Arpeggiated Chord Style

Girl crush im

So! This week I have been surfing the net, conducting searches, while muttering “Arpeggiated? What????” to myself.

After hearing Girl Crush by Little Big Town over the radio repeatedly, I realized I can sing it in my voice range and looked up the lyrics. It’s relatively new to the ukulele chording community, however, comments and instructions confused me.  The advice I read was “remember to arpeggiate the chords”, so that the chords sound right, and also for the proper timing of the piece.

Wow. Arpeggiate? That is some slang-ization of a musical term! An arpeggio in music theory means you play certain notes in a scale individually, following a rule or pattern. For the C scale, the notes could be 1, 3, 5, 8, 5, 3, 1 (c, e, g, C, g, e, c). In fact, while I was studying piano when I was younger, one of my favourite books, which neither my mother nor I can find, was Arpeggio Exercises for Piano. I loved it. It was full of wonderful patterns of all kinds of scales. I can still play some of them today. Here’s another example: 1, 2, 3 – 2, 3, 4 – 3, 4, 5 – etc.

When applied to a chordaccording to my recent internet researching – we arpeggiate the chord by playing the notes individually in a pattern instead of strumming. If that involves all four strings of the ukulele, then we also play that string as an open string indicated by a 0.

Here is the exact wording as gleaned from a site called Stack Exchange, found under Music: Practice and Theory (www.music.stackexchange.com):

An arpeggio is simply a chord played one note at a time. So if you’re playing in an arpeggiated style, then instead of strumming the chords, you’ll play each note of the chord one at a time.

Below is my rendition of the C chord in both strumming and this arpeggiated style, for comparison.

Strumming a C chord:

Strum C Chord

Arpeggiated C chord:

Arpeggiated C chord

Here is the pdf of the song Girl Crush by Little Big Town. It’s 2 pages: the first page is the words with the change of the chords positioned; the second page has each arpeggiated chord laid out.

Girl Crush 2

Have fun, I sure am!

Write Out Your Performance Songs

Ralph's Book on websiteA wise ukulele performer once told me that writing out your list of songs is the smartest thing you”ll ever do for a performance. In fact, I bought this person’s book, The Ukulele Entertainer, and it is dog-eared, corner-folded, highlighted, underlined and post-it-ed to the max. It is a well-loved copy! And Ralph Shaw is the author.

This book is full of great anecdotes regarding playing, learning, performing and other aspects of the ukulele such as replacing strings and making ukulele wine. A-hem! I’m serious now! I’ve been fortunate enough to meet Ralph twice at festivals and workshops and I keep forgetting to bring my book for him to sign!

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Always In My Gig Bag

However, I highly recommend his book because it is literally jam-packed with tons of information, tricks, tips and stories. It even has illustrations! You can order it directly from him, also available in E-book form, here: Ralph Shaw’s website.

So one of the reasons I bought it was because it claimed it would show you “How to create a killer set list”. And there is a sort of “belief” that goes along with that idea, where you want to draw your audience in and capture them, then you can do your performance songs, and you can end with a couple of ideas. One idea is to end on a high, with an exciting and happy song, or you can end on a sing-along song that everyone knows, because singing along makes the audience feel good about them selves. For myself, having never busked (and Ralph is a veteran of busking on Granville Island out in BC), I have only used this technique for playing songs at my parent’s house, usually on Labour Day Weekend. They sometimes have a porch full of their cronies after the fireworks, and I entertain them a little bit with just a few songs. A couple I chose because they know every word and I know they enjoy singing along. Others I chose because I know my father will enjoy them and others because I want to show off, just a tiny bit. Those would be the lesser known Hawaiian songs.

MemorizedMy “set list” is on post-its stuck to a piece of paper. And I swap them out periodically. It is made up of songs that I have (most of) the words memorized to. Sometimes, I get the order of the verses mixed up, so that is why I have the first lines and then the numbers 2 and 3 circled under the first song on the right, Peaceful Easy Feeling. My father loves The Eagles, so that is for him. I start out with Peace Like A River, and I read the lines for each verse before I start, because I always mix the order up on those, too. And the pattern for the song is underneath that, which I use as an Intro, and after I play the pattern through once, I’ve got it and can concentrate on my singers-along.

Five Foot Two, I always have some kind of mental block going on there, where I will be telling myself, “I know it starts on C and then there’s a whole bunch of 7th chords….” and that’s as far as I get. So I write out the chord progression so that I can “hear” it when I give it a once through. I don’t have to worry about getting the words right for this one, generally EVERYBODY knows the words and enjoys singing them out in a raucus manner. Lots of fun. Everyone knows the Rollerskate Song and You Are My Sunshine, most people know Dream Baby and You’re Sixteen. I sprinkle the ones they aren’t going to know in between those: Pineapple Princess, Drop Baby and Coconut Island. I save the best for last with Drift Away and Hey Baby, which my hubby knows by heart and sings in the style of DJ Otzi, very loudly. So there’s my high ending.

The best part is: people complimenting my mother on having such a talented daughter! ;-P

Today’s song: PEACEFUL EASY FEELING.

I’ve Got My Toes in the Water….

This is a fun, light-hearted song by country band sensation Zac Brown Band. Their hit from 2008, following up their quirky 2005 hit, Chicken Fried.

Even though Toes is considered one of the Top 100 Songs of Summer, the song was met with critical acclaim being compared to Jimmy Buffet’s song material. But if people like a song, they like a song. Was Garth Brooks criticized for Two Pina Coladas? I don’t think so!

The official video featured cameo appearances from such heavy-weights as Kid Rock:

TOES ~ Zac Brown Band, 2008

INTRO:  [C] [F] [C] [G] [C] [F] [C] [G] [C]

STRUM: Calypso; D Du uDu; or Island rhythm

Pre-Chorus:

I got my [C] toes in the water, [F] ass in the sand

Not a [C] worry in the world, a cold [G] beer in my hand

Life is [F] good today; [G] life is [C] good today [G]

Well the [C] plane touched town, just about [F] 3 o’clock

and the [C] city’s still on my [G] mind.

[C] Bikinis & palm trees [F] danced in my head

I was [C] still in the [G] baggage [C] line.

[C] Concrete and cars are their [F] own prison bars

[C] like this life I’m livin’ in. [G]

But the [C] plane brought me farther, I’m [F] surrounded by water

And I’m [C] not going [G] back a-[C]gain.

Pre-Chorus

I got my [C] toes in the water, [F] ass in the sand

Not a [C] worry in the world, a cold [G] beer in my hand

Life is [F] good today; [G] life is [C] good today –

Chorus:

[N.C.] Adios and vaya con [F] dios! Yeah, I’m leavin’ [C] GA

and if it [G] weren’t for tequila & pretty senoritas

I’d have no reason to [C] stay.

[N.C.] Adios and vaya con [F] dios! Yeah, I’m leavin’ [C] GA

Gonna [G] lay in the hot sun ‘n’ roll a big fat one,

and grab my guitar and [C] play.

The [C] 4 days flew by like a [F] drunk Friday night

as the [C] summer drew to an [G] end.

[C] They can’t believe that I [F] just couldn’t leave

and [C] I bid a-[G]deiu to my [C] friends.

Cause my bartender, [F] she’s from the islands,

her [C] body’s been kissed by the [G] sun.

And coconut replaces the [F] smell of the bar

and I don’t [C] know if it’s [G] her or the [C] rum!

Pre-Chorus

I got my [C] toes in the water, [F] ass in the sand

Not a [C] worry in the world, a cold [G] beer in my hand

Life is [F] good today; [G] life is [C] good today –

Chorus 2:

[N.C.] Adios and vaya con [F] dios! A long way from [C] GA

Hey, and [G] all the mu-chachas they call me big papa

when I throw pesos their [C] way.

[N.C.] Adios and vaya con [F] dios! A long way from [C] GA

Hey boss, [G] do me a favor & pass me the Jaeger

& I’ll grab my guitar & [C] play.

INSTRU:  [C] [F] [C] [G] [C] [F] [C] [G] [C]

CHORUS 3:                                                     

[N.C.] Adios and vaya con [F] dios! Goin’ home now to [C] stay

Cause Senior-[G]itas don’t care-oh.  When there’s no deneiro,

you got no money to [C] stay.

[C] Adios and vaya con [F] dios! Goin’ home now to [C] stay

. . . I’m just gonna kick it on the lake

With my [C] ass in the lawn chair, [F] toes in the clay

Not a [C] worry in the world,  a P-B-[G] R on the way

Life is [F] good today, [G] life is [C] good today….

OUTRO:  [F]  [G]  [C]

I’ve Got Friends in Low Places!

The 1990 hit from Garth Brooks titled Friends in Low Places is to this day heralded as an anthem song amongst country music lovers.

It is “every man’s song.” It also sounds awesome on an ukulele tuned with a low G string!!

Friends in Low Places – Garth Brooks

INTRO: [C]  [Gdim7]  [Dm7]  [G]  [G7]  [C]  [G7]

[C] Blame it all on my roots,  I [Gdim7] showed up in boots

And [Dm7] ruined your black tie affair

The [G] last one to know, the [G7] last one to show

I was the [C] last one you thought you’d see [G7] there

And I [C] saw the surprise, and the [Gdim7] fear in his eyes

When [Dm7] I took his glass of champagne

[G] I toasted you,said honey [G7] we may be through

But you’ll never hear me complain – – – –

~

Chorus:        ‘Cause [C] I’ve got friends in low places

Where the whiskey drowns and the beer chases

My [Dm7] blues away….and I’ll [G7] be okay…..

(Ohhh) [C] I’m not big on social graces

Think I’ll slip on down to the Oasis

Oh!! [Dm7] I’ve got friends, [G7] in low-oh [C] places.

Instrumental Break (8 measures)  C  Gdim7 Dm7 – – G  G7  C – –

[C] Well I guess I was wrong……I [Gdim7] just don’t belong

But [Dm7] then, I’ve been there before

Every-[G]thing’s alright, I’ll [G7] just say goodnight

And I’ll [C] show myself to the [G7] door

Hey [C] I didn’t mean to [Gdim7] cause a big scene

Just [Dm7] give me an hour and then

Well [G] I’ll be as high as that Ivory Tower

[G7] That you’re livin’ in!!! – – – –

Chorus, then “Everybody:” Chorus again.

 ~ 

Mysterious Third Verse:

Well [C] I guess I was wrong……I [Gdim7] just don’t belong

But [Dm7] then, I’ve been there before

Every-[G]thing’s alright, I’ll [G7] just say good night

And I’ll [C] show myself to the [G7] door

Hey [C] I didn’t mean to [Gdim7] cause a big scene

Just [Dm7] wait ‘til I finish this glass

And [G] sweet little lady, I’ll head back to the bar – ha ha

[G7] And you can kiss my ass!!! – – – –

Chorus, then “Everybody:”    Chorus again.

Video:

I Hope You Dance

When Lee Ann Womack emerged on the country music scene in 1997, she was described as “the old-fashioned style of Tammy Wynnette and Dolly Parton.” For her 2000 break-away hit I Hope You Dance, she used some pop elements as well. She hails from Jacksonville, Texas and her country music sound really relfects several themes: heart-break, cheating, love, country living and having a good ole’ time! She was already 32 when she recorded her first album in 1997 but won Top New Female Vocalist from the Country Music Awards (ACMA) and Top Artist of the Year from Billboard. 

In 2000 Lee Ann Womack performed I Hope You Dance at the annual Nobel Peace Prize concert. I remember hearing this song on the radio almost every day that year, and I remember this clearly because I was pregnant for most of the year with my number 3 child! Of course, having been made a Mommy twice already, I was already in the frame of mind to want the best for my children as they grew up and that includes the hope that they embrace life and enjoy it to the fullest. The song has been covered by Carrie Underwood and Gladys Knight, to name just a few.

I Hope You Dance ~ Lee Ann Womack

STRUM: D DuDuDu, or uDuD D or any Country style
INTRO: [C] [D] [G] [G], [C] [D] [G] [G]
I [G] hope you never lose your sense of wonder
You get your [Em] fill to eat but always have that hunger
May you [C] never take one single breath for granted
God for-[D]bid love ever leave you empty-handed
I hope you [C] still feel small when you [D] stand beside the [G] ocean
Whenever [C] one door closes [D] I hope one more [G] opens
Promise [Am] me that you’ll give fate the fighting [C] chance
And when you [D] get the choice to sit it out, or dance
I hope you [Em] dance [C] [G] [D] I hope you [Em] dance [C] [D]

~
I hope you [G] never fear those mountains in the distance
Never [Em] settle for the path of least resistance
Living [C] might mean taking chances, but they’re worth taking
Loving [D] might be a mistake, but it’s worth making
Don’t [C] let some hell-bent [D] heart leave you [G] bitter
When you come [C] close to selling [D] out, recon-[G]sider
Give the [Am] heavens above – more than just – a [C] passing glance
And when you [D] get the choice to sit it out, or dance
I hope you [Em] dance [C] [G] [D] I hope you [Em] dance [C] [D]

(Quitely – single strums)
I hope you [C /] still feel small when you [D /] stand beside the [G /] ocean
Whenever [C /] one door closes [D /] I hope one more [G /] opens
Promise [Am /] me that you’ll give fate the fight-[C /]ing chance
And when you [D /] get the choice to sit it out, or dance…. (slight pause)

(With gusto)
[Em] Dance!!!! [C] [G] [D] I hope you [Em] dance! [C] [D]
I hope you dance [Em] dance! [C] [G] [D] I hope you [Em] dance! [C] [D]
I hope you (slow down)…. [G]….. dance!

Converted to Uke by Cat, from original guitar score in 2011.

Patsy Cline’s First Hit Single

That would be She’s Got You, 1962.

The year previously she had had hits with I Fall to Pieces and Crazy, but She’s Got You went almost immediately to the No. 1 Hit spot as soon as it was released. Due to this success Patsy was offered an appearance on American Bandstand with Dick Clark, which then lead to her own show in Las Vegas. The song was included on her third album, Sentimentally Yours.

This song has been covered by numerous artists: Dean Martin, Leanne Rimes, Roseanne Cash, Jimmy Buffett, Lee Anne Womack and Elvis Costello, to name a few. In 1977 Lorretta Lynn recorded this song which also became a No. 1 hit when it was released on her tribute album, I Remember Patsy, and it was one of the songs on the soundtrack to the 2010 movie Country Strong.

SHE’S GOT YOU – by Hank Cochran.   Patsy Cline’s first hit single, 1962.

NOTE: Tempo on original sheet music is 6/8 Timing.

INTRO:  [F]  [Dm]  [F]  [C7-1 – STOP]

I’ve got your [F] picture, [C7] that you gave to [F] me [F7]

And it’s [Bb] signed “with love”, just like it used to be [Bb7]

The only thing [F] diff’rent, [Dm] the only thing [F] new [Dm]

I’ve got your [F] picture, [C7] she’s got [F] you [C7]

I’ve got the [F] records, [C7] that we used to [F] share [F7]

And they still [Bb] sound the same, as when you were here [Bb7]

The only thing [F] diff’rent, [Dm] the only thing [F] new [Dm]

I’ve got your [F] records, [C7] she’s got [F] you [F7]

Bridge:

I’ve got your [Bb] memory, or has it got me?

I really don’t [G7] know, but I know, it won’t let me [C7] be! [dramatic pause]

I’ve got your [F] class ring, [C7] that proved you [F] care [F7]

And it still [Bb] looks the same, as when you gave it, dear. [Bb7]

The only thing [F] diff’rent, [Dm] the only thing [F] new [Dm]

I’ve got these [F] little things, [C7] she’s got [F] you [F7]

Bridge:

I’ve got your [Bb] memory, or has it got me?

I really don’t [G7] know, but I know, it won’t let me [C7] be! [dramatic pause]

I’ve got your [F] class ring, [C7] that proved you [F] care [F7]

And it still [Bb] looks the same, as when you gave it, dear [Bb7]

The only thing [F] diff’rent, [Dm] the only thing [F] new [Dm]

I’ve got these [F] little things [C7]

She’s….. got…… [F] you…. [Dm]  [Bb]  [C7]   [F]

Music recording video:

Strawberry Wine by Deana Carter

Strawberry Wine was the lead-off single from Deana Carter’s debut album Did I Shave My Legs For This? in 1996. The song launched her to country singing stardom when it became a No. 1 hit and was the most successful single song of her career overall. They recorded it in the key of D flat major, which proved difficult to translate to ukulele so I just dropped it down to C.

Getting back to my country roots, many of my favourite songs came from family car trips in my youth: to Northern Ontario for a week at an old cottage by a cool lake, or down south, straight down to Florida for a hot week’s relief from the cold Canadian winters. Pop had an 8 track player, and he had heavily invested in music tapes. His favorites were The Green, Green Grass of Home, which was actually a few sets of compiled music, Kenny Roger’s The Gambler, The Eagles Greatest Hits and ONJ (Olivia Newton-John). I had a pretty good starter pack of country music that way. Eventually I found my own favourite music artists and genres, but for the next few posts I will be focusing on my country songs.

Here’s the official video 🙂 :

STRAWBERRY WINE – Deana Carter

Strum: D DuDuDu, D DuDuDu

[C] He was working through college, [C] on my grandpa’s [G] farm

[C] I was thirsting for [F] knowledge, [C] and he had a [G] car.

[C] I was caught somewhere between a [F] woman and a child

[C] When one restless summer we found [F] love growing wild

On the [G] banks of the river, on a [F] well beaten path

It’s [G] funny how those memories can [F] last  (Like….)

CHORUS

(F) Strawberry [C] Wine,      Seven-[G]-teen

The hot July [Am] moon,      Saw every-[F]-thing

My first taste of [C] love ~ wa-as, bitter-[G]-sweet

And green on the [Am] vine   [F]      

Like Strawberry [C] Wine. [F]

– 

[C] Well, I still re-[F]member, [C] when thirty was [G] old

[C] My biggest fear was Sep-[F]tember, [C] when he had to [G] go

[C] A few cards and letters and one [F] long distance call

[C] We drifted away, like the [F] leaves in the fall

But [G] year after year I come [F] back to this place

[G] Just to remember the [F] taste  (Of…)

CHORUS

Bridge:

Dm6 [0213] Fields have grown over now

Dm7 [2213] Years since they’ve seen the plow

[Dm6] There’s nothing time  hasn’t [Dm7] touched

[Am] Is it really him or the [C] loss of my innocence

[G] That I’ve been missin’ so [F-STOP] much?

Yeah – [C] ah! [C]  [G]   [G]  [Am]  [Am]  [F] 

[F] Like Strawberry [C] Wine,      Seven-[G]-teen

The hot July [Am] moon,      Saw every-[F]-thing

My first taste of [C] love ~ wa-as, bitter-[G]-sweet

And green on the [Am] vine   [F]      

[F] Like Strawberry [C] Wine, [G7]  Seven-[G]-teen

The hot July [Am] moon,      Saw every-[F]-thing

My first taste of [C] love ~ wa-as, bitter-[G]-sweet

And green on the [Am] vine  

[F] Like Strawberry [C] Wine,   [F] Like Strawberry [C] Wine

[F] Like Strawberry [C] Wine …..

A Penny For Your Thoughts

Country music has really exploded with new sound and trends in the last 2 decades, with hip new stars melding a pop sound into one of the oldest musical genres in North America. With all modesty I have the opinion that Canada seems to produce many talented country and Western music stars, whether they move to Nashville or not.

When I was just starting into the karaoke scene country songs and old time 60’s songs dominated the night, with a few modern rock ‘n’ rollas thrown in. One of the country songs that everyone was singing (besides Picture) was this song by The Wilkinsons called 26 CentsI heard it every time we went out to karaoke. In those days, there was no Youtube yet, not until 2005. So if you wanted to learn how to sing a song you probably had to go to a record store like CD Plus and comb through them all until you figured out which album it was on and buy the whole thing, then listen to it, over and over and over…….! Thank goodness for Youtube – what a brainstorm that guy had! Up until recently you could still watch Official Videos of recording artists. I don’t know what happened there but I can only find amateur stuff now-a-days. That being said I found a great video of the originally recorded version of 26 Cents from 1998. What was great about this song in the original version was that it had this old country sound with a universal subject.

One of the best things about this song is that The Wilkinsons are from the Belleville-Trenton area of Ontario! They are a trio made up of Steve Wilkinson, his daughter Amanda and his son Tyler. As of 2012 Amanda and Tyler were reformed as Small Town Pistols, still performing country music.

26 Cents was released in June 1998 as the debut single from their first album, Nothing But Love. By August 1998 it was number 1 on RP Magazine’s Country Tracks chart, and number 3 on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks chart. It was named Song of the Year and won Single of the Year at the 1999 Canadian Country Music Association Awards.

And I just thought it was a great song!

26 Cents

She [C] sat all a-[G7]-lone on a [F] bus out of Beaumont,

the courage of [G7] just eighteen [C] years.

A penny and [G7] quarter were [F] taped to a letter,

and Mama’s “good-[G7]-bye” in her [C] ears.

She [C] watched as her [G7] high school [F] faded behind her

and the house with the [G7] white picket [C] fence.

Then she read the [G7] note that her [F] Mama had wrote,

wrapped up with 26 [G7] cents [stop]

CHORUS [tacet] When you get

[Dm] lone-ly, [G7] call me, [Am] anytime at all.

I’ll be there [Dm] with you, [G7] all-ways, [Am] anywhere at all.

[Am] There’s nothing I’ve got that [Em] I wouldn’t give,

and [F] money is never e-[Dm]-nough.

Here’s a [F] penny for your thoughts, a [Dm] quarter for the call

and [F] all of your [G7] Mama’s [C] love.  

 –

A [C] penny and a [G7] quarter buys a [F] whole lot of nothin’,

taped to an [G7] old wrinkled [C] note.

When she didn’t have [G7] much, she had [F] all Mama’s love,

Inside that old en-vel-[G7]-ope!

[stop] [tacet] When you get……

Bridge:

[C] Oh, [Am] it’s been years since [G] Mama’s been [F] gone.

But when she [Am] holds the coins, she [G] feels her love

[F-1]      Just     [F-1]    as    [F-1]    stro-oo-ong!

[stop] [tacet] When you get……

ENDING: Here’s a [F] penny for your thoughts,

[slower]  a [Dm] quarter for the call, and [F] all of your [G7] Mama’s [C] love

A Lighter Side of Country, III

And for our third installment, ha ha ha, I give you Ghost Chickens in the Sky. Children in particular really enjoy this song.

GHOST CHICKENS IN THE SKY

To the tune of  “Ghost Riders in the Sky”

*Tremolo for first verse – – Am – –

[Am] A chicken Farmer went out, one [C] dark and windy day

And [Am] by the coop he rested as he [C] went along his way

When [Am] all at once a rotten egg, hit him in the eye

It [F] was the sight he dreaded….[Stop – N.C.]

Ghost Chickens in the [Am – begin strumming] sky!

 

Squawk [C] Cluck!  Squawk [Am] Cluck!

Squawk [C] Cluck!  Squawk [Am] Cluck!

[F] Ghost… Chick-ens in…. the [Am] sky….!

 

This [Am] farmer had these chickens, since [C] he was twenty four

[Am] Working for the Colonel for [C] thirty years or more

[Am] Killing all these chickens and sending them to fry

And [F] now they want revenge…..….[Stop – N.C.]

Ghost Chickens in the [Am] sky!

 

Squawk [C] Cluck!  Squawk [Am] Cluck!

Squawk [C] Cluck!  Squawk [Am] Cluck!

[F] Ghost… Chick-ens in…. the [Am] sky….!

 

[Am] Their beaks were black and shining, their [C] eyes were burning red

[Am] They had no meat or feathers, these [C] chickens they were dead

[Am] They picked the farmer up and he died by the claw

They [F] cooked him extra crispy…..[Stop – N.C.]

And ate him with cole-[Am]slaw!

 

Squawk [C] Cluck!  Squawk [Am] Cluck!

Squawk [C] Cluck!  Squawk [Am] Cluck!

[F] Ghost… Chick-ens in…. the [Am] sky….!

A Lighter Side of Country, II

John Denver. What a heart throb. A great man whose life was cut tragically short. Growing up, this was the song that got everyone “doe-see-doe-in” in their kitchens. Since this is traditionally a banjo song, if I knew how to “claw hammer” on my Ukulele, that’s what I would use to deliver this song. However, I just strum really fast-paced.

Grandma’s Feather Bed – by Jim Connor; brought to fame by John Denver.

{ Vamp on C }

[C] When I was [F] little bitty boy, [C] just up off the [G7] floor

[C] We used to go out to [F] Grandma’s house, [G7] every month end or [C] so.

[C] We’d have chicken pie, [F] country ham, [C] home-made butter on the [G7] bread.

[C] But the best darn thing about [F] Grandma’s house was her [G7] great big, feather [C] bed.

[C] It was nine feet high and six feet wide and [F] soft as a downy [C] chick.

[C] It was made from the feathers of forty leaven geese,

and took a [D7] whole bolt of cloth for the [G7] tick.

It could [C] hold 8 kids, 4 hound dogs and a [F] piggy we stole from the [C] shed.

We didn’t get much sleep but we [F] had a lot of fun on [G7] Grandma’s feather [C] bed.

[C] After supper we’d [F] sit around the fire, and the [C] old folks’d spit an’ [G7] chew.

[C] Pa would talk about the [F] farm and the war and [G7] Granny’d sing a ballad or [C] two.

[C] I’d sit ‘n’ listen and [F] watch the fire, til the [C] cobwebs filled my [G7] head.

Next [C] thing I’d know, I’d [F] wake up in the mornin’ in the [G7] middle of the old feather [C] bed!

[C] It was nine feet high and six feet wide and [F] soft as a downy [C] chick.

[C] It was made from the feathers of forty leaven geese,

and took a [D7] whole bolt of cloth for the [G7] tick.

It could [C] hold 8 kids, 4 hound dogs and a [F] piggy we stole from the [C] shed.

We didn’t get much sleep but we [F] had a lot of fun on [G7] Grandma’s feather [C] bed.

[C] Well I love my Ma and I [F] love my Pa, I love [C] Granny and Grandpa, [G7] too.

I’ve been [C] fishin’ with my Uncle, I [F] wrassled with my cousin,

[G7] I even kissed Aunt [C] Lou (stop)  EW!

But [C] if I ever [F] had to make a choice, I [C] guess it ought to be [G7] said,

that I’d [C] trade them all, plus the [F] gal down the road for [G7] Grandma’s feather [C] bed!

[C] It was nine feet high and six feet wide and [F] soft as a downy [C] chick.

[C] It was made from the feathers of forty leaven geese,

and took a [D7] whole bolt of cloth for the [G7] tick.

It could [C] hold 8 kids, 4 hound dogs and a [F] piggy we stole from the [C] shed.

We didn’t get much sleep but we [F] had a lot of fun on [G7] Grandma’s feather [C] bed – 

We didn’t get much sleep but we [F] had a lot of fun on [G7] Grandma’s feather [C] bed!

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