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Lyr Req: Gray Flannel Line (parody)

08 Apr 99 - 04:18 AM (#69045)
Subject: Lyrics/Tune: Gray Flannel LIne
From: dulcimer

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.


08 Apr 99 - 05:07 AM (#69047)
Subject: RE: Lyrics/Tune: Gray Flannel LIne
From: Joe Offer

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


08 Apr 99 - 06:07 AM (#69053)
Subject: RE: Lyrics/Tune: Gray Flannel LIne
From: The_one_and_only_Dai

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


08 Apr 99 - 04:24 PM (#69222)
Subject: RE: Lyrics/Tune: Gray Flannel LIne
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca

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-


08 Apr 99 - 04:40 PM (#69226)
Subject: RE: Lyrics/Tune: Gray Flannel LIne
From: Joe Offer

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


08 Apr 99 - 04:45 PM (#69227)
Subject: RE: Lyrics/Tune: Gray Flannel LIne
From: Dr John

...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


08 Apr 99 - 04:55 PM (#69230)
Subject: RE: Lyrics/Tune: Gray Flannel LIne
From: The Shambles

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


08 Apr 99 - 06:23 PM (#69238)
Subject: RE: Lyrics/Tune: Gray Flannel LIne
From: dulcimer

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


08 Apr 99 - 07:03 PM (#69246)
Subject: RE: Lyrics/Tune: Gray Flannel LIne
From: Joe Offer

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


08 Apr 99 - 07:14 PM (#69249)
Subject: RE: Lyrics/Tune: Gray Flannel LIne
From: AlistairUK

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.


08 Apr 99 - 07:28 PM (#69252)
Subject: RE: Lyrics/Tune: Gray Flannel LIne
From: bill\sables

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


08 Apr 99 - 07:31 PM (#69253)
Subject: RE: Lyrics/Tune: Gray Flannel LIne
From: AlistairUK

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.


08 Apr 99 - 07:43 PM (#69255)
Subject: RE: Lyrics/Tune: Gray Flannel LIne
From: Pete M

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


09 Apr 99 - 02:28 AM (#69328)
Subject: RE: Lyrics/Tune: Gray Flannel LIne
From: Sandy Paton

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


09 Apr 99 - 04:05 AM (#69338)
Subject: RE: Lyrics/Tune: Gray Flannel LIne
From: The_one_and_only_Dai

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.


09 Apr 99 - 05:16 AM (#69344)
Subject: RE: Lyrics/Tune: Gray Flannel LIne
From: The Shambles

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.


09 Apr 99 - 05:27 AM (#69346)
Subject: RE: Lyrics/Tune: Gray Flannel LIne
From: The_one_and_only_Dai

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


09 Apr 99 - 01:54 PM (#69437)
Subject: RE: Lyrics/Tune: Gray Flannel LIne
From: dick greenhaus

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.


09 Apr 99 - 09:10 PM (#69533)
Subject: RE: Lyrics/Tune: Gray Flannel LIne
From: Mo

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