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  • Show Me the Way to Go Home

    Sue Rogers posted on May 02, 2011 18:09

    WOW! This one took a bit of doing...but it's SO fun! I've simplified the chords for BUG and so even though there are more complex chords in this song, I feel that I've maintained the integrity of the tune. In order to learn the song, the (G) songsheet is close enough that you can almost play along with the first video in GCEA tuning. For BUG night, we'll be using the (C) songsheet as Mark and I tried it out together and it worked for both of our voices.

    The music and lyrics were written in 1925 by Jimmy Campbell and Reg Connelly. They self-published the sheet music and it became their first big success, selling 2 million copies and providing the financial basis of their publishing firm, Campbell, Connelly & Co. Campbell and Connelly published the sheet music and recorded the song under the pseudonym "Irving King".

    The song was recorded by several artists in the 1920s, including radio personalities The Happiness Boys, Vincent Lopez and his Orchestra, and the California Ramblers. Throughout the twentieth into the twenty-first century it has been recorded by numerous artists.

    And now, an intellectual variation, popular in American campuses in the 1950's:

    Indicate the way to my abode

    I'm fatigued and I want to retire

    I had a spot of beverage sixty minutes ago

    And it percolated right through my cerebellum

    Wherever I may perambulate

    O’er land or sea or atmospheric vapour

    You will always hear me rendering this melody

    Indicate the way to my abode

    *****REFORMATTED MARCH 10, 2019 - SR****

    A video for this song:

    Posted in: Individual Songs, May 2011 Campfire Songs, March 2019, Nov 2019, March 2020 (0 Comments)


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