TheDruidKing

My favourite Bert Jansch song (and must be Jimmy Pages too). Difficult to sing as the melody covers a fairly wide range.
Bert put music to a traditional Celtic folk number as Anne Briggs sang it. Not many songs that go with a Glasgow accent.
I figured it out by ear using a DADGAD tuning but I think BJ may just use drop-D. Capo is on 5th fret for this version.
Recorded on a phone which ran out of memory in a previous take, so this was played a bit quickly!

My version of Davy Graham's fingerpick also done by Bert Jansch, Paul Simon and others. This is based on Berts cover which I heard first.
Standard tuning.
Capo is not used in any of the above versions.

Early Genesis (off the 'Foxtrot' album) figured out by ear.
This beautiful tune is completely out of character with the rest of the album.
Standard tuning.

A 'by ear' pick of the Bert Jansch song that inspired Neil Young to write 'The Needle And The Damage Done'.

Guitar pick of this tune normally played better on piano.

Drop-D tuning.

A 'by ear' pick of John Renbourn's solo recording of this song which is also a Pentangle number.

Standard tuning.

A 'by ear' pick of John Renbourn's version.
Standard tuning.
Don't think JR used a capo for the original.

A 'by ear' pick of his tune.
Drop-D tuning. Capo on 4.

This 'by ear' pick is probably closer to Donovan's version of Bert Jansch's original song.
Standard tuning.
I find this really high for my voice.

A 'by ear' pick. Standard tuning.
I think BJ also uses a capo but I'm not sure which fret.
Apparently Nick Drake covered this song.

A 'by ear' pick. Sorry about the jumper.

Standard tuning.

A 'by ear' pick of a this album title track.
Standard tuning. I don't think the original includes a capo.

One of the gems on the White Album.
Think I saw tab years ago so not by ear.
Standard tuning.
A bit high for my voice!

A by ear pick. Apparently, Neil Young says this was inspired by Bert Jansch's 'Needle of Death'.
From 1972's Harvest album.
Standard tuning.
Capo is only to allow me to drop the vocals - not used on the original.

My own arrangement of this traditional song. Song learned from Martin Carthy and John Renbourn's versions.

Standard tuning.

Including the third verse which I think Paul Simon left out.
It is debatable what parts are traditional, Martin Carthy's or Paul Simon's.
Some say this song is based on an old Scottish Song called 'The Elfin Knight' which is probably true as most great things come from Scotland!

A 'by ear' pick of Macca's sunny day song. Another gem on the White Album.
Standard tuning.
Capo is only to allow me to sing down a few keys - original has no capo.

A 'by ear' pick of this song about WWII and the Blitz. Roger Waters is credited with the lyrics though it must have been Dave Gilmour who came up with the guitar piece.

Drop-D tuning.

Capo on 2nd fret is only because I need to sing it down a few keys. Another happy track from The Wall.

A 'by ear' version of this Robin Williamson song from the album 'The 5000 Spirits or the Layers of the Onion'. Actually, Litegauge on YouTube kindly provided some music so I tweaked a few chords - THANKS!

One of my all-time favourite songs. Tuning is Open G - DGDGBD.
As usual, capo is purely to allow me to sing in a much lower key. Robins original vocals are inimitable.

Sorry about the light streaming in the window!

John Lennon's solo track on the White Album which was, apparently, written for his mum. As a live version this doesn't include the additional vocal track so an overlapping 'Julia' is missing from each verse. Most of the melody uses implied note changes.

Written during The Beatles time with the Maharishi Yogi in India. Story is that Donovan, who was also there, showed John how to travis-pick which he then used to write this song and Dear Prudence.

Paul McCartney's love song for Linda.
Standard tuning.

My first protest song. There is a home studio version plus more originals on Soundcloud under The Druid King.
Guitar is a Breedlove AC25/SM. Capo on 2nd fret. Standard tuning.

Lyrics:
Do you remember how it was?
When rulers led and stood up for us?
When heroes were revered?

Well, I've never known this time
Think it was before my grand-daddy's eyes
When people could believe

I don't want to be a new world rebel
Don't do that to me
Take our freedoms and throw them all away
Catch them with your other hand
There's nothing we can say

Within their dark societies
Making evils which they throw at you and me
So we'll help them on the way!

I don't want to be a new world rebel
Don't do that to me
Take our money and throw it all away
Catch it in your other hand
There's nothing we can say

Do you remember how is was?
When rulers led and stood up for us?
Will we ever see that day?

I don't want to be a new world rebel
Don't do that to me
Magna Carta has all but seen it's day
A shrinking right to protest
There's still SOMETHING we can say!

My attempt at a Jonny Cash-esque song. It's meant to be about a manic persona and love lost.
Standard tuning. Capo on 3rd fret.

Lyrics:
Please know I'm out to get you
I'm gonna find you somehow
But this ain't no love song
I'm gonna bring you down!

So, you think you've left me
But you really just don't know
You can run but you can't hide
There's no place you can go

When I find you
I'm gonna bring you home
Tie you up in the basement
Watch you grow old!

Why d'you call me crazy?
I think you really just can't see
That madness is infectious
And you're rubbing off on me!

When I find you
I'm gonna bring you home
Tie you up in the basement
Watch you grow old!

Please know I'm out to get you
I'm gonna find you somehow
But this ain't no love song
I'm gonna bring you down!

When I find you
I'm gonna bring you home
Tie you up in the basement
Watch you grow old!

One of Jimmy's truly original gems. Written during LZ III days, about the place in Wales where they were writing the album, but released later on Physical Graffiti. This is a bit longer than the original.

Recorded on my mobile phone.

Tuning: CACGCE

A 'by ear' arrangement of Jackson C. Franks song. This is more like a stripped down combination of the original and covers by Bert Jansch and John Renbourn. Thanks for playing me the original Derek!

Standard tuning.
Capo on 4th fret - I think the original is on the 6th.

Guitar is a Breedlove AC25/SM.

Plenty more covers and some original songs on my channel.

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But Druids aren't monarchistic...?
I'm a Scottish hobby guitarist who performs original fingerstyle arrangements and covers of folk and popular songs.
I also post 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!

My multi-track DAW songs and tunes can be found on SoundCloud via the link to 'my website'.

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