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Lyr Req: Riding Along on the Crest of a Wave

GUEST,Stencil 17 Sep 04 - 09:35 AM
DMcG 17 Sep 04 - 09:44 AM
Bernard 17 Sep 04 - 09:56 AM
GUEST,Stencil 17 Sep 04 - 10:31 AM
Bernard 17 Sep 04 - 10:40 AM
MartinRyan 17 Sep 04 - 01:20 PM
cobber 18 Sep 04 - 04:12 AM
Compton 18 Sep 04 - 07:48 PM
Nigel Parsons 19 Sep 04 - 12:14 PM
fiddler 19 Sep 04 - 03:35 PM
DMcG 19 Sep 04 - 05:27 PM
Herga Kitty 19 Sep 04 - 05:53 PM
Nigel Parsons 20 Sep 04 - 02:47 PM
Doug Chadwick 21 Sep 04 - 12:15 PM
GUEST,Cat 05 Oct 06 - 06:33 AM
GUEST 05 Oct 06 - 07:51 PM
The Fooles Troupe 05 Oct 06 - 08:56 PM
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Barry Finn 05 Oct 06 - 11:40 PM
Jim Dixon 09 Oct 06 - 08:14 AM
GUEST,alicia 18 Feb 09 - 04:14 PM
Joan from Wigan 18 Feb 09 - 06:52 PM
GUEST,Brian - Newcastle 24 Mar 09 - 05:33 AM
GUEST,Guest - George 26 Apr 09 - 05:49 AM
GUEST,G Houguez 22 Jan 10 - 04:44 AM
GUEST,Shimrod 22 Jan 10 - 06:47 AM
Seamus Kennedy 22 Jan 10 - 11:33 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: 'Riding Along on the Crest of a Wave'?
From: GUEST,Stencil
Date: 17 Sep 04 - 09:35 AM

Do you happen to know the lyrics for that old favourite 'Riding Along on the Crest of A Wave'?..


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Riding Along on the Crest of a Wave'?
From: DMcG
Date: 17 Sep 04 - 09:44 AM

We're riding along on the crest of a wave
And the sun is in the sky,
All our eyes on the distant horizon
Look out for passers-by.
We'll do the hailing
When all the ships are round us sailing
We're riding along on the crest of a wave
and the world is ours

All hands aboard, boys,
All hands abord, boys,
The ship is calling for more.
We're getting getting ready,
Now for a steady
Pull-away from the home shore.
We're off to find adventure anyhow
Because we know that now:-

We're riding, etc.


-- From memory, based on appearing in the Middlesbrough Gang Show, 1966.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Riding Along on the Crest of a Wave'?
From: Bernard
Date: 17 Sep 04 - 09:56 AM

Wasn't Ralph Reader once caught with a large brass gong and an even larger loin-cloth clad foreign looking burly bloke...

'What on earth are you doing?' he was asked...

He replied 'I'm sliding a gong on the chest of a slave...!'


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Riding Along on the Crest of a Wave'?
From: GUEST,Stencil
Date: 17 Sep 04 - 10:31 AM

Thank you very much D MCG (er..& Benard)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Riding Along on the Crest of a Wave'?
From: Bernard
Date: 17 Sep 04 - 10:40 AM

Th'art welcome, lad!!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Riding Along on the Crest of a Wave'?
From: MartinRyan
Date: 17 Sep 04 - 01:20 PM

Brought me back further than I like to go, did that thread title!

Regards


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Riding Along on the Crest of a Wave'?
From: cobber
Date: 18 Sep 04 - 04:12 AM

I first learned this in the scouts too around 1958. Instead of the line "while other ships around are sailing", we used to sing "while other suckers do the bailing". Living in England at the time, we thought it came from the Goon Show as they sing it at the end of one of their shows, but it's probably older than that.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Riding Along on the Crest of a Wave'?
From: Compton
Date: 18 Sep 04 - 07:48 PM

'Twas indeed writ by Ralph Reader, (I think)...who wrote an awful lot for the Gang Shows


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Riding Along on the Crest of a Wave'?
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 19 Sep 04 - 12:14 PM

I hadn't really considered it before, but just like camp-fire songs, much of the music from the "Gang Shows" must have passed into the collective conscience to some extent.

I remember seeing some televised, and still have a couple of the song books (1961 & 1962) where every song is "words & music by Ralph Reader" and copyright assigned to The Boy Scouts Association.

The 1962 version is for the 30th anniversary "Show" so there must be a lot of songs out there. And even if (as Theodore Sturgeon said) "Ninety percent of everything is crap" there must be some good stuff in it!

CHEERS

Nigel


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Riding Along on the Crest of a Wave'?
From: fiddler
Date: 19 Sep 04 - 03:35 PM

The really frightening bit about this thread is: -
Although I now live in Reading I was was brumpt up on Teesside and saw the 66 Gang show in Middlesboro having been involved in all Gang shows from 1964 - 74, accross the river in Stockton!

Can anyone still remember the hand actions! I can still remember the opening of '64 as I was the first little lad aged circa 11 on stage for the gang show 1964!

I suppose folk was a natural development from camp fires with old songs and story telling etc. etc. etc.

Andy


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Riding Along on the Crest of a Wave'?
From: DMcG
Date: 19 Sep 04 - 05:27 PM

Certainly I remember the hand actions. I remember too many of the rest of the songs from the show as well. (I was a Brownie in one of the acts. That went down well at my all-male senior school.)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Riding Along on the Crest of a Wave'?
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 19 Sep 04 - 05:53 PM

Andy /Fiddler

If it's any consolation, until your post today I thought you were a lot younger than me! MCP told me that the Anchor House club on Teesside used to run a bus home....

I got into campfire singing (Forest School Camps)when I was 11, but don/'t remember the hand actions, sorry!

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Riding Along on the Crest of a Wave'?
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 20 Sep 04 - 02:47 PM

I thought there was a second verse, but it just wouldn't come while I was seeking it. 24 hours on a back-burner & suddenly there it was:

We're riding along on the crest of a wave
And the sun is in the sky,
All our eyes on the distant horizon
Look out for passers-by.
We'll do the hailing
While other ships are round us sailing
We're riding along on the crest of a wave
and the world is ours

All hands aboard, boys,
All hands abord, boys,
The ship is calling for more.
We're getting getting ready,
Now for a steady -
Pull-away from the home shore.
We're off to find adventure anyhow
Because we know that now:-

We're riding...

Sailing the seas is -
Great, when the breezes -
Seem just to blow you along.
And though before we -
Land there'll be stormy -
Weather, we'll face it with song
High through the billows we'll go crashing through
With our adventure crew..

We're riding along...



CHEERS

Nigel
DYB DYB DYB


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Riding Along on the Crest of a Wave'?
From: Doug Chadwick
Date: 21 Sep 04 - 12:15 PM

Sang it on stage, complete with hand actions, with the Grimsby Gang just 6 months ago.


Doug C


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Riding Along on the Crest of a Wave'?
From: GUEST,Cat
Date: 05 Oct 06 - 06:33 AM

I am a member of the Nuneaton District Gangshow and that was my favorite song last year!!

does anyone know where i can download the sond from the web?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Riding Along on the Crest of a Wave'?
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Oct 06 - 07:51 PM

I was part of a scouts gang show back in 1964 and sang this song in my wee shorts and stiff scout hat and woggle.

When I think of it now I totally cringe. The gang shows were awful with all that false merriment and brotherhood stuff.

You were supposed to smile and whistle under all difficulties !
Have you ever tried smiling and whistling at the same time ??


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Riding Along on the Crest of a Wave'?
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 05 Oct 06 - 08:56 PM

You had a stiff woggle at your age?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Riding Along on the Crest of a Wave'?
From: Soldier boy
Date: 05 Oct 06 - 09:29 PM

Yup !


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Riding Along on the Crest of a Wave'?
From: Barry Finn
Date: 05 Oct 06 - 11:40 PM

What's a gang-show?

Barry


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Riding Along on the Crest of a Wave'?
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 09 Oct 06 - 08:14 AM

There's a history of the Gang Show, apparently written by Ralph Reader, on this page. There is supposed to be a midi file of RIDING ALONG ON THE CREST OF A WAVE if you click on the song title about 3/4 of the way down the page.

The Gang Show seems to be primarily a British and Australian phenomenon. I had never heard of it here in the US – but then I never went further than Cub Scouts.

Wikipedia has an article.

The Gang Show has its own global web site.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Riding Along on the Crest of a Wave'?
From: GUEST,alicia
Date: 18 Feb 09 - 04:14 PM

im rehearsing for the nottingham scout gang show at the minute.
we sing:

we're riding along on the crest of the wave
And the sun is in the sky
All of our eyes on the distant horizon
Look out for passers by
We'll do the hailing
While all the ships around are sailing
We're riding along on the crest of the wave
And the world is ours

Sailing the seas is
Great when the breezes
Seem to just blow us along
And though before we
Land there'll be stormy
Weather we'll face it with song
High through the billows we'll go crashing through
We are the gang show crew

then the chorus again but the actions i can remember are on the lines
sun is in the sky (tapping hand on head. up down out!)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Riding Along on the Crest of a Wave'?
From: Joan from Wigan
Date: 18 Feb 09 - 06:52 PM

Here's a clip of the song - poor quality because recorded on a phone - but it does show the hand actions: Crest of a Wave...Tod Gang Show '07


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Riding Along on the Crest of a Wave'?
From: GUEST,Brian - Newcastle
Date: 24 Mar 09 - 05:33 AM

First sang this song in the 1947 Gang Show staged at the Theatre Royal Newcastle.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Riding Along on the Crest of a Wave
From: GUEST,Guest - George
Date: 26 Apr 09 - 05:49 AM

Is there anywhere at all i can get the sheet music for this, for free, without installing some silly program?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Riding Along on the Crest of a Wave
From: GUEST,G Houguez
Date: 22 Jan 10 - 04:44 AM

Family and friends of the late George J. A. Houguez, co-founder of the 21st Scout Group, Coventry, District Secretary for many years, will be singing it, unaccompanied, but lead from the front by the ex District Chairman, in true Scout fashion, at his memorial Service next month.

A joyful tribute to a man who gave so much of his time for the benefit of others. There won't be a dry eye in the house. It'll be interesting to see who knows the movements, and if the 'big red football' makes an appearance.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Riding Along on the Crest of a Wave
From: GUEST,Shimrod
Date: 22 Jan 10 - 06:47 AM

I recently found a newspaper clipping from a Gang Show, in the 1960s, in Peterborough (they took place in the Elwes Hall - which was near Lincoln Road I seem to remember). I think my mother kept the cutting because my brother was in that particular show. The really creepy thing is that each scouting participant is obviously thickly encrusted with make-up - rouged cheeks, eye make-up, the lot - very peculiar!

Luckily, I was adjudged to be completely talentless in the singing and dancing departments so never took part in any of these weird travesties.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Riding Along on the Crest of a Wave
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 22 Jan 10 - 11:33 PM

Try this:

Ralph Reader's Gang


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Riding Along on the Crest of a Wave
From: GUEST,APC.SUTTON COLDFIELD
Date: 02 Dec 13 - 02:15 PM

THERE'S A SONG IN MY HEART.
A CHORUS AND A TUNE AND VERSE?
ANYONE KNOW IT? IT'S ONE OF RALPH'S.


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