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Man in the Moon - old song?

Phil Edwards 01 Feb 12 - 07:13 PM
RobbieWilson 01 Feb 12 - 07:32 PM
Mick Pearce (MCP) 01 Feb 12 - 07:41 PM
GUEST,Ralphie 02 Feb 12 - 04:18 AM
GeoffLawes 02 Feb 12 - 07:36 AM
Mick Pearce (MCP) 02 Feb 12 - 09:06 AM
Vic Smith 02 Feb 12 - 09:57 AM
Mick Pearce (MCP) 02 Feb 12 - 10:18 AM
Phil Edwards 02 Feb 12 - 12:45 PM
Phil Edwards 10 Feb 12 - 08:53 AM
Stringsinger 10 Feb 12 - 05:25 PM
Mick Pearce (MCP) 10 Feb 12 - 06:30 PM
Phil Edwards 10 Feb 12 - 06:37 PM
GUEST,Lance the Librarian 17 Oct 13 - 04:26 PM
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Subject: Man in the Moon - old song?
From: Phil Edwards
Date: 01 Feb 12 - 07:13 PM

What's the song that these guys are singing here?

Has it got any connection with the waltz tune "Man in the Moon", composed by Scan Tester?

Anyone got any info?

PS To be honest I could have done some more research before posting; I just wanted to post something with a Subject line not including the number 5!


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Subject: RE: Man in the Moon - old song?
From: RobbieWilson
Date: 01 Feb 12 - 07:32 PM

@displaysong.cfm?SongID=5047


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Subject: RE: Man in the Moon - old song?
From: Mick Pearce (MCP)
Date: 01 Feb 12 - 07:41 PM

Dick Frost's liner notes describe it as a late version of Hares on the Mountain with some verses added by Phil Tanner and some by American servicemen 1944-46.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Man in the Moon - old song?
From: GUEST,Ralphie
Date: 02 Feb 12 - 04:18 AM

Can't help with the history, but, Chris Wood did a version (with the same sentiments) called "Hares on the Mountain" (with his own twist on the story) My old band PJD did our version of it a few years ago.


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Subject: RE: Man in the Moon - old song?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 02 Feb 12 - 07:36 AM

In case it sheds any light, in his chapter about Scan Tester's songs in his book I never Played to Many Posh Dances Reg Hall does not mention Man in the Moon .


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Subject: RE: Man in the Moon - old song?
From: Mick Pearce (MCP)
Date: 02 Feb 12 - 09:06 AM

Scan's tune can be heard here: The Man In The Moon and an abc transcript in an earlier thread here: Lyr Req: The Man in the Moon. The tune doesn't seem to be any close relation of Dick Frost's song tune.


Mick


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Subject: RE: Man in the Moon - old song?
From: Vic Smith
Date: 02 Feb 12 - 09:57 AM

Pip Radish -
"What's the song that these guys are singing here?

Has it got any connection with the waltz tune "Man in the Moon", composed by Scan Tester?"


* The Man In The Moon was played by Scan Tester but was not composed by him.

* The Man In The Moon that Pip links to is - as has been pointed out - a version of Hares On The Mountain.

* The tune that Pip links to is an entirely different one to the waltz that Scan used to play.

* I have an early (195?) poor recording of Scan made by Ken Stubbs at (I think) The Stone Quarry at Chelwood Gate where Scan played for most Saturdays over 40 years when he didn't have a better paid gig playing for a dance or a wedding etc. Scan starts with his way with The Man In The Moon and all the regulars start to sing a different song to the one that Pip links to. The words sound as though they may be Music Hall in origin.

* The entire book, I Never Played To Many Posh Dances, is now available on the "Musical Traditions" Website at http://www.mustrad.org.uk/articles/r_hall.htm

* There is a complete transcription of two long radio interviews that I did with Reg Hall, again this is on the "Musical Traditions" website, just after the I Never Played To Many Posh Dances double album and book were released in 1990 . All the tracks that were played to illustrate points in the interview are included as Real Audio links in the article and they include The Man In The Moon. This is at http://www.mustrad.org.uk/articles/tester2.htm

* A lot of the information that Reg Hall used in his book on Scan came from a long interview that I did with Scan that appeared in one of the early editions of the magazine Traditional Music when Keith Summers were the editor.


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Subject: RE: Man in the Moon - old song?
From: Mick Pearce (MCP)
Date: 02 Feb 12 - 10:18 AM

Thanks for those links Vic. I didn't know the book was online - that's a treat to come. I only saw Scan play one time I think (whereas I've seen Dick Frost on countless occasions!).

Here's a direct link to Scan playing The Man In The Moon in that article The Man In The Moon (it's an mp3 file, despite the icon saying real audio!).

Mick


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Subject: RE: Man in the Moon - old song?
From: Phil Edwards
Date: 02 Feb 12 - 12:45 PM

What a rich seam I've hit on! I'm particularly intrigued by the thought that there is a song to go with TMITM - it's one of my favourite waltzes, and pairing it with a song would be ideal. Don't suppose you could dig that tape out, Vic...?

I confess, I didn't really think the waltz tune and the smutty song were the same tune; I thought they might have had a vague family resemblance, but it was late and I was tired. My main reason for posting was just to give Joe (and anyone else) something to look at apart from the endless "top 5"s. I never imagined the responses would be as interesting and informative as this. Goes to show - on Mudcat you can ask a silly question and get a sensible answer.


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Subject: RE: Man in the Moon - old song?
From: Phil Edwards
Date: 10 Feb 12 - 08:53 AM

Still intrigued about this...

Scan starts with his way with The Man In The Moon and all the regulars start to sing a different song to the one that Pip links to. The words sound as though they may be Music Hall in origin.

Any thoughts (Vic or anyone else) on what the song might be?


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Subject: RE: Man in the Moon - old song?
From: Stringsinger
Date: 10 Feb 12 - 05:25 PM

"My sweetheart's a man in the moon. I'm going to marry him soon.
Would fill me with bliss just to give him one kiss,
But I know that a dozen I never would miss.
I'll go up in a great big balloon, and be with my man in the moon.
And behind a dark cloud where no one is allowed,
I'll make love to my man in the moon."

Circa: Late 1800's.


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Subject: RE: Man in the Moon - old song?
From: Mick Pearce (MCP)
Date: 10 Feb 12 - 06:30 PM

My Sweetheart's The Man In The Moon sheet music at Levy (pdf). Words and music by James Thornton, 1892.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Man in the Moon - old song?
From: Phil Edwards
Date: 10 Feb 12 - 06:37 PM

Would that fit well with 'our' MITM? I've just picked my way through the chorus of that song - although on a D whistle it wasn't straightforward - and I'm not sure.


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Subject: RE: Man in the Moon - old song?
From: GUEST,Lance the Librarian
Date: 17 Oct 13 - 04:26 PM

The Full English, on the September 2013 album called The Full English, pair words entitled The Man in the Moon, from the Alfred Williams collection, with a version of Scan Tester's tune.

I have not found this recording online at all, but the words can be found as part of the Full English database at the website of the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library at
http://www.vwml.org/record/AW/5/112


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Subject: RE: Man in the Moon - old song?
From: Phil Edwards
Date: 17 Oct 13 - 06:49 PM

Curiouser and curiouser - can't imagine how this would fit. Great find!


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Subject: RE: Man in the Moon - old song?
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 18 Oct 13 - 05:51 AM

Never mind all this research - get yourself down the Beech with the tune and a song PE.


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