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Lyr Req: Song from film 'The Boy with Green Hair'

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Subject: boy with green hair
From: Rasta
Date: 10 Dec 00 - 12:42 AM

when I was a kid back in the mid 50s I remember a movie with Pat Obrien and some young boy--they used to sing a song (chip chip etc) thats all i remember --very irish kind of tune. the name of the movie I believe was THE BOY WITH THE GREEN HAIR. does anyone remember the lyrics to that tune. thanx a tall order. Rastaaaaaaaaaaaa


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Subject: RE: boy with green hair
From: Troll
Date: 10 Dec 00 - 01:41 AM

Don't remember the song but I remember the movie. The boy was "Foghorn" Winslow.

troll


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Subject: RE: boy with green hair
From: katlaughing
Date: 10 Dec 00 - 02:17 AM

Dean Stockwell, of Quantum Leap fame, played the boy, according to the info I found. There are several places which have the movie for sale. One of them had a nice synopsis and a place for leaving memories and messages, so you might try there, too, at: www.yesterdayland.com

Good luck,

kat


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Subject: RE: boy with green hair
From: Troll
Date: 10 Dec 00 - 02:25 AM

That was Dean Stockwell? Whale oil beef hooked! I just remember they called him Foghorn 'cause he had a real deep voice. Tanks Kat.

troll


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Subject: RE: boy with green hair
From: Banjer
Date: 10 Dec 00 - 02:54 AM

According to the Imternet Movie Data Base these are the songs from the movie, made in 1948. Dean Stockwell plays a character whose name was Peter Frye.

"NATURE BOY"
Written by Eden Ahbez
Sung behind credits by chorus

"TREAD ON THE TAIL OF ME COAT"
Folk song
Sung by Pat O'Brien and Walter Catlett

"HOW MANY MILES TO DUBLIN TOWN?"
Folk song
Sung by Pat O'Brien and boys


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Subject: RE: boy with green hair
From: Banjer
Date: 10 Dec 00 - 02:55 AM

Troll, your phrase "Whale Oil Beef Hooked" Just caught up with me!!! Very good.....Phonics CAN be fun!!!


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Subject: RE: boy with green hair
From: Giac
Date: 10 Dec 00 - 09:30 AM

Kat's link shows that another child actor in that film was Dwayne Hickman. Did he grow up to be Dobie Gillis?

I was about 10 when I saw the movie and it had a powerful impact on me, especially the scenes with Dean Stockwell and the poster orphans. I used to dream about it.


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Subject: RE: boy with green hair
From: Banjer
Date: 10 Dec 00 - 09:39 AM

Dwayne Hickman played Joey in the movie. He did later play Dobie Gillis. To go to the Internet Movie Data Base click here


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Subject: RE: boy with green hair
From: Bill D
Date: 10 Dec 00 - 01:22 PM

"There was a boy, a very strange, enchanted boy,
They say he travelled very far, very far....etc..."

(from the DEEP depths of my memory 45 years ago)

and before posting I searched..(sung by Nat 'King' Cole

"There was a boy
A very strange enchanted boy
They say he wandered very far, very far
Over land and sea
A little shy and sad of eye
But very wise was he

And then one day
A magic day he passed my way
And while we spoke of many things
Fools and kings
This he said to me
"The greatest thing you'll ever learn
Is just to love and be loved in return"

"The greatest thing you'll ever learn
Is just to love and be loved in return"


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Subject: RE: boy with green hair
From: Bill D
Date: 10 Dec 00 - 01:26 PM

and here is a midi of the general tune used...(evidently a number of artists recorded it)

Nature Boy


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Subject: RE: boy with green hair
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 10 Dec 00 - 01:35 PM

"Tail of me Coat" may be found in the DT as  Mush Mush

Malcolm


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Subject: Lyr Add: RE: boy with green hair
From: Jacob B
Date: 11 Dec 00 - 11:30 AM

Chip chip my little horse
Chip chip again, sir
How many miles to London Town?
Four score and ten, sir.
Chip chip my little horse.
Chip chip again sir.
May I get there by candle light?
You may, and back again, sir.

Sung as a call and response song. I recall reading in Chappell that the distance which one could ride by the light of a penny candle was a way of referring to distances in England at one time.

And I recall "The Boy With Green Hair" ending with the boy and his grandfather singing this song. The movie, Nature Boy, and this song all made strong impressions on me. "Tail of me Coat" I don't remember at all.

Jacob


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Subject: RE: boy with green hair
From: GUEST,MTed
Date: 11 Dec 00 - 03:05 PM

"The Boy with the Green Hair" is shown periodically on AMC, funny that Troll. our resident conservative, should remember it--it was a charming, though less than subtle, anti-war, anti-prejudice allegory and a thinly veiled attack on McCarthyism and the conservative political wing--it was banned outright in many places, and got Joseph Losey blacklisted and denounced as a Communist--


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Subject: RE: boy with green hair
From: GUEST
Date: 11 Dec 00 - 04:52 PM

The people came fron everywhere to see the boy with the bright green hair..all I remember..long ago, far away Mike


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Subject: RE: boy with green hair
From: Snuffy
Date: 11 Dec 00 - 07:18 PM

I remember this as a nursery rhyme, not as a song:

How many miles to Babylon?
Four score and ten.
Can I get there by candle light?
Yes, and back again.

Wassail! V


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Subject: RE: boy with green hair
From: Rasta
Date: 12 Dec 00 - 03:46 AM

thanx Jacob B , snuffy and all Im supried at the reaction chip chip is the one ,perehps ill find a copy of the movie for ive not seen it on tv in many many many years and to me it was a classic. once again cheers ,keep on rockin in the free world. Rastaaaaa


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Subject: RE: boy with green hair
From: GUEST,babydoctor1732@gmail.com
Date: 25 Apr 05 - 10:05 PM

This tune has been with me since I saw Dean Stockwell sing it to his movie grandfather. "Chip Chip Again, Sir ..." This was far more memorable to me than the movie. Why? I don't know. It touches me that others have been similarly moved. ---Mark


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Subject: RE: boy with green hair
From: Dave'sWife
Date: 25 Apr 05 - 10:10 PM

My mother saw that film when she was young and had the same reaction as many of the folks posting. It haunted her. This reminds me, I never did send her a tape of it!


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Subject: RE: boy with green hair
From: GUEST,Bill Kennedy
Date: 26 Apr 05 - 03:23 PM

I have an old VHS copy and just got a DVD of it, the Chip, chip my little horse song given above is featured throughout the film, not just at the end. Dean Stockwell, Dwayne Hickman, Pat O'Brien and Robert Ryan, not a bad cast.


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Subject: RE: boy with green hair
From: GUEST,Bill Kennedy
Date: 26 Apr 05 - 03:26 PM

I first saw this film on after school TV, we only had black and white then, but in my memory his hair turned green, though everything else was in shades of gray.

It was in fact shot in color, badly fading on the prints that have been used for videotape, but still worth watching.


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Subject: RE: boy with green hair
From: Once Famous
Date: 26 Apr 05 - 03:51 PM

The song was very recently used in the Moulin Rouge musical with Nicole Kidman as a type of theme music through the movie.


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Subject: RE: boy with green hair
From: GUEST,Bill Kennedy
Date: 26 Apr 05 - 04:18 PM

Martin is referring to Nature Boy, not the 'How Many Miles to London Town' song asked for in the initial post


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Subject: RE: boy with green hair
From: Once Famous
Date: 26 Apr 05 - 04:41 PM

CORRECT.


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Subject: RE: boy with green hair
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Jun 09 - 07:08 PM

Nick Kal
I remember seeing this movie when I was 12 years old (1973) and I JUST watched it (YOUTUBE - Entire MOVIE!!, 12 installments) with MY 12 year old son. It's got a very dramatic post-war message. It's a sad but inspiring movie.


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