Farther Along


h1 August 1st, 2020

This is a traditional gospel song. We sang this in the Byrds and Clarence White did such a great vocal.
We sang this at Clarence’s wake.

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Lyrics:
CH: [G] Farther along we’ll [C] know more about it.
[G] Farther along we’ll [A] understand [D] why;
[G] Cheer up my brother [C] live in the [G] sunshine
We’ll understand it [D] all by and [G] by.

When we see Jesus coming in glory;
When He comes from His home in the sky;
Then we shall meet Him in that bright mansion.
We’ll understand it all by and by.

Pretty Peggy-O


h1 July 1st, 2020

Pretty Peggy-O is about the unrequited love between a captain of Irish dragoons for a beautiful Scottish girl in the fictional town of Fennario. The narration is from the voice of one of the captain’s soldiers. The captain promises the lady safety and happiness, but she refuses the captain’s advances saying she would not marry a penniless soldier. The captain subsequently leaves Fennario and later dies of a broken heart.

This tune was used in the song “Oh Freedom” and the last line “Before I’d be a slave, I’d Be buried in my grave” comes from that.

I’m amused that a lazy way to make lyrics rhyme is to put a -O after each last word in a sentence.

Peggy-O

[E] As we rode out to [A] Fennario,[E] as we rode on to Fennario [B7]
[A] Our captain fell in [C#m] love with a lady like a [A] dove
[E] And called her by a name, pretty [A] Peggy-O.[E]

Will you marry me pretty Peggy-O, will you marry me pretty Peggy-O
If you will marry me, I’ll set your cities free
And free all the people in the are-O.

I would marry you sweet William-O, I would marry you sweet William-O
I would marry you but your guineas are too few
And I fear my mama would be angry-O.

What would your mama think pretty Peggy-O,
What would your mama think pretty Peggy-O,
What would your mama think if she heard my guineas clink
Saw me marching at the head of my soldiers-O

Come steppin’ down the stairs pretty Peggy-O,
Come steppin’ down the stairs pretty Peggy-O,
Come steppin’ down the stairs combin’ back your yellow hair
Bid a last farewell to your William-O.

Sweet William he is dead pretty Peggy-O, sweet William he
is dead pretty Peggy-O,
Sweet William he is dead and he died for a maid
And he’s buried in the Louisiana country-O.

As we rode out to Fennario, as we rode out to Fennario
Our captain fell in love with a lady like a dove,
And called her by a name, pretty Peggy-O.

Courteous Knight


h1 June 1st, 2020

This is Child Ballad #112 and has many variants. One of the most interesting to me is the sea chantey “Blow Ye Winds Of Morning.”

[E] There was a knight a courteous knight
A-walking [B7] up the [E] hill
[A] It was a fine June [E] morning
[F#m] He spied some [B7] daffodils

Chorus

[E] Singing blow away the morning dew
Adieu, and [A] Adieu.
[E] Blow away the morning dew,
[B7] How sweet the winds do [E] blow.

He looked high, he looked low,
He cast an under look;
And there he saw a pretty maid
A-swimming in the brook

Cast over me my mantle fair
And pin it o’er my gown;
And, if you’il take hold of my hand,
Then I shall be your own.

If you come down to my father’s house
Which is walled all around,
And, you shall have a kiss from me
And twenty thousand pound.

He mounted on a milk white steed
And she upon another;
And then they rode along the lane
Like sister and like brother.

But when they came to her father’s gate,
So nimble she popped in:
And said: There is a fool without
And here’s a maid within.

Cafe With My Love Again


h1 May 1st, 2020

This is a traditional song rewritten to address optimism for the end of a plague that has disrupted our world.

Lyrics:
[D] No more [G] plaguing [D] virus for me
[G] No [D] more [A] no [D]more
[D] No more [G] plaguing [D] virus for me
[G] Many [D] thousands [A] gone
[G] Many [A] thousands [D] gone

No more face masks for me
No more no more
No more face masks for me
Many thousands gone
Many thousands gone

No more ICU for me
No more no more
No more ICU for me
Many thousands gone
Many thousands gone

We will be together again
Once more once more
We will be together again
Brighter days to come
Brighter days to come

Cafe with my love again
Once more once more
Cafe with my love again
Brighter days to come
Brighter days to come

Singing up on stage again
Once more once more
Singing up on stage again
Brighter days to come
Brighter days to come

You Can Tell The World


h1 April 1st, 2020

A great old Spiritual I first heard from Bob Gibson and Bob Camp. It’s been recorded by many folk groups.

[G]You Can Tell The World about this
[C]You Can Tell The nations about [G]that
Tell em what the [C] Master has [G] done
Tell em that the [C] victory’s been [G]won
Tell em that the [C] Gospel’s has [G] come
He brought joy, [D] joy, [G] joy into my heart

[D] My Lord spoke and He spoke to me
[C] Yes He [G] did [C] Yes He [G]did
[D] Spoke about a man from Galilee
[C] Yes He [G] did [C] Yes He [G]did
My Lord [Em] spoke and he spoke so well
Spoke about a fire that burns in Hell
[C] Yes He [G] did [C] Yes He [G]did
He brought joy, [D] joy, [G] joy into my heart

I don’t know but I’ve been told
Streets in Heaven are paved with gold
Jordan River is deep and wide
Got my home on the other side

A Long Time Ago


h1 March 1st, 2020

A Long Time Ago (AKA Noah’s Ark) is a halyard chantey, collected by Cecil Sharp on the 3rd June,1914 from Capt. Hole, of Watchet, Somerset England.

I love how Noah put the dog to work plugging up the hole and that’s why dog’s noses are cold.

Lyrics

In Frisco Bay there were three ships
To me way, hey, hey-oh
In Frisco Bay there were three ships
A long time ago

And one of them ships was Noah’s old ark
To me way, hey, hey-oh
All covered all o’er wi’ hickory bark
A long time ago

They took two animals of every kind
To me way, hey, hey-oh
They took two animals of every kind
A long time ago

The bull and the cow they started t’ row
To me way, hey, hey-oh
The bull and the cow they started t’ row
A long time ago

Then said old Noah with a crack of his whip
To me way, hey, hey-oh
Come stop this row or I’ll scuttle the ship
A long time ago

But the bull struck his horn through the side of the ark
To me way, hey, hey-oh
The little black dog he started t’ bark
A long time ago

So Noah took the dog, shoved its nose up the hole
To me way, hey, hey-oh
And ever since then dogs’ nose has been cold
A long time ago

It’s a long, long time and a very long time
To me way, hey, hey-o
It’s a long, long time and a very long time
A long time ago

Johnson Boys


h1 February 1st, 2020

This is a traditional bluegrass song.

Lyrics:
Johnson Boys

[G] Johnson boys [C] raised in the [G] ashes
Didn’t know how to court [D7] a maid
[G] Turn their backs and [C] hide their [G] faces
Sight of a pretty girl [D7] makes ’em [G] afraid
Sight of a pretty girl [C] makes ’em [G] afraid
Sight of a pretty girl makes [D7] ’em afraid
[G] Sight of a pretty girl [C] makes ’em [G] afraid
Sight of a pretty girl makes [D7]’em [G] afraid

Johnson boys went a-huntin’
Took two dogs and went astray
Tore their clothes and scratched their faces
Didn’t come home ’til the break of day
Didn’t come home ’til the break of day
Didn’t come home ’til the break of day
Didn’t come home ’til the break of day
Didn’t come home ’til the break of day

Johnson Boys went to the city
Johnson Boys didn’t mean to stay
They came home all broke and hungry
Had no money for to pay their way
Had no money for to pay their way
Had no money for to pay their way
Had no money for to pay their way
Had no money for to pay their way

Johnson boys’ll never get married
They’ll stay single all their life
They’re too scared to pop the question
Ain’t no woman gonna be their wife
Ain’t no woman gonna be their wife
Ain’t no woman gonna be their wife
Ain’t no woman gonna be their wife
Ain’t no woman gonna be their wife

Betty and Dupree


h1 January 1st, 2020

“Betty and Dupree” Is a traditional blues that has been recorded by many artists including Peter Paul and Mary. They have all registered their interpretation with BMI as a new work derived from an old one.
Bob Gibson and Bob Camp recorded this at the Gate of Horn and that live album is one of my favorites. I was there during their performance in 1961.

Lyrics:
[E]Betty told Dupree [A]buy me a diamond ring
[E]Betty told Dupree [A]buy me a diamond ring
[B7]Dupree told Betty: [A]Baby, I’ll buy you [E]anything

He said lie down Betty See what tomorrow brings X2
May bring the sun, may bring your diamond ring

Love me, love me baby, love me to the bone X2
I will love you so good, that you can’t stand to leave me alone

Betty told Dupree buy me a diamond ring
Betty told Dupree buy me a diamond ring
Dupree told Betty: I’ll buy you anything

He said lie down Betty, see what tomorrow may bring X2
May bring the sun, may bring your diamond ring

Betty told Dupree buy me a diamond ring
Betty told Dupree buy me a diamond ring
Dupree told Betty: I’ll buy you anything

While Shepherds Watched


h1 December 1st, 2019

“While Shepherds Watched” was composed in 1703 by Nahum Tate and Nicholas Brady. The melody was taken from “Siroe,” an opera by George Frederick Handel.
This was the first paraphrased psalm allowed to be sung in the Anglican Church.
An amusing children’s parody was “While Shepherds wash their socks by night!”
Lyrics:
1. [E] While shepherds watched their [A] flocks by night,
[C#m] All seated on the [B7]ground,
[A] The angel of the [C#m] Lord came down,
[A] And [B7] glory shone [E] around.
“Fear not,” he said, for mighty dread
Had seized their troubled minds;
“Glad tidings of great joy I bring
To you and all mankind. wifewebcam sex

2. “To you, in David’s town, this day,
Is born of David’s line
A Savior, who is Christ the Lord;
And this shall be the sign:
The heavenly Babe you there shall find
To human view displayed,
All meanly wrapped in swaddling-clothes
And in a manger laid.”

3. Thus spake the seraph,–and forthwith
Appeared a shining throng
Of angels, praising God, Jesus
That was their joyful song
“All glory be to God on high,
And to the earth be peace;
Good will henceforth from Heaven to men
Begin and never cease.”

I Know You Rider


h1 November 1st, 2019

A great old traditional blues originally called “Blue Woman” recorded in a prison, sung by an 18 year old woman who was serving life for murder.

I played this on my Martin D-45.

The Byrds recorded this song in 1966 but it didn’t appear until it was released as a bonus track on the 1996 reissue of our third album “Fifth Dimension.”

Lyrics:
I KNOW YOU RIDER

[E] I know you rider, gonna [D] miss me [A] when I’m [E] gone,
I know you rider, gonna miss me when I’m gone,
[E] Gonna miss your [D] loving daddy from [A] a-rolling in your [E] arms.

I know my baby bound to love me some, (2x)
‘Cause she throws her arms around me
Like a circle ’round the sun.

I’m goin’ down the river, sit in my rocking chair, (2x)
And if the blues don’t find me,
I’m Gonna rock away from there.

Lovin’ you baby, like rollin’ off a log, (2x)
But if I can’t be your lover,
I sure ain’t gonna be your dog.

Yeah the sun gonna shine my back door some day, (2x)
And the wind gonna rise up, baby,
And blow my blues away.