Drums – Lyrics and Chords

The following simple lead sheets in the key of A major are chosen to play along with Floyd (Red Crow) Westerman‘s YouTube performance of the song, Drums, written by the American folksinger, Peter La Farge.

In view of the increased awareness of the abysmal history of mistreatment of Canada’s first nations in our Residential School system, our dismal treaty record and the current interest in the Idle No More Movement, this song is particularly timely and appropriate.

I’m not 100% certain of a few of the words; if you can recommend any changes, please comment.

Drums - page 1
Drums – page 1
Drums - page 2
Drums – page 2

Thanks to Anishanabe elder, Lloyd Fournier, who set me straight on the legendary chiefs’ names at the top of page 2.

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Johnny Jump Up – Lyrics and Chords

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My lyrics and chords for the hymn Abide With Me have generated some interest, so I’ve decided to post this somewhat less dignified (perhaps even ribald) song as well. Whenever I work a while on a song and I’m happy with the result, I’ll be posting the results for others to use or comment on.

Above is a jpeg of the words and chords (“lead sheet”) to the song, Johnny Jump Up sung by Gaelic Storm in this great YouTube version. The chords are in the same key as the video, so it will be simple to play along if you want to learn it yourself.

The chord progression is the same throughout the song (verses and chorus) and I have put the timing at the bottom of page two.

The tempo is lively at about 142 beats per minute in 4:4 time, so the chord changes come fast in the last bar, but the chords are very simple and it’s a great, fun piece to play, though admittedly not quite as sacred as Abide With Me.

There are more songs to come. Hopefully you will find something to like. Please let me know by liking the page or, better yet, making comments and suggestions 🙂

Abide With Me – Lyrics and Chords

Below is a jpeg of the words and chords (“lead sheet”) to the hymn Abide With Me. I have been putting together a number of songs lately because I have started singing at the local hospital. I really want to work with people who are in long term or palliative care, who can’t leave their area to go to an auditorium. The guitar can go anywhere – even to someone’s bedside. Continue reading “Abide With Me – Lyrics and Chords”