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Tune Req: For the song Saloon by George Whiting

GUEST,sspackma@yahoo.com 20 Jan 05 - 10:22 PM
iancarterb 26 Nov 09 - 05:40 PM
GUEST,ketchdana 26 Nov 09 - 10:52 PM
iancarterb 27 Nov 09 - 10:22 AM
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Subject: Tune Req: For the song Saloon by George Whiting
From: GUEST,sspackma@yahoo.com
Date: 20 Jan 05 - 10:22 PM

Hi all,
Does anyone know the tune to the song "Saloon"? I think that's the title at least, but I also notice that it isn't in the DT. Hope I'm not the only one who remembers this, but my father who sang it to me only knew the chorous as I recall... Here are the lyrics and the only web-site that I found it on (alas, no tune).

http://www.perfessorbill.com/lyrics/lysaloon.htm

Saloon
A Mock Ballad
Words by George Whiting, Music by Roland E. Llab (Ernest R. Ball)

Verse 1: I've been looking through the dictionary
For a word that's always running through my mind.
Though I love the name of brother, I was looking for another
And I must confess that word I cannot find
Can it be that all its glories are forgotten,
And it's buried with the language of the Greek?
If it is 'twill ever linger in my memory
As the first word that I heard my daddy Speak...

Chorus 1: Saloon, Saloon, Saloon. It runs through my brain like a tune.
I don't like café, And I hate cabaret, But just mention saloon and my cares fade away.
For it brings back a fond recollection of a little old low ceiling room.
With a bar, and a rail, and a dime, and a pail. Saloon, saloon, saloon.

Verse 2: I can picture swinging doors wide open.
I can almost see the sawdust on the floor.
And I dream of pals and cronies drinking highballs, steins and ponies,
I can see the name of "Ehret" on the door;
But the free lunch counter now is but a memory,
It has vanished with the joys we used to know,
Never more we'll hear that old familiar parting -
Just one drink, boys, just one more before we go.

Chorus 2: Saloon, Saloon, Saloon. Have you been forgotten so soon.
You nestled so sweet in that little side street, so respected, protected by cops on the beat.
Since you've left us the world seems in darkness, like a cloud passing over the moon.
No more joys in my life, no more lies to my wife. Saloon, saloon, saloon.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: For the song Saloon by George Whiting
From: iancarterb
Date: 26 Nov 09 - 05:40 PM

The dread mailer-daemon says sspack@yahoo.com no longer exists. I could contrive somehow to get the tune to him or her, in grateful recognition of having found all the lyric posted right here on the 'cat, so I am hoping someone knows who the guest might be?
Carter


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: For the song Saloon by George Whitin
From: GUEST,ketchdana
Date: 26 Nov 09 - 10:52 PM

A midi for Saloon can be found here, at the same perfessorbill site:

http://www.perfessorbill.com/pbmidiall.shtml

(Clicking Saloon, or the note symbol beside it, will bring up
the .mid file, to be downloaded or played by your favorite browser plug-in.)

-- ketchdana


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: For the song Saloon by George Whiting
From: iancarterb
Date: 27 Nov 09 - 10:22 AM

Thanks ketchdana- of course I didn't actually LOOK there but started the somewhat painful (for me) process of notating it instead. Welcome to the late 1990s, Carter:) I KNOW the tune but some- ok most- of the second verse had slipped between neural pathways over the last 50 years. Perhaps sspackma found it as well before or after disappearing from yahoo. Thanks again- I'll browse that site for other things that I didn't KNOW I'd forgotten.
Carter


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