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Sing Me a Song of Social Significance

GUEST,Tunesmith 25 Oct 17 - 10:42 AM
Thomas Stern 25 Oct 17 - 06:11 PM
GUEST,keberoxu 25 Oct 17 - 07:10 PM
Joe Offer 25 Oct 17 - 08:05 PM
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Subject: Sing Me a Song of Social Significance
From: GUEST,Tunesmith
Date: 25 Oct 17 - 10:42 AM

I just came across a reference to this song in an autobiographical book by Mary McCarthy.
Written for a show in 1937, the song's sentiments would have been very apt in the 1960s with the emergence of the protest singers and the criticism of "Moon and June" type songs/lyrics.

Let's get serious


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Subject: RE: Sing Me a Song of Social Significance
From: Thomas Stern
Date: 25 Oct 17 - 06:11 PM

wiki article about Pins and Needles:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pins_and_Needles


PINS AND NEEDLES revival cast 1962, also a first appearance
on LP of Barbra Streisand. The LP in a gatefold jacket had extensive
notes about this 1937 (through 1940) ILGWU produced show.

COLUMBIA Records
PINS AND NEEDLES         1962 LP OL-5810/OS-2210
                              CD CK 57380
1.Sing Me a Song with Social Significance by Rose Marie Jun 2:48
2 Doing the Reactionary by Barbra Streisand;
Pins and Needles Ensemble   1:57
3 One Big Union for Two by Rose Marie Jun;Jack Carroll 2:54
4 It's Better with a Union Man by Harold Rome;
Pins and Needles ensemble   3:03
5 Nobody Makes a Pass at Me by Barbra Streisand 4:15
6 I'Ve Got the Nerve to Be in Love
Rose Marie Jun;Jack Carroll    4:44
7 Not Cricket to Picket by Barbra Streisand 2:27
8 Back to Work by Jack Carroll;Pins and Needles Ensemble 2:11
9 Sitting on Your Status Quo
Barbra Streisand;Pins and Needles Ensemble 4:24
10 When I Grow Up (The G-Man Song) by Harold Rome 2:45
11 Chain Store Daisy by Rose Marie Jun 3:49
12 Four Little Angels of Peace
   Harold Rome;Jack Carroll;Barbra Streisand;Alan Sokoloff 4:34
13 Sunday in the Park by Jack Carroll;Pins and Needles Ensemble 3:30
14 What Good Is Love? by Barbra Streisand 3:33
15 Mene, Mene, Tekel by Harold Rome;Pins and Needles Ensemble 3:51


Members of the original (1937) cast recorded selections from the
show on 78rpm discs. These were gathered on a limited edition
LP, with selections from a 1966 TV production.

JJA 1978 (A Box Office Production)                   LP 196x
PINS AND NEEDLES (1937 ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST)
PINS AND NEEDLES (1966 ORIGINAL TELEVISION CAST)
HAROLD ROME, ELAINE STRITCH, JOSEPHINE PREMICE, BOBBY SHORT, MILLIE WEITZ, KAY WEBER, RUTH RUBENSTEIN
Side A:
1. No One Makes a Pass at Me - Millie Weitz (Original 1937 Broadway Cast)
2. One Big Union for Two - Kay Weber & Sonny Schuyler (Original 1937 Broadway Cast)
3. Chain Store Daisy - Ruth Rubenstein (Original 1937 Broadway Cast)
4. Sing Me a Song with Social Significance - Kay Weber & Sonny Schuyler (Original 1937 Broadway Cast)
5. Mene, Mene, Tekel - Clarence Palmer with Chorus (Original 1937 Broadway Cast)
6. I Wanna Be a G Man - Harold J. Rome
7. Songs of the "Ads" - Harold J. Rome
8. The Yanks aren't Coming - Hazel Scott
9. Sitting on Your Status Quo - Bobby Short and TV Cast (Original 1966 Television Cast)
Side B:
1. The Red Mikado - Original Cast (Original 1937 Broadway Cast)
2. Nobody Makes a Pass at Me - Elaine Stritch (Original 1966 Television Cast)
3. What Good is Love - Elaine Stritch (Original 1966 Television Cast)
4. Chain Store Daisy - Elaine Stritch (Original 1966 Television Cast)
5. Doin' the Reactionary - Josephine Premice and TV Cast (Original 1966 Television Cast)


Thomas.


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Subject: RE: Sing Me a Song of Social Significance
From: GUEST,keberoxu
Date: 25 Oct 17 - 07:10 PM

Elaine Stritch!

Broadway Baby
and
The Ladies Who Lunch!


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Subject: ADD: Sing Me a Song of Social Significance
From: Joe Offer
Date: 25 Oct 17 - 08:05 PM

SING ME A SONG OF SOCIAL SIGNIFICANCE
(Harold Rome)

I'm tired of moon-songs of star and of June songs,
They simply make me nap
And ditties romantic drive me nearly frantic
I think they're all full of pap

History's making, nations are quaking
Why sing of stars above
For while we are waiting father time's creating
New things to be singing of

Sing me a song with social significance
All other tunes are taboo
I want a ditty with heat in it,
Appealing with feeling and meat in it!

Sing me a song with social significance
Or you can sing 'til you're blue
Let meaning shine from ev'ry line
Or I won't love you

Sing me of wars and sing me of breadlines
Tell me of front page news
Sing me of strikes and last minute headlines
Dress your observation in syncopation!

Sing me a song with social significance
There's nothing else that will do
It must get hot with what is what
Or I won't love you.

I want a song that's satirical
And putting the mere into miracle
It must be packed with social fact
or I won't love you

Sing me of kings and conf'rences martial
Tell me of mills and mines
Sing me of courts that aren't impartial
What's to be done with 'em tell me in rhythm

Sing me a song with social significance
there's nothing else that will do
It must be tense with common sense
or I won't love you.


From the 1937 Broadway Revue, Pins and Needles. Music and lyrics by Harold Rome, originally produced by the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union.

Joe's transcription of the Rose Marie recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzgD2QvOdlk


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