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What did your Dad used to sing?

Bert 27 Jan 08 - 06:30 PM
GUEST,wordy 27 Jan 08 - 06:48 PM
Alice 27 Jan 08 - 06:55 PM
LesB 27 Jan 08 - 06:56 PM
Leadfingers 27 Jan 08 - 07:04 PM
AllisonA(Animaterra) 27 Jan 08 - 07:07 PM
Brendy 27 Jan 08 - 07:11 PM
GUEST,Dani 27 Jan 08 - 07:15 PM
Sorcha 27 Jan 08 - 07:22 PM
vectis 27 Jan 08 - 07:45 PM
dick greenhaus 27 Jan 08 - 07:49 PM
Jon Bartlett 27 Jan 08 - 09:01 PM
Amos 27 Jan 08 - 09:22 PM
Rapparee 27 Jan 08 - 09:29 PM
oldhippie 27 Jan 08 - 09:36 PM
Kent Davis 27 Jan 08 - 10:02 PM
katlaughing 27 Jan 08 - 10:13 PM
GUEST,.gargoyle 27 Jan 08 - 10:22 PM
Dan Schatz 27 Jan 08 - 10:24 PM
Jeri 27 Jan 08 - 10:53 PM
GUEST,Julia 27 Jan 08 - 10:54 PM
Stilly River Sage 27 Jan 08 - 11:50 PM
Sooz 28 Jan 08 - 02:36 AM
Anne Lister 28 Jan 08 - 03:02 AM
fat B****rd 28 Jan 08 - 03:14 AM
Megan L 28 Jan 08 - 04:17 AM
Waddon Pete 28 Jan 08 - 04:51 AM
GUEST,baz parkes 28 Jan 08 - 04:58 AM
Liz the Squeak 28 Jan 08 - 05:31 AM
Banjiman 28 Jan 08 - 05:46 AM
Newport Boy 28 Jan 08 - 05:50 AM
Roger the Skiffler 28 Jan 08 - 06:17 AM
Sir Roger de Beverley 28 Jan 08 - 06:27 AM
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Surreysinger 28 Jan 08 - 08:51 AM
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Subject: What did your Dad used to sing?
From: Bert
Date: 27 Jan 08 - 06:30 PM

I'll start with one my Dad sang...

Let's sing the songs the Father used to sing
While we're at a party lets be gay and hearty
come Lads and Lasses
Lift up your glasses
join in the chorus, let it go
So, let's sing the songs that Father used to sing
years and years ago.


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Subject: RE: What did your Dad used to sing?
From: GUEST,wordy
Date: 27 Jan 08 - 06:48 PM

"Marta, rambling rose of the wildwood"
"Buddy, can you spare a dime"


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Subject: RE: What did your Dad used to sing?
From: Alice
Date: 27 Jan 08 - 06:55 PM

The Rose of Tralee


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Subject: RE: What did your Dad used to sing?
From: LesB
Date: 27 Jan 08 - 06:56 PM

Nothing!


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Subject: RE: What did your Dad used to sing?
From: Leadfingers
Date: 27 Jan 08 - 07:04 PM

Hymns !! He was head choir boy at the Birmingham Parish church


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Subject: RE: What did your Dad used to sing?
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 27 Jan 08 - 07:07 PM

TIME for breakfast! TIME for breakfast! Time for breakfast! time for breakfast! time for break-fast!
Tune: Halleluia chorus


To the tune of one of Bach's organ fugues (not sure which one, but the tune beings "do mi sol, re fa la":
Being have (to rhyme with "wave")
Being have
Oh, everyone is being have!


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Subject: RE: What did your Dad used to sing?
From: Brendy
Date: 27 Jan 08 - 07:11 PM

'McAlpine's Fusileers', and 'The Rose Of Arranmore'.

But my father also had a great wealth of monologues, and at Christmas Parties and the like, he could always be counted on to give a rendition of some Robert Servis: 'Dangerous Dan McGrew', and 'The Cremation of Sam McGee', especially.

A lovely man.

B.


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Subject: RE: What did your Dad used to sing?
From: GUEST,Dani
Date: 27 Jan 08 - 07:15 PM

"Two and two are four
four and four are eight
eight and eight are sixteen
sixteen and sixteen are thirty-two". I have a super-early memory of this being sung over my crib or bed.

Also, a song with many parts that I've never found anyone else to sing with:

"crank chisel, chisel,
crank chisel, chisel"

with

"whoop, whoop WHOOP,
whoop, whoop WHOOP"

and various other parts, sung together.

Dani


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Subject: RE: What did your Dad used to sing?
From: Sorcha
Date: 27 Jan 08 - 07:22 PM

Bob's Got a Swing Band in Heaven
The Holy City
Danny Boy
Filipino Baby
Rainbow at Midnight
Day-O/Banana Boat Song
Jamaica Farewell

Others of the same ilk.


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Subject: RE: What did your Dad used to sing?
From: vectis
Date: 27 Jan 08 - 07:45 PM

Too many to list he left me 5 tapes full of songs he'd recorded at home.


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Subject: RE: What did your Dad used to sing?
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 27 Jan 08 - 07:49 PM

My dad only sang two songs to me --and I still sing them today. One was "the Mermaid"; t'other was (I found later) D.J.O'Malley's "The Tenderfoot"


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Subject: RE: What did your Dad used to sing?
From: Jon Bartlett
Date: 27 Jan 08 - 09:01 PM

One verse of "When Father painted the parlor (you couldn't see pa for paint)" and

There is a happy land, far far away
Where the little piggies run, three times a day
Oh, you ought to see them run
When they see the farmer come
Cutting slices off their bum
Three times a day.

and one small piece of recitation: a vulgar parody of George Sim's "It Was Christmas Day in the Workhouse".

Norman Francis Bartlett, born Cardiff 26 January 1912, died Worthing 8 December 1985.

Jon Bartlett


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Subject: RE: What did your Dad used to sing?
From: Amos
Date: 27 Jan 08 - 09:22 PM

Some Yale glee material. One he spontaneously came up with only once, on a rare family vacation:

"The Pope he leads a jolly life!
He's free from every care and strife.
He drinks the best of Rhenish wine!
I would the Popes gay life were mine.


The Sultan better pleases me.
He's free from care as he can be.
With fifty damsels for a wife!
Oh, I would have the Sultan's life!!

Oh when my sweetie kisses me,
\'Tis then the Sultan I would be.
But when good Rhenish wine I tope,
Why then I'd rather be the Pope!

He also taught me Buddy Bolden, the Sheik of Araby, Five Foot Two, and a number of other raggy piano tunes.


A


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Subject: RE: What did your Dad used to sing?
From: Rapparee
Date: 27 Jan 08 - 09:29 PM

On Wisconsin
The Notre Dame Victory March
When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
The Caissons Go Rolling Along
The Air Corps Song
Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ra

and a host of others. Whatever took his fancy.


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Subject: RE: What did your Dad used to sing?
From: oldhippie
Date: 27 Jan 08 - 09:36 PM

Dad didn't sing but he played the accordion.


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Subject: RE: What did your Dad used to sing?
From: Kent Davis
Date: 27 Jan 08 - 10:02 PM

"You get a Line" (The Crawdad Song")

Kent


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Subject: RE: What did your Dad used to sing?
From: katlaughing
Date: 27 Jan 08 - 10:13 PM

you know! And I know, Bertdarlin'...your dad sang a lot more. Love that tape!


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Subject: RE: What did your Dad used to sing?
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 27 Jan 08 - 10:22 PM

INTERESTING - Question.

My father could not carry a pitch....none of family could....his oldest sister took instruction from a teacher that "promised" results....four lessons later the fee was refunded.

Luckily my musical ability came from the other side of the family....one with a RICH musical inheritance....something my siblings also missed.

But, back to the topic:
While working on a "difficult task" my father would either smoke a "Camel Unfiltered" or whistle "It Came Upon A Midnight Clear" and this tune always seemed "in-key" because of its "off-key" nuance.

Sincerely,
Gargoyle


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Subject: RE: What did your Dad used to sing?
From: Dan Schatz
Date: 27 Jan 08 - 10:24 PM

"Little Birdie," "Sally Ann" and "Cripple Creek" - all played on his old Bruno and Son banjo.

Dan


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Subject: RE: What did your Dad used to sing?
From: Jeri
Date: 27 Jan 08 - 10:53 PM

Hey Dan - I have an old Bruno banjo!

My dad was tone deaf, but he sang. 'There's a Long, Long Trail', 'Trail of the Lonesome Pine' (the one with the cow on the railroad tracks), 'Mademoiselle from Armentières' (the chorus). Most of the time, I only remember he sang the song if I hear it elsewhere.


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Subject: RE: What did your Dad used to sing?
From: GUEST,Julia
Date: 27 Jan 08 - 10:54 PM

The Whiffenpoof song (baaa, baaaa, baaa)
Aura Lee (which, as a curious child, i understood to be "orally" and wondered how a blackbird would sing any other way)
Shenandoah (I love your sweetie)

Then there was this little novelty- Anyone ever heard it?

When Pa was a little boy like me he used to go in swimmin',in swimmin'
He used to go 'way up the creek where there was no fear of women,of women
One day, one day,
One day some people came along and stole my pa's apparel (apparel)
He stayed in the water all day loo-oo-oong
And that night came home in a barrel, a barrel
A big.... round.... wooden..... barrel!
(The last "barrel" is shouted and accompanied with merciless tickling)
Took awhile to understand the barrel bit

My Dad also read us Greek myths and Beowulf as bedtime stories when I was 5 or 6

Cheers- Julia


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Subject: RE: What did your Dad used to sing?
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Jan 08 - 11:50 PM

You name it, he sang it! Dad was a folk singer (John Dwyer). :)

When we were little he used to come to each of our rooms at bedtime and sing a few songs. Sometimes (often!) we were a captive audience for a new song he was learning. I knew lots of words to lots of songs very early, because of this. So, of course, I don't play a portable instrument or sing (unless I'm singing along and mostly drowned out, but I do know the words!)

SRS


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Subject: RE: What did your Dad used to sing?
From: Sooz
Date: 28 Jan 08 - 02:36 AM

I'll take you home again Kathleen (my Mother's name) when he wanted something and Come into the garden Maud (my Mother's hated middle name) when he wanted to wind her up.


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Subject: RE: What did your Dad used to sing?
From: Anne Lister
Date: 28 Jan 08 - 03:02 AM

Never heard my Dad sing a thing ... he did used to thump out "Donna e mobile" on the piano, though.

Anne


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Subject: RE: What did your Dad used to sing?
From: fat B****rd
Date: 28 Jan 08 - 03:14 AM

"Let the rest of the world go by"
"Out of town"


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Subject: RE: What did your Dad used to sing?
From: Megan L
Date: 28 Jan 08 - 04:17 AM

I remember sitting on the bed in the back bedroom as he played, mum used to make him practice his saxaphone into the airing cupboard the melodeon in the hut but the banjo in the back bedroom.

Helleujah i'm a bum
Old faithful
Will the angels sing their songs for me

right up till just before he died aged 93 he could recite many long poems.

The shooting of Dan Magrew
The creation of sam magee
The green eye of the little yellow god
Tam o shanter

and his own poems

The golddigger
Macbeth
The easter egg


My mum on the other hand sang all the timewhnever she was working about the house you would here her sweet voice.

The star o Rabbie Burns
The rowan tree
Dark Lochnagar
Grannies hielan hame

these were joined by hymns and any other tunes that happened to flow through her head.


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Subject: RE: What did your Dad used to sing?
From: Waddon Pete
Date: 28 Jan 08 - 04:51 AM

My Dad didn't sing much, but boy...could he recite! He had his own versions of many famous poems and was especially fond of "The Lays of Ancient Rome". He also liked to mix the poems up or come out with strange quotes such as:

"Look thou, stand within the arras, and when I stamp my foot upon the bosom of ground, rush forth! But he rushed fifth and lost all his beer money!"

Dad played the piano well, and had a wide repertoire.

Twas Mum who was the singer.

Best wishes,

Peter


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Subject: RE: What did your Dad used to sing?
From: GUEST,baz parkes
Date: 28 Jan 08 - 04:58 AM

Something I've never heard elsewhere...but I suspect picked up from the Americans he served with in WW2

You can roll a silver dollar down a rusty road
And it will roll roll roll
Because its round round round

No woman knows what a good man has until she brings him down

Then I forget until the corus which went

Listen my honey listen to me
I want you to understand
That as a silver dollar goes from hand to hand
A woman goes from man to man

Any ideas?

Baz


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Subject: RE: What did your Dad used to sing?
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 28 Jan 08 - 05:31 AM

I learned these songs at my fathers' knee.... we were too poor to afford paper so he wrote them on his knee.

I learned 'When this bloody war is over' and a jolly little ditty entitled 'The Guinea Pig Song'..

How can you tell when a guinea pig is pleased
if he ain't got a tail to wag.
All other animals you will find,
have got a little tail stuck on behind.
If they'd only put a tail on a guinea pig
and finished off a decent job,
the price of the animal would then go up,
from a guinea up to thirty bob!

He told us he won a prize for singing, the prize was a gobstopper.

LTS


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Subject: RE: What did your Dad used to sing?
From: Banjiman
Date: 28 Jan 08 - 05:46 AM

My Dad didn't sing....he played the accordion, and the dog sang along though.

Accordions still don't sound right to me without a dog howling along...........


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Subject: RE: What did your Dad used to sing?
From: Newport Boy
Date: 28 Jan 08 - 05:50 AM

My dad had just a few songs - Liz's Guinea Pig Song was one.

The one I most remember was The Miner's Dream of Home - "The bells were ringing the old year out, and the new year in".

And one short poem:

WATER

Pure water is the finest drink
That man to man may bring.
But who am I, that I should have
The best of everything?
Let prelates revel at the pump,
Peers at the pond make free,
But whisky, wine or even beer
Is good enough for me!

Sixty years later, I understand it better!

Phil


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Subject: RE: What did your Dad used to sing?
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 28 Jan 08 - 06:17 AM

If you were the only girl in the world
Bless 'em all (RAF version)
RIP, Ivor
24.8.16-21.12.07

RtS


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Subject: RE: What did your Dad used to sing?
From: Sir Roger de Beverley
Date: 28 Jan 08 - 06:27 AM

The miner's dream of home


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Subject: RE: What did your Dad used to sing?
From: catspaw49
Date: 28 Jan 08 - 07:06 AM

Its come up before here, but I'd put my Dad up against anyone when it came to partially remembered song lyrics and poems. Now he did know a lot of them but mostly he remembered only a verse here or a line there and in all cases as they suited his needs which were to supply his somewhat off the wall sense of humor (Y'all understand now?).

He'd combine this with that or quite annoyingly (this'll be familiar too) latch onto something and beat it to death until he had a great laugh over it, leaving my Mom and I groaning and in pain. Plus there were certain key words which would trigger some piece of a poem or a half of a song verse (or chorus) or some inane piece of wacky pseudo folklore.

Ya' know, all in all, I really never had a chance...............................................

Spaw


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Subject: RE: What did your Dad used to sing?
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Jan 08 - 07:25 AM

my dad's a great trad singer but has never sang outside the house. He brought me to fleadhs and seisuins the length and breadth of Ireland and taught me numerous songs - i don't even have a recording of him though and now he says he's too old to remember any!

his favourites were;

the jolly tinker
lough erne's shore
the young servant man


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Subject: RE: What did your Dad used to sing?
From: rich-joy
Date: 28 Jan 08 - 07:45 AM

Only ones I can now recall are :
The Words Are in My Heart ("My dear, I love you so, and even though I can't say it, the words are in my heart ......")
and
Wyoming Lullaby (chorus starts "Go to sleep my baby, close those pretty eyes .....")
Mum occasionally sang stuff like "O Tannenbaum" and "Song of the Volga Boatmen" and "De Lorelei" though ......


Cheers, R-J


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Subject: RE: What did your Dad used to sing?
From: GUEST,Granny in Wales
Date: 28 Jan 08 - 08:39 AM

I don't know where this song came from but my Dad used to sing it - the scenario, presumably is that the rent-collector has come, mother has no money and he is issuing threats, one of the children sings:

Please don't burn our shit-house down
Mother has promised to pay
Father's away on the ocean blue
And sis in the family way
Brother dear has gonorrhea
O times is f***ing hard
So please don't burn our shit-house down
Or we'll have to shit in the yard.

RIP Ivor 10.1.22-28.5.07


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Subject: RE: What did your Dad used to sing?
From: Surreysinger
Date: 28 Jan 08 - 08:51 AM

Baz "Any ideas?" Silver Dollar was certainly sung by the Springfields in the pre-Dusty days... I have an LP somewhere which has that track on it... unfortunately I can't lay my hands on it at the moment, but as far as I can recall I think it was listed as "Traditional". Googling for it, I found one site which quoted quite a few variations of the words, and suggested that the song dated from around 1907.

As to what songs my father sang - quite a few, but the only things which stick in the memory are his stunning trumpetless trumpet imitations, and his singing me to sleep as a tiny tot with "Goodnight Irene" - I didn't get to hear the full words until I was in my twenties ... probably just as well, as they're not really kiddies bedtime stuff [grins]. And my mother never sang that I can recall ... I think she was the subject of one of those teachers at school who dent your confidence by criticising !!


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Subject: RE: What did your Dad used to sing?
From: Bert
Date: 28 Jan 08 - 10:13 AM

Baz, here's the lyrics to roll a silver dollar


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Subject: RE: What did your Dad used to sing?
From: Bert
Date: 28 Jan 08 - 10:23 AM

Katmeluv, I remember your Dad singing Ace Down in a Hole for us on Mudcat Radio.

Gargoyle, my Dad was off pitch quite a lot but it never stopped him singing. His last wife said he was like a radio that you couldn't turn off.

SRS, if you know all those songs it's a shame not to sing them. Get out there and share them with your friends.

Spaw, LOL, that does explain a lot.


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Subject: RE: What did your Dad used to sing?
From: GUEST,Phil B
Date: 28 Jan 08 - 10:43 AM

My dad didn't sing but he played fiddle in a local dance band called
'Arthur Chalice and his black diamonds' They played big dance engagements at weekends and there was a tune set which was always announced as 'something for the scots!!' This was a very sophisticated big band arrangement (possibly from Victor Sylvester) of well known tunes such as 'Flowers of Edinburgh' and 'Cock of the north/Athol Highlanders' etc. The Scots in the audience would leap to the floor and generally brighten up the strict tempo proceedings.
I think this is my earliest memory of trad dance music Incidently, Bob Cann was of course well known in the area as the best purveyor of 'Country Dance' music.


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Subject: RE: What did your Dad used to sing?
From: Mooh
Date: 28 Jan 08 - 11:20 AM

No pop from Pop, but a million things from humourous songs of the early 20th century, to serious classical, to hymns and anthems (very Anglican), to stuff he wrote for church liturgy, choirs, and childrens groups. Even heard him and some opera singer demonstrate singing harmony a semi-tone apart without screwing up. Besides sightsinging like a pro, he could improvise various styles of harmony.

After several strokes of varying severity, Dad became virtually mute. Days, even weeks, would pass where he'd barely utter a sound, much to Mum's sadness. When he was well enough to be taken out, off to church they went. Dad struggled to his feet and sang as if he'd never stopped. It seems it's a different part of the brain that operates singing. Of course, in church everyone thought it was some sort of miracle, and in a way it was. It so happened that he still remembered entire hymns, bass lines, melodies, words, just as he always had. We knew then that inside the newly quiet man there was still the memory that used to amaze us with its ability and sheer volume. Until the day he died, Mum continued to play music for him, read to him, hold one way conversations with him, and take him about on daily life. I'm sure it sustained both their lives.

I have 45 year old memories as clear as this morning of rolling around in our little skiff on the waves of Georgian Bay, going to and from fishing spots, with Dad loudly singing, "...we fired salutes at the captain's boots in the teeth of the blooming gale...". What a man he was, and I can't begin to describe how I miss him!

Thanks for the memories.

Peace, Mooh.


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Subject: RE: What did your Dad used to sing?
From: GUEST,Neil D
Date: 28 Jan 08 - 11:43 AM

Little Redwing
Big Rock Candy Mountain
I Went Down To Derby Town


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Subject: RE: What did your Dad used to sing?
From: GUEST,The Mole Catcher's Apprentice
Date: 28 Jan 08 - 12:09 PM

Painting Box - The Incredible String Band was a favourite with me and my sisters, and still such a lovely song.

Charlotte


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Subject: RE: What did your Dad used to sing?
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 28 Jan 08 - 12:17 PM

I've no actual memory of my father as he died when I was two, but one day my mother was round at the house & I'd just bought Bob Robert's Topic LP Songs from the Sailing Barges, and thought it might be the sort of thing she's enjoy. After Bell-bottom Trousers she said "Your father used to sing that." Gave me a bit of a glow I can tell you, though I've never actually sang it myself.


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Subject: RE: What did your Dad used to sing?
From: maire-aine
Date: 28 Jan 08 - 12:17 PM

"The Preacher & the Bear"

"Oh, Lord, if you can't help me, don't you help that grizzly bear."

Did Phil Harris record that?

Also, something about "3 Children in the Fire-y Furnace" and "Jonah in the belly of the whale"

Maryanne


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Subject: RE: What did your Dad used to sing?
From: GUEST,baz parkes
Date: 28 Jan 08 - 01:15 PM

Bert and Surreysinger

Thanks a lot...not a dry seat in the house!!

(One of Dave Sealey's best lines I feel...)

I can hear him now

(Dad,that is, not Dave...but come to think of it...)

Cheers m'dears

Baz


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Subject: RE: What did your Dad used to sing?
From: GUEST,Greycap
Date: 28 Jan 08 - 01:19 PM

Wreck on the Highway - Roy Acuff
Footprints in the snow - Bill Monroe
stuff like that....


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Subject: Lyr Add: AN OVERWORKED ELOCUTIONIST (Carolyn Wells
From: Bill D
Date: 28 Jan 08 - 01:19 PM

I can't remember him ever singing a note....but many silly poems & recitations...

like

AN OVERWORKED ELOCUTIONIST
Carolyn Wells

ONCE there was a little boy, whose name was Robert Reece;
And every Friday afternoon he had to speak a piece.
So many poems thus he learned, that soon he had a store
Of recitations in his head, and still kept learning more.

And now this is what happened: He was called upon, one week,
And totally forgot the piece he was about to speak!
His brain he cudgelled. Not a word remained within his head!
And so he spoke at random, and this is what he said:

"My Beautiful, my Beautiful, who standest proudly by,
It was the schooner Hesperus—the breaking waves dashed high!
Why is the Forum crowded? What means this stir in Rome?
Under a spreading chestnut tree there is no place like home!

"Whence come these shrieks so wild and shrill? Across the sands o' Dee?
Lo, I will stand at thy right hand and keep the bridge with thee!
For this was Tell a hero? For this did Gessler die?
'The curse is come upon me!' said the Spider to the Fly.

"When Britain first at Heaven's command said, 'Boatswain, do not tarry;
The despot's heel is on thy shore, and while ye may, go marry.'
Let dogs delight to bark and bite the British Grenadiers,
Lars Porsena of Clusium lay dying in Algiers!

"The sea! the sea! the open sea! Roll on, roll on, thou deep!
Maxwelton braes are bonny, but Macbeth hath murdered sleep!
Answer me, burning shades of night! What's Hecuba to me?
Alone stood brave Horatius! The boy—oh! where was he?

"When Freedom from her mountain height cried, Twinkle, little star,
Shoot if you must this old grey head, King Henry of Navarre!
Roll on, thou deep and dark blue castled crag of Drachenfels,
My name is Norval, on the Grampian Hills, ring out, wild bells!

"If you're waking, call me early, to be or not to be,
The curfew must not ring to-night. Oh, woodman, spare that tree!
Charge, Chester, charge! On, Stanley, on! And let who will be clever!
The boy stood on the burning deck, but I go on forever!"

His elocution was superb, his voice and gestures fine;
His schoolmates all applauded, as he finished the last line.
"I see it doesn't matter," Robert thought, "what words I say,
So long as I declaim with oratorical display!"


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Subject: RE: What did your Dad used to sing?
From: Geordie-Peorgie
Date: 28 Jan 08 - 01:22 PM

When he wez singin' te me (aah wez a bairn) he sang "Little White Duck" and he made aall the noises instead for sayin' 'quack' or 'croak' - Aah wez fascinated as he sat at the pianna and sang lots of kiddy songs but THAT one stuck in mind.

He did a lot of 'concert party' type gigs and could yodel reet canny and wez a big fan of Slim Whitman etc


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