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GUEST,Anne Croucher Lyr Req: The Old Songs (Copper/Bellamy) (28) RE: Lyr Req: The Old Songs 20 Aug 04

When I wanted to sing Bob Copper's song I could not make out the tune - I had the dots but despite many attempts I can't learn how to make a tune of the notes (hedgehog song - know all the words sing all the notes never quite learned the song)

However - if you look at the words - the first verse goes to the Song of the Western Men (Trelawney), the second to the Farmer's boy, the third to John Barleycorn - the fourth verse a tune just arrived out of nowhere - so it doesn't really need a tune of its own, the tunes are inbuilt. go back to 'Twenty thousand cornishmen' for the chorus tumpty tumpty..... fifty thousand whatevers. You can throw in a bit of a harvest hymn tune in the chorus of the second verse (from we plough the fields and scatter the good seed...)just to show off.

I realise that this is no use to anyone wanting to make recordings but it is really good to sing. If I ever find the proper music then I might change to it - but it would have to be a bloody good tune.


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