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Lyr Req: The Owl and the Pussycat (Edward Lear)

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The Owl and the Pussycat


Vixen 24 Apr 03 - 10:28 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Owl and pussycat
From: Vixen
Date: 24 Apr 03 - 10:28 AM

D'Cats--

I can't believe this one isn't in the DT...A friend and I were jamming last night, and all we could recall between us was

"The Owl and the Pussycat
Went to sea
In a beautiful pea-green boat.
They took some honey and plenty of money
Wrapped up in five-pound note.

They sailed away
for a year and a day
to the land where the bong-tree grows..."

All we could remember of the chorus is...

"O lovely pussy, o pussy my love"

This whole ballad is actually a children's song, so it's not as salacious, avaricious, or addictive as these words might indicate.

Thanks in advance!

V


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Owl and pussycat
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 24 Apr 03 - 10:33 AM

Try this Click on the hyperlink for the song.
Giok


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT (Edward Lear)
From: GUEST,Jon
Date: 24 Apr 03 - 10:38 AM

Oddly enough Pip and I went through the words last night. It was written by Edward Lear. I'm not sure how the tune came about.

The Owl and the Pussy-Cat
(Edward Lear)

The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea
In a beautiful pea green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
Wrapped up in a five pound note.
The Owl looked up to the stars above,
And sang to a small guitar,
'O lovely Pussy! O Pussy my love,
What a beautiful Pussy you are,
You are,
You are!
What a beautiful Pussy you are!'

Pussy said to the Owl, 'You elegant fowl!
How charmingly sweet you sing!
O let us be married! too long we have tarried:
But what shall we do for a ring?'
They sailed away, for a year and a day,
To the land where the Bong-tree grows
And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood
With a ring at the end of his nose,
His nose,
His nose,
With a ring at the end of his nose.

'Dear pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling
Your ring?' Said the Piggy, 'I will.'
So they took it away, and were married next day
By the Turkey who lives on the hill.
They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
They danced by the light of the moon,
The moon,
The moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Owl and pussycat
From: GUEST,Jon
Date: 24 Apr 03 - 10:40 AM

Oh and as a sidetrack here is my favourite verse by Edward Lear.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT (Edward Lear)
From: MMario
Date: 24 Apr 03 - 10:46 AM

THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT
(Edward Lear)

The Owl and the Pussy-Cat went to sea
In a beautiful pea-green boat:
They took some honey, and plenty of money
Wrapped up in a five-pound note.
The Owl looked up to the stars above,
And sang to a small guitar,
"O lovely Pussy, O Pussy, my love,
What a beautiful Pussy you are,
You are,
What a beautiful Pussy you are!"

Pussy said to the Owl, "You elegant fowl,
How charmingly sweet you sing!
Oh! let us be married; too long we have tarried:
But what shall we do for a ring?"
They sailed away, for a year and a day,
To the land where the bong-tree grows;
And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood,
With a ring at the end of his nose,
His nose,
With a ring at the end of his nose.

"Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling
Your ring?" Said the Piggy, "I will."
So they took it away, and were married next day
By the Turkey who lives on the hill.
They dined on mince and slices of quince,
Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
And hand in hand on the edge of the sand
They danced by the light of the moon,
The moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.


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Subject: Tune Add: THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT (Edward Lear)
From: MMario
Date: 24 Apr 03 - 10:57 AM

X:1
T:The Owl and the Pussycat
I:abc2nwc
M:6/8
L:1/8
K:G
z4[Q:1/4=95]zD|G3/2A/2B AGF|G2E D2D/2D/2|BBB c2d|
w:The Owl and the Pus-sy-Cat went to sea In a beau-ti-ful pea-green
A4zD|G2G AAB|cBA GFD|BcB (AG)F|
w:boat:They took some ho-ney, and plen-ty of mo-ney Wrapped up in a five_-pound
G2E D2D|B3/2c/2B (AG)F|G4zD|G3/2(A/2B) AGF|
wnote.__ (wrapped up in a five_ pound note)The Owl looked_ up to the
G2E D2D|B3/2B/2B c2d|A4zD|G2G AAB|
w:stars a-bove,And sang to a small gui-tar,"O love-ly Pus-sy, O
cBA GFD|BcB AGF|G2E D2D/2 D/2|
w:Pus-sy, my love,What a beau-ti-ful Pus-sy you are,You are,What a
B3/2c/2B AGF|G4z2
w:beau-ti-ful Pus-sy you are


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Owl and pussycat
From: michaelr
Date: 24 Apr 03 - 07:26 PM

The poem was set to music and recorded by Donovan on his double album "HMS Donovan" (Dawn Records, 1971). I have that record! It's brilliant.

The link provided by Giok leads to a page about someone named Elton Hayes, claiming it was his song. Did he use the same tune as Donovan?

Cheers,
Michael


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Owl and pussycat
From: GUEST,Q
Date: 24 Apr 03 - 08:28 PM

At the Elton Hayes site (well-known in Great Britain), lyrics authorship is clearly indicated as Edward Lear.
Ian McQueen wrote music for children's choir and orchestra. Stephen Owens also wrote music for childrens choir. Since Lear wrote it in 1871, there have been many vocal arrangements.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Owl and pussycat
From: GUEST
Date: 24 Apr 03 - 09:00 PM

I've just tried MMario's tune and note that it is very different to the one I know. I will try to post abc for the tune I know in the next couple of days.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Owl and pussycat
From: Sorcha
Date: 24 Apr 03 - 09:01 PM

I didn't know there were tunes......learn something everyday!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Owl and pussycat
From: GUEST,Q
Date: 24 Apr 03 - 09:06 PM

Elton Hayes died in 1981. His obituary was posted by Roger the Skiffler, 16 Nov. 01, thread 41201. In the same thread, McGrath of Harlow said "I can't read the 'Owl and the Pussycat' without hearing his voice. He specialized in folk songs, but his BBC programs, "The Childrens Hour," and "Songs for a Small Guitar," brought him the most fame.
One biography says he was the first popular singing artiste to feature the guitar as an accompanying instrument in England. He also had parts in films.
Obit at 41201: Elton Hayes
Also see Elton Hayes

Hayes singing the "Owl and the Pussycat" may be heard on the cd (2002 release by EMI) "Hello Children Everywhere," available from Amazon UK. It is unfortunate so much of his childrens material is not available.


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