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TCK
07-02-2011, 09:57 AM
My wife and I had a crack at a great Billy Bragg tune, and lots of laughs while making the video.
Please pardon our horrifying allergies and my sniffling- I am dying here.
While making it, I realized I have never played my favorite Uke on a video- this is my Spruce top Bari, tuned linear C thanks to Dirk at Southcoast, and it is my go-to.
Right- enough...MUSIC

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rxikw-RE8A

mm stan
07-02-2011, 11:15 AM
Aloha Dave,
I really enjoyed that, and Wow...that is cool you and the Mrs can share a passion and I can see you both are really enjoying yourselves..Thanks for sharing and Happy Strummings..MM Stan

Hippie Dribble
07-02-2011, 02:01 PM
YEAH. Awesome Dave. Mate, you two just rock. Your joy is infectious and you look and sound fantastic together. A perfect couple, you guys. I love watching you both and your videos together.

Now the song. BRILLIANT choice Dave. One of the reall good'uns and some of Billy's best lyrics no doubt. Your voice is so well suited to this one mate. And the bari....yummy.

Just loved the whole thing man. Smiled through it all. Made my morning. More please...

Blessings to you and Mel from Tassie brother :)
Jon

marymac
07-02-2011, 03:58 PM
Awesome! Loved the song and you and Mel were both great. Fun to see you after getting to know you on UU. Happy (hot) 4th of July weekend! - Mary

frankiej
07-02-2011, 04:19 PM
Great job! You guys are having a blast and it really shows. Thanks for sharing!

TCK
07-02-2011, 07:10 PM
Ah, the magic is in the girl...she is my muse. Then comes this community, where I can learn and express so freely, and build myself by doing something as simple as (hopefully) entertaining you all. Last- the tune...there is magic in that one, you are totally right on that Jon.
I thank you all for taking the time to listen and respond, and at this point I cannot be stopped.
Jon, what say we do a little Steve Earle for these fine folks? I got Tom Ames Prayer...I want to hear your take on the old Melodians tune Rivers of Babylon.
Yes- that is a gauntlet hitting the floor.
Thank you all again for your kind words...now to get wifey on the Underground so you all can meet her- she is one cool chick.

mustacheukuleles
07-02-2011, 08:08 PM
that really brought some warmth to my heart. i was smiling just about the whole time. i DO NOT have a wife but when i do i hope to be able to do something fun with her like that. Music is such a healthy thing for our souls. I feel like people that don't have music in their lives are not as happy! BUT what were those chords? i think i saw c and g and a minor... ? sounds like itd be fun to try and figure out

TCK
07-02-2011, 10:03 PM
Mustacheukuleles- thank you for your kind words- they made my night (morning?) Ah- that girl means the world to me and yeah- we are a happy pair it seems even after 18 years (thank god)...sorry, I was being a wise guy on the chords- here they are. I play a Cmaj7 instead of the C/B (first string, second fret- C chords closest neighbor)

1.
[play verse part1]
C C/B Am G
It may have been camelot for Jack and Jacqueline
or on the Che Guevara highway filling up with gasoline
Fidel Castro's brother spies a rich lady who's crying over
luxury's disappointment so he walks over and he's trying

[play verse part2]
F G C C/B Am
to sympathise with her but he thinks that he should warn her
G F G [play intro]
that the third world is just around the corner

C C/B Am Am C C/B Am Am


2.
[play verse part1]
C C/B Am G
in the Soviet Union, a scientist is blinded
by the resumption of nuclear testing and he is reminded*

[play verse part2]
F G C C/B Am G
that Doctor Robert Oppenheimer's optimism fell
F G [play intro]
at the first hurdle

C C/B Am Am C C/B Am Am


3.
C C/B Am G
In the cheese pavilion, the only noise I hear
is the sound of someone stacking chairs and mopping up spilled beer

F G C C/B Am
and someone asking questions and basking in the light
G F G [play intro]
of the fifteen fame filled minutes of the fanzine writer

C C/B Am Am C C/B Am Am


4.

C C/B Am G
Mixing pop and politics, he asks me what the use is
I offer him embarrassment and my usual excuses*

F G C C/B Am G
while looking down the corridor out to where the van is waiting
F G [play intro]
I'm looking for the great leap forwards

C C/B Am Am C C/B Am Am


5.
C C/B Am G
Jumble sales are organised and pamphlets have been posted
even after closing time, there's still parties to be hosted*

F G C C/B Am
you can be active with the activists or sleep in with the sleepers
G
while you're
F G [play intro]
waiting for the great leap forwards

C C/B Am Am C C/B Am Am

[outro]:
F G C C/B Am G
oh 1 leap forwards 2 leaps back, will politics get me the sack
F G C [intro] C/B Am Am
waiting for the great leap forwards

F C
well here comes the future and you cant run from it
C C/B Am G
if you've got a blacklist I wanna be on it
F G C [intro] C/B Am Am
waiting for the great leap forwards

F G
well its a mighty long way down rock and roll
C C/B Am G
from top of the pops to drawing the dole
F G C [intro] C/B Am Am
you're waiting for the great leap forwards

F G
if no-one out there understands
C C/B Am G
start your own revolution and cut out the middleman
F G C [intro] C/B Am Am
waiting for the great leap forwards

F G
in a perfect world we'd all sing in tune
C C/B Am G
but this is reality so give me some room
F G C [intro] C/B Am Am
waiting for the great leap forwards

F G
so join the struggle while you may
C C/B Am G
the revolution is just a T-shirt away
F G C [intro] C/B Am Am
waiting for the great leap forwards

Hippie Dribble
07-02-2011, 11:15 PM
Mustacheukuleles- thank you for your kind words- they made my night (morning?) Ah- that girl means the workd to me and yeah- we are a happy pair it seems even after 18 years (thank god)...sorry, I was being a wise guy on the chords- here they are. I play a Cmaj7 instead of the C/B (first string, second fret- C chords closest neighbor)

1.
[play verse part1]
C C/B Am G
It may have been camelot for Jack and Jacqueline
or on the Che Guevara highway filling up with gasoline
Fidel Castro's brother spies a rich lady who's crying over
luxury's disappointment so he walks over and he's trying

[play verse part2]
F G C C/B Am
to sympathise with her but he thinks that he should warn her
G F G [play intro]
that the third world is just around the corner

C C/B Am Am C C/B Am Am


2.
[play verse part1]
C C/B Am G
in the Soviet Union, a scientist is blinded
by the resumption of nuclear testing and he is reminded*

[play verse part2]
F G C C/B Am G
that Doctor Robert Oppenheimer's optimism fell
F G [play intro]
at the first hurdle

C C/B Am Am C C/B Am Am


3.
C C/B Am G
In the cheese pavilion, the only noise I hear
is the sound of someone stacking chairs and mopping up spilled beer

F G C C/B Am
and someone asking questions and basking in the light
G F G [play intro]
of the fifteen fame filled minutes of the fanzine writer

C C/B Am Am C C/B Am Am


4.

C C/B Am G
Mixing pop and politics, he asks me what the use is
I offer him embarrassment and my usual excuses*

F G C C/B Am G
while looking down the corridor out to where the van is waiting
F G [play intro]
I'm looking for the great leap forwards

C C/B Am Am C C/B Am Am


5.
C C/B Am G
Jumble sales are organised and pamphlets have been posted
even after closing time, there's still parties to be hosted*

F G C C/B Am
you can be active with the activists or sleep in with the sleepers
G
while you're
F G [play intro]
waiting for the great leap forwards

C C/B Am Am C C/B Am Am

[outro]:
F G C C/B Am G
oh 1 leap forwards 2 leaps back, will politics get me the sack
F G C [intro] C/B Am Am
waiting for the great leap forwards

F C
well here comes the future and you cant run from it
C C/B Am G
if you've got a blacklist I wanna be on it
F G C [intro] C/B Am Am
waiting for the great leap forwards

F G
well its a mighty long way down rock and roll
C C/B Am G
from top of the pops to drawing the dole
F G C [intro] C/B Am Am
you're waiting for the great leap forwards

F G
if no-one out there understands
C C/B Am G
start your own revolution and cut out the middleman
F G C [intro] C/B Am Am
waiting for the great leap forwards

F G
in a perfect world we'd all sing in tune
C C/B Am G
but this is reality so give me some room
F G C [intro] C/B Am Am
waiting for the great leap forwards

F G
so join the struggle while you may
C C/B Am G
the revolution is just a T-shirt away
F G C [intro] C/B Am Am
waiting for the great leap forwards

wow that is some post Dave. Thanks for going to all that trouble. Gee, it was worth it just to read those magnificent lyrics.

Such a self deprecating bugger isn't he. And gloriously cynical (realistic?). Cheers mate. :)

ScotsDave
07-03-2011, 01:15 AM
Thanks for that - what a great song! I defy anyone not to smile when they are listening to the ukulele. Made my Sunday.

TCK
07-03-2011, 09:39 AM
Glad you liked it Dave.
Eugene- I gut really lucky on that post- had it already, just needed to copy and paste ;) He really does like to have a go at it all- think that is what makes me like his stuff so much.

ThomD
02-19-2016, 11:27 PM
From the age of 5 or 6, this has been my daughter's favorite song, and now the school has Uke lessons, so thanks for putting this up. Very nicely done.

I must say "politics will it get me in the sack" around 4:20, has a nice Clintonian edge to it.