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Folk Song: Fakenham Fair

A really fun song to play this.  I learned it from Bellowhead, hence the odd 5/4 time signature.

Enjoy!

Folk Song: The king of Rome

This is a relatively recent folk song, written by David Sudbury in 1987, but like all the best folk songs it tells a great (and in this case, true) story.

It was made famous by June Tabor but I learned it from Jon Boden (again!).

Enjoy!

Lyrics: From memory
Takes: 1

Download:The King of Rome

New toy!

Borrowed from Mum & Dad on the condition that I play something at their church Open Mic night – how could I resist!

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Folk Song: The London Waterman

A fun song to sing and a rare example of a folk song with a happy ending!

It was originally written by Charles Dibdin for a ballad opera in 1774 but has evolved as it’s been passed from singer to singer and now looks quite different to Dibdin’s original. You can read more of the history and see the original lyrics at Mainly Norfolk.

Enjoy!

Lyrics: from memory
Takes: 1

Download: The London Waterman

Ten Thousand Miles Away

I enjoyed recording and posting daily folk songs here during September so I decided to leave my ‘studio’ set up and keep learning, recording and posting songs as and when I have time.

I’m really enjoying singing unaccompanied folk songs but one of the things that does get missed are the harmonies so, with the wonders of technology, I decided to play around with adding some this time.

Enjoy!

Lyrics: From memory
Takes: multiple (obviously!)

Download: Ten Thousand Miles Away

Story for school assembly – Judas Iscariot

I go into one of our local schools on Wednesdays to lead Collective Worship (aka assemblies!), and at the moment we are looking at Jesus’ friends.  This week it is the turn of Judas Iscariot and, perhaps unsurprisingly, it is really quite difficult to find good stories to read about Judas so rather than spend hours in fruitless searching I thought I’d just channel my inner Bob Hartman and write my own!

In  the ‘refrain’ when I say “Judas made a mistake”, the children will shout “Oh no!”.

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Judas made a mistake Oh no!
Judas made a big mistake

He had been travelling with Jesus for 3 long years and for 3 long years he had watched as Jesus had spent time with people who were poor, and homeless, and sick, instead of people who were rich and powerful and important.

Judas made a mistake Oh no!
Judas made a big mistake

Because he got fed up of waiting. Jesus was his friend but he wanted more important friends. Friends who were rich and powerful. Friends like the Pharisees.

Judas made a mistake Oh no!
Judas made a big mistake

He knew that the Pharisees didn’t like Jesus, but he went to talk to them anyway. They told him that they’d give him lots of money if he told them where they could find Jesus.

Judas made a mistake Oh no!
Judas made a big mistake

Because that evening, after he’d had dinner with Jesus and his friends and found out where they were going later he slipped out of the room and went to find the Pharisees.

Judas made a mistake Oh no!
Judas made a big mistake

The Pharisees gave him a big bag of money and Judas led them to the garden where Jesus and his friends were sitting. Judas greeted Jesus with a kiss but then he watched in horror as the Pharisees arrested Jesus!

Judas had made a mistake Oh no!
Judas had made a big mistake

He hadn’t meant for his friend to be arrested but it was too late now. Too late to stop it, the Pharisees had already taken Jesus off to prison. He tried to give them the money back, he tried to undo the damage but it was too late.

Judas had made a mistake Oh no!
Judas had made a big mistake

But that wasn’t his biggest mistake. Because Judas couldn’t see how Jesus, his friend, could ever forgive him. And so he never asked, he never said sorry.

But if he had asked, if he had said sorry, Jesus would have forgiven him, just like he forgave his other friends who ran away in fear when Jesus was arrested, just like he forgave Peter who told people that he didn’t even know Jesus because he was scared they’d arrest him too.

Judas made a mistake Oh no!
Judas made a big mistake

Judas didn’t think his friend would forgive him and because of that he is known as “Judas the traitor” when he could have been known as “Judas the forgiven”.

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Prayer

We thank you Jesus that you are our friend, and that when we make mistakes we can always say sorry and you will always forgive us.

Help us to say sorry to our friends when we make mistakes and to forgive them when they let us down.

Amen

#SeptemberSongs Day 30 – the Greenland whale fishery

We’ve made it to the end of the month – huzzah! Another sea song to finish and an interesting one at that.

There are variations of this song dating back to the early 18th century. This version must be from at least the late Victorian era and possibly more recent. It is ‘set’ in 1864, the main problem with this being that they stopped fishing for whales around Greenland in the 1830s!

The Victorians also had a tendency to swap the penultimate verse around so that the captain was more upset at losing his men than losing the whale. Somehow I think the old way is more authentic!

So, for the last time (for this month at least…), enjoy!

Lyrics: from memory
Takes: 3

Download: 30 The Greenland whale fishery

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