Please Don’t Bury Me is a song from John Prine’s 1973 album, Sweet Revenge. I played it with clawhammer style backup but you can strum it (4/4 time) if you prefer.
In this John Prine classic, I played the verses clawhammer style (4/4 time) and the chorus fingerstyle (3/4 time). There are only 3 chords in the song but they change quickly so it might take some work if you’re not used to changing chords quickly. Also, if you’re not comfortable with the clawhammer and/or fingerstyle it’s fine to just strum the whole thing, keeping in mind that the verses are in 4/4 time and the chorus is in 3/4 time. I also do a little hammer-on at the beginning of each verse while holding the C chord, hammering the 2nd string 3rd fret with my middle finger. You can do it or not… it sounded pretty good to me so I put it in there but you’ll be fine without it.
John Prine is my favorite songwriter of all time thanks to his quirky lyrics and simple melodies. This is one of my favorites. According to a John Prine biographer, Spanish Pipedream is “a hilarious Age of Aquarius anthem, the hippie commune ideal summed up in less than four minutes.”
This was Elvis Presley’s first #1 national hit song, “I Forgot to Remember to Forget.” I did it in the key of C and it’s really easy to play (C, F, & G). Short song, so I played it through once strumming then again fingerstyle.
Co-written by George Jones and Lawton Williams, Color of the Blues was a Top 10 country hit by George Jones in 1958. It’s since been recorded by other artists including John Prine and Elvis Costello. I played fingerstyle on the video but a nice slow strum sounds good as well so play it the way that suits you best.