I love this song and I sang it low for my wife Sandy. She loves when I sing the lower octave. I usually don’t do it for the videos and I had fun with it. The Irish Pub Song Of The Day is Red Is The Rose on frailing / clawhammer banjo.
Come [G]over the [Em]hills, my [Am]bonny Irish [C]lass
Come [G]over the [Em]hills to your [G]dar[D7]ling;
[C]You choose the [G]rose, love, and I’ll [Am]make the [C]vow
And [G]I’ll be your [C]true [G]love for[D7]ev[G]er.
Red is the rose that in yonder garden grows,
And fair is the lily of the valley;
Clear is the water that flows from the Boyne
But my love is fairer than any.
‘Twas down by Killarney’s green woods that we strayed
And the moon and the stars they were shining;
The moon shone its rays on her locks of golden hair
And she swore she’d be my love forever.
It’s not for the parting tht my sister pains
It’s not for the grief of my mother,
“Tis all for the loss of my bonny Irish lass
That my heart is breaking forever.
I decided to do a two for one on this week’s Folk Song Of The Week. I had a lot of requests for a clawhammer or frailing version of The Ballad of Jed Clampett and more for revisiting Somewhere Over The Rainbow so I combined the two. I hope you enjoy!
I had a lot of requests for this song, so I did it in the keys of G, C and D. So here is Dirty Old Town on frailing / clawhammer banjo.
This time around the Folk Song Of The Week is This Land Is Your Land. It’s a great song and a lot of fun to sing. This is one of those songs that everyone loves to sing along to. Try it out and don’t be afraid to belt it out.
[G]This land is [C]your land, this land is [G]my land,
From Calif[D7]ornia to the New York [G]Island,
From the Redwood F[C]orests to the Gulf Stream wa[G]ters;
[D7]This land was made for you and [G]me.
As I was walking that ribbon of highway,
I looked above me, there in the skyway,
I saw below me, the Golden Valley;
This land was made for you and me.
I roamed and rambled, and followed my footsteps
Through the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts,
And all around me this voice kept sounding,
“This land was made for you and me.”
As the Sun was shining, and I was strolling
Through the wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling,
I could feel inside me and see all around me,
This land was made for you and me.
I used to sing today’s Irish Pub Song Of The Day, Flower Of Scotland with some Scottish friends when I lived in Michigan. We never planned it, but after a few drinks one of us would start off with it and we would all sing it at the top of our lungs. Every time I sing it, I can’t help but think of those good days.
Oh Flower of [G]Scotland, when will we [D7]see your likes [G]again
That [C]fought and [G]died for your [D7]wee bit hill and [G]glen
And [D7]stood [G]against them, Proud [C]Edward’s [G]army
And [C]sent them [G]homeward to [F]think [G]again
The hills are bare now and autumn leaves lie thick and still
O’er land that is lost now which those so dearly held
That stood against him proud Edward’s army and sent him homeward to think again
Those days are past now and in the past they must remain
But we can still rise now and be the nation again
That stood against him proud Edward’s army and sent him homeward to think again.
Oh Flower of Scotland when will we see your like again
That fought and died for your wee bit hill and glen
And stood against him proud Edward’s army
And sent him homeward to think again
I had a lot of emails about why I don’t teach double thumb, drop thumb and alternate string pull-offs. At first I was going to reply to everyone with a long-winded email but I decided to just create this video so it can be out there for everyone to see. My goal as a teacher is to help and instruct those that have just started their journey on frailing / clawhammer banjo. If you can do the basic frailing strum and change chords, then I can show you how to find a simple melody so you can sit at home and have fun.
Enough with the long-winded explanation, here’s the video.