Anthony Archibald - Guitar - Guitar: Kisses Sweeter Than Wine (Including lyrics and chords) Kisses Sweeter Than Wine is a popular love song written by The Weavers in 1950. The song was a hit for Jimmie Rodgers in 1957 and Frankie Vaughan in 1958. The song was first recorded by The Weavers, who released the song as a Decca single in 1951, as Decca 9-27670. The recording by The Weavers reached #19 on the Billboard chart and #20 on the Cashbox chart in 1951. The song used the tune from a Lead Belly song. "If It Wasn't for Dicky". Lee Hays of The Weavers wrote seven verses which were pared down to five, and Pete Seeger wrote the chorus, but the music was credited to "Joel Newman" and the lyrics to "Paul Campbell", both names being pseudonyms for Howard Richmond, The Weavers' publisher. Other artists also covered the song including Peter, Paul and Mary, Marlene Dietrich, Andy Williams and Alex Harvey, as well as Nana Mouskouri both in French and German.
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Guitar: Kisses Sweeter Than Wine (Including lyrics and chords) Kisses Sweeter Than Wine is a popular love song written by The Weavers in 1950. The song was a hit for Jimmie Rodgers in 1957 and Frankie Vaughan in 1958. The song was first recorded by The Weavers, who released the song as a Decca single in 1951, as Decca 9-27670. The recording by The Weavers reached #19 on the Billboard chart and #20 on the Cashbox chart in 1951. The song used the tune from a Lead Belly song. "If It Wasn't for Dicky". Lee Hays of The Weavers wrote seven verses which were pared down to five, and Pete Seeger wrote the chorus, but the music was credited to "Joel Newman" and the lyrics to "Paul Campbell", both names being pseudonyms for Howard Richmond, The Weavers' publisher. Other artists also covered the song including Peter, Paul and Mary, Marlene Dietrich, Andy Williams and Alex Harvey, as well as Nana Mouskouri both in French and German.
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Autoharp: He Is Born (Including lyrics and chords) "He Is Born" is an English translation of the French carol "Il est né, le divin Enfant". I uploaded an instrumental version of the melody just over a year ago, but on that occasion did not include the chords on screen. Thanks to Joe Offer who has created a collection of songs from the BBC "Singing Together" programmes over many years, I discovered the lyrics written in translation by Helen Henschel. This translation was published in "Singing Together" in 1957.
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Guitar: Blue Christmas (Including lyrics and chords) Another request from my young American friend, Ken Shuttlesworth, is of the song, "Blue Christmas". Wikipedia has the following about this song: "Blue Christmas" was first recorded by Doye O'Dell in 1948, and was popularized the following year in three separate recordings: one by country artist Ernest Tubb, one by musical conductor and arranger Hugo Winterhalter and his orchestra and chorus, and one by bandleader Russ Morgan and his orchestra (the latter featuring lead vocals by Morgan and backing vocals by singers credited as the Morganaires). Tubb's version spent the first week of January 1950 at No. 1 on Billboard magazine's Most-Played Juke Box (Country & Western) Records chart, while Winterhalter's version peaked at No. 9 on Billboard's Records Most Played by Disk Jockeys chart and Morgan's version reached No. 11 on Billboard's Best-Selling Pop Singles chart. Elvis Presley cemented the status of "Blue Christmas" as a rock-and-roll holiday classic by recording it for his 1957 LP Elvis' Christmas Album. Presley's version is notable musicologically as well as culturally in that the vocal group the Jordanaires (especially in the soprano line, sung by Millie Kirkham) replace many major and minor thirds with neutral and septimal minor thirds, respectively. In addition to contributing to the overall tone of the song, the resulting "blue notes" constitute a musical play on words that provides an "inside joke" or "quail egg" to trained ears. No quail eggs in my interpretation as I have no backing group!
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2018 November 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 November. November proved to be a wet and windy month, but that being said, we only lost one walk due to heavy rain. As usual, to accompany the photos I have added audio tracks from some of the videos I have uploaded this month and a couple from a few years ago. They are: No Man’s Land – Guitar The Floo’ers of the Forest – Guitar Bear Creek Blues – Guitar Hearts of Glory – Guitar Remember – Autoharp My Way – Guitar Dance of the Demon Daffodils – Guitar overlaid on Muse Score track of violin, flute and accordion. Waltzing Matilda – Autoharp Adieu, Sweet Lovely Nancy – Guitar Ee By Gum But I’m Cowd – Guitar Delilah – Guitar I Can See Clearly Now – Autoharp The Outside Track – 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 photographs page which you should find at: https://plus.google.com/+TonyArchibald
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Christmas Traveller (The) (Including lyrics and chords) On looking for The Irish Rovers "Christmas Caroling", my last upload, I found another of their Christmas songs which I had never heard, so I have recorded it myself. I had to work out the chord progression for myself, so this may not be exactly what they play, but seems close enough to my ear.
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Autoharp: Christmas Caroling (Including lyrics and chords) A request from my young friend from America, Ken Shuttlesworth, led me to this song from the Irish Rovers. It is on their 1999 album "Songs of Christmas". New to me, and not being able to find the chords, I sought help from fellow YouTuber, "Raymond Crooke" and found what I was looking for, so here is my interpretation of "Christmas Caroling". I have only included the chords for the first verse and chorus as they turned out to be a simple progression which is repeated throughout the song.
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Guitar: Floo'ers of the Forest (Including lyrics and chords) I have often meant to find this song as is mentioned in the last line of the chorus of Eric Bogle's "No Man's Land", but only a few days ago got around to diond so. Having found the lyrics which come from a song written by Jean Elliot in the 18th century and is a reworking of an older song about the non-return of the large number of Scottish soldiers after the Battle of Flodden, when 10,000 are said to have perished along with their king and large numbers of the nobility. Most versions on YouTube only sing the first and last pair of verses, though there is another pair in Elliot's song. Basing my interpretation on the singing of Kenneth McKellar, I too am singing only the two pairs. I had to work out my own chord progression as I was unable to find one on the internet that sounded right. For those, like myself, who are not Scottish, here is a glossary of some of the words in the song which may not be familiar to you: ance=once ane=one bairns=children blythe=carefree buchts=cattle pens cauld=cold daffin’=bein’ playful dowie-sad dule=mourn e’en=evenin’ gabbin'=gossipin’ hae=have hies=hastens ilka=every lanely=lonely leglen=stool liltin’=sin’in’ loanin’=pasture mair=more nae=no sabbin’=sobbin’ scornin’=teasin’ wede=withered wae=woeful yowe=ewe
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Guitar: Dance of the Demon Daffodils (Including chords) Some time ago, our session music leader suggested we learn to play John Kirkpatrick's tune, "Dance of the Demon Daffodils". I had no clue as to what chords to play as an accompaniment on the guitar, so I sought help from a Youtuber, Will Fly, who has an excellent guitar version which can be found at: https://youtu.be/jhEvLfY7f3Y Will, who is a friend of John Kirkpatrick, was kind enough to send me the sheet music including the chords for the accompaniment, so I am now able to accompany the rest of the session group when we play it. My video has the melody playing using a MuseScore voices for flute, violin and accordion. As I do not have the equipment to record separate channels, I simply played the MuseScore track and strummed along with the guitar. The timing is not perfect, but you should be able to get the idea from the annotations on screen.
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Guitar: Delilah (Including lyrics and chords) A request from subscriber "DB Physique" for "Delilah": "Could you possibly sing Delilah by Tom Jones to wish the Welsh Rugby Union luck in our match against South Africa on Saturday? It’s a classic in the Principality Stadium when matches are on :)" Interestingly, although the song was made famous by Tom Jones, he was not the first to record it as Wikipedia explains in this article: "Delilah" is a song recorded by Welsh singer Tom Jones in December, 1967. It was originally recorded by P. J. Proby in late November, 1967. Proby hated the song and refused to include it on his album (which was being compiled and recorded at the time) titled Believe It Or Not. Proby's original version was released, on the CD The Best Of The EMI Years ..., in 2008. The lyrics were written by Barry Mason and Sylvan Whittingham and the music by Les Reed, who also contributed the title and theme of the song. It earned Reed and Mason the 1968 Ivor Novello award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically. I have never attempted to sing this one before, so I hope you like my interpretation.
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Guitar: Adieu Sweet Lovely Nancy (Including lyrics and chords) I was introduced to this song by Alan Williamson, one of our Manx Autoharpers. A traditional shanty, not a work shanty, but one that might have been sung in the fo'c'sle when off duty. There are a number of examples of this song on YouTube. I have based my performance on one by Maddy Prior.
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Guitar: Bear Creek Blues (Including lyrics and chords) I heard this song for the first time a few days ago when autoharp player, Hal Weeks. As Hal says, this is a song the Carter Family recorded, but in his opinion, it was given to them by Lesley Riddle who either wrote it or collected it. I have chosen to accompany myself on the guitar as I could not do as good a job on the autoharp as Hal. I have a new Sony camera and this is the first time I have used it to make a video.
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Autoharp: I Can See Clearly Now (Including lyrics and chords) "I Can See Clearly Now" was written and perfomed by Johnny Nash. It was a single from the album of the same name and achieved success in the United States and the United Kingdom when it was released in 1972, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was covered by many artists throughout the years, including a 1993 hit version by Jimmy Cliff, who re-recorded the song for the motion picture soundtrack of Cool Runnings, where it reached the top 20 at No. 18 on the Billboard Hot 100. I have done this one before, but decided to do anonther recording of it especially for two friends who have recently undergone eye surgery. Karen Leiserach has just had two new lenses, and Heather Farrell-Roberts has just had her second cataract op. I dedicate this song to these two lovely ladies.
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Guitar: Ee By Gum But I'm Cowd (Including lyrics and chords) "Ee By Gum But I'm Cowd" is a song from the repertoire of a group called The Fivepenny Piece, a band, originally formed in 1969 in the area of East Lancashire around Ashton-under-Lyne and nearby Stalybridge in Tameside. My friend Jack Verity often sings this one acapella at sing-arounds and more recently, one of our audience members, Pat Holdsworth also performed the first verse as a monologue, so I thought it was time I did my own version which I present here. The song is of course from Lancashire and the lyrics reflect the dialect of that county. "Cowd" is "cold"; "reyt" means "right"; "ha' na'" means "have not"; "gradely" means "respectable", so "gradely warm again" means "respectably warm again"; "owd" is "old"; "allus" is "always"; "wur" is "were" (was); " I dunna" means "I don't"; "theere" is "there"' "wi'" is "with"; "fer" is "for" "t'" is "to" and "th'" is "the".
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Guitar: The Outside Track (Including lyrics and chords) The Outside Track is a song from a poem written by Australian writer and bush poet, Henry Archibald Hertzberg Lawson in the 1890's. Many who had worked in the outback would set sail for England, leaving behind their mates, probably never to be seen again. The ocean was referred to as "The Outside Track".
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Guitar: Arabella (Including lyrics and chords) Arralbella is a song that my friend, Kate Kirk, sings from time to time at our sing-arounds and a couple of weeks ago, she gave me the lyrics to it. I was unable to find the song anywhere on the internet, other than a lising on an album by the group "The Pennine Folk". With only Kate's acapella version to go by, I have worked out my own accompaniment to the song which I present here. I only found out that "The Pennine Folk's" Arrabella was spelled with two r's after I had completed my video, hence my spelling it as Arabella.
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Autoharp: Remember (Including lyrics) Here is another song for my friend Jan Brodie's autoharp challenge on the UK Autoharpers' FB page for songs about Remembrance or Remembering. This is a more light-hearted look at memory loss. Only three chords in this one, C, F and G. I couldn't find my glasses, so had to sing from memory as I am so short sighted, I could not read the words!!! Silly me! Now that I have watched my video, I realise where I put my glasses!!! The song is by Tom Rush.
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Guitar: No Man's Land (Including lyrics and chords) In a comment on my video of "Willie McBride's Reply", "Kristen Samuel-Bolton" pointed out that in Eric Bogle's "No Man's Land" aka "The Green Fields of France", most people sing a line in the chorus incorrectly. Eric Bogle wrote: "Did the rifles fire o'er ye as they lowered you down?", but most often this line is replaced with: "Did they sound the Dead March as they lowered you down?" I checked this out and found that not only this line was altered, but the following line as well. Most often it is sung as: "And did the band play 'The Last Post' in chorus?" whereas, Eric wrote it as: "Did the bugle sing 'The Last Post' in chorus?" I think it most likely the reason for these changes comes from it first being recorded by The Fureys and Davie Arthur who not only changed the lyrics, but also made subtle alterations to the melody. I uploaded a version of "The Green Fields of France" some years ago based on The Fureys' version, but having listened to Eric Bogle himself performing the song, today I am uploading my interpretation of his version of "No Man's Land". At this time, we are remembering those who lost their lives in the "Great War" that ended one hundred years ago, but as well as to the dead, I dedicate this song to those who survived, many of whom were crippled or mentally scarred for the rest of their lives. My own father suffered ill health throughout his life possibly due to having been gassed in that war. He never talked about that part of his life, but carried with him in a wallet, a photograph of himself with some of his comrades and would take it our often just to look at and remember them, he being the only survivor from that group.
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Autoharp: Hearts of Glory (Including lyrics and chords) My friend Jan Brodie set a challenge to members of the FaceBook UK Autoharp page to perform a song on the theme of "Remembrance". I have chosen to accept the challenge and present here a song I have previously performed using guitar accompaniment. Hearts of Glory was written by Craig Herbertson who as well as being a singer and song writer, is a science fiction and fantasy writer. Many of the young men who volunteered to join the army in WWI were friends who worked or played together, e.g. a local football team. They volunteered because it was the "patriotic" thing to do according to the politicians who promoted the war. Of those who fought on both sides, hundreds of thousands were killed or mamed in the "War to end wars". My father was one of the lucky ones who survived, having joined up in 1917, but it is a period of his life he never talked about, though he carried a couple of photographs of himself with some of his comrades in arms in a wallet, and would take them out from time to time just to look at them and remember.
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Guitar: My Way (Including lyrics and chords) A request from subscriber "Henry Buckley" persuaded me to have a go at this Sinatra classic. "My Way" was written by Paul Anka especially for Frank Sinatra who had told him that he intended to retire from show business, (something he did on a number of occasions only to make a come-back soon after). "My Way" became his signature song thereafter, but it is said that he actually grew to dislike it, yet still performed it to the end of his career.
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Autoharp: Waltzing Matilda (Inclusing lyrics and chords) A requeat from "Gordenalbert" for Waltzing Matilda accompanied on the autoharp led me to do this video. Despite the word "Waltzing", this is not a song in waltz time as explained by Wikipedia: "Waltzing Matilda" is Australia's best-known bush ballad, and has been described as the country's "unofficial national anthem". The title was Australian slang for travellling on foot (waltzing) with one's belongings in a "matilda" (swag) slung over one's back. The song narrates the story of an itinerant worker, or "swagman", making a drink of billy tea at a bush camp and capturing a stray jumbuck (sheep) to eat. When the jumbuck's owner, a squatter (landowner), and three mounted policemen pursue the swagman for theft, he declares "You'll never catch me alive!" and commits suicide by drowning himself in a nearby billabong (watering hole), after which his ghost haunts the site. The original lyrics were written in 1895 by Australian poet Banjo Paterson, and were first published as sheet music in 1903. Extensive folklore surrounds the song and the process of its creation, to the extent that it has its own museum, the Waltzing Matilda Centre in Winton, in the Queensland outback, where Paterson wrote the lyrics. I have chosen to sing this in the key of Bb as it is the key that most suits my voice in this case.
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2018 October 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 October. October has been quite a pleasant month weather-wise and all walks went ahead as planned with only a couple of days when there were light showers. We visited a lot of tholtans this month, especially on two walks with Brian Beattie leading. As usual, to accompany the photos I have added audio tracks from some of the videos I have uploaded this month and a couple from a few years ago. They are: Autumn Leaves – Guitar A Taste of Honey – Guitar All My Loving – Guitar By the Light of the Silvery Moon – Autoharp America – Guitar Every Time We Say Goodbye – Guitar Alleluia! Sing to Jesus – Autoharp Thank You – Guitar Open Arms – Guitar Send Me A Peach – Guitar Lay Down Beside Me – Guitar Lay Lady Lay – Guitar October Song – Guitar Autumn Comes – Guitar Arrane Ben-vlieaun – 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 photographs page which you should find at: https://plus.google.com/+TonyArchibald
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Guitar: Dublin City in 1913 (Including lyrics and chords) For my friend and frequent requestee, Ken Shuttlesworth, Dublin City in 1913 is a song written by Donagh MacDonagh. The song has been covered by numerous artists including Dick Gaughan, Christy Moore, Ronnie Drew etc. The following is an article about the song, taken from Bells Irish Lyrics. The song is about James Larkin, an Irish trade union leader and socialist activist best known for his role in the 1913 Dublin Lockout which eventually concluded in early 1914 when calls by Connolly and Larkin for a sympathetic strike in Britain were rejected by the British Trades Union Congress. Although the actions of the movement were unsuccessful in achieving better conditions and pay for its workers, it did have an influencing effect, with the principles of union action and workers' solidarity being firmly established. After he left James Connolly, an Irish republican and socialist leader defended the workers and strikers, particularly from the frequent brutality of the Dublin Metropolitan Police. He was the driving force behind the 1916 Easter Rising launched by Irish republicans to end British rule in Ireland and establish an independent Irish Republic. The actions of James Connolly and other rebel leaders played a significant role in public awareness, gathering a great deal of support for the movement that they had died fighting for.
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Guitar: O, Fair New Mexico (Including lyrics and chords) Another request from subscriber Cyril M Devine for the official state song for New Mexico. Wikipedia has the following about the song: "O Fair New Mexico", the state song of the U.S. state of New Mexico was officially selected in 1917. It was adopted as the state song by an act of the New Mexico legislature, approved on March 14, 1917, as signed by Governor Washington E. Lindsey. The author, Elizabeth Garrett, was the daughter of former Lincoln County Sheriff Pat Garrett, the man who killed Billy the Kid. The musical genre of "O Fair New Mexico" is classified as a tango.
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Guitar: Send Me A Peach (Including lyrics and chords) Requested by subscriber "Hans Christian Go", "Send Me A Peach" is a song that has the feel of something from the early part of the last century, but in fact is much younger than that. It is a song from the soundtrack of an animated television miniseries called "Over The Garden Wall" and is attributed to "The Blasting Company".
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Autoharp: Alleluia! Sing, to Jesus! (Including lyrics and chords) A request from subscriber JA S brought back memories of school assemblies in which this was one of my favourite hymns. I have chosen to accompany myself on the autoharp, but the chords apply to any accompanying instrument. In fact, I have played this tune as an instrumental some time ago under its title Hyfrydol. Hyfrydol was written by Rowland Prichard and has been used as the setting for a number of hymns including this one, Alleluia! Sing To Jesus! the lyrics for which were written by William Chatterton Dix.
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Guitar: Open Arms (Including lyrics and chords) A request from subscriber "DB Physique" introduced me to this song. "Open Arms" is a track from an album called "Build a Rocket Boys!" by the English Rock Band "Elbow". The lyrics were written by front man Guy Garvey with music written by the band. Only two chords to this song, Dmaj7 and A. I am playing Dmaj7 as x00222 and A as 002220.
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Guitar: Thank You (Including lyrics and chords) Requested by subscriber "Michael", "Thank You" is a song written and performed by Dido. Wikipedia has the following about the song: "Thank You" is a song written and performed by English singer-songwriter Dido. The song made its first appearance in 1998, on the soundtrack of the movie Sliding Doors. It was later included on Dido's 1999 debut album No Angel, becoming the album's biggest hit. Entering the Billboard Hot 100 at number 80 in January 2001, "Thank You" peaked at number 3 in April 2001. It held that spot for 3 weeks, and became Dido's first and only top three single in the United States. In the United Kingdom, "Thank You" also reached number 3, becoming the singer's third top-five single in the United Kingdom. Additionally, the song reached number one on the Billboard Adult Contemporary, Adult Pop Songs, and Hot Dance Club Songs charts. Since becoming her biggest hit in multiple countries, the song has often been recognised as Dido's signature song. New to me, this is my interpretation of the song.
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Guitar: America (Including lyrics and chords) When I prepared this video, I neglected to add the information that I have my capo at the 2nd fret, so I am really playing and singing in the key of D and the chord names shown are relative to the position of the capo. This is the only song in which I have ever played the chord Bbmaj7 (xx3231) so I struggled to find it the first time round. In a comment on my video of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic", subscriber "Tomlin Suttles" wrote the single word "America". I am not sure if this was meant as a request or not, but anyway, I decided to do this version. I have already uploaded one using my 12-string guitar, but as that one was done using YouTube annotations which are no longer working, I have done this version adding annotations using my own editing programme. The song of course is one of my favourite Simon and Garfunkel songs written by Paul Simon.
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Guitar: The Thresher (Including lyrics and chords) Commenting on my recent upload of Tom Paxton's song "The Thresher Disaster", subscriber, SmellsLikePurple, asked if I would do Phil Ochs' song on the same subject, "The Thresher". I have not heard the song before, but gave it a go with the result I am uploading today. Both songs refer to the loss of an American nuclear submarine as explained in Wikipedia as follows: The second USS Thresher (SSN-593) was the lead boat of her class of nuclear-powered attack submarines in the United States Navy. She was the U.S. Navy's second submarine to be named after the thresher shark. On 10 April 1963, Thresher sank during deep-diving tests about 220 miles (350 km) east of Boston, Massachusetts, killing all 129 crew and shipyard personnel aboard in the deadliest submarine disaster ever. Her loss was a watershed for the U.S. Navy, leading to the implementation of a rigorous submarine safety program known as SUBSAFE. The first nuclear submarine lost at sea, Thresher was also the first of only two submarines that killed more than 100 people aboard; the other was the Russian Kursk, which sank with 118 aboard in 2000.
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Autoharp: By The Light of the Silvery Moon (Including lyrics and chords) I have done a guitar accompanied version of this song, but thought I might give it a go on the autoharp as it stretches my playing skills using so many chords. Wikipedia tells us: "By The Light of the Silvery Moon" or "By the Light of the Silv'ry Moon" is a popular song. The music was written by Gus Edwards, and the lyrics by Edward Madden. The song was published in 1909 and first performed on stage by Lillian Lorraine in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1909. It was one of a series of moon-related Tin Pan Alley songs of the era.
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Guitar: The Thresher Disaster (Including lyrics and chords) I have been asked it I would do another video of this song as my previous one was done nearly ten years ago on inferior recording equipment. The Thresher Disaster is one of the songs in Tom Paxton's first song book, Rambling Boy. Wikipedia has the following about the subject of this song: The second USS Thresher (SSN-593) was the lead boat of her class of nuclear-powered attack submarines in the United States Navy. She was the U.S. Navy's second submarine to be named after the thresher shark. On 10 April 1963, Thresher sank during deep-diving tests about 220 miles (350 km) east of Boston, Massachusetts, killing all 129 crew and shipyard personnel aboard in the deadliest submarine disaster ever. Her loss was a watershed for the U.S. Navy, leading to the implementation of a rigorous submarine safety program known as SUBSAFE. The first nuclear submarine lost at sea, Thresher was also the first of only two submarines that killed more than 100 people aboard; the other was the Russian Kursk, which sank with 118 aboard in 2000.
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Guitar: A Taste of Honey (Including lyrics and chords) This is my interpretation of the song "A Taste of Honey", using the lyrics that Lenny Welch adapted as sung by The Beatles, but not following their timing. From Wikipedia: "A Taste of Honey" is a pop standard written by Bobby Scott and Ric Marlow. It was originally an instrumental track (or recurring theme) written for the 1960 Broadway version of the 1958 British play A Taste of Honey (which was also made into the film of the same name in 1961). Both the original and a later recording by Herb Alpert in 1965 earned the song four Grammy Awards. A vocal version of the song, first recorded by Billy Dee Williams (and released in 1961 on the Prestige label), was recorded by the Beatles for their first album in 1963. Barbra Streisand had performed the song as part of her cabaret act during 1962, and recorded it for her debut album The Barbra Streisand Album on Columbia, which won a Grammy for Album of the Year (1963). The Beatles performed Lenny Welch's adaptation, slightly changing the lyrics in the chorus, as part of their repertoire in 1962 and as the instrumental version by Acker Bilk was popular in the United Kingdom at the time, the song was chosen to be recorded for their 1963 debut album, Please Please Me. A version from this time was released in 1977 on the album Live! at the Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany; 1962.
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Guitar: All My Loving (Including lyrics and chords) Written originally as a poem by Paul McCartney, "All My Loving" is a song from The Beatles. According to McCartney, this is the only song for which he wrote the lyrics first and then set it to music. According to Wikipedia: "All My Loving" is a song by the English rock band the Beatles, written by Paul McCartney (credited to Lennon–McCartney), from the album With the Beatles (1963). Though it was not released as a single in the United Kingdom or the United States, it drew considerable radio airplay, prompting EMI to issue it as the title track of an EP. The song was released as a single in Canada, where it became a number 1 hit. The Canadian single was imported into the US in enough quantities to peak at number 45 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in April 1964.
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Guitar: Autumn Leaves (Including lyrics and chords) As I looked out of my living room window, I saw that after some strong winds, the ground was strewn with leaves, so I thought it quite appropriate to record "Autumn Leaves". I did an autoharp accompanied version some time ago, but decided to do it again using the guitar. English lyrics for Autumn Leaves were written by Johnny Mercer, to music by Joseph Cosma. Wikipedia has the following about it: "Autumn Leaves" is a popular song. Originally it was a 1945 French song, "Les Feuilles mortes" (literally "The Dead Leaves"), with music by Hungarian-French composer Joseph Kosma - derived from a ballet piece of music (Rendez-vous, written for Roland Petit), itself partly borrowed from Poème d'octobre by Jules Massenet - and lyrics by French poet Jacques Prévert. The Hungarian title is "Hulló levelek" (Falling Leaves). Yves Montand (with Irène Joachim) introduced "Les feuilles mortes" in the film Les Portes de la nuit (1946). The only chord I was not familiar with was Esus which is 002200.
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Guitar: Every Time We Say Goodbye (Including lyrics and chords) At one of our sing-arounds recently, a visiting lady from Canada sang this Cole Porter song and my friend Sylvia said to me afterwards that she would like to be able to sing it if I could find the lyrics and play it for her. So here is my interpretation of the song, which by the way, Sylvia has performed on three occasions since. Many artists have performed this jazz classic such as Ella Fitzgerald, Natale Cole, Annie Lennox etc. The version I have based my performance on was by Natale Cole. For anybody not familiar with it, for C#dim, I am playing the C chord one fret up i.e. 043020.
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2018 September 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 September. Another month of mixed weather, but in the main, on walking days the weather was reasonably kind to us. The first Sunday walk had us climbing up to the summit of Beary Mount with very limited visibility, but thereafter, all other walks went ahead in fine dry weather. 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: Strawberry Fields Forever – Guitar (The Beatles) Tired of Waiting For You – Guitar (The Kinks) Lucille – Guitar (Kenny Rogers) When We’re Gone, Long Gone – Autoharp (Keiran Kane; James Paul O’Hara) With A Little Help From My Friends – Guitar (The Beatles) Penny Lane – Guitar (The Beatles) Reflections of My Love – Autoharp (Tony Archibald) I Want To Hold Your Hand – Guitar (The Beatles) Obladi, Oblada – Guitar (The Beatles) Lady Madonna – 12-string Guitar (The Beatles) Sinner Man – Guitar (Traditional) Arrane y Niee – Autoharp (Traditional) If you would like to see more photos taken on these walks, visit the Facebook site “Isle of Man walks”, or my own Google photographs page which you should find at: https://plus.google.com/+TonyArchibald
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Guitar: Obladi, Oblada (Including lyrics and chords) Back to The Beatles for my upload today. Wikipedia has the following about the song: "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" is a song by the Beatles from their 1968 album The Beatles (often called "the White Album"). Although credited to Lennon–McCartney, the song was written solely by Paul McCartney. It was released as a single that same year in many countries, but not in their native United Kingdom, nor in the United States until 1976. Paul McCartney wrote the song around the time that highlife and reggae were beginning to become popular in Britain. The starting lyric, "Desmond has a barrow in the market-place", was a reference to the first internationally renowned Jamaican ska and reggae performer Desmond Dekker who had just had a successful tour of the UK. The tag line "ob-la-di, ob-la-da, life goes on, brah" was an expression used by Nigerian conga player Jimmy Scott-Emuakpor, an acquaintance of McCartney. Another example of the term in popular culture is the 1945 song 'In the Land of Oo-Bla-Dee', which Mary Lou Williams composed for Dizzy Gillespie (heard on Dizzy Digs Paris). Scott-Emuakpor later tried to claim a writer's credit for the use of his catchphrase in the song. McCartney said that the phrase was "just an expression", whereas Scott argued that the phrase was not a common expression, and was used exclusively by the Scott-Emuakpor family. He later dropped the case when McCartney agreed to pay his legal expenses for an unrelated issue. When singing the vocals over the final verse, McCartney made a slip and said "Desmond stays at home and does his pretty face" (rather than Molly), and had Molly letting "the children lend a hand". Reportedly, this mistake was retained because the other Beatles liked it.
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Guitar: Big, Big, Big John (Including lyrics and chords) At the monthly sing-around I host at the sheltered accommodation at which I live, a month ago, one of my regular audience members presented me with a poem. He wondered if it might be made into a song, so I took it home and with some minor tweeking, worked something out. Quite by chance, (not having listened to James Dean's song "Big Bad John" until later), I decided to try it out as a "talking blues" style song and yesterday at our sing-around, I gave it its premier performance. Mike Bell-Scott, the author, was delighted with the result and gave me permission to share it on YouTube, so here it is.
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Guitar: With A Little Help From My Friends (Including lyrics and chords) Another song from The Beatles. Wikipedia has the following about it: "With a Little Help from My Friends" is a song by the English rock band the Beatles from their 1967 album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. It was written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, and intended as the album's featured vocal for drummer Ringo Starr. The group recorded the song towards the end of the sessions for Sgt. Pepper, with Starr singing as the character "Billy Shears". Lennon and McCartney finished writing this song in mid-March 1967, written specifically as Starr's track for the album. McCartney said: "It was pretty much co-written, John and I doing a work song for Ringo, a little craft job." In 1970 Lennon stated: "Paul had the line about 'a little help from my friends.' He had some kind of structure for it, and we wrote it pretty well fifty-fifty from his original idea.", but in 1980 Lennon said: "This is Paul, with a little help from me. 'What do you see when you turn out the light/ I can't tell you, but I know it's mine...' is mine." It was briefly called "Bad Finger Boogie" (later the inspiration for the band name Badfinger),[5] supposedly because Lennon composed the melody on a piano using his middle finger after having hurt his forefinger.
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Guitar: Penny Lane (Including lyrics and chords) As I last uploaded Strawberry Fields Forever, it is only fitting that I upload Penny Lane today as according to Wikipedia: Recorded during the Sgt. Pepper album sessions, and intended for inclusion, "Penny Lane" was released in February 1967 as one side of a double A-sided single, along with "Strawberry Fields Forever", following pressure from EMI, the Beatles' record company, after several months' absence of new material. Although the song did not top the charts in Britain, it was still a top ten hit across Europe. The song made its LP debut on the US version of the band's Magical Mystery Tour album. During the 1960s Penny Lane was a significant bus terminus for several routes, and buses with "Penny Lane" displayed were common throughout Liverpool. The name Penny Lane is also used for the area that surrounds its junction with Smithdown Road, Smithdown Place (where the terminus was located) and Allerton Road, including a busy shopping area. According to Barry Miles, the fireman and fire engine referred to in the lyrics are based upon the fire station at Mather Avenue, which is "about half a mile down the road" from Penny Lane. I discovered after making this video that I had made an error in the lyrics, for when I sang "Full of fish and finger pies..." it should have been "Four of fish and finger pies..." I was guilty of copying the lyrics from a site on the internet where they had put "full" instead of "four". Wikipedia explains as follows: The mysterious lyrics "Four of fish and finger pies" are British slang. "A four of fish" refers to fourpennyworth of fish and chips, while "finger pie" is sexual slang of the time, apparently referring to intimate fondlings between teenagers in the shelter, which was a familiar meeting place. The combination of "fish and finger" also puns on fish fingers. The song switches between keys, the verses being in the key of D whilst the choruses are in the key of C except for the final one which is in D. This makes it difficult to sing going from D to C. The lead into the verse it easy enough as there is an A7 to help you get there, but going from the verse to the chorus, there is no G7 to help, so hitting the right note I found quite hard to do.
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Guitar: Strawberry Fields Forever (Including lyrics and chords) I forgot to add the information that I have my capo at the 4th fret, so I am really playing and singing in the key of B. Another request from my friend Ken Shuttlesworth, this one happening to fall in with my present theme of songs from The Beatles. Written by John Lennon, who wrote the song in Almería, Spain, where he was filming a role in the anti-war comedy How I Won the War. He drew inspiration from his childhood memories of playing in the garden of Strawberry Field, a Salvation Army children's home near to where he grew up in Liverpool. Initially, I found this one quite hard, for while the chorus is simple enough, getting the timing right in the verses proved to be a challenge, but in the end, having persevered, I feel I did OK. For anyone not familiar with it, the Dm7 chord I am playing is x00222 which one of my friends refers to as a "drop D".
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Autoharp: When We're Gone, Long Gone (Including lyrics and chords) There has been some discussion on the Autoharp page on Facebook regarding this song, so I decided to try it out for myself. Written by Keiran Kane and James Paul O'Hara, there are a number of videos of it on YT, performed by The O'Kanes, and by Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt and Dolly Parton etc. For my own interpretation, I have used only the three chords F, Bb and C.
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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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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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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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