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Thread #125742   Message #2787102
Posted By: Bonnie Shaljean
12-Dec-09 - 05:23 PM
Thread Name: The wimpiest song ever? Or is it deep?
Then there's The Whiffenpoof Song:

To the tables down at Mory's
To the place where Louie dwells
To the dear old Temple bar we love so well
Sing the Whiffenpoofs assembled with their glasses raised on high
And the magic of their singing casts its spell

Yes, the magic of their singing of the songs we love so well
"Shall I Wasting" and "Mavourneen" and the rest
We will serenade our Louie while life and voice shall last
Then we'll pass and be forgotten with the rest

    We're poor little lambs who have lost our way
    Baa, baa, baa
    We're little black sheep who have gone astray
    Baa, baa, baa
    Gentleman songsters off on a spree
    Doomed from here to eternity
    O Lord have mercy on such as we
    Baa, baa, baa

The Whiffenpoofs were a singing club at Yale (yes, that's right, grown men) who used to finish with this number. Can you imagine any of today's college jocks (a) calling themselves the Whiffenpoofs, and (b) singing Baa Baa Baa with a straight face? (And shouldn't it be 'have mercy on US'? Still, I suppose 'we' fits the rhyme scheme better.) Hmmmm, lessee...

Gentleman songsters off on a bus
Doomed to eat only asparagus
O Lord have mercy on...   NOPE

Must admit though, I do rather like the phrase "from here to eternity". Hey... might make a good name for a book... even a movie...