January 10, 2011

BEER - solo guitar version

This original song “BEER” - originally a four-part shape-note folk hymn composed for the Western Harmony, set to the poem "The Little Vagabond" from William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience - is here sung for the series of tubes in a solo guitar version.

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We’ll be doing a version of BEER sooner or later.

Here’s the lyrics & the guitar chords I used today:

(Lyrics by William Blake)


C gmin Bb F gmin
Dear Mother, dear Mother, the Church is cold,
C Eb cmin7 F
But the Ale-house is healthy & pleasant & warm:
C gmin Bb F gmin
Besides I can tell where I am use'd well,
C Eb cmin7 F gmin
Such usage in heaven will never do well.

But if at the Church they would give us some Ale.
And a pleasant fire, our souls to regale:
We'd sing and we'd pray all the live-long day:
Nor ever once wish from the Church to stray.

And God like a father rejoicing to see.
His children as pleasant and happy as he:
Would have no more quarrel with devil or barrel
But kiss him & give him both drink and apparel.

1 comment:

Sue said...

I love this song and you do an excellent version of it.