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Thread #50417   Message #764685
Posted By: GUEST,Brían
13-Aug-02 - 05:42 PM
Thread Name: Help: Momma Sang Tenor?
Subject: RE: Help: Momma Sang Tenor?
Thanks, everyone. I suspected there might be a gospel or shape-note connection. I've heard the expression tossed around without expaining where the term originated.

Silly me, I could have asked my wife. My wife tells me she sang tenor in THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE to help the men who had trouble projecting their voices, so the expression seems to be associated with the vocal part rather than the vocal range.

"Come friends who plough the stormy seas. Let's vary piracy with a little burglary. Here's your crowbar and your centrement your life saver, you may want to hit your silent matches, your dark lanterns sieze. Take your file and your skeletonous keys...