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Recordings of songs from The Great War


ChrisLS
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...first the line, which goes...

There's a long, long road a winding to the land of my dreams...

...that's all I have, and a tune. Ring any bells with anyone.

My second question can anyone recommend some good recordings of First World War Songs?

Thanks in advance

Chris

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There's a long, long trail a-winding

Into the land of my dreams,

Where the nightingales are singing

And a white moon beams:

There's a long, long night of waiting

Until my dreams all come true;

Till the day when I'll be going down

That long, long trail with you.

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Did the link at the top of every page on this Forum not give you a clue?

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Alternative words perhaps used by Boys Brigade???

There's a long, long worm acrawling

Towards the flap of my tent.

I can hear the bugle blowing

And it's time I went.

There's some cold, cold water waiting

For me to take my morning dip.

And when I return I know that worm

Will be inside my pillow-slip.

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These sites have links to CDs both of recordings of contemporary songs and modern 'takes'. I have bought quite a few and like them very much.

Vredesconcerten Passendale / Peace concerts Passchendaele

http://everything2.com/title/Vredesconcerten%2520Passendale

Coope Boyes & Simpson

http://www.coopeboyesandsimpson.co.uk/the_...t_world_war.htm

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Guest Bert's Grandson

Sorry, this is of no help whatsoever to you, but the piano at Talbot House in Poperinghe is the very one which was there during the Great War. It is said that "There's a long,long road a-winding" was played on it so many times that eventually it played it automatically.

I can't be sure, but I believe my grandfather Bert Grant could have passed that way at one time.

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Tremendous song from a tremendous voice. It's a haunting melody.

Chris, you couldn't have thought of a better title for your site, when did the flash of inspiration happen. Early on?

Mike

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Ollydot

From the Girl Guides, second verse

That worm it went on crawling all through the heat of the day

Round and round the tent pole and it wouldn't go away

It really was a nuisance ??? ??? me to take my evening wash

And when I returned I found that worm upon my pillow, squish squash!

Diane

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And if I remember correctly, the theme to the BBC Great War aviation series "Wings" incorporated it.

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I have all Coope, Boyes & Simpson's CDs plus several Vredesconcerten Passendaele ones - all heartily recommended. They have also been collaborating with author Michael Morpurgo on musical adaptations of Private Peaceful and The Best Christmas Present in the World, both having WW1 themes.

Also on 30th October they are doing a set called "In Flanders Fields" at Portesham Village Hall in Dorset. http://www.coopeboyesandsimpson.co.uk/concerts_and_dates.htm for details.

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Jane

Many thanks for this heads up; I saw CB&S perform their Christmas Truce some years ago.They performed with a Belgian choir and the evening was memorable. The clarity and quality of the a capella singing was amazing.

Michelle

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Tickets booked- maybe see you there Jane?

Thanks again

Michelle

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Father Johm McCormack!! What is left to say except "thank you" to Chris for asking the question. Antony

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