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Four Chords and Penelope

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This is my second piece for the RPM challenge… And it’s a big milestone for me… the first time I ever played my own instrument along with it! It’s rough, but you gotta keep trying and start somewhere, right? Greg Connor… you’ll understand the lyrics…

Four Chords and Penelope
© 2015 Colleen Dillon

I wanted to play a six string
And I had one in the stand
But I couldn’t get the hang of it
So I couldn’t join the band

I thought my music was over
I couldn’t sing and play
Then Penelope arrived for me
I started to learn that day

Four chords and a strum or two
Was all I had to learn
Penelope see’s me through
When my fingers start to burn

Four chords and a melody
Penelope strums along
She’s come to be a friend to me
And now I sing this song

Penelope has just four strings
Her neck is thin and tan
She’s beautiful with her inlays
And I’m a member of her band

Four chords and a strum or two
Was all I had to learn
Penelope is my uke
And she makes my fingers burn

Four chords and a melody
Penelope strums along
She’s making me young and free
And for her I write this song

Penelope is my uke
Her sound is sun and sand
Relaxed and free how I like to be
I’m a member of her band

Four chords and a melody
Penelope strums along
She’s making me young and free
And for her I write this song

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slkrell said

Hi, Colleen. I love the ukulele. nice progress. Penelope sounds sweet

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Johnny Stone said

Great lyrics like it.

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A Bit More Better Productions said

Excellent. Oozing charm. Love the lyrics

Guest said

Great song for a great instrument!

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Greg Connor said

This one is a Classic! I think you need to bring it to the next SongWriters Circle.

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Wildgeas Music said

Very creative :)

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Colleen Dillon said

Thanks so much everyone for your continued kind feedback and support. Meeting you all has been such a boon for me!!!! I am excited to keep moving on and learning more!!

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Greg Connor said

B U R N That sensation you are feeling in your fingertips is progress. This is a big milestone for you! I'm proud of you. There is no going back now . . . no more putting up with some obnoxious guitar player who thinks he knows everything. Now the song will sound as you intended it. I think those chord changes sound darn good and the ukulele turns out to be an excellent accompaniment for your voice. *** For those who have not met Penelope, I'll just say she is a REAL LOOKER! Spruce top and block inlays just like my Gibson SG Custom ***

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Ron said

Besides a great voice you write really outstanding lyrics......congratulations on starting to learn the uke...sounds nice to hear you accompanying your self...what's next guitar? mandolin? piano?...

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Justin Otter Guy said

I know I keep saying this, but... you have a sweet voice. That's a cool story. But I think the first time I heard a song written about an instrument was Stephen L. Krell singing about one of his vintage electric. Yours however was far less noisy! ;) Good job, Colleen, and that's some nice poetry!

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