Sitting By the Creek

I wrote this song one day when I was sitting by the creek, actually out in the middle of the creek perched on a pile of sticks and debris. I wrote it on the ukulele in the key of C, but it was pitched too high for me, so I play it in the key of G, which means I can hit most of the notes. It also means that when I play it on the guitar in G, I’m using the same chord shapes that I enjoyed playing on the ukulele in C.

I like the chord progression in this song. It’s a bit of a departure from the more standard and simple chord progressions I usually use. The four lines of the verse go like this:

G  B7  C  D7
G  B7  Em  G7
C  B7  Em  Cm
G  D7  G

I like the way the first three lines lead up to that Cm. It took me a while to figure out what chord I was hearing there, and I was happy when I found it.

In the lyrics, I’m trying to express how I feel sometimes when I’m there by the creek in Bidwell Park. It’s a good place to be.

I put the song on Bandcamp. You can just play the song, or you can download it for free. Here is the link:

http://scottlape.bandcamp.com/track/sitting-by-the-creek

And here are the lyrics and chords to the song:

Sitting By the Creek

Sitting by the creek today I felt my spirits rise                       G  B7  C  D7
Sitting by the creek I let the sun open up my eyes                 G  B7  Em  G7
Sitting by the creek I finally saw through my disguise          C   B7  Em  Cm
Sitting by the creek I fell in love                                                 G   D7  G

Diving in the creek today I felt the water flow
Diving in the creek you know I let all my worries go
Diving in the creek I finally forgot everything I know
Diving in the creek I fell in love

I fell in love today and I’m here to say                                 C   B7
There ain’t no way I’ll forget it                                              Em   G7
I fell in love it’s true with all of you                                       C    B7
And it wouldn’t do to regret it                                                Em    Cm
Sitting by the creek I fell in love                                            G   D7   G

Sitting by the creek today I heard the singing stream
Sitting by the creek I knew it was way more than it seemed
Sitting by the creek I finally woke up from the dream
Sitting by the creek I fell in love

Standing in the sun today the breeze was on my face
Standing in the sun I knew I could finally give up the chase
Standing in the sun I was feeling all of that amazing grace
Standing in the sun I fell in love

I fell in love today and I’m here to say
There ain’t no way I’ll forget it
I fell in love it’s true with all of you
And it wouldn’t do to regret it
Sitting by the creek I fell in love

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