Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Radio Free Icepick

Ten random selections from my iPod.

Goldberg Variation 26 ...........................Glenn Gould
Whores (live) .........................................Jane's Addiction
Eight Miles High .....................................The Byrds
No Regrets .............................................Billie Holiday
Boy! What Love Has Done to Me! ............Ella Fitzgerald
Dr. Van Steiner ......................................Yello
Partia 4 I Sonata ....................................Musica Antiqua Köln
When I Was a Lad ...................................????
Welcome to the Jungle ...........................Guns -n- Roses
Shine ......................................................Meat Puppets

I'm not sure who performs "When I Was a Lad", but it's a song from Gilbert & Sullivan's HMS Penafore. I love the lyrics of this one.

When I was a lad I served a term
As office boy to an Attorney's firm
I cleaned the windows and I swept the floor
And I polished up the handle of the big front door
..................He polished up the handle of the big front door
I polished up that handle so carefully
That now I am the Ruler of the Queen's Navy
..................He polished up that handle so carefully
..................That now he is the ruler of the Queen's Navy

As office boy I made such a mark
That they gave me the post of a junior clerk
I served the writs with a smile so bland
And I copied all the letters in a big round hand
..................He copied all the letters in a big round hand
I copied all the letters in a hand so free
That now I am the Ruler of the Queen's Navy
..................He copied all the letters in a hand so free
..................That now he is the Ruler of the Queen's Navy

In serving writs I made such a name
That an articled clerk I soon became
I wore clean collars and a brand-new suit
For the pass examination at the Institute
..................For the pass examination at the Institute.
And that pass examination did so well for me
That now I am the Ruler of the Queen's Navy
..................That pass examination did so well for he
..................That now he is the Ruler of the Queen's Navy

Of legal knowledge I acquired such a grip
That they took me into the partnership
And that junior partnership, I ween
Was the only ship that I ever had seen
..................Was the only ship that he ever had seen.
But that kind of ship so suited me
That now I am the Ruler of the Queen's Navy
..................But that kind of ship so suited he
..................That now he is the ruler of the Queen's Navy

I grew so rich that I was sent
By a pocket borough into Parliament
I always voted at my party's call
And I never thought of thinking for myself at all
..................He never thought of thinking for himself at all.
I thought so little, they rewarded me
By making me the Ruler of the Queen's Navy
..................He thought so little, they rewarded he
..................By making him the Ruler of the Queen's Navy

Now landsmen all, whoever you may be
If you want to rise to the top of the tree
If your soul isn't fettered to an office stool
Be careful to be guided by this golden rule
..................Be careful to be guided by this golden rule.
Stick close to your desks and never go to sea,
And you all may be rulers of the Queen's Navy
..................Stick close to your desks and never go to sea
..................And you all may be rulers of the Queen's Navy

1 comment:

justkim said...

>As office boy I made such a mark
That they gave me the post of a junior clerk



English people don't say "clerk"; they say "clark".
Anybody who says "clark" is a jark!


~"Zip", Pal Joey

That Lorenz Hart guy was a pretty good lyricist too.