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All The Tunes In The World

  • Words Ewan McVicar; tune The South Wind

    All The Tunes In The World
    Are dancing around in my head
    The clock on the wall says, Time to go home
    Tomorrow, we'll sing them instead

    Lay down the old Guild guitar
    Lay down the five-string banjo
    We'd like one more drink at the bar
    But the clock says it's time to go

    Lay down the jig and the reel
    Lay down the planxty, the slide
    Like us then you'll know how it feels
    To play music and lose track of time

    The barman has put on his coat
    Stacked chairs on the old table-tops
    And the manager's friends are afraid
    The music might bring in the cops

As sung by Iain MacKintosh & Hamish Imlach

Susannes Folksong-Notizen

  • english  [1989:] In Glasgow pubs the music had to stop at ten o'clock. You could have a drink after ten, but you couldn't sing. Just before ten all the regulars would slip away to the toilet. At five minutes after ten there is a knock at the door - two stern-looking police enter. The barman apologises, 'Just a little private party, Officers. Would you care for a drink?' He sends the remaining tourists on their way and draws two beers. The acoustics in the toilet were amazing: You could hear the sound of policeman's helmets being taken off and of beer-glasses put down on the bar. After that, it was safe to come out and carry on drinking till six o'clock - when you had to stop to carry the police back to the station. But there would be no singing: Singing drew more police, and most Glasgow pubs could only afford free drink for two policemen. (Intro Hamish Imlach)

  • english  [1990:] I was sitting beside Iain MacKintosh one afternoon in the Star Club. An instrumental group began to play the Irish tune The South Wind. Iain and I sang along to the tune, and we both said 'There ought to be words'. I began to think about Jim Daily, fiddler and piper and friend, who would get me into trouble - at the end of a night, after 'time' had been bawled Jim would keep playing tunes. [...] I wrote my song quickly. It was premiered for a group of Irish hikers passing through the Vicky Bar. Then a couple of months later at the Folk Festival on Glasgow Green I lay on the grass to listen to Iain do a lovely set of songs. After he finished he came and sat beside me. 'Iain, I wrote that song to the South Wind tune.' I sang it quietly in his ear. Her looked at me, a little startled. 'I'll sing that!' he said. [So he does, using a slightly different set of words.] (McVicar, One Singer One Song 172)

Quelle: words Scotland, tune Ireland

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