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Lyr Req: Goodnight Everyone (from Henry Hall)

Billy the Bus 17 Jun 03 - 05:09 AM
Jim Dixon 18 Jun 03 - 09:59 AM
GUEST,Rex 19 Jul 08 - 04:52 PM
Little Robyn 19 Jul 08 - 05:48 PM
GUEST,Rex 20 Jul 08 - 09:22 AM
GUEST,Rex 20 Jul 08 - 09:31 AM
Little Robyn 20 Jul 08 - 03:25 PM
GUEST,Rex 22 Jul 08 - 11:22 AM
GUEST,Jason 21 Jun 09 - 06:02 AM
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GUEST,Gazbo, Aussie 05 Dec 09 - 05:40 AM
GUEST, ray hobman ex wellington 31 Jan 10 - 11:38 PM
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GUEST,Colin Taylor 05 Dec 10 - 11:13 PM
GUEST,Colin Taylor 07 Dec 10 - 05:45 PM
Jim Dixon 07 Dec 10 - 07:27 PM
GUEST,Colin Taylor 07 Dec 10 - 07:39 PM
GUEST,^&* 07 Dec 10 - 07:46 PM
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Mick Pearce (MCP) 23 Feb 12 - 08:50 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Goodnight Everyone...
From: Billy the Bus
Date: 17 Jun 03 - 05:09 AM

G'night All,

Do any Madcutters remember "Goodnight Everyone"? In the 50's it was the close-off song for one of our NZ wireless stations.

CHO:
      Goodnight everyone,
      You've earned your daily bread.
      You have to get up in the morning....
      Goodnight and go to bed!

VERSE:
    Goodnight to all the sailors
    Who sail upon the sea.
    Our (mumble.. ) are with you,
    Wherever you may be.
    (Multiple mumbles........)

Other verses went through other trades, but, I'm having a 'senior moment',

Cheers - Sam


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Goodnight Everyone...
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 18 Jun 03 - 09:59 AM

I found this quote posted here by someone else who's looking for the words:

"Goodnight, Sweetheart," everybody sings.
You'll hear it anyplace you go.
We think that it is wrong,
And so we made a song,
That says goodnight to everyone we know.

Goodnight, everyone. You've earned your daily bread.
Don't be late in the morning. It's time to go to bed.


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Subject: ADD: Goodnight Everyone...
From: GUEST,Rex
Date: 19 Jul 08 - 04:52 PM

Yep. I remember it well. It was played on 3zb at 12 midnight as a sign off song in the late 40's and 50's.

Goodnight everyone, you've earned your daily bread
Don't be late in the morning, goodnight and go to bed,

Goodnight to all the policemen, who serve us day and night,
And never lose their tempers but are always most polite,

Goodnight to all the firemen who serve us oh so well,
We know you go to blazes every time you ring your bell,

Goodnight to all the sailors, who sail upon the sea,
Our thoughts are always with you, wherever you may be,

Goodnight to all the people we haven't named before,
Just make a rhyme up for yourself, we don't know anymore.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Goodnight Everyone...
From: Little Robyn
Date: 19 Jul 08 - 05:48 PM

Hi Rex, are you from Christchurch?
We heard it on 2ZB but I don't remember the verses, only the chorus.
Robyn


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Goodnight Everyone...
From: GUEST,Rex
Date: 20 Jul 08 - 09:22 AM

An update on the above after thinking about it overnight.

Goodnight to taxi drivers, who drive us day and night,
And never lose their tempers, but are always most polite,

Goodnight to all the policemen, a walking on the beat,
We know it's so much safer now to walk upon our street,

Basically this song is directed to those who work while most of us sleep.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Goodnight Everyone...
From: GUEST,Rex
Date: 20 Jul 08 - 09:31 AM

Yes Robyn. I am from ChCh. I spent many hours of my youth listening to my home made crystal set after everyone else went to bed. I was hooked on "Richard Diamond" private detective serieswhich came on about 10pm. I also listened to Radio Hilversum and AAFRTS (American Armed Forces Radio Transmission Services) Which I think emanated from The Philippines at that time or maybe Guam. There really was not much to listen to after 12 with the NZBC.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Goodnight Everyone...
From: Little Robyn
Date: 20 Jul 08 - 03:25 PM

I remember Richard Diamond and Night Beat!
My sister had a crystal set but I think I was listening on a wireless.
Robyn


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Goodnight Everyone...
From: GUEST,Rex
Date: 22 Jul 08 - 11:22 AM

I acquired a wireless after some time. A Gulbransen or Philipps and modified it to take my earphones and to switch off the main speaker so as not to disturb the others. Many a time I woke with the earphones around my head.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Goodnight Everyone...
From: GUEST,Jason
Date: 21 Jun 09 - 06:02 AM

Hi was wondering who sung this song as it is played on Foxton Radio as a sign off song....so anyone who know's the sing would be much appreciated.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Goodnight Everyone...
From: GUEST,Jason
Date: 28 Jun 09 - 07:30 PM

help any one know this song


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Goodnight Everyone...
From: GUEST,Aussie kid
Date: 16 Sep 09 - 10:40 AM

I know this song. Somewhere my parents have it (a bit gargled) on open reel tape. I love it but have never been able to track down a copy.

Another verse goes:

Goodnight to all the postmen who call at our address,
And deliver all those letters that are marked OHMS

I am 99% sure that the policeman verse went:

Goodnight to all the policemen, as on the beat they creep,
We hope you find a cosy spot in which to have a sleep

One day I hope to get hold of a good recording of this - or at least my parents reception-affected one. I have the worlds copied out somewhere if only I could find them :(


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Goodnight Everyone...
From: GUEST,Gazbo, Aussie
Date: 05 Dec 09 - 05:40 AM

I've been trying to track down this song for years! When I was a kid in Melbourne in the 1950s,it was sometimes played in the late afternoon on 3KZ.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Goodnight Everyone...
From: GUEST, ray hobman ex wellington
Date: 31 Jan 10 - 11:38 PM

I have it on cassette tape and on disc also now   !! har har


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Goodnight Everyone...
From: GUEST,Aussie Kid
Date: 25 Oct 10 - 03:58 AM

On Disk? Oh come on, post up an MP3 somewhere please?????? This has been an almost life-long search for me :)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Goodnight Everyone...
From: GUEST,Colin Taylor
Date: 05 Dec 10 - 11:13 PM

I too have unsuccessfully tried everywhere to find this song to download onto my iPod but I can't even find who sang it or what its actual title was. Does anyone know?
Colin Taylor


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Goodnight Everyone...
From: GUEST,Colin Taylor
Date: 07 Dec 10 - 05:45 PM

Thanks to Max Cryer, who conveyed the necessary information to me via Gordon McLauchlan and George Andrews, I have been able to locate and purchase this Radio NZ "sign off" song. Its called "Goodnight, Everyone" by Henry Hall and his BBC Orchestra and it can be heard on U-tube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3Ri1KVLZJE
Max advised that Billy T James and the Radio Times Cast recorded a version of this song in 1981 and its on an EMI Music NZ CD (2004) called "Don Linden Presents - My Kind of Music" (track 24) which I have now purchased from Marbecks for $25. The Billy T version is remarkably close in Vaudeville sound to the original Henry Hall version. See Marbecks link below for this CD. Cheers Colin Taylor
http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:yshHP_fpCe0J:www.marbecks.co.nz/detail/index.lsd%3FcatalogID%3D290304+%22billy+t+james%22+%2B+%22goodnight+everyone%22&cd=7&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=nz


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Subject: Lyr Add: GOODNIGHT, EVERYONE (Henry Hall)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 07 Dec 10 - 07:27 PM

Here's a link to the recording at YouTube which Colin Taylor found. Here's my transcription; note there are a few known unknowns:


GOODNIGHT, EVERYONE
As sung by Henry Hall.

INTRO: "Goodnight, Sweetheart," everybody sings.
You'll hear it any place you go.
We think that it is wrong, and so we've made a song
That says goodnight to everyone we know.
Goodnight, everyone. You've earned your daily bread.
Don't be late in the morning. Goodnight and so to bed.

1. Goodnight to all the sailors who sail upon the foam.
If you've a wife in every port, where is your home sweet home?
Goodnight to all the soldiers. We hope you're feeling bright
And sergeant major's been around and kissed you all goodnight.

CHORUS: Goodnight, everyone. You've earned your daily bread.
* Goodnight and so to bed.

2. Goodnight to all policemen as down the street they creep.
We hope you find a cozy spot in which to have a sleep.
Goodnight to all the burglars a-cracking all the cribs.
You've been the only fellows who are finding all the dibs.** CHORUS

3. Goodnight to all the postmen who call at our address
With welcome little letters that are marked O.H.M.S.***
Goodnight to all the firemen. We hope you're safe and well,
Although you go to blazes every time you ring your bell. CHORUS

4. Goodnight to all the highbrows. We think it is the lark
To play what we are playing with your wanting …
Goodnight to all our authors who write …
And though we don't know which is best(?), we know one to be sure. CHORUS

5. Goodnight to taxi drivers who drive us day and night,
And never lose their tempers but are always most polite.
Goodnight to everybody we haven't named before.
Just make a rhyme up for yourself. We don't know any more. CHORUS


[* At this point in every chorus, there is a horn phrase that duplicates the tune and rhythm of "Don't be late in the morning" (which sounds rather like "For he's a jolly good fellow").

[** I have no idea what they're talking about here; I just wrote down what I thought I heard.

[*** O.H.M.S. (On Her Majesty's Service or when the monarch is male, On His Majesty's Service) is an official franking commonly seen on correspondence from government departments in countries of the Commonwealth of Nations recognizing the British queen as head of state.]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Goodnight Everyone...
From: GUEST,Colin Taylor
Date: 07 Dec 10 - 07:39 PM

If anyone wants an MP3 of the Billy T. James version of this song, which is pretty faithful to the original Vaudeville sound by Henry Hall, feel free to email me for a copy at colin-taylor@xtra.co.nz


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Goodnight Everyone...
From: GUEST,^&*
Date: 07 Dec 10 - 07:46 PM

"dibs" or "dibbs" is a slang term with several meanings - the oldest of which, I think, is "money". (The more common sense is "first choice", I reckon). Partridge's slang dictionary has it.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Goodnight Everyone...
From: GUEST,^&*
Date: 07 Dec 10 - 07:48 PM

Incidentally, I suspect the "welcome" letters marked OHMS were tax demands!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Goodnight Everyone (from Henry Hall)
From: GUEST
Date: 23 Feb 12 - 03:55 AM

...Thank you Jim Dixon,    I live in Melbourne,   but was born in Palmerston North and I left there in 1968. I well remember that song being played every night at the close down of the Radio Station. It was only a couple of weeks ago that I was telling folk over here about it, but of course could not remember all the words.    Tonight I typed in the phrase and up came the song.   Thanks again.    IAN DRINKWATER


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Goodnight Everyone (from Henry Hall)
From: Mick Pearce (MCP)
Date: 23 Feb 12 - 08:50 PM

I think Jim's missing bits are:

  To play what we are playing with your wanting it to bark
  Goodnight to all our authors who write those books galore



The second one I'm fairly sure of, the first less so.


Mick


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Goodnight Everyone (from Henry Hall)
From: GUEST,Guest. Chris
Date: 08 Mar 12 - 07:47 AM

Mick,

the line is

"To play what we are playing when you're wanting BITS OF BACH"

it was another jab at the 'high brows' who wouldn't appreciate the simplicity and humour of the song LOL.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Goodnight Everyone (from Henry Hall)
From: GUEST
Date: 30 Jul 14 - 07:06 AM

Bruce Whiteside, Gold Coast, Australia. For some strange reason I burst out singing this song recently, that just came out the blue. I'm 80 and in the late 1940's I recall Napier closing down at 10.30pm with it. In those day I lived in Whakatane. They also closed down on Sunday nights with a piece of music that haunted me for years. When I was old enough I wrote to the station and found out it was called Dancing to Heaven with you. Someone mentioned 3ZB. Remember Gracie and Jacko (Grace Green and Jack Maybury); they did the kids programme. Wonderful days beautiful memories


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