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Lyr Req/Add: Romeo and Juliet (Adam McNaughtan)

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Subject: Lyrics req. Romeo and Juliet by Adam McN
From: GUEST,guest
Date: 30 Jan 13 - 04:05 PM

Please does anybody have the full lyrics of Romeo and Juliet by Adam Mc Naughtan. I am not quick enough to hear them and transcribe and laugh at the same time. I have worn out several batteries on my recording machine trying. Thank you.


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Subject: RE: Lyrics req. Romeo and Juliet by Adam McN
From: GUEST,999
Date: 30 Jan 13 - 05:40 PM

Is that the title of the song? Reason I ask is that his Hamlet is entitled "Oor Hamlet" and his Macbeth is entitled "The Scottish Song".


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Subject: RE: Lyrics req. Romeo and Juliet by Adam McN
From: Joe Offer
Date: 30 Jan 13 - 07:47 PM

Yeah, you'd think it would be, "Oor Romeo," or "Oor Verona."

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Lyrics req. Romeo and Juliet by Adam McN
From: GUEST
Date: 31 Jan 13 - 05:11 PM

There's mayhem goon on at the toon o' Verona, a city in Italy torn by the ?
an' Capulet, montague wid stick one on tae you simply fir saying the other sides name.


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Subject: RE: Lyrics req. Romeo and Juliet by Adam McN
From: Joe Offer
Date: 01 Feb 13 - 12:17 AM

Oh, we have to find this one. Can anybody help?

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Lyrics req. Romeo and Juliet by Adam McN
From: GUEST,guest
Date: 03 Feb 13 - 05:53 PM

A plea to Mr. Mc. Naughtan via his friends who visit this site might help .The whole song is so brilliant that it would be a great loss to future generations if it was not recorded on paper or C.D . However it may be Mr. Mc.Naughton's wish not to save this masterpiece for posterity. His renditions are truly marvelous, in the form of a patter song at high speed in Scots and so would be difficult to copy. I wish
I had known it when I studied Shakespear at school.


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Subject: Lyr Add: ROMEO AND JULIET (Adam McNaughtan)
From: GUEST,Guest, Adam McNaughtan
Date: 10 Feb 13 - 10:10 AM

ROMEO AND JULIET
(Adam McNaughtan)

CHORUS
Oh Montagu Montagu Montagu!
Oh Capulet Capulet Capulet!
Oh Montagu Montagu Montagu!
Capulet Capulet Capulet! – Montagu!

There's mayhem gaun oan in the toon o' Verona,
A city in Italy torn by dissension.
Capulet, Montagu, would stick wan on to you,
Simply for sayin' the ither side's name.
The Prince o' Verona said: "Jista haud oan"
And he called to the hall the two chiefs in contention.
"Any mair knives and you'll forfeit your lives
And I'll no bother askin' whit side was to blame.
A Montagu, Romeo, was sad and gloomy
Because Rosaline had declined his attention.
His pals said, "Forget her. We'll find somethin' better,
We'll go to the ball in auld Capulet's hame."

CHORUS

Though they hudnae been asked, still they pit oan their masks
An' away to the ball in the hall they went dancin'.
Romeo chasséd up tae Cap'let's lassie,
A girl o' sixteen but quite big for her size.
Her faither had planned it so she'd gie her hand
To the young County Paris, her fortune enhancin'.
But naeb'dy had taught her to recognise patter;
So Romeo's kiss took her quite by surprise.
That night he'd a gander up at her verandah
And then spent the time in the moonlight romancin'.
"I'll be your dame," she says. "Whit's in a name?
But we'd better get wed afore Faither gets wise."

CHORUS

Wi' the nurse and the friar these two did conspire
Right away, the next day, to get wed oan the quiet.
Says Romeo, "Right! Tonight is the night.
Jist lower the ladder. That's a' that I'll need."
But Tybalt, her cousin, was fizzin' and buzzin',
An' roamin' the streets lookin' oot for a riot;
Pushin Mercutio, stertit a stooshie
That came to an end wi' the baith o' them deid.
Since Romeo had struck Tybalt's death-blow
He knew frae Verona he'd soon have to sky it.
To hing oot in Mantua, that was his plan,
Wi' the Friar sendin' news to keep him up to speed.

CHORUS

So Juliet's left; o' her husband bereft;
She decides to abide whit awaits her wi' patience.
But she was embarrassed when her da said Paris
Would wed her on Thursday and no be denied.
Weepin' fresh torrents, she ran to Friar Lawrence,
Who thought up a plot to hoodwink her relations.
He'd gie her a potion to still a' her motion
An' they'd haud her funeral, thinkin' she'd died.
But Lawrence's note tellin' Romeo the plot
Didnae get brought to its due destination.
Romeo insteid heard that Juliet was deid
An' he rushed to the tomb jist to be by her side.

CHORUS

But ootside the vault he was called to a halt
By Paris, who'd barras o' flooers for strewin'.
Paris, he drew; Romeo ran him through,
And the County was left lyin' deid in his gore.
Romeo quaffed an apothec'ry's draught
An' he died by the side o'the bride he'd been wooin'.
Juliet recovered an' saw her deid lover
An' took her ain life wi' the dagger he wore.
Lawrence the Friar told whit had transpired
An' the Prince summont Capulet an' Montagu in.
They said "We're sorry.".-- End of the story!
We'll finish by singin' the chorus once more:

Oh Montagu Montagu Montagu!
Oh Capulet Capulet Capulet!
Oh Montagu Montagu Montagu!
Capulet Capulet Capulet! – Montagu!


A plea for these words was conveyed to me by one of my friends.
For a long time before I wrote the song, I'd been introducing "Oor Hamlet" by saying I intended to write a version of R & J with the audience divided into Montagus and Capulets competing in the chorus. Eventually, Marie-Therese Allison, wife of another member of Stramash, who had been attending a self-assertion course, asserted herself and told me to stop messing about and write the song. It first appeared in print on the cover of my quarterly catalogue of second-hand books in Spring 2004. This is only the second time I have typed it out and I am not surprised to find that singing has altered the text in several places.
One comment on pronunciation: Glaswegians pronounce the word "ball" when applied to the spherical object for kicking, as "baw" (usually written "ba'". When referring to a grand dance, most of us would pronounce it as in Standard English. So I have spelled it "ball" in this song and, for the sake of the rhymes, have spelled "hall" to match. The same applies to "called" when it appears between "vault" and "halt". Glaswegian singers may, of course, continue to pronounce them a' the other way.


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Subject: RE: Lyrics req. Romeo and Juliet by Adam McN
From: GUEST,999
Date: 10 Feb 13 - 10:32 AM

Lang may yoor lum reek, Adam. Back when I was teaching Hamlet to a senior English class I spent considerable time tracking down 'Our Hamlet' for the students and they loved it. (That was in Canada.) I think Seamus Kennedy finally came up with the lyrics for me. Keep well and thank you for taking the time to enlighten us.


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Subject: RE: Lyrics req. Romeo and Juliet by Adam McN
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 10 Feb 13 - 02:00 PM

what tune?

~ Becky in Tucson


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Subject: RE: Lyrics req. Romeo and Juliet by Adam McN
From: GUEST,guest, Adam McNaughtan
Date: 11 Feb 13 - 05:39 AM

The tune is an adaptation of the pipe jig "The Athol Highlanders", with the chorus taking part one of the tune. That's why the first three lines of the chorus begin with "Oh", and the fourth line confuses the chorus singers by not having an "Oh". In my childhood the family tradition whenever this tune was played, as march or jig, was for us to sing along:
Oh, oranges, oranges, oranges,
Oh, oranges, oranges, oranges,
Oh, oranges, oranges, oranges,
Oranges, oranges, oranges, oranges.

Oranges, oranges, oranges, oranges,
Oranges....etc
through all four parts of the tune.

Why we sang it, or how old the tradition was, I don't know, but we always ended up smiling.


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Subject: RE: Lyrics req. Romeo and Juliet by Adam McN
From: GUEST,guest
Date: 11 Feb 13 - 06:46 PM

Thank you Adam, for this gem, from one of the many the many who have enjoyed your singing of it but have failed to remember many of the lines. Any chance of a new C.D. with this as one of the tracks?


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Subject: RE: Lyrics req. Romeo and Juliet by Adam McN
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 11 Feb 13 - 07:32 PM

Thanks SOOO much for posting the words, Adam. I have been one of the audience screaming either Montague or Capulet on a number of occasions! Must admit I even sang the chorus in Verona when visiting the alleged balcony!
And it's a great tune - in 4 parts, so the chorus is one part and the verse the other 3, I think? It always gets people going in a ceilidh dance!
I seem to remember the oranges bit being taught to help people know what 6/8 jig rhythm was, and there's something else involving other fruits or vegetables for other rhythms such as strathspey or march.


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Subject: RE: Lyrics req. Romeo and Juliet by Adam McN
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 01 Mar 13 - 06:16 PM

Thank you, Adam. I was given this one by our mutual friend Ed Miller, and I believe it'll go over well at my school gigs, particularly with High School English classes, along with Oor Hamlet and the Scottish Song. Hope to meet you when I'm in Glasgow.


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Subject: RE: req/ADD: Romeo and Juliet (Adam McNaughtan)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 02 Mar 13 - 01:59 AM

Thank you, Adam - I'm assuming you call the song simply "Romeo and Juliet," so I added that title in our standard format. Please correct me if that's not the title.

So, now can you do something with Macbeth?

-Joe Offer, Mudcat Archivist-


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Subject: RE: req/ADD: Romeo and Juliet (Adam McNaughtan)
From: GUEST,Guest (Bob Blair)
Date: 02 Mar 13 - 03:11 AM

Adam is is hospital at the moment so he is unable to reply but the good news is that, although the operation he underwent was a serious one, he is now well on the road to recovery.

He hasn't just been loafing around in hospital but has been toying with some songs with his usual impossible rhymes. :-)

Bob Blair


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Subject: RE: req/ADD: Romeo and Juliet (Adam McNaughtan)
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 02 Mar 13 - 03:19 AM

Sorry to hear it. Please convey my best wishes.


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Subject: RE: req/ADD: Romeo and Juliet (Adam McNaughtan)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 03 Mar 13 - 01:15 AM

Seamus Kennedy pointed out to me that Adam has already done a treatment of Macbeth - It's called The Scottish Song, and it's in the Digital Tradition.

You can hear Seamus singing it at MySpace.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: req/ADD: Romeo and Juliet (Adam McNaughtan)
From: Charley Noble
Date: 03 Mar 13 - 07:08 AM

Thanks from me as well, Adam. I have admired your work for years.

The "Jeely Piece Song" is one of your creations which has found a home in my draft copy of Pity the Downtrodden Landlord songbook. Some day I will find a publisher for this fascinating book.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: req/ADD: Romeo and Juliet (Adam McNaughtan)
From: Susanne (skw)
Date: 09 Mar 13 - 08:16 PM

Get well again soon, Adam! (And not just so you can do a recording of Romeo & Juliet ...)


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Subject: RE: req/ADD: Romeo and Juliet (Adam McNaughtan)
From: Celtaddict
Date: 10 Mar 13 - 02:13 PM

Adam, best wishes and hope you are mending well! I am delighted to see this song as I love The Scottish Song and Oor Hamlet. Loved meeting you in the flesh in Glasgow with Ed Miller!


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Subject: RE: req/ADD: Romeo and Juliet (Adam McNaughtan)
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 11 Mar 13 - 06:12 AM

Aye, get well soon! Saw the wee "duodeno-pancreatectomy" song on Facebook! They didn't remove your sense of humour in the operating theatre!

Any chance you or Bob could answer the query on the "Welcome home to Glasgow" thread?


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