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Lyr Req: Mister Sludge the medium sized snail

M'Grath of Altcar 09 Sep 04 - 04:40 AM
Joe_F 09 Sep 04 - 05:48 PM
GUEST,MMario 10 Sep 04 - 09:08 AM
GUEST,Saddo 11 Jan 07 - 04:15 PM
GUEST,liz 03 Aug 08 - 06:22 PM
GUEST,liz 03 Aug 08 - 06:28 PM
GUEST 06 Jun 11 - 06:33 PM
GUEST,BRIAN VINCENT 05 Apr 12 - 10:23 PM
GUEST,Rxap 06 Apr 12 - 03:54 PM
GUEST,Helen Boyd 20 Jul 12 - 04:01 PM
GUEST,Dave Lock 01 Feb 14 - 06:50 AM
MGM·Lion 02 Feb 14 - 05:18 AM
Jim Dixon 03 Feb 14 - 12:09 PM
Mrrzy 03 Feb 14 - 03:21 PM
GUEST 04 Dec 14 - 12:24 PM
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GUEST,guest 12 Jul 18 - 04:03 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Mister Sludge the medium sized snail
From: M'Grath of Altcar
Date: 09 Sep 04 - 04:40 AM

I sang this song when I was in primary school in about 1966 /67. It was included in one of those BBC music for schools booklets Time and Tune or Singing Together.

The song started :

Mister Sludge the medium sized snail,
wherever he went left behind him a trail.

I remember the tune itself was dorian.

I've been after this song for about 40 years.

MofA


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mister Sludge the medium sized snail
From: Joe_F
Date: 09 Sep 04 - 05:48 PM

Does this allude to Robert Browning's attack on his wife's psychic?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mister Sludge the medium sized snail
From: GUEST,MMario
Date: 10 Sep 04 - 09:08 AM

Have you asked over at Folkinfo.org

they are entering lyrics and tunes from several of the 'singing Together' booklets - I'm not sure how many they have.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mister Sludge the medium sized snail
From: GUEST,Saddo
Date: 11 Jan 07 - 04:15 PM

Just found this posting - probably too late to help!!

Mr Sludge the medium sized snail
Wherever he went left behind him a trail
Now trails are to snails as 'caw' is to crow
He shall leave silver wherever he goes


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mister Sludge the medium sized snail
From: GUEST,liz
Date: 03 Aug 08 - 06:22 PM

Mr. Sludge, the medium-sized snail,
Wherever he went, left behind him a trail.
Now, trails are to snails as a caw's to a crow.
You can find them wherever they go.
Mr. Sludge, Mr. Sludge.

Mr. Sludge had a very large wife
Who followed him everywhere most of his life.
One day he went down to the doctor to see
If he had any trail remedy.
Mr. Sludge, Mr. Sludge.

Doctor said, "now look, Mr. Sludge.
Your tail helps to guide; otherwise you won't budge.
I'll give you a liquid called cystal cordide.
Drop it behind you when you want to hide."
Mr. Sludge, Mr. Sludge.

Mr. Sludge, the medium-sized snail,
Wherever he went, left behind him a trail,
Except when he felt like a snail holiday;
Then where is he? No one can say.
Mr. Sludge, Mr. Sludge.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mister Sludge the medium sized snail
From: GUEST,liz
Date: 03 Aug 08 - 06:28 PM

Do you remember the groundhog song too . it was in the same book. so was greensleaves and cave man ugh. mr sludge was my favourite. i didnt think any one else in the world remembered it


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mister Sludge the medium sized snail
From: GUEST
Date: 06 Jun 11 - 06:33 PM

'Mr Sludge' appeared in Time and Tune, a radio programme aimed at teaching music to primary school children. At the same time, the tune was featured as the ditty played on the descant recorder by Patrick Troughton's 'Dr Who'. Troughton only ever (if memory serves) played the melody of the first two lines.
Children listening to the radio programme were encouraged to chant (quietly!) the words "snail pace" over and again before the start of the song.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mister Sludge the medium sized snail
From: GUEST,BRIAN VINCENT
Date: 05 Apr 12 - 10:23 PM

ST THERESA PRIMARY SCHOOL-BRISTOL.
I TOO, HAVE BEEN AFTER THIS FOR OVER 40 YEARS,DISCOVERED TODAY AT 3:30 A.M OF THE 06/04/2012!!!!
USED TO SING THIS TO MY CHILDREN EACH NIGHT, ENDED UP MAKING UP SOME OF MY OWN VERSES FROM POOR RECALL.
SO HAPPY TO HAVE FOUND THIS, AS 53 IN 2 DAYS TIME AND ALWAYS HAVE TTHIS ONE IN MY HEAD,...THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mister Sludge the medium sized snail
From: GUEST,Rxap
Date: 06 Apr 12 - 03:54 PM

I sang this in primary 2 in 1973. I could still remember most of words when singing it to my son , but so pleased to fill the gaps! One comment...I think doctor said ' your trail helps you glide else you wouldn't budge'... Not 'guide'. Does anyone agree?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mister Sludge the medium sized snail
From: GUEST,Helen Boyd
Date: 20 Jul 12 - 04:01 PM

Am so happy to have found the missing lyrics...tune also been in my head for 45 years !

Think the doctor says 'glide '...'otherwise you won't budge!'

Great x


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mister Sludge the medium sized snail
From: GUEST,Dave Lock
Date: 01 Feb 14 - 06:50 AM

Likewise have had this tune in my head for 45 years, could only remember the first verse though. Woke up this morning and thought "wonder if Google has the lyrics to Mr Sludge...". As one does, amazed to find it. Oh well, will probably have this stuck in my head for another few decades yet!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mister Sludge the medium sized snail
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 02 Feb 14 - 05:18 AM

No-one seems to have responded to the question in the 2nd post on this thread from nearly 10 years back!

There is surely an allusion in the choice of the name of the eponymous medium-sized snail to Robert Browning's very long (over 17 double-column small-print pages in the Oxford Collected Robert Browning) dramatic monologue Mr Sludge, 'The Medium', one of the poems in his 1864 collection Dramatis Personæ: a self-defence by a medium exposed as fraudulent against an attack, verging on the physical, by a dissatisfied client. At least, that's what I remember it as about: many years since I read it -- must have been some time in the 1950s IIRC -- and I don't think I quite have the energy at this time of day to tackle it again; tho I seem to recall admiring it at the time.

Anyhow, for anyone interested, here's an online link to its full text

http://www.telelib.com/words/authors/B/BrowningRobert/verse/dramatispersonae/mrsludge.html

~M~


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mister Sludge the medium sized snail
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 03 Feb 14 - 12:09 PM

I thought of copying and pasting it here, but it's 68 pages long! So here's just the beginning:

From Dramatis Personæ by Robert Browning (Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1864). Page 183:


MR. SLUDGE, "THE MEDIUM."

Now, don't sir! Don't expose me! Just this once!
This was the first and only time, I'll swear,—
Look at me,—see, I kneel,—the only time,
I swear, I ever cheated,—yes, by the soul
Of Her who hears,—(your sainted mother, sir!)
All, except this last accident, was truth,—
This little kind of slip!—and even this,
It was your own wine, sir, the good champagne,
(I took it for Catawba,—you're so kind,)
Which put the folly in my head!

                                            "Get up?"
You still inflict on me that terrible face?
You show no mercy?—Not for Her dear sake,
The sainted spirit's, whose soft breath even now
Blows on my cheek—(don't you feel something, sir?)
You'll tell?

              Go tell, then! Who the devil cares
What such a rowdy chooses to . . .

                                                  Aie—aie—aie!
Please, sir! your thumbs are through my windpipe, sir!
Ch—ch!

            Well, sir, I hope you've done it now!
O Lord! I little thought, sir, yesterday,
When your departed mother spoke those words
Of peace through me, and moved you, sir, so much,
You gave me—(very kind it was of you)
These shirt-studs—(better take them back again,
Please, sir!)—yes, little did I think so soon
A trifle of trick, all through a glass too much
Of his own champagne, would change my best of friends
Into an angry gentleman! . . .


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mister Sludge the medium sized snail
From: Mrrzy
Date: 03 Feb 14 - 03:21 PM

Anybody remember James, who was (only) a very small snail?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mister Sludge the medium sized snail
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Dec 14 - 12:24 PM

Amazed that others remember it too. What about Mr Rabbit Mr Rabbit your ears are mighty long.Yes my lord they're put on wrong.....


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mister Sludge the medium sized snail
From: GUEST,#
Date: 04 Dec 14 - 01:32 PM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NDEOs6_Mm8

Neat song.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mister Sludge the medium sized snail
From: GUEST,guest
Date: 12 Jul 18 - 04:03 PM

Haha! I've looked for this many times. The words are slightly different to what I remember, but this must be it... I remember the radio set being pulled out around 11ish and the booklets being passed out. Would love to hear a recording of this to see if I remember the melody correctly. I used to sing a rebuilt and modified version of this song to my class. There's an entire generation of kids who now sing the wrong words and melody. :)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mister Sludge the medium sized snail
From: Jack Campin
Date: 12 Jul 18 - 06:42 PM

Is there a video of this somewhere? I can't find one.


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