Should’ve Gone to Nineveh

1st piano take

Intro

(Play just a couple bars from Gilligan’s Island to hint at it, but not give it away?)
G F G F or Eb F G Eb F G
(then) G G/F C/E D/F# G G/F C/E D/F# G G/F C/E Ab/Eb C7 C7/C# D

Verse 1

G 
God spoke to  
G/F 
Jonah and He  
C/E 
asked him to  
D/F# 
go
G 
off to  
G/F 
Nine
C/E 
veh for  
D/F# 
Him.
G 
We’re not really  
G/F 
sure what made  
C/E 
Jonah 
 
re
Eb 
fuse
 
and  
C7 
sail off on a  
C7/Db 
long, sea  
D 
cruise.
G 
Sunning on the  
G/F 
lido deck,  
C/E 
munching 
 
buf
D/F# 
fet,
G 
He was fleeing  
G/F# 
God, thought he’d  
C/E 
gotten 
 
a
D/F# 
way.
 
But  
G 
God rocked the
G/F# 
boat, made the  
C/E 
seas get  
Eb 
rough
 
and said  
C7 
Jonah 
 
“E
G7/Db 
nough is e
D 
nough!”.

Chorus 1

 
The  
C 
sea he was  
C/E 
on 
 
be
C/F 
came a  
G 
raging 
 
 
G/B 
storm 
 
 
G/D 
C 
He’d heard God  
C/E 
calling 
 
 
C/F 
but he  
G 
didn’t 
 
con
G/B 
form. 
 
(Oh-
G/D 
no)
C 
We don’t know  
C/E 
why he  
C/F 
went the  
G 
other 
 
 
G/B 
way, but  
G/D 
I’ll
C7 
bet if you could  
C7/Db 
ask him he’d  
D 
say
 
“Should’ve gone to  
G 
Nineveh”. 
 
 
G/F 
 
C/E 
 
D/F# 
 
Should’ve gone to  
G 
Nineveh. 
 
 
G/F 
 
C/E 
 
D/F# 
 
Should’ve gone to  
G 
Nineveh 
 
 
G/F 
 
C/E 
 
Eb 
C 
Jonah, 
 
 
C/Db 
what were you  
D 
thinking?

(pause here, finger to cheek, head tilted, “Hmm”)

(If the song is running too long, this verse can be dropped)

Verse 2

 
Well the  
G 
crew wished to  
G/F 
live so Jonah  
C/E 
walked the  
D/F# 
plank
 
and  
G 
left him to  
G/F 
drown in that  
C/E 
big fish  
D/F# 
tank
 
but  
G 
God sent a  
G/F 
fish to gulp him  
C/E 
into his  
D/F# 
belly
C7 
How gross is  
C7/Db 
that? And  
D 
smelly?

Chorus 2

 
He was  
C 
caught at  
C/E 
sea in  
C/F 
 
 
G 
wild 
 
ty
G/B 
phoon 
 
 
G/D 
C 
God had  
C/E 
spoken but  
C/F 
he said  
G 
”No” that  
G/B 
after
G/D 
noon.
C 
I don’t know  
C/E 
why he  
C/F 
acted 
 
 
G 
like a buf
G/B 
foon but  
G/D 
I’ll
C 
bet he’s singing  
C7/Db 
a brand new  
D 
tune:

(pause here: spoken “And it goes like this”)

 
“Should’ve gone to  
G 
Nineveh”. 
 
 
G/F 
 
C/E 
 
D/F# 
 
Should’ve gone to  
G 
Nineveh. 
 
 
G/F 
 
C/E 
 
D/F# 
 
Should’ve gone to  
G 
Nineveh 
 
 
G/F 
 
C/E 
 
Eb 
C 
Jonah, 
 
 
C/Db 
had you been  
D 
drinking?

(pause, someone tilt the imaginary bottle up to their lips?)

Verse 3

 
When  
G 
God talks to  
G/F 
us do we  
C/E 
always 
 
 
D/F# 
hear? 
 
Or
G 
are we too  
G/F 
busy to  
C/E 
lend Him our  
D/F# 
ear? Will we
G 
end up like  
G/F 
Jonah on a  
C/E 
boat that’s  
D/F# 
leaking,
C7 
wishing we had  
C7/Db 
heard God’s  
D 
speaking?

Chorus 3

 
When the  
C 
seas of  
C/E 
life 
 
be
C/F 
come a  
G 
raging 
 
 
G/B 
tempest 
 
 
G/D 
 
We ig
C 
nore Gods  
C/E 
nudging
C/F 
 
 
G 
other things  
G/B 
tempt us.  
G/D 
C 
We just want  
C/E 
to be  
C/F 
left 
 
a
G 
lone to have  
G/B 
fun, but  
G/D 
we
C 
might just wish be
C7/Db 
fore things are  
D 
done

(pause here: spoken “How’s it go?”)

 
“Should’ve gone to  
G 
Nineveh”. 
 
 
G/F 
 
C/E 
 
D/F# 
 
Should’ve gone to  
G 
Nineveh. 
 
 
G/F 
 
C/E 
 
D/F# 
 
Should’ve gone to  
G 
Nineveh 
 
 
G/F 
 
C/E 
 
Eb 
C 
God, can you send  
C/Db 
me a fish,  
D 
too?
 
Next time I’ll go to  
G 
Nineveh.

(C)Copyright 2008-2010, Ron Lisle. All rights reserved.

Conversing With Goats

Verse 1

Beyond the fence that runs across my back yard

lies a pasture full of llamas and goats.
Sometimes I’ll lean on the fence after work just
relaxing, watching them chewing on oats.

Well one of those goats looks up and asks me

“Have you noticed the high price of gas?”

Looking for the Similar Tune for "I Saw You at the Funeral"

The tune/chords from I Saw You at the Funeral” has been haunting me, and worrying me that I might have taken some existing TV theme, so I searched on iTunes for TV Themes, and I think it is the theme from Hill Street Blues that I’m remembering. Luckily it is quite different, although has a very similar feel. So I’m going to stop worrying now.

I think I’m close to finishing the basic chords and melody, and just need to finalize the lyrics now.

Conversing with Goats

Last Sunday we had a visiting pastor at our church, Brad Brittain. He gave a wonderful sermon and used an illustration about a conversation with a couple goats and a fox that sounded like a great idea for a song. I asked him where he got the idea for the story, and he told me that it “just came to him”. So I asked if he’d mind if I made it into a song, and he likes the idea. So now I’m waiting on the Lord to give me the song 😉

Across 2000 Years

This song woke me at about 3:00 am. It was like someone or something was calling me. I think it was God, but maybe I’m just crazy :-).

This song is like 3 songs put together. The opening intro is very soft and somewhat sad. Then the energy builds with what I’m calling a bridge. A strange thing is that I want to use an Eb in the melody, but I want the chord to be C major and not C minor. I wonder what this is called?

Then it shifts again into a very different rhythm and jazz feel in what I’m calling the Verse. This is fairly busy, compared to the previous 2 being somewhat sparse.

Somewhere later on, I’m not sure if this is an instrumental or what, all 3 become somewhat combined. The left hand plays the part from the chorus combined with the different rhythm right hand and chords from the verse. I’m amazed that it works.

Finally the closing goes back to the intro, very soft and gentle, ending on C major.

This is just a recording that I made to try to remember the ideas.
Across 2000 Years (initial ideas)

Across 2000 Years

Copyright 2008 by Ron Lisle

Written by Ron Lisle 

Intro

Ab 
It was a gentle sound  
Gm 
calling out my name.
Ab 
Like a gentle breeze  
Gm 
playing across my lawn.
Ab 
I could almost hear it.  
Gm 
There, but then gone.
Ab 
Lost in the steady din of a  
Gm 
life to busy to stop.

Chorus

C 
Can you hear it? It’s calling.
C 
Can you hear him? He’s  
Eb 
calling 
 
 
Bb/D 
out your  
C 
name.
C 
Yes He’s calling you. A
Eb/C 
cross two  
Bb/C 
thousand 
 
 
Fmaj7 
years. (straight into verse…)

Verse 1

Fmaj7 
Can you hear that voice that …  
Gm7 

I Saw You at the Funeral

This song reminds me of Todd Rundgren. I hope I haven’t stolen any of his tunes or words.

This is another song that I woke up in the middle of the night hearing in my head. It was following a funeral that I attended. While at the funeral I ran into an old friend that I hadn’t seen for a long time. There had been rift in the church awhile back, and a bunch of dear friends left in what can only be described as a most bizarre set of circumstances. It was so good to see this friend, but it felt like the chasm was just too scary to approach. So I guess we both acted like nothing had happened.

This is a very rough, piano-only 1st take.
I Saw You at the Funeral

Copyright (c) 2008 by Ron Lisle.

 
I saw you at the  
G/C 
Funer
C 
al.
 
We smiled and  
G/A 
said 
 
hel
C/A 
lo.
 
Pretending things were  
G/F 
still the  
C/F 
same.
 
We were still  
G/C 
friends
G 
.

F 
I can  
G 
see that you were  
C/A 
hurt 
 
 
G/A 
by 
 
 
C/A 
me.
F 
That was  
G 
never my  
C/A 
intent.
F 
Maybe 
 
 
G 
some things just  
C/A 
can’t 
 
 
G/A 
be 
 
 
C/A 
fixed.
F 
I wish  
G 
when (immediately back to…) 
 
I saw you at the  
G/C 
Funer
C 
al.
 
We smiled and  
G/C 
said 
 
hel
C 
lo.
 
That things were  
G/C 
still the  
C 
same.
 
We were still  
G/C 
friends
G 
.

Water

This is a rough, piano-only 1st take.
Water

The beginning is pretty much 2 bars from the beginning of the Beach Boys song “California”: “Water, water.”

[Then we shift gears into more modern jazzy chords. This is where 
we’ll redo the lyrics each week to fit the sermon, etc]

Water

Written by Ron Lisle

(except the 2 bars from “California”)
Copyright (c) 2008 by Ron Lisle.

C 
”Jesus walked on it,  
Abmaj7 
Moses parted it.  
C 
Water, 
 
water.
Abmaj7 
Noah had quite enough of it, some might say too much 🙂  
C 
Water, 
 
water.
F6 
… 
 
 
G6 
… 
 
 
Am 
F6 
… 
 
 
G6 
… 
 
 
C 
 

I Don't Want To Sound Preachy

Piano-only rough recording.
preachy

I Don’t Want To Sound Preachy

Copyright(c) 2008 by Ron Lisle

Key:C
Tempo:85

Intro

Maybe Dm7 Em7 F6 Gmaj7

Verse 1

 
I don’t want to sound  
C 
preachy.
 
Don’t want to  
C/A 
tell you what to do.
 
Just want to sing God’s  
F6 
praises
 
without sounding like I  
F6/G 
think I’m better than you.  ‘Cause

Chorus

Dm7 
My life was a mess and I  
Em7 
didn’t know what to do.
Dm7 
Jesus You found me and  
Em7 
You pulled me through.
Dm7 
Now I just want to  
Em7 
sing my songs for  
F6 
You.

Verse 2

 
I hope I don’t sound too  
C 
crazy
 
singing of  
C/A 
something we can’t see.
 
But I tell you its not  
F6 
hidden
 
the changes  
F6/G 
you’re making in me.

Chorus

 

Extending WordPress to Display Music Chords & Lyrics

It plan on extending WordPress to support creating music lead sheets using a ChordPro type syntax. This syntax uses square brackets to enclose tags describing music attributes of a song (eg. [Title], [Composer], [Tempo]) in addition to chord names (eg. [Amaj7]).

It appears that a plug-in can be created which will allow extending WordPress without hacking the source code. Requirements and questions to resolve:

  1. Songs must be easily linkable from multiple locations since songs are used repeatedly and I don’t want to have to cut/paste the song source every time it is used.
  2. Provide all the capability of the current custom PHP songs pages on TheRockBand.org:
    a. Allow display of songs for a given date showing sequence, etc.
    b. Associate with an MP3 file.
    c. Provide alternate displays, for example “List all songs alphabetically”

In addition to providing the existing functionality, it will be good to allow comments/discussions regarding each song, with searchability for previous comments made about a given song.

Plug-In creation steps:

  1. Create name to use for main .php file and folder for additional files
    How about “LeadSheet” or “ChordSheet”?
    This file and folder will need to be copied to wp-content/plugins/ during installation.
  2. Create a readme.txt if I want to publish to wordpress.org/extend/plugins.
  3. Create a homepage for distributing the plugin. Maybe on Lisles.net/LeadSheetPlugin?
  4. Modify main .php file to add plugin API hooks as needed.
  5. Adhere to the WordPress coding standards.
  6. Support Inline Documentation.
  7. Ensure unique names for all functions, etc. Alternatively, encapsulate them in a class.
  8. Do not hardcode “wp_” prefix. Use $spdb->prefix variable instead.
  9. Minimize DB writes.
  10. SELECT only what is needed.
  11. Use add_action in the global execution space to hook actions to new functions.
  12. Use add_filter in the global execution space to hook filters to new functions.
    Data is passed to the new function, and modified data or NULL returned.

It may be better to use a “Page” for each song. Need to investigate how to create and link to pages, etc. The down side may be that Pages don’t use the database, and I like the idea of keeping songs in the database instead of as separate files.

Another possibility is to use a Template Tag.

A plugin Filter might be used to format the ChordPro data prior to display.

A plugin Action might be used to syntax validate a new song upon entry.
This might include allowing cut/paste of existing chord sheets that put chords on a separate line above the lyric lines, and then converting them to ChordPro format.

Provide an Admin display to provide buttons for various chord types and song fields.

Music & Lyrics WordPress Theme

Following some additional study of WordPress, it appears that what I am trying to accomplish can be done by creating a Theme.

WordPress Themes

A Theme is simply a collection of custom Template files.

WordPress Templates

A Template file is simply a modified version of the wp-content/index.php file. Templates can be created to modify the way that specific categories are displayed.

So songs can be displayed in chord/lyric format by assigning them a specific category such as “Song”, and then creating a template for that category to format the chord/lyric display (category-X.php).

Similarly, I should be able to create a category and template for the weekly song lineup.