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I’ve been playing about with Lemon 7s the last day or so.
I have a few rough chords. No idea if they’ll be useful, or how close they are to the original, my tune might not be exactly the same as yours. But you never know…
On 9th Jan you sang it starting on D, so I’ve put it there. I sing it in that key too.
Smoking lemon 7s through a broken bottle neck
Smoking lemon 7s through a broken bottle neck
Pills ground down like powder till your troubles are no louder than
A little infant whimpering for Ma to come and help
Dm. C. Bflat. Dm
Dm. C. Bflat. Am
Dm. C. Bflat. Dm
Dm. C. Bflat. Dm
They seem ok on the harp. Hope they sound ok on the guitar.
I’ve settled on accapella but thanks for sharing
Was very interested to read that you’ve slipped Lemon 7s into the repertoire. Altho’ it’s hardly surprising as it’s an incredible ballad straight from the long lineage of heart felt ballads and bold balladeers.
What a tragic tale.
Any chance you could help a delusional singer songwriter out with the chords as I can’t quite figure them out and can’t find em online.
Go raibh maith agat in advance a chara 😜
I had the same problem myself Dan….tried all the chords I possess ..not not one (of the nine) could enhance this great song …. I reverted to the only course left to me….I sing Brian’s song unaccompanied..it works really well accapella..the lyric steers its own course, unfettered by unsuitable chords or strict unsympathetic rhythm.. allowing the singer to follow the emotion of the song….
there are guitar players out there who might be able to provide the chording you require but, unfortunately, I ain’t one of them…keep lashing out the Ballads above there in Brisbane
I hope this is the video that Rory said
be the honey…that bates all…never heard the like
So I put Hidden Ground on the turntable last night and couldn’t get it off. I ended up listening to it for most of the evening. There’s a track that sounds like a train and another full of winter magic, all ice crystals, glistening snow and fairy queens. I don’t know what they’re called because I didn’t want to split my brain by reading as well as listening. Hopefully I’ll find out in the next day or so.
Did anyone see that Tom King the blacksmith has won the Showcase Ireland 2023 top prize with his iron Brigid’s cross.
Love his stuff. I have one of his triskeles on my hearth in front of the woodburner.
Hey, hi what a run in Vicar Street, I wasn’t there but the reports were awesome. Anyway just sayin hi and good vibes from New York Christy.
Well fair play to the TnaG lads. They’re starting another series of Laochra Gael. They have all the episodes of all the previous series up on the player. Very easy to get lost in it.
Just watched the one of the recently married Mick O Dwyer.
Laochra Gael is right.
Christy, today a man’s a man for a’ that.
My favourite Tam O’ Shanter is a wonderful story, poem, drama.
If you can find the 10 minutes worth on you tube, by Iain Robertson at the Govan Kingston Burns Supper 2016 you will marvel at it.
Burns was a true bard.
I hope that you can grab a bit of haggis tonight and maybe a drop of the craythur/craeter, i will be veggie haggis munching, well worth the celebration to toast the man himself.
Here’s a little something that listening to Hidden Ground led me to.
Hi Christy, am about to rise to hear the owl hoot, the woodpecker peck and the blackbird sing.
My visit, with son Charlie, to Dachau was greeted with no birdsong.
An eerie place, foreboding and full of dread.
This friday is Holocaust Memorial day, i heard a 99 year old survivor tell her story a few days ago, she felt each person there made their own pact with god ,but she has not gone much to worship since though her family do.
On the day she arrived only she was selected to live, all her family were taken to be murdered.
So this and every day the birds of the world sing for them, and on Friday i hope you will be privately singing Yellow Triangle , as i saw the triangles of differing colours at Dachau, and perhaps we will also mumble words of December 1942.
Words fail me, thankfully song does not fail the birds …except at camp locations.
With Ronan Collins no longer doing the honors.
I’ld like to let the good people of the guestbook know that
Dr John Cooper Clarke The Bard of Salford is 74 today.
I wrote the songs
I wrote the songs that nearly made
The bottom of the hit parade
Almost anthems, shoulda been hits
Songs like Puttin’ off the Ritz
Some enchanted afternoon
Twenty-four hours from Levenshulme
Dancing in the daylight, singing in the smog
You ain’t nothing but a hedgehog
So close and yet so far –
Do you remember the way we are
I’ld like to get you on a speedboat to China
From an idea by George Steiner
Ain’t no blag – Mama got a brand-new Jag
She ain’t heavy, she’s my sister
Not to leave out twist and whisper
Brand new leopard-skin pill-box glove
Baby you and me we got a greasy kind of love
Happy Birthday to the good doctor
Happy Fruitcake JCC
Hello from Shreveport, LA, home of the Louisiana Hayride and Lead Belly, James Burton and Slim Whitman. Big fan of “Fifteenth International Brigade.” Keep it up!
Or is it boiled piss is good for a sting?
The auld dock leaf is your only man
I’m not the hedgehog plucker
I’m the hedgehog plucker’s daughter
And I’m only plucking hedgehogs
Till the hedgehog plucker ought’a
I think it’s lost a bit of something along the way.
Ages ago there was talk of whether anyone had ever written a song about a hedgehog.
Sorry, it must be all this lemsip…
Dr Strangely Strange
“I took the cork from a bottle of Blue Nun/and got sick all over the Rotweiler”.
Not sure is this from that same song.
Good gawd – time was when one was pushing the boat out. The Blue Nun, prawn cocktail and a steak. That was seen as ‘class’ dining out. Those prawns were scurrying for cover, the good reverend sister left a message to leave off the heat. (Sure wouldnt a few pints kill off the cold)
Havnt our gourmet standards skyrocketed!?
God be with the days when all we had was ” Sheep’s Eyes ‘n Mashed Mangolds” or “Chopped Straws in Buttermilk”
and dont forget those half gallon bottles of Hirondelle….the Black Tower and Green Label…no sommelliers needed….
Walking into work today i took a detour and was able to listen to the whole of King Puck.
What a treat, such a rare mix of sad, happy, fantasy, borrowed, truth and originals.
I suppose a rasher sandwich is out of the question?
Your post brings back memories from 26 years past….Jimmy Faulkner became ill early on in the recording…thankfully , Neil MacColl was available, he flew into Cork and we started from scratch again…it was a big ask from Neil but he came on board and we got the job done….
We were working in Ballyvourney ,County Cork..nearby in Coolea is the home of Peader Ó’Ríada.I made regular visits to Peader’s peaceful oasis before starting the days work.
all but 4 of the pieces remain in the repertoire..”Giuseppe” and “Broken Heart” became conjoined in recent gigs….”Two Conneeleys” appears occasionally…”Yellow Furze Woman” has been resting…..”Sodom” morphed into “Ruby” who disappeared into Paddy Powers….”lawless” sticks his head up now and again (twice in 2022) …Rose is knocking at the door and may well appear if and when the going is good…. a Colt of hers wonders when she might get a gallop…..were we to win this years World Cup Paris…anything could happen…I was pleased to hear that Finn is heading for Bath…I love to watch him on the park…perhaps he’ll play North of The Border again before he calls it a day..my favourite Scottish player since Mike Cambell-Lamerton
Hello Christy and All,
Yesterday I had a go at cooking baked potatoes in the wood burner, with the price of gas and everything going up, I thought I’d give it a go. So, stab, stab, stab, olive oil, salt, pepper, lots of foil, and in they went.
I ended up with two oddly shaped things that could easily have been used ad cannon balls.
Wondering what I did wrong….. Too close to the flame?
I’ll keep going and try to crack it and stick up my perfectly cooked potatoes at the bastard government.
Did a spot of very careful and gentle singing. And it’s getting better. I love to sing so much.
’tis hard to bate the humble spud
Wait and see. No accounting for taste; and just what the punters want. Will Joe O’C achieve this? I pensively type, without any sense of certainity mind you, and say ‘no’.
there are signed copies of Harry’s book in the Sinn Féin bookshop
Lately what’s been boiling me piss is going in a bookshop and seeing that spare pri-
nice looking down from the No 1 spot. Nothing personal against the lad. Time has to be passed and all that. But could ye not be having a read of An Irish Atlantic Rainforest or Listen to the Land Speak. Hopefully Joesph O’Connor can knock the unhappy prick off his perch next week.
does Sting boil his piss
And just to add Christy! “Treaty Stone” still gets a regular spin!
Me & Phil Spector
And Christy! Goin’ back to family ties wasn’t there a brief period where history was repeated in the early 80’s, Manus Lunny and de brudder Barry played as a duo? It wasn’t for long but if i remember correctly they also had it! Dont think they ever recorded together?
Newbridge was a hotbed of creativity in the 50’s and 60’s…..we had Jimmy Dunny’s Band, Bobby Roger’s Orchestra, Tom Wilmot’s Céilidh Band, The Annual Panto, Alan Ray’s Skiffle Group (featuring Alan Himself, Tony Sinnott and Leo McBride plus A.N.Other who cannot be name for legal reasons )…then from down the town there came among us “The Liffeysiders” featuring Sean Reilly, Mick Curran, Bren Hayes,Justin “Tex” Brady and a youthful Donal Lunny….
I dont think Barry & Manus ever recorded but they certainly turned a few heads during their brief interlude together….50 years on they are both deeply immersed in the process of making music
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