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Lyr Add: Kings and Queens of England (Vic Gammon)

GeorgeH 26 Jun 00 - 01:47 PM
GeorgeH 26 Jun 00 - 01:55 PM
Pene Azul 26 Jun 00 - 02:33 PM
GUEST,art 27 Jun 00 - 04:13 AM
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GUEST,Yes, thanks 24 Jun 08 - 04:47 PM
GUEST,Vic Gammon 01 Aug 10 - 01:06 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: KINGS AND QUEENS OF ENGLAND (Vic Gammon)
From: GeorgeH
Date: 26 Jun 00 - 01:47 PM

Someone asked for this recently, only I forgot to bookmark the thread and now I can't find it; sorry! Anyway, here it is!
^^

Kings and Queens of England
(c) Vic Gammon

Transcribed from Pete Coe's rather fine "Long Company": Backshift BASH CD45, available from ADA:

http://www.ada.co.uk

Now Charles II had eleven bastard children
And George III went mad
And Edward VII they thought was Jack the Ripper
But Richard III weren't as bad as Shakespeare thought he was
Victoria lay back and thought of England
Charles I lost his head
Well the best thing about those Kings and Queens of England
Is that most of them are dead.

Singing
Rule Britannia
Britannia waives the rules
Kings, Queens, Jacks and Knaves and tyrants
Cheats and fools.


Now William III was a protestant and Dutchman
And James I was a Scot
And George I spoke nothing else but German
What a mixed-up, inter-bred lot.
And William I was a grasping Norman bastard
Believe me, it's no lie.
Well there hasn't been an English king of England
Since Harold got one in the eye.

Chorus

Now she was a well-heeled blue-blood Cinderella,
Him Prince Charming with big ears,
But he has a thing going with the ugly sister
So it ended all in tears.
So arise now ye ghosts of old Oliver Cromwell,
Brave Harrison and Tom Paine.
Won't you rind our land of this monstrous carbuncle
And bring sunshine after the reign.

Chorus

Note: "Monstrous carbuncle" was Prince Charles' infamous description of some piece of modern architecture (design for the Tate Gallery extension??)


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Subject: RE: Kings and Queens of England
From: GeorgeH
Date: 26 Jun 00 - 01:55 PM

Oh, Ship!!!!

The ADA web site is really:

http://members.aol.com/adamailorder

G.


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Subject: RE: Kings and Queens of England
From: Pene Azul
Date: 26 Jun 00 - 02:33 PM

The older thread: Lyr Req: les barker?-knaves and fools (click)

PA


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Subject: RE: Kings and Queens of England
From: GUEST,art
Date: 27 Jun 00 - 04:13 AM

dear george h thanks for going to the trouble of sending those lyrics

i appreciate it

cheers

bill


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Kings and Queens of England (Vic Gammon)
From: GUEST,Gordon
Date: 24 Jun 08 - 12:05 PM

Greetings,

oes anybody know who the Brave Harrison was/is. the closest I can come is George of the Beatles but he was alive when the song was written.

All the best,
Gordon


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Kings and Queens of England (Vic Gamm
From: johnadams
Date: 24 Jun 08 - 12:23 PM

Brave Harrison?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Kings and Queens of England (Vic Gammon)
From: GUEST,Yes, thanks
Date: 24 Jun 08 - 04:47 PM

Greetings johnadams

That whould be the one. Thanks! Was pretty sure it wasn't George...

Gordon


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Subject: Lyr Add: KINGS AND QUEENS OF ENGLAND (Vic Gammon)
From: GUEST,Vic Gammon
Date: 01 Aug 10 - 01:06 PM

Thanks for the interest folks.

Major General Thomas Harrison was a regicide who was executed - hanged, drawn and quartered on 13 October 1660 at Charing Cross. Pepys was at his execution and he died bravely:

"I went out to Charing Cross, to see Major-General Harrison hanged, drawn, and quartered; which was done there, he looking as cheerful as any man could do in that condition"

" Several times he cried out, as he was drawn along, that he suffered in the most glorious cause in the world;" and when a low wretch asked him "Where's your good old cause now?" he replied " Here it is!" clapping his hand on his heart, "and I am going to seal it with my blood!"

I am very pleased Pete Coe has sung this song a lot - it not only expresses my republican sentiments but has also earned me a little money! Pete has the words slightly different from the way I sing it (I have no problem with that) but here it is the way I do it:

THE KINGS AND QUEENS OF ENGLAND

Charles the Second had eleven bastard children and
        George the Third went mad
Edward the Seventh they think was Jack the Ripper and
        Richard the Third weren't as bad (as Shakespeare said he was)
Victoria lay back and thought of England
        Charles the First lost his head
The best thing about the kings and queens of England is that
        Most of them are dead

Singing Rule Britannia, Britannia waives the rules,
Kings, Queens, Knaves and Jacks and tyrants, cheats and fools

William the Third was a Protestant and Dutch man and
        James the First was a Scot
George the First spoke nothing else but German
        What a mixed up, interbred lot!
William the First was grasping Norman bastard
        And not one word is a lie
There hasn't been an English king of England
        Since Harold got one in the eye

She was a well-heeled, blue blood Cinderella
        Him Prince Charming with big ears
But he had a thing going with the ugly sister.
        So it ended all in tears
Arise now you ghosts of old Oliver Cromwell
        Brave Harrison and Tom Paine
Rid our land of this monstrous carbuncle
Bring sunshine after the reign

One of my inspirations for the song was Paine:

"England, since the conquest, hath known some few good monarchs, but groaned beneath a much larger number of bad ones, yet no man in his senses can say that their claim under William the Conqueror is a very honorable one. A French bastard landing with an armed banditti, and establishing himself king of England against the consent of the natives, is in plain terms a very paltry rascally original. It certainly hath no divinity in it. However, it is needless to spend much time in exposing the folly of hereditary right, if there are any so weak as to believe it, let them promiscuously worship the ass and lion, and welcome. I shall neither copy their humility, nor disturb their devotion"

Tom Paine – Common Sense p. 23

Someone wrote in a review of one of Pete's performances of "Vic Gammon's spiteful mockery of the royal lineage". Spiteful? Really? I would say honest! You don't have to make it up. I am quite happy with the rest of the quote.

I have recently retired so may get round to recording my own songs at some stage.

Good wishes! Vic Gammon


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Kings and Queens of England (Vic Gammon)
From: alex s
Date: 02 Aug 10 - 11:21 AM

Excellent song, Vic. We republicans salute you!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Kings and Queens of England (Vic Gammon)
From: GUEST,Steve Harrison
Date: 09 Jul 12 - 04:21 AM

Indeed we do salute you, and I'm proud that at least some bits of the song were written by Vic in our lounge. As a teenager, I was told by older relatives that we were descended from Thomas Harrison, but unfortunately this doesn't seem to be true since none of his children seem to have survived infancy. The song is also an answer to those simpletons who believe that history should be taught only as facts.


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