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Hysterical Historical Songs

GUEST,MadauntieCat 26 Mar 12 - 03:07 PM
BobKnight 26 Mar 12 - 06:16 PM
Jack Campin 26 Mar 12 - 06:26 PM
GUEST,Ebor_Fiddler 26 Mar 12 - 06:34 PM
Richard Bridge 26 Mar 12 - 08:57 PM
Tattie Bogle 26 Mar 12 - 09:17 PM
Bert 26 Mar 12 - 09:44 PM
Mr Red 27 Mar 12 - 04:45 AM
Mick Pearce (MCP) 27 Mar 12 - 07:57 AM
JohnDun 27 Mar 12 - 08:29 AM
JohnDun 27 Mar 12 - 08:35 AM
GUEST 27 Mar 12 - 09:49 AM
GUEST 27 Mar 12 - 03:35 PM
Jack Campin 27 Mar 12 - 04:58 PM
Bert 28 Mar 12 - 03:53 PM
GUEST,Fantum 28 Mar 12 - 06:23 PM
Tattie Bogle 28 Mar 12 - 08:43 PM
raredance 29 Mar 12 - 12:04 AM
GUEST,Pete 29 Mar 12 - 09:44 AM
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Subject: Hysterical Historical Songs
From: GUEST,MadauntieCat
Date: 26 Mar 12 - 03:07 PM

Hi.Can anybody help?

I have a 5 minute singing slot to fill at a Historical Re-enactment After-Hours Burlesque thingy on St George's Day.

Last one we did I sang The Ratcatcher's Beautiful Daughter. With a bit of banter first that was the 5 minutes, easy. I don't want to repeat it though.

What I have so far is 'Some Say the Devil Is Dead', which I have adapted for the period we are portraying (WOTR), but which only lasts about 2 minutes.

Can anybody out there think of another song which I could sing unaccompanied? I have a low but powerful female voice ( I describe it as female tenor) and am used to singing alone. I need another fairly bouncy song. My standards, like Tom o' Bedlam and Mingulay are too downbeat.

I'm thinking maybe music hall, but the muse has flown away...
Thanks!


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Subject: RE: Hysterical Historical Songs
From: BobKnight
Date: 26 Mar 12 - 06:16 PM

Try "Oor Hamlet" by Adam McNaughton.


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Subject: RE: Hysterical Historical Songs
From: Jack Campin
Date: 26 Mar 12 - 06:26 PM

The Ancient and Old Irish Condom?


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Subject: RE: Hysterical Historical Songs
From: GUEST,Ebor_Fiddler
Date: 26 Mar 12 - 06:34 PM

The Lambton Worm? Chastity Belt?


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Subject: RE: Hysterical Historical Songs
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 26 Mar 12 - 08:57 PM

The Old Man from over the Sea?
Marrowbone?
The Tailor's Britches?
7 drunken nights?
The Devil and teh Farmer's Wife?
King Capotiere?
Maid of Anglesey?


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Subject: RE: Hysterical Historical Songs
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 26 Mar 12 - 09:17 PM

With her head tucked underneath her arm, she walks the Bloody Tower.
Several versions on Youtube, but I like this one:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=soeBL3Vuts8



"The Scottish Play" - also Adam MacNaughtan.


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Subject: RE: Hysterical Historical Songs
From: Bert
Date: 26 Mar 12 - 09:44 PM

Cuckoo's Nest
The Chandler's Wife
Botany Bay
Tom Pierce


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Subject: RE: Hysterical Historical Songs
From: Mr Red
Date: 27 Mar 12 - 04:45 AM

I'm Glad I'm a Gladiator
Dave Houlden - lyrics not sure where to get the tune but ask the "The Admiral" here.


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Subject: RE: Hysterical Historical Songs
From: Mick Pearce (MCP)
Date: 27 Mar 12 - 07:57 AM

Mr.Red

There's a mid of the tune in Mudcat midi's here: The Gladiator Song (right click to download if you want). It starts with the verse and (at least on default settings on my machine) is about half the speed the song is normally sung at.

The tune is actually The Entry of the Gladiators by Fucik - for more details see my post in Lyr Add: The Gladiator Song (Bruce Campbell)


Mick


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Subject: RE: Hysterical Historical Songs
From: JohnDun
Date: 27 Mar 12 - 08:29 AM

I know a lot of people only do it on May Day, but 'Padstow' does mention St George and is mostly upbeat.


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Subject: RE: Hysterical Historical Songs
From: JohnDun
Date: 27 Mar 12 - 08:35 AM

Sorry 'Cornish May Carol' in the DT lyrics song-base.


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Subject: RE: Hysterical Historical Songs
From: GUEST
Date: 27 Mar 12 - 09:49 AM

In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree - They Boy I love is UP in the Gallery - Oh Mr Porter
Marie Lloyd Nellie Wallace songs are great


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Subject: RE: Hysterical Historical Songs
From: GUEST
Date: 27 Mar 12 - 03:35 PM

Tattie-bogle, I found the words to 'Wi' her head!' last week, and was considering that one! I also considered the one that has Young Sam not beating the retreat for Napoleon. Got to love Stanley Holloway.

I'll look for the Gladiator one, Mr Red and Mick. Sounds intriguing.

Ebor, I'd consider Chastity/Bastity, but I think somenody else is doing it.

Jack C...yer actual WHAT? Is it safe to Google? : D

Thanks to all, keep 'em coming. I did wonder about Reg Pubes and The Great Nog, but some Jules and Sandy fans are going to be there and they might take a hiss at an actual palone singing it.

Cat


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Subject: RE: Hysterical Historical Songs
From: Jack Campin
Date: 27 Mar 12 - 04:58 PM

No need to google, it's right here:

http://www.mudcat.org/@displaysong.cfm?SongID=5755

or mirrored with the tune in staff notation:

http://sniff.numachi.com/pages/tiCONDOM;ttROSINBOW.html


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Subject: RE: Hysterical Historical Songs
From: Bert
Date: 28 Mar 12 - 03:53 PM

Woad


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Subject: RE: Hysterical Historical Songs
From: GUEST,Fantum
Date: 28 Mar 12 - 06:23 PM

Hi

Try Cosmotheka on you tube and look at "Never let your braces dangle" and all "All I want is a proper cup of coffee. Both are musica hall songs sung relatively fast and may suit.
On a different line you could try Old MacDonalds farm sung in latin. I am sure theres any amount of historical rubbish you could invent for that. The last verse is a latin joke because vinum = wine.

127        SENEX MACDONALDUS HABUIT FUNDUM
Dave Summers
Senex Macdonaldus habuit fundum e-i-e-i-o.
et in hoc fundo, habuit carnem. e-i-e-i-o.
cum woof woof hic,
woof woof ibi.
hic woof, ibi woof,
ubique woof woof
Senex Macdonaldus habuit fundum e-i-e-i-o.

Senex Macdonaldus habuit fundum e-i-e-i-o.
et in hoc fundo, habuit bovem. e-i-e-i-o.
cum moo moo hic,
moo moo ibi.
hic moo, ibi moo,
ubique moo moo.
Senex Macdonaldus habuit fundum e-i-e-i-o.

Senex Macdonaldus habuit fundum e-i-e-i-o.
et in hoc fundo, habuit galenas. (chicken)e-i-e-i-o.
cum chuck chuck hic,
chuck chuck ibi.
hic chuck ibi chuck,
ubique chuck chuck.
Senex Macdonaldus habuit fundum e-i-e-i-o.

Senex Macdonaldus habuit fundum e-i-e-i-o.
et in hoc fundo, habuit anetras. (duck) e-i-e-i-o.
cum quack quack hic,
quack quack ibi.
hic quack, ibi quack,
ubique quack quack
Senex Macdonaldus habuit fundum e-i-e-i-o.

Senex Macdonaldus habuit fundum e-i-e-i-o.
et in hoc fundo, habuit porkem. e-i-e-i-o.
cum oink oink hic,
Oink oink ibi.
hic oink, ibi oink,
ubique oink oink.
Senex Macdonaldus habuit fundum e-i-e-i-o.

Senex Macdonaldus habuit fundum e-i-e-i-o.
et in hoc fundo, habuit vinem. (wine this is a latin joke) e-i-e-i-o.
cum hic hic hic,
hic hic ibi.
hic hic, ibi hic,
ubique hic hic.
Senex Macdonaldus habuit fundum e-i-e-i-o.

Good luck


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Subject: RE: Hysterical Historical Songs
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 28 Mar 12 - 08:43 PM

The Gladiator song is also a favourite with Sidmouth Middle Bar singers, so if you can lay your hands on one of them, you'll get the tune! (Plus they have their own version "I'm glad I'm a middle bar Singer"!)
Let me know about the head tucked underneath the arm!


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Subject: RE: Hysterical Historical Songs
From: raredance
Date: 29 Mar 12 - 12:04 AM

From the "Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem Live at Carnegie Hall"

Are you ready for a war, for we are the English
Are you ready for a war, for we are the English soldiers

O yes we're ready for a war for we are the Irish
Yes we're ready for a war for we are the Irish soldiers.

Now we only have one arm.....English

Now we have no arms at all...Irish

Now we only have one leg...English

Now we have no legs at all...Irish

Now we are all dead and gone...English

Now we're all alive again ...Irish.

There may be more body parts that could be dispensed with in a tit for tat fashion. Pantomiming the loss of body parts, death and resurrection would provide an opportunity for lots of silliness to contrast the inherent gruesomeness of the lyrics


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Subject: RE: Hysterical Historical Songs
From: GUEST,Pete
Date: 29 Mar 12 - 09:44 AM

Miles Wootons Inn Camera is worth a try if drink has been taken. If WOTR re-enactors are anything like Vikings or Sealed Knot I guess it will have.


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