Making music is the happiest making thing! I’m certain that you agree or you wouldn’t have found your way to our website. So in the interests of doing more of it, we’re hosting ‘Jam Sessions’, at the Goose and Cuckoo in Upper Llanover. This won’t be like an open mic, so it’s not about performing, but about sharing and collaborating. We’re hoping that people will come with instruments, with voices, with songs they want to sing that everyone can join in on, but to get us all started we’re posting the lyrics and chords for a few simple songs, so that even if you don’t know them you can still join in.
Everyone is welcome, even if you only know one chord (or none) and if you can’t hit a note for toffee. Just come along and make a joyful noise.
The first Goose and Cuckoo Jam will be on Sunday 17th January from 4pm to 6pm. We hope that it will become a regular thing. It’ll be fun, and that it will start a new tradition of spontaneous music making, for which the dear old Goose and Cuckoo was once famous.
The three songs that we’re going to start with are
- Wagon Wheel (by The Old Crow Medicine Show)
- Botany Bay (trad.)
- Don't Fence Me In (great version by David Byrne…no really there is)
Intro: G D Em C, G D C C
GD Headed down south to the land of the Pine EmC I'm thumbin' my way into North Caroline GD Staring up the road and (I) pray to God I see C head lights GD I made it down the coast in seventeen hours Em C Pickin me a bouquet of dogwood flowers and I'm GD C Hopin for Raleigh I can see my baby tonight Chorus: GD So rock me mama like a wagon wheel EmC Rock me mama any way you feel G DC Hey mama rock me GD Rock me mama like the wind and the rain Em C Rock me mama like a south bound train G DC Hey mama rock me 2nd verse: Runnin' from the cold up in New England I was born to be a fiddler in an old time string band My baby plays the guitar, I pick the banjo now Oh north country winters keep-a gettin' me low An'I lost my money playin' poker so i had to up and leave But i ain't turning back To live that old life no more Repeat chorus 3rd verse: Walkin' to the south out of Roanoake I caught a trucker out of Philly had a nice long toke But he's a-headed west from the Cumberland Gap Johnson City Tennessee I gotta get a move on before for the sun I hear my baby callin my name and i know that she's the only one And if i die in Raleigh At least i will die free Repeat Chorus
C G7 C
Farewell to old England forever,
Farewell to my rum culls as well,
F C Am
Farewell to the well-known Old Bailey,
C G7 C G7
Where I used for to cut such a swell; singing
C G7 C
Too-ra-lie, oo-ra-lie, addity,
Singing Too-ra-lie, oo-ra-lie, ai,
F C Am
Singing Too-ra-lie, oo-ra-lie, addity,
C G7 C
We're bound for Botany Bay.
....and it just goes round and round these chords for the rest of the song
Don't Fence Me In
G Oh give me land lots of land D7 Under starry skies above don't fence me in Let me ride through the wide open country G That I love don't fence me in G7 Let me be by myself in the evening breeze C Listen to the murmur of the cottonwood trees G E7CG D7 G Send me out forever but I ask you please don't fence me in C Just turn me loose let me straddle my old G saddle underneath the western skies CG On my cayuse let me wander over yonder till I see the mountain rise G7 I wanna ride to the ridge where the west commences C Gaze at the moon until I lose my senses G E7CG D7 G Can't look at hobbles and I can't stand fences don't fence me in