Bleg: Help me build the Mon Tiki Songbook


David Ryan

David Ryan is a boat builder and USCG licensed master captain. He is the owner of Sailing Montauk and skipper of Montauk''s charter sailing catamaran MON TIKI You can follow him on Twitter @CaptDavidRyan

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  1. Avatar Jaybird says:

    In my experience with campfire singing, Tom Petty is a go-to guy for good sing-along songs that don’t require more than 4 chords. American Girl and Free Fallin’ are a couple of songs that pretty much everybody will have down after the first verse.

    Fogerty is an example of a guy who wrote one song, but… damn. It was a corker. If you can play one, you can probably wander through another. Proud Mary, Lookin Out My Back Door, Down on the Corner (the lyric is “tap your feet” and not “happy feet”, sadly).

    I’m pretty sure that Dylan has a bunch of three-chord songs. “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” is a good one for sunset…

    But if I had a piece of advice, find a guy who has Arlo Guthrie’s Alice’s Restaurant memorized. Give him a guitar and 20 minutes. The grownups will not have heard that song since the 90’s, the kids will never have heard it before. And everybody loves when we come back home to “You Can Get Anything You Want At Alice’s Restaurant”.Report

  2. Avatar Burt Likko says:

    “Cats in the Cradle.” Take an hour or so to learn to pluck out the guitar solo bit, and after that it’s like four chords and it makes the couples get all cozy, and the fathers get all buggy huggy with their sons.Report

  3. Avatar bluefoot says:

    A couple off the top of my head:

    Blackbird, The Beatles
    I’ve Just Seen a Face, The Beatles (this is a fun one with a group).
    Can’t Find My Way Home, Blind Faith

    For a single guitar, you can’t beat Lenny (Stevie Ray Vaughan).

    I love the suggestion of Alice’s Restaurant…Report

  4. Avatar Jim Heffman says:

    How about “The Downeaster Alexa”? 😉Report

  5. Avatar Jaybird says:

    Oh, and I kick myself for forgetting: There’s a dude called “John Denver” who has a decent songbook. I don’t know how well “Colorado Rocky Mountain High” would play on the open water (for what it’s worth, it does well around a campfire which is what I’m using as my baseline for what would make a good song) but he’s also got Take Me Home Country Roads, Annie’s Song, Leaving on a Jet Plane…

    You could also open with something like “Sunshine on my shoulder… AUGH THAT’S AN ENGINE FIRE AUGH” and then when everybody gets really quiet go “too soon?”

    Oh, there’s also James Taylor. You’ve Got A Friend and Fire and Rain should work well in the twilight.Report

  6. Avatar zic says:

    Redemption Song

    You can get it if you really want

    No Woman, No Cry

    Shower the People

    Beans in My Ears (particularly if there are kids)

    Puff the Magic Dragon

    You Can’t Roller Skate in a Buffalo Herd

    This Land is Your Land

    Ukelele LadyReport