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What is the longest song you know?

Fullerton 07 Jan 06 - 11:04 AM
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Subject: Origins: What is the longest song you know?
From: Fullerton
Date: 07 Jan 06 - 11:04 AM

Never mind the quality, it's quantity I'm curious about.

What is the longest single song (no operas please!) that you know?


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Subject: RE: Origins: What is the longest song you know?
From: Once Famous
Date: 07 Jan 06 - 11:06 AM

Canadian Railroad Trilogy by Gordon Lightfoot.

Innagoddadivida (sp) if I remember was a whole album side. There had to have been others that were, also. Dark Side of The Moon?


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Subject: RE: Origins: What is the longest song you know?
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 07 Jan 06 - 11:15 AM

If you mean know of rather than sing personaly I guess it must be one of the 'Yes' ones. Didn't they do an album that had 1 track split over both sides?

If you mean perform my longest is...

I know a song that'll get on your nerves
Get on your nerves
Get on your nerves
I know a song that'll get on your nerves
Get on your nerves.

I know a song that'll get on your nerves
Get on your nerves
Get on your nerves
I know a song that'll get on your nerves
Get on your nerves.

I know a song that'll get on your nerves
Get on your nerves
Get on your nerves
I know a song that'll get on your nerves
Get on your nerves.

I know a song that'll get on your nerves
Get on your nerves
Get on your nerves
I know a song that'll get on your nerves
Get on your nerves.

Can go on for hours given the right circumstances:-)

If we include musical pieces didn't they make CD's 74 minutes long because that is the length of the logest recoreded piece of music? (Beethovens 12th I think) Or is that an urban myth?

Cheers

DtG


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Subject: RE: Origins: What is the longest song you know?
From: Louie Roy
Date: 07 Jan 06 - 11:24 AM

The Booze Hound Lament


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Subject: RE: Origins: What is the longest song you know?
From: Abby Sale
Date: 07 Jan 06 - 11:36 AM

Sing personally? A cappella?

Gill Morice (Child 83) has the most verses.

Flying Cloud takes a while to sing

I think Tam Lin (Child #39, "A") takes longer. Partly because I've collated in a couple of verses from "G" (7 & 10) to explain her pregnancy & what's been going on in the woods.

Or did you mean by word count?


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Subject: RE: Origins: What is the longest song you know?
From: Cats
Date: 07 Jan 06 - 12:52 PM

'The Little Jest of Sir Robin Hood' has over 240 verses. I've never sung it all the way through but we did have an idea a few years ago to do a 'serial' version of it between three of us, singing half a dozen verses at each festival we went to then telling the rest in a few sentences..


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Subject: RE: Origins: What is the longest song you know?
From: Howard Kaplan
Date: 07 Jan 06 - 01:13 PM

The version of Gil Morice posted here on the Digital Tradition has 46 4-line verses. Each pair of consecutive lines has 14 syllables and, in many cases, the two lines flow together, so the song is essentially 92 14-syllable lines.

On rare occasions, I sing "The True History of Mary Anne Talbot", a song I wrote that's almost twice as long: 168 14 syllable lines. Unaccompanied, it takes about 17 minutes to sing. If you look here, you will find links to a lead sheet (.pdf format) and corresponding MIDI files.


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Subject: RE: Origins: What is the longest song you know?
From: GUEST
Date: 07 Jan 06 - 01:25 PM

One Man Went to Mow (ad infinitum)


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Subject: RE: Origins: What is the longest song you know?
From: GUEST,12 string stan
Date: 07 Jan 06 - 01:54 PM

Years ago a man I played with on a very rare occasion, would do a number titled "Alice's Restauraunt" F**k me. was that a long one. I know absoulutly nothing about who wrote it, and requests to radio stations have been turned down on the grounds, although they have it, it is too long to play. Anyone any info on this number by any chance?

alternatively there's the good old 500,000,000,000,000 green bottles hanging on the wall


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Subject: RE: Origins: What is the longest song you know?
From: yrlancslad
Date: 07 Jan 06 - 02:01 PM

That I sing personally-The flying cloud, although Doing the Manch takes some singing-not a lot of verses but they're long and demanding especially after a few jars which is when the requests tend to come.


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Subject: RE: Origins: What is the longest song you know?
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 07 Jan 06 - 02:10 PM

I remember a ballad session at Sidmouth when Bob Berry (who runs Chippenham folk festival) tried singing the Flying Cloud, which he'd just learned. He needed some help from the audience.

I used to sing a version of Little Musgrave when I was waiting for buses. It lasted about 11 minutes.

Willie's Lady lasts quite a while, and you have to remember how the spell went in the first place so you can reverse it in the correct order.

Kitty

PS Alice's Restaurant was by Arlo Guthrie, son of Woody, and made into a film in the 1970s.


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Subject: RE: Origins: What is the longest song you know?
From: MMario
Date: 07 Jan 06 - 02:24 PM

I used to use "500 Bottles of Beer" to time my drives - If I started at 500 when I turned onto the Bershire extension outside of Albany I would usually be crossing the Cape Cod Canal as I finished.


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Subject: RE: Origins: What is the longest song you know?
From: silverfish
Date: 07 Jan 06 - 02:41 PM

ANY song performed by Breezy!!! Talk about milking a chorus... Happy New Year, Breezy!


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Subject: RE: What is the longest song you know?
From: Don Firth
Date: 07 Jan 06 - 02:58 PM

Probably "Mattie Groves." Twenty-seven verses of lust, adultery, blood, and gore, learned from an old John Jacob Niles recording (although I don't sing it quite the way he did!). I think "The Flying Cloud" runs a close second, but I've never acually timed them. Close.

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: What is the longest song you know?
From: Leadfingers
Date: 07 Jan 06 - 04:28 PM

Alice's Restuarant was written by Arlo Guthrie and takes about twenty two minute to sing at a sensible speed !


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Subject: RE: What is the longest song you know?
From: Peace
Date: 07 Jan 06 - 04:47 PM

A fellow named Chris Rawlings from Montreal put "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" to music, memoroized it and performed it from time to time. Lasted about 45 minutes. He recorded it--I think on vinyl--and it took both sides of the record.


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Subject: RE: What is the longest song you know?
From: Peace
Date: 07 Jan 06 - 04:50 PM

PS, I do not know it.


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Subject: RE: What is the longest song you know?
From: Little Robyn
Date: 07 Jan 06 - 05:35 PM

I used to be able to do Alices Restaurant but I can't do it now.
Chevy Chase (Northumbrian Border ballad) has about 67 verses but the tune is so boring no-one ever plays it more than twice and I've only ever heard Ray Fisher sing it and then only a couple of verses. I did consider learning it but.......
Robyn


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Subject: RE: What is the longest song you know?
From: Little Robyn
Date: 07 Jan 06 - 05:40 PM

By the way, if you want to do Alice's Restaurant the words are here.
Robyn


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Subject: RE: What is the longest song you know?
From: GUEST
Date: 07 Jan 06 - 07:17 PM

arlo guthrie also wrote another long talkin' blues number " i don't want a pickle (just wanna ride my motorcycle."


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Subject: RE: What is the longest song you know?
From: Peace
Date: 07 Jan 06 - 07:21 PM

I worked for two weeks at the old Gaslight Cafe as the emcee for Arlo at the time he was working out "Alice's Restaurant". Heard it--in multiple variations--thrice a night for 12 days. That has held me until now, and figuring that I have only seven or so years left, I think I might last until then without hearing it again.


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Subject: RE: What is the longest song you know?
From: Peace
Date: 07 Jan 06 - 07:25 PM

PS That was in no way meant to insult Arlo's song.


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Subject: RE: What is the longest song you know?
From: Bert
Date: 07 Jan 06 - 07:38 PM

Eskimo Nell?


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Subject: RE: What is the longest song you know?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 07 Jan 06 - 07:59 PM

You had to be there. It was funny at the time. I would not much want to hear it now. (Alice's Restaurant)


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Subject: RE: What is the longest song you know?
From: GUEST
Date: 07 Jan 06 - 08:50 PM

American Pie


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Subject: RE: What is the longest song you know?
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 07 Jan 06 - 09:55 PM

I Used To Work in Chicago.

Over 150 verses.

Sincerely,
Gargoyle


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Subject: RE: What is the longest song you know?
From: GUEST,Joe_F
Date: 07 Jan 06 - 10:00 PM

You mean, like, memorized all the way thru in a misspent youth? "Thais".

--- Joe Fineman    joe_f@verizon.net

||: A celebrity is someone whom excessive attention has rendered unworthy of attention. :||


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Subject: RE: What is the longest song you know?
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 07 Jan 06 - 10:34 PM

I will toss in Gunga Dihn also - it goes for about 12 minutes.

Sincerely,
Gargoyle


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Subject: RE: What is the longest song you know?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 07 Jan 06 - 10:37 PM

That's how long it takes him to die, right?


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Subject: RE: What is the longest song you know?
From: Don Firth
Date: 08 Jan 06 - 01:58 PM

We once dragged out "What Shall We Do with a Drunken Sailor" for well over half an hour. With a dozen of us improvising verses and having to think up only one line before our turn came up again, it probably could have kept right on going. Fortunately, after a bit, cooler heads prevailed.

Got pretty damned raunchy toward the end!

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: What is the longest song you know?
From: Don Firth
Date: 08 Jan 06 - 02:27 PM

There was another time in the early Sixties when I was singing in a coffeehouse and a guy offered me roughly five times what I was making per night at the coffeehouse to come and sing a few songs at a late party. Sure, says I. It turned out to be a gathering of salesmen who were (I think) in town for a convention. The party was in a big room in one of the nicer hotels in downtown Seattle. I sang for a while, then the guy who invited me asked If he could borrow my guitar. What followed was an open ended song made up of whatever limericks anyone could come up with, to the tune of—what?—the Mexican Hat Dance? Anyway, the chorus ran

"Aye aye aye aye
In China they never eat chili.
Let's have another one
Just like the other one,
And waltz me around again, Willie."

Anyway, people tossed in whatever limericks they could think of—and talk about raunchy!!—for also well over a half-hour, until finally the hotel night manager knocked on the door and asked us to keep it down.

The guy paid me in cash—more than he had initially offered—and sent me home in a cab.

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: What is the longest song you know?
From: Joybell
Date: 08 Jan 06 - 03:07 PM

"Alonzo the Brave and the Fair Imogene", but I rarely find anyone willing to hear me out. I think I could do "Johnny Cock" too but that's True-Love's favourite long ballad and he has the same problem as the above. Cheers, Joy


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Subject: RE: What is the longest song you know?
From: Dave Sutherland
Date: 08 Jan 06 - 04:38 PM

Personally "Tam Lin" 43 verses - the longest one I have heard has to be Roy Harper's "Magoonan's Blues" which lasts around a glorious fifteen minutes


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Subject: RE: What is the longest song you know?
From: GUEST,Bruce Baillie
Date: 08 Jan 06 - 04:57 PM

The Wars of the Roses, you can listen to it on wovenwheatwhispers its only a mere 8 minutes long...


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Subject: RE: What is the longest song you know?
From: Tradsinger
Date: 08 Jan 06 - 05:42 PM

I used to sing Tam Lin, which was about 8 minutes. At school, we used to sing "Goodbye horse, goodbye horse, I was saying goodbye to my horse, and as I was saying goodbye to my horse I was saying goodbye to my horse" (tune 'Bless 'em all'.) This is repeated ad lib and to infinity or until someone throws something at the singer.

The late Gordon Hall from Sussex was reknowned for having the longest versions of everything. I once took at tape recorder to him and he announced he was going to sing his version of Lord Bateman. As I had 21 minutes tapetime left, I was not worried .. at first that it ... but as the song progressed I kept glancing at the counter. Finally, 17 and a half minutes and 2 cigarettes later (his cigs, not mine), the song finished. Speach and movement slowly returned. His version of 'The leaves of life' was 'only' 14 minutes.

I suppose the longest I sing these days is the Devon song 'When mother and me joined in' but I've never timed it.

Gwilym


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Subject: RE: What is the longest song you know?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 08 Jan 06 - 06:05 PM

So...how come I never get to hear this stuff on the radio? ;-)


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Subject: RE: What is the longest song you know?
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 08 Jan 06 - 06:36 PM

Guinness World Records does not return an entry for longest song or for longest musical performance.

There's a goal once a winner is found here....(?)

John


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Subject: RE: What is the longest song you know?
From: Bill D
Date: 08 Jan 06 - 06:48 PM

an interesting way to rate them is the size of an MP3 needed to digitize them.

There was a recent posting of many, many versions of Child Ballads in newsgroups, and where a common size was from 3 to 7MB, some ran 12-15-18-or 20MG, and a few...wow! (The list with lengths was also posted)

the longest ones I see were:
The Broom of Cowdenowes - Ewan McColl 10:47
The Knight & the Shepherds Daughter - The Baltimore Consort 10:15
Little Musgrave - Jean Richie 12:02
Little Musgrave - Planxty - 11:26
Barbary Allan - Jody Stecher 12:44
Child Waters - Frankie Armstrong 11:18
Fair Annie - Peggy Seeger 10:40
Glasgerion (Jack Orion) Fairport Convention 12:39
Glasgerion (Jack Orion) Pentangle 18:38
Captain Wedderburn's Courtship - Ewan McColl 10:01
Tam Lin by Anne Briggs 10:44
       by The Watersons 11:00


then there is Bonnie Annie & Andrew Lammie by Jeannie Robertson at 13:24 (not sure if that counts as 'one'..)

and the Little Gest of Robin Hood, recorded by Bob Frank, using his own tune, running about 78 minutes!


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Subject: RE: What is the longest song you know?
From: Morticia
Date: 08 Jan 06 - 06:48 PM

Maria Martin or Murder in the Barn is the nomination from my other half...........I would say Tam Lin


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Subject: RE: What is the longest song you know?
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Jan 06 - 06:57 PM

I don't know many long songs myself. The longest one I know of anybody singing in Scots or English is "Graysteil", which I think Andy Hunter has sung all the way through (probably the first person to do it since the reign of James IV).

The longest song to be orally performed complete by a single performer in any language is probably the Kirghiz epic "Manas" - look it up.

"The Laidly Worm of Spindleston Heugh" is a mere bagatelle at 45 minutes.


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Subject: RE: What is the longest song you know?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 08 Jan 06 - 06:58 PM

I had a friend (since deceased) who once wrote a song shortly before his 15-minute spot at the open stage, and it took him the entire 15 minutes to play it. Alas, I cannot remember the title. I think it had 35 verses or thereabouts. (it moved along quickly too...whole lot of lyrics)


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Subject: RE: What is the longest song you know?
From: GUEST,Guset
Date: 08 Jan 06 - 07:19 PM

"The Guest of Robin Hood".( Gueste of Robynn Hoode) The lyrics in the Harvard Classics must contain at least 100 verses. I have never heard it sung but at 4 verses per minute = 25 minutes.


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Subject: RE: What is the longest song you know?
From: Bill D
Date: 08 Jan 06 - 07:24 PM

(I knew a woman many years ago who claimed that her version of "The Lass of Roch Royal" ran 13-14 minutes...she used it a couple of times to punish newcomers to our Hootenanny for doing things like "Puff, the Magic Dragon")


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Subject: RE: What is the longest song you know?
From: GUEST,Anonny Mouse
Date: 08 Jan 06 - 08:26 PM

The malaprop-dyslexic-mix-up-song-"Innavidadaggada"


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Subject: RE: What is the longest song you know?
From: sharyn
Date: 09 Jan 06 - 01:57 AM

I sing the Martin Carthy version of "The Famous Flower of Serving Men." It's very long (and I'm a ballad singer). Since I learned it orally, I've never counted the verses.


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Subject: RE: What is the longest song you know?
From: Tradsinger
Date: 09 Jan 06 - 02:36 AM

The New Scorpion Band's vesion of Lord Bateman is about 15 minutes.

Gwilym


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Subject: RE: What is the longest song you know?
From: GUEST,DB
Date: 09 Jan 06 - 04:43 AM

I was once at a singaround at which the 'worst' singer in the group announced that he was going to sing the ballad 'Chevy Chase'. He then proceeded to do so - I'm not sure how long it was because I lapsed into a coma ... several people died ...
Now, I have no basic objection to long songs, per se; I'm sure that there are a few singers around who could tackle 'Chevy Chase' and I'd listen to it with pleasure. Unfortunately, there appear to be far too many people around who learn long songs so that they can monopolise as much of a singaround as possible. Usually, in such cases, the length of the song tends to be inversely proportional to the quality of the singing.
In the example quoted above several people (those who were still standing) walked out - one of the few examples that I can think of where this has happened; it served the selfish git right!


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Subject: RE: What is the longest song you know?
From: Paul Burke
Date: 09 Jan 06 - 06:22 AM

A bear climbed over a mountain,
A bear climbed over a mountain,
A bear climbed over a mountain,
To see what he could see.

And what do you think he saw?
And what do you think he saw?

The other side of the mountain,
The other side of the mountain,
The other side of the mountain,
Was all that he could see.

So what do you think he did?
So what do you think he did?

He climbed back over the mountain,
He climbed back over the mountain,
He climbed back over the mountain,
To see what he could see.

And what do you think he saw?
And what do you think he saw?

The other side of the mountain,
The other side of the mountain,
.....
(ad infinitum... kept the Boy amused for hours).


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Subject: RE: What is the longest song you know?
From: GUEST,Greycap
Date: 09 Jan 06 - 07:55 AM

A certain old friend of mine could make "Sir Patrick Spen" seem as long a ballad as you are likely to hear.


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Subject: RE: What is the longest song you know?
From: GUEST,potbelly
Date: 09 Jan 06 - 10:31 AM

arlo guthrie


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Subject: RE: What is the longest song you know?
From: Folkiedave
Date: 09 Jan 06 - 11:27 AM

Say goodbye to your web footed friends
Cos that duck may be somebodies mother.
It lives in the cold and the swamp,
Where the weather is really damp,
You may think that's the end of this song,
Well it is.

But just to prove that I'm a liar,
I'll sing the song once again,
Only this time a bit louder and much higher.

Change key.........

I have been there when Mike has sung Tam Lin, Sure it only takes eleven minutes?


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Subject: RE: What is the longest song you know?
From: Mr Fox
Date: 09 Jan 06 - 12:08 PM

Steelye Span - Montrose (15m 16s)
Mr Fox - The Gypsy (12m 58s)
Carolanne Pegg - Fair Fortune's Star (Close to ten minutes)
Martin Carthy - Jack Rowland (8m 47s)

Fairport's version of 'Jack Orion' must run around ten minutes, too. And what about 'Red and Gold'?


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Subject: RE: What is the longest song you know?
From: Bunnahabhain
Date: 09 Jan 06 - 12:19 PM

There's a hole in my bucket.

Another one of those repeating songs, but with a repeat of 5-6 minutes.

Not sure if this counts, but I've heard of Paradise Lost being performed. Not quites rread and not quite sung if I remember, and they only did three or four books a night...


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Subject: RE: What is the longest song you know?
From: GUEST
Date: 09 Jan 06 - 12:23 PM

Sad-eyed Lady of The Lowlands


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Subject: RE: What is the longest song you know?
From: GUEST, Topsie
Date: 09 Jan 06 - 01:48 PM

I've never managed to listen to "Jesus' Blood" all the way through - it is played on Late Junction now and then - but I think it lasts about 20 minutes or so.


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Subject: RE: What is the longest song you know?
From: Don Firth
Date: 09 Jan 06 - 07:13 PM

"The Twelve Days of Crispness."

It may not actually be all that long, but when you've heard it for the four-hundred and seventy-eighth time over the holiday season, the bloody thing seems interminable!

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: What is the longest song you know?
From: John Routledge
Date: 09 Jan 06 - 08:09 PM

Guest DB

I have two versions of Chevy Chase - each around 68 verses.

Will count them in a quiet moment.

The tune Chevy Chase however has only eight bars.

Never heard anyone sing it :0)


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Subject: RE: What is the longest song you know?
From: Guy Wolff
Date: 10 Jan 06 - 12:02 AM

Im with Sharyn .. "The Famous flower of Searving Men" is the longest one Ive tried.. Matty Groves is second for me .. All the best , Guy


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Subject: RE: What is the longest song you know?
From: GUEST,reggie miles
Date: 10 Jan 06 - 02:23 AM

I heard a friend of mine do a longish version of "The Ballad of the Rock Island" and I was suitably impressed. So, I decided to try my hand at this one and developed a compilation of several versions with plenty of my own verbal calisthenics thrown in for good measure.

I play this one bottleneck style and add harmonica for the train whistlin'. I've had an entire bluegrass style band working this one with me in the past. Now that was a great version!

If I hurry I can usually get through it in about 15 minutes but I enjoy stretching it for all it's worth. I love doing this one when I've got a lot of time to kill on stage. ;o) Folks have said that my version has an Arlo air to it.

I've always enjoyed Arlo's work and used to have his version of Alice's restaurant memorized so I could recite it. I've never worked up the guitar part though.

"Now it all started about three Thanksgivings ago"...


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Subject: RE: What is the longest song you know?
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 10 Jan 06 - 07:48 AM

I'm still learning "The ballad of Odivere", one quarter of which is really the "Silkie of South Skerrie", 104 verses.
John Whaltham has been known to sing a ballad in installments as it took about 30 minutes.


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Subject: RE: What is the longest song you know?
From: open mike
Date: 10 Jan 06 - 11:36 AM

Christmas in the Trenches has 7 verses...
i wrote one with 20 verses once, but
never could commit it to memory!


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Subject: RE: What is the longest song you know?
From: GUEST,guest
Date: 10 Jan 06 - 01:51 PM

Just an aside -- my daughter (11) always says that if the song tells you it "won't delay you long" you should get comfortable.....


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Subject: RE: What is the longest song you know?
From: Den
Date: 10 Jan 06 - 01:54 PM

Little Musgrave. I enjoy performing it too.


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Subject: RE: What is the longest song you know?
From: garybs
Date: 10 Jan 06 - 03:09 PM

Gotta be Ina-Gada-Da Vida by Iron Butterfly


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Subject: RE: What is the longest song you know?
From: Tootler
Date: 10 Jan 06 - 06:04 PM

To John Routledge

I thought I counted 76 verses of the Chevy Chase, but I could be wrong. I'm not surprised you never heard anyone sing it. Apart from the length, the version I have (Northumbrian Minstelsey) is in 15th century English and no one has spoken like that for some time now :-)


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Subject: RE: What is the longest song you know?
From: Tootler
Date: 10 Jan 06 - 06:19 PM

To John Routledge

I thought I counted 76 verses of the Chevy Chase, but I could be wrong. I'm not surprised you never heard anyone sing it. Apart from the length, the version I have (Northumbrian Minstelsey) is in 15th century English and no one has spoken like that for some time now :-)


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Subject: RE: What is the longest song you know?
From: Arne
Date: 10 Jan 06 - 06:24 PM

Ummm, how about best long subject done succinctly?

As in songwriter (and teacher) Adam McNaughton's Reader's Digest condensed version of Hamlet that he put together to try and get the little tykes interested in Shakespeare....

Without much further ado, Oor Hamlet.

When Iain Mackintosh sings this, he does it in a rapid-fire version that gets it down to just a few deep breaths' worth....

;-)

Maybe such sublime efforts as McNaughton's make up in part for the terminal length of some of the Child balladry....

Cheers,


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Subject: RE: What is the longest song you know?
From: Bill D
Date: 10 Jan 06 - 07:26 PM

(Mudcat's own "lamarca" has written a "Hamlet" treatment of the entire "Ring of the Niebelung" .... to the tune of "Barret's Privateers". She does it 'occasionally', and it is wonderful!)


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Subject: RE: What is the longest song you know?
From: Snuffy
Date: 10 Jan 06 - 08:00 PM

Serendipity: the chorus of Lamarca's Ring song just popped into my head yesterday, for no apparent reason. It is indeed wonderful, Bill, when Mary sings it.

And it's even pretty good when Micca sings it! **BG**


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Subject: RE: What is the longest song you know?
From: Arne
Date: 10 Jan 06 - 08:17 PM

Hmmmmm. Think I saw a cartoon short subject treatment of TROTN once upon a time. Pretty hilarious too. Any relation, do you know?

Cheers,


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Subject: RE: What is the longest song you know?
From: GUEST,Blind DRunk in Blind River
Date: 10 Jan 06 - 08:55 PM

The longest one is...

19 million 9 hunnert and 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall!

I woulda sung it thru, but we ran out at only 72 bottles.

Other than that...i heard that some guy took the whole 3 books of Lord of the Rings and, like, made a song out of it, eh? The WHOLE FLIPPIN' THING! I kid you not, eh? It was one of them progressive rock gods. It mighta been Rick Wakeman. They say he was, like, insane, eh? It was the longest flippin' album set ever, but didn't get releesed in stores. Too bad. You could get serious money for that puppy now, I bet.

- BDiBR


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