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Lyr/Chords Req: What's the Use of Wings (B Bedford

A Wandering Minstrel 11 Jun 01 - 09:54 AM
Sorcha 11 Jun 01 - 10:02 AM
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A Wandering Minstrel 11 Jun 01 - 10:45 AM
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Subject: Whats the use of wings
From: A Wandering Minstrel
Date: 11 Jun 01 - 09:54 AM

Heard a brilliant performance of this Bob Bedford piece over the weekends and really got it hooked into the cerebral cortex.

I have managed to find the lyrics but can anyone give me the chords?

Thanks AWM


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Whats the use of wings
From: Sorcha
Date: 11 Jun 01 - 10:02 AM

Matt R knows this, maybe he can help out. (My answer--depends on what key you're in........doh)


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Whats the use of wings
From: JudeL
Date: 11 Jun 01 - 10:13 AM

I know the tune. Its something I sing quite frequently, but I can't do dots & I've not yet worked out how to use things like pal talk? Where abouts are you? Jude


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Whats the use of wings
From: A Wandering Minstrel
Date: 11 Jun 01 - 10:45 AM

In London. I don't do dots either I was just looking for the guitar chord sequence for the verse and the bridge. I tried starting out in G/Em/Am/D but I am not sure where it goes after that....


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Subject: Lyr/Chords Add: WHAT'S THE USE OF WINGS (B Bedford
From: Matt_R
Date: 11 Jun 01 - 10:49 AM

WHAT'S THE USE OF WINGS?
D...................................................Bm
"I could have been a giant," said the bonsai tree,
.........G..........................Bm......................A
"But someone bound my roots and held me down."
D................................................................Bm
"I could have reached the heavens," said the snowy owl,
.................G............................A.....................D
"But they clipped my wings and kept me on the ground."
....G.........................A.....................D
"I think I heard them tell me that they loved me,
..................G........................Bm....................A
That they'd care for me--without them I would die,
..........D................................................Bm
But what's the use of roots if you can't spread them?
G..........................A.......................D
What's the use of wings if you can't fly?"


"I could have been a singer," said the Myna bird,
"But they caged me and told me what to say."
"I could have run forever," said the pony,
"But they bridled me and made me go their way."
"I think I heard them tell me that they loved me,
That they'd care for me forever so it seems.
What's the use of voices without freedom?
What's the use of living others' dreams?"
Why do people cage the things they love the most?
Is it simply that they fear to be alone?
If you give your love its freedom, it will stay awhile.
If it leaves you, it was never yours to own.

"I could have found adventure," said the angelfish.
"Now my world's so small there's nowhere left to go."
"I could have ruled a kingdom," said the lion.
"Now this land inside my head is all I know."
"I think I heard them tell me that they loved me,
That they'd care for me, and tell me it's alright,
But what's the use of life without adventure?
What's the use of strength if you can't fight?"

Why do people cage the things they love the most?
Is it simply that they fear to be alone?
If you give your love its freedom, it will stay awhile
If it leaves you, it was never yours to own

"I know I heard them tell me that they loved me
That they'd care for me, without them I would die,
But what's the use of roots if you can't spread them?
What's the use of wings if you can't fly?"


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Subject: Chords Add: WHAT'S THE USE OF WINGS (Brian Bedford
From: Matt_R
Date: 11 Jun 01 - 10:50 AM

Damn, the chorus chords should go like this (HTML ARG!)

....G.........................A.....................D
"I think I heard them tell me that they loved me
..................G........................Bm....................A
That they'd care for me--without them I would die
..........D................................................Bm
But what's the use of roots if you can't spread them?
G..........................A.......................D
What's the use of wings if you can't fly?"


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Whats the use of wings
From: Murray MacLeod
Date: 11 Jun 01 - 08:40 PM

Matt, the tune as I have heard it requires a Em in the second line rather than a Bm Also in the chorus, I would throw in a Bm after the D at the end of the first line before going up to G.

Great song, deserves to be better known. The author's name is "Brian" Bedford incidentally, although for all I know he may be known as "Bob" to his friends.

Murray


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Whats the use of wings
From: Matt_R
Date: 11 Jun 01 - 08:48 PM

The Em works, but you can get a neat sound by replacing the Bm's with D/B's. I tried the Bm in the chorus, but it doesn't seem to work. You must remember that I figured these chords out for myself, 3 years ago, after hearing the version by The John Wright Band.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Whats the use of wings
From: Murray MacLeod
Date: 11 Jun 01 - 08:56 PM

I've tried the Bm too and on second thoughts I agree it doesn't work. Better to do an ascending bass run (E, F#,G) on the bass E string.

Murray


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Whats the use of wings
From: Matt_R
Date: 11 Jun 01 - 09:01 PM

There! I like that much better. John Wright, at the end of the song, does the last line G A G, then uses the G-F#-E bass run and ends on D.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Whats the use of wings
From: Murray MacLeod
Date: 11 Jun 01 - 09:08 PM

I have just had a rummage through my CD's and Vin Garbutt's version appears to be the only one I possess. I think I left my John Wright Band CD in Scotland. Doesn't he do a cracking version of Andy M Stewart's "Queen of all Argyll" as well?

Murray


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Whats the use of wings
From: Matt_R
Date: 11 Jun 01 - 09:13 PM

I'm not sure...all I have by him is "What's The Use of Wings" and Si Kahn's "What You Do With What You Got".


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Whats the use of wings
From: Murray MacLeod
Date: 11 Jun 01 - 09:19 PM

Ah, you need to try to get the CD. I am not sure what he is up to at present , I know that whatssisname who played guitar in the band left for a solo career. They were a dynamite live band , I hope he makes it over to the States one day.

Murray


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Whats the use of wings
From: Jeremiah McCaw
Date: 11 Jun 01 - 10:35 PM

Jeez, not a mention of the group. Brian Bedford (no relation to the actor so far as I know) is the prime songwriter as well as being 1/3 of the English a capella group "Artisan".

I've not been familiar with the other recordings mentioned, so it's nice to see; I'll keep an eye out for them.

Artisan often tours on this side of the pond, and I know they'll be in southern Ontario next winter (the White Oak Folk Club in Oakville, Ontario on Feb 9 for sure). A long wait, to be sure, but well worth it!


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Whats the use of wings
From: shankmac
Date: 12 Jun 01 - 05:01 AM

John Wright Band are still playing together but they are also doing some solo stuff. They have said that they will split after booking committments in Feb 2002. John has just returned from his first short visit to the east coast of U.S.A. which went very well. He toured with a very good Irish singer/song writer, Maurice Dickson. I am sure John will be planning another tour in the States in the future. I will let you know if and when he does.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Whats the use of wings
From: A Wandering Minstrel
Date: 12 Jun 01 - 10:09 AM

Thanks for all this. I will give it a try tonight on the new ax.

I stand corrected re "Brian", my once perfect memory is now blown away by too much beer and chorus-singing :)

only query left is what is the sequence for the "bridge" section?

Why do people cage the things they love the most?
Is it simply that they fear to be alone?
If you give your love its freedom, it will stay awhile
If it leaves you, it was never yours to own

Actually my transpose down to G/Em/Am/D was pretty close


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Whats the use of wings
From: Gillie
Date: 18 Oct 01 - 10:44 AM

"Queen of All Argyll" is on the album Other Roads


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Whats the use of wings
From: breezy
Date: 18 Oct 01 - 07:53 PM

Em extensively in the bridges. I've been doing the artisan version for over a decade.Pick the melody on the top strings and let the notes lead you into the chord progression. .


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Whats the use of wings
From: Genie
Date: 21 Oct 01 - 11:16 PM

Thanks to y'all for posting the chords. Genie


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Whats the use of wings
From: Genie
Date: 22 Oct 01 - 02:50 PM

Breezy, from having heard the song once, I believe the chords would be pretty easy to figure out -- if I could remember the tune!
I recently posted a "Tune request" thread for this song, and in that thread someone posted a link to a MIDI or MP3 of the song, but so far I have not been able to play it.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Whats the use of wings
From: Genie
Date: 22 Oct 01 - 02:52 PM

Breezy, from having heard the song once, I believe the chords would be pretty easy to figure out -- if I could remember the tune!
I recently posted a "Tune request" thread for this song, and in that thread someone posted a link to a MIDI or MP3 of the song, but so far I have not been able to play it.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Whats the use of wings
From: Genie
Date: 22 Oct 01 - 02:52 PM

Breezy, from having heard the song once, I believe the chords would be pretty easy to figure out -- if I could remember the tune!
I recently posted a "Tune request" thread for this song, and in that thread someone posted a link to a MIDI or MP3 of the song, but so far I have not been able to play it.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Whats the use of wings
From: Murray MacLeod
Date: 22 Oct 01 - 06:11 PM

Genie, if you send me a PM, I will send you my phone no. and if you so wish, I will play the Vin Garbutt version of this song which is the same as Brian Bedford's original version.

We can have a workshop on the chords afterwards if you wish :-)

Murray


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Whats the use of wings
From: Genie
Date: 28 Oct 01 - 01:54 PM

Thanks, Murray. I'll try to send the PM. But you can also email me your phone number at geniesings@hotmail.com.
Genie


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Whats the use of wings
From: Lin in Kansas
Date: 28 Oct 01 - 02:03 PM

Also see this thread.

Lin


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Whats the use of wings
From: Genie
Date: 08 Mar 02 - 03:38 PM

Here is a link to Lyr/Chords Req: Whats the use of wings


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Whats the use of wings
From: Murray MacLeod
Date: 08 Mar 02 - 03:46 PM

Genie, I kind of like the idea of a link to the thread you're posting to, has a kind of existentialist logic about it, but I think you meant to post a different link ??? *G* Murray


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Whats the use of wings
From: Genie
Date: 08 Mar 02 - 06:26 PM

Right, Murray -- I posted the right link but posted it to the wrong thread (i.e., to itself!). Thanks for telling me.

Genie


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: What's the Use of Wings (B Bedford
From: GUEST,Keith
Date: 06 Oct 18 - 11:18 AM

there is a live video of Vin Garbutt on You Tube playing it and he seems to be playing it in Drop D a great song


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