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Subject: Lyr Add: MY NAME IS JOHN WELLINGTON WELLS (G&S)
From: chico
Date: 13 Aug 06 - 12:38 AM


(F C G7 C) (a to high f, g to high e, a ab a c b a, g f# g a g f, d e f g a b c)
       C
Oh! My name is John Wellington Wells, I'm a dealer in magic and spells,
    G7                      C                      G7                      C
In blessings and curses and ever-filled purses, in prophecies, witches, and knells.
If you want a proud foe to make tracks--if you'd melt a rich uncle in wax--
You've but to look in, on the resident Djinn, number seventy, Simmery Axe!

          Am                                     E7                   Am
We've a first-class assortment of magic; and for raising a posthumous shade,
       Am                                     Eb°                      E
With effects that are comic or tragic, there's no cheaper house in the trade.
       B7                         E          B7                   E
Love-philtre--we've quantities of it! And for knowledge if any one burns,
    A7       D7            G7         C7          F            D       G
We keep an extremely small prophet, a prophet who brings us unbounded returns

7          C       G7          C
For he can prophesy, with a wink of his eye,
A7          Dm       A7    Dm
Peep with security, into futurity,
C7          F       A7       Dm
Sum up your history, clear up a mystery,
F#°       G       F#°       G    F#°       G (C° G)
Humour proclivity, for a nativity--for a nativity;
       G7       C       G7          C
He has answers oracular, bogies spectacular,
A7         Dm       A7         Dm
Tetrapods tragical, mirrors so magical,
B7       Em       B7       Em
Facts astronomical, solemn or comical,
C°|A°                                                          G7
And, if you want it, he, makes a reduction on taking a quantity! Oh!
(d c b a g f e d c b a g)
    C                                                
If any one anything lacks, he'll find it all ready in stacks,
          G7       C             G7       C          F       G7      C (Intro theme)
If he'll only look in (If he'll only look in) number seventy, Simmery Axe!

       F
He can raise you hosts of ghosts,
      +             F
And that without reflectors;
      C7/E             F
And creepy things with wings,        
And gaunt and grisly spectres.
       D7/F#                G
He can fill you crowds of shrouds,
    E7/G#       Am
And horrify you vastly;
       F7/A                  Bb
He can rack your brains with chains,
    G#°                  G
and gibberings grim and ghastly!

Then, if you plan it, he changes organity,
With an urbanity full of Satanity,
Vexes humanity with an inanity
Fatal to vanity--Driving your foes to the verge of insanity!
Barring tautology, in demonology,
'Lectro-biology, mystic nosology,
Spirit philology, high-class astrology,
Such is his knowledge, he isn't the man to require an apology! Oh!

Oh! my name is John Wellington Wells &c
       ?                      C                      Dm       G7      C
You've but to look in, on the resident Djinn, number seventy, Simmery Axe!


From the sorcerer


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: My Name is John Wellington Wells (G&S
From: chico
Date: 13 Aug 06 - 12:39 AM

Question:

Does Number 70 simmary axe (St. Mary Something) still exist?

That would be cool if you could buy the property and then open a magic store!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: My Name is John Wellington Wells (G&S)
From: GUEST,The Vulgar Boatman
Date: 13 Aug 06 - 02:56 AM

St Mary Axe is still there, between Leadenhall Street and Camomile Street in the City. Number 70, I regret to inform you, is occupied by Targetspace, and Starbucks Coffee. (Number 30, by Norman Foster, is the infamous "Gherkin". I've got a little list....


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: My Name is John Wellington Wells (G&S
From: chico
Date: 13 Aug 06 - 04:01 AM

What the #$#$# is targetspace? Starbucks?

I don't want coffee, I want to melt my rich uncle in wax.

What a waste of an historic address.

This is almost as bad as when they bulldozed Chaucer's "Tabard"

Say it isn't so.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: My Name is John Wellington Wells (G&S
From: GUEST,Derek Robinson
Date: 17 Aug 06 - 05:57 AM

I think Starbucks is OK for this address.
It sells stuff that is not recognisable and it's a miracle they've survived so long.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: My Name is John Wellington Wells (G&S)
From: Flash Company
Date: 17 Aug 06 - 06:59 AM

Chico..Love it, wish I could write lyrics like WSG, My attempts usually come out as a pale imitation.

FC


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: My Name is John Wellington Wells (G&S)
From: A Wandering Minstrel
Date: 17 Aug 06 - 08:02 AM

And for the interested the Firm of J W Wells & Co at 70 St Mary Axe is the subject of 4 very funny books by Tom Holt: The Portable Door, In Your Dreams, Earth, Air Fire and Custard and You Don't Have To Be Evil to Work Here

Love Philtres? they have it in quantity!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: My Name is John Wellington Wells (G&S)
From: GUEST,Marc Drexler
Date: 26 Sep 15 - 01:11 AM

At the time of Gilbert & Sullivan and as late as when the Gherkin was built, there was no 70. When I first tracked the Gherkin down and realized the street, I think the highest address on the block was 60. Then on a later trip to London I noticed a Starbucks had the 66-70 address, and now I understand a "Can of Ham" skyscraper will be 60-70 St. Mary Axe.


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