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World War 2 night, Lewes Sat FC 4 July

Valmai Goodyear 25 Jun 09 - 02:13 AM
Valmai Goodyear 25 Jun 09 - 06:07 AM
vectis 25 Jun 09 - 03:26 PM
Joe_F 25 Jun 09 - 06:24 PM
Valmai Goodyear 30 Jun 09 - 05:49 AM
Ron Davies 30 Jun 09 - 10:29 PM
Valmai Goodyear 01 Jul 09 - 02:23 AM
Joe_F 01 Jul 09 - 06:10 PM
Valmai Goodyear 03 Jul 09 - 10:03 AM
Ron Davies 03 Jul 09 - 02:35 PM
Valmai Goodyear 04 Jul 09 - 05:45 AM
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Subject: World War 2 night, Lewes Sat FC 4 July
From: Valmai Goodyear
Date: 25 Jun 09 - 02:13 AM

'THE DAY WAR BROKE OUT'
Lewes Saturday Folk Club, Elephant & Castle , White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ UK, Saturday 4th. July, 8.00 - 11.00 p.m. (£4 admission)

'An evening of humour, nostalgia and pathos to mark the 70th. anniversary of the start of World War Two. Featuring ROGER BRASIER (Yes! it's That Man Again) and Full Supporting Programme.'

We'd like the floor singers to choose songs, tunes or readings in advance and let us know what they've chosen. This means we can put a programme together and you can be sure that what you've chosen won't be nicked by someone else. First come, first served. The music of the First World War has been much researched, but less has been done on the Second World War.

If you'd like to take part on Saturday 4th. July, please let me know your choice.

Items chosen so far are:

Der Fuehrer's Face (Spike Jones)
The Left Left Right Steady Man (Keith Marsden)
The D-Day Dodgers
They've Blown All the Feathers off the Nightingale in Berkeley Square
All the Fine Young Men
Lili Marlene
Rob 'Em All
Louis Simpson's poem 'Carentan O Carentan'

Roger Brasier himself is a fine reader of verse and prose as well as a singer. He's excellent at unearthing unusual and fascinating material - I can promise he'll produce some gems which will be new to you.

Tootle pip,

Valmai


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Subject: RE: World War 2 night, Lewes Sat FC 4 July
From: Valmai Goodyear
Date: 25 Jun 09 - 06:07 AM

Two additions:

Keep the Home-Fires Burning
The Bloody Orkneys

Valmai


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Subject: RE: World War 2 night, Lewes Sat FC 4 July
From: vectis
Date: 25 Jun 09 - 03:26 PM

Sorry Valmai I have a song & Ale to run that weekend. I hope you all have a fun night, I know we will.


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Subject: RE: World War 2 night, Lewes Sat FC 4 July
From: Joe_F
Date: 25 Jun 09 - 06:24 PM

What, no Second Front Song? (asks this Yank)


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Subject: RE: World War 2 night, Lewes Sat FC 4 July
From: Valmai Goodyear
Date: 30 Jun 09 - 05:49 AM

Have you any suggestions, Joe? I might have time to learn one. The list of floor singers' choices, not including Roger's own selection, is now:

Der Fuehrer's Face

Lili Marleen

Normandy Orchards

We'll Meet Again

The White Cliffs of Dover

Family letter from a German POW camp

Rob 'em All

The Left-Left-Right-Steady Man

The Bloody Orkneys

Carentan O Carentan

They've Blown All The Feathers Off the Nightingale

All the Fine Young Men

The D-Day Dodgers

Keep the Home-Fires Burning

Don't You Go or The Man I Killed [The Man He Killed?]

A tune or two

Valmai


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Subject: RE: World War 2 night, Lewes Sat FC 4 July
From: Ron Davies
Date: 30 Jun 09 - 10:29 PM

No "We'll Meet Again"?   It's overdone? That would be too bad.


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Subject: RE: World War 2 night, Lewes Sat FC 4 July
From: Valmai Goodyear
Date: 01 Jul 09 - 02:23 AM

It's fourth on the list in my previous post. We've also got suggestions of The Dambusters March, Heroes of St Valery and The Great Escape as straight tunes.

Valmai


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Subject: RE: World War 2 night, Lewes Sat FC 4 July
From: Joe_F
Date: 01 Jul 09 - 06:10 PM

Valmai: Sorry for the ambiguity. "The Second Front Song" is the title of a (rather nasty) ballad by Ewan MacColl. I gather from the literature that it does accurately portray one aspect of the atmosphere of wartime Britain.


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Subject: RE: World War 2 night, Lewes Sat FC 4 July
From: Valmai Goodyear
Date: 03 Jul 09 - 10:03 AM

Thanks. I don't think I'll have time to learn it now. I've been getting some details of life in wartime Britain from my 89-year old mother, who lived in the family pub in Islington, worked in a bank in Chancery Lane in the City, and did emergency nursing in the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson hospital throughout the Blitz.

Two years of sleeping in the cellar, family and pub staff together, in bunks like the ones they used in the Underground ...

Valmai


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Subject: RE: World War 2 night, Lewes Sat FC 4 July
From: Ron Davies
Date: 03 Jul 09 - 02:35 PM

Valmai--

Sorry I missed "We'll Meet Again"   in your list. Don't know how I could have missed something so obvious--trying to skim too fast, I suppose. Anyway, do you-- or anybody you know-- know somebody who knows the verse to the song? As you no doubt know, Vera Lynn's and all the other hit versions just sing the chorus--"We'll meet again" just starts the chorus. But the verse sounds pretty good-- sounds like it would add something. I just wonder how the tune to the verse goes.

You Tube, in all its versions, seems to have just the chorus.


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Subject: RE: World War 2 night, Lewes Sat FC 4 July
From: Valmai Goodyear
Date: 04 Jul 09 - 05:45 AM

Aha! Heil in der Fuehrer's Face is now up for grabs again as Will Fly has a last-minute booking.

On the Spike Jones topic, can anyone do 'Gee I Got A GI Haircut'?

I'll report on We'll Meet Again; it's being sung by Julie Wells, now Mrs. Gavin Atkin, who has a good knowledge of songs of the period and sings them extremely well.

Valmai


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Subject: RE: World War 2 night, Lewes Sat FC 4 July
From: Valmai Goodyear
Date: 05 Jul 09 - 05:13 AM

This was a fascinating and instructive night. I thoroughly recommend the theme for getting your regulars researching and thinking. There is, after all, still real live song collecting to be done on the subject. People also came up with personal and family memories of wartime incidents.

The verse of We'll Meet Again is good but doesn't stick in the mind the way the chorus does. I'll try to find out from Julie if it's in print somewhere; I was MCing last night and didn't have the chance to talk to individuals as much as I'd have liked.

Valmai


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Subject: Lyr Add: G.I. HAIRCUT (Spike Jones)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 14 Dec 13 - 08:54 AM

Valmai Goodyear mentioned this song earlier. I found it on Spotify:

G.I. HAIRCUT.
As recorded by Spike Jones & His City Slickers - 1943

Gee, I got a G.I. haircut.
Gee, it's not a pretty haircut.
I am such an awful sad guy
Since I cut my hair.
Gee, I got a G.I. haircut,
And I wouldn't even care but
No more gals give me the glad eye
With my head so bare.

Army barbers sure are whizzes.
Up and down they go with scissors.
Soon your hair is on the floor
And boom! Brother, there ain't no more.

When I told him how I want it,
Trimmed a bit with hair oil on it,
Nineteen yardbirds held me there,
And gee, I got a G.I. haircut.

(Johnny got a haircut, haircut, haircut.
Johnny got a haircut just like mine.)

I dream of Johnny but his light brown hair
Seems to be lying 'neath that army barber's chair.

No more sideburns; they're too fancy.
Nothing quite so fancy-pantsy.
Sissy stuff is what it's called,
And boom! Brother, they leave you bald.

I was sure it wouldn't happen,
But the barber caught me nappin'
When I climbed into his chair,
And gee, I got a G.I. haircut.


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Subject: RE: World War 2 night, Lewes Sat FC 4 July
From: Valmai Goodyear
Date: 14 Dec 13 - 11:16 AM

Thanks!

Valmai (Lewes Saturday Folk Club)


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