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Thread #5766   Message #33033
Posted By: Bob Bolton
20-Jul-98 - 11:22 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: The Barrel (Sick Note) - discography
Subject: RE: Lyric Req:
G'day Mark (and Barry),

Somewhere, deep in my tape collection, I have a recording of the original of this story ... before it became a song. It was an address to the Oxford Society by the wonderful (and very musical) cartoonist Gerard Hoffnung. This was presented as a humorous monologue and the song just sets a tune to virtually the same words.

It may be heresy in this company, but I think the humour works eevn better as spoken word. I know that a lot of the humorous songs I sing do not gain from accompaniment, which often fights the free play of tone and speed that is essential for good comic delivery.

That said ... it is a bloody funny song!


Bob Bolton