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Lyr Req: The Ballad of Gilligan's Isle

Faded Denim 01 Oct 99 - 06:32 PM
Joe Offer 01 Oct 99 - 06:37 PM
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Jeri 01 Oct 99 - 07:32 PM
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sophocleese 01 Oct 99 - 08:02 PM
Faded Denim 04 Oct 99 - 10:07 AM
Martin Ryan 04 Oct 99 - 11:35 AM
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Roger in Baltimore 04 Oct 99 - 03:04 PM
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Ron Davies 12 Apr 13 - 08:40 AM
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Subject: The Ballad of Gilligan's Isle
From: Faded Denim
Date: 01 Oct 99 - 06:32 PM

Ok all you children of 60's sitcoms. Can someone please provide me with all the lyrics to this (Classic??) song. We all know the tune now don't we? Thanks, Reid


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Ballad of Gilligan's Isle
From: Joe Offer
Date: 01 Oct 99 - 06:37 PM

Sorry it took so long - click here.
-Joe Offer-
(quick, but no record)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Ballad of Gilligan's Isle
From: SeanM
Date: 01 Oct 99 - 07:03 PM

Ah, but you forget the variant verse from the first few seasons, where the professor and Mary Anne got stiffed...

The movie star
And the rest
Are here on Gilligan's Isle

The rest is the same

M


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Ballad of Gilligan's Isle
From: Jeri
Date: 01 Oct 99 - 07:32 PM

Anybody want the ABCs to a jig that has Gilligan's Island as the A part and Amazing Grace as the B part? OW!!!...stop that!!!...alright, I'm leaving!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Ballad of Gilligan's Isle
From: Alice
Date: 01 Oct 99 - 07:44 PM

The best version of Gilligan's Island that I ever heard was recorded by the late, great, Hawaaiian singer, IZ (Israel Kamakawiwo'ole). He also did an awesome medley of Over The Rainbow/What a Wonderful World.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Ballad of Gilligan's Isle
From: sophocleese
Date: 01 Oct 99 - 08:02 PM

I always liked hearing a local band when I was in University do it to the tune of Stairway to Heaven. Or was it the other way round?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Ballad of Gilligan's Isle
From: Faded Denim
Date: 04 Oct 99 - 10:07 AM

Thanks Joe! (If you could have responded more quickly than you did, then you definately need to GET A LIFE!) :o) Thanks for the thread. Also thanks to SeanM, Jeri, Alice and Sophocleese (That would be John's sister??) for your comments and additional info. (You also should try to get lives - "Yes, I'm an expert on Gilligan's Isle".)

Thanks again all. Reid


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Ballad of Gilligan's Isle
From: Martin Ryan
Date: 04 Oct 99 - 11:35 AM

John's Irish sister?

Regards


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Ballad of Gilligan's Isle
From: sophocleese
Date: 04 Oct 99 - 02:04 PM

Now why should I be Irish?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Ballad of Gilligan's Isle
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 04 Oct 99 - 03:04 PM

And to get this back on Folk Music, I want to note that the tune for Gilligan's Isle appears to be a direct rip-off of The DAYS OF FORTY NINE.

Back in my youth, I was sitting around trying to learn The Days of '49 in DADGAD and someone said to me, "Oh, you know the tune to Gilligan's Isle!" I am happy to say that I was confused by his statement because, at that time, I had never heard the tune because I had never watched the TV show.

Made me feel real superior and arrogant. Still does!

Roger in Baltimore


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Ballad of Gilligan's Isle
From: Joe Offer
Date: 04 Oct 99 - 03:24 PM

That's amazing, Roger. Now, go to the thread on Dark Eyes and tell me where that tune comes from.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Ballad of Gilligan's Isle
From: SeanM
Date: 04 Oct 99 - 03:40 PM

ACK!

Thank you for taking me there, Roger...

A couple of years ago my group did "Days of '49" for a gold panning competition... I'd forgotten about that mutant aberration happening during rehearsals...

Another group I know ("The Poxy Boggards") does an occasional retrofit of Gilligan to "Pass time with good company". Frightening how many songs Gilligan works to...

M


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Ballad of Gilligan's Isle
From: lamarca
Date: 04 Oct 99 - 05:48 PM

One lovely evening at a Northern Bobs Annual Party (Dancing Girls! Exploding Midgets! Tremoloa Serenades!- if you've never been, you've never lived...) Ms. Carolee Rand stopped the old-time jam that was going on and announced she wanted to do an old-time a capella ballad. She proceeded to launch into "The Ballad of Gilligan's Isle" in a thick, nasal Appalachian style, with all the appropriate vocal hooks and mannerisms...It was one of those times I laughed so hard I started to cry!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Ballad of Gilligan's Isle
From: Martin _Ryan
Date: 05 Oct 99 - 03:22 AM

O'Cleese?


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE BALLAD OF GILLIGAN'S ISLE
From: beardedbruce
Date: 12 Apr 13 - 08:31 AM

http://tv.yahoo.com/news/and-your-choice-for-the-best-tv-theme-song-ever-is-----gilligan-s-island---220642230.html


THE BALLAD OF GILLIGAN'S ISLE
(Sherwood Schwartz/George Wyle)

Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale,
A tale of a fateful trip
That started with this tropic port
Aboard this tiny ship.

The mate was a mighty sailin' man,
The skipper brave and sure.
Five passengers set sail that day
For a three-hour tour, a three-hour tour.

The weather started getting rough,
The tiny ship was tossed,
If not for the courage of the fearless crew
The Minnow would be lost, the Minnow would be lost.

The ship set ground on the shore of this
Uncharted desert isle
With Gilligan,
The Skipper too,
The millionaire and his wife,
The movie star,
The Professor and Mary Ann,
Here on Gilligan's Isle!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Ballad of Gilligan's Isle
From: beardedbruce
Date: 12 Apr 13 - 08:33 AM

OK, I should have searched for this before starting the new thread..


Mea culpa.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Best TV Theme Song Ever Is... 'Gilligan'
From: Ron Davies
Date: 12 Apr 13 - 08:40 AM

It's a fine song, no doubt.    But I never heard of the contest referenced.   And I'd say there are quite a few of that era or slightly before which could easily challenge for the title.   Just a few candidates:    Mr. Ed, Car 54, Maverick, Rawhide...and the list goes on.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Ballad of Gilligan's Isle
From: beardedbruce
Date: 12 Apr 13 - 08:47 AM

What they started with...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Ballad of Gilligan's Isle
From: GUEST,Niggardly Bastard
Date: 12 Apr 13 - 08:54 AM

I predicted in an older thread that this tune would one day be considered a folk song.
I think I was right.
No brag. Just fact!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Ballad of Gilligan's Isle
From: Ron Davies
Date: 12 Apr 13 - 08:55 AM

So obviously their net was not wide enough.    They seem to have been mostly aiming at people too young to have truly experienced the real golden age of TV theme songs.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Ballad of Gilligan's Isle
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 12 Apr 13 - 10:07 AM

Like Roger, back in 1999, I'd never heard this theme that everybody supposedly knows. (I'm not a snob. The flickering of TV bothers my bad eyes and my poor, migraine-prone brain.)

Anyhow, I followed his link, and I made a MIDI file of the tune, composing a nice easy alto part to it for our beginners. If anybody wants the MIDI, I will send it to Joe for posting.

I think it would be fun to play this at a nursing home to get people talking. Announce that it is 'Days of 49' and see if anybody recognizes it from the TV show.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Ballad of Gilligan's Isle
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 13 Apr 13 - 09:33 AM

Spotify has several albums of classic TV themes, including this one. The recordings there are a bit longer than the lyrics posted above. The lyrics continue:

So this is the tale of our castaways.
They're here for a long, long time.
They'll have to make the best of things.
It's an uphill climb.

The first mate and his skipper, too,
Will do their very best
To make the others comfortable,
A tropic island nest.

No phone, no lights, no motorcar,
Not a single luxury,
Like Robinson Crusoe*,
It's primitive as can be.

So join us here each week, my friends.
You're sure to get a smile
From seven stranded castaways
Here on Gilligan's Isle.

[* But the singer pronounces it "Caruso" as in the famous opera-singer's name, not the fictional castaway's name.]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Ballad of Gilligan's Isle
From: GUEST,crazy little woman
Date: 13 Apr 13 - 12:11 PM

I can't tell you the year, but sometime in the late '60's I heard a junior high-age girl with a ukelele singing Longfellow's 'Wreck of the Hesperus' to that tune. This was at a church talent show. I suspect the tune was used for that sad poem long before it became famous from Gilligan's Island. Otherwise the setting would have seemed incongruous.

The tune didn't become a folk song, it was a folk song.


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