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Lyr Req: Gray Flannel Line (parody)

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CHINESE MAIDEN'S LAMENT
COAL SHIP SONG
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SIX FEET OF MUD
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THE A25 SONG
THE CRUISE OF THE CALABAR
THE LEAN AND UNWASHED TIFFY
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dulcimer 08 Apr 99 - 04:18 AM
Joe Offer 08 Apr 99 - 05:07 AM
The_one_and_only_Dai 08 Apr 99 - 06:07 AM
George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca 08 Apr 99 - 04:24 PM
Joe Offer 08 Apr 99 - 04:40 PM
Dr John 08 Apr 99 - 04:45 PM
The Shambles 08 Apr 99 - 04:55 PM
dulcimer 08 Apr 99 - 06:23 PM
Joe Offer 08 Apr 99 - 07:03 PM
AlistairUK 08 Apr 99 - 07:14 PM
bill\sables 08 Apr 99 - 07:28 PM
AlistairUK 08 Apr 99 - 07:31 PM
Pete M 08 Apr 99 - 07:43 PM
Sandy Paton 09 Apr 99 - 02:28 AM
The_one_and_only_Dai 09 Apr 99 - 04:05 AM
The Shambles 09 Apr 99 - 05:16 AM
The_one_and_only_Dai 09 Apr 99 - 05:27 AM
dick greenhaus 09 Apr 99 - 01:54 PM
Mo 09 Apr 99 - 09:10 PM
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Subject: Lyrics/Tune: Gray Flannel LIne
From: dulcimer
Date: 08 Apr 99 - 04:18 AM

Probably not spelling it right and that might be the problem, but I can't find it in the DT or thread search. I thought we just had one on this tune/song.


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Subject: RE: Lyrics/Tune: Gray Flannel LIne
From: Joe Offer
Date: 08 Apr 99 - 05:07 AM

Dulcimer, is this song a business world parody of GREY FUNNEL LINE?
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Lyrics/Tune: Gray Flannel LIne
From: The_one_and_only_Dai
Date: 08 Apr 99 - 06:07 AM

I've got a copy of this by Matt Armour, the Peripatetic Grampianite... I'll transcribe it when I get a minute


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Subject: RE: Lyrics/Tune: Gray Flannel LIne
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 08 Apr 99 - 04:24 PM

I know the Grey Funnel Line. It's a song which Tom Lewis sings.
Check him out at Tom's Web-site
-link fixed by -Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Lyrics/Tune: Gray Flannel LIne
From: Joe Offer
Date: 08 Apr 99 - 04:40 PM

So, dulcimer, is it Funnel or Flannel you're looking for?
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Lyrics/Tune: Gray Flannel LIne
From: Dr John
Date: 08 Apr 99 - 04:45 PM

...written by Cyril Tawney - a wonderful performer, saw at the Dartmoor festival last year. For them as don't know, this shipping line is tongue in the cheek for the Royal Navy. DrJohn


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Subject: RE: Lyrics/Tune: Gray Flannel LIne
From: The Shambles
Date: 08 Apr 99 - 04:55 PM

The song was mentioned here Parodies Good Or Bad?, though I didn't say much in the sonds favour.


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Subject: RE: Lyrics/Tune: Gray Flannel LIne
From: dulcimer
Date: 08 Apr 99 - 06:23 PM

Red-faced and saying thanks. I have my answer. Can't access Tom's Website though.


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Subject: RE: Lyrics/Tune: Gray Flannel LIne
From: Joe Offer
Date: 08 Apr 99 - 07:03 PM

OK, I think I got lost here. Where's the song about grey flannel that the parody thread talks about?
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Lyrics/Tune: Gray Flannel LIne
From: AlistairUK
Date: 08 Apr 99 - 07:14 PM

Is Cyril still alive. the man is really great i saw him years ago and then every chance I got after that. Nice to see that he is still going strong.


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Subject: RE: Lyrics/Tune: Gray Flannel LIne
From: bill\sables
Date: 08 Apr 99 - 07:28 PM

Cyril is still alive and kicking and living in Leeds Yorkshire England About twenty five years ago he contracted lukiemia (cant' spell it ) and we all had benifit concerts at our local folk clubs in aid of him but the old bugger outlasted most of those who collected for him. (bugger is a term of affection across here) He served in the Royal Navy Submarines based at Portsmouth If anyone would like to send him a message I can pass it on for you. Cheers Bill


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Subject: RE: Lyrics/Tune: Gray Flannel LIne
From: AlistairUK
Date: 08 Apr 99 - 07:31 PM

Bill, as I said I saw him at a club down there in the home counties several years ago he probably doesn't remember me but give him my best regards anyway.


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Subject: RE: Lyrics/Tune: Gray Flannel LIne
From: Pete M
Date: 08 Apr 99 - 07:43 PM

Hi Bill please pass on my best wishes. Cyril is the only person I know who can write songs that are accessible to people who were not in the Andrew but still capture the essence of lower deck life. Do you know if Cyril has done any more research into RN songs since he published Grey Funnel lines?

Pete M


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Subject: RE: Lyrics/Tune: Gray Flannel LIne
From: Sandy Paton
Date: 09 Apr 99 - 02:28 AM

Can someone post the lyrics to the parody?

Give Cyril "best regards" from Sandy and Caroline Paton. We met him at the Princess Louise in London in '58. We were all just children, of course!

Sandy


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Subject: RE: Lyrics/Tune: Gray Flannel LIne
From: The_one_and_only_Dai
Date: 09 Apr 99 - 04:05 AM

Still transcribing, but the chorus goes somethig like:

..What bastard decided that I wouldn't work,
To bring the fish home from the sea?
What bastard dressed up in a grey flannel suit
Is making decisions for me, dear God...


Like I said, Matt Armour has it on 'Memories and Rage' (probably not available), but he wrote it, and apologises on the sleeve to Cyril for the title.


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Subject: RE: Lyrics/Tune: Gray Flannel LIne
From: The Shambles
Date: 09 Apr 99 - 05:16 AM

I dooes't seem to be the same parody as the one that I was talking about, mine was about your white washing being hung to dry on 'The Grey Flannel Line.

It is of great satisfaction to me that the majority of the discussion here has been about the original and it's author.


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Subject: RE: Lyrics/Tune: Gray Flannel LIne
From: The_one_and_only_Dai
Date: 09 Apr 99 - 05:27 AM

Sandy - was that the Princess Louise in Holborn? Drinking in that pub's like sitting insode a wedding cake...


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Subject: RE: Lyrics/Tune: Gray Flannel LIne
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 09 Apr 99 - 01:54 PM

FWIW, some years ago Debby McClatchey was trying to round up song titles containing the names of spices and herbs. Grey Fennel line was one such, along with Oh Cinnamon, Where You Gonna Run To.


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Subject: RE: Lyrics/Tune: Gray Flannel LIne
From: Mo
Date: 09 Apr 99 - 09:10 PM

Bill, yes please - pass on my thanks for his work - when I was a mere child in the late sixties/early seventies I lived in Plymouth,- my Parents saw him perfom, and I know his Mayflower Garland album word for word. In fact, I heard it for the first time in about twenty years about a month ago and surprised myself by how much I remembered. It is a source of pride for me that I learnt ballet at Geraldine Lamb's - the school where the binmen of Beacon Park susposedly learnt to be quiet on their feet! He has such a gorgeous voice!

Cheers,

Mo


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