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Lyr Req: Bang Upon The Big Drum

stormalong 29 Aug 07 - 04:27 AM
stallion 29 Aug 07 - 05:14 AM
GUEST,falcons1988 07 Jun 13 - 09:18 AM
GUEST,guest 13 Apr 15 - 01:46 PM
GUEST,threelegsoman 28 May 16 - 12:47 PM
FreddyHeadey 28 May 16 - 06:24 PM
Joe Offer 28 May 16 - 08:14 PM
Joe Offer 28 May 16 - 08:28 PM
GUEST,threelegsoman 29 May 16 - 04:36 AM
Joe Offer 31 May 16 - 01:55 AM
GUEST,threelegsoman 31 May 16 - 03:10 AM
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Subject: Tune Req: Bang Upon The Big Drum
From: stormalong
Date: 29 Aug 07 - 04:27 AM

Can anyone point me to a score for 'Bang Upon The Big Drum'? I've tried to learn it by ear but I don't think I've got it quite right. It was on the Martin Wyndham-Read/Druids LP 'Songs of the Redcoats'. It dates from the Second (?) Afghan War in the Nineteenth Century and is mentioned in Kipling, but I have not been able to find it in any books or on the web.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Bang Upon The Big Drum
From: stallion
Date: 29 Aug 07 - 05:14 AM

we recorded it on "Sing the Sun into the Sky". CD still available! PM me for a copy, it is a slightly different arrangement to "Songs and Music of the Redcoats" but essentially the same. I used to sing it wryly as a bit of a dig at the war there and changed the words from Bala Hiza (the fortress in Kabul) to Mulla prisoner but I have now reverted to the original words. Any way, I don't think it is our best track but ok.
Peter
www.myspace.com/twoblacksheepandastallion


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Bang upon the Big Drum
From: GUEST,falcons1988
Date: 07 Jun 13 - 09:18 AM

Hi
I have been searching for the sheet music for bang upon the big drum as well. Is there sheet music still available?

my e-mail is pjbray88@hotmail.com

regards

f88


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Bang upon the Big Drum
From: GUEST,guest
Date: 13 Apr 15 - 01:46 PM

Playing it (by ear) in G on a G/D concertina, there's
a single C# in there. That had me bamboozled for a minute
or two.

I can't find a score - looked in ABC, etc.

RH


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Subject: Lyr Req: Bang Upon The Big Drum
From: GUEST,threelegsoman
Date: 28 May 16 - 12:47 PM

I have had a request for me to sing Bang Upon The Big Drum.
I have found one site with a set of lyrics from Songs From Hazzards Huzzah.
These lyrics more or less match up with the YouTube video of the song which I was sent, but miss out one verse.
The missing verse starts:
Then we marched from ------- and we met a wild Afghan.......
If possible, I would like the lyrics for this verse or even better, the whole song please.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Bang Upon The Big Drum
From: FreddyHeadey
Date: 28 May 16 - 06:24 PM

The lyrics page you've got ?

http://folk-lyrics.co.uk/Lyrics/BangUponTheBigDrum 
strangely numbering the chorus as verses

& Youtube
https://youtu.be/GnzaR1158UA  ?


the words for that verse at 1:16 ? ~~~~~

Then we marched from Chalasan(Gujarat?)
and we met a wild Afghan,
and made him ?..........
for to run boys oh,
And we marched him to Kabul
and we took the Bala Hisar*,
and we made him to respect
the British soldier.

(*https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bala_Hissar,_Peshawar)


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Subject: ADD: Bang Upon The Big Drum
From: Joe Offer
Date: 28 May 16 - 08:14 PM

We always like to have lyrics here, not just a link.
Freddy posted the link above: http://folk-lyrics.co.uk/Lyrics/BangUponTheBigDrum

BANG UPON THE BIG DRUM

When first I went a soldier,
With pike upon my shoulder,
There wasn't any bolder in the corps boys-oh.
And when I walked abroad,
All the pretty girls would wink at me.
The ladies can't resist a jolly soldier.

CHORUS
Bang upon the big drum
Crash upon the cymbals,
We'll sing as we go marching along boys-oh.
And although on this campaign,
There's no whisky or champagne
Still we'll keep our spirits going with a song boys.

And when we got the route,
And for ……we set out,
With the girlies flocking round us to the dock boys-oh.
So we gave three hearty cheers,
For the pretty little dears,
And we hope that each one gets another soldier.
CHORUS

And now I'll say goodbye,
For I'm feeling rather dry,
And I see a comrade waiting with his song boys-oh.
So here's good luck to all,
And promotion soon and "batter" money,
That's the sort of ticket for a soldier.



From the collection Songs From Hazzards Huzzah

Here's a YouTube video:

The recording has an additional verse about Afghanistan.


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Subject: ADD Version: Bang Upon The Big Drum
From: Joe Offer
Date: 28 May 16 - 08:28 PM

BANG UPON THE BIG DRUM

When first I went to soldier with rifle on my shoulder
There wasn't no one bolder in the corps boys, oh
And when I walked abroad all the pretty girls, they'd wink at me
The ladies can't resist a jolly soldier.

CHORUS
Bang upon the big drum, crash upon the cymbals
We'll sing as we go marching along boys, along
And although on this campaign
There's no whiskey or champagne
Still we'll keep our spirits going with a song, boys

Now, when we got the route, and for India we set out
The girls they cried around us to the docks boys, oh
And we gave three hearTy cheers for the pretty little dears
In hopes that each one got another soldier

Then we marched through Khalasan and we met the wild Afghan
And made him at Karazia for to run boys, oh
And we marched into Kabul, and we took the Bala Hisar
And we made them to respect the British Soldier.

And now I'll say good-bye for I'm feeling rather dry
And I see a comrade waiting with a song, boys, oh
So here's good luck to all and promotion soon, and better money
That's the sort of ticket for a soldier!

https://plus.google.com/+david1966dc/posts/eo7EhqVnaVj

Here's a YouTube video:

The recording has an additional verse about Afghanistan.

Credible sources say the song was written by P. Neville. Haven't found a printed source yet - but apparently sheet music was published in Bombay in 1889 by Ross & Co.

There's an Egypt version here: https://books.google.com/books?id=MyQOAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA42&lpg=PA42#v=onepage&q&f=false (published in 1885)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Bang Upon The Big Drum
From: GUEST,threelegsoman
Date: 29 May 16 - 04:36 AM

Thank you for all the help.
I must be getting even more stupid than I thought. The lyrics were printed below the video I was looking at, but were hidden and it was not until this morning after getting the above replies that I realised that by clicking on the 'Show More' link the lyrics were revealed.

Thanks to this I have now recorded my own version and will be uploading it to YouTube later this morning.

Kind regards to all from the Isle of Man,

Tony (threelegsoman)


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Subject: Songs and Music of the Redcoats - on YouTube
From: Joe Offer
Date: 31 May 16 - 01:55 AM

At his concert here in the Sierra Foothills on Sunday, Keith Kendrick spoke of the album Songs and Music of the Redcoats, and how it is now unavailable. Interestingly, we had discussed the album in this thread just a few days before. For now, the album is available here:


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Bang Upon The Big Drum
From: GUEST,threelegsoman
Date: 31 May 16 - 03:10 AM

Thanks once again for all your help. Here is my YouTube upload:

Bang Upon The Big Drum (Including lyrics and chords)

One small point, in the lyrics at the beginning of verse 2 "route" should be "rout".
A rout in this sense is the term for enlisting soldiers which was usually done by a sergeant and perhaps a couple of corporals or privates going around the countryside looking for likely candidates and offering them the King's Shilling.
An example would be the song "The Rout Of The Blues"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Bang Upon The Big Drum
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Apr 20 - 05:09 AM

'Rout' refers to a regiment receiving marching orders for change of station- in this case embarkation for India, rather than a recruiting part. "The Rout Of The Blues" refers to the same process.


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Subject: Lyr Add: BANG UPON THE BIG DRUM (Martin/Hobday)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 07 Jun 20 - 02:02 PM

From a play, Doctor Faust and Miss Marguerite: or, The Young Duck with the Old Quack, a Burlesque Opera in Four Acts, by Robert J. Martin and E. A. P. Hobday, "Produced for the first time on any stage at the Queen's Theatre, Dublin, August 24th, 1885" (Dublin: P. Morrow and Son), page 42:


BANG UPON THE BIG DRUM

1. It was not so long ago
That they sent us all, you know,
For a jolly expedition up the Nile, boys, oh,
To Lord Wolseley's great regatta,
With the prospect of some batta,
Badly wanted by the gallant British soldier.

CHORUS. Bang upon the big drum, clash upon the cymbals,
As we go marching along, boys, oh!
Although in this campaign
We'd no whiskey or champagne
Still we kept our spirits going with a song, boys.

2. There was not a man could row,
So we took the boats in tow,
And we sailed at least a hundred yards a day, boys, oh!
With the devil a canteen,
Or a public, or shebeen
For refreshment of the thirsty British soldier. CHORUS

3. Then upon the river side
Every man that couldn't ride
They mounted on a camel from the Zoo, boys, oh!
Which led to much disaster
And the use of sticking plaster
On the tender portions of the British soldier. CHORUS

4. While this was then our fate
They found out, but rather late,
That we might be doing just as well at home, boys, oh
From which you may remark
That a field-day in the Park
Brings more glory to the gallant British soldier. CHORUS


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