Songbook - June and July 2018
Besoin Pour Vivre Claude Dubois (1972)
Bluebird Mark Knopfler (2012)
Helpless Neil Young (1970)
If I Needed You Townes Van Zandt (1972)
Let the Mermaids Flirt With Me John Hurt (1966)
Lodi Creedence Clearwater Revival (Fogerty, 1969)
Love Letters In The Sand Pat Boone (J. Fred Coots, 1931)
The Lowlands Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (2002)
Reminds Me Of You Van Morrison
That's What Makes You Strong Jesse Winchester (1999)



Besoin Pour Vivre
Claude Dubois (1972)


     Rhythmique pour versets
ex. [F]   [G]     [C]       [Am]
4/4 | D - - U - - - U | - - - U - - - - |
      1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &

Intro (Rhythmique du refrain)
| ... [F↓] [G↓] ...   [C↑] | .... [Am↑] ...   |
| [F↓] ... [E7↑] ... [Am↑] | [Am↓] ... |
| ... [F↓] [G↓] ...   [C↑] | .... [Am↑] ...   |
| [F↓] ... [E7↑] ... [Am↑] | ...

Chorus
| Yeah [F↓] [G↓] yeah  [C↑] yeah! | .... [Am↑] ...   |
| [F↓] Wo-ou- [E7↑] o wou- [Am↑]o | [Am↓] ... |
| Yeah [F↓] [G↓] yeah  [C↑] yeah! | .... [Am↑] ...   |
| [F↓] J'ai besoin de [E7↑] m'amu- [Am↑] ser | [Am↓] ...

J'ai besoin pour [F] vivre sur [G] Terre de [C] soleil et de [Am] pluie
De [F] legumes [G] et de [C] fruits [Am]
J'ai [F] besoin de bou- [G] ger, de [C] dormir et man- [Am] ger
J'peux [F] pas vivre sans [E7] être ai- [Am↑][Am↓]

J'ai besoin pour [F] vivre sur [G] Terre de [C] rire de m'amu- [Am] ser
[F] Et surtout [G] de chan- [C] ter [Am]
J'ai [F] besoin de dan- [G] ser a- [C] vec le monde en- [Am] tier
J'peux [F] pas vivre sans [E7] être ai- [Am↑][Am↓]

Chorus
| Yeah [F↓] [G↓] yeah  [C↑] yeah! | .... [Am↑] ...   |
| [F↓] Wo-ou- [E7↑] o wou- [Am↑]o | [Am↓] ... |
| Yeah [F↓] [G↓] yeah  [C↑] yeah! | .... [Am↑] ...   |
| [F↓] J'ai besoin de [E7↑] m'amu- [Am↑] ser | [Am↓] ...

J'ai besoin pour [F] vivre sur [G] Terre d'es- [C] sayer que les [Am] êtres
[F] Ne manquent ja- [G] mais de [C] rien [Am]
Be- [F] soin de travail- [G] ler rien [C] que pour vous don- [Am] ner
Car [F] je n'pourrais pas [E7] exis- [Am↑][Am↓] ter

J'ai besoin pour [F] vivre sur [G] Terre d'ai- [C] mer et d'être ai- [Am]
[F] De prendre et [G] de don- [C] ner [Am]
J'ai [F] besoin de rê- [G] ver et [C] aussi de pen- [Am] ser
A [F] celle qui m'fait [E7] tant ai- [Am↑][Am↓] mer

Chorus
| Yeah [F↓] [G↓] yeah  [C↑] yeah!   | .... [Am↑] ...   |
| [F↓] Wo-ou- [E7↑] o wou- [Am↑] o | [Am↓] ... |
| Yeah [F↓] [G↓] yeah  [C↑] yeah!   | .... [Am↑] ...   |
| [F↓] Celle qui me [E7↑] fait ai- [Am↑] mer | [Am↓]

Chorus
| Yeah [F↓] [G↓] yeah  [C↑] yeah!   | .... [Am↑] ...   |
| [F↓] Wo-ou- [E7↑] o wou- [Am↑] o | [Am↓] ... |
| Yeah [F↓] [G↓] yeah  [C↑] yeah!   | .... [Am↑] ...   |
| [F↓] Celle qui me [E7↑] fait ai- [Am↑] mer | [Am↓]


#Original est 3 demitons plus bas que ces accords.
#Last Updated 6/26/18 JJ
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Bluebird
Mark Knopfler (2012)


     Slow swing feel
4/4 | d - R u - u - - |
      1   2 &(3)&(4)


| [Dm] | [Dm]   | [Dm] | [Dm] |   
| [Gm] | [Gm]   | [Dm] | [Dm] |   
| [F]   | [Gm6] [A7] | [Dm] | [Dm↓] |   

Got [Dm] crows in my pasture
[Dm] ...Rats in my [Dm] barn   [Dm]                    
[Gm] ...Crows in my pasture, babe
[Gm] ...Rats in my [Dm] barn  [Dm]  
If I was [F] you, little bluebird
[Gm6] ...I'd [A7] up and find a- [Dm] nother farm  [Dm↓]    

I've got [Dm] nightshade in my meadow
[Dm] ...Ragweed in my [Dm] corn   [Dm]                    
[Gm] ...Nightshade in my [Gm] meadow              
And ragweed in my [Dm] corn   [Dm]  
If I was [F] you, little bluebird
[Gm6] ....  [A7] I'd be long  [Dm] gone [Dm↓]    

| [Dm] | [Dm]   | [Dm] | [Dm] |   
| [Gm] | [Gm]   | [Dm] | [Dm] |   
| [F]   | [Gm6] [A7] | [Dm] | [Dm↓] |   

Yes, I got [Dm] squirrels in my rafters
[Dm] ...Weevils in my [Dm] hay    [Dm]    
[Gm] ...Squirrels in my rafters
[Gm] ...Weevils in my [Dm] hay    [Dm]  
If I was [F] you, little bluebird
[Gm6] ...  I'd [A7] up and fly a- [Dm] way   [Dm] Fly away, baby

| [Dm] | [Dm]   | [Dm] | [Dm] |   
| [Gm] | [Gm]   | [Dm] | [Dm] |   
| [F]   | [Gm6] [A7] | [Dm] | [Dm] | [Dm↓]


#Capo on 1st fret to play with original.
#Last Updated 7/3/18 JJ
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Helpless
Neil Young (1970)


      Two Bar Pattern      
4/4 | d - - - D - d u | D u D - D - - - |
      1   2   3   4 &   1   2   3   4 &

Intro:
| [D] | [A] | [G] | [G] |
| [D] | [A] | [G] | [G] |
  
[D] ...There is a [A] town in north [G] Ontario [G]
[D] ...With dreams, [A] comfort, me- [G] mories to spare [G]
[D] ...And in my [A] mind I still [G] need a place to [G] go
[D] ...All [A] my changes [G] were there. [G]

[D] ...Blue, blue [A] windows be- [G] hind the stars [G]  
[D] ...Yellow [A] moon on [G] the rise [G]
[D] ...Big birds [A] flying a- [G] cross the sky [G]
[D] ...Throwing [A] shadows [G] on our eyes. [G] Leave us...

Chorus
[D] (Help...) Helpless (less) [A] (helpless) helpless help- (helpless) [G] (helpless) less [G]
[D] (Help...) Ba- (less) [A] (helpless) -abe can you (helpless) [G] (helpless) hear me now [G]
[D] (Help...) The chains (less) [A] (helpless) are locked and (helpless) [G] (helpless) tied across the door [G]
[D] (Help...) Ba- (less) [A] (helpless) -by sing (helpless) [G] (helpless) with me somehow [G]

Instrumental:
| [D] | [A] | [G] | [G] |
| [D] | [A] | [G] | [G] |

[D] ...Blue, blue [A] windows be- [G] hind the stars [G]
[D] ...Yellow [A] moon on [G] the rise [G]  
[D] ...Big birds [A] flying [G] across the sky
[D] ...Throwing [A] shadows [G] on our eyes. [G] Leave us...

Chorus
[D] (Help...) Helpless (less) [A] (helpless) helpless help- (helpless) [G] (helpless) less [G]
[D] (Help...) Helpless (less) [A] (helpless) helpless help- (helpless) [G] (helpless) less [G]
[D] (Help...) Helpless (less) [A] (helpless) helpless help- (helpless) [G] (helpless) less [G]
[D] (Help...) Helpless (less) [A] (helpless) helpless help- (helpless) [G] (helpless) less [G]


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#Last Updated 6/19/18 JJ
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If I Needed You  
Townes Van Zandt (1972)



    Carter Picking
4/4 | T3 - d u T4 - d u |
      1    2 & 3    4 &


Intro
| [C] | [C] | [C] | [C] |   
| [C] | [F] | [G] | [C] | [C]

| [C] | [C] | [C] | [C] |   
| [C] | [F] | [G] | [C] | [C]

If I [C] needed | you
Would you [C] come to | me
Would you [C] come to [F] me
For to [G] ease my [C] pain  [C]  

If you [C] needed | me
I would [C] come to | you
I would [C] swim the [F] seas
For to [G] ease your [C] pain  [C]  

Well the [C] night's fore- | lorn
And the [C] morning's | born
And the [C] morning [F] shines
With the [G] lights of [C] love   [C]  

And you will [C] miss sunrise | [C]    
If you [C] close your | eyes
And [C] that would [F] break
My [G] heart in [C] two  [C]  

Instrumental
| [C] | [C] | [C] | [C] |   
| [C] | [F] | [G] | [C] | [C]  

| [C] | [C] | [C] | [C] |   
| [C] | [F] | [G] | [C] | [C]

Baby's [C] with me | now
Since I [C] showed her | how
To [C] lay her [F] lilly
[G] Hand in [C] mine  [C]  

Who would [C] ill a- | gree
She's a [C] sight to | see
A [C] treasure [F] for
The [G] poor to [C] find   [C]  

If I [C] needed | you
Would you [C] come to | me
Would you [C] come to [F] me
For to [G] ease my [C] pain  [C]  

If you [C] needed | me
I would [C] come to | you
I would [C] swim the [F] seas
For to [G] ease your [C] pain   [C]  

Instrumental
| [C] | [C] | [C] | [C] |   
| [C] | [F] | [G] | [C] | [C]

| [C] | [C] | [C] | [C] |   
| [C] | [F] | [G] | [C] | [C]

#Original in key of B (1 semitone lower than this chart).

#This next version is in the key of C.

#Last Updated 6/25/18 JJ
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Let the Mermaids Flirt With Me
John Hurt (1966)


Basic accompaniment
4/4 | T3 - D - T4 - D - |
      1    2   3    4

Intro (Basic Progression)
| [G] | [C] | [F]   | [C] |
| [F] | [C] | [D7] | [G] |
| [G] | [C] | [F]   | [C] |
| [F] | [C] | [G]   | [C] |

| [G] Blues all on the | [C] ocean,
| [F] Blues all in the | [C] air;
| [F] Can't stay here no | [C] longer,
I | [D7] have no steamship | [G] fare.
When my | [G] earthly trials are | [C] over,
Cast my | [F] body out in the | [C] sea;
| [F] Save on the under- | [C] taker bill
Let the | [G] mermaids flirt with | [C] me!

I | [G] do not work for | [C] pleasure;
Earthly | [F] peace I'll see no | [C] more;
The | [F] only reason I | [C] work at all
Is to | [D7] drive the wolf from my | [G] door.
When my | [G] earthly trials are | [C] over,
Cast my | [F] body out in the | [C] sea;
| [F] Save on the under- | [C] taker bill
Let the | [G] mermaids flirt with | [C] me!

Instrumental
| [G] | [C] | [F]   | [C] |
| [F] | [C] | [D7] | [G] |
| [G] | [C] | [F]   | [C] |
| [F] | [C] | [G]   | [C] |

My | [G] wife controles our | [C] happy home;
My | [F] sweetheart I cannot | [C] find.
The | [F] only thing I can | [C] call my own
Is a | [D7] troubled and a worried | [G] mind.
When my | [G] earthly trials are | [C] over,
Cast my | [F] body out in the | [C] sea;
| [F] Save on the under- | [C] taker bill
Let the | [G] mermaids flirt with | [C] me!

| [G] Blues all in my | [C] body;
My | [F] darlin' has forsaken | [C] me.
If I | [F] ever see her | [C] face again
Have to | [D7] swim across that | [G] sea.
When my | [G] earthly trials are | [C] over,
Cast my | [F] body out in the | [C] sea;
| [F] Save on the under- | [C] taker bill
Let the | [G] mermaids flirt with | [C] me!

Instrumental
| [G] | [C] | [F]   | [C] |
| [F] | [C] | [D7] | [G] |
| [G] | [C] | [F]   | [C] |
| [F] | [C] | [G]   | [C] |

| [G] Blues all on the | [C] ocean,
| [F] Blues all in the | [C] air;
| [F] Can't stay here no | [C] longer,
I | [D7] have no steamship | [G] fare.
When my | [G] earthly trials are | [C] over,
Cast my | [F] body out in the | [C] sea;
| [F] Save on the under- | [C] taker bill
Let the | [G] mermaids flirt with | [C] me!


#Play along in this key with this version. (Key of C)
#Last Updated 7/3/18 JJ
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Lodi
Creedence Clearwater Revival


4/4 | D u - u D u - u | D u - u D u ...
      1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & ...

Intro
| [G]   | [G]   | [C]   | [G]   |

| [G] Just about a year a- | go   |
I | [C] set out on the | [G] road   |
| [G] Seekin' my fame and | [Em] fortune   |
| [C] Lookin' for a pot of | [D7] gold   |
| [G] Things got bad and | [Em] things got worse
I | [C] guess you know the | [G] tune   |
| [G] Oh, Lord! I'm | [D] stuck in Lodi a- | [C] gain | [G] |

| [G] Rode in on the | greyhound
I'll be | [C] walkin' out if I | [G] go   |
| [G] I was just passing | [Em] through
Must be | [C] seven months or | [D7] more   |
| [G] Ran out of time and | [Em] money   |
| [C] Looks like they took my | [G] friends   |
| [G] Oh, Lord! I'm | [D] stuck in Lodi a- | [C] gain | [G] |

Instrumental
| [G]   | [G]   | [C]     | [G]   |   
| [G]   | [G]   | [D] [C] | [G]   |   
The | [G] man from the maga- | zine
| [C] Said I was on my | [G] way   |
| [G] Somewhere I lost con- | [Em] nections
I | [C] ran out of songs to | [D7] play
I | [G] came in to town a | [Em] one night stand,
| [C] Looks like my plans fell | [G] through   |
| [G] Oh, Lord! I'm | [D] stuck in Lodi a- | [C] gain | [G] |

Instrumental Bridge
| [D]   | [A]   | [E7]   | [A]   | [A]   |

| [A] If I only had a | dollar
for | [D] ev'ry song I | [A] sung   |
| [A] Ev'ry time I've | [F#m] had to play
while | [D] people sat there | [E7] drunk
You | [A] know I'd catch the | [F#m] next train   |
| [D] Back to where I | [A] live   |
| [A] Oh, Lord! I'm | [E7] stuck in Lodi a- | [D] gain | [A]   |
| [A] Oh, Lord! I'm | [E7] stuck in Lodi a- | [D] gain | [A]   |

Instrumental
| [A]   | [A]   | [D]       | [A]   |   
| [A]   | [A]   | [E7] [D] | [A]   | [A↓]


#Capo on 3rd fret to play with original.
#Last Updated 7/17/18 JJ
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Love Letters In The Sand
Pat Boone (J. Fred Coots, 1931)


Intro (Whistle)
| [C] | [F] | [C] | [D7↓][G7↓]     |

On a | [C] day like to- | day
We | [F] pass the time a- | [D7] way  
Writing | [G7] love letters | [D7] in  [G7] the  
| [C] sand [D7] | [F] [G7]

How you | [C] laughed when I | cried
Each | [F] time I saw the | [D7] tide  
Take our | [G7] love letters | [D7] [G7] from the
| [C] sand [F] | [C]

You made a | [E7] vow that | you would | [Am] ever be | true
But some-   | [D7] how that | vow meant | [F] nothing to | [G7] you  

Now my | [C] broken heart | aches
With | [F] every wave that | [D7] breaks
Over | [G7] love letters | [D7] [G7] in the
| [C] sand [F] | [C↓]

Instrumental (Whistle)
| [E7] | [E7] | [Am] | [Am] |   
| [D7] | [D7] | [F]   | [G7] |

Now my | [C] broken heart | aches
With | [F] every wave that | [D7] breaks
Over | [G7] love letters | [D7] in [G7] the
| [C] sand [F] | [C↓] [G7↓][C↓]


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The Lowlands
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (2002)


Intro                
| [Bm]   | [Bm]   | [Bm]   | [Bm]  

I'm | [Bm] headed for the | [G] lowlands
Would you | [G] please direct my | [D] way
The | [D] train is leaving | [A] shortly
There's no | [A] time for de- | [Bm] lay | [Bm]

She | [Bm] told me she'd be | [G] waiting
I'm | [G] not so sure she | [D] is
I | [D] heard that there's a- | [A] nother man
Who | claims that she is | [Bm] his   | [Bm]  

Chorus
The   | [Bm] lowlands were my | [A] home...
when | [A] I was but a | [Bm] child   | [Bm] |
| [Bm] They will be my | [A] deathbed |
| [A] when I've passed my | [Bm] time   | [Bm]  

I re- | [Bm] member one | [G] summer day...
The | [G] clouds began to | [D] build
We | [D] gathered the | [A] cattle
That had | [A] scattered cross the | [Bm] fields

Well it | [Bm] started to | [G] rain...
and con- | tinued several | [D] days
The | [D] river over- | [A] flowed
and the | crops all went to | [Bm] waste   | [Bm]  

Chorus
The   | [Bm] lowlands were my | [A] home...
when | [A] I was but a | [Bm] child   | [Bm] |
| [Bm] They will be my | [A] deathbed |
| [A] when I've passed my | [Bm] time   | [Bm]  

Instrumental
| [G]   | [G]   | [D]   | [D]   |
| [A]   | [A]   | [Bm] | [Bm] | [Bm]  
| [G]   | [G]   | [D]   | [D]   |
| [A]   | [A]   | [Bm] | [Bm]  

You | [Bm] know that I'm no | [G] failure
through my | [G] victories are | [D] few
I'm | [D] trying my | [A] best
but there's | [A] too much here to | [Bm] do | [Bm]                                      

| [Bm] That girl I | [G] love once told me
I | [G] made her feel se- | [D] cure
It's | [D] hard to think I've | [A] been replaced.
| [A] Nothing does en- | [Bm] dure.

Chorus
The   | [Bm] lowlands were my | [A] home...
when | [A] I was but a | [Bm] child   | [Bm] |
| [Bm] They will be my | [A] deathbed |
| [A] when I've passed my | [Bm] time   | [Bm]  

Instrumental
| [G]   | [G]   | [D]   | [D]   |
| [A]   | [A]   | [Bm] | [Bm] | [Bm]  
| [G]   | [G]   | [D]   | [D]   |
| [A]   | [A]   | [Bm] | [Bm] |   


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Reminds Me Of You
Van Morrison


Intro
| [G]   | [Bm]     | [C]   | [C]  
| [G]   | [D] [C] | [G]   | [G]  

I miss you [G] so much... [Bm] ...I can't [C] stand it, [C]  
Seems like my [G] heart... [Bm] ...is breaking in [D] two.   [D]  
My head says [G] no... [Bm] ... but my soul de- [C] mands it    [C]  
Everything I [G] do... [D]  ...re- [C] minds me of [G] you. [G]    

I miss you [G] so much... [Bm] ...in this house full of [C] shadows,     [C]  
While the rain keeps [G] pouring down... [Bm] ...my window, [D] too.   [D]  
When will the [G] pain... [Bm] ... recede to the [C] darkness,  [C]  
From whence it has [G] come?... [D] ...And I'm [C] feeling [G]so blue. [G]    

Bridge
Ain't goin' [C] down... [C] ...no more to the [Bm] well.... [Bm]    
Sometimes it [C] feels like [D] ...I'm going to [G] hell.   [G7]  
Sometimes I'm [C] knocking... [C] ...on your front [Bm] door,  [Bm]    
But I don't have [C] nothing... [D] ...to [C] sell, [G] no more.

Seems like the [G] spirit... [Bm] ...is pushing me [C] onwards,   [C]  
I'm able to [G] see... [Bm] ...where I tripped and went [D] wrong.    [D]  
I'll just have to [G] guess... [Bm] ...where my soul will find [C] comfort.  [C]  
And I miss you so [G] much... [D] ... when I'm [C] singing [G] my song.

Instrumental
| [G]   | [Bm]     | [C]   | [C]   |
| [G]   | [Bm]     | [D]   | [D]  
| [G]   | [Bm]     | [C]   | [C]  
| [G]   | [D] [C] | [G]   | [G]  

Bridge
Ain't goin' [C] down... [C] ...no more to the [Bm] well      [Bm]  
Sometimes it [C] seems... [D] ...I'm going to [G] hell.  [G7]  
You'll find I'm [C] knocking... [C] ...on your front [Bm] door, [Bm]  
But I don't have [C] nothing... [D] ...to [C] sell, n[G] o more.

Seems like the [G] spirit... [Bm] ...is pushing me [C] onwards,  [C]          
I'm able to [G] see where... [Bm] ...I tripped and went [D] wrong.   [D]  
I'll just have to [G] guess... [Bm] ...where my soul will find [C] comfort.  [C]  
And I miss you so [G] much... [D] ...when I'm [C] singing [G] my song.

I miss you [G] so much... [Bm] ...I can't [C] stand it, [C]  
Seems like my [G] heart... [Bm] ...is breaking in [D] two.   [D]  
My head says [G] no... [Bm] ... but my soul de- [C] mands it    [C]  
Everything I [G] do... [D]  ...re- [C] minds me of[G]   you. [G]    
Everything I [G] do... [D]  ...re- [C] minds me of[G]   you. [G]    
Everything I [G] do... [D]  ...re- [C] minds me of[G]   you. [G]    

Outro
| [C]   | [Cmaj7]   | [C6]   | [G]


#Play along with original in this key.
#Last Updated 7/25/18 JJ
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That's What Makes You Strong
Jesse Winchester (1999)


| [A]   | [A]   | [A]   | [A]  
If you | [A] love somebody, | then that means you | [Bm] need somebody | [Bm]
If you | [E7] need somebody, | that's what make you | [A] weak   | [A]
But if you | [A] know your weak, | don't you know | [Bm] need you someone | [Bm]
| [E7] Oh it's a funny | thing, but that's what make you | [A] strong   | [A↓]  

Chorus
That's what make you | [A] strong
That's what gives you | [Bm] power
That's what lets the | [E7] meek  come sit beside the | [A] king
That's what let's us | [A] smile in our final | [Bm] hour
That's what moves our | [E7] souls and
That's what makes us | [A] sing   | [A]   | [A]   | [A]  

And to | [A] trust somebody | is to be disap- | [Bm] pointed   | [Bm]
It's never what you | [E7] wanted   | [E7]
And it happens every | [A] time   | [A]
But if your the | [A] trusting kind | [A]
This don't even | [Bm] cross your mind | [Bm]
| [E7] Oh, it's a funny | thing
but that's what make you | [A] strong   | [A↓]  

Chorus
That's what make you | [A] strong
That's what gives you | [Bm] power
That's what lets the | [E7] meek  come sit beside the | [A] king
That's what let's us | [A] smile in our final | [Bm] hour
That's what moves our | [E7] souls and
That's what makes us | [A] sing
That's what moves our | [Bm] souls...
| [E7] ...and that's what makes us | [A] sing   | [A↓]  


#Last Update 06/11/18 JJ
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