Red Sails In The Sunset



 In 1935 Jimmy Kennedy wrote the words and Hugh Williams wrote the music to REd sails In The Sunset. It's a slow song, played in cut time. 

The symbol cut time, a "semicircle" with a vertical line through is also a carry-over from the notational practice of late-Medieval and Renaissance music, where it signified tempus imperfectum diminutum (diminished imperfect time)—more precisely, a doubling of the speed, or proportio dupla, in duple meter. In modern notation, it is used in place of 22 and is called "alla breve" or, colloquially, "cut time" or "cut common time". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_signature
 It's a fairly easy song to play. Here it is in the Key of C from Ultimate Guitar.com

C                      F                C
Red sails in the sunset, way out on the sea
             G7      G                C
Oh, carry my love one, home safely to me
                        F                   C
He sailed at the dawning, all day I ve been blue
                 G7    G                 C
Red sails in the sunset, I m trusting in you
 
      F             C      F                      C
Swift wings we must borrow, make straight for the shore
F          C     D7                      G7
We marry tomorrow, and you go sailing no more
C                      F                C
Red sails in the sunset, way out on the sea
             G7      G                C
Oh, carry my love one, home safely to me
 
                       F                C
Red sails at the sunset, way out on the sea
             G7      G                C
Oh, carry my love one, home safely to me


As performed by Fats Domino

C   Em           Gm     F    Fm         C   
Red sails in the sunset; way out on the sea.
A7           Dm7       G     G7        C  G
Oh, carry my loved one, home safely to me.

C   Em            Gm      F    Fm            C    A7 
She sailed at the dawning, all day I've been blue,
A7               Dm7    G    G7          C
Red sails in the sunset, I'm trusting in you.

F     Dm7           C
Swift wings we must borrow,
F    G                C    C7 
make straight for the shore.
F  Dm7     C
We marry tomorrow,
A7  D         D7         G 
and you ll go sailing no more.

C   Em           Gm     F    Fm         C   
Red sails in the sunset; way out on the sea,
A7           Dm7       G               C
Oh, carry my loved one, home safely to me. 

F  Dm7     C
We marry tomorrow,R
A7  D         D7         G 
and she ll go sailing no more.

C   Em           Gm     F    Fm         C   
Red sails in the sunset; way out on the sea,
A7           Dm7       G               C
Oh, carry my loved one, home safely to me. 
 
The song, Red Sails in the Sunset, was recorded by Fats 
Domino, Connie Stevens, Dean Martin and more in the 50's.
 
 
Nat King Cole singing the song on YouTube.
 
 
Here is the chord chart I am playing out of my Hawaiian 
songbook:
 
G                      C      Cm6         G
Red sails in the sunset, way out on the sea
     Ddim        Am7 D7  Am7 D7        G        
Oh, carry my love one, home safely to me
                        C      Cm6             G
He sailed at the dawning, all day I ve been blue
      Ddim      Am7 D7 AM7   D7                
Red sails in the sunset, I m trusting in you
 
C      Cm6             G      D7                  G
Swift wings we must borrow, make straight for the shore
C    Cm6      G     A7                      D7
We marry tomorrow, and you go sailing no more
G                      C      Cm6          G
Red sails in the sunset, way out on the sea
      Ddim       Am7  D7 Am    D7                G
Oh, carry my love one, home safely to me
 
                       G   C   Cm6          G
Red sails at the sunset, way out on the sea
     Ddim      Am7  D7    Am  D7      G Cm6 G
Oh, carry my love one, home safely to me


The Diminished triads use only the minor thirds, one on top of the other. They sound dissonant and very scary like the interesting background music we hear from an old vaudeville skit. You know, when you see the lady tied to the railroad tracks. Oh, gosh, here comes the train! That is the sound I am hearing. They often create a very restless, nervous and tense feeling. So, C to Eb is a minor third and Eb to Gb is a minor third, too. Some folks refer to them as 'the Halloween' sound.

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Absolute
D

C#
Eb

F#
Ab
Bb

CDEFGABC

C#
Eb

F#
Ab
Bb

CDEFGABC

C#
Eb

F#
Ab
Bb

CDEFGABC

So, when I play Ddim in the song, it looks like this: G#/FBD

A Cm6 would be played, C/CEbG

Are there some other songs that you like to play that have some diminished chords thrown in? Take a look at this video when you have the time, Finding the Key


Best,
LadyD

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