Donovan Guitar Chords



Upon his emergence during the mid-'60s, Donovan was anointed "Britain's answer to Bob Dylan," a facile but largely unfounded comparison which compromised the Scottish folk-pop troubadour's own unique vision. Where the thrust of Dylan's music remains its bleak introspection and bitter realism, Donovan fully embraced the wide-eyed optimism of the flower power movement, his ethereal, ornate songs radiating a mystical beauty and childlike wonder; for better or worse, his recordings remain quintessential artifacts of the psychedelic era, capturing the peace and love idealism of their time to perfection. Donovan Leitch was born May 10, 1946 in Glasgow and raised outside of London; at 18 he recorded his first demo, and in 1965 was tapped as a regular on the television pop showcase Ready, Steady, Go! He soon issued his debut single "Catch the Wind," earning the first round of Dylan comparisons with his ramshackle folk sound and ragamuffin look; the single nevertheless reached the U.K. Top Five, with a subsequent meeting between the two singer/songwriters captured in the classic D.A. Pennebaker documentary Don't Look Back.

Donovan's follow-up single, "Colours," was also a hit, and after making his American debut at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, he issued Fairytale, his second and last LP for the Hickory label. Signing with Epic in 1966, he released his breakthrough album, Sunshine Superman, which in its exotic arrangements and pointedly psychedelic lyrical outlook heralded a major shift from his previous work; the title track topped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic, with the enigmatic "Mellow Yellow" reaching the number two spot a few months later. Donovan remained a chart fixture throughout 1967, generating a series of hits including "Epistle to Dippy," "There Is a Mountain," and "Wear Your Love Like Heaven"; that year he traveled to India alongside the Beatles to study with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, a journey which inspired him to renounce drug use and encourage his listeners to turn to meditation. The ambitious double album A Gift from a Flower to a Garden followed, and in 1968 Donovan resurfaced with The Hurdy Gurdy Man, scoring a Top Five smash with the hallucinatory title cut; the record also yielded the hit "Jennifer Juniper."

Barabajagal from 1969 generated Donovan's final Top 40 hit, "Atlantis"; for the title track, he collaborated with the Jeff Beck Group, with whom he also worked on 1970s Open Road. He then retreated to Ireland, emerging from a period of seclusion by starring in and scoring the 1972 film The Pied Piper; a pair of new LPs, Cosmic Wheels and Essence to Essence, appeared the following year to disappointing reviews and little commercial interest. Following 1974's 7-Tease, he spent the next years living quietly in California's Joshua Tree desert, mounting only a small club tour to promote 1976's Slow Down; a self-titled LP appeared a year later, and in the wake of 1983's Jerry Wexler-produced Lady of the Stars, he essentially retired from writing and recording altogether. The Donovan revival began in earnest in 1991 when Happy Mondays titled a song in his honor for their groundbreaking Pills 'n' Thrills & Bellyaches; he later toured with the group as well. Five years later, Donovan released his comeback LP, Sutras, helmed by producer du jour Rick Rubin. (The album had the misfortune to be released after Rubin's landmark Johnny Cash record, American Recordings and was virtually ignored or misunderstood by critics.) Donovan toured briefly to support Sutras and then went missing once again, playing out only sporadically. In 2004, however, he reappeared with the intimate and stylish Beat Cafe, a collection of nearly all-original songs produced by keyboardist John Chelew. Donovan also enlisted bassist Danny Thompson and drummer Jim Keltner to round out his quartet. The album featured a pair of covers, a spoken word rendition of poet Dylan Thomas' "Do Not Go Gentle," and a startling rendition of the traditional tune "The Cuckoo." ~ Jason Ankeny
Genres: art rock, brill building pop, british folk, british invasion, classic rock, folk, folk rock, glam rock, mellow gold, protopunk, psychedelic rock, rock, roots rock, scottish singer-songwriter, singer-songwriter, traditional folk

Guitar Chords:

Age Of Treason
As I Recall It
A Soldiers Dream
Astral Angel
Atlantis (ver. 2)
Atlantis (ver. 3)
Atlantis (ver. 4)
Aye My Love
Ballad Of Geraldine
Barabajagal (ver. 2)
Belated Forgiveness Plea
Breezes Of Patchulie
Brother Sun Sister Moon
Brother Sun Sister Moon (ver. 2)
Catch The Wind
Catch The Wind (ver. 2)
Catch The Wind (ver. 3)
Catch The Wind (ver. 4)
Catch The Wind (ver. 5)
Celeste (ver. 2)
Celia Of The Seals
Clara Clairvoyant
Colours (ver. 2)
Colours (ver. 3)
Cosmic Wheels
Cosmic Wheels (ver. 2)
Cuttin Out
Divine Daze Of Deathless Delight
Donna Donna
Donna Donna (ver. 2)
Donna Donna (ver. 3)
Epistle To Derroll
Epistle To Dippy
Goldwatch Blues
Guinevere (ver. 2)
Guinevere (ver. 3)
Happiness Runs
Happiness Runs (ver. 2)
Happiness Runs (ver. 3)
Hurdy Gurdy Man
Hurdy Gurdy Man (ver. 2)
Hurdy Gurdy Man (ver. 3)
Hurdy Gurdy Man (ver. 4)
Hurdy Gurdy Man (ver. 5)
I Love My Shirt
Isle Of Islay
Isle Of Islay (ver. 2)
Isle Of Islay (ver. 3)
Jabberwocky (ver. 2)
Jennifer Juniper
Jennifer Juniper (ver. 2)
Jennifer Juniper (ver. 3)
Jersey Thursday
Jersey Thursday (ver. 2)
Joe Beans Theme
Lalena (ver. 2)
Lalena (ver. 3)
Legend Of A Girl Child Linda
Legend Of A Girl Child Linda (ver. 2)
Little Boy In Corduroy
London Town
Lord Of The Reedy River
Lovely Princess
Lullaby Of Spring
Mad Johns Escape
Maria Magenta
Mellow Yellow
Mellow Yellow (ver. 2)
Mellow Yellow (ver. 3)
Mellow Yellow (ver. 4)
Mellow Yellow (ver. 5)
Mellow Yellow (ver. 6)
Mr Wind
Oh Gosh
Ordinary Family
Remember The Alamo
Riki Tiki Tavi
Rock And Roll Souljer
Sand And Foam
Season Of The Witch
Season Of The Witch (ver. 2)
Shape In The Sky
Skip A-Long Sam
Someones Singing
Song Of The Naturalists Wife
Starfish On The Toast
Sunshine Superman
Sunshine Superman (ver. 2)
Sunshine Superman (ver. 3)
Sunshine Superman (ver. 4)
Sunshine Superman (ver. 5)
Superlungs My Supergirl
Teen Angel
Teen Angel (ver. 2)
The Ballad Of A Crystal Man
The Garden
The Intergalactic Laxative
The Land Of Doesnt Have To Be
The Little Tin Soldier
The Magpie
The Quest
There Is A Mountain
There Is An Ocean
There Was A Time
The Summer Day Reflection Song
The Sun Is A Very Magic Fellow
The Tinker And The Crab
The War Drags On
Tinker Tale
To Sing For You
Try For The Sun
Under The Greenwood Tree
Universal Soldier
Universal Soldier (ver. 2)
Universal Soldier (ver. 3)
Universal Soldier (ver. 4)
Universal Soldier (ver. 5)
Universal Soldier (ver. 6)
Universal Soldier (ver. 7)
Voyage Into The Golden Screen
Wear Your Love Like Heaven
Wear Your Love Like Heaven (ver. 2)
Wear Your Love Like Heaven (ver. 3)
Wear Your Love Like Heaven (ver. 4)
Wear Your Love Like Heaven (ver. 5)
Why Do You Treat Me Like You Do
Why Do You Treat Me Like You Do (ver. 2)
Widow With A Shawl
Writer In The Sun
Wynken Blynken And Nod
Yellow Star
Young Girl Blues
Young Girl Blues (ver. 2)
Young Girl Blues (ver. 3)
Young Girl Blues (ver. 4)
Your Broken Heart
Youre Gonna Need Somebody On Your Bond