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Lyr Req: Will the Angels Play Their Harps for Me?2

cobber 12 Feb 01 - 04:32 PM
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Subject: Will the angels play their harps for me
From: cobber
Date: 12 Feb 01 - 04:32 PM

I've been trying to find an old song that my father sang, I think it's from the thirties. The bit I can remember says:

I was passing by a churchyard in the city
When I saw a feller old and grey
With his hand outstretched he asked the folks for pity
And it made me sad to hear him say
Oh I wonder yes I wonder willthe angels way up yonder
Will the angels play their harps for me
For a million miles I've travelled and a million sights I've seen
And I'm ready for the glory soon to be
Oh I wonder yes I wonder will the angels way up yonder
Will the angels play their harps for me.

Does anyone know the rest?


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Subject: RE: angels
From: Quincy
Date: 12 Feb 01 - 05:19 PM

Josef Locke sang a song called "Will The Angels Play Their Harps For Me?"
It could be the one.....no lyrics yet though.

best wishes, Yvonne


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Subject: Lyr Add: WILL THE ANGELS PLAY THEIR HARPS FOR ME?
From: Sorcha
Date: 12 Feb 01 - 05:37 PM

I found just a little more, don't know if there is still more or not:

I was passing by a churchyard in a city
When I saw a beggar old and grey.
With his hands outstretched he asked the folks for pity,
And it made me sad to hear him say:

[chorus]
Oh I wonder, yes I wonder,
Will the angels way up yonder,
Will the angels play their harps for me?
For my feet are growing weary,
And my heart is growing dreary,
Will the angels play their harps for me?
Oh, a million miles I've travelled,
and a million sights I've seen,
And I'm ready for the glory soon to be.
Oh I wonder, yes I wonder,
Will the angels way up yonder,
Will the angels play their harps for me?
Will I ride up to the Pearly Gates in glory
In a chariot of shining gold?
Will I see the folks who went up there before me
When I'm safely gathered in the fold?

[chorus]


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Subject: RE: angels
From: Noreen
Date: 13 Feb 01 - 01:05 AM

An earlier thread Lyrics req: Will the Angels Play Their Harps seems to have the same as above.

Noreen


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Subject: RE: angels
From: Amergin
Date: 13 Feb 01 - 01:07 AM

And here I thought this thread was going to be about me...


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Subject: RE: angels
From: cobber
Date: 14 Feb 01 - 06:51 AM

Thamks folks. I found that earlier trace after I posted the request. It didn't look like Steve found any more words than Sorcha has, so maybe that's all there was. I was at the Yarra Junction Fiddler's Convention (Australia) last weekend and met an old (ish) man who was a bout tje same age as my father. We started swapping songs that we remembered from our old seventy-eights and this one came up. It sounds really nice done as an old time country style song. I still have a lot of my old seventy-eights but I'm trying to find out if anyone perfected that laser idea for playing them. What do you know? Here in Australia they are still pretty common in junk stores etc, in fact, I was at a church fete a while ago where they actually gave me a heap of them to get rid of them. When I got home there were songs by Little Richard and Gene Vincent and all sorts of great names that some people would kill for. It's a funny world.


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Subject: RE: angels
From: Pondering It All
Date: 15 Feb 01 - 04:00 AM

That's why we don't pay you to think Amergin!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will the Angels Play Their Harps for Me?
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Sep 09 - 02:06 PM

Will I rise up there in hurling burling glory
In a chariot of shining gold
Will I see the folks who went up there before me
In those long forgotten days of old


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will the Angels Play Their Harps for Me?
From: GUEST,Agnes
Date: 27 Sep 09 - 06:30 PM

Hi:

The version my Dad sang in the 30's didn't have the lines about the feet growing weary in the chorus.

After the chorus he sang "Will I ride up to the pearly gates of glory,.... in the fold. Oh, a million miles I've travelled and amillion.....soon to be." followed by the chorus.

My Dad has been gone for 55 years now and every time I sing that song it brings tears to my eyes.

Thanks for the memories.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will the Angels Play Their Harps for Me?
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 28 Sep 09 - 02:30 PM

Okay, original sheet music in front of me.
Words Walter Hirsch
Music, Monte White
Pub. Keith Prowse Music Co. Inc. 1928

The text above is almost correct.
The last 4 lines of the chorus are the second verse.
The 'heart' and 'feet' lines need swapping.

My copy is as performed by The George Mitchell Choir, but, like everything else of its period, would have been covered by half a dozen other performers and the only difference in the sheet music would have been the picture of a different artist cameoed on the cover.

My old mate David 'Mick' Robinson of Hull used to sing a RN parody from WWII. He was stationed at Scapa Flow.

Oh I wonder, yes, I wonder, did the Jaunty make a blunder,
When he made this draft chit out for me.
For a million miles I've travelled and a million sights I've seen,
And I've always said good morning to the chief.
(Spoken..Good morning, Chief, you old bastard!)

Oh, I've been a barrack stanchion
An' I've lived at Jago's mansion
And I always got my morning cup of tea.
Oh I wonder, yes, I wonder, did the Jaunty make a blunder,
When he made this draft chit out for me.

(Apologies for possible spelling errors. I'm not familiar with the lingo.)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will the Angels Play Their Harps for Me?
From: GUEST
Date: 29 Sep 09 - 03:57 AM

That's great! Thankyou. I love this song but could never tell anyone who wrote it, up till now.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will the Angels Play Their Harps for Me?
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 30 Sep 09 - 07:59 AM

Indiana University gives the following description of the sheet music:

WILL THE ANGELS PLAY THEIR HARPS FOR ME?
Words by Walter Hirsch. Music by Monte Wilhite.
Chicago: Ted Browne Music Co. Inc., 1928.

First line of verse: I was passing by the churchyard in the city and I saw a beggar old and gray
First line of chorus: Oh I wonder, yes I wonder, will the angels way up yonder, will the angels play their harps for me?

WorldCat.org says there is also a copy in Brigham Young University Library.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will the Angels Play Their Harps for Me?2
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Jan 11 - 06:59 PM

vera i am 74 and my dad sang this song to me when i was a little girl it brings back wonderful memories everyone i have mentioned it to over the years had never heard of it so bless you for bringing it up. i have just got my first laptop and just took a chance on google being able to find it so thank you all for the words xx


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will the Angels Play Their Harps for Me?2
From: GUEST,Alan Whittle
Date: 19 Jan 11 - 10:11 AM

Steve Parkes used to sing this when he shared a residency with Barrie Roberts at The Fitters Arms in Walsall, many moons ago.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will the Angels Play Their Harps for Me?2
From: autoharpbob
Date: 19 Jan 11 - 11:03 AM

I found this thanks to Bob Fish at a UK Autoharps Day. Great song, one of very few that mention harps, appropriately for me. I sang it at a few folk clubs. Mostly it was totally new to the audience, but it certainly stirred a few of the "old-timers" who came up to me after with memories of their dad's singing this song after pub on Sunday lunchtime and suchlike. This link lets you hear Frank Luther and his pards singing it.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will the Angels Play Their Harps for Me?2
From: GUEST,Peggy
Date: 24 May 11 - 06:30 PM

I have looked for mention of this song for years. I love it. I remember my grandfather had this record and I used to play it. I try to think who the artist was but all I can remember was 'Johnny Green and his White Mountain Boys' OR 'Johnny White and his Green Mountain Boys.
I must have been about five or six but I always remembered the lyrics and the tune. Must have made a strong impression since I am now older than my grandfather was back then.... It was in the early 1920's... I also know that the record was one of the first small diameter discs. Not much bigger than a DVD disc is now. It was probably a hillbilly group performing this.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will the Angels Play Their Harps for Me?2
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Oct 12 - 05:36 PM

SANDY

THIS ALWAYS REMINDES ME OF MY FATHER SINGING THIS FOR ME


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will the Angels Play Their Harps for Me?2
From: GUEST
Date: 03 Feb 13 - 06:46 PM

As I ride up to them pearly gates of glory
In a chariot of shining gold
Will I see the folkes who's gone up there before me
Safely gathered into the fold

Cos I am tired and dreary
And ma feet are growing weiry
Will the angels play their harps for me


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will the Angels Play Their Harps for Me?2
From: GUEST
Date: 27 Sep 14 - 01:54 PM

Hi! I'm 79 and my granny had this lyric on obviously a 78 and that's all there was


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will the Angels Play Their Harps for Me?2
From: maeve
Date: 27 Sep 14 - 03:02 PM

Another recording here:
Carson Robison Will the Angels Play Their Harps for Me? with lyrics

An Irish Country rendition here:
Will the Angels Play - Gina Joyce


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will the Angels Play Their Harps for Me?2
From: GUEST
Date: 06 Nov 14 - 04:46 PM

I would like to see the cord music here if that's possible


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will the Angels Play Their Harps for Me?2
From: GUEST
Date: 06 Nov 14 - 04:51 PM

WILL THE ANGELS PLAY THEIR HARPS FOR ME?
(D. White / Hirsch)

Josef Locke


I was passing by the churchyard in the city
and I saw a beggar old and grey.
With his hands outstretched he asked the folks for pity,
and it made me sad to hear him say:

Oh I wonder, yes I wonder, will the angels way up yonder
will the angels play their harps for me?
For my heart is growing dreary and my feet are growing weary.
Will the angels play their haprs for me?

Oh a million miles I've travelled, and a million sights I've seen
and I'm ready for the glory soon to be.
Oh I wonder, yes I wonder, will the angels way up yonder
will the angels play their harps for me?

Oh I wonder, yes I wonder, will the angels way up yonder
will the angels play their harps for me?

Oh my heart is growing dreary, and my feet are growing weary
will the angels play their harps for me?

Oh a million miles I've travelled, and a million sights I've seen
and I'm ready for the glory soon to be.
Oh I wonder yes, I wonder, will the angels way up yonder
will the angels play their harps for me?

Will the angels play their harps for me?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will the Angels Play Their Harps for Me?2
From: GUEST,#
Date: 06 Nov 14 - 07:02 PM

http://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=10732

Chords on that Mudcat thread.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will the Angels Play Their Harps for Me?2
From: GUEST
Date: 21 Jul 16 - 07:05 PM

My dad sand. Will I ride up to the pearly gates in glory. In a chariot of shining gold. Will I see the folks that went up there before me. When I'm safely gathered in their fold.

We never sand anything about our feet being weary or hearts being dreary but the rest is the same. I would ,over to find a copy of this.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Will the Angels Play Their Harps for Me?2
From: GUEST,Trevor Sheridan
Date: 22 Jul 16 - 04:27 AM

It's on the Jane Turriff CD. "Singin is Ma Life" on Springthyme SPRCD 1038 and the notes say she got it from her husband Cameron, who may have got it from a 78 of Music Hall singer Dick Henderson. Lovely version


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