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'The Royal Telephone' (Gospel song)

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Subject: 'The Royal Telephone' (Gospel song)
From: Nathan in Texas
Date: 25 Jun 13 - 10:32 PM

"The Royal Telephone" was written in 1919 by Frederick M. Lehman. Here's our rendition in a family jam session with piano, guitar, ukulele, harmonica, and dancing toddler. Chords & lyrics included in video; lead sheet and tab on site.

More videos and free sheet music and tab to over 100 hymns in folk-friendly keys, at www.music-folk-play-hymns.com


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Subject: ADD: The Royal Telephone (Frederick M. Lehman)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 26 Jun 13 - 12:54 AM

Nice recording, Nathan. It's a fun song, isn't it? I guess you could call it a "greatest hit" for Burl Ives. It was posted in another thread, but not where it can be found easily. Any corrections?

Thread #57628   Message #907788
Posted By: Burke
11-Mar-03 - 07:20 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: /Tune Req Faux Gospel song in Good Omens
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: THE ROYAL TELEPHONE

I have no idea about a tune, but I could not find it's apparent inspiration in a forum search.


THE ROYAL TELEPHONE
(Frederick M. Lehman)

Central's never "busy," always on the line;
You may hear from heaven almost any time;
'Tis a royal service, free for one and all;
When you get in trouble, give this royal line a call.

Refrain

Telephone to glory, O what joy divine!
I can feel the current moving on the line,
Built by God the Father for His loved and own,
We may talk to Jesus thru this royal telephone.

There will be no charges, telephone is free,
It was built for service, just for you and me;
There will be no waiting on this royal line,
Telephone to glory always answers just in time.

Refrain

Fail to get the answer, Satan's crossed your wire,
By some strong delusion, or some base desire;
Take away obstructions, God is on the throne,
And you'll get your answer thru this royal telephone.

Refrain

If your line is "grounded," and connection true
Has been lost with Jesus, tell you what to do;
Prayer and faith and promise, mend the broken wire,
'Till your soul is burning with the Pentecostal fire.

Refrain

Carnal combinations cannot get control
Of this line to glory, anchored in the soul;
Storm and trial cannot disconnect the line,
Held in constant keeping by the Father's hand divine.

Refrain

Words & Music: Frederick M. Lehman, 1919
Music at: Cyberhymnal
@religion


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Subject: ADD: The Royal Internet (Bev & Jerry Praver)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 26 Jun 13 - 01:14 AM

Here's another that should be posted here:

User Name Thread Name Subject Posted
[PM] Bev and Jerry Lyr Req: www.jesus (Whateverly Brothers) (21) ADD: The Royal Internet (Bev & Jerry Praver) 17 May 10


And, in a similar vein, here's one we wrote back in 1996:

THE ROYAL INTERNET
(Bev & Jerry Praver)

CHORUS
   Internet to glory, oh what joy divine
   I can feel the data moving on the line
   Built by God the Father, are you hooked up yet?
   You can talk to Jesus on the royal internet

1. God is never busy, reach him in a flash
   U - R - L - H - T - T - P colon double slash
   W - W - W, dot L - O - R - D
   Dot E - T - E - R - N - I - T - Y dot N - E - T

2. Fail to get an answer? Satan's crossed the wire
   Brought you to temptation, made you play with fire
   You must stop your surfing, go to God direct
   And you'll get your answer on the royal internet

3. There will be some charges, you must pay the fee
   To Compuserve or AOL, salvation's never free
   Once you've paid your money you will see the light
   When you point your browser to the Lord's own holy site

4. Satan and his helpers cannot get control
   Of this line to glory anchored in the soul
   Stay on the straight and narrow - do not turn aside
   Right through your compuer you'll be "cybersanctified"

The tune is "The Royal Telephone" which can be found here: Royal Telephone

Bev and Jerry


The "Royal Internet" was published in Sing Out! a few years back and is fairly well known in the San Francisco Bay area.

Bev and Jerry


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Subject: RE: 'The Royal Telephone' (Gospel song)
From: Ron Davies
Date: 26 Jun 13 - 08:40 AM

Just perfect.   

Thanks so much to Bev and Jerry--and to you, Joe. of course.

I sing the original. Have to add this in time for a parody session at the end of summer.

I just love religious extended metaphor songs. And there are an amazing number.


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Subject: RE: 'The Royal Telephone' (Gospel song)
From: Ron Davies
Date: 26 Jun 13 - 09:00 AM

Didn't mean to leave out Nathan.   Thanks so much for that rendition.    It's just great when families make music together.   Love the rollicking atmosphere.    And the one-handed piano on that verse where the other hand is playing the harmonica.   And the outtakes.

Do you also do "Automobile of Life? " I think Roy Acuff used to do it.


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Subject: RE: 'The Royal Telephone' (Gospel song)
From: Nathan in Texas
Date: 26 Jun 13 - 09:11 AM

Not familiar with "Automobile." I'll have to look it up. Thanks! Another one I have discovered recently is
"Gospel Cannonball." a parody of "Wabash Cannonball."


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Subject: RE: 'The Royal Telephone' (Gospel song)
From: GUEST,Mark Bluemel
Date: 26 Jun 13 - 09:37 AM

"Jesus won't cut you off before you're through
With him you won't never get a crossed line,
And when your bill comes it'll all be properly itemised
He's the telephone repairman on the switchboard of my life.

The phone line to the saviour's always free of interference
He's in at any hour, day or night
And when you call J-E-S-U-S you always call toll-free
He's the telephone repairman on the switchboard of my life."

    -- (Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman, Good Omens)

I wonder which of them came up with this...


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Subject: RE: 'The Royal Telephone' (Gospel song)
From: pdq
Date: 26 Jun 13 - 10:01 AM

Gospel Cannonball is not a parody of Wabash Cannonball.

It was first recorded by Mainers Mountaineers in 1939 and by the Delmores Brothers in 1941.

I understand the first version does not even use the same melody but I have not heard it.

I have recorded versions by both Rex Allen and the Dinning Sisters (unreleased stuff) that do use the more famous melody.

A good feel-good song that goes light on religious content. Nice, though.


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Subject: RE: 'The Royal Telephone' (Gospel song)
From: Haruo
Date: 26 Jun 13 - 10:04 AM

We sang "Internet to Glory" (along with "Royal Telephone") in church (well, in the church sanctuary anyway) at an Evergreen Hymn Sing I produced at Seattle's Fremont Baptist Church a few years back. The PDF of what we had on the overhead screen can be found here (my apologies to those whose copyrights we damaged; in this case we had Bev and Jerry's permission for the use). The "Technology Medley" in question is about a third of the way into the program. That was probably the most successful of the five "Evergreen Hymn Sings" Verne Eke and I led at Fremont before his unfortunate passing in July of last year.

I'm wondering if "Automobile of Life" referred to above in this thread is the same as "God's Ford" (which we didn't do because I couldn't locate the sheet music).


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Subject: RE: 'The Royal Telephone' (Gospel song)
From: Ron Davies
Date: 26 Jun 13 - 06:15 PM

"Automobile of Life" , by Roy Acuff, is on YouTube.


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Subject: Automobile of Life
From: Joe Offer
Date: 27 Jun 13 - 05:21 AM

Automobile of Life (click), recorded by by Pappy "Gube" Beaver.

You need to hear this...

Roy Acuff Recording (click)


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Subject: RE: 'The Royal Telephone' (Gospel song)
From: Nathan in Texas
Date: 27 Jun 13 - 09:48 AM

Thanks, Joe. The melody to "The Automobile of Life" sounds identical to the "Lightning Express." , just slowed down a bit.


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Subject: RE: 'The Royal Telephone' (Gospel song)
From: GUEST
Date: 03 Nov 14 - 02:12 PM

ruth manuel
tanx for this song, i will post in on my ministry account.CHINOK PUAPO.


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Subject: RE: 'The Royal Telephone' (Gospel song)
From: Haruo
Date: 04 Jul 17 - 07:52 PM

The Roy Acuff Automobile of Life hasbeen pulled over copyright issues.


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Subject: RE: 'The Royal Telephone' (Gospel song)
From: Haruo
Date: 04 Jul 17 - 07:55 PM

I'm looking for hymns (well, okay gospel songs) about Social Media.


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Subject: RE: 'The Royal Telephone' (Gospel song)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 04 Jul 17 - 08:07 PM

Well, Haruo, it'd not gospel songs, but there's a list of songs about Social Media here:
I especially like "Twitter Song," by Ingrid Michaelson:


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