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Lyr Req: The Vicar and I Will Be There (Grey/Ayer)

Michael 18 Apr 03 - 04:44 PM
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Jim Dixon 22 Apr 03 - 06:20 PM
GUEST,999 10 Jan 10 - 12:23 AM
GUEST,999--I think it can be heard on that link. 10 Jan 10 - 12:26 AM
Jim Dixon 12 Jan 10 - 02:54 PM
Michael 12 Jan 10 - 05:39 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: The Vicar and I will be there
From: Michael
Date: 18 Apr 03 - 04:44 PM

Many years ago I knew some one who did a recitation, playing the part of a curate (assistant priest) telling of the day's activities in the parish. Each verse ended with the line 'And the Vicar and I will be there, for we are an industrious pair.'
I can't rememember much of it, can anyone help with the words?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Vicar and I will be there
From: GUEST
Date: 22 Apr 03 - 04:35 AM

I'd like the words as well. I can remember one verse which was along the lines of:

This Saturday night we're having a lark
when the young boys choir sing cantatas from Bach.
They are led by Cyril the elderly dean
And none of the boys are over thirteen.
And the vicar and I will be there
For we are a musical pair.
Their top young treble ...........
Brings tears to your eyes when ever he sings
And his bottom gyrates like a jelly on strings !
Yes, the vicar and I will be there.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Vicar and I will be there
From: GUEST
Date: 22 Apr 03 - 06:47 AM

Is this done by Jethro out in Cornwal?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Vicar and I will be there
From: Doktor Doktor
Date: 22 Apr 03 - 07:10 AM

You've got two choices -

The original Music Hall song - Im a bit upset because I used to perform it regularly & can't remember the writer! Its not one of the famous numbers, a bit drawing-room ballad-ish

the Rugby version - a skit on the original


As a start, try enquiring on http://books.dreambook.com/trasksdad/musichall1.html


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Vicar and I will be there
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 22 Apr 03 - 06:20 PM

Ian Whitcomb recorded a song called "At the Vicarage Party". Does that ring a bell for anyone? It's the only song I can find with "vicar" in the title that sounds like it MIGHT be the one wanted.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Vicar and I Will Be There
From: GUEST,999
Date: 10 Jan 10 - 12:23 AM

Can you find words and music for the humorous song,"The vicar and I
will be there"? Author,Nat.D.Ayer. Publishers, Reynolds & Co, 1919.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Vicar and I Will Be There
From: GUEST,999--I think it can be heard on that link.
Date: 10 Jan 10 - 12:26 AM

http://www.thebrightontaverners.co.uk/cabaret.html


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Vicar and I Will Be There
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 12 Jan 10 - 02:54 PM

The British Library Integrated Catalogue says THE VICAR AND I WILL BE THERE, with words by Clifford Grey and music by Nat D. Ayer, was published by Reynolds & Co., 1919.

The WorldCat says that THE VICAR AND I WILL BE THERE is in a book called "Best Music Hall and Variety Songs" by Peter Gammond, 1972.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Vicar and I Will Be There
From: Michael
Date: 12 Jan 10 - 05:39 PM

Gosh and golly, I'd forgotten about this thread, thanks everso Guest,999 that indeed is the very one. All one needs is a little patience, thanks again.

Cheers
Mike


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Vicar and I Will Be There
From: GUEST,999
Date: 12 Jan 10 - 10:47 PM

LOL


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE VICAR AND I WILL BE THERE
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 13 Jan 10 - 08:55 AM

Here's my transcription from the sound file at The Brighton Taverners web site?see GUEST,999's link above.

THE VICAR AND I WILL BE THERE

Yer friends, I'm the curate of Slushford-on-Creek.
My name, sir, is Reverend Septimus Meek.
The vicar and I work so hard as a rule.
Today there's a meeting at our little school,
  And the vicar and I will be there,
  For we are an industrious pair.
The mothers of course at the meeting will be.
At twenty past two they'll be handing out tea,
And a silver collection is taken at three,
  And the vicar and I will be there.

I'm awfully sorry for poor Mrs. Jones.
They say she has terrible pains in her bones.
She lives all alone and she suffers, I fear,
But tomorrow some friends will be calling, I hear,
  And the vicar and I will be there,
  For we are an industrious pair.
They'll bring her much joy. She'll forget all her pain.
With flowers and fruit, she'll be quite well again,
And the squire is sending a crate of champagne,
  So the vicar and I will be there.

Catherine Perkins is our village belle.
I fear the?alas?well, no matter?ah, well?
But let us rejoice, for this maiden serene
Will be married tomorrow to Samuel Green,
  And the vicar and I will be there,
  For we are an industrious pair.
The bride will look sweet as she walks down the floor,
But still in the throng, though the ... she'll ignore,
Will be several fellows who've kissed her before,
  And the vicar and I will be there.

The town hall next week we have taken, you see.
We are giving the wounded some afternoon tea.
And Lady Fitzgargle?you've heard her, I'm sure?
Will be giving us music from three until four,
  And the vicar and I will be there,
  For we are an industrious pair.
She means very well, but she's hardly a star,
And soon as she sings and they hear her afar,
Quite a few of those boys will retreat to the bar,
  And the vicar and I will be there.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Vicar and I Will Be There
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 13 Jan 10 - 08:24 PM

Artful Codger let me know in a PM that he reckons the song begins "Dear friends..." and the missing word in verse 3 line 8 is "flak."

"Dear" must be correct. I'm just not used to the posh accent, I guess. It never occurred to me "dear" might be pronounced "dyur."

About "flak" I can't say one way or the other. He really seems to swallow the word when he sings it.

And I might as well confess that I'm very uncertain about "My name, sir, is Reverend...." If he is addressing "friends" (plural) in line 1, why does he use "sir" (singular) in line 2?

Other possibilities:
"My name's Sir Reverend...." (Is it ever proper to use "Sir" before "Reverend"?)
"My names are...."
"My name's Irreverend...."
?but none of those seems quite right either.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Vicar and I Will Be There
From: GUEST,999
Date: 13 Jan 10 - 08:57 PM

"But still in the throng, though the ... she'll ignore,"


Just getting to hear this. I think the singer says 'field'.



Jim, excellent work on the transliteration from song to print.

AC: Good one.

What I'm hearing in the sir line is more like

"My name is ER Reverend Septimus Meek" which I think come from a slur between is and the ir in sir. I checked about the Sir/Reverend thing. It can be done either way depending on whether the knighthood was bestowed before or after the Reverend thing.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Vicar and I Will Be There
From: Michael
Date: 14 Jan 10 - 10:48 AM

What about;
"My name is THE Reverend Septimus Meek"
With THE being pronounced 'ther' as in Winnie-ther-Pooh.

Mike


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Vicar and I Will Be There
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 14 Jan 10 - 11:26 AM

"My name is the Reverend" makes more sense than anything else, so that's what I would sing if I were going to sing this song?but I really can't hear any "th" sound in the recording at that point. I'll have to put it down to poor enunciation?although, as a whole, the singer has excellent, even exemplary enunciation.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Vicar and I Will Be There
From: GUEST,Joe_F
Date: 14 Jan 10 - 02:06 PM

I immediately wondered: Can there be a thread with a vicar & no choir boy? Evidently not; but at least, he was not in the original song.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Vicar and I Will Be There
From: Artful Codger
Date: 14 Jan 10 - 03:22 PM

Well, the singer may have omitted the original choirboy verse from his rendition. ;-} See the verse posted by Guest the first.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Vicar and I Will Be There
From: Artful Codger
Date: 14 Jan 10 - 03:24 PM

Though it makes me wonder, does "The Vicar of Bray" feature a choirboy?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Vicar and I Will Be There
From: Artful Codger
Date: 14 Jan 10 - 03:56 PM

I've sent a query to Geoff of The Brighton Taverners, so we may have definitive answers to the wording questions soon.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Vicar and I Will Be There
From: GUEST,999
Date: 14 Jan 10 - 03:59 PM

Good one, AC.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Vicar and I Will Be There
From: GUEST,Roger the cookieless skiffler
Date: 15 Jan 10 - 04:10 AM

Not "flak" nor "field" surely, but "fact" makes more sense.

RtS


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Vicar and I Will Be There
From: GUEST,Geoff - The Taverners
Date: 15 Jan 10 - 04:26 AM

Dave Farmer sings this song and I accompany him from some sheet music.

Missing words as follows: -

my name is the reverend Septimus Meek
our infant school
but still in the throng though the fact she'll ignore

The rest is OK.

Obviously as it's not original, we would only sing the rude version on very salubrious occasions!!
Dave has asked me to say that we are always happy to travel and perform this song along with an illustrated lecture for a modest fee!!!!!

Best wishes

Geoff


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Vicar and I Will Be There
From: Artful Codger
Date: 15 Jan 10 - 05:35 PM

For the missing bit of the choirboy verse, you might try this:

The top young treble's divine renderings
Bring
tears to your eyes when ever he sings


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Vicar and I Will Be There
From: GUEST,999
Date: 15 Jan 10 - 06:03 PM

AC, you're incorrij/incorridga/incoreridgeable/ impossible. lol


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Vicar and I Will Be There
From: Artful Codger
Date: 15 Jan 10 - 11:29 PM

Call me irresponsible, call me unreliable, throw in—alas—well, no matter—ah, well—


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Vicar and I Will Be There
From: GUEST,999
Date: 15 Jan 10 - 11:34 PM

LOL


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Subject: ADD: The Vicar and I Will Be There (Grey, Ayer)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 18 Jan 10 - 11:47 PM

Jim did an excellent job of transcribing by ear, but here is a transcription of the printed text.
-Joe-

THE VICAR AND I WILL BE THERE
(Clifford Grey and Nat D. Ayer)

Dear friends, I'm the curate of Slushford-on-Creek.
My name is the Reverend Septimus Meek,
The Vicar and I work so hard as a rule.
To-day there's a meeting at our Infant School,
  And the Vicar and I will be there,
  For we are an industrious pair.
The mothers of course at the meeting will be.
At twenty past two they'll be handing out tea,
And a silver collection is taken at three,
  So the Vicar and I will be there.

I'm awfully sorry for poor Mrs. Jones.
They say she has terrible pains in her bones.
She lives all alone and she suffers, I fear,
But to-morrow some friends will be calling, I hear.
  And the Vicar and I will be there,
  For we are an industrious pair.
They will bring her much joy, she'll forget all her pain.
With flowers and fruit she'll be quite well again,
And the Squire is sending a crate of champagne,
  So the Vicar and I will be there.

Katherine Perkins is our village belle.
I fear me alas ? still no matter ? ah, well?
But let us rejoice, for this maiden serene
Will be married to-morrow to Samuel Green,
  And the Vicar and I will be there,
  For we are an industrious pair.
The bride will look sweet as she walks down the floor,
But still in the throng - though the fact she'll ignore,
Will be several fellows who've kissed her before,
  And the Vicar and I will be there.

The Town Hall next week we have taken, you see.
We are giving the wounded some afternoon tea.
And Lady Fitzgargle ? you've heard her before?
Is giving us music from three until four,
  And the Vicar and I will be there,
  For we are an industrious pair.
She means very well, but she's hardly a Star,
And soon as she sings and they hear her afar,
Quite a lot of those boys will retreat to the bar,
  And the Vicar and I will be there.

Words by Clifford Grey
Music by Nat D. Ayer
(1919)

Source: Best Music Hall and Variety Songs, edited by Peter Gammond (1972), pp 144-145

Midi available on request.


What did he almost say about the lovely Katherine?


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Subject: RE: req/ADD: The Vicar and I Will Be There(Grey, Ayer)
From: GUEST
Date: 23 Apr 10 - 07:57 AM

I saw someone perform this (early 1980s) years ago on "The Good Old Days", looked a bit like (but wasn't) Graeme Garden. Anyone any ideas?


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Subject: RE: req/ADD: The Vicar and I Will Be There(Grey, Ayer)
From: GUEST,Reverend Sextus Proud
Date: 05 Aug 10 - 09:10 AM

It was Peter Skellern who performed this song on The Good Old Days.


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