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Lyr Req: The Alphabet Song variations

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A YOU'RE ADORABLE
SAILOR'S ALPHABET
THE LUMBERMAN'S ALPHABET


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Subject: The Alphabet Song
From: Haruo
Date: 18 Dec 00 - 04:43 AM

Perhaps the "Alphabet Song", the one whose lyrics consist, in the main, of the letters of the alphabet in alphabetic order, is perhaps a bit too puerile or infantile or something for the Digitrad, but it's certainly an important part of preliterate musical culture. I've got the version I sang as a very wee tot here in La Lilandejo. I'm interested in knowing other people's and peoples' variants. The tune of the version I (and most other kids hereabouts) learned is essentially the same as "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" and only a bit different from "Baa, baa, black sheep". (Didn't see "Twinkle, twinkle" nor any immediately obvious parodies thereof in the Digitrad, either, which does surprise me a bit.

Liland


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: Jacob B
Date: 18 Dec 00 - 05:17 PM

I learned a new version of the alphabet song the other year. The melody was the same "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" melody as the usual version, but the lyrics were different. It went:

ZYXWVUT
SRQPONMLK
JIH, GFE,
D and C and B and A.
Now I know my ZYX's. That's the way we say the alphabet in Texas.


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: okthen
Date: 18 Dec 00 - 06:18 PM

I tried to find "the housewives alphabet" in the DT but I am notoriously bad at finding things.

It started A is for altar where it first went astray

B is for bills that arrived the next day.

don't have the full text.......anyone else want to put it in the DT?

cheers

bill


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: rabbitrunning
Date: 18 Dec 00 - 07:15 PM

When I was a kid, we just sang the first part of the alphabet over again to fill out the tune, but by the time I was teaching it to small people we were singing "Now I know my ABC, next time won't you sing with me." Which is pretty much the Sesame Street authorized version, I think.

Well, I suppose that we weren't very fair to the letters after "P" in the way I learned it first.

;D


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: Snuffy
Date: 18 Dec 00 - 07:17 PM

Not a song, but does anybody know the complete Cockney alphabet:

A for Horses
B for mutton
C for ships
...etc

Wassail! V


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Subject: Lyr Add: 'A' YOU'RE ADORABLE (THE ALPHABET SONG)
From: John Hindsill
Date: 18 Dec 00 - 07:44 PM

My fav alphabet song was sung by Perry Como (and others) many a year ago...as many as 50+ ago.
A - you're Adorable
B - you're so Beautiful
C - you're a Cutey, full of charms
D - you're Delightful
E - you're Exciting
F - you're a Feather in my arms.
G - you look Good to me
H - you're so Heavenly
I - you're the one I Idolize
J - we're like Jack & Jill
K - your lips are Kissable
L - is the Lovelight in your eyes.
and etc until -
It's fun to wander thru' the alphabet with you to tell you what you mean to me,


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: Dave (the ancient mariner)
Date: 18 Dec 00 - 08:32 PM

There is a mariners song version A= anchor B=Bow etc .. and there is the "Sod's Opera" Version popular on Navy Ships; but I cant sing it here (or aywhere else for that matterlol) Yours, Aye. Dave


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: Jacob B
Date: 19 Dec 00 - 11:13 AM

The version I sang as a kid ended with, "Now I know my ABC. Tell me what you think of me." I don't recall anyone answering back to me when I sang the song, but I think that I used to sing "I think you stink" (to the tune of "Good Evening, Friends") to my younger sister when she sang the song the same way.


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: Mrrzy
Date: 19 Dec 00 - 11:49 AM

To fill in (I have this by John Lithgow):

L - is the Lovelight in your eyes...M, N, O, P, I could go on all day
Q, R, S, T alphabetically speaking, you're OK and
U you look good to me, V you're so very sweet, W X Y Z...
- It's fun to wander thru' the alphabet with you to tell you what you mean to me.

I'm trying to remember if we even SANG an alphabet song when I was a wittle kiddie in French school - do they have one?


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: Bert
Date: 19 Dec 00 - 12:00 PM

'ere tiz Snuffy


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: Snuffy
Date: 19 Dec 00 - 02:57 PM

Ta muchly, Bert


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: rabbitrunning
Date: 19 Dec 00 - 11:00 PM

Oscar the Grouch sings a parody of "A you're Adorable"... I'll see if the book with the words in it is in the branch where I work tomorrow.


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: Snuffy
Date: 20 Dec 00 - 08:49 AM

There is (was?) a shop in Leamington Spa called "Desdemona Postlethwaite!"


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: rabbitrunning
Date: 21 Dec 00 - 10:55 PM

Alas, the book with "A you're an Artichoke" (ala Oscar the Grouch) is not on shelf in my library at the moment. When it turns up, I will add the lyrics. My nephew thinks it is the most hilarious of all alphabet songs. (He also thinks an elemeno is a short squashy elephant. This is my brother's fault.)


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: misfit
Date: 22 Dec 00 - 04:34 AM

The last line goes...I L-O-V-E-Y-O-U, spells I R N Love with you. Well at least that is how I remember Perry singing it to us.


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: GUEST,Michael Cooney
Date: 22 Dec 00 - 09:44 AM

Subject: RE: A is for 'orses
From: MudGuard
Date: 18-Feb-99 - 04:50 AM

Could someone please spell out the rest?
My guesses:
(being German, the A, E, F, G, I, L, N, O, R, U and Z are too hard for me to catch, and I'm not sure about my solution to G, J and M)

A for 'orses = ??? (Hay for horses?)
B for Mutton = Beef or Mutton
C for yourself = See for yourself
D for dumb = Deaf or dumb
E for Brick = ??? (Half a brick?)
F for vescence = ??? (Effervescence?)
G for police = Chief of Police???
H for retirement = age for retirement
I for tower = ??? (Eiffel Tower?)
J for oranges = Jaffa Oranges???
K for teria = Cafeteria
L for leather = ??? (Hell for leather = fast)
M for sis = emphasis???
N for dig = ??? (Infra-dig = very hip?)
O for the garden wall = ??? (Over the garden wall)
O for the wings of a dove = ??? (so I could fly away...)
P for comfort = Pee for comfort
P for ages = Pee for ages
Q for a bus/pee = Queue for a bus/pee
R for mo' = ??? ('Arf [half] a mo[ment])
S for you = is for you
T for two = tea for two
U for mism = ??? (Euphemism)
V for la France = vive la France
W for tune = double your fortune
X for breakfast = eggs for breakfast
Y for husband = wife or husband
Z for breezes = ??? (Zephyr breezes?)

Andreas


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: Snuffy
Date: 22 Dec 00 - 10:48 AM

Michael, you seem to have got them all with the exception of E=(h)eave a brick.

The Queen queueing for a Big Mac would be Infra dig (latin 'below one's dignity')

O For The Wings Of A Dove was a famous aria recorded in the 1920s by a boy soprano which sold a million.

I always knew it as T for 2, U for me


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: Bert
Date: 22 Dec 00 - 11:40 AM

Here's a link to some alphabet books


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: pavane
Date: 18 Jun 01 - 06:07 AM

I have a live recording of the Cockney Alphabet (A is for 'orses) recited by John Foreman. E fer Brick means Heave a brick (through a window, presumably). The rest seem OK, although I will check the tape


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: mousethief
Date: 18 Jun 01 - 12:00 PM

When looking things up in the Hebrew lexicon, I sing, to the same tune,

alef, beth, gimel, daleth, he, waw, zayin
chet, tet, yodh, kaph, lamedh, mem, nun, samekh, ayin
pe, tsade, qoph,
resh, shin, taw,

and then the alefbeth ends but I still have lots of music left over.

Alex


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: WickedLad
Date: 18 Jun 01 - 03:07 PM

here are some Alphabet song urls
warning they are not all kiddies tunes
http://www.lunacow.com/writing/alphabet.html
http://www.bigwig.net/jonhaynes/ulsa/publications/virtual/the_seshed_singers_songbook/the_alphabet_song.htm
http://www.gthhh.com/hymnal/hym5.htm
http://home.twcny.rr.com/innergroove/lyr_alp.htm
http://www.qts1.com/xuxa/audio/lyrics/USXuxa1/alphabet_song.html
http://www.concord.k12.nh.us/schools/bgs/colonial/abc.htm
http://209.11.56.13/html/asong.html
http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/SongUnid/698A62AFF8499167482569960011BBD1
http://attila.stevens-tech.edu/phisigsig/Salphabet.html
http://members.iinet.net.au/~chrysms/song.html
http://www.klang.com/abc.html
http://seasrc.th.net/spoken/th_con.htm
http://www.gammagirl.co.uk/abcstalk.htm
http://mailer.fsu.edu/~bmonroe/earthdawn/journals/windySongs/alphabet.html
http://home.hawaii.rr.com/farani/puuhaleweb/hawaiian_alphabet.htm
http://perso.club-internet.fr/calyx/lyrics/hatfield/02.html#MUMPS
http://website.lineone.net/~roseyjen/chrisalp.htm
http://cweb.middlebury.edu/f99/fs019a/Neverending/WoodsmansAlphabet.htm

URLs converted to links. --JoeClone, 29-Mar-05.


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Subject: Lyr Add: SAILORS ALPHABET (East Cowes)
From: vectis
Date: 18 Jun 01 - 07:37 PM

Here's one I used to sing. It was collected in about 1970 in East Cowes on the Isle of Wight. Exact origins unknown.

SAILORS ALPHABET

CHORUS
Merrily, merrily, so merrily sail we,
No mortal on Earth like a sailor at sea.
Heave away, haul away, the ship rolls along.
Give a sailor his grog and there's nothing goes wrong.

A - for the anchor that's at our ships bow
B - for the bowsprit and the jibs all below
C - for the capstan we all run around
D - for the davits to lower the boats down

E - for the ensign that at our peak flew
F - for the fo'c'stle where lives our wild crew
G - for the galley where the salt-junk smells strong
H - for the halliard we hoist with a song

I - for the eyebolts, no good for the feet
J - for the jib boys, stand by the lee sheet
k - for the knightheads where the petty officer stands
L - for the leeside, hard found by new hands

M - for the mainmast, it's stout and it's strong
N - for the needle that never points wrong
O - for the oars of our old jollyboat
P - for the pinnace that lively do float

Q - for the quarterdeck where our officers stand
R - for the rudder that keeps the ship in command
S - for the stunsails that drive her along
T - for the topsail, to get there takes long

U - for the uniform, mostly worn aft
V - for the vangs running from the mainshaft
W - for the water, we're on a pint and a pound
X - marks the spot where old Stormy was drowned

Y - for the yardarm, needs a good sailorman
Z - is for Zoe I'm her fancy man
Z - is also for zero, in the cold wintertime
And now we have brought all the letters in rhyme


A chant/song used in the Dame schools to teach boys the alphabet (to save on expensive paper) and some knowledge needed for work. The subject of the songs varied according to the expected future trade of the pupils.


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: Snuffy
Date: 18 Jun 01 - 08:03 PM

I think there's two versions of the Sailor's Alphabet in Stan Hugills 'Shanties of the Seven Seas'


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: vectis
Date: 19 Jun 01 - 07:18 PM

Yes. I've heard several versions but this is the one I learned because I liked the chorus.


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: Mark Cohen
Date: 19 Jun 01 - 08:03 PM

There is a Hebrew version that uses a different tune. It's usually done as a call and echo. I'll try to post the tune if I get a chance. (Just sold my house and moved to an apartment by the ocean, so unpacking boxes is a major task at the moment.)

Alef, Bet, Vet (alef, bet, vet)
Gimel, Daled, Hei (simile)
Vav, Zayin, Chet, Tet
Yod, Kaf, Chaf
Lamed, Mem, Nun
Samech, Ayin, Pei, Fei
Tzadi, Koof, Resh
Sin, Shin, Tav

The reason there seem to be more letters than in Alex's version is that some Hebrew letters have two forms, with two different pronunciations, which are distinguished by the presence or absence (or, in one case, the location) of a dagesh, or dot, in the written letter. The one exception to this is the last letter of the alphabet, Tav. As a child I learned this with two forms, Sav (no dot) and Tav (with a dot). In modern Israeli (Sefardi) Hebrew, both forms are still written, but they are both pronounced with the "t" sound. Aren't you glad you asked?

Aloha,
Mark


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: bobby's girl
Date: 19 Jun 01 - 08:05 PM

One of my favourite alphabet songs was one that Kermit sang on Sesame Street accompanied by Ladysmith Black Mambazo. I can't remember it all but it began "Amazing beautiful creatures dancing" It was wonderful!


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: Wilfried Schaum
Date: 25 Jun 01 - 09:31 AM

Hi Liland,

your question brought back remembrances I thought long forgotten. Nearly a half century ago at school I learned the English Language (His Majesty's Own) at a German school. Our teacher improved our use of English by playing sketches with us and by singing songs. The first we learned was the pronounciation of the Alphabet:

A B C D E F G, H I J K L-M-N-O-P, Q and R and S and T, U and W behind the V, X and Y and Z, oh glee! Yeah, that is the ABC.

Now I do not know, whether he learned it in England, or made it up as a translation of the German version (we have the ABC-song too, same tune!)


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE SOCIALIST ABC (Alex Glasgow)
From: IanC
Date: 25 Jun 01 - 09:47 AM

I was surprised that nobody has yet posted "The Socialist ABC" from Alex Glasgow (here).

^^
THE SOCIALIST ABC
(Alex Glasgow)

When that I was and a little, tiny boy,
Me daddy said to me,
'The time has come, me bonny, bonny bairn,
To learn your ABC.'

Now Daddy was a lodge chairman
In the coalfields of the time
And his ABC was different
From the Enid Blighton kind.

He sang, 'A is for Alienation
That made me the man that I am, and

B's for the Boss who's a Bastard,
A Bourgeois who don't give a damn.

C is for Capitalism,
The bosses' reactionary creed, and

D's for Dictatorship, laddie,
But the best proletarian breed.

E is for Exploitation
That workers have suffered so long, and

F is for old Ludwig Feuerbach,
The first one to say it was wrong.

G is all Gerrymanderers,
Like Lord Muck and Sir Whatsisname, and

H is the Hell that they'll go to
When the workers have kindled the flame.

I's for Imperialism,
And America's kind is the worst, and

J is for sweet Jingoism,
That the Tories all think of the first.

K is for good old Kier Hardy,
Who fought out the working class fight, and

L is for Vladimir Lenin,
Who showed him the left was all right.

M is of course for Karl Marx,
The daddy and the mommy of them all, and

N is for Nationalisation -
Without it we'd tumble and fall.

O is for Overproduction,
That capitalist economy brings, and

P is for all Private Property,
The greatest of all of the sins.

Q's for the Quid pro quo,
That we'll deal out so well and so soon, when

R for Revolution is shouted and
The Red Flag becomes the top tune.

S is for Sad Stalinism
That gave us all such a bad name, and

T is for Trotsky, the hero,
Who had to take all of the blame.

U's for the Union of Workers -
The Union will stand to the end, and

V is for Vodka, yes, Vodka,
The vun drink that vont bring the bends.

W's for all Willing Workers,
And that's where the memory fades,

For X, Y, and Zed,' my dear daddy said,
'Will be written on the street barricades.'

Now that I'm not a little tiny boy,
Me daddy says to me,
'Please try to forget those thing that I said,
Especially the ABC.'

For daddy is no longer a union man,
And he's had to change his plea.
His alphabet is different now,
Since they made him a Labour MP.

____________________________________

Cheers!
Ian


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: Mrrzy
Date: 25 Jun 01 - 11:06 AM

And what about the Gashlycrumb Tinies, surely someone has put that to music by now?


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: SINSULL
Date: 26 Jun 01 - 08:46 AM

Re: "Twinkle, Twinkle". I believe it is copyright protected. It shows up in Mel Bay's guitar book as "Sparkling Stella".


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: Dunc
Date: 28 Jun 01 - 04:49 AM

I recall several years back hearing a 'Folk' alphabet song.
It was sung on the BBC's Folk on Two radio program by an Englishman in a traditional English unaccompanied style.
About the only thing I can remember about it was that 'F' was for the finger in my ear, and that the whole thing was very funny.
Any ideas?


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Subject: Lyr Add: SEAMUS THE SHOWMAN
From: john c
Date: 29 Jun 01 - 12:39 AM

IŽve been singing this cockney alphabet song called SEAMUS THE SHOWMAN for the last 30 years - and still find it great (in an excruciating kind of way!).It goes.......

SEAMUS THE SHOWMAN

I was a young man
He was an old man
He said he was a showman
And he knew what to do
He said his name was Seamus
And he would make me famous
And said it so sincerely
I believed it was true

He said all you need are lots of glossy photos
And a song about the alphabet
I said I've got the photos
But IŽll have to improvise the song
You see I haven't written it yet

(ch)And the showman he cried
They're all on your side
And you don't have to worry at all

So I sang
A is for horses,
B(eer)for your supper
C for yourself
You can't D-eny its true
If you E-ve a brick
When you F-ervesce
The G-ief of police will be after you
He'll H-ate you for it
And I-ll say I told you so
Let's J-walk on a summer's day
Down to the K-afe
For a cup of tea
To L with worry is what I say
(ch)

When the M-phasis
Is on N-tertainment
O, what a decent P-A will do
The people have Q-ed
For R-f an hour
It's S-enntial they can hear you sing
T for two
U for me,
V-ive la France
Then the W-phonium player pretended he was dead
The X started flying
And the Y-fe of our saxophonist
Threw one which landed
On his Z
(ch)

It really was regrettable
My song alphabetical
Went down like a lead balloon
So we made our exitus
With people throwing eggs at us
We smiled and said
WeŽll be back soon
And the showman he cried........


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Subject: ADD: Vietnam Alphabet Song
From: mg
Date: 29 Jun 01 - 03:40 AM

There is a very great oil riggers alphabat I think by Jim Payne of Newfoundland. I have a Vietnam one as follows:

    VIETNAM ALPHABET SONG
    ^^
    A for the ambush that comes in the night
    B is for bravo the boys that could fight
    C is for Charlie cruel and red
    D is for dying and d is for dead

    E for enlisted men sturdy and true
    F for the fear that we knew through and through
    G for guerilla for grunt and grenade
    H for a hundred degrees in the shade

    H furthermore is for straight out of hell
    H for the horrors we never will tell
    H for the hueys flying around
    H is for hover and h hit the ground

    I is for incoming deadly and near
    J is for Jesus Christ why are we here
    K is for kill our mission in short
    K for k rations in case we abort

    L is for lots of things that come to mind
    L is for leaving our lovers behind
    L for lieutenants the good and the bad
    L for the limbs that we wished we still had

    M is for memories munitions and mom
    N is for napalm the nastiest bomb
    O is for opium easy and cheap
    P is for pungee sticks plunging in deep

    Q for the quiet that's worse than the noise
    S for what separates men from the boys
    T is for torture and T is for Tet
    T is for try really hard to forget

    U for our uncle who sent us away
    U for our homeland the US of A
    U is for really unless you were there
    You can't understand we're not sure you care

    V is for Vietnam everyone knows
    V is for vanquish our villainous foes
    V for the victory we were denied
    V for the very fine men who have died


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: Suffet
Date: 30 Jun 01 - 02:59 AM

Re Mel Bay's copyright of "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star": Anyone can put a copyright claim on anything. That doesn't mean the claim will stand up in court. It is pretty easy to establish that the "Twinkle, Twinkle" melody was written by Mozart when he was a child. I believe his name for it was "At Your Direction, Mommy" or however one would say that in German.

Mel Bay may in fact own a copyright on a particular arrangement or on its own lyrics, but that copyright would extend only to whatever NEW MATERIAL has been added.

--- Steve


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: GUEST
Date: 30 Jun 01 - 05:34 PM


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: 53
Date: 30 Jun 01 - 06:18 PM

The Three Stooges did a great alphabet song called 'Swinging the Alphabet' and, if I did this correctly:

your underlined text

This should open a new page for you where you can click song 16 and hear it for yourself. Enjoy - and laugh a lot!

Mark Clark, I hope you gave me good instructions (and that I followed them properly).

Glenda


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: 53
Date: 30 Jun 01 - 06:43 PM

Oh, well, Mark Clark, that is what I get for taking your instructions so completely as they are. Here we go again, but the other works.

Three Stooges' Alphabet Song

Let's see if this looks more correct!

Glenda


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: GUEST
Date: 09 Jan 03 - 10:20 PM

No one has ever heard of an alphabet song with US states and cities?
I remember my grandma singing one to me when I was small. She probably learned it in the early part of the 1900s...


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: GUEST
Date: 22 Feb 05 - 12:34 PM

B A bay
B E bee
B I bicky bye
B O boe
bicky bye boe B U boo
bicky bye boe boo...


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 22 Feb 05 - 01:25 PM

A religious one from 1777.
^^
THE ALPHABET SONG

A In Adam's fall we sinned all.
B Heaven to find; the Bible mind.
C Christ crucify'd For sinners dy'd.
D The Deluge drownd'd the Earth around.
E Elijah hid by Ravens fed.
F The judgement made Felix is afraid.
G As runs the Glass, Our Life doth pass.
H My Book and Heart must never part.
J Job feels the Rod,- Yet blesses God.
K Proud Korah's troop Was swallowed up.
L Lot fled to Zoar, Saw Fiery shower on Sodom pour.
M Moses was he Who Israel's Host Led thro' the Sea.
N Noah did view The Old world and new.
O Young Obadias, David, Josias, All were pious.
P Peter deny'd His Lord and cry'd.
Q Queen Esther sues and saves the Jews.
R Young pious Ruth, Left all for Truth.
S Young Sam'l dear, The Lord did fear.
T Young Timothy Learnt sin to fly.
V Vashti for Pride Was set aside.
W Whales in the Sea God's voice obey.
X Xerxes did die And so must I.
Y While youth do chear Death may be near.
Z Zaccheus he did climb the Tree Our Lord to see.


I wonder how many children were forced to learn this horrible doggerel.
http://jesus-is-lord.com/primer.htm


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: GUEST,Gerry (channeling Steve Wright)
Date: 22 Feb 05 - 07:39 PM

Why is the alphabet in that order? Is it because of that song?


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: LilyFestre
Date: 22 Feb 05 - 07:46 PM

The 3 Stooges Alphabet Song that we loved to sing in college was the same that the GUEST typed in above. The idea was to pick any letter but AEIOUXY or Q and then sing accordingly with the beginning letter...the GUEST posted with the chosen letter B.

If the letter M had been chosen, the song would look like this:

M A MAY
M E ME
Mee my mickey my
Mee O Mo
Mickey My Mo
Me Moo Moo
Mickey My Moo

The following is NOT the brightest of ideas, but we were young and stupid....we often sang this song to determine if we would be able to drive...the thinking was if you were sober enough to get this song out without stuttering, spitting or laughing your fool self silly, you were good enough to drive!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: GUEST,Barrie Roberts
Date: 23 Feb 05 - 08:49 AM

Re: John Foreman's version of the 'Cockney Alphabet', I think you'll find his W is 'for a quid' and his Z is 'for 'is 'at' (i,e. 'His head is for his hat')


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Alphabet Song variations
From: Glynis
Date: 27 Mar 05 - 04:17 PM

The "Folk Alphabet" was written and performed by Fred Wedlock, a British folk comedian who also had a hit with the "Oldest Swinger in Town". It's on an album called: LIVE(With Chris Newman). I've just tracked it down myself after years of searching - all I knew was the line "A is for as I walked out as all good songs begin ...".

He's just set up a website at http://www.fredwedlock.net/ and I believe that he's re-releasing the albums on CD within the next few weeks.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Alphabet Song variations
From: Leadfingers
Date: 27 Mar 05 - 05:43 PM

If Fred Wedlock is releasing his early stuff , I just hope he credits all the people he stole songs from , like Ed Pickford who wrote Oldest Swinger !!
And talkin about Alphabet songs there is a Catter who goes under the name of Trayton who wrote a Dyslexics Alphabet song which is BRILLIANT ! I willl steal it off him one day , just for the line :-
Z is for Xenophobe - A Morbid Fear of Buddhists !!
The letter order is totally random , finishing with E and D :-
E is for my English mark and D is for Dyslexia , the reason I cant spell !!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Alphabet Song variations
From: Frankham
Date: 27 Mar 05 - 05:58 PM

On the A You're Adorable song, I remember the main part but don't know the tune for the "bridge" or middle part. Anyone know where to find it onl-line?

This part:

L - is the Lovelight in your eyes...M, N, O, P, I could go on all day
Q, R, S, T alphabetically speaking, you're OK and
U you look good to me, V you're so very sweet, W X Y Z... - It's fun to wander thru' the alphabet with you to tell you what you mean to me.

Frank


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE LUMBERMAN'S ALPHABET
From: Judy Cook
Date: 27 Mar 05 - 06:04 PM

When I was young we used to sing nursery rhymes to the tune of McNamara's band with a chorus of the alphabet to the same tune.

Nowadays I sing the one of the Lumberman's Alphabets from Doerflinger's collection. Probably a parody of the Sailor's Alphabet above.

THE LUMBERMAN'S ALPHABET
sung by Willis Norrad of New Brunswick, Canada

A is for Ax, and that we all know,
And B is for Boy that can use it also;
C is for Chopping we first do begin,
And D is for Danger we often fall in.

So merry, so merry are we,
No mortals on earth are as happy as we.
T'me I derry O derry I derry down,
Use shanty boys well and there's nothing goes wrong.

E is for Echo that through the woods rang.
And F is for Foreman, the head of our gang;
G is for Grindstone at night we do turn,
And H is for Handle so smoothly worn.

I is for Iron which we mark our pine,
And J is for Jovial - we're always incline';
K is for Keen Edge our axes we keep,
And L is for Lice that keep us from sleep.

M is for Moss which we chink our camp,
And N is for Needle with which we mend our pants;
O is for Owl which hooted at night,
And P is for Pine which we always fall right.

Q is for Quickness we put ourselves to,
R is for River we haul the logs to;
S is for Sleds we haul the logs on,
T is the Team that pulls them along.

U is for Uses we put ourselves to,
And V is Valley we haul the logs through;
And W is for Woods we leave in the spring,
And now I have sung all I'm going to sing.

X is for Christmas when the yarding's all done,
Y is for Yonder, the set of the sun;
Zed is for Zero in the cold winter time,
And now I have brought all the letters in rhyme.

---

from Songs of the Sailor and Lumberman by William Main Doerflinger.
This is one of the oldest songs of the logger's life in camp - probably from the first half of the 1800's.    The "iron was the "stamping iron" or "branding ax" to gougue the owner's mark into a log - kinda like branding cattle.


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Subject: Lyr Add: HOUSEWIVES' ALPHABET SONG
From: gecko
Date: 27 Mar 05 - 08:36 PM

OKTHEN Just in case you haven't found these lyrics yet:
^^
HOUSEWIVES' ALPHABET SONG

A is for altar where we go astray
B for the bills that begin the next day
C is for cuffs and collars of shirts
And D is for dishes and dusting and dirt
E is my energy draining away
F for the floors to be swept every day
G is for girlhood all gawky and gone
And high fed-up housewife that's singing this song.

Ch:        Wearily, it's merely a good woman's day
        Cooking and cleaning and tidying away
        If ever you've finished, remember that when
        You wake up tommorrow, it all starts again.

I is for ironing for kids in their teens
Jerseys and jumpers and acres of jeans
K is for kitchen where year upon end
I've lived there with pot lids and ladles for friends
M is for mending, there's mile upon mile
N is for nappies in a big stinking pile
O for the odd job, the odd job or two
Like pushing the pram or unplugging the loo

Ch:

Q is for quarreling of chicks in my nest
R is for referree and a ten minute rest
S is for shopping in sun, snow or rain
And T for that toilet - it's stopped up again
U is for undies all grimy and soiled
V for those things that we peel, chop and boil
W for woman and washing-machine
We both need attention - you know what I mean!

Ch:

We've got no union, it's eight days a week
Crammed into seven - I'm out on my feet
So much to do - where should I begin
But I've got half me lifetime to finish it in
W for wings, if I had them I'd fly
X marks the spot where I sit down and cry
Y that's yours truly, I've gone on too long
And so has this system and so has this song

Ch:

We do it in three part harmony and it always gets cheers from the women in the audience.
Yours in Unity
gecko


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Subject: Lyr Add: FOLK ALPHABET (Fred Wedlock)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 23 Dec 07 - 08:29 PM

Lyrics copied from Gavin Keir's web site, where it is called simply ALPHABET and comes with no attribution; however, it seems to be the same song that Glynis above calls FOLK ALPHABET and attributes to Fred Wedlock.
^^
FOLK ALPHABET
(attributed to Fred Wedlock)

A is for as I walked out, as all good songs begin.
B is for Brave Boys, the bit the audience joins in.

C is for the cabin boy who turns out not to be male,
And D is for the drummer who is very often female.

E is for ethnic stance with hand round mug of beer.
F is for the finger wot you sticks into your ear.

G is for the garter which often comes undone,
And H is for the hay where you untie it which is fun.

I is for the Irish rascal who already has a wife.
J is for John Barleycorn who keeps coming back to life.

K is for the k-nave who took a k-nife and killed his sister
... and mother, and father, seven brothers and assortment of male servants, his horse, his hawk, his greyhound, his ferrets, himself, all in 47 verses and assortment of keys.
L is where he's going, for to bake and burn and blister.

M is the merry month of May when youthful blood springs hot.
N is nine months later when you wish that it had not.

O is for "O no John no John no I don't approve,
Of P the perky way in which I saw your trousers move.

Q is found at festivals outside the ladies' loo.
R is for real ale, me boys, responsible for Q.

S is the sporran of the bonnie heilan laddie.
T is wild mountain thyme, gings a treat with finnan haddie.

U is unaccompanied song of very great appraisal.
V is for the vowel sounds which should preferably be nasal.

W is for the wife who takes tumble with the groom.
X is what her husband says on entering the room.

Y is you good people, I hope you've not been bored.
Z is for the zeal, with which I hope you might applaud!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Alphabet Song at Christmas
From: Mo the caller
Date: 24 Dec 07 - 08:56 AM

At Grandma's on Christmas day we always had the Nusery rhyme game.
Two teams
Everyone sings the alphabet
First team sings a nursery rhyme
Everyone sings alphabet
Next team sings a different nursery rhyme
......untill one team can't think of one or sings one that has been sung before.

It helped that the lights on Grandma's tree had shades with nursery rhymes painted on them. (2 of them are dangling on my tree now)


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