Tuesday, August 31, 2010

This Little Light of Mine (Campfire - Bonus)


Recorded at camp in Maine.
Nate, Laura and me leading.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Peace of the River (Campfire - Bonus)


Recorded at camp in Maine.
Nate, Laura and me leading

Sunday, August 29, 2010

The Hills of Isle au Haut


By Gordon Bok
Rise Up Singing chapter: Seas and Sailors
B - AB E / B - AB E / A E A E / A E A E /
I throw in an extra B on the 4th line, like this:
B - AB E / / A E A E / A E AB E /

Away and to the westward is a place a man should go
Where the fishing's always easy and they've got no ice or snow
But I'll haul down the sails where the bays come together
And bide away my days on the hills of Isle au Haut

Now the Plymouth girls are fine they put their hearts in your hand
And the Plymouth boys are able, first-class sailors every man
But I'll haul down the sails where the bays come together
And bide away my days on the hills of Isle au Haut

Now, the trouble with old Martier, you don't try her in a trawler
For those Bay of Biscay swells they roll your head from off your shoulder
But I'll haul down the sails where the bays come together
And bide away my days on the hills of Isle au Haut

Oh the girls of Cascais, they're built strong across the shoulder
They don't give a man advice, they don't want to cook his supper
But I'll haul down the sails where the bays come together
And bide away my days on the hills of Isle au Haut

Now the winters drive you crazy and the fishing's hard and slow
You're a damned fool if you stay, but there's no better place to go
But I'll haul down the sails where the bays come together
And bide away my days on the hills of Isle au Haut

Freetomme does by far the best version of this on the internet at time of posting (September 2010):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YI_YmvE18g

Saturday, August 28, 2010

The Mandolin Man and His Secret


By Donovan Leitch
Rise Up Singing chapter: Dreams and Fantasies

Friday, August 27, 2010

John Wayne Image


Tune: "East Virginia". Also appears in R.U.S. as "I Don't Want Your Millions, Mister"
Rise Up Singing chapter: Men

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Baobei song 老外唱宝贝-張懸


Baobei (Baby) by Zhang Xuan, the Taiwanese singer-songwriter. Not to be confused with Zhang Xuan, the Tang Dynasty painter.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Move on Over / Thoughts on Len Chandler

Frist, some thoughts on this great guy Len Chandler.


Now presenting "Move on Over", the song. By Len Chandler, to the tune of John Brown's Body / Battle Hymn of the Republic

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Andorra


By Malvina Reynolds
Rise Up Singing chapter: Peace, p.158

Chorus:
G - D G / - - A D / C G B7 Em / C G CD G
Verses:
G - D - / - - G - / - - C - / G Em AD G

Chorus: I want to go to Andorra, Andorra, Andorra
I want to go to Andorra, it's a place that I adore
They spent four dollars and ninety cents on armaments and their defense
Did you ever hear of such confidence? Andorra hip hurrah!

In the mountains of the Pyrenees...

It's governed by a council...

The live by the arts of farm and field...

I wandered down by the Pentagon...

The general said "My dear boy...

Monday, August 23, 2010

Someday Soon


By Ian Tyson of Ian and Sylvia Tyson
Rise Up Singing chapter: Farm and Prairie, p.57

Verses: G ↓ C G / Bm - C D / 1st / Am D G -
There's a young man that I know, his age is twenty-one
He comes from down in southern Colorado
Just out of the service and he's looking for some fun
Someday soon, going with him, someday soon

My parents cannot stand him cause he rides the rodeo
My father says that he will leave me crying
I would follow him right down the toughest road I know
Someday soon, going with him, someday soon

Bridge: D - C G / Em - A D -
And when he comes to call my pa ain't got a good word to say
I guess it's cause he's just as wild in his younger days

So blow you old blue norther, blow my love to me
He's driving in tonight from California
He loves his damned old rodeo as much as he loves me
Someday soon, going with him someday soon

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Both Sides Now


By Joni Mitchell
Rise Up Singing chapter: Dreams and Fantasies, p.27

Verses: G C - G - Bm C G / - C Am - C - D - ://
Bows and flows of angel hair and ice cream castles in the air
And feather canyons everywhere, I've looked at clouds that way
But now they only block the sun; they rain and snow on everyone
So many things I could have done, but clouds got in my way

Chorus: G - C G / C G C G / Bm C G C / G - Dsus D G - - -
I've looked at clouds from both sides now
From up and down, and still somehow
It's clouds' illusions I recall
I really don't know clouds at all

Saturday, August 21, 2010

How Lovely is the Evening / Wie wohl ist mir am Abend


Round / Kanon — Rise Up Singing
Traditional German
Rise Up Singing chapter: Rounds, p.191

This is the last song Lizzie, Rebecca and I recorded together this summer. Hopefully we'll meet again in a year and do up some more.

Parts:
1. Oh, how lovely is the evening is the evening
2. When the bells are sweetly ringing sweetly ringing
3. Ding dong ding dong ding dong

1. O, wie wohl is mir am Abend mir am Abend
2. Wenn zur Ruh die Glocke lautet Glocke lautet
3. Bim bam bim bam bim bam

Friday, August 20, 2010

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Summer is Icumen In


With Rebecca and Lizzie.
Rise Up Singing chapter: Rounds, p.192

Pronunciation guide: þ = th. 'u' can be a [u] or [v] sound. Guess the rest, and the people who will bother to correct you are 90% likely to be pompous.

Sumer is icumen in / Lhude sing cuccu
Groweþ sed and bloweþ med and / springþ þe wde nu
Sing cuccu! / Awe bleteþ after lomb, lhouþ
After calue cu / Bulluc sterteþ, bucke uerteþ
Murie sing cuccu! / Cuccu, cuccu
Wel þu singes cuccu; Ne / swik þu nauer nu!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Friday, August 13, 2010

Isle au Haut Lullaby


Rise Up Singing project
Words and music by Gordon Bok
Rise Up Singing chapter: Lullabies

If I could give you three things, I would give you these...

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Lean on Me


Rise Up Singing Project
On the dock at camp with Joy.
Rise Up Singing chapter: Friendship, p.66
By Bill Withers
The theme to this is so well known that it sounds a little weird to play it with out picking it out on the guitar. Rise Up Singing has the walk the bassline up and down in the appropriate places thing. I can show you how to do that if you want to know and can't get it yourself. On the dock, though, it wasn't happening.

D - G - / D - A - - - / D - G - / D - - - A - D -
Sometimes in our lives
We all have pain, we all have sorrow
But, if we are wise
We know that there's always tomorrow

Lean on me, when you're not strong
And I'll be your friend, I'll help you carry on
For it won't be long
Till I'm gonna need somebody to lean on

Please swallow your pride
If I have things you need to borrow
For no one can fill
Those of your needs that you won't let show

Bridge:
D - - - - - - - / - - - - A - D - ://
You just call on me brother when you need a hand
We all need somebody to lean on
I just might have a problem that you'll understand
We all need somebody to lean on

If there is a load
You have to bear that you can't carry
I'm right up the road
I'll share your load if you just call me

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Banana Boat Song


With Joy! That's her name, not a description of our emotions. As you could probably tell, we were crying on the inside...

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Seattle


Some anti-folk. It's like folk, but the opposite.

G C / G C / D C / D C
G C / G C / D C / D C / D C / D C

Chorus (do do doos)
G C / G C / G C / D C / G -

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Don't Be Upset


A Rise Up Singing Project fail. As in, I failed to record a song from the songbook today, so I recorded this. And that's that.

C Em Am F ://///

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Runaround Sue


By Dion and the Belmonts
An R.U.S. project Bonus

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

C-A-N-A-D-A / Cross Canada


This is a Stompin' Tom Connors song as a bonus to the Rise Up Singing project. That's this project. I play all 1,200 songs from "Rise Up Singing", one by one. This isn't one of them, which is why it's a bonus.

Kate Beaton made a great strip about Stompin' Tom for her comic "Hark, a Vagrant!". It'll tell you what Stompin' Tom Connors is about. http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=60

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The Man in the Moon is a Newfie


This is a Stompin' Tom Connors song as a bonus to the Rise Up Singing project. That's this project. I play all 1,200 songs from "Rise Up Singing", one by one. This isn't one of them, which is why it's a bonus.

Kate Beaton (I talk about my feelings for her at 3:20) made a great strip about Stompin' Tom for her comic "Hark, a Vagrant!". It'll tell you what Stompin' Tom Connors is about. http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=60

Stompin' Tom is Canadian, awesome, a nationalist and almost definitely also a federalist. I am definitely ONE of those things, maybe two (on a really good day), possibly three, but sure not four of 'em. But that's for another song. If we met, I'd just try to be friendly enough that he'd like me anyway. Here's hoping...

Monday, August 2, 2010

Just a Closer Walk with Thee


Anonymous. It became famous at religious meetings mostly of black Americans in the 30's. It's also really popular with New Orleans-style jazz bands.
Rise Up Singing chapter: Gospel, p.94

A - E7 - / - - A - / A A7 D - / A E7 A -

Just a closer walk with thee
Grant it Jesus is my plea
Daily walking close to thee
Let it be, dear Lord, let it be

Through the world of toil and snare
If I fall, dear Lord, who cares?
Who with me my burden shares?
None but Thee, dear Lord, none but Thee

When my troubled life is o'er
Time for me will be no more
Then guide me gently, safely o'er
To Thy shore, dear Lord, to Thy shore

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Come Take a Trip In My Airship


Words and music by George Evans and Ron Shields
Rise Up Singing chapter: Dreams and Fantasies, p.28

My chords: G - - - / Am - - - / D - - - / G C G D ://
RUS ones: G - - - / C - - - / D - - - / G C G D ://

I once loved a sailor / Once a sailor loved me
But he was not a sailor / Who sailed on the wide rolling sea
He sailed in an airship / Free as a bird on the wing
And every Sunday evening / He'd fly past my window and sing

Come take a trip in my airship / Come let us sail to the stars
Come let us fly of to Venus / Come take a trip around Mars
No one will see when we're kissing
No one will know when we spoon
Come take a trip in my airship / And we'll visit the man in the moon

One night while sailing away from the crowds
We passed through the milky white way
While idly drifting and watching the clouds
He asked if I'd name the day
Just by the dipper I gave him my heart
The sun shines on our honeymoon
We swore to each other we never would part
And we'd teach all our babies this tune....