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The New Cornish Songster

Matthew Edwards 20 May 09 - 09:24 PM
Anglo 21 May 09 - 01:03 AM
Les in Chorlton 21 May 09 - 05:42 AM
Gedi 21 May 09 - 05:52 AM
Les in Chorlton 22 May 09 - 05:22 AM
Ruth Archer 22 May 09 - 05:31 AM
greg stephens 22 May 09 - 05:40 AM
GUEST,Jon 22 May 09 - 05:41 AM
Les in Chorlton 23 May 09 - 09:16 AM
GUEST,Silas 23 May 09 - 10:46 AM
Rifleman (inactive) 23 May 09 - 11:08 AM
Les in Chorlton 23 May 09 - 11:56 AM
Surreysinger 23 May 09 - 03:25 PM
Lizzie Cornish 1 24 May 09 - 09:34 AM
Lizzie Cornish 1 24 May 09 - 09:36 AM
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Subject: The New Cornish Songster
From: Matthew Edwards
Date: 20 May 09 - 09:24 PM

To those of us who follow the adventures of Lizzie Cornish the opening of a Mudcat thread on the Cornish Nightingale seemed to offer a long overdue tribute. Especially so when it appeared that the bird in question has actually never been spotted in the Duchy. Disappointingly it seems that the original poster merely wanted information about a song.

I believe that our Lizzie's selfless devotion to Show of Hands is so far over and beyond the call of duty, common sense, or the rules of English grammar that she deserves some kind of recognition. A song in her honour seems the very least we can offer. All the very best songs include a talking bird, so I hope Lizzie won't object to being depicted as a warbling songster.

I sang this song at the Beech in Chorlton last night where I hoped it would be swiftly forgotten. However I was asked to post the words on Mudcat – but as it was clear that some of the words made no sense at all to the audience (or to me!) at the time this version differs somewhat from what they heard.

The tune of course is the rousing anthem of 'Trelawny' (with most sincere apologies to the Reverend R S Hawker).

The New Cornish Songster

With keyboard and with trusty hand,
Broadband connection too;
The English folk shall understand
What one Cornish bird can do.
Oh have they fixed the Folk Awards?
Shall Beer and Knightly fail?
Here's twenty thousand Cornish words
Shall make their cause prevail.
Shall Beer and Knightley prosper?
Or shall Beer and Knightley fail?
Here's twenty thousand Cornish words
Shall make their cause prevail.

        
Up spoke the pretty bird so bold,
As she flew from tree to tree,
Though London's gold were in Michael's hold,
I'll set tradition free.
The banks of Tamar I shall brave,
The Jordan is no stay;
No pardon do I seek nor crave,
Shall a copper bid me nay?
Shall Beer and Knightley prosper?
Or shall Beer and Knightley fail?
Here's twenty thousand Cornish words
Shall make their cause prevail.


Ill bodes your strength, you bellowing hordes,
In vain your spears let fly;
For I shall flood the message boards
The fruits of vict'ry to deny.
A show of hands shall gain the gold,
Ye trembling mawkin fie!
Here stands one Cornish songster bold
To show the reason why.
Shall Beer and Knightley prosper?
Or shall Beer and Knightley fail?
Here's twenty thousand Cornish words
Shall make their cause prevail.


Matthew Edwards


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Subject: RE: The New Cornish Songster
From: Anglo
Date: 21 May 09 - 01:03 AM

Oh very droll. Well done, lad.

Even I, in the far-distant corners of the former colonies, am somewhat amazed by said songbird's enthusiasm for her pop-"folk" icons.


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Subject: RE: The New Cornish Songster
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 21 May 09 - 05:42 AM

Well done Matthew.

First heard at the Beech, Chorlton, last well received with a rousing chorus. Listen out for this excellent song at Singarounds and Festivals this Summer.

Cheers

L in C


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Subject: RE: The New Cornish Songster
From: Gedi
Date: 21 May 09 - 05:52 AM

I second that, well done indeed.

A song which may spread like wildfire through the folk clubs of Britain!

Ged


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Subject: RE: The New Cornish Songster
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 22 May 09 - 05:22 AM


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Subject: RE: The New Cornish Songster
From: Ruth Archer
Date: 22 May 09 - 05:31 AM

Very, very clever - but maybe somewhat overtaken by yesterday's events? It always seems a bit crass to kick someone while they are down...


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Subject: RE: The New Cornish Songster
From: greg stephens
Date: 22 May 09 - 05:40 AM

What yesterday's events?


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Subject: RE: The New Cornish Songster
From: GUEST,Jon
Date: 22 May 09 - 05:41 AM

I think this thread came before that, Ruth Archer. Though I'd agree it's best left to drop off the list now.


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Subject: RE: The New Cornish Songster
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 23 May 09 - 09:16 AM

"but maybe somewhat overtaken by yesterday's events?"

I'm a bit lost here. Does this refer to Mr Beer's comments on the thread in question?

L in C


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Subject: RE: The New Cornish Songster
From: GUEST,Silas
Date: 23 May 09 - 10:46 AM

Oh please, do tell...I have no idea what has happened.


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Subject: RE: The New Cornish Songster
From: Rifleman (inactive)
Date: 23 May 09 - 11:08 AM

Hopefully his tirade, and a tirade it is, of Matthew Edwards's will bve forgotten in a very short time...ummm...sorry what was I talking about...


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Subject: RE: The New Cornish Songster
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 23 May 09 - 11:56 AM

Rifleman,

Tirade? Tirade? You want a tyrade?

Matthew wrote a clever, witty song that poked gentle and appropriate fun at LCs lengthy, many have said relentless, advocacy of S of H.

I was flattered that Matthew brought it to our Singaround at The Beech. It's difficult to say how many people fully understood it, but that goes for a lot of songs. The chorus was sung with enthusiasm and a bit of harmony and we all look forward to more songs from Matthew.

If you want to see a tyrade read all that was written on that thread before Matthew wrote and released his song.

Many of us get beyond ourselves on here and many others relish the opportunity to tell us when.

Cheers

L in C


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Subject: RE: The New Cornish Songster
From: Surreysinger
Date: 23 May 09 - 03:25 PM

However, I think Ruth is right ... its all quiet on the Western Front now ...

The song has now been overtaken by events, and I think Phil's contribution was gentlemanly and restrained, and should probably be the last word.


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Subject: RE: The New Cornish Songster
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 24 May 09 - 09:34 AM

From 'ruth':

"Very, very clever - but maybe somewhat overtaken by yesterday's events? It always seems a bit crass to kick someone while they are down..."

Whatever made you think I was 'down' ? It is, however, very kind of you to be so considerate, especially to someone who you have called a 'fuckwit' over on the fRoots site. Good to see you've had a change of heart.


Matthew, thank you so much for your song. As you know, it made me smile a great deal. I have absolutely no problems with you, or anyone else singing it, and I would hope that Show of Hands don't either. I love the gentle humour within it. xx

From 'surreysinger'
"However, I think Ruth is right ... its all quiet on the Western Front now ..."

Sometimes, people just get things so wrong, don't they. It's very fitting that you used that term though Irene. I'll tell you for why.

Way back, when Show of Hands CD, 'Witness' had come out, Diane and I were having our usual "It's GREAT!" "It's CRAP!" 'discussion' on the BBC. Shortly after that, SoH's manager came over to me on Myspace, to gently ask if I'd kindly lay low and stop talking about the CD, as they wanted others to judge it for themselves. I was only too pleased to help, and so I said for them not to worry, because from then on it would be 'all quiet on the South Western front'

A short while later, I was sent a message from Steve, via a mutual friend, thanking me for keeping quiet (which he didn't have to do at all, bless him) and saying that those words had given him some thoughts about a new song...

A few months after that, on Steve's first ever solo CD 'Cruel River' the song arrived..and you can read the words of 'All Quiet On The Western Front' right here, on a site which Sam and I made:

'Cruel River'

Cool, the way that happened, huh? :0)

Steve's myspace


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Subject: RE: The New Cornish Songster
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 24 May 09 - 09:36 AM

Oops....

NOT his first ever solo CD.

LOL!

OOPS OOPS OOPS!

Trust me! Doh! :0)


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Subject: RE: The New Cornish Songster
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 24 May 09 - 09:37 AM

Matthew, could you add a verse about an Ol' Girlie with only ONE brain cell! :0)


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