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    I think many people love this song and sing it with their ukulele. Recently we talked this song even in the context of protect song in a thread. This song is one of my favorite song and I often sing it with my soprano. I sing it on the key of C like this.

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    Original key is A (red circle in the figure below). But it is too high for me. I can not sing it key of G either.

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    Here is a very good video on Yutube (See below) by John Denver and Johnny Cash.



    This version is played on key of B, which is even higher than original A.
    John Denver's guitar is key of A on capo 2 = key of B
    Johnny Cash's guitar is key of G on capo 4 = key of B
    John Denver sings key of B (red circle in the figure above).
    Johnny Cash sings key of B (green circle).
    See the difference between red and green circles. They sing on one octave difference. And Johnny Cash's B (green) is just next to my C (yellow). Key of A is too high for me. But John Denver can sing it on B too. I think not many male can sing it on A or G.
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    This was one the the first songs I memorized. I grew up in the 70s, so John Denver was very popular with my crowd.

    A few years ago I brought my uke along for the first time on our annual big group camping trip. There are usually 25 or more people sharing 6 camp sites. When I pulled out a uke some people kinda smirked, but I played this song first and got everyone singing along, they loved it........and the sound of the uke. One guy said it sounded like a small guitar, what they didn't realize was it was a tenor in low G. I played and we sang for hours that afternoon while we BBQed spare ribs over an open fire. I always bring at least 2 or 3 ukes every year now.

    Sorry for the thread jack but that song brings back some good memories.
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    70's favourite!
    Those guitars look big and scary!

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    Hi, Dave! Thank you for sharing your experience. As our age is same, it is definitely our 70's favorite.

    Hi, Brenda! Yes, guitars are like furniture. Tenor is much suitable for campfire than my soprano or guitalele.
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    I'm more of a Leaving On A Jetplane fan - a song which is very easy to play in C on a GCEA tuned uke or in G on a bari

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    Quote Originally Posted by jollyboy View Post
    I'm more of a Leaving On A Jetplane fan - a song which is very easy to play in C on a GCEA tuned uke or in G on a bari
    Peter Paul and Mary or John Denver ??? I played that in elementary school. It was a very very popular folk song

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    That is certainly one of the finest country and western songs I've ever heard. I think it puts today's "country music" to shame. We do it in every country n western jam session!
    "Those who bring sunshine and laughter to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves".

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoloRule View Post
    Peter Paul and Mary or John Denver ??? I played that in elementary school. It was a very very popular folk song
    JD all the way for me

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    West of Colorado and California you get to; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiCkiyTGM6E
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    I actually learned the song from one of my favorite Studio Ghibli movies "Mimi wo Sumaseba". Love it!

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