The Bodhran Lesson Song

Debi Smith

c. 2018 Degan Music, ASCAP

 

When I was in high school I was a majorette

Learning a skill that I thought I would forget

But off in the future one can never know

What might come in handy, or where your life will go...

 

I started performing, I joined an Irish band

They put a stick and a big drum in my hand

"Here's a drum called the bodhran to play on Irish tunes

Hold tight to the stick or it will sail across the room" 

 

         So I play the bodhran - a simple Celtic drum

         Something about it makes the Irish in me hum

         If I need a lift, or I am feeling blue

         Thumpin' on the bodhran is the thing that gets me through

 

I had just one lesson, and I'll give it now to you

When you go home, you can give it a try too

If you're in an apartment there can be no doubt

The best time to prac-tice - is when your neighbor's out

 

Hold the stick like a pencil -- and start real slow

One beat at a time, 'til you get into the flow 

Bring it back up toward you, and keep flexing your wrist

After awhile, you are sure to get the gist 

 

         And you're playing the bodhran - a simple Celtic drum

         Something about it makes the happy in you hum

         If you need a lift, or you are feeling blue

         Thumpin' on the bodhran is the thing that you should do

 

As you keep playing, the back end soon will hit

By accident at first, it's an unplanned trip-l-et

If you don't mind my saying, you might make it a goal

To get that random hitting thing -- un-der your control

 

Maybe to show off a bit, or as an afterthought

You might want to throw in what I call a -- rim shot

You might play a jig -- or you might crank out a reel

Up, down, sideways or making a pinwheel 

 

         And you're rockin' the bodhran - a simple celtic drum

         Something about it is an awful lot of fun

         You'll amaze your friends - and your family too

         Thumpin' on the bodhran - cheaper than therapy - it's true!

 

Here's a moment to show you by now turning around

You can raise up the pitch, or take the pitch back down

Hold onto the crossbars and push it in and out

And if your drum gets dry apply a thimble-full of stout

 

That may seem like a waste, so much left of the brew

What happens to the rest of it, I'll leave that up to you

Now this lesson is over - and so then is this tune

Go get yourself a bodhran, or a big book and a spoon

 

         And you'll play the bodhran - a simple celtic drum

         Something about it makes your ancestors hum

         If you need a lift, or if you're feeling blue

         Thumpin' on the bodhran is the thing that you should do

         Thumpin' on the bodhran is the thing that you should do

 

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