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Lyr Req: The other King Of The road

Tin Man 18 Jul 07 - 09:07 AM
Celtaddict 19 Jul 07 - 12:55 AM
Peace 19 Jul 07 - 02:22 AM
Joe Offer 21 Jan 17 - 07:08 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: The other King Of The road
From: Tin Man
Date: 18 Jul 07 - 09:07 AM

Hi all,

Just joined you at the Mudcat Cafe and wondered if anyone could help with a song from my childhood.

I had a wonderful teacher during the late sixties (originally from Singapore) who taught us lots of old British folk songs, which we'd sing while he played the piano.

I can remember some lyrics and the tune from one paricular song, but can't find it anywhere. It goes;
    I walk along the roads and highways,
    Singing as I swing along,
    Through all the country lanes and byways,
    What is life without a happy song?

    Chorus:
    Up with the dawn, welcome to the morn,
    Day by day goes by,
    Monarch for the day of all that I survey,
    I'm king of the road am I.

Can anyone help?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The other King Of The road
From: Celtaddict
Date: 19 Jul 07 - 12:55 AM

Doesn't sound familiar. Any other clues? Was your school in England?


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Subject: Lyr Add: SONG OF THE AUTOMOBILE
From: Peace
Date: 19 Jul 07 - 02:22 AM

Stumbled on this while looking for that:

THE SONG OF THE AUTOMOBILE

    My motors chant their tireless song,
      Their throbbing, chugging, purring roar,
    I leap and lurch my way along
      The road that stretches far before;
    And all aquiver through my length,
      With sense of power unconfined,
    I glory in my maddened strength
      And toss the puny miles behind.

    Way! Way! make way! I swing and sway,
    With whizzing wheels I flicker by,
    With throb and cough my motors bray,
    Way! Way! make way! I swing and sway,
    To the beat and stamp of the motors' play,
    For I am the King of the road. Yes I!
    Way! Way! make way! I swing and sway,
    With whizzing wheels I flicker by!

    The white road spins beneath my wheels,
      My motors hum a shriller hymn,
   My staunch frame shivers, rocks and reels,
    I hold my pace unslacking, grim;
   The hills leap up and then are gone;
    I swirl like wind the valleys through,
   And ever I go flashing on
    And ever rings my voice more true!

   Clear! Clear! all clear! when my song you hear
   And let me flash and flicker by.
   My strength is the strength of forty steer.
   (Clear! Clear! all clear! when my song you hear,)
   And my speed is the speed of a frightened deer
   And the King, the King of the road am I!
   Clear! Clear! all clear! when my song you hear,
   And let me flash and flicker by.
                                     -A. B. Braley.

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http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu/cgi-bin/Literature/Literature-idx?type=div&did=LITERATURE.V01I01.BRALEYSONG&isize=text&pview=hi


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The other King Of The road
From: Joe Offer
Date: 21 Jan 17 - 07:08 PM

But does anybody know the requested song?


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