Monday, 25 March 2013

Springtime Songs

It's spring, and people are starting to travel again. There were only four of us at our last meeting, only three who stayed the whole time. Our playlist was set for the season and included: I'm Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover, Lemon Tree, Garden Song, Rockin' Robin and—it had to come up sometime—Tiptoe Through the Tulips. We also played a few favorites: Let's Get Away From It All, Blue Bayou, Hallelujah, and Puff the Magic Dragon.

Easter is coming up, but there aren't many secular Easter songs. In fact, we could only think of two: Irving Berlin's Easter Parade, and Here Comes Peter Cottontail.

After finding the above video, I ended up having a short correspondence with YouTube user ThePopster666, aka "Papa." He makes his videos as a way to teach his grandchildren ukulele, and he gave me permission to post my transcription of his chords (which are also in the notes under his video on YouTube), as well as link to the .pdf file I made for our group here. In both cases, I've emphasized the 3 main chords (in bold type on the .pdf, in red below) so that the I-IV-V structure of the song is more evident. Those who prefer simple can just play the bold chords. ThePopster's additional chords give the song more nuance, though.

Here Comes Peter Cottontail
as arranged by “ThePopster666”

[C]Here comes [CM7]Peter [C7]Cottontail

[F]hoppin' [FM7]down the [F6]bunny [F]trail

[G7]Hippity [C#dim]hoppin', [G]Easter's [G7]on its [C]way [Cdim][Dm7][G7]

[C]Bringin' [CM7]every [C7] girl and boy

[F]baskets [FM7]full of [F6]Easter [F]joy

[G7]Things to [C#dim]make your [G]Easter [G7]bright and [C]gay [Cdim] [G7]

[C]He's got [F]jelly [Fm7]beans for [F6]Tommy

[F]colored [C]eggs for [G7]sister [C]Sue

[C]There's an [F]orchid [FM7]for you [F6]mommy

[F]and an [G7]Easter [Cdim]bonnet [G7]too

Oh! [C]Here comes [CM7]Peter [C7]Cottontail

[F]hoppin' [FM7]down the [F6]bunny [F]trail

[G7]Hippity [C#dim]hoppity, [G]happy [G7]Easter [C] day [Dm7] [C]

If the key of C is too high, you can transpose...or you can use these arrangements in G or in A.

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