Misheard Lyrics

In grade one saying the Hail Mary I thought “Jesus” was the name of Mary’s womb, whatever a womb was.

This funny video of Peter Kay on the topic made me remember that piece of trivia.

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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.

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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.

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”

Bob Marley and Oneness

The sun rises from its house, Haleakala, on Maui

I have a few of Bob Marley’s songs in my repertoire, but have been listening closely to his music lately for a number of good reasons. Here is something I’ve just realized that stopped me in my tracks:

Don’t Worry I just sang carelessly for a while, getting the words of the first two lines of the verse wrong. Now I realize that I missed a universe of meaning in those two, seemingly simple, lines:

Rise up this morning

Smile with the rising sun

I italicized above the words I was getting wrong. I would sing them:

Woke up this morning

Smile at the rising sun

But how much was missed by not listening carefully enough!

Rise: Bob rose up; he did not simply open his eyes passively and enjoy the sunlight. He stood up and saw his doorstep. He probably walked over to it. This song represents a conscious, deliberate act.

With: Bob smiled with the rising sun. Not an accidental choice of words here, I think. For Bob, the sun was smiling too. The human and the sphere that sustains him were smiling together. They were friendly. Bob didn’t put a distance between him and the sun; I can almost imagine the two of them standing and even taking a drink together. I don’t know what Bob drank, but to me they were sharing a close, almost chummy, moment.

The three little birds also were singing one song – a melody pure and true. They were singing with and for Bob and the Sun.

The message for me: if we realize how ephemeral, illusory and interconnected life is we will not worry, because every little thing gonna be alright.