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Welcome to my Catch The Wind Donovan page where you'll find a collection of several lesson tutorials for the song Catch The Wind and others by 60s artist Donovan. Help yourself to the free chord sheets in .pdf format and some rhythm tips on playing each song.

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1. Catch The Wind

donovan song catch the wind

Catch The Wind is a song written and recorded by Scottish singer-songwriter Donovan in 1965. It was Donovan's first single and became a hit in the United Kingdom, reaching number four on the UK Singles Chart.

The song is a simple acoustic ballad featuring Donovan's finger-picking guitar style and his distinctive vocal delivery. The lyrics express the singer's longing to be with a lost love, and the desire to catch the wind and bring her back to him.

The song's gentle melody and poetic lyrics made it an instant classic and it has since been covered by many artists. It is considered one of Donovan's signature songs and is often included in his live performances.

"Catch the Wind" helped launch Donovan's career as a successful singer-songwriter and it remains a beloved song to this day.

This song can be found on the "What's Bin Did and What's Bin Hid".

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 3rd fret
  • Rhythm = root up down up down up .. with a bit of the riff blended in
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = C, F, G, Em, D7
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2. Mellow Yellow

mellow yellow donovan song

Mellow Yellow was released by Donovan in 1966 as a single and later included on his album "Mellow Yellow". The song became a hit in both the United States and the United Kingdom, reaching number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and number eight on the UK Singles Chart.

The song's lyrics have been subject to much speculation and interpretation over the years. Some people believe that the song is about smoking dried banana skins to get high (a practice that was rumored to have been popular in the 1960s), while others think that it's about a vibrator or a type of LSD.

However, Donovan has stated in interviews that the song is simply about the joy and beauty of the color yellow, and that the "electrical banana" mentioned in the lyrics is a reference to a yellow-colored guitar amplifier. Regardless of its true meaning, "Mellow Yellow" remains a beloved song from the 1960s and is often associated with the psychedelic music scene of the era.

Rumour had it that Paul McCartney was the one whispering "Mellow Yellow" but this turned out not to be true. The whispering was done by Donovan himself. 

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = down down down down up and repeat with a few down strokes and some shuffle strumming
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = A, D, G, Ab, D7
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3. Sunny Goodge Street

donovan song sunny goodge street

Sunny Goodge Street hails from Donovan's 1965 album "Fairytale". The song is named after a street in the Soho district of London, known for its bohemian and counterculture scene during the 1960s.

The lyrics describe a variety of characters who frequent the street, including artists, poets, and musicians, and convey a sense of the carefree and unconventional lifestyle of the time. The song features Donovan's signature finger-picking guitar style and poetic lyrics, and is often cited as an early example of the psychedelic folk genre.

While "Sunny Goodge Street" was not released as a single, it remains a popular and influential song from the 1960s, and has been covered by several artists over the years. The song is often seen as a tribute to the bohemian lifestyle of the time, and a reflection of the social and cultural changes that were taking place during the 1960s.

This song mentioned the use of hash, and because of that, Donovan was the first of many artists to get busted in London in 1966. Others being The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.

Guitarist Shawn Phillips played on this album with Donovan. Judy Collins and Vince Guaraldi both covered this song in the late 1960's.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 2nd fret
  • Rhythm = arpeggio
  • Picking = No
  • Chords =  C, G6, Am, Am/G, Am/Gb, Am/F, D/Gb, ?
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4. Sunshine Superman

donovan song sunshine superman

Sunshine Superman was released in 1966 as a single and later included on his album of the same name. The song is considered one of Donovan's signature songs and is often cited as an early example of psychedelic rock.

The song features a prominent bass-line and electric guitar riff, and incorporates elements of jazz, folk, and Indian classical music. The lyrics describe a superhero-like figure who can fly and perform miraculous feats, and the joy that he brings to those around him.

The song was a commercial success, reaching number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and number two on the UK Singles Chart. Rockers from Led Zeppelin Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones played on this track.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 1st fret
  • Rhythm = just use an down up down up pattern blended with the riff .. in a few spots you can play all down strokes
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = C, C7, F, G
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Thank you for dropping by my Catch The Wind Donovan page and I hope the info found here was useful in helping you learn songs by Donovan on guitar. 

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