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Lyr Req: Mildred Maud and Mabel (Yale Song)

Haruo 29 Apr 01 - 06:47 PM
GUEST,Ed 15 May 01 - 08:26 PM
Haruo 22 Feb 06 - 08:18 AM
Charlie Baum 22 Feb 06 - 12:58 PM
Charlie Baum 22 Feb 06 - 02:46 PM
Haruo 04 Jan 09 - 08:45 PM
Charlie Baum 04 Jan 09 - 10:59 PM
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Jim Dixon 26 Jul 11 - 05:44 PM
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Subject: Mildred Maude and Mabel (Yale Song)
From: Haruo
Date: 29 Apr 01 - 06:47 PM

I'm trying to recall a song I learned at Yale. The part I remember goes roughly thusly:

Mildred, Maude and Mabel
Were sitting at a table
Down at the Taft Hotel

Working on a plan to
Catch themselves a man to
Satisfy their minds a spell.

For twenty years and then some
They'd been showin' men some
Tricks that made their motors fail,

But though they'd all had squeezes
From lots of PhD'ses
They're saving themselves for Yale.

Hail, hail, hail to the boys down at Yale... etc.

Who wrote it, when, etc. as well as the rest of the lyrics.
Now, don't ask me why I'm trying to remember such a piece of tripe. I'm not sure I could come up with an excuse. But I know it was triggered by running into the Whiffenpoof Song in the Digitrad.

Liland


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mildred Maude and Mabel (Yale Song)
From: GUEST,Ed
Date: 15 May 01 - 08:26 PM

Have you tried getting in touch with the people who you were with at Yale?

Or possibly the Yale librarian? Or someone who edited the university magazine?

It sounds like a 'local' song.

Ed


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mildred Maude and Mabel (Yale Song)
From: Haruo
Date: 22 Feb 06 - 08:18 AM

refresh


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mildred Maude and Mabel (Yale Song)
From: Charlie Baum
Date: 22 Feb 06 - 12:58 PM

See
http://www.thesobs.net/modules.php?name=discography&songID=26
and
http://www.thesobs.net/music/saving.mp3

--Charlie Baum


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mildred Maude and Mabel (Yale Song)
From: Charlie Baum
Date: 22 Feb 06 - 02:46 PM

Various websites seem to indicate that this song was passed down in the repertoire of various Yale small singing groups (e.g., the above link to the Society of Orpheus and Bacchus, and also sung by Whiffenpoofs and others), and also in the repertoires of equivalent groups at women's colleges such as Wellesley, Smith, and Mt. Holyoke.

--Charlie Baum (TC '75)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mildred Maude and Mabel (Yale Song)
From: Haruo
Date: 04 Jan 09 - 08:45 PM

still looking for the full lyrics or sheet music


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mildred Maude and Mabel (Yale Song)
From: Charlie Baum
Date: 04 Jan 09 - 10:59 PM

The sheet music for "We're Saving Ourselves for Yale" is available in "Songs of Yale" edited by Marshall Bartholomew
http://www.singers.com/groups/Marshall-Bartholomew/ [which I don't have a copy of myself].

A complete (and easily understood version) can also be found at http://www.thetwentiethcenturyproject.com/Links.htm [and then click the bottom button].

--Charlie Baum


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mildred Maude and Mabel (Yale Song)
From: Haruo
Date: 05 Jan 09 - 02:08 AM

Thanks so much, Charlie! That's the very song. I just found a bunch of the lyrics embedded in a play here, too.

Looks like maybe it's Maud (rather than Maude).

Haruo


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mildred Maude and Mabel (Yale Song)
From: GUEST
Date: 25 Jul 11 - 11:33 PM

This song is prominently featured in the play, "Uncommon Women and Others" by Wendy Wasserstein, and the lyrics are in the script.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mildred Maud and Mabel (Yale Song)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 26 Jul 11 - 05:44 PM

We might as well copy it into the thread, don't you think? From the above-named play:

Mildred, Maud and Mabel
Were sitting at their table
    Down at the Taft Hotel
Working on a plan to
Catch themselves a man to
    Brighten up their lives a spell.

In their thirty years of proms,
Never once had they had qualms,
    That they could fail to satisfy their cravin'
Nor ever seemed to doubt
It's not reckless to hold out
    For a son of Old New Haven.

And as they downed their pousse café
The girls were heard to softly say....[There is surely more but the next page isn't viewable online.]


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Subject: Lyr Add: WE'RE SAVING OURSELVES FOR YALE
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 26 Jul 11 - 06:07 PM

Copied from a blog where the blogger says, "This is from an old Yale songbook in our piano bench." The posted version had several spelling errors, which is probably why we didn't find it before. I have attempted to correct them.

WE'RE SAVING OURSELVES FOR YALE
by David M. Lippincott, Yale '49
arr. Edwin l. Wolff, Yale '50

Mildred, Made and Mable
Mildred, Maud and Mabel
Were sitting at their table
Down at [the] Taft Hotel
Working on a plan
To catch themselves a man
To brighten up their lives a spell.

In their thirty years of proms
Never once had they had qualms
That they could fail to satisfy their cravin'
Or even seem to doubt
It's not reckless to hold out
For a son of old New Haven.

And as they downed their 'pousse cafe'
The girls were heard to softly say:

"Though we have had our chances
For overnight romances
With the Harvard and the Dartmouth male,
And though we've had a bunch in
Tow from Princeton Junction,
We're saving ourselves for Yale.

"For thirty years and then some
We've been showing men some
Tricks that made their motors fail;
And though we've all had squeezes
From lots of P H D-ses
We're saving ourselves for Yale.

Ho ho ho! Hail! Hail! Hail!
Hail to the boys up at Yale!
How we'd like to have one just to muss
Some[one] who
Gives his all for the blue,
But would have enough left over for us,
Ho ho ho!

How we sigh for an old Eli,
And let us add that we'd gladly die
For what's in a sweater with a letter
And when fin'lly married we lie,
'Twill be with an old Eli
'Cause we're saving ourselves FOR YALE!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mildred Maud and Mabel (Yale Song)
From: GUEST,g.i. joe
Date: 27 Jul 11 - 05:51 PM

Lived in New Haven 1940's and remember part of a song that goes like this any ideas??


Ma, I want to be a Yale man
Ma, I want to be a Yale man
Ma, I want to be a Yale man
Son, you're a God-damn fool

For lack of recreation
They resort to masturbation
It's a hell of a situation
Down at Yale


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Subject: Lyr Add: DOWN AT YALE (trad, US Marines, 1943)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 27 Jul 11 - 09:13 PM

Copied from an untitled mimeographed Marine songbook, 1943:

DOWN AT YALE
(Tune: "The Battle Hymn of the Republic")

Maw, I want to be a Yale man!
Maw, I want to be a Yale man!
Maw, I want to be a Yale man!
My son, you're a god-damned fool,
For there isn't any tail down at Yale (down at Yale);
Oh, there isn't any tail down at Yale (down at Yale);
So instead of copulation they resort to masturbation--
There's a hell of a situation down at Yale!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mildred Maud and Mabel (Yale Song)
From: Haruo
Date: 05 Nov 18 - 11:46 AM

Thanks, Jim, that was helpful!

I sang my OP lyrics followed by most of Jim's at Song Circle last night.


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