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Thread #158589   Message #3751921
Posted By: keberoxu
18-Nov-15 - 05:53 PM
Thread Name: Flanders & Swann: Happy Song For Our Time
Subject: happy noise (Flanders & Swann)
My reason for starting a thread about this song: that non-verbal exclamation in the chorus. Erm, WHAT is it?

Okay, I grew up with this record. I have the sound of the very performance (the earlier mono version, Fortune Theatre) in my ear. And I'm not sure what Michael Flanders is hollering or how to spell it.

Look / search online versions of the lyric, and usually it looks like


Well, maybe. I always thought it sounded like


You want context? I'll show you context:

Sing this happy song with me
( the happy noise )
Just a simple melody
( the happy noise )
What tho' skies above are gray
You can face the world to-day
If you'll only learn to say
( the happy noise )

When your life is filled with care
( the happy noise )
You will hear it everywhere
( the happy noise )
Tho' the world may wear a frown
Here's the way to win renown
Tell them as they strap you down:

Donald Swann utters a piercing shriek, and hits the final chord. The End. Much Applause.

On the recorded show, "At the Drop of a Hat," this commotion is to be found under "Songs for Our Time / A Happy Song."

What do you say that happy noise is?