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Em 02 Jun 97 - 05:54 AM
Benjamin Hollister (ben.hollister@bigfoot.com) 03 Jun 97 - 12:07 AM
Mountain Dog 03 Jun 97 - 01:41 PM
03 Jun 97 - 03:18 PM
Alison 05 Jun 97 - 12:08 AM
Bert Hansell 05 Jun 97 - 12:59 PM
Peter Timmerman 05 Jun 97 - 06:00 PM
Alan of Oz 05 Jun 97 - 09:57 PM
Peter T. 28 Aug 97 - 12:41 PM
Mountain Dog 28 Aug 97 - 02:20 PM
Peter T. 28 Aug 97 - 03:49 PM
Joe Offer 14 Oct 03 - 02:08 PM
Les from Hull 14 Oct 03 - 02:11 PM
Jim Dixon 14 Oct 03 - 08:33 PM
Trevor 15 Oct 03 - 05:44 AM
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Subject: A mouse lived in a a windmill
From: Em
Date: 02 Jun 97 - 05:54 AM

Help!


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Subject: RE: A mouse livced in a a windmill
From: Benjamin Hollister (ben.hollister@bigfoot.com)
Date: 03 Jun 97 - 12:07 AM

Did you want lyrics? Or was that a general plea for help?


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Subject: RE: A mouse livced in a a windmill
From: Mountain Dog
Date: 03 Jun 97 - 01:41 PM

Dear Em,

Does the mouse in the tune you're searching for live "in a windmill in Old Amsterdam"? Let me know, as I think I can lay hands on the lyrics to this one.


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Subject: RE: A mouse livced in a a windmill
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Date: 03 Jun 97 - 03:18 PM


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Subject: RE: A mouse livced in a a windmill
From: Alison
Date: 05 Jun 97 - 12:08 AM

Hi, Not sure I can remember all the words but here goes.....

A mouse lived in a windmill in old Amsterdam, A windmill with a mouse in and he wasn't grousing.(?) He sang every morning, "How lucky I am Living in a windmill in old Amsterdam."

Chorus

"I saw a mouse there." "Where?" "On the stair." "Where on the stair?" "Right there." "A little mouse with clogs on." "Well I declare.""Going clip, clippity clop on the stair." (Right there.)

There is at least one other verse but I can't remember it, but it had lyrics along the lines of....

living in a windmill in Amsterdam, ja.

...how lucky we am, living in a windmill in old Amsterdam.

I think the mouse went on to have a family, that's how we ended up with a line with "we am" in it.

Hope this helps jog someone else's memory.

Alison


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Subject: RE: A mouse livced in a a windmill
From: Bert Hansell
Date: 05 Jun 97 - 12:59 PM

I just found this on the web while looking for something else

http://ferret.lmh.ox.ac.uk/~roney/kidsongs.html

Bert.


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Subject: RE: A mouse livced in a a windmill
From: Peter Timmerman
Date: 05 Jun 97 - 06:00 PM

Dear Bert, are you sure of the URL? I have tried it a couple of times without response. I would like the song too (esp. chords) so I am interested. Yours, Peter


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Subject: RE: A mouse livced in a a windmill
From: Alan of Oz
Date: 05 Jun 97 - 09:57 PM

Tried Bert's URL and found it OK. Good one if you have kids.

Cheers,

Alan


Messages from multiple threads combined. Messages below are from a new thread.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: Lyrics: Mouse in a Windmill Revisited
From: Peter T.
Date: 28 Aug 97 - 12:41 PM

There was a thread a distant moon ago here (spot that tune) about the kids song "A Mouse Lived in a Windmill" (In Old Amsterdam). We found most of the lyrics, but I wanted to find either the chords or some recorded version. Does anyone know of an available recording? I have tried Raffi, Sharon, Lois and Bram, Shari Lewis, and various other scary kids singers, and racks of children's songbooks. No luck. Anyone have any clues?

Yours, Peter


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Subject: RE: Lyrics: Mouse in a Windmill Revisited
From: Mountain Dog
Date: 28 Aug 97 - 02:20 PM

Dear Peter,

I've got a version (mentioned in the original thread) by Freddy and the Dreamers on an old Mercury LP. I'm fairly sure no-one's seen fit to reissue it, but I'd be happy to put it on tape for you if you can't find it anywhere else. Anyway, keep it in mind under "Last Resort" or something and good luck in your search.


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Subject: RE: Lyrics: Mouse in a Windmill Revisited
From: Peter T.
Date: 28 Aug 97 - 03:49 PM

Dear Mountain Dog, Jeepers, Freddy and the Dreamers (they do crop up in the strangest places)? I will have a look. Thanks..... Freddy and the Dreamers..... (shakes head....)

Yours, Peter


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Subject: ADD: A Windmill In Old Amsterdam
From: Joe Offer
Date: 14 Oct 03 - 02:08 PM

Bert's link died, so I found the lyrics here (click). Anybody have more information on this song?
-Joe Offer-

A Windmill In Old Amsterdam

(Ted Dicks and Myles Rudge, 1965)

A mouse lived in a windmill in old Amsterdam
A windmill with a mouse in and he wasn't grousin'
He sang every morning, "How lucky I am,
Living in a windmill in old Amsterdam!"

Chorus:
I saw a mouse!
Where?
There on the stair!
Where on the stair?
Right there!
A little mouse with clogs on
Well I declare!
Going clip-clippety-clop on the stair
Oh yeah

This mouse he got lonesome, he took him a wife
A windmill with mice in, it's hardly surprisin'
She sang every morning, "How lucky I am,
Living in a windmill in old Amsterdam!"

Chorus

First they had triplets and then they had quins
A windmill with quins in, and triplets and twins in
They sang every morning, "How lucky we are
Living in a windmill in Amsterdam, ya!"

Chorus

The daughters got married and so did the sons
The windmill had christ'nin's when no one was list'nin'
They all sang in chorus, "How lucky we am
Living in a windmill in old Amsterdam!"

Chorus

A mouse lived in a windmill, so snug and so nice
There's nobody there now but a whole lot of mice.

(Dicks & Rudge)


Dicks & Rudge also wrote "Hole in the Ground" and "Right Said Fred"


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Subject: RE: A mouse lived in a windmill
From: Les from Hull
Date: 14 Oct 03 - 02:11 PM

goes well to 'Land of Hope and Glory'!


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Subject: Lyr Add: EEN MUIS IN EEN MOLEN IN MOOI AMSTERDAM
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 14 Oct 03 - 08:33 PM

AMG - All Music Guide lists 3 recordings of "A Windmill in Old Amsterdam":

Jessi Colter, "Jessi Colter Sings Just for Kids: Songs from Around the World", 1996.
Jessi Colter, "Around the World", 2000.
Ronnie Hilton, "Best Kid's Party in the World... Ever!", 1999.

This page has two obituaries for Ronnie Hilton, one from The Guardian and one The Telegraph. They say Hilton recorded it around 1967 and it sold a million copies (in Britain).

Here are the lyrics in Dutch (but the English version came first, apparently):

Copied from http://web.inter.nl.net/users/R.Hiddinga/kids/eenmuis.htm

EEN MUIS IN EEN MOLEN IN MOOI AMSTERDAM

Er was eens een muisje in mooi Amsterdam
Die zat in een molen heel stiekem verscholen
Hij zong elke morgen: wat is het toch fijn
Een muis in een molen in Mokum te zijn

Ik zag een muis (Waar?)
Daar op de trap
(Waar op de trap?) Nou daar
Een kleine muis op klompjes
Nee 't is geen grap
het ging van klip klippedieklap op de trap
Oh, ja!

het muisje was eenzaam en zocht naar een vrouw
En piep zei eenmuis in het voorhuis, ik trouw
En dus zongen ze samen: wat is het toch fijn
Een muis in een molen in Mokum te zijn

Ik zag een muis (Waar?)
Daar op de trap
(Waar op de trap?) Nou daar
Een kleine muis op klompjes
Nee 't is geen grap
het ging van klip klippedieklap op de trap
Oh, ja!

Ma Muis kreeg een vijfling, en allen gezond
Dus aten de muisjes beschuitjes met muisjes
En iedereen zong toen: "Wat is het toch fijn
Een muis in een molen in Mokum te zijn"

Ik zag een muis (Waar?)
Daar op de trap
(Waar op de trap?) Nou daar
Een kleine muis op klompjes
Nee 't is geen grap
het ging van klip klippedieklap op de trap
Oh, ja!

De muizenfamilie werd vreselijk groot
De molenaar vluchtte, hij was als de dood
Voor de muizen die zongen: wat is het toch fijn
Een muis in een molen in Mokum te zijn.

Ik zag een muis (Waar?)
Daar op de trap
(Waar op de trap?) Nou daar
Een kleine muis op klompjes
Nee 't is geen grap
het ging van klip klippedieklap op de trap
Oh, ja!

De muizen die hebben het fijn naar hun zin
De molen staat leeg want geen vrouw durft erin

[Gezongen door Rudy Carrell met De Damrakkertjes
Oorspronkelijke titel : A windmill in old Amsterdam
Tekst en muziek : Ted Dicks & Myles Rudge
Nederlandse tekst : Rudy Carrell en Pierre Wijnnobel
1964 Les Editions Essex (Basart)]


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Subject: RE: A mouse lived in a windmill
From: Trevor
Date: 15 Oct 03 - 05:44 AM

Ronnie Hilton got to No 23 with this in the UK charts, in February 1965. I'll get my anorak...........


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Subject: RE: A mouse lived in a windmill
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Oct 03 - 08:20 AM

That Ronnie Hilton - he was from Hull as well!


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Subject: RE: A mouse lived in a windmill
From: GUEST,Peter T.
Date: 15 Oct 03 - 08:25 AM

How did you find the lyrics, Joe? I spent hours trying to track them down years ago. You are the man.

The Freddy and the Dreamers version was the one I remembered. But who was Ronnie Hilton? (Sorry, across the pond and all that).

yours,

Peter T.


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Subject: RE: A mouse lived in a windmill
From: Mickey191
Date: 15 Oct 03 - 05:24 PM

The mouse spoken of above has a cousin who lives in a tavern. Some unknown wrote this about him:

Some Guiness was spilt on the barroom floor
when the pub was shut for the night.
When out of his hole crept a wee brown mouse
and stood in the pale moonlight.

He lapped up the frothy brew from the floor,
Then back on his haunches he sat.
And all night long you could hear him roar,
"Bring on the God Damn Cat."


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