Nine Ferrets in a Bottle
Philip.Belben at eon-engineering.com
Fri Sep 24 03:00:53 EDT 2004
>>> "But what these unobservant birds" goes to the part that goes
>>> "Greensleeves was all my joy". Etc.
>> No it doesn't - that's precisely what I was complaining about.
> You have to fudge it a little bit.
> Make "but" a pickup, "what" goes with "green", "un" goes with "sleeves"
> - so instead of long-long, you have short long-short long.
You needn't be quite that drastic. Add an upbeat (best is an octave below
"green") for "but", and it lines up like this:
But what these un-ob-serv-ant birds
Green-sleeves wa-as all my joy
OTOH all those DLM tunes fit better - "Jerusalem", someone suggested "O
Tannenbaum" (I like that. I'll try and find the music when I get home), you
could even have the Old Hundredth ("All People that on Earth do Dwell")...
There's a couple of really awful hymns with this metre that have recently
become hugely poplular at church. Now whenever I have to play them, I'll
think of cormorants :-) :-)
I'm still thinking about a tune for the ferrets. The "Dam Busters' March"
is a perfect fit for the first line, but gets no further. The second half
of "When Britain really ruled the waves" isn't too bad a fit for the chorus.
Maybe we should make a collage of tunes!
But this weekend I WILL write a tune for this song. I am DETERMINED.
(Picture the Duke of Caprona saying "Resolute. I mean thank you")
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