View Full Version : Harmonica songs

02-07-2007, 11:10 AM
What I'm after is a good old harmonica song to use in a story, maybe something folksy, the kind of thing a group might sing around a campfire. And, preferably, a song I can actually legally use.

Whaddya all reckon?

02-07-2007, 11:14 AM
I've heard of a CD called "Best Ever Beer Drinking Songs". I've only heard a harmonica during a big beer drinking session.

02-07-2007, 12:17 PM
The only one that comes to mind is a song that one of the soldiers sings and harmonicas in Kelly's Heroes.
I'm not sure of the name (if it has one) but if I had to guess, I'd say it probably called "Ole Blue"

Every time I go to town, the boys start kicking my dog around
I don't care if he is a hound, you better stop kickin' my dog around
Go on Blue, you good dog you

Or something.

02-07-2007, 12:53 PM
There's always the theme from 'Midnight cowboy' I love that tune. Or you could always try Amazon links for Larry Adler and Shakey Horton (who does lovely Blues tunes). I still have an old 12 ins vinyl record of shakey's, called 'The Soul of Blues Harmonica', the song good morning blues is brilliant! Plus you have very many Blues singers/players like John Mayall and early 1960s Moody Blues to choose from :)



02-07-2007, 07:40 PM
Well, the one I always played around our bonfires was Piano Man. I would have my neck brace for it. It was sing along. I used to do Heart of Gold by Neil Young and people sang along.

Tup Goodhue was a well known pop and blues harpster and a good friend of mine. I met him while he lived in New Hampshire and owned Goodhue Marina on Lake Winnipisaukee (spelling?) and we would jam to just bluesy progression. he could follow anything. He was great. He moved down here (FL) and he came to many of our famous bonfires. I lost touch about 23 years ago.
Wonder where he is?

ETA: forgot the L in gold.

02-07-2007, 07:46 PM

I'd Google for "old folk songs."

02-07-2007, 08:38 PM
A perfect song would be Shenendoah (http://www.mi5th.org/Songs/Shenandoah.htm)

It's public domain, has a haunting melody, most people are at least slightly familiar with the tune, and can be played, quite beautifully, on any basic harmonica.

02-08-2007, 06:40 AM
Hey, thanks all. You've given me some good ideas, at a point where I was stuck for a long time. Cheers.