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Songs By Kingston Trio
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Songs By Kingston Trio
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1. Chilly Winds

chilly winds the kingston trio

Chilly Winds is a traditional folk song that was popularized by The Kingston Trio in the late 1950s. The song tells the story of a sailor who is forced to leave his true love behind and face the cold and lonely sea. The lyrics describe the harsh conditions of life at sea and the sailor's longing for his sweetheart.

The Kingston Trio recorded "Chilly Winds" in 1958 for their self-titled debut album, which became a commercial success and helped to popularize the folk music revival of the late 1950s and early 1960s. The song features the group's signature three-part harmonies and acoustic instrumentation, including guitar, banjo, and bass.

"Chilly Winds" has since become a folk standard and has been covered by many other artists, including Peter, Paul and Mary, Judy Collins, and Bob Dylan. The song's haunting melody and poignant lyrics continue to resonate with audiences today, making it a beloved classic in the folk music canon.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 4th fret
  • Rhythm = root down up root up down up and repeat
  • Picking = No
  • Chords = G, Am, D7, C
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2. Desert Pete

desert pete the kingston trio

Desert Pete is a folk song that was recorded by The Kingston Trio in 1961. The song tells the story of a thirsty traveler in the desert who comes across a hand pump with a note from "Desert Pete" instructing the traveler to use the pump, but cautioning that the pump is dry and that the traveler will need to prime it with a cup of water that is buried nearby.

The lyrics of "Desert Pete" were written by Billy Edd Wheeler, a songwriter and musician from West Virginia. The song was inspired by Wheeler's own experiences traveling in the desert Southwest and encountering hand pumps like the one described in the song.

The Kingston Trio's recording of "Desert Pete" features their trademark three-part harmonies and acoustic instrumentation, including guitar, banjo, and bass. The song was a modest commercial success for the group, reaching #35 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

"Desert Pete" has since become a classic of the folk music genre and has been covered by many other artists, including Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, and Judy Collins. The song's simple yet compelling story, catchy melody, and memorable chorus have made it a favorite among folk music enthusiasts for decades.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = root down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking = No
  • Chords = E, A, B7, AB, Db
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3. Scotch And Soda

scotch and soda the kingston trio

Scotch and Soda was written by Dave Guard, a founding member of The Kingston Trio. The song was first recorded by The Kingston Trio in 1958 for their self-titled debut album and became a popular track among their fans.

The song is a romantic ballad that expresses the singer's love for a woman and his desire to spend time with her over a glass of scotch and soda. The lyrics are filled with clever wordplay and metaphors, such as comparing the woman's eyes to "sunrise in the sky" and her lips to "wine in a glass."

The Kingston Trio's recording of "Scotch and Soda" features their signature three-part harmonies and acoustic instrumentation, including guitar, banjo, and bass. The song has a gentle, lulling melody that complements the romantic lyrics.

"Scotch and Soda" has since become a classic of the folk music genre and has been covered by many other artists, including The Chad Mitchell Trio, The Limeliters, and The Manhattan Transfer. The song's memorable melody, clever lyrics, and romantic sentiment continue to resonate with audiences today, making it a beloved classic in the folk music canon.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = down down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = – Cmaj7, Fm, F, Ddim7, A7sus, A7, D7, Amaug5, G7,  A+, C, Gm7, G, D7, Cm, Emsus, C#dim7, Ebaug5
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4. Three Jolly Coachmen

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Three Jolly Coachmen  is a song by The Kingston Trio, who were an American folk and pop music group that was popular in the late 1950s and early 1960s. "Three Jolly Coachmen" is one of their well-known songs, and it was included on their 1958 self-titled debut album.

The song tells the humorous story of three coachmen who race each other to win the heart of a young woman. The song's lively and catchy melody, combined with its playful lyrics, contributed to its popularity and enduring appeal among fans of folk music. The Kingston Trio played a significant role in popularizing folk music during their time and left a lasting impact on the genre.

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5. Where Have All The Flowers Gone

where have all the flowers gone the kingston trio

Where Have All the Flowers Gone is a song that was written by Pete Seeger in 1955. The song was popularized by The Kingston Trio, who recorded it in 1962 for their album "College Concert."

The song is a powerful anti-war anthem that uses a series of rhetorical questions to highlight the cycle of war and violence. The lyrics begin with the question "Where have all the flowers gone?" and then progress to asking "Where have all the young men gone?" and "Where have all the soldiers gone?" before finally concluding with the poignant line "When will they ever learn?"

The Kingston Trio's recording of "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" features their trademark three-part harmonies and acoustic instrumentation, including guitar, banjo, and bass. The song's simple yet powerful melody and lyrics struck a chord with audiences during a time of heightened anti-war sentiment in the United States.

"Where Have All the Flowers Gone" has since become a classic of the folk music genre and has been covered by many other artists, including Joan Baez, Marlene Dietrich, and Dolly Parton. The song's message of peace and its timeless lyrics continue to resonate with audiences today, making it a beloved classic in the folk music canon.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 3rd fret
  • Rhythm = root down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking = 
  • Chords = G, Em, C, D, Am
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