mudcat.org: Lyr Add: Whoever Invented the Fishfinger (Rosselso
Lyrics & Knowledge Personal Pages Record Shop Auction Links Radio & Media Kids Membership Help
The Mudcat Cafeawe

Post to this Thread - Sort Descending - Printer Friendly - Home


Lyr Add: Whoever Invented the Fishfinger (Rosselso

DigiTrad:
AZEKATARLE
BATTLE HYMN OF THE NEW SOCIALIST PARTY
BOYS WILL BE BOYS
DON'T GET MARRIED GIRLS
MOTORWAY SONG
RISSELTY-ROSSELTY
SHADOW YOU HAVE SEEN
THAT'S THE WAY THE WHEELS TURN
THE ANT AND THE GRASSHOPPER
THE NEIGHBOUR'S CAT
WHOEVER INVENTED THE FISHFINGER
WHY DOES I HAVE TO BE ME
WORLD TURNED UPSIDE DOWN (DIGGERS)


Related threads:
Lyr Add: Judgements / Judgments (Leon Rosselson) (11)
Lyr Req: The Tourist's Complaint (Leon Rosselson) (22)
Lyr Add: The World Turned Upside Down (Rosselson) (13)
Lyr Req: Wo Sind Die Elefanten (Rosselson) (13)
Lyr Req: History Lesson (Leon Rosselson) (36)
Leon Rosselson: SE London gig March 23 (3)
Lyr Req: The Man Who Puffs the Big Cigar (11)
ADD: The Man Who Puffs The Big Cigar (Rosselson) (3)
Lyr Req: She Was Crazy, He Was Mad (L Rosselson) (12)
Leon Rosselson - Sixty Quid a Week (3)
Lyr Req: Abiezer Coppe (Leon Rosselson) (8)
Lyr Req: Cobweb of Dreams (Masefield, Rosselson) (13)
Chords: Song of the Old Communist (Leon Rosselson) (15)
Leon Rosselson song search (4)
Lyr Req: Tim McGuire (Leon Rosselson) (26)
Looking to buy Rosselson songbook 'news' (4)
50 Years of Rosselsongs' (9)
Lyr Req: The Neighbour's Cat (Leon Rosselson) (13)
Chord Req: Across the Hills (Leon Rosselson) (9)
Lyr Req: The World Turned Upside Down (Rosselson) (9)
Lyr Req: The Last Chance (Leon Rosselson) (9)
Lyr Req: The Years Grow Tall (Leon Rosselson) (6)
Lyr Req: Stand Firm (Leon Rosselson) (10)
(origins) Origins: William (Leon Rosselson) (5)
Lyr Req: Susie (Leon Rosselson) (2)
Leon Rosselson Songs (17)
Lyr Add: Palaces of Gold (Leon Rosselson) (3)
Thought for the Day (May 19) (5)
Lyr/Chords: You Need Skin (Leon Rosselson) (13)
Chords Req: The Motorway Song.(Leon Rosselson) (6)
Lyr Req: The Motorway Song (Leon Rosselson) (7)


In Mudcat MIDIs:
Whoever Invented the Fishfinger [Leon Rosselson] (This MIDI may need some work, but it should give an idea of what the song sounds like. -Joe Offer-)


Charley Noble 20 Aug 01 - 10:17 AM
Klavdivs 23 Aug 03 - 07:22 AM
GUEST 23 Aug 03 - 01:21 PM
Geoff the Duck 23 Aug 03 - 02:17 PM
Mark Cohen 23 Aug 03 - 10:53 PM
GUEST 23 Aug 03 - 11:03 PM
Sorcha 23 Aug 03 - 11:04 PM
Mark Cohen 24 Aug 03 - 04:49 AM
Joe Offer 24 Aug 03 - 09:21 PM
Joe Offer 24 Aug 03 - 09:39 PM
Klavdivs 24 Aug 03 - 11:06 PM
Charley Noble 25 Aug 03 - 08:37 AM
Mark Cohen 25 Aug 03 - 11:31 PM
Mark Cohen 26 Aug 03 - 12:13 AM
Share Thread
more
Lyrics & Knowledge Search [Advanced]
DT  Forum
Sort (Forum) by:relevance date
DT Lyrics:







Subject: Lyr/Chords Add: WHOEVER INVENTED THE FISHSTICK
From: Charley Noble
Date: 20 Aug 01 - 10:17 AM

This is an example of taking one verse from Leon's fine song which solely (LOL) deals with fishsticks and expanding it into 3 verses. I ran across the original song from the singing of Charlie King and thought it might be tastefully reworked for a children's concert. Note the chords should show up in the right place if you copy and paste what's below into Word using a Times font. Any more songs like this around?

WHOEVER INVENTED THE FISHSTICK
(Leon Rosselson © 1981 Adapted by Charlie Ipcar - 1993 Tune: after Too-ra-li oo-ra-li oo-ra-li)

C-----------G------------C
Who-ever in-vented the fish-stick,
F----------------------C
Ought to be trans-mogri-fied –
G------------------------------C
Skinned, mashed and boxed in-to uni-form blocks,
-----D------------------------------G
Then covered with bread-crumbs from col-lar to socks,
G7----------------C----G--C
Froz-en and deep fat fried, fat fried
-----G7----------------C
Yes, froz-en and deep fat fried.

'Cause who'd do that to a fish,
Finning its way through the sea,
Making no sound, just cruising around,
A rainbow of colors, a king to be crowned,
Just riding its flying trapeze, trapeze,
Just riding its flying trapeze?

Now progress is all very fine,
But not when it chops up your dreams;
If you're still afloat, don't miss the boat,
Turn off the TV, deep-six the remote;
Life can be more than it seems, it seems;
Yes, life can be more than it seems!


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: Tune Req: Whoever invented the Fishfinger
From: Klavdivs
Date: 23 Aug 03 - 07:22 AM

I first heard this Leon Rosselson song on a Canberra radio folk hour over 25 years ago, never heard it since and I've never forgotten its power. I've also found the lyrics by the way, which are here -

http://sniff.numachi.com/~rickheit/dtrad/pages/tiFISHFIN2.html

But what i have forgotten is some of the melody, namely the bridge and chorus. The dramatic minor feel of the verses has never faded.

Anybody help ? Ta


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Tune Req: Whoever invented the Fishfinger
From: GUEST
Date: 23 Aug 03 - 01:21 PM

The Seattle Labor Chorus has this song in its repertoire and the music in its files.   I could get it to you by snail mail, but maybe if you contact them, you could do better. It is a very strange, unforgettable song.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Tune Req: Whoever invented the Fishfinger
From: Geoff the Duck
Date: 23 Aug 03 - 02:17 PM

Wellsy - you may not have realised, but http://sniff.numachi.com/~rickheit/dtrad/ is a mirror of our own Digital Tradition - in other words the words there have been reproduced from Mudcat. The "sniff" site has added extra value by also including transcriptions of tunes (where available) in a number of formats which can be printed out or imported into MIDI players.
This song has also been mentioned in the following Mudcat thread BLICKY.
Quack!
Geoff the Duck.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Tune Req: Whoever invented the Fishfinger
From: Mark Cohen
Date: 23 Aug 03 - 10:53 PM

I have Leon's songbook, "For the Good of the Nation" (Journeyman Press, London and West Nyack, NY, 1981), which includes that song, and 27 others. I bought it when he performed in Seattle back in 1985. If all else fails, I can do it the old fashioned way: xerox the song and mail it to you.

Aloha,
Mark


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Tune Req: Whoever invented the Fishfinger
From: GUEST
Date: 23 Aug 03 - 11:03 PM

Is it any different than the finger-banging-stink-dinger?


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Tune Req: Whoever invented the Fishfinger
From: Sorcha
Date: 23 Aug 03 - 11:04 PM

It doesn't look like we have the tune anywhere. Can you add it somehow, Mark?


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Tune Req: Whoever invented the Fishfinger
From: Mark Cohen
Date: 24 Aug 03 - 04:49 AM

I think I recall that Joe Offer can accept Noteworthy Composer files, so I can "write" the melody in NWC, send it to him in that format and see if he can figure something out. The first part of each verse is in Am, the second part in A, and the chorus is back to Am.

Aloha,
Mark

Click to play


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Tune Req: Whoever invented the Fishfinger
From: Joe Offer
Date: 24 Aug 03 - 09:21 PM

Well, I'm not sure I can figure out Mark's notation, but the MIDI should give you an idea what it sounds like. Very inspiring song, but with all due respect to Dr. Cohen, I question his note spelling. Of course, the fault could be Rosselson's - he's been known to do unusual things with tunes.
-Joe Offer-

Click to play


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Tune Req: Whoever invented the Fishfinger
From: Joe Offer
Date: 24 Aug 03 - 09:39 PM

Forgive me, Mark. I looked up the song in Bringing the News from Nowhere, Songs by Leon Rosselson. Ayup. Mark has the tune right - looks like it changes key mid-song - to a key with three naturals....
Strange notation.
-Joe Offer-


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Tune Req: Whoever invented the Fishfinger
From: Klavdivs
Date: 24 Aug 03 - 11:06 PM

tHANK YOu very much folke for the tune, that last minor bit now seeps back through the mists of time in all its chilling drama. Now I'll arrange it for my cheery a cappella quintet.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: Lyr/Chords Add: WHOEVER INVENTED THE FISHSTICK
From: Charley Noble
Date: 25 Aug 03 - 08:37 AM

Here's an afterthought. I was also fascinated by this ditty some time ago but in my arrogant way thought the song should focus solely (!) on fish. Anyways, here's what I came up with:

Leon Rosselson © 1981
Adapted by Charlie Ipcar - 1993
Tune: after "Too-ra-li oo-ra-li oo-ra-li"

Whoever Invented the Fishstick-2



C-----------G------------C
Who-ever in-vented the fish-stick,
F----------------------C
Ought to be trans-mogri-fied –
G------------------------------C
Skinned, mashed and boxed in-to uni-form blocks,
-----D------------------------------G
Then covered with bread-crumbs from col-lar to socks,
G7----------------C----G--C
Froz-en and deep fat fried, fat fried
-----G7----------------C
Yes, froz-en and deep fat fried.

'Cause who'd do that to a fish,
Finning its way through the sea,
Making no sound, just cruising around,
A rainbow of colors, a king to be crowned,
Just riding its flying trapeze, trapeze,
Just riding its flying trapeze?

Now progress is all very fine,
But not when it chops up your dreams;
If you're still afloat, don't miss the boat,
Turn off the TV, deep-six the remote;
Life can be more than it seems, it seems;
Yes, life can be more than it seems!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Tune Req: Whoever invented the Fishfinger
From: Mark Cohen
Date: 25 Aug 03 - 11:31 PM

The three natural signs in the key signature indicates that the key has changed from A major (three sharps) back to A minor (no sharps or flats). If it had changed from A major to Bb major, the key signature at the double bar would show 3 naturals followed by 2 flats.

If you have the old Judy Collins songbook, take a look at the song "Marat/Sade". At one point (p. 176) the key goes from Fm (equivalent to Ab major, 4 flats) to F#m (equivalent to A major, 3 sharps). The double bar there is followed by a key signature that has four naturals followed by 3 sharps.

Note that the use of natural signs in the key signature only occurs once, at the point of the key change. On each subsequent line, the key signature shows the new key.

Does that help, Joe?

Aloha,
Mark


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: Lyr/Chords Add: WHOEVER INVENTED THE FISHFINGER
From: Mark Cohen
Date: 26 Aug 03 - 12:13 AM

Since the chords are far from self-evident, here they are, from Leon's book. By the way, Joe, thanks for putting that MIDI in place so quickly. Have fun in Alaska!

Aloha,
Mark

Who[Am]ever in[Em]vented the [F]fish[G]finger,
[Am]ought to be transmogri[E7]fied.
[Am]Skinned, mashed and [E7]boxed into [Am]uniform [E7]blocks,
then [F]covered with [G]breadcrumbs from [F]collar to [E]socks,
and [Dm]frozen and finally [E7]fried.

Because [A]who'd do that to a [E7]fish,
[D]finning its way through the [A]seas,
[D]Colours in [E7]harmony, [A]perfectly [D]poised,
[E]riding its flying tra[E7]peze.

And [Am]progress is [Am9]all very well,
but [Fmaj7]not when it chops up our [E]dreams.
And it's [Am]hard to [E7]feel, at [Am]ease in the [E7]world,
when [Ebdim]nothing is what it [E]seems.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate
  Share Thread:
More...

Reply to Thread
Subject:  Help
From:
Preview   Automatic Linebreaks   Make a link ("blue clicky")


Mudcat time: 28 October 1:33 PM EDT

[ Home ]

All original material is copyright © 1998 by the Mudcat Café Music Foundation, Inc. All photos, music, images, etc. are copyright © by their rightful owners. Every effort is taken to attribute appropriate copyright to images, content, music, etc. We are not a copyright resource.