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Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken? (Les Barker)

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CAN THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN?


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Subject: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken?
From: Naemanson
Date: 14 Aug 00 - 01:02 PM

I have a penchant for funny songs and this is one I heard on the radio some weeks back. It won't leave me alone which means I'll have to learn it.

It is a parody of "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" and is the story of a turtle falling out of an apartment window.

Anyone have the lyrics? It isn't in the DT.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken?
From: WyoWoman
Date: 14 Aug 00 - 01:09 PM

I have the same problem with a parody I heard to "Hard Times Come Again No More." I loved that song, but now I can't get the parody out of my mind.

I haven't heard the turtle song, and something tells me I'd better not ...

ww


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken?
From: Turtle
Date: 14 Aug 00 - 01:25 PM

Gosh, I've never heard this one, but I must say I have a personal interest in the outcome!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken?
From: sophocleese
Date: 14 Aug 00 - 01:26 PM

We had a request for the turtle song awhile ago. I think, but I am not sure, that the author cited for it was Les Barker. Try a forum search and you may find the thread.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken?
From: Naemanson
Date: 14 Aug 00 - 01:40 PM

I did the forum search and found a thread from December 1999 with the exact same name as this one. And guess what! The Mudcat community failed to find the lyrics!

So let's try again!


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Subject: Lyr Add: WILL THE TURTLE BE UNBROKEN? (Les Barker)
From: Morticia
Date: 14 Aug 00 - 01:44 PM

WILL THE TURTLE BE UNBROKEN
Les Barker

I have bought a small apartment
In a lonely part of town
There are 27 storeys
It's a long way to the ground

There I live with my friend Myrtle
My companion, my best friend
She ain't human; she's a turtle
And I'll love her to the end

She was standing at my window
On a cold and cloudy day
Till some wild and wilful wind blew
My poor Myrtle clean away

Will the turtle be unbroken
By and by Lord, by and by
Lord help my Myrtle as she hurtles
Through the sky Lord, through the sky

I ran downstairs, I was crying
I must find her, I must know
My poorMyrtle would be lying
Several hundred feet below

Will the turtle be unbroken
By and by Lord, by and by
Lord help my Myrtle as she hurtles
Through the sky Lord, through the sky

Was she sundered into sections
As her shell fell to the ground
Would I find two hundred plectrums
My friend Myrtle all around

Will the turtle be unbroken
By and by Lord, by and by
Lord help my Myrtle as she hurtles
Through the sky Lord, through the sky

Oh caretaker, poor caretaker
Why do you lie here stone cold dead
Poor man went to meet his maker
Something landed on his head

And the turtle was unbroken
By and by Lord, by and by
For you guided my friend Myrtle
Through the sky Lord, through the sky

Undertaker, undertaker
Lay that poor man in his grave
Good Lord took the old caretaker
But my best friend she was saved

Yes the turtle was unbroken
By and by Lord, by and by
For you guided my friend Myrtle
Through the sky Lord, through the sky
^^


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken?
From: Morticia
Date: 14 Aug 00 - 01:45 PM

Thats cos I must have missed that thread.......


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken?
From: jeffp
Date: 14 Aug 00 - 01:53 PM

Thanks, Morty! That's hysterical!

jeffp


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken?
From: Bert
Date: 14 Aug 00 - 01:53 PM

OWWW! Well done Tish, I'm gonna HAVE to learn that one.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken?
From: Naemanson
Date: 14 Aug 00 - 03:38 PM

Thank you Morticia! You are talented, beautiful and have big hearted!

Here's a snog for you!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken?
From: Naemanson
Date: 14 Aug 00 - 03:40 PM

That should read "You are talented, beautiful, and big hearted!"

The snog stands unchanged!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken?
From: Morticia
Date: 14 Aug 00 - 05:23 PM

Well, thank you :)I'm merely transcribing from Les Barker but snogs right back at you :)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken?
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 14 Aug 00 - 06:20 PM

Surely the snogs should be directed at Les, Morty gets more than her fair share. I'm a blast AND a national treasure, but I've never had a snog......

If you need someone to pass the snogs to Les, I'm more than happy to oblige....

LTS


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken?
From: Helen
Date: 14 Aug 00 - 07:42 PM

There was a Michael Parkinson programme on Oz tv last weekend where he was interviewing Billy Connolly & David Attenborough. They talked about an area in Greece where eagles pick up tortoises and fly really high with them and drop them to break open the shells. Apparently Archimedes or someone told a story about having just missed being killed by a falling tortoise.

The uncanny Mudcat timing is working again.

Helen


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken?
From: Morticia
Date: 14 Aug 00 - 08:35 PM

And I'm re-reading Small Gods by Terry Pratchett which has the same theme.....although quite a lot more humour.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken?
From: ol'troll
Date: 14 Aug 00 - 08:42 PM

Pratchett RULES!!!

troll


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken?
From: Art Thieme
Date: 14 Aug 00 - 10:28 PM

I had thought Studs Turtle wrote that song!?

Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken?
From: GUEST,Hutzul
Date: 15 Aug 00 - 03:19 AM

Can this song have inspired the frog scene in "Magnolia"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken?
From: Chicky
Date: 15 Aug 00 - 03:22 AM

Uncanny Mudcat timing indeed, Helen! The same weekend as the Parkinson program you mentioned, Radio National (Sydney) played an interview with a zoo vet describing the difficulties in doing an autopsy on one of their Galapagos turtles. Noone had any idea how to get INTO the damn thing!

cheers
- Chicky


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken?
From: Naemanson
Date: 15 Aug 00 - 05:29 AM

Liz - I'd like to be thought of as an equal opportunity snogger but I've never tried to snog a national treasure! I didn't know if I could weave my way between the hulking bodyguards to deliver it.

So, taking a chance on bodily injury, here is a big wet slobbery snog for Liz the Squeak!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken?
From: Helen
Date: 15 Aug 00 - 07:54 PM

Think "turtle" = think "Pratchett"

Helen


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken?
From: Bert
Date: 16 Aug 00 - 05:19 PM

Helen, I though it was Aeschyllus who was killed by a turtle dropped by an eagle.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken?
From: Morticia
Date: 16 Aug 00 - 07:07 PM

nope, it was Vorbis


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken?
From: Bert
Date: 16 Aug 00 - 07:13 PM

Oh! OK. My source was somewhat suspect.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken?
From: Crowhugger
Date: 16 Aug 00 - 11:55 PM

Golly gee, it looks like I've missed out on a pinnacle of culture. Who or what is Pratchett?

CH.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken?
From: Helen
Date: 17 Aug 00 - 12:00 AM

Bert,

David Attendborough couldn't remember who it was - he mentioned a famous ancient Greek - it might even have been Aeschyllus. It was just a passing reference, so I don't know any more details.

CH,

If you enjoy reading fantasy/SciFi or humourous fiction then Terry Pratchett is well worth checking out. His nearest literary comparison could be Douglas Adams - Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy. The Discworld series is based on a world which balances on the back of a giant turtle in space.

Helen


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken?
From: GUEST,Roger the skiffler
Date: 17 Aug 00 - 06:01 AM

Loathe though I am to disagree with Bert (*BG) The Britannica Online says in it's bit on Aeschylus:
The chronographers recorded Aeschylus' death at Gela (on Sicily's south coast) in 456/455, aged 69. A ludicrous story that he was killed when an eagle dropped a tortoise on his bald pate was presumably fabricated by a later comic writer. At Gela he was accorded a public funeral, with sacrifices and dramatic performances held at his grave, which subsequently became a place of pilgrimage for writers.
RtS


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken?
From: GUEST,Roger the skiffler
Date: 17 Aug 00 - 06:06 AM

I can't believe I put an apostrophe in its> I must go off and say ten Hail Bessie Smiths and three Our Robert Johnsons in penance.
RtS


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken?
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 17 Aug 00 - 05:04 PM

Naemeson or whoever it was, consider the bodyguards removed (he wasn't much good at it anyway, what with the seeing eye dog and alll.....)

Thank you, I have been snogged, I can go happy to the chocolate factory in the sky...

LTS


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken?
From: Naemanson
Date: 17 Aug 00 - 05:13 PM

Liz, don't bother with the chocolate factory in the sky. Come, instead, to the Chocolate Church! Join the Holy Order Of Pure Milk Chocolate. Worship the Dark Side (of the) Chocolate Bar. Be sprinkled with the Holy Chocolate Milk to be baptized into the sweet light of daily M&M's.

When you step up to the bar at the Chocolate Church you have something you can really get your teeth into.

And on top of all that we feature folk music!

Don't you wish you lived closer?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken?
From: wildlone
Date: 17 Aug 00 - 05:39 PM

For Parodies and bawdy or even filthy songs try this site

http://members.aol.com/llewtrah/index.htm

Cut and paste


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken?
From: Helen
Date: 17 Aug 00 - 07:51 PM

Roger-t-s,

You're suffering from apostrophitis. It's a very common disease, and highly contagious. I know! As a former English teacher, and having worked as a trainer/teacher of business & management subjects at colleges & University I have seen this terrible disease reaching plague proportions over the years. There seems to be no cure, and unlike yourself, most of the sufferers don't seem to care. When I talk about apostophes in class their eyes glaze over and they go into denial, start compulsively talking about any other thing they can think of until I have to give up hope and try to stop worrying about it. *BG*

By the way, Attenborough said that the person was *nearly* killed by a falling tortoise - not actually killed.

Helen


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken?
From: Bert
Date: 18 Aug 00 - 01:02 PM

Re Aeschylus:

Well as I said my source was somewhat suspect. I read it in an article by Chuck Jones (The Bugs Bunny guy) in the square dance magazine Sets in Order many, many years ago. Not necessarily an accurate historical document.

But it's a good story.

Bert.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken?
From: Fortunato
Date: 18 Aug 00 - 02:32 PM

Well Squeak and Morticia, what's a snog?

(and do I want one as well?) Fortunato


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken?
From: Peter T.
Date: 18 Aug 00 - 03:49 PM

Help:
"The turtle lives twixt plated decks,
Which serve to conceal its sex
I think it _________
For the turtle,
in such a fix,
to be so fertile.

This is an Ogden Nash poem, and I cannot for the life of me remember the missing word. Anybody else with turtles on the brain (the good version of turtles on the brain). I keep think the word is "odd", but with Nash it should perhaps rhyme with "fix". Maybe there is a line missing. Help please.

yours, Peter T.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken?
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 18 Aug 00 - 03:53 PM

A snog - according to Rogers Profanosaurus - is to swap spit, tongue wrestle or play tonsil hockey. I think from this we can determine that it is a big slobbery kiss....

LTS


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken?
From: Bert
Date: 18 Aug 00 - 03:57 PM

Peter, It goes...I think it clever of the turtle


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken?
From: GUEST,lamarca
Date: 18 Aug 00 - 03:59 PM

Peter, my husband recites this one periodically when we see large conventions of turtles basking in the sun on our walks along the C&O Canal. I'm not completely sure, but I think the line is:

I think it clever of the turtle
In such a fix, to be so fertile


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken?
From: Bernard
Date: 18 Aug 00 - 05:15 PM

A bloke went to a fancy dress party (costume ball?), all dressed in green, carrying his girlfriend on his back.

'What have you come as?' asked the genial host.

'A turtle!' he replied.

'Who is she?'

'Michelle!'


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken?
From: Micca
Date: 19 Aug 00 - 06:01 AM

Someone sang the song in Hearme last night and hasnt owned up in the Hearme thread yet!!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken?
From: Naemanson
Date: 19 Aug 00 - 09:03 AM

It was me, Micca. I stumbled through Turtle last night.

Thread Creep - By the way, Turtle was my nickname in Boot Camp (Basic Military Training). Anyone else have a turtle related nickname or personal story?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken?
From: GUEST,Pete (Offshore)
Date: 23 Aug 04 - 12:44 PM

1.While crawling across the web,in search of a copy of Rogers Profanosaurus,I spotted the link to this page...
Holders of a copy of Rogers may be pleased to know that Viz celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.
Those of you not familiar with this work of genius,should ask Helen for some issues she no doubt confiscated from pimply youths and kept for her own amusement.
2.As a former drill instuctor in the army,the turtle referred to in the previous post has the uncanny ability to swing a left arm forwards along with the left foot,instead of the usual manner of perambulation,diagonally opposing limbs.
3."Loggerhead turtles favour eating jellyfish,often mistaking floating plastic bags,with fatal consequences.." (WWF)
href="http://www.wwf.org.uk/core/wildlife/fs_0000000025.asp">http://www.wwf.org.uk/core/wildlife/fs_0000000025


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken?
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 23 Aug 04 - 07:56 PM

The turtle joke of 18 Aug above is now a Cougar (booze) ad in Australia!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken?
From: Sandy Mc Lean
Date: 23 Aug 04 - 08:44 PM

A friend of mine got this song from barker at Stanfest a couple of years ago . I was going to get the words from her but you saved me the trouble.
       Thanks!
            Sandy


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken?
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 16 Oct 04 - 07:53 PM

Well, it's happened, in Hong Kong - ten stories, and the turtle survived and the taxi was dented - read all about it here. The turtle does look a bit the worse for wear, but they say it'll survive, and be set free, since skyscraper life clearly isn't what it prefers.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken?
From: Dead Horse
Date: 17 Oct 04 - 04:56 AM

The Discworld is NOT carried on the back of a turtle, that would be far too ridiculous!
It is perched on the back of four elephants.
THEY are balancing on top of the turle.
The turtle is called Great A'Tuin, but doesn't answer when called(do any of 'em?).


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken?
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 17 Oct 04 - 11:51 AM

That Hong Kong kamikaze flier looks more like what I'd call a tortoise.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken?
From: GUEST,Van
Date: 17 Oct 04 - 02:28 PM

No it looks like a turtle - but it cerainly wasn't unbroken!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken?
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 17 Oct 04 - 02:37 PM

I believe in the USA you use the word "turtle" to refer to what would be called a "tortoise" in England. From this story it looks as if in Hong Kong the American usage prevails.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken?
From: Wilfried Schaum
Date: 17 Oct 04 - 02:39 PM

Oh my god - how did I get in here?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken?
From: Susanne (skw)
Date: 17 Oct 04 - 06:34 PM

Check first!

I've just come across a turtle that definitely wasn't unbroken: On their 1987 album 'Barrett's Privateers' The Corries sing a song called 'The Tortoise' by Ed Pickford which might be used as a RSPCA recruiting song. But then I've long become accustomed to the Corries peculiar sense of humour, and just delete the worst excesses. I haven't got the lyrics down yet, but if anyone is dying to know them ...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken?
From: Morticia
Date: 18 Oct 04 - 09:05 AM

is that the one that goes something like you are never alone with a tortoise for a friend? I wouldn't mind those lyrics sometime, Suzanne.....I like excesses :)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken?
From: annamill
Date: 18 Oct 04 - 07:24 PM

McGrath of Harlow, I may be wrong as all sorts of vernacular differences can be found here in the USA, but, I think we use turtle to discribe a water-going creature as in "snapping turtle". A tortoise is a land creature. And generally large. As in "the tortoise and the hare".

My 2-cents.

Annamill


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken?
From: annamill
Date: 18 Oct 04 - 07:37 PM

When I lived in greenwich Village in the early '60's some of my friends called me "Rabbit".

...NO, it was because I bounced when I walked like I was hopping!

Just answering Naemanson's query about nicknames.

L, Annamill


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken?
From: GUEST,Bearheart
Date: 19 Oct 04 - 06:09 AM

So has Les Barker read Terry Pratchett's 'Small Gods'? I thought of them both immediately when I came across this thread-- so had to check it out... Pratchett's the best!
Bekki


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken?
From: Snuffy
Date: 19 Oct 04 - 08:49 AM

Same this side of the pond Annamill. Tortoises are land based, while turtles (and terrapins) are more aquatic


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken?
From: Susanne (skw)
Date: 19 Oct 04 - 03:55 PM

Morticia, I think you're thinking of the right song. Can you wait till the weekend?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken?
From: *Laura*
Date: 19 Oct 04 - 04:20 PM

Pratchett's good with that other guy who wrote 'Good Omens' with him - Neil Gaiman.
That's brilliant.

And the one with Death as Mr Door.

xLx


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken?
From: Morticia
Date: 19 Oct 04 - 04:30 PM

it can, of course.Thanks Suzanne


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE TORTOISE (Ed Pickford)
From: Susanne (skw)
Date: 22 Oct 04 - 03:34 PM

Here you are:

THE TORTOISE
(Ed Pickford)

CHORUS:
He's a faithful friend, the tortoise He'll love you till the end
And you won't need a person with a tortoise for a friend

1. He was just a lonely tortoise looking for a home.
His tiny feet were blistered with the miles he'd had to roam.
I found him in a pet shop. On his cheek there was a tear,
And painted on his little back was "Twenty pence, to clear."

2. I took him from the pet shop tied to a piece of string.
I'm sure that he was happy, for I thought I heard him sing.
I took him to my sports car. We'd many's the miles to go.
I tied him to the bumper. He was grateful for the tow.

3. In winter he would hibernate, yes, we'd both retire,
And when his tiny feet got cold, I'd place him on the fire.
In summer by the swimming-pool, I was so proud of him.
I'd throw him in and then he'd sink. I don't think he could swim.

4. Then came the day that's coming to all creatures great and small.
A drunken driver hit my friend. He smashed him against the wall.
When I arrived all I could find were little bits of shell.
I made them into plectrums. I know my plectrums well.

As sung by The Corries

My cat nearly had a fit when I played it again! Not that he is over-fond of tortoises...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken?
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 22 Oct 04 - 07:15 PM

Couldn't access the link provided for the story, so had to look around. Found this:

Pet turtle survives high-rise fall
From correspondents in Hong Kong
15oct04
 
TURTLES are considered a symbol of good luck in Hong Kong, but try telling that to the taxi driver whose car was hit and damaged by a big one that plummeted from a high-rise building.
 
The pet turtle climbed through an apartment window yesterday and fell more than 10 stories on to the taxi's roof, which was scratched and dented, police spokesman Anson Lo told The Associated Press today.
 
Newspapers ran pictures of the turtle, splashed with blood and its shell broken, but Mr Lo told the AP it had somehow survived.
 
The driver, surnamed Tong, was quoted as telling the Apple Daily newspaper that yesterday had been a particularly unlucky day.
 
Mr Tong said his mobile phone was stolen by a passenger, and then his car was struck by the turtle, which newspapers described as being about 30cm in length.
 
Apple Daily quoted relatives of the turtle's owner as saying he would release it into the wild.
 
Hong Kong Chinese traditionally view turtles as a symbol of longevity.
 


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken? (Les Bar
From: semi-submersible
Date: 24 Jul 08 - 07:18 AM

Summertime again, when turtles in the northern hemisphere dig their nests...

(For an excuse to refresh an obscure thread, even the most paltry pretext can serve.)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken? (Les Barker)
From: Mysha
Date: 18 Feb 11 - 03:09 PM

Hi,

I just listened to this a few times. I hear it as:

* It's a long way >from< the ground (Doesn't give away the story just yet.)
* >When< some wild and wilful wind (It just happened so.)
* Lord help >< Myrtle as she hurtles (Balanced.)
* My >poor< Myrtle all around (She'd be lamented rather than a friend, at that point.)
* >that< old caretaker (It's not a contrast to the new one.)


And something else: It seems to me it would work better with one chorus less, so the good news is revealed only in the final sequence. Does it?

Oh caretaker, poor caretaker,
Why do you lie here stone cold dead?
Poor man went to meet his maker:
Something landed on his head.

Undertaker, undertaker,
Lay that poor man in his grave.
Good Lord took that old caretaker,
But my best friend she was saved!

Yes, the turtle was unbroken!
By and by, Lord, by and by.
For you guided my friend Myrtle
Through the sky, Lord, through the sky.


                                                                Mysha


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken? (Les Barker)
From: GUEST,Seonaid
Date: 18 Feb 11 - 07:31 PM

Not a song, but a fine original turtle poem:

You have your enemies at rout,
Youself completely carapaced;
You'll life a hundred years, no doubt,
Because you know not valor's taste.

(Don't bug me about plastrons, now...)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken? (Les Barker)
From: GUEST,Seonaid
Date: 18 Feb 11 - 07:32 PM

3rd line should have been "You'll live a hundred years, no doubt..."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken? (Les Barker)
From: LadyJean
Date: 18 Feb 11 - 11:28 PM

It's the Iroquois who believe the world rests on the back of a giant turtle.

I forget which notable Ancient Greek died when a seagull dropped a turtle on his head, but one of them did.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken? (Les Barker)
From: Haruo
Date: 19 Feb 11 - 01:45 PM

Yesterday I put the YouTube version (here) on my Facebook page and several new fans have emerged.

Haruo


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken? (Les Barker)
From: Mysha
Date: 19 Feb 11 - 02:40 PM

You might want to remove the #at bit at the end, or you'll start 45 seconds into the song.

I didn't know YouTube let you do that. Things you find out when writing about turtles.

                                                                  Mysha


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken? (Les Barker)
From: Haruo
Date: 19 Feb 11 - 09:54 PM

Unfortunately, removing the "#at" bit is the sort of thing the Mudcat won't let you do once you've posted. If Joe Offer or a clone wants to do viewers a favor and remove it, do so with my blessing by all means!

A corrected link would read like this, I guess.

Haruo


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will The Turtle Be Unbroken? (Les Barker)
From: GUEST,Desi C
Date: 20 Feb 11 - 06:35 AM

Nice one, I'm sure I won't be the only one rapidly learning that one ;)


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