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John Brown's Body-parodies

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AIR CORPS LAMENT
ARSON, RAPE, AND BLOODY MURDER
BALLAD OF 5.60
BATTLE HYMN OF LT. CALLEY
BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC
BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLICAN
BLOOD ON THE RISERS (GORY, GORY)
CLIMBER'S GORY
CLIMBER'S GORY II
GLORY HOW PECULIAR
GORY, GORY (SKI)
JOHN BROWN'S BABY
JOHN BROWN'S BODY
JOHN BROWN'S PENIS
MACV MARCHING SONG
MARCHING SONG OG THE FIRST ARKANSAS (U.S.C.T.)
MARY ANN MCCARTHY
PINK PAJAMAS
SOLIDARITY FOREVER
THE AIR SCOUTS SONG
THE BUGS MARCHED DOWN THE AISLE
THE BURNING OF THE SCHOOL
THE CHARGE ON MOTHER JONES
THE DRAPES OF ROTH
THE HARTLEY BILL (or the Bosses Solidarity song)
THE JOY OF LOCOMOTION
TONGUE TWISTER
WE ARE FREE!
YOU CAN TELL A FIGHTER PILOT


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Help: Chords for Battle Hymn of the Republic (5)
Tune Req: Alt. tunes for Battle Hymn of Republic (13)
Lyr Add: Battle Hymn of the Republic (Mark Twain) (7)
Lyr Add: Mary Ann McCarthy (2)
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Lyr Req: Glory, Glory Psychotherapy (39)
The New Battle Hymn (Suffet) (6)
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GUEST,Liland 03 Oct 00 - 08:31 PM
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MMario 09 May 01 - 04:34 PM
MMario 09 May 01 - 04:35 PM
Jim Krause 09 May 01 - 05:00 PM
Jim Krause 10 May 01 - 01:48 PM
GUEST,Adrianel 16 Oct 06 - 08:45 PM
GUEST,TATTIE BOGLE 16 Oct 06 - 08:52 PM
GUEST,Richie 16 Oct 06 - 08:55 PM
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NH Dave 17 Oct 06 - 06:28 PM
Rowan 17 Oct 06 - 09:18 PM
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Subject: 2 John Brown's body texts
From: GUEST,Liland
Date: 03 Oct 00 - 08:31 PM

Oops, hit submit too soon...

This link should take you to my childhood version (as best I recall it) of "The Burning of the School", somewhat bloodier than the one in the Digitrad, as well as Agnes Dean's "Antauen marshas ni".

Liland


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Subject: John Brown's Body
From: GUEST,wendycaruso@yahoo.com
Date: 09 May 01 - 04:28 PM

Do you know the words to this song. I believe it is a campfire song.


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Subject: RE: John Brown's Body
From: MMario
Date: 09 May 01 - 04:34 PM

lies a mould'rin' in the grave!

search in the DT on john brown's


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Subject: RE: John Brown's Body
From: MMario
Date: 09 May 01 - 04:35 PM

or click here


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Subject: RE: John Brown's Body
From: Jim Krause
Date: 09 May 01 - 05:00 PM

The Unofficial State Song of Kansas, ;-)
Jim


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Subject: RE: John Brown's Body
From: Jim Krause
Date: 10 May 01 - 01:48 PM

I said "the Unofficial State Song of Kansas" with my tongue firmly lodged in my cheek. But the truth be known, there was an infamous Kansas guerilla band called Jennison's Jayhawkers led by a Dr. Charles Jennison. These guys were such an embarrassment to the governor, that he mustered them into state service as the 7th Kansas Cavalry, then had them shipped off to Tennessee to get them out of his hair. The Gov. hoped that some West Point General would whip them into a proper military unit. Alas, it was not to be. They continued they jayhawking and added the word to the Civil War lexicon. The story also goes that John Brown's Body was their marching theme song; that they taught it to the rest of the army. And in their minds, they were singing about the John Brown.
Jim

PS You can read all about it in Stephen Z. Starr's book "Jennison's Jayhawkers."
JK


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Subject: John Brown's Body
From: GUEST,Adrianel
Date: 16 Oct 06 - 08:45 PM

Here are two challenges. I believe the tune of "John Brown's Body" is the most used for other sets of words. Here are three off the top of my head (I may well be back to add more later; my memory is OK, but recall speed has slowed down):

The Red Revolution

We'll make Brigitte Bardot take her clothes off every day,
We'll make Brigitte Bardot take her clothes off every day,
We'll make Brigitte Bardot take her clothes off every day,
When the red revolution comes.
chorus:
Free beer for all the workers,
Free beer for all the workers,
Free beer for all the workers,
When the red revolution comes.

We'll make Lady Docker sweep the steps of Transport House, (3x)
When the red revolution comes.
(chorus)

and many other verses. Ask someone over 60 to explain Lady Docker to you.



What a Hell of a Way to Die

He jumped from thirty thousand with a rope around his neck, (x3)
And he ain't coming back no more.

chorus:
They scraped him off the tarmac like a lump of strawberry jam, (3x)

They wrapped him in a two by four and sent him home to Mum, (3x)

Now they're looking for the WAAF who put the bloomers in his pack, (3x).



And the children's favourite on long journeys:

Stop the car we want a wee-wee,
Stop the car we want a wee-wee,
Stop the car we want a wee-wee,
And the driver wants a wee-wee too.

The first challenge is how many other different sets of words can fellow mudcatters come up with?

The second challenge is am I wrong about John Brown being the most used?

Looking forward to your entries.


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Subject: RE: John Brown's Body
From: GUEST,TATTIE BOGLE
Date: 16 Oct 06 - 08:52 PM

Battle Hymn of the Republic, "Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord", etc.
Alternative previous verse to the strawberry jam one is "he jumped from 40,000 feet without a parachute (x 3), and he ain't gonna jump no more".
TB without cookie on this pooter!


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Subject: RE: John Brown's Body
From: GUEST,Richie
Date: 16 Oct 06 - 08:55 PM

"Do Lord" uses the same basic melody and structure as the Battle Hymn.

Richie


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Subject: RE: John Brown's Body
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Oct 06 - 07:21 AM

John Brown's hobby is a-growing in the ground.
He raises sweet potatoes and he sells them by the pound.

Jim Carroll


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Subject: ADD: John Brown's Baby
From: Snuffy
Date: 17 Oct 06 - 09:18 AM

JOHN BROWN'S BABY

John Brown's baby had a cold upon its chest.
John Brown's baby had a cold upon its chest.
John Brown's baby had a cold upon its chest.
So he rubbed it with camphorated oil
Camphor, camphor, camphorated
Camphor, camphor, camphorated
Camphor, camphor, camphorated
So he rubbed it with camphorated oil

Sing with actions, and drop a word each verse but keep on doing the actions.


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Subject: RE: John Brown's Body
From: GUEST,Bainbo
Date: 17 Oct 06 - 10:00 AM

Villikins And His Dinah (You'll know the tune, even if you don't know it by this name) must have been used for hundreds of serious and comic songs.

And crowds at British football matches (or soccer to our colonial cousins)are adept at adapting Blue Moon and Guantanamera, if sporting chants count. At the one I was at on Saturday, our team went 3-0 up, and our fans sang to theirs, to the tune of Blue Moon, "Go home, you might as well go home." Then we went 4-0 up. When the opposition got a goal back, their fans sang, with good humour, and also to Blue Moon, "Four more, we only need four more."


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Subject: RE: John Brown's Body
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Oct 06 - 10:30 AM

Sorry. Don't want to take the thread in a different direction, but I've been trying to remember the Mike Harding song that uses
Villikins and his Dinah. It's Strangeways Hotel.

"We don't sleep like tops and we don't sleep like logs
'Cos the bed bugs all have feet like collier's clogs.
They bite and they pinch and they wrestle you as well,
Then they chuck you out of bed in the Strangeways Hotel."

(Strangeways is a prison in Manchester)


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Subject: RE: John Brown's Body
From: Barbara Shaw
Date: 17 Oct 06 - 11:19 AM

Marching song of the 1st Arkansas (black) regiment during the American Civil War (lyrics attributed to Capt Lindley Miller, a white officer):

Oh, we're the bully soldiers of the "First of Arkansas"
We are fighting for the union, we are fighting for the law
We can hit a Rebel further than a white man ever saw
As we go marching on.

See there above the center where the flag is waving bright
We are going out of slavery; we're bound for freedom's light
We mean to show Jeff Davis how the Africans can fight
As we go marching on!

(there are more verses...)


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Subject: RE: John Brown's Body
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Oct 06 - 02:49 PM

Or the one about promotion from WW1

The first staff-officer jumped right over the second staff-officer's back,
The second staff-officer jumped right over the third staff-officer's back

ad infinitum
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: John Brown's Body
From: frogprince
Date: 17 Oct 06 - 03:26 PM

It would take a whole lotta research to be sure what tune has been used the most, but I would say that "Rosen the Beau" is another strong contender. It's particularly easy to knock off a parody, or something for a special occasion, based on it.


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Subject: RE: John Brown's Body
From: NH Dave
Date: 17 Oct 06 - 06:28 PM

Gory, Gory - The ski racing version.

"Is everybody ready?" cried the starter, looking up,
Our hero bravely answered, "Yes," and the we stood him up.
He started booming down the trail but his bindings were unhooked,
Well, he ain't gonna race no more.

Ch:
    Gory, gory, what a hell-of-a-way-to-die, (x3)
    Well, he ain't gonna race no more.

He felt the wind, he felt the cold, he felt the sudden drop,
He tried to stem, he tried to check, and then he tried to stop.
A sudden bang, a terrible crash a horrible rush of blood,
Well, he ain't gonna race no more.

Ch:
    (Slowly:)
There was blood upon his bindings, there were brains upon his skis,
Intestines were hangin' from the highest of the trees.
We scraped him up from off the snow and poured him from his boots,
Well, he ain't gonna race no more.

Ch:

Dave


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Subject: RE: John Brown's Body
From: Rowan
Date: 17 Oct 06 - 09:18 PM

Jim,
The staff officer song didn't go on ad infinitum in my hearing. I think it's elswhere on the forum but I have always heard the verse as you described but the chorus was

They were only playing leapfrog (x3)
when the first staff officer jumped over the other staff officers' backs.

But to address part of the original question,

She wears her silk pyjamas in the summer when it's hot,
she wears her flannel nightie in the winter when it's not.
And sometimes in the springtime and sometimes in the fall
she jumps between the lilywhite sheets with nothing on at all.

Often followed by
Oh, Sir Roger do not touch me (x3)
As she jumps between the lilywhite sheets with nothing on at all.

and the chorus losing one word of the first line at subsequent repetitions.

Cheers, Rowan


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Subject: RE: John Brown's Body
From: frogprince
Date: 17 Oct 06 - 09:23 PM

To most people on this side of the pond, "Villikens and His Dinah" is "Sweet Betsy From Pike".


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Subject: RE: John Brown's Body
From: Joe_F
Date: 17 Oct 06 - 09:27 PM

When I was a kid, and we sang "John Brown's Baby", we substituted appropriate gestures for the missing words: John Brown's [rock baby in arms] had a [cough] upon its [thump chest], and we rubbed it with [hold nose] oil.

*

There is also a rockclimbers' "Gory, gory":

"Will it go around the chockstone?" called the belayer, looking up.
Our hero feebly answered "Yes" and slowly inched on up.
He was trying to drive a piton when his foothold crumbled out,
And he ain't gonna climb no more.

Gory, gory, what a hell of a way to die, etc.

[7 stanzas omitted; they are in _The New Song Fest_]

There was blood upon the rucksacks, there were brains upon the rope,
Intestines were entwined across the green and grassy slope;
We picked them up in a lunchpail after salvaging the rope.
Oh, they ain't gonna climb no more.

*

While I was an undergraduate at Caltech in the '50s, the anthem of my student house began:

On Caltech's dreary campus mid the iceplant and the smog,
There are things that often happen not found in the catalog.
Not everyone's a genius or an introverted queer,
For Fleming House is here.

Fleming House is here to stay, boys,
Just for college fun and play, boys.
To the Institute's dismay, boys,
Fleming House is here to stay.

*

In 1954, a skit performed to celebrate Linus Pauling's first Nobel Prize contained the following, probably by Kent Clark:

Caltech's money comes from individuals not the state --
A litle from the Navy, maybe half, but nothing great.
It's really private enterprise that's made the place so great,
So make the Associates smile.

Gather up a lot of money (3x)
And watch Dr. DuBridge smile.

Intellectual eminence won't get you very far.
You need a research contract if you want to be a star.
45% for overhead will make you popular
And make Mr. George Green smile.

Strive to get yourself a contract....

From the history of science, there's a lesson to be learned:
Every chemist needs his patrons; filthy lucre can't be spurned,
But don't forget that Galileo very nearly burned,
So make those Associates smile.

Strive to save department money....

We turn out all the buarner when we leave the lab at night,
We close up all the windows, and we turn out every light.
The undenatured alcohol is safely out of sight
Just to make the Associates smile.

[Sung by one of the few female graduate students:]

To win a happy housewife, you must not pitch woo at me:
To be a student here, I had to promise faithfully
To give my all to science and forsake felicity,
And make those misogynists smile.

Strive to rise in your profession....

[4 stanzas directed at Prof. Pauling omitted]

*

Summer camp, ca. 1946:

I wear my silk pajamas in the summer, when it's hot,
I wear my flannel nighty in the winter, when it's not,
But sometimes in the springtime, and sometimes in the fall,
I jump right in between the sheets with nothing on at all.

Glory, glory, what's it to ya?...

*

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the burning of the school.
We have tortured every teacher, we have broken every rule,
We have battered down the office door and killed the principule.
The brats are marching home.

Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Teacher hit me with a ruler.
I hit her on the bean with a rotten tangerine,
And the juice came trickling down.

*

Pankake & Pankake's _Prairie Home Companion Folk Song Book_ has an appendix listing the most-used tunes. Sure enough, the one we are discussing has the most (14).


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Subject: RE: John Brown's Body
From: GUEST,Richie
Date: 17 Oct 06 - 09:36 PM

Gid Tanner/Kenny Hall sang:

Pass around the bottle and we'll all have a drink

As we go marchin' on.

Richie


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Subject: RE: John Brown's Body
From: frogprince
Date: 17 Oct 06 - 09:54 PM

"John Brown's baby had a cold upon its chest.
So he rubbed it with camphorated oil"

Which gave me a flashback to when a farm neighbors kid was taught that in early grade school, mis-heard it, and was caught by the teacher singing "castrated oil". (Actually I think the teacher taught it as "castor oil", which would already be a degenerated version.)


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Subject: RE: John Brown's Body
From: GUEST,ibo
Date: 18 Oct 06 - 06:09 PM

my mates called john brown,and hes got a git fat body


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Subject: RE: John Brown's Body
From: Bunnahabhain
Date: 19 Oct 06 - 10:09 AM

Another strong contender has to Sullivans 'Modern Major General' We've all heard lots of sets of lyrics to this, simply as it's such a well known patter song. If only it was easier to sing....


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Subject: RE: John Brown's Body
From: Wilfried Schaum
Date: 19 Oct 06 - 10:38 AM

Another version

She wears her silk pyjamas in the summer when it's hot,
she wears her flannel nightie in the winter when it's not.
And sometimes in the springtime and sometimes in the fall
she jumps right in between the sheets with nothing on at all.

Chorus:
Glory, how I'd like to be there,
glory, how I'd like to be there,
glory, how I'd like to be there
in the springtime and the fall!


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