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Lyr Req: Air (from the musical 'Hair')

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GUEST,Andy 18 Jan 07 - 09:56 AM
MMario 18 Jan 07 - 09:58 AM
Scrump 18 Jan 07 - 10:14 AM
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SINSULL 04 Jan 08 - 04:03 PM
John MacKenzie 04 Jan 08 - 04:06 PM
Genie 04 Jan 08 - 09:58 PM
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Subject: Song from 'Hair' musical
From: GUEST,Andy
Date: 18 Jan 07 - 09:56 AM

In the late sixties I saw the musical 'Hair' at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London. Very cutting edge and controversial at the time! I also bought an LP of the soundtrack, which has long since been lost, ruined, given away or something. There was a track on it which was probably a precursor to the current concern about the environment, a nice, jaunty little ditty which began:-
'Welcome carbon monoxide, hello sulphur dioxide,
The air, the air is everywhere.
Breathe deep, while you sleep, breathe deep!

Anyone able to post the full lyrics, or advise as to where to find them? I would be grateful.

Regards

Andy


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Subject: Lyr Add: AIR (from the musical "Hair")
From: MMario
Date: 18 Jan 07 - 09:58 AM

Welcome! sulphur dioxide
Hello! carbon monoxide
The air, the air
Is everywhere

Breath deep, while you sleep
Breath deep

Bless you, alcohol bloodstream
Save me, nicotine lung steam

Incense, incense
Is in the air
Breath deep, while you sleep
Breath deep

Cataclysmic ectoplasm
Fallout atomic orgasm
Vapor and fume
At the stone of my tomb
Breathing like a sullen perfume
Eating at the stone of my tomb

Welcome! sulphur dioxide
Hello! carbon monoxide
The air, the air
Is everywhere

Breath deep, while you sleep
Breath deep

Deep, deep, deep, cough cough


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Subject: RE: Song from 'Hair' musical
From: Scrump
Date: 18 Jan 07 - 10:14 AM

Even more true today than when it was written.


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Subject: RE: Song from 'Hair' musical
From: GUEST,Andy
Date: 18 Jan 07 - 10:19 AM

Many thanks MMario for that stupendously fast response! And I'm sure Scrump is correct in his observation.

Regards
Andy


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Subject: RE: Song from 'Hair' musical
From: danensis
Date: 18 Jan 07 - 03:19 PM

Silly question, why does carbon monoxide exist when carbon has four valence bonds and oxygen two?

John


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Subject: RE: Song from 'Hair' musical
From: Nick
Date: 18 Jan 07 - 03:24 PM

CO


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Subject: RE: Song from 'Hair' musical
From: MMario
Date: 18 Jan 07 - 03:25 PM

that's why carbon monoxide is dangerous; it'll bind with hemoglobin and prevent oxygen uptake.   I believe CO is the result of incomplete combustion - if the process was completed you would get CO2


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Subject: RE: Song from 'Hair' musical
From: Rapparee
Date: 18 Jan 07 - 03:44 PM

And too CO2 can smother you.


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Subject: RE: Song from 'Hair' musical
From: TRUBRIT
Date: 18 Jan 07 - 08:37 PM

Andy -- I may have been in the row in front of you -- I too (along with many many others....) saw Hair at the Shaftesbury-- I remember telling my mother afterwards that I had seen it and she was quite appalled (that nude scene, you know.......!)


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Subject: RE: Song from 'Hair' musical
From: Gizmo
Date: 19 Jan 07 - 08:38 AM

Andy,

I got a cassette of hair - in very good condition from a charity shop. Perhaps if you look around you will find a copy. I have seen about 6 more since I got mine.

Nicci.


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Subject: RE: Song from 'Hair' musical
From: GUEST,Hmmmm
Date: 19 Jan 07 - 05:09 PM

There's a line of thought which says that "Hair" was one the first co-optations of the counterculture. I felt that at the time, though there were probably earlier ones. Just not by showtune queens, probably.


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Subject: RE: Song from 'Hair' musical
From: GUEST,Kate.
Date: 03 Jan 08 - 05:09 PM

Kate, i had a friend who was wardrobe mistress for the original show, i watched it from one of the boxes one night and got swept onto the stage by( Gary Hamilton who was playing Burger) on a rope I remember screaming and hanging on for dear life. We ended up dating for quite a long time.

Anyone know what he is doing now?


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Subject: RE: Song from 'Hair' musical
From: Folkiedave
Date: 03 Jan 08 - 05:39 PM

And I remember seeing it with Joan Armatrading in one of the minor roles.


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Subject: RE: Song from 'Hair' musical
From: M.Ted
Date: 04 Jan 08 - 03:33 PM

"Hair" lives on--it has been in more or less continuous production, somewhere in the world, since the 60's. Check James Rado's http://www.hairthemusical.com/

It wasn't really a co-option of "counterculture"--the creators were part of the avante garde theatre (which was a central part of the counterculture), who viewed their piece as an assault on the commercial musical theatre of the time--which is pretty much how it was received.

It was successful though, and, as every stoned drop out knows, success is a sellout;-)


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Subject: RE: Song from 'Hair' musical
From: SINSULL
Date: 04 Jan 08 - 04:03 PM

I have a reel-to-reel copy.

What a piece of work is man
How noble in reason
How infinite in majesty
In thought and movement
How express and admirable...

Let the sun shine; let the sun shine in.


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Subject: RE: Song from 'Hair' musical
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 04 Jan 08 - 04:06 PM

Tom Lehrer was there first.
G


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Subject: Welcome, sulphur dioxide, Hello carbon monoxide
From: Genie
Date: 04 Jan 08 - 09:58 PM

I remember hearing some '60s folksinger sing this song, but I had no idea it was used in "Hair."


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Subject: RE: Song from 'Hair' musical
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 04 Jan 08 - 11:23 PM

We starve, look at one another short of breath

Walking proudly in our winter coats

Wearing smells from laboratories

Facing a dying nation of moving paper fantasy

Let the Sun shine
Let the Sun shine in

a great lyric from Jeremy Rado


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Subject: RE: Song from 'Hair' musical
From: GUEST,gogogo
Date: 30 Apr 08 - 04:40 PM

ý cant understand anythýng are there anybody who explaýn thýs song


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Subject: RE: Song from 'Hair' musical
From: GUEST,Carole
Date: 27 Sep 08 - 06:55 PM

I just saw Gary this evening and he told me of this posting. I am searching for my old friend Kitty O'Riorden, as was then. If you are she or know her can you give her my email please. Tufnall@yahoo.co.uk
thanks, Carole Phillips
I was that wardrobe mistress.


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Subject: RE: Song from 'Hair' musical
From: Phil Edwards
Date: 28 Sep 08 - 05:04 PM

Sinsull - that brings back memories. I used to listen to a reel-to-reel tape of Hair a lot when I was a kid in Wales, getting on for 40 years ago; a friend of mine's father had taped it. I still know bits of some songs that I haven't heard since then (see the title of this thread).

Years later I had a friend who told me she'd worked on the door throughout the London run of Hair - I was deeply impressed, but she was a bit of a musical puritan and never really liked the show. She also said the nude scene was not something to look forward to, particularly in matinee performances on warm summer days...


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Subject: RE: Song from 'Hair' musical
From: IvanB
Date: 28 Sep 08 - 09:23 PM

I remember adapting "Flesh Failures/Let the Sunshine" to use for a folk mass in our Episcopal church back in '68 or so (we used the verses with no word changes, just omitted the various reprises to other songs). Set the dyed-in-the-wool traditionalists right off.


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Subject: RE: Song from 'Hair' musical
From: Haruo
Date: 28 Sep 08 - 10:25 PM

Did the Episcopal version include the nudity?

Haruo
(kidding)


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Subject: RE: Song from 'Hair' musical
From: IvanB
Date: 29 Sep 08 - 04:52 PM

Haruo, the mass was done on the Sunday of our church picnic, and was held at the house of one of our member families who lived on a lake with an amphitheatre like hillside sloping down to the beach. Since "Flesh Failures" ended the mass, I suspect some were already stripping down to their swimsuits by the end, but, luckily, no nudity. Of course, in the stageplay, the nudity came quite a bit earlier anyway.


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Subject: RE: Song from 'Hair' musical
From: GUEST,Shocked
Date: 29 Sep 08 - 07:00 PM

Sodomy
Fellatio
Cunnilingus
Pederasty ( Oh dear, what were they thinking of?)
Mummy...Why do these words seem so nasty
Masturbation, can be fun
Join the holy orgy
Kama Sutra everyone!

Hmmmm?


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Subject: RE: Song from 'Hair' musical
From: bobad
Date: 29 Sep 08 - 07:39 PM

Yes, sex and sexuality being celebrated - imagine that!


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Subject: RE: Song from 'Hair' musical
From: SINSULL
Date: 30 Sep 08 - 01:52 PM

I still have my reel-to-reel copy of Hair!. LOL

I am a colored spade, a nigga, a black nigga
A jungle bunny, chickaboo, coon, pickaninny, mau mau
Uncle Tom, Aunt Jemina, Little Black Sambo
Swamp Guinea,...
need I go on?


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Subject: RE: Song from 'Hair' musical
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 30 Sep 08 - 02:59 PM

My honey bought the HAIR LP for me on ebay for my birthday a couple of years ago, as I left my old copy with ex husband in the US.

Lately we have been finding other "out of publication" LPs on thespacebar records. An eBay shop. You can leave a request with the shopkeeper to notify you if an LP you want becomes available.

Back to Hair. I did not see it as when it came out I was only a very young thing. But my daughter performed Frank Mills (as well as an Italian piece) when she auditioned for Virginia Governors School way back in the late late 1990s. It was quite obvious that the tune from Hair did not go down well with the two male judges, though the one woman judge seemed to really enjoy it. Every other girl was doing either Memory from Cats or something from Les Mis for the popular piece. My daughter did get an alternate place, so that is something. Strange old world.


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Subject: RE: Song from 'Hair' musical
From: Phil Edwards
Date: 30 Sep 08 - 03:57 PM

...but unfortunately,
I lost his address."

35 years minimum! I've got to get a 2nd-hand copy some time.


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Subject: RE: Song from 'Hair' musical
From: WFDU - Ron Olesko
Date: 30 Sep 08 - 04:04 PM

The play had a wonderfully received revival in Central Park this summer as part of the Papp "Shakespeare in the Park" program.   It will be returning to Broadway next spring.

I saw a revival off-broadway in the late 70's, just before that dreadful movie version came out.   While the play was a "co-optations" of the counter-culture, I think it was a good one. I always felt that the idea of "counter" culture is to bring change, and it certainly did!


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Subject: RE: Song from 'Hair' musical
From: GUEST,Kitty O Riordan. (kate or somtimes known as
Date: 31 Jan 09 - 05:56 PM

Hi Carole have sent you an email. I hear you and gary have been in touch. Have been trying to contact you for ages. love kate.(kitty).X

If Gary reads this, thank you for getting in touch with carole. Hope you are well and happy and have lots of children. Kate.X


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Subject: RE: Song from 'Hair' musical
From: Rapparee
Date: 01 Feb 09 - 02:31 PM

Somewhere, in the boxes in the closet, are tapes of the New York, Chicago, London, and Stockholm products...reel-to-reel, of course....


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Subject: RE: Song from 'Hair' musical
From: EBarnacle
Date: 02 Feb 09 - 01:53 PM

Lady Hillary and I had the pleasure of attending the Central Park production this past Summer. Getting back to the original question, the point of the song is that the singer is quite pregnant and relating the contaminants to that fact as another way she is bringing her child into a screwed up world.


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Subject: RE: Song from 'Hair' musical
From: GUEST,TJ in San Diego
Date: 02 Feb 09 - 05:27 PM

I wonder how many folk folk know that Tom Smothers was one of the principal underwriters of the original play? Far from the dim bulb he plays on stage, Tom was always the business head behind the act, and a committed guy when he had a cause.

Heather MacRae, daughter of a one-time acquaintance, Gordon MacRae, was in the production early on and he and wife Sheila were semi-mortified, though proud, when they saw the play and the "nude moment" in which she participated. That sort of thing "just wasn't done" in polite theatre, which this wasn't.


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Subject: RE: Song from 'Hair' musical
From: GUEST,Gary
Date: 03 Dec 09 - 10:55 AM

Hi Murph ( as I used to call you)
Hope you are well.
Yea I've got a couple of grown up kids.
Gary x


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Subject: RE: Song from 'Hair' musical
From: GUEST,Gary
Date: 03 Dec 09 - 10:57 AM

Hi Murph ( as I used to call you )
hope you are well and happy.
I am fine and yes, I have a couple of grown up kids.
Gary x


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Subject: RE: Song from 'Hair' musical
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 03 Dec 09 - 11:33 AM

href=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMdmWysEp5w> Tom Lehrer
because my original link [above] doesn't work any more


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Subject: RE: Song from 'Hair' musical
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 03 Dec 09 - 12:11 PM

Workable Lehrer Clicky


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Subject: RE: Song from 'Hair' musical
From: GUEST,machenboy
Date: 04 Dec 09 - 10:06 AM

I was in the Kings Head in Milborne Port in the 60s when some of the cast of Hair came in [I think that they had been down the west country for a few days]. They got totaly wrecked on cider.
Not only do I have the Hair LP I also have Fresh Hair the follow up.


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