Don’t Be Angry

This is an online fiddle lesson for country song "Don't Be Angry" by Stonewall Jackson.

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Genre: Country
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Keys of E

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Video #1: Here is a video of me playing and singing the country song "Don't Be Angry."

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Don't Be Angry

         E           A            E
Don't be angry at me darling if I fail to understand
         B7                              E     B7
All your little whims and wishes all the time
       E               A                 E
Just remember that I'm dumb I guess like any foolish man
       B7                                  E    B7
And my head stays sorta foggy cause you're mine

Well I recall the first time that I flirted with you dear
When I jokingly said come and be my bride
Now that time has turned the pages it's the sweetest joke on earth
That I have you near forever by my side

Maybe someday you're gonna hurt me I've been hurting of before
Only God can know and time alone will tell
But in the mean time I'll keep loving you with all my heart and soul
And pray God to let it last if it's his will

So don't be angry...

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  • #54519

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    This is an online fiddle lesson for the country song “Don’t Be Angry.”  The song was written by Wade Jackson but performed by his brother, Stonewall Jackson. This tune is compliments of BGD member Steve Srader.  Thank you, Steve, for this great country tune.  Don’t Be Angry

    #54520
    Steve Srader
    Steve Srader
    Participant

    Thanks John , Love what you did for this tune for me . I knew in my heart it would be a pretty violin tune to play and I am not disappointed . You did a great job singing it too . I like all three versions !

    #54524

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Thanks again Steve!

    #54528
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    Wow…that’s got a great sound!  Great job, John!  Beautiful song made even more beautiful.  The song is very nice and the fiddle breaks are awesome. Steve, thanks for bringing this one to the light of day…

    #54534

    Hakan Lindholm
    Participant

    Great lesson! Many thanks. This is one of my old favorites.

    #54540

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Glad you like it! There are so many great old country tunes (See Nancy’s list!) that are falling by the wayside. Stonewall Jackson seemed to always sing positive songs. I can remember loving “Waterloo” when I was a kid.

    #54716
    Justine
    Justine
    Participant

    Lovely arrangements of this appealing song!

    #54717

    Angela
    Participant

    Oh my, John!  Super sweet licks!!  Thanks for such a beautiful example.  And thanks to Steve to adding it to our coffers!

    #54732
    Steve Srader
    Steve Srader
    Participant

    Your all welcome this is one of my all time favorites , Where you get to keep the house the dog and cat , car and spouse haha

    #54982

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Amen! 🙂 I love songs with a good message.

    #55266
    ruckydoo
    ruckydoo
    Participant

    Little Bride has loved this song for decades!   She silently applauds when I practice it and that makes me wonder if I haven’t said that  to her  often enough?   Now when either one of us messes things up a bit, we gently sing “Don’t be Angry” to each other and that occurs fairly frequently too.

    #55292

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    That’s really sweet, Ralph. Very inspiring to me.

    #55302
    Steve Srader
    Steve Srader
    Participant

    I used to play guitar and sing walk around and kneel on knee and sing that song dedicating that song to couples and or a song just as sweet . Now if I kneel I need someone to help me up LOL

    #55309
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    I’m sure that was nice, Steve.  Kneeling is for folks under 50!

    #55312
    Rock
    Rock
    Participant

    Me too, Steve!

    #55327

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Haha that’s funny.

    #55346
    Rock
    Rock
    Participant

    It is just funny for those who can still kneel!  🙂

    #55348
    ruckydoo
    ruckydoo
    Participant

    Kneeling isn’t too much of problem for me. however, rising back up has been something of a problem so always find a place with a prop before bending the knees.   Having a big dog has been helpful to me as she’ll come and patiently stand while I use her to get up.    Scratching her ears is the payback so that’s cheap enough.   Cats?  Not so handy!

    #55354
    Steve Srader
    Steve Srader
    Participant

    I guess its time to get a big dog !

    #55360
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    I have two tiny chihuahuas…I could stack them up and use them as leverage maybe…hmmm…something inside my head screams NOOOOO to that idea!

    #55372

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    So I guess none of you guys are going to be doing that Chuck Berry impersonation any time soon…

    #55551

    1943
    Participant

    Oh my gosh, I just come back on after being away for a very long time. Just want to say that I love this beautiful song and especially your singing and the fiddle is heavenly!!  I must learn this tune!! or I mean song although I’ll never be able to sing. Great lesson John and must start to learn it really soon.

    Ann

    #55553
    Steve Srader
    Steve Srader
    Participant

    Every time I play and sing this tune it brings back memories, Ann I am glad you like it , this ones been in my rotation for at least 40 years I never get tired of it .

    #55565
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    Well it’s been a few weeks since I played my guitar like that, John!

    #55571
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    Although I did roller skate with my grandson tonight…he just seems too lonely always just skating by himself.  It’s been over 25 years since I’ve been on skates, back when I used to skate with daughter.  My worst fear was knowing how terrible my insurance is after I tried to use it once in the past 20 years or so and it cost me nearly 2,000 dollars just for them to say nothing serious wrong…now, after all these years of getting older and older while not being on a pair of roller skates, I imagined myself wracking up tens of thousands of dollars getting my bones put back together…but I made out ok…the lights were the worst part…lol…I don’t understand why you need swirling flashing colorful lights to skate under.  I lived to tell about it, though….maybe I’ll try some of that fancy stuff in the video now …lol.

    • This reply was modified 5 days ago by cricket cricket.
    #55576
    rodger
    rodger
    Participant

    Now that is ‘terrifying’…Crickets bones scattered all over..glad you survived Cricket & didn’t have to pay the kings ransom…

    #55578
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    Thanks…yeah it was terrifying, almost as terrifying as soundposts, but I felt sad watching him skate by himself all the time at the end of Granny Days…it being dollar night at the skating rink.  I used to skate with my daughter all the time so I’m like, quit being scared of your age and get out there and play with him!

    #55579
    Rock
    Rock
    Participant

    Roller skating grandma!!  Score for all the grands!!  Way to go, Cricket!!

    #55587
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    Well I gotta say I was a shaky, off-balance mess of a human being…but I guess sooner or later it should come back to me…lol.  I was scaring other folks…a hazard to myself and everybody, but my grandson Roro helped guard the innocent from my presence on the rink.  I dropped out for the limbo, fearing loss of life and limb, and for sure loss of limb-bo, but Roro won first place last night…with what looked like less than two feet of space. Hopefully it comes back to you after a few tries…too bad next Thursday is Thanksgiving…that’s gonna set my skating back a few notches, missing a week again, after 25 years or so…lol…I need practice.

    • This reply was modified 4 days ago by cricket cricket.
    #55603

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Ann, I’m glad you enjoyed the song! I hope to hear you play it. It is great to hear from you. I hope you are doing well.

    We used to have a skating rink in the old gym on Friday nights at my elementary school, and yes, we did the limbo while they played “Do the Limbo Rock!” Wow, that really brings back the memories…

    #55611
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    As long as they aren’t memories of laying in the hospital in traction…lol!

    #55613
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    Our old town had a skating rink…concrete floor and leaky roof…we always skated Sunday afternoons after church.  When it rained or snow was melting, you got little slick surprises around the rink where the puddles formed…lol.  And, it hurt to fall on that floor.  I skated with my daughter, but unlike my grandson’s situation, she knew all the other kids out there skating…there was a tight knit community down there…up here the only people that socialize are people that already know each other…he can go out there and there’s just no interaction with anybody…they all know somebody or have siblings, cousins, etc.,…so I just feel like he’d have more fun if he has somebody to play with and skate with out there.  Might be better if he wasn’t home schooled, maybe he’d know some of them, but we have the worst school here I ever saw and the drug problems are rampant…kids crying getting on the school bus because their parents will be in jail before they get back from school, etc. Anyway…time for Granny to step in!  I used to like skating with my daughter, but I totally lost it over these recent decades!

    #55617
    Rock
    Rock
    Participant

    Lol, recent decades!

    But you did it!

    I think all old rinks are in bad shape?

    #55628
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    This one is pretty old but they just re-did the floor, just a few weeks ago…so it’s an old rink, old floor, but new surface and really a good skating surface now.  So f I crash all my bones, at least it should be easier to scoop mmyself back up from a nice, smooth surface.

    #55661

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    I would be really nervous about strapping on skates at this point in my life…

    #55672
    fiddlewood
    fiddlewood
    Participant

    I’m with John…I balk at eliminating friction where I contact the ground…

    #55674
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    I gotta say it was interesting…I mean, I skated with Annie up until she was about 11 or 12…now she’s 38… meanwhile, I haven’t been getting younger…lol.  But when I put the skates on I could tell right away my brain lost communication with my legs…I was like…this must be how it is to have a bad injury, stroke, etc.  it was like my legs couldn’t make a connection with my brain.  If I hadn’t skated so much years earlier, I woulda taken the skates off right then and there…but I knew in the past my brain had recognized my legs with skates on, so I was hoping to connections would come back again.  Well, they didn’t all the way…but it was improving ad the night went along.  I figure it might take a few weeks to get that brain-leg connection back.  I think it’s interesting, especially after having read not too long ago that bicycling helps Parkinson’s patients relieve symptoms and get control of their bodies for several hours after riding a bicycle fir a certain amount of time.  This skating seemed like a definite brain-body communication problem.

    #55678
    rodger
    rodger
    Participant

    I think the saying is true, that people don’t get old who don’t have time for it.  People don’t get old until they sit down & have lots of time for it.

    (My silly saying for the day)

    #55679
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    Well that might be right…except, you could get old real fast if you broke all your bones on the skating rink…lol…and then the fun’s all over.

    #55680

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Ha that’s a good saying, Rodger. Cricket’s probably right; one way to make time for getting old is to be incapacitated by a skating accident. 🙂

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