2021

A Return To SongLand

Play The Songs Of Song Land

NV means no vocals.


 you like to read the lyrics as you listen, click “Play The Songs Of Songland” (above). This should open a new browser tab. Returning to this tab as the song plays will let you read and listen.


The time has come to start turning my inventions into full-fledged songs again. I will call on my Muses to help me get back to writing lyrics.

NV in the online song list means No Vocal. Sing the lyrics yourself of write new lyrics and use the music to sing to.  


Old Blue


This is a traditional folk song. Spirit performed it on stage. My version has tricky tempo. The lines of the verses switch from 3/4 time to 4/4 time and back. If you count the beats, you’ll see.


I had a dog hand his name was (3/4)
Blue (4/4)
I bet you five dollars he’s a good ‘un (3/4)
Too (4/4)

I had a dog and his name was Blue
I bet you five dollars he’s a good ‘un too
Oh oh Blue
You good dog you

I shouldered my gun and and I tooted my horn
Gonna’ find me a possum in the new grown corn
Old Blue barked and he went to see
He cornered me a possum up in a tree

Oh oh Blue
You good dog you

When Old Blue died he died so hard
He shook the ground in my back yard
I lowered him down with links of chain
And every link I called his name

Oh oh Blue
You good dog you




Tara’s Snowy Waltzing Canon In D


This song comes from:

Tara’s theme from Gone With The Wind
Jessica’s falling in love practice piano piece from The Man From Snowy River
Waltzing Matilda (Australia’s unofficial national song)
Johann Pachelbel’s Cannon in D Major

I put all the lyrics of Waltzing Matilda into English. For example:


Swagman = hobo (traveling laborer)
Coolabah tree = Eucaliptus tree
Billy boiled = bringing tea water to a boil
Jumbuck = a male sheep
Billabong = a small lake formed when a river changes course


Once a jolly hobo camped by a river bank
Under the shade of a eucalyptus tree
And he sang as he watched and waited for his tea to boil
I just need a woman to hobo with me

Down came a fine sheep to drink at the river bank
Up jumped the hobo and grabbed it with glee
And he sang as he stuffed that sheep into his duffle bag
I just need a woman to hobo with me

Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda
I just need a woman to hobo with me
And he sang as he stuffed that sheep into his duffle bag
I just need a woman to hobo with me

Up road the rancher mounted on his Thoroughbred
Down came policemen one, two and three
Saying whose is that sheep that you’ve got in your duffle bag
You’ll never catch me alive said he

Up jumped the hobo and sprang into the river wild
Shot by policemen one, two and three
And his ghost may be heard as you pass by that river bank
I just need a woman to hobo with me


The Grand Blasé


Blasé: apathetic to pleasure or excitement as a result of excessive exposure, indulgence or enjoyment.


A good old-fashioned protest song. The notation (,) means to start the verse with a pause before the first word.


C                        Am
Long time back I dreamed a lot

F                                                  G
Didn’t turn out right, it’s not what I got
Like stars above, we spread apart
(,)We’re the people that time forgot

Whatever happened to the friends we had
They all grew up and now they’re so sad
It’s all I can do, to greet each day
(,)Now that my friends have gone away


MUSICAL BRIDGE

[whole note feel]

Em, Am, Dm, G, C, F, Dm-G, C

Whatever happened to the girl next door
She got hurt and then she got hurt some more
So many women, join the fight
Settle every score to make things all right

P.F.A.S. in drinking water found
In soaps and food, you know it’s all around
The time is coming around the world
Men can’t father any more boys and girls


CHORUS

F                             G
We used to be a lot smarter then

C
We missed the turn 

               F
I don’t re-member when

Dm                G                  C
I just don’t re-member it at all


Whatever happened to the health we had
Toxins from the sky, are really really bad
Chemtrail sprayers up so high
Rain down death on us from the sky 

Look up and see ‘em every day
Long white streaks that never fade away
Spray every poison that they can
To hide the global warming made by man

CHORUS

Whatever happened to the dreams we had
Dreams of our future made us so glad
We let the bad guys steer the bus
Now look what they’ve done to all of us

Looking back I dreamed a lot
Didn’t turn out right, it’s not what I got
Like stars above, we spread apart

(,)We’re the people that time forgot
(,)We’re the people that time forgot


A Thousand Dreams


Here is a beautiful poem the Muses gave to me that I have not yet written music for. With the help of my Muses, I am hoping to re-enter SongLand. That’s what the challenge of this year will be.


And though I dream a thousand dreams
I only think of those of you
Where you are is safe and sound
Great Peace and Joy your heart has found

Night sky and morning Sun
Each chases just the other One
Day dreams only of the Night
Night only of the Morning Light

As long as time goes on and on
Days and Nights long for the other One
Only in the twilight and the dawn
Are the times they can be one

So in my Days and in my Nights
As I sit and dream of Thee
I wish much more love for you
Than can be told in an eternity

When I dream of horses flying
That find me here in my dark Nights
A gift from you I think is trying
To remind me of your sweet delights

As long and long as time goes on
Are we longing for the other One?
As I sleep and dream of Thee
Do you sleep and dream of me?


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