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Lyr Add: A Wandering Minstrel (Gilbert/Sullivan)

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chico 12 Aug 06 - 06:31 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: A Wandering Minstrel
From: chico
Date: 12 Aug 06 - 06:31 PM


(G7 g g# a bb b c)

   C                                 G7
A wandering minstrel I--a thing of shreds and patches,
                                     C    D7    G (7)
Of ballads, songs and snatches, and dreamy lullaby!
My catalogue is long, through every passion ranging,
                                 C      7      F (Fm C)
And to your humours changing I tune my supple song!
             Dm G7 C
I tune my su---pple song!

F            Bb F      C          7         F
Are you in sentimental mood, I'll sigh with you,
Bb +    A7      (Bb+:xx0332)
O-----h, sorrow!
F Ab      F         C7            F      C7   F
On maiden's coldness do you brood, I'll do so, too--
Bb   +       A7 Dm
Oh, sorrow, sorrow!
       Bb                F7                         Bb
I'll charm your willing ears with songs of lovers' fears,
       7            F       Ab?    F
While sympathetic tears, my cheeks bedew!
E    A7       Dm
Oh, sorrow, sorrow!
(F repeated, F7 repeated)
       Bb
But if patriotic sentiment is wanted,
                               Cm
I've patriotic ballads cut and dried;
For where'er our country's banner may be planted,
    F7                         Bb
All other local banners are defied !
    D                               A7
Our warriors, in serried ranks assembled,
       D                               A7
Never quail--or they conceal it if they do--
          Bb                               7
|: And I shouldn't be surprised if nations trembled
   Eb               Bb                  F 7 Bb    (Bb Eb Bb Ebm Bb F7 Bb: bb bb, a a, g g, a g f f, a g f f, eb d; )
Before the mighty troops, the troops of Titipu! :|
(D G)
    G
And if you call for a song of the sea,
       D          7       G
We'll heave the capstan round,   
With a yeo heave ho, for the wind is free,
      D         G    D               G
Her anchor's a-trip and her helm's a-lee,
Em             A7       D    (A7 D, A7 D, G Em D)
Hurrah for the homeward bound!

(With a yeo heave ho, Hurrah for the homeward bound!)

   B             E7                Am                  D 7
To lay aloft in a howling breeze, may tickle a landsman's taste,
          G C          G                        C          G
But the happiest hour a sailor sees Is when he's down at an inland town,
          D                                  G    D   7      G
With his Nancy on his knees, yeo ho! And his arm around her waist!

       B             E7               Am               D 7
(Then man the capstan off we go as the fiddler swings us round
      G    C            G                C         G
With yeo heave-ho and a rum below, hurrah for the homeward bound
       F                  A7
With a yeo heave-ho, and a rum below
    D       (7)                                           G
Yeo-ho, heave-ho, yeo-ho, heave-ho, heave-ho, heave-ho, yeo-ho)

   C                                  G7
A wandering minstrel I--a thing of shreds and patches,
                                     C    7    F (Fm)
Of ballads, songs and snatches, and dreamy lullaby!
      C         G C G    G7 C
And dreamy lulla lullaby, lulaby!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: A Wandering Minstrel
From: Q
Date: 12 Aug 06 - 07:36 PM

Gilbert and Sullivan, "The Mikado."

Gee, I thought G & S were buried and dead, except in England.

Actually a good song and lots of fun.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: A Wandering Minstrel (Gilbert/Sulliva
From: Artful Codger
Date: 12 Aug 06 - 08:57 PM

A side-note: You can download all Gilbert's lyrics from The Gutenberg Project: http://www.gutenberg.org


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: A Wandering Minstrel (Gilbert/Sulliva
From: gnomad
Date: 12 Aug 06 - 09:04 PM

Well, Q, you are right, definitely dead, and I assume buried [though I haven't checked] even in England.

But their works live on.

Aged about 12 I could have sung this one for you, 40 years later there are bits I don't recognise at all. Odd, that, as I have found that I can remember other songs from that time better than more recent material. I wonder what went wrong this time.

As you say, a fun song; witty chap, that WSG.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: A Wandering Minstrel (Gilbert/Sullivan)
From: harpmolly
Date: 12 Aug 06 - 11:40 PM

Thanks for posting those chords! I love "The Mikado". Has anyone seen the brilliant film "Topsy Turvy" about the creation of this particular operetta? Fictionalized to within an inch of its life, I'm sure, but a great, fun movie. (It's best suited to theatre geeks, though...filmgoers more used to Hollywood pacing will wonder, "Why are we spending ten minutes watching the actors fumble their lines at rehearsal?")

The best thing about it is that they found actors who were both brilliant in their roles and could SING THEIR OWN PARTS!!! Shirley Henderson's rendition of "The Sun Whose Rays Are All Ablaze" stuck firmly in my head for weeks. And the casting of Gilbert and Sullivan themselves, as well as their respective inamoratae (is that how you pluralize that word?) was just perfect. Seeing Jim Broadbent as the sleazy promoter in "Little Voice" and then seeing him as the ultra-prim and proper, melancholy Gilbert made me realize just what a brilliant actor he is.

OK, I'll stop rhapsodizing now. But see the film!

Molly


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: A Wandering Minstrel (Gilbert/Sulliva
From: Haruo
Date: 12 Aug 06 - 11:57 PM

G & S dead and buried? Not in Seattle. I picked up a complete score of The Mikado and The Pirates of Penzance at an AAUW booksale in Brattleboro, VT, while I was back east last month, and am hoping to put the former into Esperanto. (I believe it's been done before, but I can't locate the results.) I've translated portions of Iolanthe and HMS Pinafore in times past. I have at my feet as I type an Esperanto Penzance with two quite distinct versions of "Modern Major General", neither quite satisfactory.

I also use their tunes, e.g. in my "comic oratorio" on Jonah, where one of the songs ("Just Kill Me") is to "Tit-Willow".

Haruo


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: A Wandering Minstrel (Gilbert/Sullivan)
From: robomatic
Date: 13 Aug 06 - 12:38 AM

In Anchorage they just did Utopia, Ltd. The Bards Live.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: A Wandering Minstrel (Gilbert/Sulliva
From: Haruo
Date: 13 Aug 06 - 12:37 PM

Just Kill Me

Haruo


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