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The Unquiet Grave. Clawhammer. eBEGB tuning.

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Sep 27, 2020 - 7:36:54 AM
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735 posts since 1/30/2019

I few weeks back I was stuck for inspiration. Somehow I found this, I think I searched the tabs by tuning, and looked for open G minor, or gDGBflatD.
Anyway, I found Mike Iverson's version of this, and a few others, and worked it out by ear. It's really nice. Like the weather today. So I got up early, walked up the hill from my house, and filmed this on my phone. My editing skills are pretty poor, but I'm very pleased with the tune and my playing.
Oh, and to get to my playing perch with perfect view, I had to rock climb. Without a rope.

Lyrics:
The Unquiet Grave.

Cold blows the wind tonight, my love,
And gently falls the rain,
I only had but one true love
In the cold cold ground she's lain.

“I'll do as much for my true love
As any lover may,
I'll sit and mourn all by his grave
For a twelve-month and a day.

The twelve months and a day being done,
Her ghost began to speak:
“Oh, who sits weeping on my grave
And will not let me sleep?”

“Tis I, my love, sits by your grave
And will not let you sleep.
For I crave one kiss from your clay-cold lips
And that is all I seek.”

“My breast is cold as clay my love,
My breath comes earthy strong.
If you kiss my cold grey lips,
Your time will not be long.”

“'Twas down in yonder garden green,
Love, where we used to walk.
And the fairest flower that e'er was seen
Has withered to the stalk.”

“The stalk is withered dry, true love,
So must our hearts decay.
Then rest yourself content, my dear,
Till God calls you away,
Till God calls you away.”


Sep 27, 2020 - 7:53:36 AM
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147 posts since 5/25/2015

Great tune Andy, and nice playing. You had better weather than we did today!

Sep 27, 2020 - 8:18:49 AM

735 posts since 1/30/2019

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Originally posted by gentrixuk

Great tune Andy, and nice playing. You had better weather than we did today!


Thanks Mark!

Sep 27, 2020 - 8:35:32 AM
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201 posts since 8/23/2011

Really cool

Sep 27, 2020 - 8:53:18 AM
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466 posts since 10/9/2017

Like the song, the tuning, the view, and the climb.

Sep 27, 2020 - 9:32:07 AM
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52 posts since 3/20/2019

Superb.

Sep 27, 2020 - 12:17:36 PM

735 posts since 1/30/2019

Thanks @diddybum, @remsleep and @bawheid.
I really like this tune and the song, it's a "keeper". Keepers are the songs I go back to and sing loud to no-one but the sheep here in our valley. The ones I don't need the lyrics written out for!
Now I need another one similar. Any suggestions?

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