Researched Suggestions for Writing the Next Hit Song in America

A new study published in the Journal of Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts suggests that the most popular songs in American culture these days are increasingly about oneself, especially one’s angry or antisocial behaviour (DeWall, C. Nathan; Pond, Richard S., Jr.; Campbell, W. Keith; Twenge, Jean M., Mar 21 2011).

See the more complete and easier to read Miller-McCune article here.

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Guitar and Ukulele Tabs for Where Have All the Flowers Gone? (Pete Seeger)

If I had to choose one song which I thought best exemplified great songwriting, I might well choose Where Have All the Flowers Gone? by Pete Seeger.

It is a simple song to learn or teach for chords and catchy tune. Not a lot of vocal range or skills required. One true verse with a few interchangeable parts. Very meaningful lyrics with a lot of symbolism to say more than just words can say. Very vivid imagery. Tells a story based on a simple concept and closes it all off. Works great with just the singing, one instrument, without drums, or any number of instruments, and in pretty much any style you’d like to perform it. Sounds even better performed in a group. I’m not sure what else you’d want in a song.

My tabbed version is closest to the version by the Kingston Trio in the video below (minus all the picking as I try to keep things simple).

Pete Seeger

Otherwise, I’d have posted a version sung by Pete Seeger himself like this one

This one by Peter, Paul and Mary, with instructions to the audience as they sing it is nice, too.

I hope you will give the song a try if you haven’t already played it.

Where Have All The Flowers Gone, Pete Seeger Guitar Tabs Letter Sized PDF

Where Have All The Flowers Gone, Pete Seeger Guitar Tabs Tabloid Sized PDF

Where Have All The Flowers Gone, Pete Seeger Ukulele Tabs Letter Sized PDF

Where Have All The Flowers Gone, Pete Seeger Ukulele Tabs Tabloid Sized PDF

These tabs all fit on one page to avoid the inconvenience of page turns. However, the letter size tabs (8.5″ x 11″) may be too small for your eyes. If so, you can either enlarge to tabloid size (11″ x 17″) using an automatic enlarge feature on many photocopiers, or download the tabloid sized versions for printing. The tabloid size tabs can be inserted into a typical letter sized binder on the 11″ size, and folded almost in half to fit. You just open each tab to use it.

Please click here for guitar and ukulele tabs and chords to other songs on this blog.

Flesch-Kincaid Grade Readability Level: 5.3

No-no Song, Covered by Ringo Starr (Lyrics and Video)

I heard the No-no Song for the first time this morning when I woke up and thought it was hilarious. I heard the Jimmy Buffet version, but this cover version by a character like Ringo Starr is a perfect match. Ringo’s cover version went to No. 3 on the charts in 1974, off his Goodnight Vienna album.

I liked the song instantly so much I decided instantly to add it to my Best Songs Heard for the First Time in 2010 list. Some of the previous songs I added to my list can be found through links in these posts.

I also think the song is a fine example of simple, efficient and effective songwriting.

A fan video and lyrics are below. I hope you like it as much as I do!

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Huh-huh! Huh-huh
(Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah)
(Aye-aye-aye-aye)

A lady that I know just came from Columbia,
She smiled because I did not understand.
Then she held out some marijuana, ha ha!
She said it was the best in all the land.

And I said,
“No, no, no, no, I don’t smoke it no more,
I’m tired of waking up on the floor.
No, thank you, please, it only makes me sneeze,
And then it makes it hard to find the door.”

(ah-ah-aye-aye)

A woman that I know just came from Majorca, Spain,
She smiled because I did not understand. (parazzi! Parazzi!) (ole!)
Then she held out a ten pound bag of cocaine,
She said it was the finest in the land.

And I said,
“No, no, no, no, I don’t (sniff) it no more,
I’m tired of waking up on the floor.
No, thank you, please, it only makes me sneeze,
And then it makes it hard to find the door.”

(aye-aye-aye-aye)
(aye-aye-aye-aye)
(aye-aye-aye-aye)
(aye-aye-aye)

A man that I know just came from Nashville, Tennessee, oo, (oh no!)
He smiled because I did not understand.
Then he held out some moonshine whiskey, oh ho,
He said it was the best in all the land. (and he wasn’t joking!!!)

And I said,
“No, no, no, no, I don’t drink it no more,
I’m tired of waking up on the floor.
No, thank you, please, it only makes me sneeze,
And then it makes it hard to find the door.”

Well, I said,
“No, no, no, no, I can’t take it no more,
I’m tired of waking up on the floor.
No, thank you, please, it only makes me sneeze,
And then it makes it hard to find the door.”

Hey yeh!


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