Re: words to english music hall song

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Posted by Sarah Cole on April 09, 2008 at 09:19:36:

In Reply to: Re: words to english music hall song posted by Bob Adams on August 07, 2006 at 08:04:44:

: The King's Horses
: This is one of the first songs I enjoyed as a 5 or 6 year old listening on my father's wind up gramophone in the mid 1940's. I made a tape of it about 30 years back to play to our young children. Music by Noel G-y, words by Harry Graham, the full text (as well as I can decipher it) is as follows. Looking on the web, I find that Harry Graham wrote nonsense songs, usually with a vicious twist, and the King's Horses is somewhat similar. (Note - the dash in G-y is forced on me as this gentleman's name is apparently unacceptable !):
: Hark, along the street,
: You hear the tramp of soldiers' feet,
: and there's a song, that sounds so sweet,
: In all the world.
: Smart soldiers on parade
: They come along for the crack brigade
: and waving bold and flashing blade
: and flag unfurled.
: The King's horses, the King's men
: March up the street and they march back again
: The King's Horses
: And the King's men.
: They're not here to fight the foe,
: You might think so, but oh dear No,
: They're all here, because they've got,
: To put a little pep into the Lord Mayor's show.
: They're in scarlet, they're in gold,
: All dollied up, they're a joy to behold,
: The King's Horses, and the King's men.
: It's their duty, now and then,
: To march down the street and to march back again,
: The King's Horses
: And the King's men.
: A. Look here comes the mayor
: A'riding in a coach and pair
: B. He hasn't got, to pay his fare?
: A. No, 'cos he's the mayor.
: B. Is that so?
: A. See, he waves his hand
: B. So he does
: A. He wants the crowd, to understand,
: that they're to cheer, - not for the men
: B. No ?
: A. No - for the Mayor
: B. Oh, goodness me!
: The Kings horses, the King's men
: etc etc

For what it's worth, this tune figures in the Laurel and Hardy Academy-award-winning short *The Music Box* and in the MGM film "grand Hotel." As *The Music Box* opens, the audience hears the player piano playing this melody. And in *Grand Hotel,* about halfway through the film, Lionel Barrymore happily stubles around his suite, after what was probably the first night on the town the character had ever had.

It's one of the happiest little songs I've ever heard, and these film uses are remarkably well-placed.

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