Saturday, July 31, 2010

You Brush Your Teeth (When You Wake Up In the Morning)


A traditional song adapted by Raffi and Louise Dain Cullen (Vampire? Probably.)
Also, I made up some new rhymes. So: adapted by Matthew Vaughan
It's about brushing your teeth. I know someone who brushes her teeth with hot water. Her name's Steph.
Rise Up Singing chapter: Play, p.167

No chords for this one! It's chanted.

When you wake up in the morning and it's quarter to one
And you want to have a little fun
You brush your teeth -- ch ch ch ch ch ch ch ch ch

When you wake up in the morning and it's quarter to two
And you just can't find anything to do
You brush your teeth -- ch ch ch ch ch ch ch ch ch

When you wake up in the morning and it's quarter to three
And you really badly have to pee
You brush your teeth -- ch ch ch ch ch ch ch ch ch (and then you go pee)


When you wake up in the morning and it's quarter to four
And you think you hear a knock on the door
You brush your teeth -- ch ch ch ch ch ch ch ch ch

When you wake up in the morning and it's quarter to five
And you just can't wait to feel alive
You brush your teeth -- ch ch ch ch ch ch ch ch ch

When you wake up in the morning and it's quarter to six
And you're tired of chewing on teeth-cleaning sticks
http://www.dzimba.com/index.php/a-twi...
You brush your teeth -- ch ch ch ch ch ch ch ch ch

When you wake up in the morning and it's quarter to seven
And you want to go to oral hygiene heaven
You brush your teeth -- ch ch ch ch ch ch ch ch ch

When you wake up in the morning and it's quarter to eight
And you have to go to work and maybe you're already late
You brush your teeth -- ch ch ch ch ch ch ch ch ch

When you wake up in the morning and it's quarter to nine
And you're feeling awesome and looking fine
You brush your teeth -- ch ch ch ch ch ch ch ch ch

When you wake up in the morning and it's quarter to ten
And you're the last one asleep except for your lazy brother Ben
You brush your teeth -- ch ch ch ch ch ch ch ch ch

Friday, July 30, 2010

Razor Love (Neil Young Cover)


A bonus to the Rise Up Singing Project

All the Neil Young chords you could want are on www.hyperrust.org . Homely website -- great information.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Daddy Went Walking (Neil Young Cover)


A bonus to the Rise Up Singing Project

All the Neil Young chords you could want are on www.hyperrust.org . Homely website -- great information.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Good to See You (Neil Young Cover)


A bonus to the Rise Up Singing Project

All the Neil Young chords you could want are on www.hyperrust.org . Homely website -- great information.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Silver and Gold (Neil Young Cover)


A bonus to the Rise Up Singing Project

All the Neil Young chords you could want are on www.hyperrust.org . Homely website -- great information.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Eventide / Abide With Me en español v.2


Ok, I've done this before but not with these lyrics. Goodnight!

Rise Up Singing chapter: Lullabies, p.130
Melodía: Eventide, por William H. Monk
Letra original por Henry Francis Lyte (H. F. Lyte)
Traductor español desconocido
Este es el himno no. 8 en el Himnario de la Ciencia Cristiana

Ven hacía mi, pues ya las sombras caen
Temor me invade, Dios ven hacía mi
Si la tristeza cunde en derredor
Dame Tus fuerzas, Dios, ven hacía mi

De tu presencia necesito yo..

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Eventide / Abide With Me en español v.1

Ok, ok, I just realized I HAVE done this before. My bad, as they used to say. I have a video uploading now in a different key, different lyrics, also Spanish, that I for sure haven't done. Anyway. I'll not be uploading videos other than that for the next 4 days because internet is hard to come by here on this island (not impossible, this IS 2010, just inconvenient).

Rise Up Singing chapter: Lullabies, p.130
Melodía: Eventide, por William H. Monk
Letra original por Henry Lyte (H. F. Lyte)
Letra inglés en el Christian Science Hymnal por Bertha H. Woods
Traductor español desconocido
Este es el himno no. 7 en el Himnario de la Ciencia Cristiana

La luz del día aquí conmigo está
Desaparece ya la oscuridad
Tu das la fuerza y la libertad
Siempre contigo vivire verdad

No temo si te siento junto a mi
Triunfante soy del mal y la inquietud
Pues quien confiadamente vive en ti
Tiene amor, bondad, valor, salud

Poder y paz encuentro en Ti, Señor
Viviendo en Ti no pido nada más
Y nada temeré, divino Amor
Pues, sé que Tú conmigo siempre estás

Friday, July 23, 2010

I Just Called to Say I Love You


By Stevie Wonder
Rise Up Singing chapter: Love, p.125

Verse chords:
Cmaj7 C Cmaj7 C / C - Dm -
Dm Dmmaj7 Dm7 D6 / Dm G C -

No New Year's Day to celebrate
No chocolate-covered candy hearts to give away
No first of spring, no song to sing
In fact here's just another ordinary day

Chorus chords:
F G C / / / Dm G C -

I just called to say I love you
I just called to say how much I care
I just called to say I love you
And I mean it from the bottom of my heart

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Oo De Lally


From Disney's Robin Hood

Robin Hood and Little John, walking through the forest
Laughing back and forth at what the other one had to say
Reminiscing, this-n-that and having such a good time
Oodelally, oodelally, golly what a day

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Let's Do the Numbers Rumba


Oh yeah.

A song for adults, because adults are generally pretty bad at math. Get with the program, adults. Next, we're going to do the long division tango, followed by the simple algebra salsa. Remember simple algebra? Probably not. Shame on you.

Monday, July 19, 2010

We Hate to See Them Go (Malvina Reynolds)


By Malvina Reynolds

Heather Lev doing one of the very few other versions (the only one I know) on YouTube right now. On Ukulele. She's good.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdOQES...

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Goodbye To the Thirty-Foot Trailer


By Ewan MacColl

Cofeescup singin' like an angel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKtl4S...
An explanation of shawing from the Mudcat forum (a folk music forum): http://www.mudcat.org/detail_pf.cfm?m...

A - - - / - - - E / A E A D / A - E7 A
The auld ways are changing, ye canna deny
The day o the traveller's over
There's nowhere tae gang and there's nowhere tae bide
Sae fareweel tae the life o the rover

Or,
The old ways are changing, you cannot deny
The day of the traveller's over
There's nowhere to go and there's nowhere to bide
And farewell to the life of the rover

Chorus:
A - D E / / A - E7 A
So goodbye to the tent and the old caravan
To the tinker, the gypsy, the travelling man
And goodbye to the thirty-foot trailer

Fareweel to the cant and the travelling tongue
Fareweel to the Romany talking
The buying and selling, the old fortune telling
The knock on the door and the hawking

You've got to move fast to keep up wi' the times
For these days a man canna daunder
There's a by-law to say ye maun be on your way
And another to say you can't wander

Fareweel to the besoms of heather and broom
Fareweel to the creels and the basket
The folks o' today they would far sooner pay
For a thing that's been made oot o' plastic

The old ways are passing and soon they'll be gone
For progress is aye a big factor
It's sent to afflict us and when they evict us
They tow us away wi' a tractor

Fareweel to the pony, the cob and the mare
Th reins and the harness are idle
You don't need the strap when you're breaking up scrap
So fareweel to the bit and the bridle

Fareweel to the fields where we've sweated and toiled
At pulling and shawing and lifting
They'll soon hae machines and the travelling quaens
And their menfolk had better be shifting

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Rubber Blubber Whale (Reprise)


Second recording of this, better than the first.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Fly Me to the Moon


Rise Up Singing chapter: Golden Oldies

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Mind Contorted (Bonus)


By Daniel Johnston

I've been through some hard
But I'm feeling so much better
I'm standing in your yard
I could be there forever

And I know if you saw me now
You would be much perplexed
And I know if you saw me now
Your mind would be contorted
But I love you...

Monday, July 12, 2010

The Sounds of Silence (Repeat)


I repeated this one accidentally, forgetting I'd already recorded it. Sorry.

Written by Paul Simon
Performed definitively by Simon and Garfunkel (Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel)
As in "a Picasso or a Garfunkel"
Rise Up Singing chapter: City, p.21

( Am - ) G - - - / Am - - - / F C - - / /
F - - - C - / Am - C G - - Am - - -

Hello darkness, my old friend
I've come to talk to you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains - within the sound of silence...

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Dancing in the Street (Rise Up Singing)


By William Stevenson, Marvin Gaye, and Ivy Hunter (I dig the Oxford comma, yes.)
Rise Up Singing chapter: City, p.17

D - / C - / D - / C - / D - - - / - -
Calling out around the world
Are you ready for a brand new beat? (Think about it)...

G - / - - / D - / - - / F# - / Bm - / E - / Em - / D -
All we need is music, sweet music...

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Swimming to the Other Side (Pat Humphries Cover)


A bonus to the Rise Up Singing Project
I'm going to do something perhaps annoying and make you click on GuntherAnderson's link to get the chords and lyrics. I think he deserves a visit.

http://www.guntheranderson.com/v/data...

Here's some NPR information on Pat Humphries, the songwriter herself: http://www.npr.org/programs/atc/featu...

Friday, July 9, 2010

Never Turning Back


(Song begins at 1:56)
By Pat Humphries
Here's VoKallista's version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcvqUp...
Rise Up Singing chapter: Struggle, p.216
C - / - G / C F / / CG C

We're gonna keep on walking forward
Keep on walking forward (2x)
Never turning back / Never turning back

Gonna keep on walking proudly
Going to keep on walking proudly
Going to keep on walking proudly
Never turning back / Never turning back

Gonna keep on singing loudly...
Gonna light this night together...
Gonna reach across our borders... (by Charlie King)
Gonna keep on loving boldly... (by Judy Small)
Gonna work for change together...
Gonna raise this house with strong hands... (by L. Burns, R. Rosen)
Gonna show our children courage...
Gonna weave our lives with shining thread...

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Les Petites Marionnettes (comptine, full verses)


The Raffi Singable Songbook spells this incorrectly as "Marionettes". It takes 2 'n's.
I've done this before, and I'll link the original video. (If you're on the blog, just go watch it on YouTube. It'll all be simpler there.) Here it is again with more than one verse. Better this way, I think.

Chords: DG D / A D / DG D / A D

The verses come from these two sites:
http://www.songsforteaching.com/french/lespetitesmarionettes.php
http://comptine.free.fr/comptine/ainsi_font,_font,_font.html

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The Patriot Game


Irish. From Ireland.
By Dominic Behan
Rise Up Singing chapter: Struggle, p.217

C F Em G C - / G C F Em Am - / G C F C F C / - F Em G F C

Come all you young rebels and list while I sing
For the love of one's land is a terrible thing
It banishes fear with the speed of a flame
And makes us all part of the patriot game

My name is O'Hanlon, I'm just gone sixteen
My home is in Monaghan*, and there I was weaned
I learned all my life cruel England to blame
And so I'm a part of the patriot game
*Monaghan pronounced

It's barely a year since I wandered away
With the local battalions of the bold I.R.A.
I read of our heroes and wanted the same
To play up my part in the patriot game

This Ireland of mine has long been half-free
Six counties** are under John Bull's monarchy
But still De Valera is greatly to blame
For shirking his part in the patriot game

**County Down, County Antrim, County Londonderry, County Tyrone, County Fermanagh, County Armagh


Alt:
This Ireland of ours has long been half-free
Six counties are under John Bull's tyranny
But most of our leaders is greatly to blame
For shirking their parts in the patriot game

They told me how Connolly*** was shot in his chair****
His wounds from the fighting all bleeding and bare
His fine body twisted, all battered and lame
They soon made me part of the patriot game

And now as I lie with my body all holes
I think of those traitors who bargained and sold
I'm sorry my rifle has not done the same
For the traitors who sold out the patriot game

***www.easter1916.net/
****From Father Aloysius, who was present at Connolly's death:
"They carried him from the ambulance to the jail yard and put him in a chair. He was very brave and cool. I said to him, 'Will you pray for the men who are about to shoot you' and he said: 'I will say a prayer for all brave men who do their duty.' His prayer was 'Forgive them for they know not what they do' and then they shot him."
sources:
www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk
www.meehanreports.com

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

California Saga / Big Sur (Bonus)


Song begins at 0:53
A Beach Boys cover and a Rise Up Singing Project bonus.
Here's all you need to know, chords and lyrics: http://www.surfermoon.com/francis/hol...

Monday, July 5, 2010

MacPherson's Lament


Scottish traditional
Linked to my Rise Up Singing video "Macpherson's Farewell": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tr2x2Dv21mw
This is the same song, just a little variation of the title, lyrics and chords.
Here are the chords and lyrics I use in this video: http://www.liamclancy.com/tabs/lament...
Rise Up Singing chapter: Struggle

Sunday, July 4, 2010

MacPherson's Farewell


Traditional Scottish
Rise Up Singing chapter: Struggle
I think the R.U.S. lyrics are woefully incomplete (maybe that's not nice to say. I just like some verses that aren't included.) so I'm going to record a version tomorrow with more verses (I won't dare say complete verses. I know that trap.)

G Em Am D / G - C D / G Em Am D / G C D -
Fareweel tae ye dungeons dark and strong
Fareweel, fareweel, tae thee
MacPherson's time will no be long
On yonder gallows tree

Chorus:
G - D - / G - C - / G - D - / Em C D -
(Sae = So)
Sae rantingly and sae wontonly
Sae dauntingly gaed he
He played a tune and he danced it roon
Beneath the gallows tree

gae = go, gaed = went (In Scots. Yes that's different from Gaelic. It's like English, but different, and, depending on whom you ask, more beautiful.)

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Hard Times in New York Town (Bonus)


(Rise Up Singing Project bonus)
The last of 4 Bob Dylan songs I've recorded today. If you're into that, click around to find the others.

Come you ladies and you gentlemen and listen to my song
I'll sing it to you right but you might think it's wrong... bla bla lyrics later. Or you can internet them.

Friday, July 2, 2010

I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know About Her (Bonus)


(Rise Up Singing Project bonus)
3 of 4 Bob Dylan songs I've recorded today. If you're into that, click around to find the others.
By Cecil A. Null
I got the chords from http://dylanchords.info and I'll let you go back there to find them:
http://dylanchords.info/10_selfportrait/i_forgot_more.htm
You think you know the smile on her lips
The thrill and the touch of her fingertips
But I've forgotten more than you'll ever know about her

You think you'll find a heaven of bliss
In each caress, in each tender kiss
But I've forgotten more than you'll ever know about her

Bridge:
You stole her love from me one day
You didn't care how it hurt me
But you can never steal away
Memories of what used to be

You think she's yours to have and to hold
But someday you'll learn when her love grows cold
That I've forgotten more than you'll ever know about her

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Honey, Just Allow Me One More Chance (Bonus)


(Rise Up Singing Project bonus)
2 of 4 Bob Dylan songs I've recorded today. If you're into that, click around to find the others.
By Bob Dylan
Check out http://dylanchords.info for chords and... info.

G - C G / G - A7 D / G G7 / C A7 / GD GC / GD G

Honey, just allow me one more chance to get along with you
Honey, just allow me one more chance to do anything for you
Well, I'm a-walking down the road with my head in my hand
I'm looking for a woman needs a worried man
There's just-a one kind favor I'm asking you
Allow me just-a one more chance

Honey, just allow me one more chance to ride your aeroplane
Honey, just allow me one more chance to ride your passing train (passenger train?)
Well, I've been looking all over for a girl like you
I can't find nobody so you'll have to do
There's just-a one kind favor I'm asking you
Allow me just-a one more chance

Honey, just allow me one more chance to get along with you
Honey, just allow me one more chance, I'll do anything with you
Well, lookin' for a woman what ain't got no man
Is just lookin' for a needle that's lost in the sand
There's just-a one kind favor I'm asking you
Allow me just-a one more chance