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Pretty songs

31 Jan 11 - 07:20 AM (#3085776)
Subject: Pretty songs
From: kendall

I woke up this morning with an old song that I learned in school titled "Jaunita", and it occurred to me to ask what the crew considers just plain pretty songs.
Jaunita
Believe me if all those endearing young charms.
Lorena
Ava Maria

go for it.


31 Jan 11 - 07:38 AM (#3085785)
Subject: RE: Pretty songs
From: mikesamwild

Brigg fair, Sally Gardens, Seeds of Love, Carrickfergus


31 Jan 11 - 09:09 AM (#3085833)
Subject: RE: Pretty songs
From: GUEST,leeneia

Pretty Song in D. (that's the name of the piece)


31 Jan 11 - 06:03 PM (#3086196)
Subject: RE: Pretty songs
From: Phil Cooper

Amble Town


31 Jan 11 - 07:02 PM (#3086232)
Subject: RE: Pretty songs
From: maple_leaf_boy

"She Moved Through The Fair", and an instrumental "The Sun In The
Stream."


31 Jan 11 - 07:33 PM (#3086251)
Subject: RE: Pretty songs
From: Bobert

Vince Gill's "I Believe in You" comes to mind...


31 Jan 11 - 08:10 PM (#3086273)
Subject: RE: Pretty songs
From: kendall

I thought this one would bring out a lot more posts.


31 Jan 11 - 08:10 PM (#3086275)
Subject: RE: Pretty songs
From: kendall

Palace Grand


31 Jan 11 - 09:13 PM (#3086315)
Subject: RE: Pretty songs
From: Phil Cooper

kendall, are you looking for pretty, or pretty, with some teeth? I would have suggested Palace Grand, but there's more to it than pretty. I think anyway. I like the tune to Drew My Ship, but there's another under current. Which is why I like those songs. For pretty, there's also Richard Thompson's How I Wanted To and Dave Carter's Gentle Soldier as well. At least I like them.


31 Jan 11 - 09:13 PM (#3086316)
Subject: RE: Pretty songs
From: frogprince

Colorado Trail
Moonlight On The Water
If I Needed You


31 Jan 11 - 09:15 PM (#3086318)
Subject: RE: Pretty songs
From: frogprince

Toward the Morning
and second Phil on Gentle Soldier of My Soul


31 Jan 11 - 10:59 PM (#3086363)
Subject: RE: Pretty songs
From: GUEST,Arkie

Cornflower Blue
The Song of the Wandering Aengus


31 Jan 11 - 11:33 PM (#3086366)
Subject: RE: Pretty songs
From: J-boy

"Wild Mountain Thyme" and "Here Comes the Sun" are such perfect and pretty songs. Whenever I hear them there could be tears. Honest.


01 Feb 11 - 12:05 AM (#3086377)
Subject: RE: Pretty songs
From: beeliner

Two by the late great Townes Van Zandt, "No Lonesone Tune" and someone already listed "If I Needed You".


01 Feb 11 - 08:26 AM (#3086551)
Subject: RE: Pretty songs
From: kendall

Phil Cooper, whatever you see as a pretty song. It's all subjective.


01 Feb 11 - 12:15 PM (#3086671)
Subject: RE: Pretty songs
From: GUEST,leeneia

I'm an indifferent pianist, so I tend to play pretty songs rather than exciting songs. Pretty songs are easier. So here is my list of pretty songs, most of which you can probably download from the internet.

I have decided to add 'ss' to the songs which might be deemed sweetly sad rather than pretty.

all through the night
aloha oe
amelia's waltz
annie laurie
the ash grove
ashokan farewell
aura lee
baloo baleerie
beautiful dreamer
beautiful savior
bendemeer's stream
black is the color of my true love's hair - ss
blow ye winds southerly
gallowa hills - ss
christmas day ida moarnin (from Fiddler's Fake Book)
come and dine
confesse, his tune (playford dance) - ss
dainty davy - curly pow and all
daphne or hit or miss - (playford dance) - ss
y deryn pur (welsh. see contemplator's site)
dissempling love (playford dance) - ss
salley gardens
eleanor plunkett
fanny power
ffarwel i Marian - ss
greensleeves
her mantle so green - ss
hyfrydol - well-known Welsh hymn tune
jeannie with the light-brown hair
michael turner's waltz (Mozart)
minuet in G from the Notebook of Anna Magdalena Bach
mockingbird hill
mrs. hamilton of pincaitland - found on mudcat
o give me your hand
old black joe
over the waves
pleasant and delightful
que sera sera
rosbif waltz - found on mudcat - ss
rose of tralee
rose of allandale
shepherd's wife waltz
si beag, si mor
snowy-breasted pearl
streams of bunclody - O'Neill's number 338
sweet and low
think on me - ss
tombigbee waltz
vi is dos geseleh - subject of a recent thread - ss
the water is wide
waves of the danube (Anniversary [sp] Waltz)
we gather together
welladay, or Essex's last goodnight - ss
when you and I were young, Maggie

We are under a blizzard warning here in Kansas City. Yesterday was icy, and cars and streets are still coated with ice. The wind is making a whooshing noise as it whirls around the corners of the house, and the birds are feeding frantically from my feeder.

If you are having a day like mine, it's a good day to stay home, get out the instrument, and start working out some of the songs people are posting to this thread.


01 Feb 11 - 01:27 PM (#3086709)
Subject: RE: Pretty songs
From: kendall

You listed some of my favorites that slipped my mind.


01 Feb 11 - 01:52 PM (#3086724)
Subject: RE: Pretty songs
From: GUEST,leeneia

Good. I'm glad the effort paid off.

Have you ever had it happen that you know many, many songs, but when someone asks for a song, you can't think of any? It's as if the songs are in a mental filing cabinet, and you don't have access to that filing cabinet at the moment.

That's what happened here, and then I got the idea of looking at my collection.

I have chords for all those tunes.


01 Feb 11 - 01:56 PM (#3086729)
Subject: RE: Pretty songs
From: Little Robyn

Riversong by Paul Metsers.
It's a bit hard to find but it's on his record and now CD 'In the hurricane's eye'.
Actually, a lot of Paul's songs have a pretty tune, with a very singable chorus. For example, 'Farewell to the gold' but that one is more than 'just plain pretty'.
Robyn


01 Feb 11 - 02:50 PM (#3086755)
Subject: RE: Pretty songs
From: Dan Schatz

"Dark Eyed Molly," by Archie Fisher
"Queen Amang the Heather"
"Last Night As I Lay On My Bed" (the night visiting ballad that Joe Hickerson recorded)
"I'll Be Here in the Morning" by Townes Van Zandt
Any of a zillion Anne Dodson songs
"Green Eyes," by Kate Wolf

And so many more....

Dan


01 Feb 11 - 07:00 PM (#3086879)
Subject: RE: Pretty songs
From: Phil Cooper

Braw Sailing, Kate and the Ghost of Lost Love (Dave Carter, again). Wait Till the Clouds Roll By, Never Again (Richard Thompson).


01 Feb 11 - 07:07 PM (#3086883)
Subject: RE: Pretty songs
From: Ian Fyvie

Sweet Chiming Bells - a Salvation Army christmas song I believe - lovely tune - very folky - Kate Rusby has done a version.

Ian Fyvie


02 Feb 11 - 12:30 AM (#3086990)
Subject: RE: Pretty songs
From: Crowhugger

She's Like the Swallow.


02 Feb 11 - 12:50 AM (#3086993)
Subject: RE: Pretty songs
From: GUEST,DonMeixner

Ae Fond Kiss
Rothsea Bay
Reedy River


02 Feb 11 - 01:55 AM (#3087007)
Subject: RE: Pretty songs
From: Georgiansilver

If it's pretty you want... Somewhere Along the Road.


02 Feb 11 - 03:39 AM (#3087024)
Subject: RE: Pretty songs
From: My guru always said

Where Raven's Feed by Graeme Miles


02 Feb 11 - 05:57 AM (#3087073)
Subject: RE: Pretty songs
From: Allan C.

I'm afraid Juanita lost all its appeal when Don Knotts sang it on The Andy Griffith Show.

Many of my favorite pretty songs have their roots in The Wagoner's Lad or The Water is Wide; but Carrikfergus will always top my list.


02 Feb 11 - 08:44 AM (#3087191)
Subject: RE: Pretty songs
From: GUEST,Desi C

It's a good description, I'd class as pretty, Irish songs like The Spinning Wheel, Rose Of Tralee, Ringsend Rose, the soft lilting type of ballads


02 Feb 11 - 06:28 PM (#3087563)
Subject: RE: Pretty songs
From: GUEST,Bernie

A song simply entitled "Here"...written by Neal Hagberg;on a cd by Priscilla Herdman entitled" The road home ".....someone stole it from me a few years ago [the CD,not the song]....


03 Feb 11 - 01:24 PM (#3087974)
Subject: RE: Pretty songs
From: lefthanded guitar

Thanks Kendall, Nice one to free associate with here:

Des Colores - Mexican folk song (Joan Baez)

Watch the Stars- Pentangle version

Reflections in a Crystal Wind - Mimi and Richard Farina

Lay Down Your Weary Tune- Dylan

You - Neil Sedaka


03 Feb 11 - 01:38 PM (#3087982)
Subject: RE: Pretty songs
From: GUEST,babypix

let's not forget almost ANYTHING sung by Martyn Wyndham-Read, particularly, "THE WATER LILY" (music by Priscilla Herdman, words by Henry Lawson)-- this is tear-jerking beauty at it's best. And, hey, while we're at it, if you ever get a chance to hear the American, Larry Hanks, since "THE LAST WAGON", you're in for a serious treat!


12 Feb 11 - 09:55 AM (#3093783)
Subject: RE: Pretty songs
From: frogprince

On the Goodnight-Loving Trail


12 Feb 11 - 09:58 AM (#3093788)
Subject: RE: Pretty songs
From: kendall

I like Bernies version of My Pretty Quadroon.


12 Feb 11 - 10:26 AM (#3093805)
Subject: RE: Pretty songs
From: Max Johnson

The Galway Shawl.


12 Feb 11 - 02:45 PM (#3093928)
Subject: RE: Pretty songs
From: kendall

Eileen McManus


12 Feb 11 - 03:30 PM (#3093965)
Subject: RE: Pretty songs
From: Bert

White silver sands
On Wings of Song

I think that 'Believe me if all those endearing young charms' is too sad to be considered pretty.


12 Feb 11 - 05:21 PM (#3094029)
Subject: RE: Pretty songs
From: Allen in Oz

"Beautiful Ohio
Rose of Tralee
Pretty Paper
Till The Children Come Home"


Allen in Oz


12 Feb 11 - 08:00 PM (#3094106)
Subject: RE: Pretty songs
From: kendall

Aloha Oe


13 Feb 11 - 02:40 AM (#3094191)
Subject: RE: Pretty songs
From: GUEST,Guest from Sanity

From a dear friend...........

but this one took her THREE years to write..and this is NOT the best version of it, either......

Her best....and yet, few have heard it!......

GfS