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Lair of the White Worm

02 Jan 98 - 09:53 PM (#18613)
Subject: Lair of the White Worm
From: Jon

Okay, Here's a wierd request.

I'm sitting here tonight watching "Lair of the White Worm" on the sci-fi channel. What a great film. Anyways, they have a little party at which a band plays and sings a song about the death of the White Worm. Now, this being a Ken Russel film, I assume that it is not a real song, but it's a fun irish tune (with a great arrangement) none the less. Has anyone taken the time to hack it out? Does anyone know what I am talking about? Does anyone know the band that performed (they sounded real familiar).

Thanks for reading my ranting,

Jon


02 Jan 98 - 11:07 PM (#18615)
Subject: RE: Lair of the White Worm
From: dulcimer

Stepped out of the room just as the part of the credits that usually gives the music. I was more impressed with the bagpipe tune.


03 Jan 98 - 03:09 AM (#18619)
Subject: Lyr Add: THE LAMBTON WORM^^^
From: Bo

My question about this flick arrises from the Lampton Worm song.

I was exstatic to find it by request here a year ago so here it is again for illustration.

The Lambton Worm traditional Tyneside song about a legend associated with Sir John Lambton of Chester Le Stree County Durham .

One Sunday morn young Lambton went, A-fishing' in the Wear;
An' catched a fish upon he's heuk, He thowt leuk't varry queer.
But whatt'n a kind of fish it was, Young Lambton cuddent tell.
He waddn't fash te carry'd hyem, So he hoyed it doon a well.

cho: hisht! Lads, haad yor gobs,
An Aa'll tell ye's aall an aaful story
Whisht! Lads, haad yor gobs,
An' Aa'll tell ye 'boot the worm.

Noo Lambton felt inclined te gan, An' fight i' foreign wars.
He joined a troop o' Knights that cared, For nowther woonds nor scars,
An' off he went te Palestine, Where queer things him befel,
An' varry seun forgat aboot, The queer worm i' the well.
But the worm got fat an' growed and' growed, An' growed an aaful size;
He'd greet big teeth, a greet big gob, An' greet big goggle eyes.
An' when at neets he craaled aboot, Te pick up bits o' news,
If he felt dry upon the road, He milked a dozen coos.

This feorful worm wad often feed, On caalves an' lambs an' sheep,
An' swally little barins alive, When they laid doon te sleep.
An' when he'd eaten aall he cud, An' he had had he's fill,
He craaled away an' lapped he's tail, Seven times roond Pensher Hill.

The news of this myest aaful worm, An' his queer gannins on
Seun crossed the seas, gat te the ears, Ov brave and' bowld Sor John.
So hyem he cam an' catched the beast, An' cut 'im in twe haalves,
An' that seun stopped he's eatin' bairns, An' sheep an' lambs and caalves.

So noo ye knaa hoo aall the foaks, On byeth sides ov the Wear
Lost lots o' sheep an' lots o' sleep
An' leeved i' mortal feor.
So let's hev one te brave Sor John
That kept the bairns frae harm,
Saved coos an' caalves by myekin' haalves
O' the famis Lambton Worm.

Final Chorus Noo lads, Aa'll haad me gob,
That's aall Aa knaa aboot the story
Ov Sor John's clivvor job
Wi' the aaful Lambton Worm.

Now isnt the lord they mention in White Wurm Sir John????

Bo


03 Jan 98 - 11:15 AM (#18628)
Subject: RE: Lair of the White Worm
From: Jon in MKE

Just as it went to credits, those *%$(*&%#*$ shrunk down the movie screen and filled 2/3s of the screen with a promo for some series they are running. I couldn't read diddly, those bastards. 8^)

Bo, do you know if the tune it was set to was a traditional tune, or did they write it for that song. Is the song old, or was it written for the movie?

Thanks for the words!!!

Hangin out on the forecastle, Jon


03 Jan 98 - 11:24 AM (#18629)
Subject: RE: Lair of the White Worm
From: Jon

After reading the words now (which I should have done before writing last time) I am curious (George), what is the backround for this song (who wrote it, and mostly when was it written). My simpletons guess is that it was not created for the film, but weho knows with Russel.

Jon again


03 Jan 98 - 11:56 AM (#18633)
Subject: RE: Lair of the White Worm
From: Susan of DT

The Lambton Worm is in the DT with a note about its political connection.


03 Jan 98 - 12:13 PM (#18635)
Subject: RE: Lair of the White Worm
From: Bruce O.

The political connection appears to be unfounded.

"The Worme of Lambton" is given as a tale, not a song, in Sir Cuthbert Sharpe's 'The Bishoprick Garland', 1834 (reprinted 1969). Four verses are given there of a fragment of an old ballad, which may have been connected to the story.
Sir John Lambton was evidently a Knight of Rhodes.

Another Northumberland worm (serpent)is "The Laidley Worm of Spindelston Heughs", which Child gave as an appendix to #34, "Kemp Owyne".


03 Jan 98 - 12:22 PM (#18637)
Subject: RE: Lair of the White Worm
From: Jon

Does anyone have (or has anyone seen) a MIDI file of this tune?

Still thawing from my NY swim, Jon


03 Jan 98 - 04:45 PM (#18652)
Subject: RE: Lair of the White Worm
From: Susan of DT

Child ballads #31-36 have "worms" or other monsters - often enchanted women. #31


27 Nov 02 - 05:40 PM (#836004)
Subject: RE: Lair of the White Worm
From: Cluin

From a website on the movie (http://www.geocities.com/lairof/):

(note no chorus, replaced with electrified mandolin/guitar leads)
(note also the change to D'Ampton from Lambton... avoiding law suit?)

From the annual party at D'Ampton Hall, performed by Emilio Perez Machado and Stephen Powys, 1988

^^
THE D'AMPTON WORM LYRICS

John D'Ampton went a-fishing once, a-fishing in the weir,
He caught a fish upon his hook he thought looked mighty queer,
Now what the kind of fish it was John D'Ampton couldn't tell,
But he didn't like the look of it, so he threw it down a well.

Now the worm got fat and growed, and growed an awful size,
With great big teeth and a great big mouth and great big goggle eyes,
And when at night it crawled about all looking for some booze,
It fit fell dry upon the road, it milked a dozen cows.

This fearful worm would often feed on cows and lamb and sheep,
And swallow little babes alive when they lay down to sleep,
So John set out and got the beast and cut it into halves,
And that soon stopped it eating babes and sheep and lambs and calves.

So now you know how all the folks on both sides of the weir,
Lost lots of sheep and lots of sleep and lived in mortal fear,
So drink the health of brave Sir John, who kept the babes from harm,
Saved cows and calves by making halves of that famous D'Ampton Worm!


24 Jan 06 - 07:32 PM (#1655081)
Subject: RE: Lair of the White Worm
From: GUEST,Emilio Machado

I wrote the tune to capture an ambivalently 'celtic'flavour.


25 Jan 06 - 04:21 AM (#1655268)
Subject: RE: Lair of the White Worm
From: Dave'sWife

Emilio - please join us as a member and talk some more. We'd love to have you. (I'm assuming he isn't a current member. I, being a relative NOOB, could be quite wrong)


24 Jul 07 - 05:03 PM (#2110383)
Subject: RE: Lair of the White Worm
From: Cluin

By the way, this was an exceedingly shite movie. The only good things about it were the song and Amanda Donohoe's tits.


24 Jul 07 - 08:03 PM (#2110509)
Subject: RE: Lair of the White Worm
From: Big Al Whittle

Hugh Grant as a RAF man, that's all I remember and the Lambton Worm. i used to room with a Geordie bloke who unfortunately knew all the verses and used to sing it continually when very drunk, which was most nights.


24 Jul 07 - 09:50 PM (#2110573)
Subject: RE: Lair of the White Worm
From: Gulliver

I thought this was a great, by times erotic, movie. There is so much going on,
and lots of historical sidelines to think about (besides Amanda Donohue's fantastic body--she really puts on a great act).
Hmmmm...

Gimme more!

Don


25 Nov 07 - 04:19 AM (#2201701)
Subject: RE: Lair of the White Worm
From: GUEST,Pigs

So I'm not the only person who had a late night fascination with this song. The wonders of the internet. Are there any recordings of the tune put there?


25 Nov 07 - 04:48 AM (#2201709)
Subject: RE: Lair of the White Worm
From: The Walrus

Is it worth the effort of pointing out that "Worm" is a traditional name for a dragon (I believe it's Norse in origin).

W


25 Nov 07 - 06:11 AM (#2201727)
Subject: RE: Lair of the White Worm
From: Liz the Squeak

Hugh Grant?? It's been a while since I saw it, but surely you mean Peter Capaldi? They're not dissimilar in appearance.

I could have done without AD's tits... mine are much more colourful and acrobatic. They seem to be hiding for the winter now though. I suppose I could coax them out by filling the feeder with sunflower seeds again.

Walrus is right - any dragon or serpent could be called a worm (often spelt wyrm) and it is Germanic in origin ((Old English: wyrm, Old High German: wurm, Old Norse: ormr). Wyrms are usually wingless dragons or the giant serpents associated with wells. Wyverns are winged dragons with two legs and dragons are winged with four or more legs.

LTS


25 Nov 07 - 02:46 PM (#2201903)
Subject: RE: Lair of the White Worm
From: ranger1

Nope, Liz, definitely Hugh Grant.


25 Nov 07 - 04:13 PM (#2201955)
Subject: RE: Lair of the White Worm
From: Liz the Squeak

Ah yes... without the clouding influence of large quantities of rum, it comes flooding back (and I found the video this afternoon!)

LTS


25 Nov 07 - 06:08 PM (#2202028)
Subject: RE: Lair of the White Worm
From: Big Al Whittle

I'm so glad....


25 Nov 07 - 09:23 PM (#2202122)
Subject: RE: Lair of the White Worm
From: TheSnail

Both Hugh Grant and Peter Capaldi were in it.

The last posting to this thread probably has more information than you need about th eorigins of the song.


26 Nov 07 - 03:11 AM (#2202235)
Subject: RE: Lair of the White Worm
From: mandotim

Just out of interest; it was set just round the corner from me on the Staffordshire/Derbyshire border. The opening tracking shot where the camera pulls back from the mouth of a cave high on a hillside is Thor's Cave, a well known local landmark in the Manifold Valley. Not a lot of people know that...
Tim


26 Nov 07 - 07:52 AM (#2202339)
Subject: RE: Lair of the White Worm
From: Dave Hanson

The modern song which was based on the old legend was written by CM Leumaine, circa 1867

Bram Stoker based his Novel ' Lair Of The White Worm ' on it also.

eric


04 Oct 12 - 03:03 AM (#3414078)
Subject: RE: Lair of the White Worm
From: GUEST,Shannon RG

So, no one still knows who the band was or who did the ending credits song? So very familiar, but I couldn't find anything. It was nice reading the thread from 15 yrs ago. MIDIs, 'blue clicky', ha!


04 Oct 12 - 04:48 AM (#3414105)
Subject: RE: Lair of the White Worm
From: GUEST

Guest,Shannon R G
From Cluin's note 27/11/02:
From the annual party at D'Ampton Hall, performed by Emilio Perez Machado and Stephen Powys, 1988

So that seems to give the performers. A quick Google on those names suggests Louise Newman as violinist.

Cheers

Nigel