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'Tra-la-la'

Andy7 16 Sep 16 - 03:19 PM
GUEST,keberoxu 16 Sep 16 - 03:28 PM
GUEST,pauperback 16 Sep 16 - 04:28 PM
Joe_F 16 Sep 16 - 09:33 PM
Mrrzy 16 Sep 16 - 09:41 PM
Long Firm Freddie 17 Sep 16 - 04:42 AM
Joe_F 17 Sep 16 - 08:40 PM
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Subject: 'Tra-la-la'
From: Andy7
Date: 16 Sep 16 - 03:19 PM

"My sweetheart, come along,
Can you hear the sweet song,
The sweet notes of the nightingale flow?"

... Wait for it ... "Tra-la-la!"

In almost every folk event I go to, it seems almost obligatory to insert the 'Tra-la-la', with great gusto and enjoyment.

I sometimes find it slightly irksome, especially if I'm the singer; because it's a pretty song, and not enhanced at all by the 'Tra-la-la'. Just occasionally, I'd like to hear it without!

And yet ... I'll happily join in with 'traditional' interjections in other songs, and enjoy doing so! Folk music is fun, and should be enjoyed by everyone; we should never just sit there po-faced, listening intently to every song in silence.

For me, the 'Tra-la-la' is slightly annoying (maybe a 2 on a scale of 1-10). But to others, probably some of my interjections, in their songs, are at least as annoying!

What do you all think?


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Subject: RE: 'Tra-la-la'
From: GUEST,keberoxu
Date: 16 Sep 16 - 03:28 PM

The flowers that bloom in the spring
Tra-la!


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Subject: RE: 'Tra-la-la'
From: GUEST,pauperback
Date: 16 Sep 16 - 04:28 PM

The shades of night were falling fast;
Tra-la-la, Tra-la-la.                  

The bugler blew his well-known blast,
Tra-la-la-la-la.

No matter, be there rain or snow,
that bugler still is bound to blow.

I think without music there'd be neither love nor war,
but that's probably not the right answer


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Subject: RE: 'Tra-la-la'
From: Joe_F
Date: 16 Sep 16 - 09:33 PM

The last has been expanded to the full text of Longfellow's Excelsior:

The shades of night were falling fast,
    Up-i-dee, up-i-day,
As thru an alpine village passed,
    Up-i-dee-i-day,
A youth who bore thru snow & ice
A banner with a strange device:
    Up-i-dee-i-dee-i-day,
    Up-i-dee, up-i-day,
    Up-i-dee-i-dee-i-day,
    Up-i-dee-i-day.

It's in The New Song Fest.


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Subject: RE: 'Tra-la-la'
From: Mrrzy
Date: 16 Sep 16 - 09:41 PM

Excelsior!


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Subject: RE: 'Tra-la-la'
From: Long Firm Freddie
Date: 17 Sep 16 - 04:42 AM

Uppards!


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Subject: RE: 'Tra-la-la'
From: Joe_F
Date: 17 Sep 16 - 08:40 PM

Excelsius, actually. Longfellow was weak on his Latin. Or maybe it's poetic license.


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