TheDruidKing

Written by George Harrison for Let It Be. It's a fairly complex set of chords for the verse and then possibly the most uninventive Beatles chorus of them all - but I like to think of it as a deliberate counterbalance and not something thrown together while John Lennon had stopped turning up. What an ego I have to even criticise (but that's the point).

The Scottish Summer did happen this year. And not just a lighter shade of grey and warmer rain. So here a wee ditty to remind us.

A cover Paul McCartney's uber-happy number from Revolver.

Standard tuning.

Yamaha CJ818SB, old strings are a bit twangy.

From the 1971 album A Space In Time, it was their biggest hit. The original has a great guitar solo by writer/singer guitarist Alvin Lee.
It's a similar sentiment to John Lennon's Imagine although it recognises the futility of a simple strategy. I like how it puts the onus on the listener to come up with a plan.

A bit of foot tapping for where the drums play to try and keep the dynamic.

Standard tuning. Capo on 5th though no capo on the original.
The old faithful Yamaha CJ-818(SB).
Recorded on my Blue Snowball.

An arrangement of the Eagles 1972 hit. Standard tuning. The original is played without a capo and sung an octave higher. Kills my thumb.

Recorded on a Blue Snowball.
The old faithful Yamaha CJ818SB.

Standard tuning (guitar, voice does its own thing).
The Old Faithful Yamaha CJ818SB.
Recorded on my Blue Snowball. PC issues mean the picture is a bit sh*te (yes, its spelled with an 'e' - get used to it!
Slainte!

Lyrics:
When the facts just don't stack up
And your rulers let you down
When you're feeling out of luck
As they're closing down your town

All it takes is just say 'yes'
And we'll be free to be our best

The road is hard, the road is long
But we are strong!
Join with me and sing this song
And we'll be gone!

So it's time to take a stand
If we don't they'll make us fall
Believe in me 'your fellow man'
Pretty soon they'll hear our call

All it takes is just say 'yes'
And we'll be free to be our best

The road is hard, the road is long
But we are strong!
Join with me and sing this song
And we'll be gone!

An acoustic rendition of Kansas' rifftastic, drumnificent, über-rocker!
From 1976, they don't do it like this anymore!

Recorded on my Blue Snowball and laptop cam.
Standard tuning on the old faithful Yamaha CJ-818SB.
Plectrum used for a change on this vid.

An original song and fingerpick. Drop D tuning, capo on 4th.
The old faithfull Yamaha CJ818SB recorded on my Blue Snowball.

It's embarrassing that this is the best I can sing my own song but I hope you get the gist.

Lyrics:
Some people are complicated
And some are clear
Some people won't let it out
If anyone's near

Some people see the other side
While some shed a tear
Some people will fake it all
Or hold nothing dear

If you think of it
When you think on it
Can you think of it?

Take a look at yourself
Take a look at what goes on around
Maybe you'll see something
Maybe you'll get real
And what if you could
Set yourself free?

Most people are born to follow
A few born free
Some people will take it out
On who ever's near

And we are all the people
And you are me
So take this big old pill
And see what's real

If you think of it
When you think on it
Can you think of it?

Take a look at yourself
Take a look at what goes on around
Maybe you'll see something
Maybe you'll see me
And what if you never
Set yourself free...?

I've tried to do the ISB original version here as it's my favourite though Robins singing is inimitable.
I've used open D tuning but I figured it out by ear. I know Robin plays the original with a capo on the 4th fret but my voice can only just cope with the 2nd fret.
Old faithful Yamaha CJ-818SB recorded on my Blue Snowball.

Willie Nelsons early writing masterpiece made famous by Patsy Cline.
Recorded on my Blue Snowball and my s****y laptop webcam.
Standard tuning on the old faithful Yamaha CJ-818SB, albeit with ancient strings.
Assisted by a mongrel, but worthwhile, Merlot Cab Sauv Shiraz.
A song I've loved since first hearing Patsy Clines piano backed version and nearly all the youtube covers I've found seem to be entirely different interpretations. This is meant to follow hers.

An original arrangment of Billy Joels piano based song. Capo would be on the third but for my vocal range.
Standard tuning.
Breedlove AC25/SM recorded on my Blue Snowball.

Mark Knopfler, 1980. Figured out 'by ear' using drop-D though the original uses another non-standard tuning. I must play faster too as this is 45 seconds shorter.

Ignoring the capo the chords are D, A, Bm, G & Em.
My first post with a resonator (can't afford a National!) and recorded on my new mobile phone - which produced my first HD vid!
Drop D, capo on 4th fret.
Ozark Brass Thinline Electric Resonator 3515BTE.
Recorded on an iPhone 6.

As a (very) youngster in the eighties Nik Kershaw was my first music idol, so, he needs to be represented on my channel. A C90 cassette with both Human Racing and The Riddle was a prized gift and the first music I ever 'owned'. Happy days!

I didn't realise there were some crazy chords in this super-catchy song. It's bit high for my voice (and fighting flu while recording). With powerchords and foot stomping I think this turned out faster and slightly rockier than his acoustic versions.

Standard tuning on a Breedlove AC25/SM using a plec and no capo. Gauge tens and I probably bend them too easily (or they're crap strings).

Recorded on my iphone.

Chords I play (that may be wrong!) are...
Intro/Chorus: Fmaj7, Bb, Dm add4, C; ending with C#dim7, Dm, E, Bm
Verse: Bm/Bm7, C, G, Fm, C#m, E, Bm
Bridge: Dsus2/A (and I alternate dropping the 5th to 'G string 1st fret' in this arrangment so I think that's Dsus2b5/A). I'm sure I can hear that in one of his own acoustic versions.

The world must be made aware of this as-yet-unsigned talent.
This guy just rocks up and delivers in a single take.

Standard tuning on a Delacrus nylon string with no capo.

After it was recently pointed out that all my original songs are a bit dark, I thought I'd write something a bit more light hearted.

Of course, that never worked. So, brace yourselves for another deeply insightful and morbid critique of the 21st century human condition.
Are you the 'sheeple' or the 'monkey'? What does the monkey really represent? Are you in the 'West Coast' or 'Underground' and does anything really make sense?

Standard tuning on a Breedlove AC25/SM. Capo on 4th fret.
Recorded on my mobile.

Don't miss the finale appearance by The Druid Prince's Cheeky Monkey - he really nails it. I find it helps if you stroke your chin, furrow your brow, nod contemplatively, and, ponder the rich subterfuge...

The truth is out there. Or is it?

An original ditty for that much maligned section of society "the crazies". Hardly anyone writes a song for them (apart from Pink Floyd and Napoleon XIV).

Standard tuning, capo on 4th fret.

The old faithfull Yamaha CJ818SB recorded on my mobile.

People walk so slow
It grinds me, oh no
I never want to go
Where they want me to go

La la lala, la la lala
The white coats are coming

People talk so fast
It grinds me, oh blast
I never could quite see
What they want me to see

La la lala, la la lala
The white coats are coming

They're coming for me, oh
As far as I can tell
But then I am not reliable

People just can't hear
It grinds me, oh dear
I never want to say
What might take out their day

La la lala, la la lala
The white coats are coming

People just don't know
It grinds me, just so
I never want to go
Where they'll find me, oh no

La la lala, la la lala
The white coats are coming

They're coming for me, oh
As far as I can tell
But then I am not reliable

La la lala, la la lala
The white coats are coming
La la lala, la la lala
The white coats are here...

We've all heard 'Music to watch girls by' (by Andy Williams) so I thought I'd tap into a new growing niche with an original tune.
After all, the viewers get the vids and the vids get the views and the world goes round...

As there are no words, you can improvise whatever swearing you like.

In this section I normally include lyrics for my original posts so, for a tune, I'll include some performance pointers. The best way to play this is as follows:

- Stand proud.
- Make sure all doors are firmly closed.
- Sustain a constant effort, but you'll find this is perfectly achievable.
- Don't thump it out, even though it sounds like you should.
- Keep your ear open to anything odd happening.
- Remember that the minor, discordant sections will shift back to more normal melodic bits once you see them through.
- Remember there is always, always more than one discordant section.
- Remember to get to the happy, melodic, floating ending.
- Don't wring the neck out too hard at the end, even though this seems like the appropriate course of action.

Stick with that lot and I'm sure you'll perform perfectly.

A short original strummy song. Standard tuning, capo on 4th.
Old faithful Yamaha CJ-818SB recorded on my mob.

I know my singing's dodgy but get those lighters in the air.

Fill the boxes, tie the bags and wrap it up
The time has come
Close the windows, lock the doors and write it down
For the time is now

See where it takes you
Plane, boat or car
See where it takes you

Aim for the stars
They all seem so far away
Aim for the stars
They'll get closer day by day

Think its time I stepped outside
Took a good look around and root through my mind

See where it take me
And how far
See where it takes me

Aim for the stars
They all seem so far away
Aim for the stars
They'll get closer day by day by day...

An original finger picking tune.
Standard tuning, capo on 4th fret.
Old faithful Yamaha CJ-818SB recorded on my mob.

An original tune.
Yamaha CJ-818SB recorded on my mob.
Standard tuning, capo on 3rd fret.

An original song about the key characters in Arthur Miller's award winning 1963 play Death of a Salesman. My old English teacher would be loving this... my old Music teacher, perhaps not so much! If you know the play, I tried to give the lyrics some double meaning and irony.

Old Faithful Yamaha CJ-818SB recorded on my mobile phone.
Standard tuning, capo on 3rd fret.

Poor Willie was a salesman
And Willie just got told he's too old for working
But it doesn't really matter
'Cause Willie knows his boys are just like their father

For Biff it's not about the money
What's the point in chasing what you can't have?
Happy's gonna take the reigns
Happy's only got the brains for chasing ladies

The salesman is dead
The salesman is dead

Biff don't wanna dream no more
Not since that time he went and saw his father
Way back in summer school
Cheating just will not do

The salesman is dead
The salesman is dead

All it takes is one big deal
And they won't look back forever after
And it's right around the corner
All it takes is a little drive...

The salesman is dead
The salesman is dead
The salesman is dead
The salesman...

This is a cover of Leonard Cohen's "The Partisan", which is a translation and cover of the French song "La Complainte du Partisan" written about the French Resistance in World War II. The original song was written in 1943 by Anna Marly and Emmanuel d'Astier de la Vigerie and has been covered by many others including Joan Baez.

I apologise for my French accent - it's bad enough when I'm not concentrating on the guitar. My old French teacher would be loving this attempt, my old Music teacher not so much!

Recorded on the old faithful Yamaha CJ-818SB with a Blue Snowflake mic.
Standard tuning, capo on 3rd fret for the original key.
Accidentally flipped horizontally.

Here's a tune I made up.
Recorded with a Blue Snowball.
Standard tuning. Capo on 3rd fret. Breedlove AC25/SM.
Thanks for listening.

A short original tune.
Based on moving the 3rd and 5th notes chromatically (using the A-shape) in opposite directions, over a pedalpoint bassline and then developed a wee bit.
Played in C to reduce the stretch.
Recorded on a Blue Snowball.
Standard tuning on a Breedlove AC25/SM. Capo on 3rd.

Here's a tune wot I wrote.

Standard tuning, capo on 5th (though I've no idea what the strings are tuned to).

Chords (forgetting the capo):
Gmaj7, Em add9 x2,
Walk around A13, Emadd9, Em6

Gmaj7, Dmaj9/F#, Fdim7, Em, A7 finish on D

Recorded on a Blue Snowball. Breedlove AC25/SM.

A foot tapping cover of Fleetood Mac's classic "The Chain". Arranged for one guitar.
Released on their phenomenal album "Rumours" in 1977. I tried to squeeze the harmonies into the finger pick. As it becomes a big production number it's tricky to build the dynamic.
Drop D tuning. Capo on the 2nd fret.
Breedlove AC25/SM, recorded with my Blue Snowball.
Thanks for listening/watching this post.

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But Druids aren't monarchistic...?
The Druid King is a Scottish hobby guitarist who performs original fingerstyle arrangements and covers of folk and popular songs.
He also posts self-penned songs and tunes.
Each video is recorded in a single take with no overdubs, editing or fixing (obviously).
Thanks very much for listening, watching and dropping by!

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