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Subject: RE: Chord Req: Epistle to Derroll (Donovan)
From: PHJim
Date: 28 Jan 19 - 08:01 PM

One of Ramblin' Jack's old buddies.


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: Epistle to Derroll (Donovan)
From: Johnny J
Date: 27 Jan 19 - 08:10 AM

Here's the man himself...

https://youtu.be/TkeefknDLOw?list=PL0ljwEL1J0Xf_PjFAlKSlmbRFzMD4BsM4


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: Epistle to Derroll (Donovan)
From: zwizard
Date: 26 Jan 19 - 03:56 PM

Capo 3

Intro:

C C/G, C C/G C C/G, F C C/G C C/G

Verse 1:
    C      C/G    C    C/G         
Come all ye starry star-fish,
F                      C   C/G C C/G
living in the deep blue sea.
C       C/G   C      C/G
Crawl to me; I have a propo-
F             C    C/G C C/G
sition to make thee.
C         C/G      C         C/G      
Would you walk the North Sea floor,
   F                C    C/G C C/G
to Belgium from Eng-land?


Chorus 1:

C       C/G       Am
Bring me word of a banjo man,
       F             C    C/G C C/G
With a tattoo on his hand.

Verse 2:

    C         C/G    C    C/G   
The spokesman of the star-fish,
F                  C      C/G C C/G
spoke as spokesman should.
C          C/G    C   C/G
"If'n you met our fee then,
F            C    C/G C C/G
certainly we would.
C       C/G    C       C/G   
If you cast a looking-glass
F                  C    C/G C C/G
u-pon the scallopped sand;

Chorus 2:

C            C/G          Am
You'll have word o' this banjo man,
       F             C    C/G C C/G
With a tattoo on his hand".

Verse 3:

    C      C/G    C    C/G   
Come all ye starry star-fish,
F                  C    C/G C C/G
I know your ways are caped.
C      C/G    C            C/G   
Maybe its be-cause you're astro-
F         C      C/G C C/G
logically shaped.
C         C/G      C       C/G   
Converse with the herring shoals,
F             C   C/G C C/G
as I know you can,

Chorus 3:

C         C/G         Am
Bring me word o' the banjo man,
       F             C    C/G C C/G
With a tattoo on his hand.

Verse 4:

    C      C/G    C    C/G      
The eldest of the star-fish
F             C    C/G C C/G
spoke after a sigh;
C          C/G    C         C/G   
"Youthful as you are young man,
    F             C    C/G C C/G
you have a 'Wisdom Eye';
C       C/G      C      C/G         
Surely you must know a looking-glass,
F             C    C/G C C/G
is made from sand

Chorus 4:

C            C/G      Am
These young-fish are fooling you,
F               C    C/G C C/G
A-bout this banjo man."

Verse 5:

C          C/G C    C/G   
"Come then aged star-fish,
F            C    C/G C C/G
riddle me no more.
C         C/G C   C/G
For news I am wea-ry,
F               C    C/G C C/G
and my heart is sore.
    C      C/G    C   C/G   
All on the silent sea-shore,
F             C   C/G C C/G
help me if you can,

Chorus 5:

C       C/G Am         
Tell to me, if you know,
F             C    C/G C C/G
of this banjo man".

Verse 6:

    C          C/G   C C/G   
"All through the seven o-ceans,
F             C    C/G C C/G
I am a star most famed.
C      C/G    C      C/G      
Many 'leggys' have I lost,
    F          C      C/G C C/G
and many have I gained.
C          C/G       C      C/G   
Strange to say, quite recent-ly,
    F               C    C/G C C/G
I've been to Fleming Land,

Chorus 6:

C       C/G    Am            
And if you are courteous,
    F             C   C/G C C/G
I'll tell you all I can.

Verse 7:

    C       C/G    C   C/G   
"You have my full at-ten-tion"
F                C    C/G C C/G
I answered him with glee,
    C       C/G       C    C/G      
His brother stars were twink-ling,   
       F             C   C/G C C/G
in the sky above the sea.
C   C/G   C          C/G
So I sat there with rapt
   F               C    C/G C C/G
at-tention, on the sand,

Chorus 7:

C    C/G    Am         
Very anxious for to hear,
F            C   C/G C C/G
of the banjo man.

Verse 8:

C       C/G       C       C/G
"I have seen this tattooed hand,
F                   C    C/G C C/G
through a ship port-hole.
C         C/G    C      C/G
Steaming on the watery main,
F                   C    C/G C C/G
through the waves so cold.
C          C/G      C      C/G
Heard his tinkling banjo, and
F            C    C/G C C/G
his voice so grand.

Chorus 8:

    C       C/G    Am       C/G
But you must come to Belgium,
   F                  C    C/G C
to shake his tattooed hand."

Verse 9:

C       C/G    C    C/G
"Gladly would I come, oh,
F             C   C/G C C/G
gladly would I go.
C      C/G    C       C/G
Had I not my work to do,
F             C    C/G C C/G
and my face to show.
C    C/G      C         C/G   
I re-joice to know he's well,
    F            C   C/G C C/G
but I must go in-land,

Chorus 9:

C          C/G    Am                  
Thank you for the words you brought,
F            C    C/G C C/G
of the banjo man".

Verse 10:

C       C/G      C       C/G            
I walked a-long the evening sand,
F                   C    C/G C C/G
as charcoal clouds did shift.
   C       C/G C    C   C/G   
Re-vealing the moon shi-ning,
F             C    C/G C C/G
on the pebble drift.
       C       C/G   C    C/G      
Contem-plating every other word,
    F       C    C/G C C/G
the starfish said;

Chorus 10:

C       C/G         Am                           
Whistly winds, they filled my dreams,
F             C   C/G C C/G
in my dreaming bed.


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: epistle to derroll (Donovan)
From: michaelr
Date: 11 Oct 07 - 08:30 PM

Thanks! I was familiar with the Donovan song from way back but did not know it concerned a real person.

Cheers,
Michael


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: epistle to derroll
From: Stewie
Date: 10 Oct 07 - 11:11 PM

Michaelr, also check out the fine tribute album on which Donovan's song appears. Lyrics, photos, reviews etc may be found on Hans Theessink's site: Click

A significant proportion of his recordings with Rambling Jack have been reissued by Topic.   His solo album, 'Songs of the Banjoman', is still available and well worth seeking out.

A superlative banjo picker and singer - as Bugsy says, he is sadly missed. It would be great if his few early albums were reissued on CD, particularly the one Ian Anderson recorded on his Village Thing label, albeit one or two of the tracks were reissued on 'Songs of the Banjoman'.

--Stewie.


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Subject: Lyr Add: DERROLL IN THE RAIN
From: Bugsy
Date: 10 Oct 07 - 08:42 PM

GUEST,hank - You might like to try this one too.


DERROLL IN THE RAIN

The rain fell on the people but they never went away
In an open field in Cambridge
It was there I watched him play
He sung songs of his homeland
And doved the valleys that he loved
Of the mountains and the wonders
And the great sky that they hugged

cho: He spoke about his music and about his love of life,
About the people that surround him, his best friends and his wife
He spoke of great injustice to the places he once knew,
Ah nature how you've suffered, wherein freedom once you grew
Oh Derroll was his name, his voice as gentle as could be
He played his music all over
Singing his songs for you and me

He told to the people about to the war that had begun
You know there killing one another father brother and son
He sang of an old woman who had children 1, 2, 3
Of the heartbreak when he told her how they killed her family

Yes I watched in the rain
From gentle voices word did sound
His wrinkled had that played his banjo
And all the people stood around

Sung by The Furey Brothers
@Irish @music
filename[ DRRLRAIN
EX
Apr98



Cheers


Bugsy


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: epistle to derroll
From: Bugsy
Date: 10 Oct 07 - 08:39 PM

michaelr, try this link,

Derroll Adams

Great Banjo Player, Lovely voice. - Sadly missed.

Cheers


Bugsy


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: epistle to derroll
From: michaelr
Date: 10 Oct 07 - 06:46 PM

Who's Derroll Adams?


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Subject: Lyr Add: EPISTLE TO DERROLL (Donovan)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 10 Oct 07 - 07:29 AM

Apparently the lyrics have never been posted at Mudcat before, and this is as good a place as any to put them.

EPISTLE TO DERROLL
Donovan

"Come all you starry starfish living in the deep blue sea.
Crawl to me; I have a proposition to make thee.
Would you walk the North Sea floor to Belgium from England,
Bring me word of a banjo man with a tattoo on his hand?"

The spokesman of the starfish spoke as spokesmen should:
"If'n you met our fee, then certainly we would.
Should you cast a looking glass upon the scalloped sand,
You'll have word of this banjo man with the tattoo on his hand."

"Oh, come you starry starfish; I know your ways are caped.
Maybe it's because you're astrologically shaped.
Converse with the herring shoals, as I know you can.
Bring me word of the banjo man with the tattoo on his hand."

The eldest of the starfish spoke after a sigh:
"Youthful as you are, young man, you have a wisdom eye.
Surely you must know a looking glass is made from sand.
These young stars are fooling you about your banjo man."

"Oh, come then, aged starfish; riddle me no more.
For news I am weary and my heart is sore.
All on the silent seashore, help me if you can.
Tell to me if you know of the banjo man."

"All through the seven oceans I am a star most famed.
Many leggies have I lost and many have I gained.
Strange to say, quite recently, I've been to Flemish land,
And if you are courteous, I'll tell you all I can."

"You have my full attention," I answered him with glee.
His brother stars were twinkling in the sky above the sea,
So I sat there with rapt attention on the sand,
Very anxious for to hear of the banjo man.

"I have seen this tattooed hand through a ship's porthole,
Steaming on the watery main through the waves so cold,
Heard his tinkling banjo and his voice so grand,
But you must come to Belgium to shake the tattooed hand."

"Gladly would I come. O, gladly would I go,
Had I not my work to do and my face to show;
And I rejoice to hear he's well, but I must go inland.
Thank you for the words you brought of my banjo man."

I walked along the evening sand as charcoal clouds did shift,
Revealing the moon shining on the pebble drift,
Contemplating every other word the starfish said.
Whistly winds they filled my dreams in my dreaming bed.


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: epistle to derroll
From: michaelr
Date: 03 Oct 07 - 06:51 PM

Who's Derroll Adams?


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: epistle to derroll
From: oombanjo
Date: 03 Oct 07 - 12:34 PM

Should have finished on "C" hand. to round it off


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: epistle to derroll
From: oombanjo
Date: 03 Oct 07 - 12:32 PM

capo 3/4 depending on your voice C and when you get to "F"living in the deep blue "C"sea crawl to me I have a propos"F"ition to make "C"thee should you walk the north sea floor from "F"Belgeum to Engl"C"and "now the run down from C to Am" Bring me news of the "Am"Banjo man with a "F"Tattoo"on his hand. Cheers Oombanjo


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: epistle to derroll
From: GUEST,thermon
Date: 02 Oct 07 - 11:03 PM

anyone ever find the chord pattern to this yet.....if anyone knows guitar chords and stuff here is donovan playing it on youtube for a derroll adams doc. on tv...mayby someone can help you out by watching him play it....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XifICFT-6Y


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: epistle to derroll
From: Barry Finn
Date: 29 Aug 07 - 07:54 PM

How bout putting it up here so we can all check it out. It's one I've always loved & if it looks easy enough I might give it a try on my new accordian. (I'm as new to the accordian as it is to me, maybe 2 months now). Thanks

Barry


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: epistle to derroll
From: Geordie-Peorgie
Date: 29 Aug 07 - 05:58 PM

Aah've gorrit in an old music book - 'Gift From A FLower To A GArden' if memory serves

PM uz and aa'll get it toether for yez


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Subject: Chord Req: epistle to derroll
From: GUEST,hank
Date: 29 Aug 07 - 03:24 PM

im trying to figure out the chords donovan uses for this song

thanks


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