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Lyr Add: Stately as a Galleon (Joyce Grenfell)

Mr Happy 09 Apr 06 - 04:10 AM
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Subject: Lyr Add: STATELY AS A GALLEON (Joyce Grenfell)
From: Mr Happy
Date: 09 Apr 06 - 04:10 AM

STATELY AS A GALLEON
Joyce Grenfell

My neighbour, Mrs Fanshaw, is portly-plump and gay.
She must be over sixty-seven if she is a day.
You might have thought her life was dull. It's one long whirl instead.
I asked her all about it, and this is what she said:

I've joined an Old Time Dance Club. the trouble is that there
Are too many ladies over, and no gentlemen to spare.
It seems a shame; it's not the same, but still it has to be:
Some ladies have to dance together. One of them is me.

Stately as a galleon I sail across the floor,
Doing the Military Two-step as in the days of yore.
I dance with Mrs Tiverton. She's light on her feet, in spite
Of turning the scale at fourteen stone, and being of medium height.

So gay the band, so giddy the sight, full evening dress is a must,
But the zest goes out of a beautiful waltz when you dance it bust to bust.

So, stately as two galleons, we sail across the floor,
Doing the Valse Valeta as in the days of yore.
The gent is Mrs Tiverton. I am her lady fair.
She bows to me ever so nicely and I curtsey to her with care.

So gay the band, so giddy the sight, but it's not the same in the end,
For a lady is never a gentleman, though she may be your bosom friend.

So, stately as a galleon, I sail across the floor,
Doing the dear old Lancers, as in the days of yore.
I'm led by Mrs Tiverton. She swings me round and round,
And though she manoeuvres me wonderfully well, I never get off the ground.

So gay the band, so giddy the sight, I try not to get depressed;
And it's done me a power of good to explode, and get this lot off my chest.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Old Time Dancing (Stately as a Galleo
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 09 Apr 06 - 01:25 PM

I love it! Where did you come on it, Mr. Happy?

~ Becky in Tucson


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Old Time Dancing (Stately as a Galleon)
From: Willa
Date: 09 Apr 06 - 05:39 PM

Hi Becky

It's one of the wonderful Joyce Grenfell's songs. She was English, though with American connections.If you've not heard of her, you'll find plenty of info on the web. One of my all-time favourites!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Old Time Dancing (Stately as a Galleon)
From: Mr Happy
Date: 09 Apr 06 - 05:45 PM

Have a peek here:

http://monologues.co.uk/First_Ladies/index.htm

there's piles more similar!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Old Time Dancing (Stately as a Galleon)
From: Cats
Date: 10 Apr 06 - 01:09 PM

I sometimes feel like Joyce Grenfell when I'm talking to my students, particularly as I have one called George!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Old Time Dancing (Stately as a Galleo
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 10 Apr 06 - 02:21 PM

I often think of her piece about the nursery class with "Don't do that, George!"

There was at least one sign quoting that on the big anti-war march in London on the eve of the Iraq invasion.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Old Time Dancing (Stately as a Galleon)
From: Flash Company
Date: 11 Apr 06 - 10:20 AM

Maureen Lipman did a marvellous stage show called 'Re: Joyce' based on the Joyce Grenfell monologues.
I would like to get hold of some of the things that Beatrice Lillie used to do which were in the same vein. There was one delivered in rather inebriated tones called 'We're all rotten to the core, Maud!'

FC


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Old Time Dancing (Stately as a Galleon)
From: Mr Happy
Date: 30 Jun 10 - 05:48 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clOdyzP9fcw


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Old Time Dancing (Stately as a Galleon)
From: Leadfingers
Date: 30 Jun 10 - 11:55 AM

Beat me to the link Hap !! Quit a few of Joyce's things on U Tube !


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