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Maid of the Loch (You And I And The Sky) - Karine Polwart

Discussion in 'Tab, Tips, Theory and Technique' started by JayFreddy, Mar 16, 2010.

  1. JayFreddy

    JayFreddy Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
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    Nov 6, 2006
    Dallas TX USA
    Here's a lovely tune I found on Youtube. It got under my skin and I couldn't rest until I transcribed it! It's in DADGAD, the traditional Celtic tuning, and the 6/8 timing accentuates the Celtic feel.

    BTW, If you like the song, you can purchase it directly from Karine at her website: http://www.karinepolwart.com/

    As near as I can tell, it's a love song told from the perspective of a Scottish steamship singing to its lake, i.e., loch. Not your everyday perspective, not your everyday song. Hope you like it too!

    Thank you in advance for suggestions and/or corrections.

    http://www.maidoftheloch.com/ (the ship in the song)

    Here's the Youtube clip:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmxytyDWur0


    Code:
    [B][U]Maid of the Loch (You And I And The Sky) [/U][/B]- Karine Polwart
    
    6/8 time = 123 456
    DADGAD Tuning
    Capo @ III  Play as D, sounds in F
    
    INTRO  ||: D  A  F#m  G  :|| 2x
    
    D     A      F#m
    Oh my dear
         G          A         D
    your waters are wonderous clear
                  A     F#m
    And the north wind
      G      A
    caresses my skin
    
    ~CHORUS~
      Em             A
         You make me feel
              D         A/C#
         Like I could relinquish
              Bm7     D/A       G             A
         This body of stone and steel...  and fly
    
            Em     F#m G      A
    And you cradle me  like a lover
        Em         F#m       G      A
    And rock me in your arms like a mother
    Em        F#m    G   A     Em   F#m  G    A      
    With your lullaby of water and  sky
    
    D     A      F#m
    Oh mo chroí
              G           A           D
    You're as deep and as wide as the sea
                  A     F#m
    And you carry me so
            G            A        Em
    There's nowhere that we can't go
    
    ~REPEAT CHORUS~
    
    Em       F#m          G               A
    Oh how I wish that my hold would rip open
        Em    F#m               G            A
    And you'd fill me with your love like an ocean
    Em         F#m     G            A
    I would be ever so beautifully 
    Em  F#m    G   A   Em F#m G A         Em F#m G A
    bro-ken... You and I...       You and I...
            Em F#m G  A         Em F#m G A          
    You and I...        You and I...        
            D   A          F#m G
    And the sky... And the sky...
            D   A           F#m G
    And the sky...  And the sky...
    
    D       A      F#m
      Oh my queen
                G               A          D
    I want to reveal all that's never been seen
                  A           F#m
    And show them your power
                   G          A           Em
    That blooms in your belly just like a flower
    
    ~REPEAT CHORUS~
    
    Em         F#m      G          A
    Everything holy and everything hidden
          Em           F#m        G            A
    We're holding each other, the loch and the Maiden
          Em        F#m      G        A      Em      F#m  G A        
    We go waltzing around... Merry dancers.   You and I
            D   A           F#  G        
    And the sky...  And the sky... 
            D   A           F#  G     D    
    And the sky...  And the sky... 
    
    ("mo chroí" is pronounced, "ma cree", and is Irish for "my darling")
    
    **********************************************
        Suggested Chord Grips (DADGAD Tuning)
          
          D           A          F#m          G        
        o   oo       o  oo        o oo       oooo   
     II |||1||   VI |||1||   II |||1||     ||||||  
        ||||||  VII 2|3|||      ||||||     ||||||   
        ||3|||      ||||||   IV 34||||     ||||||  
      V |4||||                           V 34||||  
    
         Em          A/C#        Bm7        D/A
        oooo      x o oo      x o oo       xoo oo
        ||||||      ||||||      ||||||     ||||||
    II  23||||   II |||1||   II |2|1||  II |||1||
        ||||||      ||||||      ||||||     |||||| 
                 IV |3||||
    
    -Concert pitch chords-
    
    F C Am Bb  
    F C Am Bb C
    Gm C F C/E Dm7 C Bb  C
    Gm Am Bb C
    
    
     

  2. ottocat

    ottocat Tele-Meister

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    Jul 7, 2009
    woods creek 30mi.Ne of seattle
    Very Joani Mitchell-ular
    I can see I need to try a capo
    All those nice chords in DADGAD
    All I've ever done in DADGAD is Black Mountain Side
    And improv's
    I'd like to learn more about the tuning
     

  3. JayFreddy

    JayFreddy Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
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    Nov 6, 2006
    Dallas TX USA
    DADGAD's a beautiful tuning. I wish I could say I knew more about it, but transcribing this tune was essentially my first experience with it. There are a couple of useful DADGAD threads here on TDPRI:

    http://www.tdpri.com/forum/acoustic-heaven/89726-dadgad.html

    http://www.tdpri.com/forum/tab-tips-theory-technique/76427-dadgad-chords.html

    And a couple of links from the last thread, courtesy of long time TDPRI'er and "yer-upp-ian", weelie:

    http://www.xs4all.nl/~hspeek/dadgad/dadgad.pdf

    http://members.cox.net/eskin/DADGAD.pdf
     

  4. gtroates

    gtroates Tele-Meister

    JayFreddy,
    Not meant to be argumentative, just to help out with your transcription, the chord she plays that you are calling a D doesn't have the F# in it. She is just using the fourth and first finger there with the fourth string ringing open so it's a D5, all the notes in the chord are either D natural or A natural (I'm pretending the capo is the nut of course for simplicity's sake). The way she plays it it has that nice consonant sustaining ring of only fifths (very similar to the sound on CSN tunes like "4 and 20" or "Suite Judy Blue Eyes") so there is no third making it major or minor, her third finger isn't fretting a string at those points.
    Brian
     

  5. JayFreddy

    JayFreddy Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
    52
    Nov 6, 2006
    Dallas TX USA
    Thanks for the observation. I also noticed that she uses a couple of grips for the G chord, one of which is actually a Gmaj(#11). I chose not to indicate that in the transcription for simplicity's sake. If anyone feels motivated enough to tab out Karine's exact fingerings and strum pattern, I bet she'd compensate you with some free downloads from her website. She has transcriptions of a few other of her songs for sale there too.
     

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