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Songs about glass?

greg stephens 19 Aug 04 - 01:57 PM
Stewart 19 Aug 04 - 02:27 PM
John MacKenzie 19 Aug 04 - 02:55 PM
GUEST,Van 19 Aug 04 - 03:06 PM
Rabbi-Sol 19 Aug 04 - 03:09 PM
Les from Hull 19 Aug 04 - 03:19 PM
Big Al Whittle 19 Aug 04 - 03:20 PM
Wolfgang 19 Aug 04 - 03:48 PM
Stewart 19 Aug 04 - 03:59 PM
greg stephens 19 Aug 04 - 04:06 PM
Bill D 19 Aug 04 - 04:19 PM
GUEST,ClaireBear 19 Aug 04 - 04:56 PM
Noreen 19 Aug 04 - 05:18 PM
Noreen 19 Aug 04 - 05:23 PM
Noreen 19 Aug 04 - 05:38 PM
John MacKenzie 19 Aug 04 - 05:57 PM
Cluin 19 Aug 04 - 06:08 PM
Big Al Whittle 19 Aug 04 - 06:25 PM
greg stephens 20 Aug 04 - 03:59 AM
John MacKenzie 20 Aug 04 - 04:14 AM
Sir Roger de Beverley 20 Aug 04 - 04:24 AM
Sir Roger de Beverley 20 Aug 04 - 04:32 AM
Sir Roger de Beverley 20 Aug 04 - 04:40 AM
Wolfgang 20 Aug 04 - 05:06 AM
greg stephens 20 Aug 04 - 05:13 AM
fleabag 20 Aug 04 - 06:37 AM
greg stephens 20 Aug 04 - 09:42 AM
Noah Zacharin 20 Aug 04 - 04:56 PM
greg stephens 22 Aug 04 - 03:31 AM
GUEST,Lindsay 22 Aug 04 - 04:43 AM
greg stephens 22 Aug 04 - 06:33 AM
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M'Grath of Altcar 23 Aug 04 - 03:05 AM
Noreen 23 Aug 04 - 10:40 AM
black walnut 24 Aug 04 - 08:14 AM
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Subject: Songs about glass?
From: greg stephens
Date: 19 Aug 04 - 01:57 PM

Well, I'm working on a firework event celebrating the glass making industry,. Normally for such things I come up with the appropriate folk(or other) song and include it in the score. Now fishemen, ploughboys, molecatchers, steel makers, gypsies...well almost any social grouping has some suitable songs, but I'm really drawing a blank on this one. If the Worcestershire glaas-makers and blowers have left a legacy of song, I have yet to find it. Anybody got any bright ideas? Songs, poems, anything.


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Subject: RE: Songs about glass?
From: Stewart
Date: 19 Aug 04 - 02:27 PM

How about "Broken Glass" as sung by Claudia Schmidt on her "Midwestern Heart" CD?

Cheers, S. in Seattle


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Subject: RE: Songs about glass?
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 19 Aug 04 - 02:55 PM

The Parting Glass?
The Dance of the Tumblers?
Silica Silica Melt, to the tune of Poverty Poverty Knock?

I'll get me cullet

Giok


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Subject: RE: Songs about glass?
From: GUEST,Van
Date: 19 Aug 04 - 03:06 PM

I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass by Nick Lowe?


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Subject: RE: Songs about glass?
From: Rabbi-Sol
Date: 19 Aug 04 - 03:09 PM

From the song "Strike The Bell" Look to the glass and you'll see that it has fell". SOL ZELLER


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Subject: RE: Songs about glass?
From: Les from Hull
Date: 19 Aug 04 - 03:19 PM

Blow me bully boys blow


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Subject: RE: Songs about glass?
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 19 Aug 04 - 03:20 PM

Why not a press release to The St Helens Reporter. If there are any glass songs , that's where they'll be. Got to be a collection of folksongs of Lancashire somewhere - St Helens library. How aboutPilkingtons themselves - they are a company mighty proud of their history. There are displays of float glass in St Helens. Its a while since I've been - but there used to be a little museum in Victoria park with stuff like that in.

Good hunting!


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Subject: RE: Songs about glass?
From: Wolfgang
Date: 19 Aug 04 - 03:48 PM

One verse in a German children song fits: click (second chorus)

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: Songs about glass?
From: Stewart
Date: 19 Aug 04 - 03:59 PM

Then for an instrumental, you could always do the Irish jig "Smash The Windows."

Cheers, S. in Seattle


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Subject: RE: Songs about glass?
From: greg stephens
Date: 19 Aug 04 - 04:06 PM

Thanks very much for suggestions, keep them coming. Wolfgang, could you oblige with a translation of the german song? That would be much appreciated.


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Subject: RE: Songs about glass?
From: Bill D
Date: 19 Aug 04 - 04:19 PM

"I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles"

(I think maybe glass blowers never had a way to sing while they worked...*grin*)


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Subject: RE: Songs about glass?
From: GUEST,ClaireBear
Date: 19 Aug 04 - 04:56 PM

Not much on the song front, Some poems, though -- none of them particularly lyrical, alas:

This page offers a poem called "the Glassblower's Heart."

The Ashmolean Museum has one in hexameter, no older than the Roman period, printed on papyrus, here.

And there's one by Rumi called "A New Rule." I prefer the second translation. The glassblower part doesn't come in 'til the end, though.

Here's a short-short story called "The Glassblower's Legacy."

Or how about a short play?

No, I have it: give up on the songs, stories, and plays and just set up a glass harmonica concert! Here's the Web site for Glass Music International.


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Subject: RE: Songs about glass?
From: Noreen
Date: 19 Aug 04 - 05:18 PM

weelittledrummer, they were doing it in Worcestershire before they were doing it in St Helens (though it pains me, a Lancashire lass, to say so).

You taking part in the International Festival Of Glass, greg?

Sorry I don't know any relevant songs, though I drive through the Glass Quarter in Stourbridge every day on my way to work.

Perhaps I should enquire of the local libraries!


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Subject: RE: Songs about glass?
From: Noreen
Date: 19 Aug 04 - 05:23 PM

Something by Philip Glass, hmmm?


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Subject: RE: Songs about glass?
From: Noreen
Date: 19 Aug 04 - 05:38 PM

OK- promise I'll stop after this one...
Blondie's Heart of Glass ?


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Subject: RE: Songs about glass?
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 19 Aug 04 - 05:57 PM

Legend of the Glass Mountain.
Giok


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Subject: RE: Songs about glass?
From: Cluin
Date: 19 Aug 04 - 06:08 PM

"I Wish I Was in Glasgow" by Billy Connolly?


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Subject: RE: Songs about glass?
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 19 Aug 04 - 06:25 PM

Probably true. and of course theres waterford crystal - which must have an ancient lineage. I'm just thinking of tales my mother told me about glass blowers when I was a kid. They were renowned as highly paid hard drinking men in St Helens. Its almost certain such a class produced some songs.


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Subject: RE: Songs about glass?
From: greg stephens
Date: 20 Aug 04 - 03:59 AM

You're right, Noreen. I am writing the music for the pyro event on Aug 30 for the International Glass Festival in Stourbridge. perhaps I'll see you there?


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Subject: RE: Songs about glass?
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 20 Aug 04 - 04:14 AM

I belong to glass blow.


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Subject: RE: Songs about glass?
From: Sir Roger de Beverley
Date: 20 Aug 04 - 04:24 AM

Look through any window - The Hollies

R


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Subject: RE: Songs about glass?
From: Sir Roger de Beverley
Date: 20 Aug 04 - 04:32 AM

Seriously, though. Why not look for songs about things made of glass - mirrors, windows, bowls, glasses (drinking and seeing type), lenses such as telescopes/microscopes etc

R


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Subject: RE: Songs about glass?
From: Sir Roger de Beverley
Date: 20 Aug 04 - 04:40 AM

When I'm cleaning Windows - George Formby

couldn't resist that one

R


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Subject: RE: Songs about glass?
From: Wolfgang
Date: 20 Aug 04 - 05:06 AM

Ch: Wer will fleißige Handwerker seh'n
der muss zu uns Kindern geh'n

(who wants to watch industrious craftsmen
must (got to us) look at us children)

1. |: Stein auf Stein, Stein auf Stein, (stone upon stone)
Das Häuschen wird bald fertig sein. :| (the house will be finished soon) (making the appropriate movements with the hands; similar in the next verses)

Refrain:
2. |: O wie fein, o wie fein, (oh, how finely)
Der Glaser setzt die Scheiben ein. :| (the glazier fits in the windows)

Refrain:
3. |: Tauchet ein, tauchet ein, (wet the brush)
Der Maler streicht die Wände fein. :| (the painter paints the walls)

Refrain:
4. |: Zisch, zisch, zisch, zisch, zisch, zisch, (hiss)
Der Tischler hobelt glatt den Tisch. :| (the carpenter planes the table)

Refrain:
5. |: Poch, poch, poch, poch, poch, poch, (knock)
Der Schuster schustert zu das Loch. :| (the shoemaker fills the hole)

Refrain:
6. |: Stich, stich, stich, stich, stich, stich, (sting)
Der Schneider näht das Kleid für mich. :| (the cutter makes a robe for me)

Refrain:
7. |: Trapp, trapp, drein, trapp, trapp, drein, (sound of walking?)
Jetzt geh'n wir von der Arbeit heim. :| (we go home from our work)

Refrain:
8. |: Rühre ein, rühre ein, (mix the dough?)
Der Kuchen wird bald fertig sein. :| (the cake will be ready soon)

Refrain:
9. |: Hopp, hopp, hopp, hopp, hopp, hopp, (hop)
Jetzt tanzen alle im Gallopp. :| (everybody dances a galopp)

Wolfgang (local variants and other verses in abundance)


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Subject: RE: Songs about glass?
From: greg stephens
Date: 20 Aug 04 - 05:13 AM

The man that looks on glass
On it may stay his eye
Or if he pleases through it pass
And then the heaven espy

You are right Sir Roger de Beverley. There are lots of references to things made of glass, and I suppose I could chop them up and make a musical collage(not much rehearsal time though!). I cant help feeling there's a "Glass Blowers Lament from the Gallows" oout there somewhere, lurking in the Roy Palmer "Book of Industrial Worcestershire Ballads" or something like that. But all these suggestions are excellent, and giving me more and more ideas. I am not entirely convinced by "I belong to glass blow" though.


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Subject: RE: Songs about glass?
From: fleabag
Date: 20 Aug 04 - 06:37 AM

what about Walking On Broken Glass - Annie Lennox

or

We Are Glass - Gary Numan and Tubeway Army

or Glass Onion - The Beatles

or of course you could include the traditional rude references to blowing

or others

like Blow The Man Down

Blow Away - george harrison

blow your mind - Jamiroquai


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Subject: RE: Songs about glass?
From: greg stephens
Date: 20 Aug 04 - 09:42 AM

Wolfgang: thanks very much


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Subject: RE: Songs about glass?
From: Noah Zacharin
Date: 20 Aug 04 - 04:56 PM

I guess I'll throw my two cents in: a song from my first CD ("the green album") is entitled "seasons of glass". not about glass-blowing, but about drinking and change and distortion of vision. if the link is working you can hear it on www.noahsong.com under recordings.


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Subject: RE: Songs about glass?
From: greg stephens
Date: 22 Aug 04 - 03:31 AM

refresh


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Subject: RE: Songs about glass?
From: GUEST,Lindsay
Date: 22 Aug 04 - 04:43 AM

Donovan's "Jersey Thursday"

In a tiny piece of coloured glass
My love was born
And reds and golds and yellows
Were the colours in the dawn
Night put on its purple cloak
Of velvet to the sky
And the gulls were wheeling, spinning,
On Jersey Thursday.

(I first heard this song in the 60s - we considered that the "tiny piece of coloured glass" was a test-tube, although the first "Test Tube Baby" had yet to be born)


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Subject: RE: Songs about glass?
From: greg stephens
Date: 22 Aug 04 - 06:33 AM

I think test-tubes are generally made of clear glass. I havent the slightest idea what this song is meant to mean(not unusual in songs of that era), but I somehow dont feel its about test-tube babies. Interesting the rhyming of dawn and morn. I think Auden in later life revised some of his earlier poems, and removed various rhymes like that. They only rhyme in certain forms of English:received(posh) pronunciations, and possibly SE English? Anyway, Auden wanted his poems to rhyme even if a west country peasant (like me) was reading them. And in that case, dawn and morn most certainly dont rhyme.


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Subject: RE: Songs about glass?
From: GUEST,Lindsay
Date: 22 Aug 04 - 06:50 PM

my remark about the test tube wasn't meant to be serious, it just seemed a joke at the time, we were just teenagers who didn't understand such things, anyway, but the thought of it made us laugh! It's a rather nice song...


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Subject: RE: Songs about glass?
From: M'Grath of Altcar
Date: 23 Aug 04 - 03:05 AM

I'm looking through you - The Beatles


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Subject: RE: Songs about glass?
From: Noreen
Date: 23 Aug 04 - 10:40 AM

Fraid I can't be there, greg, as I'll be up in Bridgnorth festivalling instead. Hope all goes well!!


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Subject: RE: Songs about glass?
From: black walnut
Date: 24 Aug 04 - 08:14 AM

I don't think anybody has mentioned David Francey's amazing song -
'Broken Glass'. The words and melody fit together perfectly. It is awesome.

Here are the lyrics, from David's website:

Broken Glass

This was written for my daughter, Amy, when she was 14 years old. I remembered what it was like to be a boy in love, and unable to say so. I realized that all the awkwardness and unrequited passion of high school days remain unchanged from generation to generation.


Saw you standing in the cafeteria line
I'd have given the world just to make you mine
Saw you at your locker, in the high school hall
And it didn't take a minute for my heart to fall

When you hear a sound like broken glass
That's my heart every time that girl walks past
When you hear a sound like the rush of wind
It's just me catching my breath again

Saw you on the bus, on the way back home
You were sitting so pretty, sitting all alone
Couldn't think of anything much to say
Except I'll love you forever, 'til my dying day

When you hear a sound like broken glass
That's my heart every time that girl walks past
When you hear a sound like the rush of wind
It's just me catching my breath again

Seeing her now makes me think of then
And I remember how and I remember when
You'd go to a party hoping that she'd show
Then you'd dance in the darkness to Abbey Road

When you hear a sound like broken glass
That's my heart every time that girl walks past
When you hear a sound like the rush of wind
It's just me catching my breath again

Under Bunker Road, Ayer's Cliff, Quebec, 1993

Lead Vocals: David Francey
Guitar: Dave Clarke
Backing Vocals: David Francey


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Subject: RE: Songs about glass?
From: JennieG
Date: 25 Aug 04 - 06:38 AM

I can see clearly now.....

Cheers
JennieG with a warped sense of humour


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Subject: RE: Songs about glass?
From: greg stephens
Date: 30 Aug 04 - 02:50 AM

The event is tonight,Monday, 9PM Ruskin Glass Centre, Stourbridge(England)


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Subject: RE: Songs about glass?
From: GUEST,skipy
Date: 30 Aug 04 - 02:58 PM

As I Love You Through The Glass



dialed the words    glass poem    into search engine got 881000+ hits must be something in that lot that you can use, copied and pasted one at random, good luck

As I love you through the glass
a tiny hand sweeps across the blanket
reaching out to me.
You lie there in the stillness
of your slumber clinging to life;
I reach inside to touch you
and you stir slightly;
I feel a tiny breath like a feather
caress my fingers
as I love you through the glass.
One eye opens
easily staring into mine;
Can you see me?
Can you feel my presence
as I love you through the glass.
I ache to hold you;
I await the moment
when you peacefully rest in my loving arms.
A silent tear rolls down my face;
I slowly turn to walk away
only to glance back one more time
as I love you through the glass.

(c) 1998 Elena Murphy All Rights Reserved

regards skipy


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Subject: RE: Songs about glass?
From: open mike
Date: 30 Aug 04 - 03:19 PM

there was a song a\that had a stained galss window in it..
i think it was peter paul and mary..
sunday morning very bright i read
your book by colored light that
came in thru the pretty window picture..


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