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Lyr Req: Follow me home? / Follow Me 'Ome

GUEST,suzie 03 May 04 - 06:06 AM
Keith A of Hertford 03 May 04 - 06:23 AM
GUEST,MCP 03 May 04 - 06:30 AM
Leadfingers 03 May 04 - 06:44 AM
Leadfingers 03 May 04 - 06:51 AM
McGrath of Harlow 03 May 04 - 07:22 AM
Leadfingers 03 May 04 - 08:04 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: follow me follow me home
From: GUEST,suzie
Date: 03 May 04 - 06:06 AM

Does anyone have the words for a song that includes these words:-
"Hark to the big drum calling, follow me follow me home"?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: follow me follow me home
From: Keith A of Hertford
Date: 03 May 04 - 06:23 AM

This is a Kippling ballad, put to music by Pete Belamy.
I have the full poem here but I know I have seen it on Mudcat.
Back soon,
Keith.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: follow me follow me home
From: GUEST,MCP
Date: 03 May 04 - 06:30 AM

I think there are several threads dealing with the song, but this one has the words and tune: Follow me 'ome.

Mick


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Subject: Lyr Add: FOLLOW ME 'OME (Rudyard Kipling)
From: Leadfingers
Date: 03 May 04 - 06:44 AM

Its a Kipling Poem set to music by the late great Peter Bellamy.

There was no one like 'im, 'Orse or Foot,
Nor any o' the Guns I knew;
An' because it was so, why, o' course 'e went an' died,
Which is just what the best men do.
   So it's knock out your pipes an' follow me!
   An' it's finish up your swipes an' follow me!
   Oh, 'ark to the big drum callin',
   Follow me - Follow me 'ome!

'Is mare she neighs the 'ole day long,
She paws the 'ole night through,
An'she wont take 'er feed 'cause o' waitin' for 'is step
Which is just what a beast would do

'Is girl she goes with a bombardier
Before 'er month is through
An' the banns are up in church, for she's got the beggar hooked,
Which is just what a girl would do.

We fought 'bout a dog - last week it were -
No more than a round or two;
But I strook 'im cruel 'ard, an' I wish I 'adn't now,
Which is just what a man can't do.

'E was all that I 'ad in the way of a friend,
An I've 'ad to find one new;
But I'd give my pay an' stripe for to get the beggar back,
Which it's just too late to do.

So it's knock out your pipes an' follow me!
An' it's finish off your swipes an' follow me!
Oh, 'ark to the fifes a-crawlin'!
Follow me - follow me 'ome!

Take 'im away! 'E's gone where the best men go.
Take 'im away! An' the gun-wheels turnin' slow.
Take 'im away! There's more from the place 'e come.
Take 'im away, with the limber an' the drum.

For it's "Three rounds blank" an' follow me,
An' it's "Thirteen rank" an' follow me;
Oh, passin' the love o' women,
Follow me - follow me 'ome!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: follow me follow me home
From: Leadfingers
Date: 03 May 04 - 06:51 AM

Got in while I as posting the word Mick. I looked it up under Home,not
'Ome and hence couldnt find the link


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: follow me follow me home
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 03 May 04 - 07:22 AM

In an essay about Kipling by George Orwell he comments on this poem:

"So it's knock out your pipes and follow me!
   And it's finish up your swipes and follow me!
   Oh, hark to the big drum calling
   Follow me - Follow me home..."

"Here I have restored the aitches etc. Kiping ought to have known better. He ought to have seen that the two closing lines of the first of these stanzas are very beautiful lines, and that ought to have overridden his impulse to make fun of a working-man's accent. In the ancient ballads the lord and the peasant speak the same language...However he is more often quoted aloud than read on the printed page, and most people instinctively make the necessary alterations when they quote him."


Actually I don't think "making fun" is a correct way of saying what Kipling is doing here, though I agree with Orwell that this fashion for putting in misspelling as a token way of indicating an accent is a mistake. Much better to use conventional spelling, and leave it to the reader (or singer) and the listener to put in or hear the accent for themselves. The same goes for all the "dis" and "dat" and "de" and "hab" which tend to get in the way of songs by the likes of Stephen Foster.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: follow me follow me home
From: Leadfingers
Date: 03 May 04 - 08:04 AM

I am inclined to agree with you Kevin, but for the sake of the uninitiated I took the lyric straight from my copy of Kiplings Complete Verse. I dont sing it that way myself , but thought if I am posting Kiplings words I would do it the way it was published.


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