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Songs to different tunes

Trevor 16 Oct 01 - 04:23 AM
alanww 16 Oct 01 - 05:41 AM
Snuffy 16 Oct 01 - 08:19 AM
Bill D 16 Oct 01 - 10:07 AM
MikeofNorthumbria 16 Oct 01 - 10:45 AM
Paul from Hull 16 Oct 01 - 10:58 AM
brid widder 16 Oct 01 - 12:32 PM
Kim C 16 Oct 01 - 01:08 PM
The Walrus at work 16 Oct 01 - 01:19 PM
Skipper Jack 16 Oct 01 - 02:12 PM
Clinton Hammond 16 Oct 01 - 02:16 PM
jeffp 16 Oct 01 - 02:44 PM
Dead Horse 16 Oct 01 - 03:01 PM
Kim C 16 Oct 01 - 03:26 PM
Dead Horse 16 Oct 01 - 03:35 PM
DeanC 16 Oct 01 - 03:41 PM
RangerSteve 16 Oct 01 - 04:11 PM
Liz the Squeak 16 Oct 01 - 04:20 PM
Geoff the Duck 16 Oct 01 - 05:07 PM
Benjamin 16 Oct 01 - 05:14 PM
Helen 16 Oct 01 - 06:56 PM
Herga Kitty 17 Oct 01 - 06:43 PM
Genie 13 Apr 02 - 01:28 PM
Hrothgar 13 Apr 02 - 11:41 PM
GUEST,jerryjames 13 Apr 02 - 11:49 PM
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nutty 14 Apr 02 - 07:25 AM
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Subject: Songs to different tunes
From: Trevor
Date: 16 Oct 01 - 04:23 AM

I'm sure there must have been threads on this before which I haven't seen, but having heard Snuffy's rendition of 'My Old Man's a Dustman' to the tune of 'Adieu my Lovely Nancy', and 'Clementine' to 'Cwm Rhondda', I have had my appetite whetted for more. I suppose hymn tunes, with their fairly rigid structure, are fairly easy to fit other words to, although Mal Brown's song 'Crimea Bound' is a bit of a squeeze to the tune of 'Dear Lord and Father..', and 'To Be a Pilgrim' has an extra line of melody to 'Our Captain'. UK Mudcatters will probably know the round of the 'I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue' where contestants have to fit the words of a tune to the melody of another - Willy Rushton was brilliant at it. Any more?


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Subject: RE: Songs to different tunes
From: alanww
Date: 16 Oct 01 - 05:41 AM

I'm glad you liked my Clementine at Llanstock, Trevor! Snuffy's transposition of My Old Man's a Dustman to the tune of Adieu my Lovely Nancy also works with British Grenadiers - in fact, you can do the lyrics of any of the three to any of the three tunes! Try it!!

Some talk of Alexander ...
Alan


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Subject: RE: Songs to different tunes
From: Snuffy
Date: 16 Oct 01 - 08:19 AM

With a bit of effort you can squeeze almost any song into Ikley Moor Baht 'At, and of course Wild Rover to the tune of Banana Boat Song is well-known.

There was a thread recently about this but I can't find it in forum search.

Wassail! V


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Subject: RE: Songs to different tunes
From: Bill D
Date: 16 Oct 01 - 10:07 AM

it's fun to squeeze Jabberwocky into Beethovens "Ode to Joy".....

yes, there have been other mentions of this game, but not sure of search parameters


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Subject: RE: Songs to different tunes
From: MikeofNorthumbria
Date: 16 Oct 01 - 10:45 AM

The poet and scholar Robert Graves was fond of this game. While giving a university lecture on the nature of poetry, he illustrated the difference tunes make to our perception of words by singing the words of "Alexander's Ragtime Band" to the tune of "Abide With Me" - and then vice versa. The result was very instructive.

Wassail!


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Subject: RE: Songs to different tunes
From: Paul from Hull
Date: 16 Oct 01 - 10:58 AM

Some interesting suggestions here....*G*

The only one I can suggest though is 'Pinball Wizard' to the tune of 'The White Cockade'...


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Subject: RE: Songs to different tunes
From: brid widder
Date: 16 Oct 01 - 12:32 PM

a useful thread with Christmas coming...'While shepherds watched' goes to hundreds of tunes Simon & Garfunkel's the Boxer is good but my personal favourite is the Laughing Policeman!!! in fact there's probably a thread somwhere on alternative tunes just to that one song!


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Subject: RE: Songs to different tunes
From: Kim C
Date: 16 Oct 01 - 01:08 PM

heeheeheee Amazing Grace to Gilligan's Island heeheehee


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Subject: RE: Songs to different tunes
From: The Walrus at work
Date: 16 Oct 01 - 01:19 PM

I've heard Seamus Kennedy sing the U.S. Marine Corps song to "Ghost Riders". Will that do?

walrus


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Subject: RE: Songs to different tunes
From: Skipper Jack
Date: 16 Oct 01 - 02:12 PM

My Old Man's A Dustman has been sung to "Pinball Wizard"!


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Subject: RE: Songs to different tunes
From: Clinton Hammond
Date: 16 Oct 01 - 02:16 PM

Wild Rover to "Ghost Riders In The Sky"


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Subject: RE: Songs to different tunes
From: jeffp
Date: 16 Oct 01 - 02:44 PM

America the Beautiful also goes to Ghost Riders in the Sky, not to mention Amazing Grace and Gilligan's Island.

jeffp


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Subject: RE: Songs to different tunes
From: Dead Horse
Date: 16 Oct 01 - 03:01 PM

We often parodise?(take the piss) out of Lovely Nancy by singing a different set of lyrics to each verse. Starting with Pinball Wizard, then My Old Man's a Dustman, House Of The Rising Sun, Blue Suede Shoes, and finally John Barleycorn. The last verse added to above goes :- And when this song it is all over, There'll be peace throughout the bar. We shall step up to the count-i-er, And shall order another jar. We'll call for liqour merrily, and spend a quid or so. And when our money it is all gone, We shall bugger off home, you know.

There is no substitute for culture !!!


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Subject: RE: Songs to different tunes
From: Kim C
Date: 16 Oct 01 - 03:26 PM

Dead Horse, how many drinks do you have to have for that to work? ;-)


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Subject: RE: Songs to different tunes
From: Dead Horse
Date: 16 Oct 01 - 03:35 PM

How dare you, KimC. Using a four letter word like W**K ! For your information, I, and all my colleagues in the morris AND the Shanty group, are all Teatotallers. So there ;-(


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Subject: RE: Songs to different tunes
From: DeanC
Date: 16 Oct 01 - 03:41 PM

Amazing Grace to Joy to the World.


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Subject: RE: Songs to different tunes
From: RangerSteve
Date: 16 Oct 01 - 04:11 PM

I know there's at least one earlier thread on this subject, because I started it. I don't remember the title I used. Anyway, for Trevor's sake, my contributions were: Take Me Out To the Ball Game to the tune of Amazing Grace. How Much Is That Dog in the Window to the tune of House of the Rising Sun, and the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam to the tune of Turkey in the Straw.


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Subject: RE: Songs to different tunes
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 16 Oct 01 - 04:20 PM

'House of the Rising Sun' to 'There is a green hill far away' and vice versa... scares people.

'Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer' goes nicely to the 'British Grenadiers' too, but have only ever found one other song - 'Jerusalem' that fits 'Linden Lea' and vice versa.

LTS


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Subject: RE: Songs to different tunes
From: Geoff the Duck
Date: 16 Oct 01 - 05:07 PM

I once heard Byker Hill sung to the tune of Blake's Jerusalem. I was amazed how well it worked!
Quack!


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Subject: RE: Songs to different tunes
From: Benjamin
Date: 16 Oct 01 - 05:14 PM

I'm a little tea pot works great with the melody of the Jepordy theme music.

If were going to talk about Christmas music, I believe What Child is This? can be sung to the melody of Green Sleeves.

Benjamin™


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Subject: RE: Songs to different tunes
From: Helen
Date: 16 Oct 01 - 06:56 PM

Found it! One trick to remember for finding threads is to click on your name where it appears above a posting in a thread, i.e. after the word "from":

Subject: RE: Songs to different tunes
From: RangerSteve

This will show all the postings that person has contributed to the forum and you can scroll down the list and see if the names of the threads ring a bell.


Click here

http://www.mudcat.org/thread.CFM?threadID=36233

Still laughing about Hernando's Hideaway & the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.

Helen


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Subject: RE: Songs to different tunes
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 17 Oct 01 - 06:43 PM

For Christmas, try O Little Town of Bethlehem to the tune of Here's Adieu Sweet Lovely Nancy.

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Songs to different tunes
From: Genie
Date: 13 Apr 02 - 01:28 PM

Just cross-referencing threads on the same topic.click here

Benjamin, "What Child Is This?" IS sung to the tune "Greensleeves." [It was written to be sung to that tune.]

Genie


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Subject: RE: Songs to different tunes
From: Hrothgar
Date: 13 Apr 02 - 11:41 PM

"The Wild Colonial Boy" fits to "Clementine," "Ghost Riders in the Sky," and "the White Cockade."


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Subject: RE: Songs to different tunes
From: GUEST,jerryjames
Date: 13 Apr 02 - 11:49 PM

Robert Frost's "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" ("Whose woods these are I think I know...") to the tune of "Early Mornin' Rain."

Any poem of Emily Dickinson's can be sung to the tune of "The Yellow Rose of Texas."


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Subject: RE: Songs to different tunes
From: JenBurdoo
Date: 14 Apr 02 - 12:18 AM

I've heard four different tunes to Wild Colonial Boy. Seeing as how it's one of the better known Irish/Aussie songs, I suppose that makes sense...

Jennifer


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Subject: RE: Songs to different tunes
From: Genie
Date: 14 Apr 02 - 04:53 AM

When Katharine Lee Bates wrote her poem "America The Beautiful," it became wildly popular before any tune had been affixed to it. For about two years, it was sung to a wide array of tunes, most notably "Auld Lang Syne." Then Samuel Butler discovered that it fit perfectly with a melody he had already written, and his tune became "the" tune for that song.

Genie


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Subject: RE: Songs to different tunes
From: nutty
Date: 14 Apr 02 - 07:25 AM

I've always wanted to sing Galway Shawl to he tune of Rosville Fair ( it fits really well) but I've never been brave enough


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Subject: RE: Songs to different tunes
From: GUEST,Captain Swing
Date: 14 Apr 02 - 02:30 PM

Whiskey in the Jar, Whiter Shade of Pale, Pinball Wizard and My Old Man's A Dustman are all interchangeable

Cheers - Captain Swing


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Subject: RE: Songs to different tunes
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 15 Apr 02 - 08:43 AM

The White Cockade is a wonderful tune to sing all sorts too as witnessed in Fred Wedlocks 'The White Cockup' - we regularly do a version at our events where we invite new verses fram anyone daft enough to sing them:-)

I also like to do "Chantilly Lace" to the tune of "The Parting Glass". Liz the Squeak does a Christmas Carol to "On Ilkely Moor baht 'at" but I believe that is a genuine Yorkshire carol anyway!

I have yet to find another tune to sing Bohemian Rhapsody to - I'm sure if anyone can do it, Mudcatters can!

Cheers

Dave the Gnome


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Subject: RE: Songs to different tunes
From: The Walrus at work
Date: 16 Apr 02 - 09:06 AM

Of course "The Red Flag" plays to "The White Cockade" - one of the many with that name - but that could be because it was the tune it was originally written for.

Walrus


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Subject: RE: Songs to different tunes
From: MudGuard
Date: 16 Apr 02 - 09:19 AM

The national anthems of the Federal Republic of Germany (Einigkeit und Recht und Freiheit) and the former German Democratic Republic (Auferstanden aus Ruinen) fit quite well.

Got some people confused when the lyrics were exchanged by some jokers at a big party shortly after Germany was united...


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Subject: RE: Songs to different tunes
From: Bullfrog Jones
Date: 17 Apr 02 - 07:32 AM

Dave, I've always wondered, if lemonade's made from lemons and orangeade's made from oranges, what do they use to make White Cockade?


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Subject: RE: Songs to different tunes
From: Stephen L. Rich
Date: 17 Apr 02 - 11:14 PM

Try O, Little town of Bethlehem to the tune of House Of The Rising Sun.

Singer and comedian Larry Rand, in Chicago, insist that you can sing any Robert Frost poem to the tune of the Hernando's Hideaway Number from the musical Damn Yankees.


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Subject: RE: Songs to different tunes
From: Genie
Date: 18 Apr 02 - 01:37 AM

Maybe youse guys can answer me this:

I find that when I try to sing "In The Still Of The Night" I tend to sing it to the tune of "Deep Purple," and halfway through the first portion of the song, my lyrics morph into "Deep Purple" lyrics. Obviously, the first couple of lines of the songs could be switched with each other's tunes. Ist that true of the rest of the two songs? [I can't, for the life of me, remember the tune to "In The Still Of The Night" beyond about the first two lines--because I keep going into "Deep Purple!"

Genie


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Subject: RE: Songs to different tunes
From: Sooz
Date: 18 Apr 02 - 03:43 PM

I used to love the "Words of one song to the tune of another" in the wonderful panel game "I'm sorry I haven't a clue" on BBC Radio 4. We had this in action one morning in our school assembly when the music teacher was bashing out one hymn while the words to something which did not even vaguely fit were projected on the screen for the "congregation". Pupils made a valiant attempt until the music teacher realised in about verse 3. A classic moment in the education of those young minds!


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Subject: RE: Songs to different tunes
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 18 Apr 02 - 06:41 PM

After I'd been to Pete Wood's lecture on John Barleycorn at the UK National Folk Festival last weekend, I realised that you could sing John Barleycorn to the "We'll sing 'Hallelujah' at the turning of the year" tune, and keep that chorus to go with the original verses


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Subject: RE: Songs to different tunes
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 27 Aug 03 - 08:13 PM

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