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Happy Ever Afters???? (Songs)

Quincy 17 Aug 00 - 07:38 PM
KT 17 Aug 00 - 07:55 PM
Skipjack K8 18 Aug 00 - 04:16 AM
GUEST,Roger the skiffler 18 Aug 00 - 04:42 AM
alison 18 Aug 00 - 06:25 AM
Quincy 18 Aug 00 - 07:02 AM
alison 18 Aug 00 - 07:08 AM
Grab 18 Aug 00 - 08:07 AM
SINSULL 18 Aug 00 - 08:49 AM
GUEST,Roger the skiffler 18 Aug 00 - 09:20 AM
celticblues5 18 Aug 00 - 09:37 AM
Patrish(inactive) 18 Aug 00 - 09:59 AM
SINSULL 18 Aug 00 - 10:51 AM
Skipjack K8 18 Aug 00 - 12:03 PM
Patrish(inactive) 18 Aug 00 - 12:11 PM
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Subject: Happy Ever Afters????
From: Quincy
Date: 17 Aug 00 - 07:38 PM

After reading KT's happy ending to "Puff the Magic Dragon" (Songs that work magic with little ones)
I was wondering if any other Mudcatters could come up with songs where a last verse could be written or changed.....from happy to sad, sad to happy or just to make a different ending!!

I know I'm a soppy and sentimental soul but I can't help it!!!

A song that springs to mind is "Nobody's Child"....about the blind orphan who never gets adopted...even in the very last verse he's still left behind!
I would write a verse where he is living happily with a nice family and dog!

Likewise, the Dubliner's "Seven Drunken Nights"....at the end of discovering his wife with various acquired items, instead of what might have led to divorce could be resolved by attending marriage guidance and then going on to celebrate their Golden Wedding!

Any other suggestions???

best wishes, Yvonne


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Subject: RE: Happy Ever Afters????
From: KT
Date: 17 Aug 00 - 07:55 PM

Wow....now there could be some interesting challenges......with some very funny outcomes!

I personally don't think I'd take it on for very many folk songs, though..... Somehow, to do so could seriously diminish the song and its meaning.....especially if the outcome were completely different than originally intended. Many songwriters would not like that their intention and meaning was compromised.

I only did it for Puff because the kids were so into it and so crushed at the end....And because Puff seems to be such an immortal character anyway.....Ya hate to see him moping around for the rest of his life....It seemed to work with that one, but I wonder about others.....

I'll be interested to know what you come up with Yvonne....


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Subject: RE: Happy Ever Afters????
From: Skipjack K8
Date: 18 Aug 00 - 04:16 AM

I just wish Ernie didn't die at the end of 'Ernie, the fastest milkman in the West', by Benny Hill.

If only Two Ton Ted from Teddington caught the stale pork pie in his eye, and bit the dust.

Skipjack


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Subject: RE: Happy Ever Afters????
From: GUEST,Roger the skiffler
Date: 18 Aug 00 - 04:42 AM

"Don't throw that switch, Governor Bush has reprieved Frankie"
"Spare a dime? Certainly. I can do better than that here's a hundred and my card. Come and see me tomorow and I'll give you a job".
"Last train to San Fernando? No, it hasn't gone yet."
"Yes I got pigs, cows, horses and sheep ,all livestock on board. Here's my tolls, wouldn't want to cheat the Rock Island Line". "Amazing that Casy Jones managed to stop the train in time. Just like the Old 97, it would have been a shame if that had been wrecked." "And the winner is... John Henry". "Ans his wife handed Charlie a dime as the train came running through so he could get off the MTA".
"Isn't it amazing without any doubt, how people rally round to help when you're down and out". And so forth...
RtS


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Subject: RE: Happy Ever Afters????
From: alison
Date: 18 Aug 00 - 06:25 AM

so what thread is the happy end to "Puff" in??... I never sing that far with the kids......

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Happy Ever Afters????
From: Quincy
Date: 18 Aug 00 - 07:02 AM

Dia duit ar maidin Alison,
The thread where KT's "extra" verse is in "Songs that work magic with little ones" (can't do the clicky things!)

I thought it was a lovely touch and I know that some songs are meant to be sad but it made me feel better!

best wishes Yvonne


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Subject: RE: Happy Ever Afters????
From: alison
Date: 18 Aug 00 - 07:08 AM

Dia's Muire dhuit a Qhuincy... (do you put the 'h' after a "q"????? *grin*)

I found it

go raibh maith agat

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Happy Ever Afters????
From: Grab
Date: 18 Aug 00 - 08:07 AM

RtS - *laugh* Now look what you've started...

"Leader of the pack, here's a quick guide to the Highway Code."
"Hey Joe, d'you know you've forgotten to load that gun?"
"Clementine, time for your swimming lessons now. And get yourself a proper pair of shoes."
"Doctor, do you have anything for fever?" "Why certainly, Mr. Malone, this medicine cures it every time."

Grab.


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Subject: RE: Happy Ever Afters????
From: SINSULL
Date: 18 Aug 00 - 08:49 AM

"Put My Little Shoes Away" - Put them away yourself, dear. The penicillin cured you.

Old Shep lives forever.

The Bird in the Guilded Cage gets a huge alimony settlement and marries her childhood sweetheart.

The cabin boy on the Golden Vanity climbs back on board and settles for a year's wages in gold. The captain keeps his daughter.

The boat sinks off the fields of Athenry. He swims back to shore and runs safely away with wife and family, lives under an assumed name and is later elected mayor by proposing food doles for the poor.

Barbara and Willie live, marry and have six children who support them in their old age.

Teen Angel gets out of the car in time.

Tommy wins the race and marries Laura.

Mary gets a life.


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Subject: RE: Happy Ever Afters????
From: GUEST,Roger the skiffler
Date: 18 Aug 00 - 09:20 AM

"Where have you been Lord Henry...In the woods mother, but I didn't eat the eels, I feel fine"
"Baby please don't go." "Oh, all right then, I'll stay"
Pub with no beer. "Here comes the brewery lorry now"
Old Rocking Chair:"Don't just sit there, there's a minibus coming to take you to the old folks drop-in day centre, you'll see Aunt Harriet, have a game of bingo, you'll enjoy it".
"Tom Dooley, Sheriff? No he's gone to Tennessee, dropped his knife here in the bar before he went. Must have missed seeing Laura- here she is now."
The Sloop John B: a fairer captain and a more sober crew you couldn't wish for.
Island Woman: "Sorry, dear, I don't drink and I must get back to my family".
It's my party and I'm crying with happiness 'cause Johnny has just proposed to me and not that other cow, Jenny".
OK, lunchtime over, back to work
RtS


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Subject: RE: Happy Ever Afters????
From: celticblues5
Date: 18 Aug 00 - 09:37 AM

Little Musgrave: Lord Barnard and LM get in touch with their bi-side & set up a menange a trois with Lady B.

Anathea: Anathea pulls a Bobbit on the Judge & a Robin Hood on her brother's noose (breaking the rope with a well-shot arrow)

St. James Infirmary Blues: He finds his baby in the St. James Infirmary, but it was one of those cases where the seeming corpse sits up, comically startling the attendant; she then goes on to write a best-seller about her Near-Death Experience.

Hard is the Fortune/Waggoner's Lad: The girl's father and husband go to a men's sensitivity and anger-management group and come to the conclusion that they really have been insensitive to her needs. They set her up as CEO of her own corporation and spend their days baking her gourmet chocolate foods and cleaning her bidet.

Dona, Dona: The calf is freed by radical members of PETA, who set it up as their poster child and burn the farmer at the stake. The calf builds on its star-quality momentum to go on to star in Pepsi commercials.


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Subject: RE: Happy Ever Afters????
From: Patrish(inactive)
Date: 18 Aug 00 - 09:59 AM

The wild rover was tea-total and had agraphobia
Patrish


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Subject: RE: Happy Ever Afters????
From: SINSULL
Date: 18 Aug 00 - 10:51 AM

Richard Nixon told the truth from the beginning. The youth of the day were touched by his honesty and learned to respect and expect the best from politicians.


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Subject: RE: Happy Ever Afters????
From: Skipjack K8
Date: 18 Aug 00 - 12:03 PM

The Star of the County Down has the smile taken off her face, as the bi-sexual singer cops off with the passer-by

Skipjack


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Subject: RE: Happy Ever Afters????
From: Patrish(inactive)
Date: 18 Aug 00 - 12:11 PM

The fox gets caught by the farmer who gives him a severe talking to, the fox, full of remorse, gives up his carnivorous ways and becomes a vegetarian. The goose lives happily ever after. The fox discovers the untold joy of vegetable lasagne.
Patrish


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Subject: RE: Happy Ever Afters????
From: Night Owl
Date: 18 Aug 00 - 12:13 PM

"Teen Angel"...forget it, didn't fit anyway.


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Subject: RE: Happy Ever Afters????
From: Bert
Date: 18 Aug 00 - 01:19 PM

SINSULL, my Father's brother Ernie, died from cancer when he was a young man. While he was in a Convalescent Home they sang 'Golden Vanity' with a happy ending.

Here's to the Captain of the Golden Vanity
and here's to the Cabin Boy who swam the deep blue sea
and the Jolly little sailors of the Golden Vanity.
as she sails upon the Lowlands, Lowlands Low
as she sails upon the Lowland Sea.


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Subject: RE: Happy Ever Afters????
From: ol'troll
Date: 18 Aug 00 - 01:58 PM

This is the story of old # 9

Fastest locomotive on the C&O Line

On the 15th of August, she made a desperate dashy,

And she made it on time and she did not crash!

Nah.

troll


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Subject: RE: Happy Ever Afters????
From: Quincy
Date: 18 Aug 00 - 07:13 PM

Well you really have made me laugh!!!
I've been off sick for a week with an injury I got at work and really needed cheering up....have been reading the threads several times daily and decided to be brave and create one.

Thank you!!

Was wondering what would have happened to the two little boys with their two little wooden horses......what if they had been given Firbys instead???

Or perhaps if the wild colonial boy had stayed in Ireland on the farm and not gone to Australia he wouldn't have turned into thief?

What if someone had stolen the yellow ribbons from the old oak tree......would he still be on the bus?

The operator just disconnected the call and Sylvia's mother was cut off before she could say that Sylvia had changed her mind......

I'd also like to think that after 24 years Alice only moved round the corner!!!

best wishes, Yvonne


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Subject: RE: Happy Ever Afters????
From: Helen
Date: 18 Aug 00 - 07:44 PM

Re-working celticblue5 & Patrish's themes:

Dona Dona

The farmer gets a severe talking to, and full of remorse, gives up his carnivorous ways and becomes vegetarian. The farmer discovers the untold joy of vegetable lasagne. The calf lives happily ever after and forms a bovine freedom fighter group and someone writes a tribute song called Cows With Guns.

We went to see the movie Frequency a couple of days ago. In the light of this thread I think you should all go and see it. Main character: a young man living in the house he grew up in, whose mother lives somewhere else and whose firefighter father has died about 20 years ago. The man discovers his father's old CB radio and due to solar flares and the northern lights he is someho able to contact his father on the night before his death in a fire and warns him about it and saves his life. Then the young man's life changes because his father lived, but it twists and turns a lot after that as well. A slow beginning but a fun way to look at alternative life outcomes ("Choose Your Own Adventure" books).

Helen


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Subject: RE: Happy Ever Afters????
From: okthen
Date: 18 Aug 00 - 07:45 PM

ol'troll

did you know this was a shel silverstein song or did you rewrite it?

naively yours

bill


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Subject: RE: Happy Ever Afters????
From: KT
Date: 19 Aug 00 - 12:34 AM

HAHAHA!!!! And I guess Charlie and the MTA returned!!!


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Subject: RE: Happy Ever Afters????
From: Wavestar
Date: 19 Aug 00 - 12:48 AM

Quincy - I've always wondered about Alice. can you shed any light on those lyrics, which I've never caught beyond the obvious and loud shouted line...? -J


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Subject: RE: Happy Ever Afters????
From: Quincy
Date: 19 Aug 00 - 06:12 AM

Well Wavestar, here goes with the original Smokie version minus the Chubby Brown extra bits!,

Sally called when she got the word, she said "I suppose you've heard.......about Alice"
Well I rushed to the window, and I looked outside, and I could hardly believe my eyes,
As a big limousine rolled up into Alice's drive.

Chorus
O I don't know why she's leaving or where she's gonna go,
I guess she's got her reasons but I just don't wanna know,
Cos for twenty-four years I've been living next door to Alice,
Twenty-four years just waiting for a chance,
To tell her how I'm feeling, maybe get a second glance,
Now I've gotta get used to not living next door to Alice.

We grew up together, two kids in the park, carved our initials deep in the bark......me and Alice,
Now she walks through the door with her head held high, just for a moment, I caught her eye,
As the big limousine pulled slowly out of Alice's drive.

Chorus

And Sally called back and asked how I felt, she said, "I know how to help.....get over Alice,"
She said "now Alice is gone but I'm still here, and you know I've been waiting for twenty-four years"......and the big limousine disappeared.

Chorus
No I'll never get used to not living next door to Alice.
best wishes, Yvonne


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Subject: RE: Happy Ever Afters????
From: Wavestar
Date: 20 Aug 00 - 04:25 PM

Thanks Yvonne! I take it the Chuby Brown additions are the shouted parts I referred to? It keeps getting played at my fraternity, apparently it has been very popular in Germany recently, and several of the brothers were visiting Germany, or visitors from....

-Jessica


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Subject: RE: Happy Ever Afters????
From: Grab
Date: 21 Aug 00 - 10:03 AM

No particular place to go: "Oh, it's _that_ button to undo the seatbelt..."

Eleanor Rigby: Made a miraculous recovery, as a result of which all her neighbours became born-again Christians and joined Father Mackenzie's church.

Jake the Peg's family got sponsorship from Pamper's for the nappies. Jake became the world kickboxing champion.

On Ilkley Moor bah tat: "Don't worry, I wore my coat."

Big bad Leroy Brown: Bought some Preparation H. Now he's much less irritable, and no longer a bad-ass.

Grab.


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Subject: RE: Happy Ever Afters???? (Songs)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 13 Nov 02 - 09:13 AM

refresh


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Subject: RE: Happy Ever Afters???? (Songs)
From: mg
Date: 13 Nov 02 - 04:35 PM

here we go..

Frozen Logger was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center Trauma center and defrosted nicely.

Thank heavens you didn't miss the train I'm on and we have 500 miles in which to get blissfully reacquainted

Patches got a scholarship and got involved in the earliest computer technology and became very rich and refurbished the bad side of town and married her true love after all.

mg


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Subject: RE: Happy Ever Afters???? (Songs)
From: Mudlark
Date: 13 Nov 02 - 06:27 PM

For the ship is a-sailin' and the wind blows free, and I am bound away to the....oh, to hell with it, I'll stay, I'll stay!

But I'm sad to say, I'm on my way....oh to hell with it, I'll stay, I'll stay.

But if my love leaves me what shall I do...I know, I'll find another, better than you.

They brought Bill home in a hurry-up wagon...Oh lordy lord, he's back up and at-em...

And Mary Hamilton got a last minute reprieve...formed the singing group The Four Marys, and made it big on MTV


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Subject: RE: Happy Ever Afters???? (Songs)
From: Amos
Date: 13 Nov 02 - 07:38 PM

Gal From the North Country:

I wonder if she thinks of me at all,
Many's the time I have often prayed...
Wait! She's standing at my door,
Wants to stay, wants to stay....



Lord Lovell:

His kiss it fell on her cold cold lips,
And his tears they did revive her,
And he promised her never more to roam
And to spend his life beside her,
To spend his life beside her


High Barbaree:

'Twas quarter, oh quarter! the pirates then did cry
Blow low, Blow high! And so sailed we!
So we fished them from the water,
And we gave them therapeeee
All along the lonely coast of High Barbary....


The Old Unreconstructed

...An' I ain't about to love 'em
And that is certain sho'
An' I will not beg for pardon
For I acted from my hate,
But now that I've taken Prozac,
I'll renegotiate!...



LOL!


A


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Subject: RE: Happy Ever Afters???? (Songs)
From: mg
Date: 14 Nov 02 - 11:26 AM

thought of more while I waited for my bus..

One day a mother went to a prison and found her son was totally rehabiliated. He had found religion, signed up for his G.E.D> course and was planning to enroll in the local community college when he was parolled in 3 months.

I once loved a lass and I loved her so well and be still my beating heart she loves me as much. We are to be wed and the men of yon forest are giving me a decorous bachelor's party whilst her fine maidens have a bridal shower for her.

Oh all the money I ever had I invested wisely and prudently and I have provided for my old age and set up a charitable trust and with the remainder I bought the brewery so drink up me lads.

I bet on old Stewball and what do you know? I won!!!

Oh the praties they grow large and magnificent here and we eat them as a side dish.

--

well, they don't rhyme exactly but they are more cheery...

mg


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Subject: RE: Happy Ever Afters???? (Songs)
From: mg
Date: 14 Nov 02 - 01:28 PM

I have a lot more....I like to stay on the sunny side of life.

What have they done to the Old Rose and Crown...blimey, it's better than it was when I were naught but a lad. They have torn up the indoor outdoor carpet and refinished the old chestnut floorboards..brought the old brass fittings down from the attic and shined them up proper and even put back the old dartboard. Glad they left the remodeled restrooms though. mg


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Subject: RE: Happy Ever Afters (puff part)
From: boab d
Date: 14 Nov 02 - 02:47 PM

the last verse to puff goes like this well it would if i could remember the right order but this is very close if in the wrong order

dragons live for ever but not so little boys
dragons wings and giant rings make way for other toys
his head was held in sorrow green scales they fell like rain
puff no longer went to play along the cherry lane
with out his life long friend puff could not be brave
so puff the mighty dragon sadly slipped into his cave.

still a great song but its quite sad when the wee boy stops coming around to play


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Subject: RE: Happy Ever Afters???? (Songs)
From: mg
Date: 14 Nov 02 - 02:52 PM

Once there were green fields kissed by the son. Once there were rivers where salmon used to run. Now there are even more thanks to enlightened government policies and a citizenry that takes stewardship of their corner of the earth very seriously. mg


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Subject: RE: Happy Ever Afters???? (Songs)
From: mg
Date: 14 Nov 02 - 03:34 PM

In Make and Break Harbor the fish have come back and then some. A combination of natural cycles, good decisions by Canada Fisheries although it was hard in the short run, and the good will of foreign trawelers, who when it was explained to them that they were causing problems for our inshore fishermen and women, just moved farther outshore, and stick more strictly to limits mutually set. Also Dalhousie got interested in the situation and set up a major aquaculture center here and now we have numerous fish farms without the problems of fish farms in the past, due to better water flow etc. So young people have jobs here; the ones who moved to Toronto we think will be moving back with good pensions in a few years. It's good to see the old houses being fixed up and the old boats as well. mg


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Subject: RE: Happy Ever Afters???? (Songs)
From: mg
Date: 14 Nov 02 - 06:31 PM

if I had a hammer I'd get $600 for it and sell it to the government. mg


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Subject: RE: Happy Ever Afters???? (Songs)
From: Gorgeous Gary
Date: 14 Nov 02 - 08:51 PM

The boy from "Please Mr. Conductor" arrives at his mother's side to find her recovering nicely, the beneficiary of a last minute experimental operation...

The innocent-but-condemned man of "Long Black Veil" is cleared by DNA testing, with the side benefit that he **still** never had to admit where he'd really been...

Congress votes Amtrak all the funding it wants and more. "City Of New Orleans" (Acela service) pulls out of Kankakee three times daily, seven days a week...

-- Gary


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Subject: RE: Happy Ever Afters???? (Songs)
From: MorwenEdhelwen1
Date: 20 May 11 - 06:02 PM

Matilda is somehow prevented from leaving Port-of-Spain by someone at the docks and pays back the money she stole(maybe she did that after the original song, but we're never told). "Matilda, Matilda, Matilda she took me money, came back from Venezuela" :).


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