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Lyr Req: The Three Billy Goats Gruff (Frank Luther

Chris Green 01 Feb 05 - 06:27 PM
Susanne (skw) 01 Feb 05 - 07:25 PM
Snuffy 01 Feb 05 - 08:08 PM
Leadfingers 01 Feb 05 - 09:12 PM
Malcolm Douglas 02 Feb 05 - 02:27 AM
Roger the Skiffler 02 Feb 05 - 03:43 AM
Roger the Skiffler 02 Feb 05 - 03:46 AM
Roger the Skiffler 02 Feb 05 - 03:48 AM
GUEST,Lindsay 02 Feb 05 - 07:45 PM
Liz the Squeak 03 Feb 05 - 04:48 AM
Chris Green 03 Feb 05 - 12:17 PM
Liz the Squeak 03 Feb 05 - 06:17 PM
belfast 03 Feb 05 - 06:32 PM
Herga Kitty 03 Feb 05 - 07:07 PM
Cool Beans 03 Feb 05 - 07:57 PM
GUEST 12 Oct 10 - 08:40 PM
Bat Goddess 13 Oct 10 - 11:53 AM
GUEST,cmasch62 29 Aug 11 - 09:41 PM
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Subject: Billy Goats Gruff
From: Chris Green
Date: 01 Feb 05 - 06:27 PM

I'm trying to find a song/narrative about the Three Billy Goats Gruff which I remember from childhood. I tried typing things about trolls, billy goats and rickety rackety bridges into mudcat search and, as this is the internet, it threw up a lot of threads about trolls ('trolls' in the sense of sad halfwits who own a PC and have no mates, and enjoy pissing off people who are more intelligent and socially-adjusted than they are).

Does anyone know who recorded or wrote this song? I shall be eternally grateful if anyone can pin it down for me as it's driving me nuts!


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Subject: RE: Billy Goats Gruff
From: Susanne (skw)
Date: 01 Feb 05 - 07:25 PM

I used to have it on a Yetties album, but gave it away some years back. Try the Yetties website - they must have one!


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Subject: RE: Billy Goats Gruff
From: Snuffy
Date: 01 Feb 05 - 08:08 PM

Wasn't it Danny Kaye, or is my memory playing tricks on me?


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Subject: RE: Billy Goats Gruff
From: Leadfingers
Date: 01 Feb 05 - 09:12 PM

Danny Kaye has my vote as main man for this too !!


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Subject: RE: Billy Goats Gruff
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 02 Feb 05 - 02:27 AM

It was based on a Norwegian folktale which can be found in the Asbjørnsen-Moe collection (Aarne-Thompson type 122E). So far as I know, the singer was Frank Luther; he may also have written the song.

You can hear a brief clip at amazon


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Subject: RE: Billy Goats Gruff
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 02 Feb 05 - 03:43 AM

Burl Ives, surely? Or someone who sounded very similar!

RtS
(Damn CRS)


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Subject: RE: Billy Goats Gruff
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 02 Feb 05 - 03:46 AM

Text here and sounclip (NOT Burl Ives!):
http://www.sterlingtimes.co.uk/bill_goats_gruff.htm

RtS


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Subject: RE: Billy Goats Gruff
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 02 Feb 05 - 03:48 AM

Malcolm was right, Frank Luther. Found with simple Google search under "billy goat gruff".

RtS
(and I should have typed "soundclip")


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Subject: RE: Billy Goats Gruff
From: GUEST,Lindsay
Date: 02 Feb 05 - 07:45 PM

it's on "Hello Children Everywhere" an album set now probably available on CD, all the records that "Uncle Mac" played on the wireless on 1950s Saturday mornings!


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Subject: RE: Billy Goats Gruff
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 03 Feb 05 - 04:48 AM

Used to babysit a small girl who had a nasty habit of permanently sucking on a dummy (pacifier or binky). She learned to talk around this dummy, and consequently, her teeth really did grow at a strange angle. She learned to talk around the dummy and so couldn't do any letters that involved the tongue at the front of the mouth. Unfortunately 3BGG was her favourite story and she joined in with it... so:

The goats would go 'crip crap, crip crap, over da rickicky brig'.

LTS


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Subject: RE: Billy Goats Gruff
From: Chris Green
Date: 03 Feb 05 - 12:17 PM

Thanks guys! Found it, and suddenly I'm five years old again! :-)


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Subject: RE: Billy Goats Gruff
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 03 Feb 05 - 06:17 PM

You do that here and you'll get no sweeties and you'll go to bed early...

LTS


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Subject: RE: Billy Goats Gruff
From: belfast
Date: 03 Feb 05 - 06:32 PM

When I was a child (about a thousand years ago) there was a BBC radio programme called "Children's Favourites". They seemed to play exactly the same records every week and this was one of them. I heard it so often that I don't need the record. I can hear every single word of it in my head, "I'm a troll, fol-de-rol etc." Then there was "The Runaway Train" and "Nelly the Elephant". Ah, the nostalgia.


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Subject: RE: Billy Goats Gruff
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 03 Feb 05 - 07:07 PM

Belfast

Also lots of Petula Clark, and the Railway runs through the middle of our house, and the Laughing Policeman? And "There was an old lady who swallowed a fly" (probably Burl Ives) and "The Owl and the Pussycat"(Elton Hayes). The usual Danny Kaye one was the Ugly Duckling.

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Billy Goats Gruff
From: Cool Beans
Date: 03 Feb 05 - 07:57 PM

Oh yeah, definitely Frank Luther. I remember it, too. "I'm a troll fol-de-rol, and I'll eat you for supper." Nice to hear it again on that clip.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Three Billy Goats Gruff (Frank Luther
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Oct 10 - 08:40 PM

So where can we get the lyrics so I can teach it to the children in my class, I have heard Frank Luther's clip, but is there somewhere to find the lyrics written out??


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Three Billy Goats Gruff (Frank Luther
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 13 Oct 10 - 11:53 AM

Back at Pershing School on 47th St. in West Milwaukee, Wisconsin, when I was 3 or 4 years old (we moved when I was 4-5) back in 1953-54, we had a piece of metal playground equipment (green) that was like a bridge. And, of course, we played "Three Billy Goats Gruff" of which I now can remember absolutely nothing of the story other than there were three billy goats and a troll under the bridge.

Never played it afterwards as we lacked the major prop, the bridge.

The school, by the way, is long, long gone, but it was my first school. And it had a woman principal -- back in the early 1950s. So my early experience taught me not to buy that only men were capable of that position of authority.

Linn


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Three Billy Goats Gruff (Frank Luther
From: GUEST,cmasch62
Date: 29 Aug 11 - 09:41 PM

I just came across this site and just had to respond to Bat Godess about the Billy Goats Gruff. I attended Pershing Elementary school in West Milwaukee during the late 60's/early 70's and that "piece of metal playground equipment" was still there at that time. We also used to play the three billy goats gruff on it!! My husband and I were just talking about that the other day!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Three Billy Goats Gruff (Frank Luther
From: Padre
Date: 30 Aug 11 - 12:01 AM

I had the album as a child, and I think I wore out the grooves. The goats went:

Trip -Trap


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Three Billy Goats Gruff (Frank Luther
From: GUEST,Wetcatinmizzu
Date: 22 May 13 - 04:36 PM

I have been trying to find TBGG,too. I remember from my childhood( real ancient history) a yellow vinyl record (7"?) the story narrated but I remember two songs throughout. I even remember the words....1) we eat all day and we eat all night, for we're three billy goats gruff, we finish all the grass inside, but we never have enough. The second song goes "please oh please don't eat me up, I'm much too small for you..but wait for my big brother who will taste much better,too."
Does anyone else remember this version or who does it?


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