Sunday, January 31, 2010

Try to Remember


Words by Tom Jones, melody by Harvey Schmidt
Rise Up Singing chapter: Time and Changes, p.228
Chords:
C Am F G (x4)
C Em F G (x2) *not once, as I think I say in the video
C Am F G (x2)

Try to remember the kind of September
When life was slow and oh, so mellow
Try to remember the kind of September
When grass was green and grain was yellow
Try to remember the kind of September
When you were a tender and callow fellow
Try to remember, and if you remember
Then follow, follow

Try to remember the kind of September
That no one wept except the willow
Try to remember the kind of September
That dreams were kept beside your pillow
Try to remember the kind of September
That love was an ember about to billow
Try to remember, and if you remember
Then follow, follow

Deep in December, it's nice to remember
Although you know the snow will follow
Deep in December, it's nice to remember
Without a hurt, the heart is hollow
Deep in December, it's nice to remember
The fire of September that made us mellow
Deep in December our hearts should remember
And follow, follow

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Rocky Mountain High


By John Denver and Mike Taylor
Rise Up Singing chapter: Outdoors, p.155

Verses chords:
C - F G / C - F - / C Am F G / C - F -
Chorus chords:
F G C - / F G C - / F G C F - / C - F - / C - F -

He was born in the summer of his 27th year...

Friday, January 29, 2010

Father's Whiskers


Traditional
Rise Up Singing chapter: Funny Songs, p.71

Chords: G - A - / D7 - - G ://

We have a dear old father to whom we dearly pray
He has a set of whiskers, they're always in the way
Oh, they're always in the way, the cows eat them for hay
They hide the dirt on father's shirt, they're always in the way

We have a dear old mother, with him at night she sleeps
She wakes up in the morning eating shredded wheat

We have a dear old brother, he has a Ford machine
He uses father's whiskers to strain his gasoline

We have a dear old sister, it really is a laugh
She sprinkles father's whiskers as bath salts in her bath

Father has a son, his name is Sonny Jim
He wants to grow some whiskers, but father won't let him

Father has a daughter, her name is Ella-Mae
She climbs up father's whiskers and braids them all the way

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Lincoln and Liberty (Bonus)


Lyrics from: http://www.civilwarpoetry.org/union/songs/lincoln-liberty.html

Attributed to Jesse Hutchinson, Jr. (1813-1853)
Tune: "Old Rosin the Beau"/"Old Rosin the Bow"

Chords:
C - / - Am / C CF / CG C / C F / C Am / C CF / CG C

Hurrah for the choice of the nation,
Our chieftain so brave and so true,
We'll go for the great reformation,
For Lincoln and Liberty, too!
We'll go for the son of Kentucky,
The hero of Hoosierdom through,
The pride of the "Suckers" so lucky,
For Lincoln and Liberty, too!

They'll find what by felling and mauling,
Our railmaker statesman can do;
For the people are everywhere calling
For Lincoln and Liberty, too.
Then up with the banner so glorious,
The star-spangled red, white, and blue,
We'll fight till our banner's victorious,
For Lincoln and Liberty, too.

Our David's good sling is unerring,
The Slavocrat's giant he slew,
Then shout for the freedom preferring,
For Lincoln and Liberty, too.
We'll go for the son of Kentucky,
The hero of Hoosierdom through,
The pride of the "Suckers" so lucky,
For Lincoln and Liberty, too

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Strumming Patterns for John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt


This is also a video response to a request.
Rise Up Singing chapter: Funny Songs, p.73

Chords:
D A / - D / - G / A D

[D]John Jacob [A]Jingleheimer Schmidt
His name is my name [D]too
Whenever we go out, the [G]people start to shout
There goes [A]John Jacob Jingleheimer [D]Schmidt, la la la la la la la...

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Strumming Patterns for Down by the Bay


This video is in response to a request. How about that?

Rise Up Singing chapter: Play, p.168
Chords:
G D7 / - G / C G / stop: sing the silly rhyme, then D7G!

So, put otherwise, that's

Down by the [G]bay... where the watermelons [D7]grow...
Back to my home, I dare not [G]go...
For if I [C]do... my mother will [G] say... [stop!]
Did you ever see a moose, kissing a goose? [D7]down by the [G]bay?

Monday, January 25, 2010

Cluck, Cluck, Red Hen (Bonus)


The song begins at the beginning (for once!) but there's some strum pattern talking at 3:29 if you're interested.

Not in the Rise Up Singing songbook
A traditional tune with adapted lyrics by Jaquelyn Reinach
Chords:
D - G D / G D A D / D G D A / D G D A / D - G D / G D A D

Baa, baa, black sheep, have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full
One for your sweater and one for your rug
And one for your blanket to keep you warm and snug
Baa, baa, black sheep, have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full

Cluck, cluck, red hen, have you any eggs?
Yes sir, yes sir, as many as your legs
One for your breakfast and one for your lunch
Come back tomorrow, I'll have another bunch

Moo, moo brown cow have you milk for me?...

Buzz buzz, busy bee, is your honey sweet?...

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Bumping up and Down (Bonus)


Skip to the song! It starts at 2:52
Strumming pattern story at 0:58
and a little thrown-together strumming tutorial at 4:24

Not in the Rise Up Singing songbook, sorry.
Traditional, adapted by Raffi and Ken Whitely
F - / C7 - / F - / C7 F

Bumping up and down in my little red wagon (3x)
Won't you be my darling?

2. One wheel's off and the axle's broken
3. Freddie's gonna fix it with his hammer
4. Bumping up and down in my little red wagon
5. One wheel's off and the axle's broken
6. Laura's gonna fix it with her pliers
7. Bumping up and down in my little red wagon

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Star of the County Down


Traditional Irish
Rise Up Singing chapter: Ballads and Old Songs, p.14

Accords:
Em - C D / Em - D - / Em - C D / Em Am Em - G - D - / Em - D - / Em - C D / Em Am Em -

Chorus:
G - D - / Em - D - / Em - C D / Em Am Em -

Near Bambridge town in the County Down
One morning last July
Down the boreen came a sweet colleen
And she smiled as she passed me by
She looked so sweet from her two bare feet
To the crown of her nut-brown hair
Such a winsome elf that I pinched myself
To see I was really there

Chorus:
From Bantry Bay up to Derry Quay
And from Galway to Dublin Town
No maid I've seen like the brown colleen
That I met in the County Down

Friday, January 22, 2010

Demos Gracias


Traditional (Latin American folksong)
Rise Up Singing chapter: Faith, p. 41

A - / E A ://
Demos gracias al Señor, demos gracias Demos gracias por su amor (repite)

D A / E A ://
Por las mañanas las aves cantan Las alabanzas del Cristo el Salvador Y tú, amigo ¿por qué no cantas Las alabanzas del Cristo el Salvador? (2da vez): Y tú, amigo ¿por qué no cantas Las alabanzas a Dios el creador?

Traducción:
Let us give thanks to the Lord, let us give thanks
Let us give thanks for His love

In the mornings the birds sing
The praises of Christ, the Saviour
And you, friend, why don't you sing
the praises of Christ the saviour?

2nd time: praises to God the creator

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Peace of the River


Rise Up Singing chapter: Faith, p.46
Chords:
C G AmG C / C G AmG C / F C G C / F C G C / C G AmG C

Peace, I ask of thee, o river - peace, peace, peace
When I learn to live serenely, cares will cease
From the hills I gather courage, visions of the days to be
Stength to lead and faith to follow, all are given unto me
Peace, I ask of thee, o river - peace, peace, peace

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

A Satisfied Mind (in 4/4 time)


By Red Hays and Jack Rhodes
Rise Up Singing chapter: Rich and Poor, p.185

A G D - / A G D - / GA A D - / A G D -
or, depending on what verse you're singing:
GA A D - / A G D - / A G D - / A G D -

I like to say, "How many times have you heard someone say" but some people don't like the present perfect, and these are the lyrics that Rise Up Singing has:

How many times DID you hear someone say
"If I had his money, I could do things my way"
But little they know that it's so hard to find
One rich man in ten with a satisfied mind

Once I was lucky in fortune and fame
Had all that I needed to make a start in life's game
Then suddenly it happened, I lost every dime
But I'm richer by far with a satisfied mind

For money can't buy back your youth when you're old
Or a friend when you're lonely, or a heart that's grown cold
The wealthiest person is a pauper at times
Compared to the man with a satisfied mind

When my life is ended and my time has run out
My friends and relations, I'll leave them no doubt
But one thing's for certain, when it comes to my time
I'll leave this old world with a satisfied mind

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

You Can't Hurry Love


By Edward Holland Jr., Lamont Dozier and Brian Holland
Rise Up Singing chapter: Love, p.129

To answer my own question: They recorded this as The Supremes. They became Diana Ross and the Supremes a year later, in 1967.

Chords and lyrics:

C - F C / Em Am F G
I need love, love, to ease my mind
I need to find, find, someone to call mine, but...

C - F C / Em Am F G ://
Mama said, "You can't hurry love, no you just have to wait"
She said, "Love don't come easy, it's a game of give and take
You can't hurry love, no you'll just have to wait
You gotta trust, give it time, no matter how long it takes"

Em - - - / Am - - - / F - - - / G - F -
But how many heartaches must I stand
Before I find a love to let me live again?
Right now the only thing that keeps me hanging on
When I feel my strength, yeah is almost gone, I remember (Mama said...)

C - F C / Em Am F G ://
Mama said, "You can't hurry love, no you just have to wait"
She said, "Love don't come easy, it's a game of give and take"
How long must I wait, how much more can I take
Before loneliness will cause my poor heart to break?

Em - - - / Am - - - / F - - - / G - F -
No I can't bear to live my life alone
I grow impatient for a love to call my own
But when I feel that I, I can't go on
The precious words keep me hanging on, I remember...

C - F C / Em Am F G ://
Mama said, "You can't hurry love, no you just have to wait"
She said, "Love don't come easy, it's a game of give and take
You can't hurry love, no you'll just have to wait
You gotta trust, give it time, no matter how long it takes"

C - F C / Em Am F G :// 3x
No love, love, don't come easy
But I keep on waiting, anticipating
For that soft voice to talk to me at night
For some tender arms to hold me tight
I keep on waiting, I keep on waiting
But it ain't easy, it ain't easy when / (Chorus again)

Monday, January 18, 2010

Will You Love Me Tomorrow?


By Gerry Goffin and Carole King
Rise Up Singing chapter: Love, p.129

C - Dm G / C - F G / Em E Am C / F G C -
or (only slightly different in the 3rd verse):
C - Dm G / C - F G / Em E Am - / F G C -

Tonight you're mine completely
You give your love so sweetly
Tonight the light of love is in your eyes
But will you love me tomorrow?

Is this a lasting treasure
Or just a moment's pleasure?
Can I believe the magic of your sighs?
Will you still love me tomorrow?

Bridge:
F - C - / F G C - / F - C - / D - G -
Tonight with words unspoken
You say that I'm the only one
But will my heart be broken
When the night meets the morning sun?

I'd like to know that your love
Is love I can be sure of
So tell me now, and I won't ask again
Will you still love me tomorrow?

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Waltzing Matilda


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By A. B. Paterson. A.B. "Banjo" Paterson, that is.
Rise Up Singing chapter: Rich and Poor, p.186

Verses: C G Am F / C - G - / C G Am F / C - G C
Chorus: C - F - / C - G - / C G Am F / C - G C

Once a jolly swagman camped by a billabong
Under the shade of a coolibah tree
And he sang as he watched and he waited 'til his billy boiled
"You'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me"

Chorus:
Waltzing Matilda,
Waltzing Matilda
You'll come a-
waltzing Matilda with me
(repeat last 2 lines of each verse)

Down came a jumbuck to drink at the billabong
Up jumped the swagman and grabbed him with glee
And he sang as he shoved that jumbuck in his tucker bag
"You'll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me"

Up rode the squatter mounted on his thoroughbred
Down came the troopers, one, two, three
"Who's that jolly jumbuck you've got in your tucker bag?"
"You'll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me"

Up jumped the swagman, sprang into the billabong
"You'll never catch me alive" said he
And his ghost may be heard as you pass by the billabong
"You'll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me"

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Fiddler's Green


One I learned from Ti' Acadie (Pam Weeks, Jim Joseph and Bill Olson).
A little info on them here, and a lot of info on them here.

By John Connelly
Rise Up Singing chapter: Seas and Sailors, p.201
Chorus: C G C - / F C G - / F - C - / G - - C
Verses: C - G C / - - F G / F - C G / Am F C G

Chorus:
Dress me up in me oilskins and jumper
No more on the docks I'll be seen
Just tell me old shipmates I'm taking a trip, mates
And I'll see you someday on Fiddler's Green

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Dona Dona / Dana Dana / Donna Donna

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Original blog text (now outdated):
Americans, check out this message from Jimmy Buffet. Or I'll explain it to you right now: text the word "Haiti" to the number 90999 , you'll be asked to confirm, just type "yes", and 10 dollars will be donated to the American Red Cross Haiti relief fund.

Jimmy Buffet saying it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2Dne1Mla-s

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Rise Up Singing chapter: Struggle, p.214
English lyrics by Arthur Kevess and Teddi Schwartz
Yiddish lyrics (in a more recent video of mine, but not sung here): Aaron Zeitlin
Melody: Sholem Secunda

Am E Am E / Am Dm Am E
Am E Am E / Am Dm AmE Am
On a wagon bound for market
Lies a calf with a mournful eye
High above him, there's a swallow
Flying freely through the sky

Chorus:
G - C - / G - C - / G - C Am / E - Am -
E - Am - G - C E / - - Am - Dm E Am -
How the winds are laughing
They laugh with all their might
Laugh and laugh the whole day through
And half the summer's night (dona dona)
Dona dona dona dona, dona dona dona doe (2x)

"Stop complaining!" says the farmer
"Who told you a calf to be?
Why don't you have wings to fly with
Like the swallow, proud and free?"

Calves are easily bound and slaughtered
Never knowing the reason why
But whoever treasures freedom
Like the swallow will learn to fly

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

I Held Her in my Arms (Bonus)

Americans, check out this message from Jimmy Buffet. Or I'll explain it to you right now: text the word "Haiti" to the number 90999 , you'll be asked to confirm, just type "yes", and 10 dollars will be donated to the American Red Cross Haiti relief fund.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Eleven Cent Cotton


Finally something from Rise Up Singing!
I'm in Lumphini park again for this, which was recorded way back on december 13, 2009. I've been savin' it up special.
Important times:
Song begins at 2:35
Chord review at 1:12
Chord review again (because I messed up) at 6:56
I make up a song titled "regular old E major" at 8:01
Paddle boat spying on me at 8:14

So no complaining that I talk a lot and it's boring. I know I talk a lot. Skip it and go to the part you want to watch. (If there's no part you want to watch, that begs a question I'll leave to you to ask yourself).

By Bob Miller and Erma Derner
Rise Up Singing chapter: Farm and Prairie, p.51
Chords:
A - D A / D A B7 E / A - D A / - - E A
D - A - / B7 - E - / A - D A / - - E A

Lyrics:
Eleven cent cotton, forty cent meat
How in the world can a poor man eat
Pray for the sunshine, what you get is rain
Things getting worse, driving us insane
Built a nice house, painted it brown
Lightning came along and burnt it down
No use talking, any man's beat
With eleven cent cotton and forty cent meat

Eleven cent cotton, forty cent meat
We keep getting thinner 'cause we don't eat
Tried to raise peas, tried to raise beans
All we can raise is turnip greens
No corn in the crib no chicks in the yard
No meat in the smokehouse, no tubs full of lard
No use talking, any man's beat
With eleven cent cotton and forty cent meat

Eleven cent cotton, forty cent meat
How in the world can a poor man eat?
Our clothes worn out, our shoes run down
Old slouch hat with a hole in the crown
Poor getting poorer all around here
Kids coming regular every year
No use...

Eleven cent... / How in...?
Mule's in the barn, no crops laid by
Corn crib empty and the cow's gone dry
Well water's low, nearly out of sight
Can't take a bath on a Saturday night
No use talking, any man's beat
With eleven cent cotton and forty cent meat

Monday, January 11, 2010

The People's Flag is Palest Pink (Bonus)


This is a parody of The Red Flag.
All the information on this one came from Wikipedia. Here's your link.

Melody: Lauriger Horatius / O Tannenbaum / O Christmas Tree
Chords:
D - - A7 B7 - / - Em - A7 - D / - - - A7 B7 - / - Em - A7 - D
D - G - Em - / - A7 - - D - / - - - A7 B7 - / - Em - A7 - D

Lyrics:
The People's flag is palest pink
It's not the colour you might think
White collar workers stand and cheer
The Labour government is here
We'll change the country bit by bit
So nobody will notice it
And just to show that we're sincere
We'll sing The Red Flag once a year

The cloth cap and the woollen scarf
Are images outdated
For we're the party's avant garde
And we are educated
So raise the rolled umbrella high
The college scarf, the old school tie
And just to show that we're sincere
We'll sing The Red Flag once a year

One variant includes the verse:

The People's flag is slightly pink
It's not as red as people think
The working class can kiss my arse
I've got the foreman's job at last

Sunday, January 10, 2010

The Red Flag (R.U.S. Bonus)


Melody: Lauriger Horatius (O Tannenbaum)
Words by Jim Connell, 1852-1929
Information from http://webpages.dcu.ie/~sheehanh/rf-lyrics.htm

The chorus is "Then raise the scarlet standard high...." and that should follow every verse. I didn't know that, so I sang it only once, but I'm sure you'll be able to imagine the difference. You must have heard "O Christmas Tree" before after all...

The people's flag is deepest red,
It shrouded oft our martyred dead,
And ere their limbs grew stiff and cold,
Their hearts blood dyed its every fold.

Then raise the scarlet standard high. (chorus)
Within its shade we'll live and die,
Though cowards flinch and traitors sneer,
We'll keep the red flag flying here.

Look round, the Frenchman loves its blaze,
The sturdy German chants its praise,
In Moscow's vaults its hymns are sung
Chicago swells the surging throng.

It waved above our infant might,
When all ahead seemed dark as night;
It witnessed many a deed and vow,
We must not change its colour now.

It well recalls the triumphs past,
It gives the hope of peace at last;
The banner bright, the symbol plain,
Of human right and human gain.

It suits today the weak and base,
Whose minds are fixed on pelf and place
To cringe before the rich man's frown,
And haul the sacred emblem down.

With heads uncovered swear we all
To bear it onward till we fall;
Come dungeons dark or gallows grim,
This song shall be our parting hymn

Although Jim Connell intended his words to be sung to the tune of The White Cockade, today this setting is more common, although both are still sung.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

The Song of Iowa (Bonus)


To the tune Lauriger Horatius, which is the tune of "O Tannenbaum" ("O Christmas Tree")
Chords:
D - - A7 B7 - / - Em - A7 - D / - - - A7 B7 - / - Em - A7 - D
D - G - Em - / - A7 - - D - / - - - A7 B7 - / - Em - A7 - D

From the Iowan Secretary of State website: http://www.sos.state.ia.us/pdfs/NewCitizens/EntireEnglish.pdf

The Song of Iowa
Written by S.H.M. Byers

You asked what land I love the best / Iowa, tis Iowa,
The fairest State of all the west / Iowa, O! Iowa,
From yonder Mississippis stream
To where Missouris waters gleam
O! fair it is as poets dream / Iowa, in Iowa.
See yonder fields of tasseled corn / Iowa in Iowa
Where plenty fills her golden horn / Iowa in Iowa
See how her wondrous prairies shine
To yonder sunsets purpling line
O! happy land, O! land of mine / Iowa, O! Iowa
And she has maids whose laughing eyes / Iowa, O! Iowa
To him whose loves were Paradise / Iowa, O! Iowa
O! happiest fate that eer was known
Such eyes to shine for one alone
To call such beauty all his own / Iowa, O! Iowa
Go read the story of thy past / Iowa, O! Iowa
What glorious deeds, what fame thou hast! / Iowa, O! Iowa
So long as times great cycle runs
Or nations weep their fallen ones
Thoult not forget thy patriot sons / Iowa, O! Iowa

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IOWAS STATE SYMBOLS
http://www.legis.state.ia.us/Pubinfo/StateSymbols/

The State Banner:
Officially adopted in 1921, the blue stripe stands for loyalty, justice and truth; the white for purity, and the red for courage.

The Mighty Oak:
Designated as the official state tree in 1961, it was chosen because it is abundant in the state and serves as shelter, food and nesting cover for birds and animals.

The Wild Rose:
Designated as the official state flower in 1897, it was one of the decorations used on the silver service that the state presented to the battleship USS Iowa that same year.

The Goldfinch:
Designated as the official state bird in 1933, it was chosen because it is commonly found in Iowa and often stays through the winter. It is also known as the eastern or American goldfinch or the wild canary.

The Geode:
Designated as the official state rock in 1967, it is one of the rarest and most beautiful of rocks; Iowa is known for its presence. Geodes have a hard outer shell but when broken open, sparkling mineral crystals are revealed.
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Here are links to "Lauriger Horatius", including Latin words and sheet music:
https://jscholarship.library.jhu.edu/handle/1774.2/4351
http://www.musicofyesterday.com/sheetmusic/L/Lauriger-Horatius.php
http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/images/modeng/public/PaxHand/PaxHaf05.jpg

Friday, January 8, 2010

Florida, my Florida (Bonus)


To the tune Lauriger Horatius, which is the tune of "O Tannenbaum" ("O Christmas Tree")

D - - A7 B7 - / - Em - A7 - D / - - - A7 B7 - / - Em - A7 - D
D - G - Em - / - A7 - - D - / - - - A7 B7 - / - Em - A7 - D

From: http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/music/statesong.html
"Written in 1894 by Rev Dr. C. V. Waugh, a professor of languages at the Florida Agricultural College at Lake City, the song was said by the Legislature to have "both metric and patriotic merit of the kind calculated to inspire love for home and native State." Sung to the tune of "Maryland, My Maryland" a strongly Secessionist song written by James Ryder Randall in 1861 which turned into one of the biggest hits of the Confederacy and became a State song in the 1930's."

Lyrics:

Land of my birth, bright sunkissed land
Florida, my Florida
Laded by the Gulf and Ocean grand
Florida, my Florida

Of all the States in East or West
Unto my heart thou art the best
Here may I live, here may I rest
Florida, my Florida

The golden fruit the world outshines
Florida, my Florida
Thy gardens and thy phosphate mines
Florida, my Florida

In country, town, or hills and dells
Florida, my Florida
The rhythmic chimes of the school bells
Florida, my Florida

Will call thy children day by day
To learn to walk the patriot's way
Firmly to stand for thee for aye
Florida, my Florida

Yield their rich store of good supply,
To still the voice of hunger's cry-
For thee we'll live, for thee we'll die
Florida, my Florida

These lyrics and some background can also be found here: http://www.50states.com/songs/florida2.htm

Also: Lauriger Horatius = "Laurel-crowned Horatio"? Latin scholars please advise.

Actually, scratch that. I found out. I was right, it turns out. Here are links to all you need to know, including Latin words and sheet music:
https://jscholarship.library.jhu.edu/handle/1774.2/4351
http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/images/modeng/public/PaxHand/PaxHaf05.jpg

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Michigan, my Michigan 1886 (Bonus)


To the tune "Lauriger Horatius" a.k.a. "O Tannenbaum" a.k.a. "O Christmas Tree".
Chords:
D - - A7 B7 - / - Em - A7 - D / - - - A7 B7 - / - Em - A7 - D

D - G - Em - / - A7 - - D - / - - - A7 B7 - / - Em - A7 - D

Lyrics in a PDF from the Michigan government (aren't they helpful?) right here.

Land of my love, I sing of thee
Michigan, my Michigan
With lake-bound shore, I'm proud of thee
Michigan, my Michigan
The sweet winds whisper through thy pines
The jewels glitter in thy mines
And glory on thy chaplet shines -
Michigan, my Michigan

I've traveled all thy confines o'er
Michigan, my Michigan
From lake to lake, and shore to shore
Michigan, my Michigan
I've seen thy maimed, thy halt, thy blind
I've seen the ones bereft of mind
To all of them thou art so kind -
Michigan, my Michigan

Thou art so pure, but modest, too
Michigan, my Michigan
Thou art so brave and still so true
Michigan, my Michigan
No promise unfulfilled; - on trust
Thy noble sons have bit the dust
Remembered are they. For thou art just -
Michigan, my Michigan

The axe resounds 'mid woodland trees
Michigan, my Michigan
The sails of commerce court thy breeze
Michigan, my Michigan
And templed cities rise in sight
And happy eyes catch heaven's light
Our God protects thee through the night
Michigan, my Michigan

Oh! Alma Mater, at thy shrine
Michigan, my Michigan
I worship thee as most devine [sic]
Michigan, my Michigan
"Tuebor" "I'll protect," 'tis true -
Oh, fair peninsula! and you -
Shine out a gem in starry blue
Michigan, my Michigan

Thy diadem - thy hero sons
Michigan, my Michigan
Thy choicest love - their helpless ones
Michigan, my Michigan
And just as long as song shall ring
From those who bring an offering
To thee, my love, this song shall sing -
Michigan, my Michigan

To be perfectly accurate, "Lauriger Horatius is the name of the tune, while "O Tannenbaum" and "O Christmas Tree" are songs set to the tune "Lauriger Horatius".
What's Lauriger Horatius? Here are links to all you need to know, including Latin words and sheet music:
https://jscholarship.library.jhu.edu/handle/1774.2/4351
http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/images/modeng/public/PaxHand/PaxHaf05.jpg

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Michigan, my Michigan 1902 (Bonus)


To the tune "Lauriger Horatius" a.k.a. "O Tannenbaum" a.k.a. "O Christmas Tree".
D - - A7 B7 - / - Em - A7 - D / - - - A7 B7 - / - Em - A7 - D
D - G - Em - / - A7 - - D - / - - - A7 B7 - / - Em - A7 - D

Lyrics here in a Michigan state government-approved PDF

Michigan, My Michigan—1902
Douglas Malloch*

A song to thee, fair State of mine
Michigan, my Michigan
But greater song than this is thine
Michigan, my Michigan
The thunder of the inland sea
The whisper of the towering tree
United in one grand symphony
Michigan, my Michigan

I sing a song of all the best—
Michigan, my Michigan
I sing a State with riches blessed—
Michigan, my Michigan
Thy mines unmask a hidden store
But richer thy historic lore
More great the love thy builders bore
Michigan, my Michigan

Glow fair the bosom of thy lakes
Michigan, my Michigan
What melody each river makes
Michigan, my Michigan
As to thy lakes thy rivers tend
Thy exiled ones still to thee send
Devotion that shall never end
Michigan, my Michigan

Rich in the wealth that makes a State
Michigan, my Michigan
Great in the things that make men great
Michigan, my Michigan
Eager the voice that sounds thy claim
Under the golden roll of Fame
Willing the hand that writes the name
Michigan, my Michigan

* The Malloch lyrics have also been set to music by
W. Otto Meissner with a slightly different melody.

To be perfectly accurate, "Lauriger Horatius" is the name of the tune, while "O Tannenbaum" and "O Christmas Tree" are songs set to the tune "Lauriger Horatius".
What's Lauriger Horatius? Here are links to all you need to know, including Latin words and sheet music:
https://jscholarship.library.jhu.edu/handle/1774.2/4351
http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/images/modeng/public/PaxHand/PaxHaf05.jpg

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Michigan, my Michigan 1862 (Bonus)


To the tune "Lauriger Horatius*" a.k.a. "O Tannenbaum" a.k.a. "O Christmas Tree".

Lyrics here in a Michigan state government-approved PDF.

Words by Winifred Lee Brent (Mrs. Henry F. Lyster)
Chords:
D - - A7 B7 - / - Em - A7 - D / - - - A7 B7 - / - Em - A7 - D
D - G - Em - / - A7 - - D - / - - - A7 B7 - / - Em - A7 - D


Home of my heart, I sing of thee!
Michigan, My Michigan
Thy lake-bound shores I long to see
Michigan, my Michigan
From Saginaws tall whispering pines
To Lake Superiors farthest mines
Fair in the light of memory shines
Michigan, my Michigan

Thou gavst thy sons without a sigh
Michigan, my Michigan
And sent thy bravest forth to die
Michigan, my Michigan
Beneath a hostile southern sky
They bore thy banner proud and high
Ready to fight but never fly
Michigan, my Michigan

From Yorktown on to Richmonds wall
Michigan, my Michigan
They bravely fight, as bravely fall
Michigan, my Michigan
To Williamsburgh we point with pride—
Our Fifth and Second, side by side
There stemmed and stayed the battles tide
Michigan, my Michigan

When worn with watching traitor foes
Michigan, my Michigan
The welcome night brought sweet repose
Michigan, my Michigan
The soldier, weary from the fight
Sleeps sound, nor fears the rebels might
For Michigans on guard tonight!
Michigan, my Michigan

Afar on Shilohs fatal plain
Michigan, my Michigan
Again behold thy heroes slain
Michigan, my Michigan
Their strong arms crumble in the dust
And their bright swords have gathered rust
Their memory is our sacred trust
Michigan, my Michigan

And often in the coming years
Michigan, my Michigan
Some widowed mother ll dry her tears
Michigan, my Michigan
And turning with a thrill of pride
Say to the children at her side
At Antietam your father died
For Michigan, our Michigan

With General Grants victorious name
Michigan, my Michigan
Thy sons still onward march to fame
Michigan, my Michigan
And foremost in the fight we see
Where eer the bravest dare to be
The sabres of thy cavalry
Michigan, my Michigan

Dark rolled the Rappahannocks flood
Michigan, my Michigan
The tide was crimsoned with thy blood
Michigan, my Michigan
Although for us the clay was lost
Still it shall be our broadest boast
At Fredericksburg our Seventh crossed!
Michigan, my Michigan

And when the happy time shall come
Michigan, my Michigan
That brings thy war-worn heroes home
Michigan, my Michigan
What welcome from their own proud shore
What honors at their feet well pour
What tears for those wholl come no more
Michigan, my Michigan

A grateful country claims them now,
Michigan, my Michigan,
And deathless laurel binds each brow,
Michigan, my Michigan;
And history the tale will tell
Of how they fought and how they fell
For that dear land they loved so well
Michigan, my Michigan

*To be perfectly accurate, "Lauriger Horatius is the name of the tune, while "O Tannenbaum" and "O Christmas Tree" are songs set to the tune "Lauriger Horatius".
What's Lauriger Horatius? Here are links to all you need to know, including Latin words and sheet music:
https://jscholarship.library.jhu.edu/handle/1774.2/4351
http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/images/modeng/public/PaxHand/PaxHaf05.jpg

Monday, January 4, 2010

Maryland, my Maryland (R.U.S. Bonus)


Lyrics by James Ryder Randall. To the tune "Lauriger Horatius" a.k.a. "O Tannenbaum" a.k.a. "O Christmas Tree".

This is the official state song of Maryland (believe it or not). There's a motion to change the state song, or perhaps just the lyrics to this song, before the state legislature in Maryland.

D - - A7 B7 - / - Em - A7 - D / - - - A7 B7 - / - Em - A7 - D
D - G - Em - / - A7 - - D - / - - - A7 B7 - / - Em - A7 - D

I'm posting the lyrics here copied from Wikipedia.

The despot's heel is on thy shore,
Maryland!*
His torch is at thy temple door,
Maryland!
Avenge the patriotic gore
That flecked the streets of Baltimore,
And be the battle queen of yore,
Maryland! My Maryland!

Hark to an exiled son's appeal,
Maryland!
My mother State! to thee I kneel,
Maryland!
For life and death, for woe and weal,
Thy peerless chivalry reveal,
And gird thy beauteous limbs with steel,
Maryland! My Maryland!

Thou wilt not cower in the dust,
Maryland!
Thy beaming sword shall never rust,
Maryland!
Remember Carroll's sacred trust,
Remember Howard's warlike thrust,-
And all thy slumberers with the just,
Maryland! My Maryland!

Come! 'tis the red dawn of the day,
Maryland!
Come with thy panoplied array,
Maryland!
With Ringgold's spirit for the fray,
With Watson's blood at Monterey,
With fearless Lowe and dashing May,
Maryland! My Maryland!

Come! for thy shield is bright and strong,
Maryland!
Come! for thy dalliance does thee wrong,
Maryland!
Come to thine own anointed throng,
Stalking with Liberty along,
And chaunt thy dauntless slogan song,
Maryland! My Maryland!

Dear Mother! burst the tyrant's chain,
Maryland!
Virginia should not call in vain,
Maryland!
She meets her sisters on the plain-
"Sic semper!" 'tis the proud refrain
That baffles minions back amain,
Arise in majesty again,
Maryland! My Maryland!

I see the blush upon thy cheek,
Maryland!
For thou wast ever bravely meek,
Maryland!
But lo! there surges forth a shriek,
From hill to hill, from creek to creek-
Potomac calls to Chesapeake,
Maryland! My Maryland!

Thou wilt not yield the Vandal toll,
Maryland!
Thou wilt not crook to his control,
Maryland!
Better the fire upon thee roll, Better the blade, the shot, the bowl,
Than crucifixion of the soul,
Maryland! My Maryland!

I hear the distant thunder-hum,
Maryland!
The Old Line's bugle, fife, and drum,
Maryland!
She is not dead, nor deaf, nor dumb-
Huzza! she spurns the Northern scum!
She breathes! she burns! she'll come! she'll come!
Maryland! My Maryland!

What's Lauriger Horatius? Here are links to all you need to know, including Latin words and sheet music:
https://jscholarship.library.jhu.edu/handle/1774.2/4351
http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/images/modeng/public/PaxHand/PaxHaf05.jpg

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Scout Vespers (Bonus)


To the tune Lauriger Horatius, which is the tune of "O Tannenbaum" ("O Christmas Tree")
Lauriger Horatius = "Laurel-crowned Horatio"? Latin scholars please advise.*

Vesper (also latin) means 'evening', and in English is what you call an evening prayer service, or, by extension I think, a song that you sing at or perhaps in lieu of a prayer service. In this case it's something to be sung at the end of a campfire gathering.

D - - A7 B7 - / - Em - A7 - D / - - - A7 B7 - / - Em - A7 - D
D - G - Em - / - A7 - - D - / - - - A7 B7 - / - Em - A7 - D

A traditional scouting song (Boy Scouts' song).
Lyrics from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scout_vespers

Original Scout Vespers:

Softly falls the light of day,
As our campfire fades away.
Silently each Scout should ask,
"Have I done my daily task?
Have I kept my honor bright?
Can I guiltless sleep tonight?
Have I done and have I dared,
Everything to Be Prepared?"

Listen Lord, oh listen Lord,
As I whisper soft and low.
Bless my mom and bless my dad,
These are things that they should know.
I will keep my honor bright,
The Oath and Law will be my guide.
And Mom and Dad this you should know,
Deep in my heart I love you so.

Second Version:

Quietly we join as one,
Thanking God for Scouting fun.
May we now go on our way,
Thankful for another day.
May we always love and share,
Living in peace beyond compare.
As Scouts may we find,
Friendships true with all mankind.

Quietly we now will part,
Pledging ever in our heart,
To strive to do our best each day,
As we travel down life's way.
Happiness we'll try to give,
Trying a better life to live.
Till all the world be joined in love,
Living in peace under skies above.

Cub Scout Version:

As the night comes to this land
On my promise I will stand
I will help the pack to go
As our pack helps me to grow
Yes, I'll always give goodwill
I'll follow my Akela still
And before I stop to rest
I will do my very best

*Actually, scratch that, I've found out. Turns out I was right (yay.) Here are links to all you need to know, including Latin words and sheet music:
https://jscholarship.library.jhu.edu/handle/1774.2/4351
http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/images/modeng/public/PaxHand/PaxHaf05.jpg

Saturday, January 2, 2010

O Christmas Tree (Christmas Bonus)


Chords:
D - - A7 B7 - / - Em - A7 - D / - - - A7 B7 - / - Em - A7 - D

D - G - Em - / - A7 - - D - / - - - A7 B7 - / - Em - A7 - D

Apparently the song "O Tannenbaum" was promoted in Germany during the Third Reich as part of a program to remove the more overtly elements of Christmas celebrations. I learned that on Wikipedia.

This is one of a billion million songs to the tune "Lauriger Horatius." Here are some links to THAT song, including Latin words and sheet music:
https://jscholarship.library.jhu.edu/handle/1774.2/4351
http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/images/modeng/public/PaxHand/PaxHaf05.jpg

Friday, January 1, 2010

Noite Feliz / Silent Night in Portuguese


A Portuguese translation of Stille Nacht, the priginal German lyrics to which are by Joseph Mohr and the melody by Franz Xaver Gruber. First performed (again, the original in German) on Christmas eve 1818 at the St. Nicholas church in Oberndorf, Austria.

Many versions at http://silentnight.web.za/
Lyrics copied here from http://www.lexilogos.com/chant_stille_nacht.htm