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Lyr Req: Johnny's Gone Aloft

Metchosin 02 Dec 99 - 10:46 PM
Metchosin 03 Dec 99 - 01:26 PM
Malcolm Douglas 04 Dec 99 - 10:17 PM
Metchosin 05 Dec 99 - 10:16 PM
Alan of Australia 15 Dec 00 - 10:42 PM
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Subject: Johnny's Gone Aloft
From: Metchosin
Date: 02 Dec 99 - 10:46 PM

Has anyone heard of this song or know the lyrics? It was sung in mock sorrow by my grandfather and cronies when they were in their cups. There is a line in the song about Johnny having big blue eyes like a girl. The family would like to resurrect it, although I have a feeling that if they knew the full lyrics they may wish they had let it


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Johnny's Gone Aloft
From: Metchosin
Date: 03 Dec 99 - 01:26 PM

lie.


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Subject: Lyr Add: TOM BOWLING (Charles Dibdin)
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 04 Dec 99 - 10:17 PM

TOM BOWLING

Here a sheer hulk, lies poor Tom Bowling
The darling of our crew;
No more he'll hear the tempest howling
For death has broached him to.
His form was of the manliest beauty, his heart was kind and soft;
Faithful below, Tom did his duty
And now he's gone aloft
And now he's gone aloft

Tom never from his word departed
His virtues were so rare:
His friends were many and true hearted
His Poll was kind and fair;
And then he'd sing so blithe and jolly
Ah! Many's the time and oft;
But mirth is turn'd to melancholy
For Tom is gone aloft
For Tom is gone aloft

Yet shall poor Tom find pleasant weather
When He who all commands
Shall give, to call life's crew together
The word to pipe all hands:
Thus Death, who kings and tars despatches
In vain Tom's life hath doff'd
For tho' his body's under hatches
His soul is gone aloft
His soul is gone aloft


^^
Charles Dibdin (1745-1814)

Dibdin wrote a great many popular songs in his time (over 1000, apparantly) and contributed more than most to the development of the Pantomime. Do you have the tune (it's a grand one)? If not, I'll post it to the midi site.

Malcolm


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Johnny's Gone Aloft
From: Metchosin
Date: 05 Dec 99 - 10:16 PM

Sorry Malcom, I didn't see that you had posted the answer on this thread. I sure could have saved myself a late night in the library if I had. Oh, well, I did get a bit of an education there. A belated thank you.
Susan
Oh yes,
Now I think I am looking for a parody of the song.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Johnny's Gone Aloft
From: Alan of Australia
Date: 15 Dec 00 - 10:42 PM

G'day,
Thanks to Malcolm the tune for "Tom Bowling" can be found here at the Mudcat MIDI site.

Cheers,
Alan


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