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St Swithins Day Chords
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From: (William Vaughan)
Date: 20 Jul 1995 19:06:46 GMT
Subject: CRD Billy Bragg's "St. Swithins Day"

Here's Billy Bragg's "St. Swithins Day" off of Back to
Basics.  Timing is everything here, so listen to the record
too.  With the main picking pattern, during the verses and
the first two times in the intro, the high E string isn't picked
- everywhere else the progression shows up, it is.  A case
could be made that the C/G is really Gsus4, but the latter
sounds better to me. On the last line of the verse (F, C, G)
stress the bass strings.  Capo on 2nd fret.


C/F  xx3010    F  xx321x
C/E  xx2010    Am x02210
C    x32010    G* xx543x
C/G  3x2010    G  320003

Intro  C/F  C/E  C  C/G   G  (2 times w/o high E, next two with)
       C/G  G  C/G  G   C/G   G

                C/F   C/E   C  C/G  G
Thinking back now

          C/F           C/E          C     C/G  G
I suppose you were just stating your views

                  C/F   C/E   C  C/G  G
What was it all for

        C/F            C/E       C        C/G  G
For the weather or the battle of Agincourt

F                                     G*
And the times that we all hoped would last

                                  Am (pick through)
Like a train they have gone by so fast

              F                     C           G
And though we stood together at the edge of the platform

We were not moved by them

*Intro pattern again 2 xs with high E)*

With my own hands
When I make love to your memory
It's not the same
I miss the thunder
I miss the rain
And the fact that you don't understand
Cast a shadow over this land
But the sun still shines from behind it

Thanks all the same
But I just can't bring myself to answer your letters
It's not your fault
But your honesty touches me like a fire
The polaroids that hold us together
Will surely fade away
Like the love that we spoke of forever
On St. Swithins Day

*Intro with high E and fade into cool keyboard thing*

Billy Bragg - St Swithins Day Chords :: indexed at Ultimate Guitar.
St Swithins Day tabs @ 911Tabs

About the artist behind St Swithins Day Chords:

In 1977, Bragg formed a punk rock/pub rock band called Riff Raff and toured London's pubs and clubs. The band released a series of singles, which did not receive wide exposure. He also worked for a record store in Essex. Bragg became disillusioned with his music career and in May 1981 he joined the British Army as a trooper destined for the Queen's Royal Irish Hussars of the Royal Armoured Corps. After a few months, he bought his way out of the army for £175 and returned home having never finished his training or joined his regiment.

Bragg began constantly performing concerts and busking around London, playing solo with an electric guitar. His demo tape initially got no response from the record industry, but, by pretending to be a television repair man, he got into the office of Charisma Records' A&R man Peter Jenner.[4] Jenner liked the tape, but the company was near bankruptcy and he had no budget to sign new artists. Bragg got an offer to record more demos for a music publisher, so Jenner agreed to release them as a record. Life's a Riot with Spy Vs. Spy was released in July 1983 by Charisma's new imprint, Utility. Hearing DJ John Peel mention on-air that he was hungry, Bragg rushed to the BBC with a mushroom biryani, so Peel played a song from Life's a Riot, although at the wrong speed (since the 12" LP was, unconventionally, cut to play at 45rpm).[4] Peel insisted he would have played the song even without the biryani, and he later played it at the correct speed.

Within months, Charisma had been taken over by Virgin Records and Jenner, who had been laid off, became Bragg's manager. Stiff Records' press officer Andy Macdonald — who was setting up his own record label, Go! Discs — received a copy of Life's a Riot. He made Virgin an offer and the album was re-released on Go! Discs in November, 1983. In 1984 he released Brewing Up with Billy Bragg, a mixture of political statements ("It Says Here") and songs of unrequited love ("The Saturday Boy"). The following year he released Between the Wars, an EP of political songs that included a cover version of Leon Rosselson's "Diggers' Song", re-titled "The World Turned Upside Down". Bragg later collaborated with Rosselson on the song "Ballad of the Spycatcher". In 1985, his song "A New England", with an additional verse, became a top ten hit in the UK for Kirsty MacColl. After MacColl's early death, Bragg always sang the extra verse in her honour. (Back to Basics is a 1987 collection of the first three releases: Life's A Riot With Spy Vs. Spy, Brewing Up with Billy Bragg, and the EP Between The Wars.)

In 1986, Bragg released Talking with the Taxman about Poetry, which became his first top ten album. Its title is taken from a poem by Vladimir Mayakovsky and a translated version of the poem was printed on the record's inner sleeve. Bragg released his fourth album, Workers Playtime, in September 1988. With this album, Bragg added a backing band and accompaniment. In May 1990, Bragg released the political mini-LP The Internationale. The songs were, in part, a return to his solo guitar style, but some songs featured more complicated arrangements and included a brass band. The album paid tribute to one of Bragg's influences, with the song "I Dreamed I Saw Phil Ochs Last Night". It is an adapted version of "I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill Last Night".

The album Don't Try This at Home was released in September 1991, and included the song "Sexuality", which made it into the UK Singles Chart. Bragg had been persuaded by Go! Discs' Andy and Juliet Macdonald to sign a four-album deal with a million pound advance, and a promise to promote the album with singles and videos. This gamble was not rewarded with extra sales, and the situation put the company in financial difficulty. In exchange for ending the contract early and repaying a large amount of the advance, Bragg regained all rights to his back catalogue. Bragg continued to promote the album with his backing band the Red Stars, which included his Riff Raff colleague and long-time roadie, Wiggy.

Bragg released the album William Bloke in 1996 after taking time off to help raise his son. Around that time, Nora Guthrie (daughter of American folk artist Woody Guthrie) asked Bragg to set some of her father's unrecorded lyrics to music. The result was a collaboration with the band Wilco and Natalie Merchant (with whom Bragg had worked previously). They released the album Mermaid Avenue in 1998 and Mermaid Avenue Vol. II in 2000. A rift with Wilco over mixing and sequencing of the album led to Bragg recruiting his own band, The Blokes, to promote the album. The Blokes included keyboardist Ian McLagan, who had been a member of Bragg's boyhood heroes The Faces. At the 2005 Beautiful Days Festival in Devon, Bragg teamed up with the Levellers to perform a short set of songs by The Clash in celebration of Joe Strummer's birthday. Bragg performed guitar and lead vocals in "Police and Thieves", and performed guitar and backing vocals in "English Civil War" and "Police on my Back".

In 2007, Bragg moved closer to his English Folk music roots by joining the WOMAD-inspired collective The Imagined Village, who recorded an album of updated versions of traditional English songs and dances and toured through that autumn.

Bragg released his new album, Mr. Love & Justice, in March 2008.[5]. This is be the second Bragg album to be named after a book by Colin MacInnes.

In 2008, during the NME Awards ceremony, Bragg sang a duet with British solo act Kate Nash. They mixed up their two greatest hits: While Nash played "Foundations" Bragg redid his major single "A New England".[6]

Indexed at Wikipedia.

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