourite songs of the Devon peasantry. Mr Kidson has noted the song from a Worcestershire man. We have been unable to trace either words or melody, though neither can be earlier than the beginning of the nineteenth century. The song has all the character of a published composition, and no spontaneous composition of a peasant.
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Autoharp: And You Smiled (Including lyrics and chords) ITV have resurrected an old crime series, Van der Valk, which was set in Amsterdam and stars Marc Warren as the eponymous detective. The original series starred Barry Foster and ran from 1972 to 1992. The theme tune for the original series was "Eye Level", composed by Jack Trombey (a pseudonym of Dutch composer Jan Stoeckart) and performed by the Simon Park Orchestra. It reached number one in the UK singles charts in 1973. Also that year, Matt Monro charted with a vocal version titled "And You Smiled". The theme music for the new series uses some of the phrases from "Eye Level" and this brought back to me Matt Munro's song which I have had a go at here using my autoharp for accompaniment.
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Guitar: Merchant's Daughter (The) (Including lyrics and chords) Also known as "The Constant Farmer's Son", this is another song from the BBC programme "Singing Together". The following is the footnote from the pamphlet: Source: Broadwood, L, 1908, English Traditional Songs and Carols, London, Boosey Notes: Sung by Mr. H Burstow, 1893 Lucy Broadwood wrote: The words are on ballad-sheets by Such and other printers. They should be compared with those of `Bruton Town " (Folk Songs from Somerset, Series i.).Both ballads have for their plot a story strangely like that in Boccaccio's Decameron, which, though versified in delightful and homely fashion by Hans Sachs, is chiefly familiar to English readers through Keats' poem °` Isabella and the Pot of Basil." "Bruton Town" has many more points of likeness to Boccaccio's story than has the foregoing ballad ; but it is possible that both the Somerset and Sussex versions are based on the old tale, seeing that Boccaccio's " Story of Patient Grisilda" survives in doggerel form on a broadside of the 17th century (see Roxburghe Coll.), and that the classics provided much material for the early ballad-makers.
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Guitar: Gulf of Mexico (The) (Including lyrics and chords) One of my subscribers, Johnny Oldham, suggested that I might have a look at this Steve Earle song after watching my last upload of one of his songs, namely "Dixieland". This song relates to the worst environmental disaster ever in American history as described by Wikipedia as follows: The Deepwater Horizon oil spill (also referred to as the BP oil spill, oil leak, or oil disaster; the Gulf of Mexico oil spill; and the Macondo blowout) was an industrial disaster that began on April 20, 2010, in the Gulf of Mexico on the BP-operated Macondo Prospect, considered to be the largest marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry and estimated to be 8 percent to 31 percent larger in volume than the previous largest, the Ixtoc I oil spill, also in the Gulf of Mexico. The U.S. federal government estimated the total discharge at 4.9 million barrels (210 million US gal; 780,000 m3). After several failed efforts to contain the flow, the well was declared sealed on September 19, 2010. Reports in early 2012 indicated that the well site was still leaking. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill is regarded as one of the largest environmental disasters in American history.
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Guitar: Why Don't Women Like Me (Including lyrics and chords) Requested by subscriber Athul08, "Why Don't Women Like Me" is a George Formby song which of course he would have performed playing one of his ukulele banjos. As that is an instrument I have never attempted to play, I am accompanying myself on the guitar and have simplified the chord progression to suit. As with most of his songs, this is a bit of a tongue-twister in places and a little risqué at times.
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Guitar: Come Write Me Down (Including lyrics and chords) Today, I am returning to the BBC programme "Singing Together" for my upload. "Come Write Me Down" is a traditional song dating back to at least the seventeenth century. Some of the footnotes with the song are as follows: The early 19th century saw the appearance of a broadside song based on the older one, though much shortened; it was usually called Second Thoughts are Best. That would put the song (with the familiar text) in tradition for around two centuries (it is still sung by the Copper Family of Rottingdean, of course), though it may perhaps have been lurking around unremarked-upon in an intermediate form during the 18th century. The tune prescribed on the 17th century broadside was Love's Tide (a popular tune in various forms; Simpson, The British Broadside Ballad and Its Music, 1966, pp. 749-752, quotes three examples. It was used for a good few songs of the latter 17th century, including Laurence Price's Famous Flower of Serving-Men) and If You Love Me was successful enough for its title to have become attached to the melody at times. I am sure that this tune must have influenced the composer of the Manx song "Ramsey Town", (lyrics by E Crabb), as the first two lines are virtually the same for both.
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Guitar: Crazy (Including lyrics and chords) I was adding songs by Willie Nelson to a playlist on my channel the other day when I noticed that although I have played and sung his song "Crazy" on many occasions, the only version of it I had uploaded to YouTube was one accompanied on the autoharp, so today I am uploading this guitar accompanied version.
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Autoharp: Fish and Whistle (Including lyrics and chords) Just over a week ago, American country singer and song writer John Prine died of complications caused by COVID-19. This song, "Fish and Whistle" is one of his that I particularly love, and although I have uploaded a guitar accompanied version a few years ago, I have recorded this autoharp accompanied version as my tribute to him.
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Guitar: Cruel, Cruel World (Including lyrics and chords) Requested by subscriber, Muikku, "Cruel, Cruel World" is a song written by Daniel Lanois and sung by Willie Nelson for the video game "Red Dead Redemption 2". I have done two or three other songs from this franchise before, so was happt to give this one a go too, even if like the others it was new to me.
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Autoharp: Where Are You Going with The Rain (Including lyrics and chords) I know very little about this song other than that it was written by John Stewart of The Kingston Trio and I first heard it on one of their LPs, "Something Else". I may have misremembered the title as I think it should have been: "Where Are You Going Little Boy?" It is another song that fits Jan's challenge on the UK Autoharp site on Facebook for songs to do with the weather. I have never attempted this one on the autoharp before, so I gave it a go yesterday.
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Guitar: Tonight the Streets Are Ours (Including lyrics and chords) This is another request from my American friend, Ken Shuttlesworth. The song, "Tonight the Streets Are Ours" was written and performed by Richard Hawley about whom Wikipedia has the following: Richard Willis Hawley (born 17 January 1967) is an English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer. After his first band Treebound Story (formed while he was still at school) broke up, Hawley found success as a member of Britpop band Longpigs in the 1990s. After that group broke up in 2000, he later joined the band Pulp, led by his friend Jarvis Cocker, for a short time. Hawley's track "Tonight The Streets Are Ours" was chosen as the title track for the Oscar nominated 2010 Banksy film Exit Through the Gift Shop . I have chosen to play this one with a finger-style accompaniment for my own interpretation.
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Guitar: Windy Harbour (Including lyrics and chords) A few days ago, I heard this song for the first time ever sung by a lady autoharpist, Julia Mara, on the UK Autoharp Group page of Facebook. I liked the song so much, I decided I needed to learn it for myself, but would use the guitar for accompaniment rather than the autoharp as she had already done it with that instrument. Windy Harbour was written by Pete Abbott, guitarist with The John Wright Band, and it is on a live performance of his that I have based my own interpretation, though he used a strumming accompaniment as opposed to my finger-style one. The chord progression I am using is one I found supplied by Ian Hendrie on a thread on Mudcat.org.
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Autoharp: Strange Rain (Including lyrics and chords) Tom Paxton wrote "Strange Rain" as a protest song long before people became more aware of the dangers of atmospheric pollution. I have taken the liberty of adding two new verses to his song in keeping with the present strange times. As it happens, it also fits Jan's April challenge for songs about the weather.
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Guitar: Midlist Author (Including lyrics and chords) This song comes as a request from my American friend, Ken Shuttlesworth. Written and performed by Colin Meloy of The Decemberists. The song is called "Midlist Author". I had problems with it because as far as I could find, there is only the one version of it on YouTube, a live concert with Colin Meloy himself playing and singing the song. However, the lyrics he was singing did not match up to those I had found on the internet, and it did not help when he forgot the lyrics part way through the first verse. However, eventually I spotted that one kind person had added the lyrics he was singing in the comments below the video, so I was finally able to work out how to put the song together. It gave me the chance to practise using barre chords too, playing A, Am and F#m up the neck for the verses.
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Autoharp: What Have They Done to The Rain ) (Including lyrics and chords) I felt that I was cheating a bit when I uploaded a song for "Jan's Challenge" of songs about the weather on the UK Autoharp site the other day, having already uploaded that one a year ago, so I decided to have a go at a new one, Malvina Reynolds' song, "What Have They Done to The Rain". I only tried it out a couple of times before recording it, so it is by no means perfect. I first heard this song when a friend at college played and sang it one summer's evening in 1965 or so. Strangely, just as he finished the song, a gentle rain began to fall outside of our room.
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Guitar: Collier's Rant (Including lyrics and chords) Back to the BBC programme "Singing Together" today for my upload. There was quite a bit of information about the song in the footnotes in the pamphlet including a very useful glossary of dialect words used in it: Source: Palmer, R,A Ballad History of England,BT Batsford Ltd, 1979 Notes: The text was first published in the Northumbrain Garland of 1793. The text and tune together were published in The Bishoprick Garland editor J Ritson, in 1834. Roy Palmer provides these translations of the dialect: Marrow: workmate Deel: Devil Putten the tram: pushing the coal truck Lowe: light Gam: game Law: low Had up: hold up Hoggars: stockings with the feet cut off, used as gaiters Sark: shirt The song is adopted as the book title by Robert Colls: The Collier's Rant: Song and Culture in the Industrial Village (Croom Helm/Rowman & Littlefield, 1977). "The Collier's Rant" (the same version with some minor differences) is also in Allan's Illustrated Edition of Tyneside Songs ([1862, revised edition, 1891]; Facsimile edition, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne: Frank Graham, 1972, pp. 25-26; without music), with this note [the date of Ritson's book is different]: Sir Cuthbert Sharpe writes:--"This is a true pit song, which singers can do justice to. Those who have had the advantage of hearing it sung by the late Mr. W.S--, sen., of Pictree, will not readily forget the marvellous effect he produced on his hearers by his powerful voice and genuine humour." The song appeared in Cuthbert Sharpe's Bishoprick Garland (1834), not to be confused with Joseph Ritson's Bishopric Garland (1784). Ritson printed the song, without tune, in his Northumberland Garland (1793, song XIII).
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Guitar: Dock of the Bay (Including lyrics and chords) They say "You're never too old to learn!". I started learning to play guitar over fifty years ago, and for over forty-five of those years, never really ventured up the neck, sticking to simple open chords because I didn't learn how to play barre chords. Now in my seventies, I am trying to use barre chords more often, even though I have never been able to play a full barre but have settled for a grip barre instead. The Otis Redding song, "Dock of the Bay", co-written by guitarist Steve Cropper, gives me the opportunity to practice using barre chords for G and A in the verses and chorus, though I do go back to an open G chord in the bridge.
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Guitar: The Animals Went in Two by Two (Including lyrics and chords) This song was suggested by subscriber Jack Carter who is looking after a young cousin at the present time. I had not done it before, so set to as soon as I got the request even though I prefer to record in daylight rather than under electric light. The tune for the song of course is that of the American Civil War song "When Johnny Comes Marching Home".
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2020 January walks in the Isle of Man I had intended to stop making these videos of the monthly walks I have been on with the Manx Footpaths Conservation Group, but in light of the events that have overtaken the world in recent weeks and the Government’s recommendation that we self-isolate, I feel it only right to take you on a virtual walk by making this video. Of course, all the photos were taken in the month of January, well before we knew about the Covid-19 virus. They are but a few highlights from each of the walks undertaken during the month. The music accompanying the video is a compilation of tracks from songs I uploaded during the same period. If you would like to see more of the photos from all my walks, go to https://photos.google.com/albums If you would like to listen to more of my songs, they can be found on my YouTube channel, "threelegsoman". The musical tracks accompanying the video are: 1. January, April and Me – Guitar 2. Granny’s Old Armchair – 12-string Guitar 3. That Cause Can Never Be Lost nor Stayed – Guitar 4. The Closest Thing to Crazy – Guitar 5. Deadman’s Gun – Guitar 6. Puff the Magic Dragon (With happy ending) – Guitar 7. Moonshine in the West Virginia Hills – 5-string Banjo 8. Vincent – Guitar 9. That’s the Way It Is – 12-string Guitar 10. You Can’t Go Back Again – 12-string Guitar 11. Farewell Shanty - Guitar
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