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Transferred from lyrics thread 16 Mar 99 - 02:43 PM
the Doppelganger 16 Mar 99 - 02:45 PM
Night Owl 16 Mar 99 - 03:49 PM
NoBozo 16 Mar 99 - 04:38 PM
girl guide 17 Mar 99 - 12:20 PM
Joe Offer 17 Mar 99 - 07:55 PM
Bogie1520 18 Mar 99 - 09:21 AM
party member 18 Mar 99 - 01:27 PM
RWilhelm 18 Mar 99 - 01:28 PM
BillyJ 19 Mar 99 - 12:54 PM
John in Brisbane 22 Mar 99 - 11:28 PM
bseed(charleskratz) 23 Mar 99 - 01:44 AM
Bogie1520 16 Apr 99 - 07:51 AM
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Subject: Songbooks for parties
From: Transferred from lyrics thread
Date: 16 Mar 99 - 02:43 PM

From: Ed Burk (Bogie1520@msn.com Date: 16-Mar-99 - 02:29 PM

Quite a few years ago I served with an Amphibious Training group in Little Creek Va. I believe it was 1960. On base there were in the NCO and Officers club a number of songbooks with old, humourous songs that go well with private parties, much like a Frat House party. Such songs as "The Lady in Red" were included. Does anyone know where one could find such songbooks, or Lyrics and music for such party songs. I would appreciate any response. Thanks, Ed Burk


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Subject: RE: Songbooks for parties
From: the Doppelganger
Date: 16 Mar 99 - 02:45 PM

Subject: RE: Looking For Lyrics From: Joe Offer Date: 22-Sep-97 - 05:39 PM

... if you like old songbooks, take a look at this URL http://home.istar.ca/~anderman/ You won't believe the number of books this guy has available....


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Subject: RE: Songbooks for parties
From: Night Owl
Date: 16 Mar 99 - 03:49 PM

I have an old songbook called "Songs for Swinging Housemothers" we used to use for "Hootenannys" (what does that word mean anyway?) I have no idea if its still in print or available.


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Subject: RE: Songbooks for parties
From: NoBozo
Date: 16 Mar 99 - 04:38 PM

Re: Anderman's songbooks posted above...
I bought some of the same books listed
at Amazon.com for considerably less than
his asking price. BUYER BEWARE!


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Subject: RE: Songbooks for parties
From: girl guide
Date: 17 Mar 99 - 12:20 PM

just doing newcomer Ed Burk a favour and bringing his request up to the top of the list. Ed, if you can't find this thread next time you visit the 'Cat, just refresh the threads for 3, 7 days, etc as appropriate. But then you must have done either a forum search or a long refresher when you first put your query on an old and too-generally named lyrics-wanted thread.


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Subject: RE: Songbooks for parties
From: Joe Offer
Date: 17 Mar 99 - 07:55 PM

There's a new book from Dover that looks promising if you like singing old-time songs with a group. It's called 500 Best-Loved Song Lyrics. I suppose I'd agree that Rise Up Singing is flawed, but I still think it's the best group singing songbook currently in print. I don't know if the Folksinger's Word Book from Oak Publications/Music Sales Corporation is still in print, but I occasionally see it in stores - it's a bit pricey at $35, but it's good.
Songs for Swinging Housemothers is a great resource if you can find a used copy, but it's long out fo print. Some other out-of-print gems that are commonly available in used bookstores are Ditty Bag, 357 Songs We Love to Sing, and one that I think is called Songfest. There are also several Fireside books that are good for group singing. You can find used songbooks at www.bookfinder.com.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Songbooks for parties
From: Bogie1520
Date: 18 Mar 99 - 09:21 AM

Thank you all for the help. I will follow up on all your clues. To further the search, the songs I have seen and heard are mostly funny, with doubled meaning Lyrics. Thanks again. Ed


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Subject: RE: Songbooks for parties
From: party member
Date: 18 Mar 99 - 01:27 PM

sounds like you want something like SHINE YOUR BUTTONS WITH BRASSO or those verses of She'll be coming round the mountain such as "She's got a lovely bottom set of teeth" and "she's got a lovely titillating smile" ? (censorious note - I hope that's not the only sort of thing you sing at parties)
Don't forget to look through the songs at the database. You can type @humor in the search box at the top right-hand corner of this screen. And you can find a complete list of titles via the main Mudcat page


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Subject: RE: Songbooks for parties
From: RWilhelm
Date: 18 Mar 99 - 01:28 PM

Another great source for out of print books is the Advanced Book Exchange. It is a large network of used book dealers with all their inventory in one database. I recently got a copy of _My Pious Friends and Drunken Companions_ (another good party book) through them. A search there showed one copy of _Songs for Swinging Housemothers_.


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Subject: RE: Songbooks for parties
From: BillyJ
Date: 19 Mar 99 - 12:54 PM

The UK sail training organization called the Ocean Youth Club has a song book which it uses for teenagers and teachers on cruises I will try to find an E Mail for a past Skipper and post it back. I have a copy and could possibly photocopy for you if it would help

Billy J Ireland E Mail billy.johnston@virgin.net


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Subject: RE: Songbooks for parties
From: John in Brisbane
Date: 22 Mar 99 - 11:28 PM

Sorry if what I'm about to recommend is free, but you can download a songbook from http://www.nor.com.au/community/musicmagic/SongBook1_A-Z.zip

It contains popular songs from circa 1960 plus and included are a number of pop folky songs. Not a bad collection for party pickin. Guitar chords are included, but its real strength is its collection of lyrics that people only half remember. I haven't counted them but there must be a couple of hundred songs in the collection.

Regards
John


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Subject: RE: Songbooks for parties
From: bseed(charleskratz)
Date: 23 Mar 99 - 01:44 AM

For Ed Burk or whoever posted the first message: could the song book you're seeking be "The New Song Fest"? It's got stuff from "Abdul the Bulbul Amir" through "She Is More to Be Pitied than Censured" to "Poor Lil" --including "The Lady in Red." Published at a time when and in a milieu where racial stereotypes were commonly held and were a source of humor: "The Darkie Sunday School," for example--so occasionally offensive beyond mere political incorrectness and certainly not a "people's songbook," but interesting (and probably out of print). --seed


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Subject: RE: Songbooks for parties
From: Bogie1520
Date: 16 Apr 99 - 07:51 AM

To BSeed: Thanks for your tip. I will follow this lead and let you know the results. Ed Burk


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Subject: RE: Songbooks for parties
From: Roger the zimmer
Date: 16 Apr 99 - 08:33 AM

Two (probably out of print) books that lie around on the top of our pianola (I just peddle, my wife plays)are "500 top line greats" and "Life of the party" (c 200 songs) which both contain wide range of songs from different styles: serious, comic, music hall, pop, folk, jazzy,spirituals etc. I've not traced them on Amazon but may be in music shops.


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Subject: RE: Songbooks for parties
From: GutBucketeer
Date: 24 Jul 00 - 01:44 PM

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Subject: RE: Songbooks for parties
From: Gypsy
Date: 24 Jul 00 - 10:26 PM

Songs for Swinging Housemothers can be found used, it took only a couple of weeks of searching to find my copy. Really love this one. Folksingers Wordbook has been reprinted, you can get it at Elderly Music. It doesn't have the music, tho, so if you don't know the tune, you are out of luck. Frank Lynn (swinging housemothers) also did the Beerbust songbook. It is just that: a bust. I still am looking for his copy of Songs for Singin.


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