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Lyr Req: Greyfriars Bobby

24 Feb 04 - 08:52 AM (#1122545)
Subject: Lyr Req: Greyfriars Bobby
From: Scabby Douglas

Hi

There is some evidence that the Alexander Brothers recorded something called "Geyfriars Bobby" in the 1960s- it'd be on 7" single, most likely.

I can't find anything on the Net for this. I have worn Google down to a stump. Does anyone have any thoughts on where one might find the lyrics?


Thanks muchly.

SD


24 Feb 04 - 10:42 AM (#1122582)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Greyfriars Bobby
From: Big Jim from Jackson

A group called Colcannon has a song on a CD called "Silas" that tells a somewhat similar story.


24 Feb 04 - 10:43 AM (#1122583)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Greyfriars Bobby
From: Big Jim from Jackson

Actually, the song is called "Silas". I don't remember the CD's name.


26 Feb 04 - 09:25 AM (#1124305)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Greyfriars Bobby
From: Jim Dixon

I'd bet the owners of this website would be happy to help you if they can:

http://www.greyfriarsbobby.co.uk/index.htm


26 Feb 04 - 03:33 PM (#1124592)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Greyfriars Bobby
From: Bonnie Shaljean

You might trawl through Walt Disney's movie songs. I have a vague memory of a Greyfriars Bobby song that was part of a film aimed at the kid market (though it may have been put out by someone other than Disney). I do know there was one that featured a song with "Greyfriars Bobby" as the refrain, which was indeed about the faithful little Edinburgh dog.


27 Feb 04 - 09:26 AM (#1125123)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Greyfriars Bobby
From: GUEST,maryrrf

Charlie Zahm sings a song about Greyfriar's Bobby and I don't think it is the Disney song. I'm not sure if he has recorded it on any of his albumns. Try a google search on Charlie Zahm - it might be on one of his CD's.


27 Feb 04 - 08:09 PM (#1125502)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Greyfriars Bobby
From: Scabby Douglas

thanks to all


29 Feb 04 - 08:50 PM (#1126544)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Greyfriars Bobby
From: Jim Dixon

The 1961 Disney film "Greyfriars Bobby" had a theme song written by brothers Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman. The video is available, and reasonably cheap, but there doesn't seem to be a soundtrack album.

Here's Charlie Zahm's website but I couldn't find any reference to Greyfriars Bobby there.


01 Mar 04 - 01:04 PM (#1127100)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Greyfriars Bobby
From: Jim McLean

A slight thread drift, Jim Dixon. I looked at Charlie Zahm's website and noticed he has recorded my song 'Hush, Hush' which he puts down as Traditional!


01 Mar 04 - 06:20 PM (#1127280)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Greyfriars Bobby
From: Jim Dixon

Congratulations, Jim McLean. The greatest compliment you can give a folkie is to mistake his song for a traditional one. But I wouldn't blame you if you'd rather have the credit and/or royalties!


01 Mar 04 - 06:35 PM (#1127290)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Greyfriars Bobby
From: Maryrrf

Jim, didn't you write "Glencoe" too? I know I've seen that one listed numerous times as traditional. It must be, as Jim Dixon said, complimentary but annoying at the same time!


02 Mar 04 - 02:01 AM (#1127432)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Greyfriars Bobby
From: katlaughing

Scabby Douglas, I don't know if either of these is the one you are looking for, but there are two "vinyls" for sale in the UK at this site which say they are of "Greyfriars Bobby." One if by the Alexander Brothers and the other by Douglas Mann.

Hope this helps. This has always been one of our children's fav. stories.

kat


02 Mar 04 - 04:44 AM (#1127484)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Greyfriars Bobby
From: Scabby Douglas

Thanks for all the efforts, folks...

I suspect that the offering by the Alexander Brothers is more likely to be the one that I was looking for. But I may have to mail them to find out.. ( I think they're both still around)


Thanks again


17 Jul 10 - 07:47 AM (#2946640)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Greyfriars Bobby
From: GUEST,Haggis

I once sat in at a flok session in Edinburgh years ago and an old guy sang the song it was a cool song.
I have been trying to find out about it myself.


30 Nov 10 - 05:56 AM (#3043411)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Greyfriars Bobby
From: GUEST

douglas mann


30 Nov 10 - 06:01 AM (#3043413)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Greyfriars Bobby
From: Jim Carroll

Story from Kerry Traveller Mikeen McCarthy.
Jim Carroll

Mr Bennet's Dog. (Tape 28).
There was a man in Cahersiveen Town and he was a Mr Bennet; he's only dead about thirty years I'd say, when I was going to school. So he had one of those gun dogs, d'you know those Labradors, he had one of them.   The dog was terribly attached to the man anyway.   So where this man came from was Valencia Island, anyway he was bred, born and reared in Valencia Island, but he came out to Cahersiveen Town anyway, to live there, because whatever kind of a business he had the weather used be upsetting anyway, you know, backing on.
So he decided to live in Cahersiveen anyway.   
And bejay, eventually Mr Bennet dies anyway, and his burial ground was back in Valencia Island and they took him in and they buried him in Valencia Island.    And bejay, they came back out so.   
When they came out everybody around the town missed the dog, he wasn't seen no more, whatever happened. So they went looking for him to know what became of him, and bejay, they found him on top of the grave inside, he swam in a mile of sea to get into the graveyard,   
But he's buried inside in Valencia Island now and there's a cross over the dog's side and all. Fido was his name, yes.


08 Dec 10 - 02:45 AM (#3048574)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Greyfriars Bobby
From: GUEST,Scott

We have a record made by Disney that was about dogs.Old yeller,Big red,Savage sam,Greyfriars bobby an more.I remember they sang the song Greyfriars bobby an it was sung by kids.I'll look around an see if I can find it.


01 Feb 11 - 11:25 AM (#3086646)
Subject: ADD: Greyfriars Bobby
From: GUEST,Jan-B

I am also looking for these Alexander Bros. lyrics and I have found a strong candidate:

GREYFRIARS BOBBY

Greyfriars Bobby, the day is bricht and bra.
Greyfriars Bobby, your master's gone awa.
Come out wee Bobby, we'll roam the brae,
Across the heather and far away.
Greyfriars Bobby, please come out and play?

In Edinburgh, a little dog
Was loved by one and all.
Although nobody owned him,
Everybody would call:

Greyfriars Bobby, the day is bricht and bra.
Greyfriars Bobby, your master's gone awa.
Come out wee Bobby, we'll roam the brae,
Across the heather and far away.
Greyfriars Bobby, please come out and play?

His master slept in the kirkyard.
He loved his master true.
So Bobby slept in the kirkyard.
No other place would do.

The Lord High Mayor made this decree
That gave him great renown.
A dog as loyal as Bobby,
He would have the key to the town.

Greyfriars Bobby, the day is bricht and bra.
Greyfriars Bobby, your master's gone awa.
Come out wee Bobby, we'll roam the brae,
Across the heather and far away.
Greyfriars Bobby, please come out and play?
Greyfriars Bobby, please come out and play?
Please come out and play?


However there are also these lyrics, marked 'Greyfriars Music Ltd':

GREYFRIARS BOBBY

When men boast of their honour,
Of their faith and loyalty,
Let us think of Greyfriars Bobby,
Who could be as true as he?

Mid the rugged Scottish mountains
Lived a shepherd long ago
Tending sheep whate'er the weather
Whether wind, or rain, or snow.
He was tired, but never lonely
Though he roamed both far and wide,
For his doggie, faithful Bobby,
Never left the shepherd's side.

But the shepherd, growing older,
Suffered great infirmity;
All alone he fled to Edinburgh,
There to die in poverty.
But the faithful Bobby followed,
Only instinct was his guide
Till he found his ailing master;
Then he never left his side.

When they buried Bobby's master,
Still he never left his side:
By the grave in Greyfriars churchyard
Bobby watched until he died.
And the Edinburgh folk in wonder,
As such faith is rare to see,
Raised a statue in the city
To the doggie's memory.

So today man views his neighbour
With mistrust and hate and fear,
Cold suspicion, dark ambition
Seem to worsen every year.
Will that day be ever dawning
When all men shall brothers be?
Well, a humble Scottish doggie
Shows the way to you and me.

So when men boast of their honour,
Of their faith and loyalty,
Let us think of Greyfriars Bobby --
Who could be as true as he?

Which of these are by the Alexander Brothers, and does any one know who wrote the others? Are they from the Disney film about Greyfriars Bobby?


28 Oct 12 - 06:35 PM (#3427463)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Greyfriars Bobby
From: GUEST,Big T DJ

the above was by the Alexander Brothers


29 Oct 12 - 04:20 AM (#3427620)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Greyfriars Bobby
From: Bugsy

And there's me thinking it was a song about a Policeman at Billy Bunter's school.

CHeers

Bugsy


15 Dec 13 - 10:49 PM (#3584444)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Greyfriars Bobby
From: GUEST,Guest

The first song of the two with lyrics posted above is music to go along with the 1961 Disney film. We used to listen to it on road trips! My grandparents dubbed it onto a cassette from the original vinyl. Sadly, I think both have been lost. But disney's definitely the place to look.


27 Feb 19 - 09:42 AM (#3979367)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Greyfriars Bobby
From: GUEST,George McLarty

Chorus
When men boast of their honour
Of their faith and loyalty
Let us think of greyfriers bobby
Who could be as true as he

Mid the rugged Scottish mountains
Lived a shepherd long ago
Tending sheep whate’er the weather
Whether wind or rain or snow
He was tired but never lonely
Though he roamed both far and wide
For his faithful doggie bobby
Never left his masters side
Chorus

But the shepherds growing older
Suffered great infirmity
All alone he fled to Edinburgh
There to die in poverty
But the faithful bobby followed
Only instinct was his guide
Till he found his ailing master
And he never left his side
Chorus

When they buried bobbys master
Still he never left his side
By the grave in greyfriers churchyard
Bobby watched until he died
And the Edinburgh folk in wonder
For such faith is rare to see
Raised a statue in the city
To that doggy’s memory
Chorus

And today man views his neighbour
With mistrust and hate and fear
Cold suspicion dark ambition
Seem to worsen every year
Will that day be ever dawning
When all men shall brothers be
We’ll a humble Scottish doggie
Shows the way to you and me
Chorus


15 Jan 20 - 01:21 PM (#4028500)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Greyfriars Bobby
From: GUEST,Melanie

The first set of lyrics above were the ones I was looking for from my childhood. I knew it was associated with the Disney movie, but as mentioned before, it was not in the film. The version being sung by children is created by the Sherman Brothers (Robert and Richard). Here is the YouTube link for the song plus more.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=umR9VdCU-y0


07 Apr 21 - 04:16 PM (#4101228)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Greyfriars Bobby
From: GUEST,#

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixATVBCP9PA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMtnLkXCKlY

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/canine-corner/201004/loyal-dog-waited

Just parking that stuff here until I can check it out.