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I had to marry you (with Rebsie and a cast of MJers)


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DWL

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First of all thanks to Rebsie for her inspired vocals on this :-)

Then thanks to the MJers who contributed their own little masterpieces to the congregation. So in alphbetical order in their MJ personas

Echoroom, Epileptic Gibbon, KristyJo, Peacepiano, Smokeyvw, and Vic Holman - I do hope I haven't missed anyone out as I also got a few from the Zoom board as well and it got a bit messy.

Anyway, before our hero wins the lottery his wife is dozing in front of daytime TV and half watching a documentary on George Formby and a sex scandal involving Shostakovich, Eric Coates and a herd of prize Friesans. And thereby lies a tale ............

I'm going to be without the internet for a couple of weeks so I may not reply for a while.

Your opinions on the song and the mix are very welcome as I sort of lost it when I was mixing.

Graeme Hobbs wrote most of the lyrics and most of the melody and I did the rest.

Cheers

Dick
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Lyrics
© Hobbs/Langford

Of all the people in the world I had to marry you
I had to marry you, I had to marry you
Any old Tom, Dick or Harry really wouldn't do
I had to marry you my dear

Verse 1

My father led me to the altar
Gave away his only daughter
Six months gone and in the family way

I knew he had those thoughts of murder
But he wouldn't take it further
Didn't want to spoil my special day

Mum blamed herself and all the clubbing
Wouldn't stop her bleedin blubbin
As I spoke those binding words “I do”

Chorus 2

So we settled down to wedded bliss
To baby poo and baby piss
I thought my heart would burst with happiness

We tried to work the Kama Sutra
acrobatic stuff don't suit yer
always ended up in such a mess

I was always dancing crazy
Had the hots for Patrick Swayze
Loved to watch his Dirty Dancing steps

Bridge

I know you're not a bad bloke
You're hardworking and you're kind
It's just the daily drudgery
Drives me out of my mind


Verse 3

You know I never liked your mother,
nor your sister or your brother
Your old man used to tell me dirty jokes

Nothing really lasts forever
People change just like the weather
I guess we're just like all the other folks

There must be more to life than this
An alarm call and a weekly kiss
What I'd give to simply walk away

Chorus 3

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Hits: 5399
Comments: 57
Fans: 24
Plays: 357
Downloads: 170
Votes: 14
Uploaded: Aug 29, 2007 - 03:17:07 PM
Last Updated: Aug 29, 2007 - 03:30:38 PM Last Played: Jan 28, 2017 - 06:13:35 PM
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Comments
said 3498 days ago (August 29th, 2007)
amazing
it has been a week of laughin out loud for me.... watched Blades of Glory last night and laughed so hard i actually stopped breathing at one point....i clicked on this and again, gasping for air....great great song!!!
the music, the lyrics, the vocals, all amazing stuff.
10's all the way 'round!!!!!
DWL said 3498 days ago (August 29th, 2007)
Blimey that was quick!
Many thanks for those comments. I couldn't have done it without that Rebsie though. She put so much personality into it.

It's supposed to make you laugh so I'm really pleased :-)

Cheers

Dick

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Rebsie said 3497 days ago (August 30th, 2007)
My pleasure
I really was immensely honoured to be asked, Dick.
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steck said 3498 days ago (August 29th, 2007)
VERY ENGLISH
Interesting fun track.

Graham


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DWL said 3497 days ago (August 30th, 2007)
That's the idea!
Thanks mate, that's such a compliment :)

Cheers

Dick

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Check out my latest song called Jolly England
MissChaos said 3498 days ago (August 29th, 2007)
bloody brilliant
oh my... I'm afraid I've turned BRITISH! I will have to come back to comment more whence I've stopped the uncontrollable laughter!
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DWL said 3497 days ago (August 30th, 2007)
Being British ain't so bad
You get proper beer and The Archers and get to say "blimey" a lot :-)

I'm pleased you enjoyed it

Cheers

Dick



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drakonis said 3498 days ago (August 29th, 2007)
way way funny...
in a demented sad sort of way... definitely sounds like a musical needs to be written around it, perfect sounding... I wonder who could do something like that... Dick? :-) Great job Dick, Rebsie, and an incredible cast, wow! Sounds GREAT! Wonderful lyrics, well performed.
ttfn,
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DWL said 3497 days ago (August 30th, 2007)
Thanks Mr D!
It's getting there bit by bit but taking it's toll on my sanity. I need to do more collabs on these songs as they give me great feedback and balance my extremes.





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Epileptic Gibbon said 3498 days ago (August 29th, 2007)
Strike a light!
Are you trying to tell me that George Formby only appears once in the keywords on this site?! What is the world coming to, me ole cockney sparra? Anyway, I listened to this after coming down the ole apples and whatnots and you can paint me bottom blue if it didn't warm the cockles of this ole Gibbon's heart. Not so much George "Turned out nice again" Formby as Ian Dury and The Blockheads meets The Two Ronnies, which I genuinely mean as compliment, squire. Rebsie has taken to striding around the house like a pearly queen and now I see why. A pleasure to contribute to this diamond in the rough, if only in a very small way, guv. Bless ya, sir and compliments to my fellow gentlemen and ladies in the choir.
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DWL said 3497 days ago (August 30th, 2007)
Cor blimey guv'nor
don't get yerself in a right old 2 and 8 about it. You want to worry that the next song I've got lined is about a female serial killer........

What are you doing to that cat btw?

Cheers

Dick

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Peter Bauckham said 3498 days ago (August 29th, 2007)
So
Rebsie has become the pearly queen of Cheltenham! I expect a market stall will follow soon. What a great fun song and where did that accent come from? You've been watching too much Eastenders coz they don't talk like that in Peckham where I come from!

Thanks to you all for a fabulous collaboration.
Peter
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Rebsie said 3498 days ago (August 30th, 2007)

Well, although I'm from Cheltenham originally I spent my childhood years in Essex. I never picked up much of an Essex accent but obviously it was there in my unconscious when I needed it!
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DWL said 3497 days ago (August 30th, 2007)
Woman to bus driver
"Does this bus go to Peckham?"

Bus driver "It's never bitten anyone yet madam"

I thenk ewe

and thanks Pete !

Actually the beginning of this opera is set in Basildon (wear I woz brought up ;-) ) which was an overflow town for the East End. I have this theory that they were so upset about being moved out of London that they exaggerated their accents to retain their London identity and that's been passed down through the generations. The pub in Basildon (The Winged Horse in Luncies Road) I've set some of the action in is now more Eastenders than Eastenders and they don't even realise it

Cheers

Dick


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I'm really a 25 year old guitar god but an evil witch trapped me in this podgy middle aged body.
Check out my latest song called Jolly England
Vic Holman said 3498 days ago (August 29th, 2007)
topical going tropical
funny, witty and just all out a fun piece to l listen to. I would say you're just plain weird. But in truth your are somewhat of a genius at this.
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DWL said 3497 days ago (August 30th, 2007)
Thanks Vic
but just plain weird is OK.......

Cheers

Dick

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I'm really a 25 year old guitar god but an evil witch trapped me in this podgy middle aged body.
Check out my latest song called Jolly England
peacepiano said 3498 days ago (August 29th, 2007)
Great stuff
Sounds like Rebsie will have to star in the show now! Fun production all round. The little quote from My Fair Lady at the end was very funny! Thanks for letting me in on the chorus.

Laughing all the way to the church....
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DWL said 3497 days ago (August 30th, 2007)
We're already thinking about an acoustic version
Thanks Bill, much appreciated :-)

Cheers

Dick

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Check out my latest song called Jolly England
Rebsie said 3497 days ago (August 30th, 2007)

I hope it wasn't a quote from My Fair Lady ... I was trying to ad lib!
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peacepiano said 3497 days ago (August 30th, 2007)
Quote
The quote is in the bell part. A bit of "I'm getting married in the morning"

Your ad lib is first rate and original :)
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Rebsie said 3497 days ago (August 31st, 2007)

Phew, that's OK then ... thanks!

Shows how much I know about films. :)
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ktb said 3498 days ago (August 29th, 2007)
Patrick Swayze
Brilliant. A pure delight. I'd be curious how each collaborator added/influenced this gem
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DWL said 3497 days ago (August 30th, 2007)
Never saw the attraction to be honest
but my wife did :)

Thanks for the comments. This song is one of the fun parts of the opera so I'm really pleased you enjoyed it.

Cheers

Dick

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I'm really a 25 year old guitar god but an evil witch trapped me in this podgy middle aged body.
Check out my latest song called Jolly England
Rebsie said 3491 days ago (September 5th, 2007)

How each collaborator added/influenced this gem: basically Dick did most of the work and I just sent a few encouraging emails.

Patrick Swayze doesn't do it for me at all I'm afraid. So if my "phwoooar" sounds more like I'm throwing up - that's probably why.
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sloparts said 3498 days ago (August 29th, 2007)
Bravo Dick and all you lot
This is a wonderful piece of work. The collaboration worked very well and it really turned out well.
I'm very impressed.

Thanks Dick, for posting this, it's a fun listed

Ed
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DWL said 3496 days ago (August 31st, 2007)
Thanks Ed
I apppreciate the comments and the listen.

Cheers

Dick

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I'm really a 25 year old guitar god but an evil witch trapped me in this podgy middle aged body.
Check out my latest song called Jolly England
caroline said 3498 days ago (August 30th, 2007)
bloody brilliant!!!
fav'd, d/l and .... wait for it.... vote!!! thank you - s'fab xoxoxox
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DWL said 3496 days ago (August 31st, 2007)
Oi, watch yer language
children might still be up ;)

Loved the comments, thanks!

Cheers

Dick


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I'm really a 25 year old guitar god but an evil witch trapped me in this podgy middle aged body.
Check out my latest song called Jolly England
said 3497 days ago (August 30th, 2007)
The bridge

is incredeble :-)

Great job !!! :-) poor guy ... hahaha
DWL said 3496 days ago (August 31st, 2007)
From someone as skilled as you
that is a wonderful crit.

Thank you very much :)

Cheers

Dick

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I'm really a 25 year old guitar god but an evil witch trapped me in this podgy middle aged body.
Check out my latest song called Jolly England
echoroom said 3497 days ago (August 30th, 2007)
Genius
Great sining from Ms. R, laugh out loud lyrics, george formby instrumentation and a great tune ... they should be building statues of you in olde england, Dick.

Steve
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DWL said 3496 days ago (August 31st, 2007)
Fort you was on 'oliday :-)
thanks for stopping by Steve. See what happens when you're not around.

Statues of me? I'm not any council hates the public that much.

See you in a couple of weeks.

Cheers

Dick

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Check out my latest song called Jolly England
Rebsie said 3496 days ago (August 31st, 2007)
Steve's right ...
Amokopera is really going somewhere and I can't tell you how privileged I feel to be involved with it.

It's been enormous fun to work on too and I loved every minute of it.

A lot of collabs are about putting icing on a ready-made musical cake. This one was different because I was in on it right from the start and got to see it evolve from a single uke track to the amazingly rich and imaginative thing it is now, and that was a privilege too. I often struggle with arrangements myself and watching your creative process at work has been constant delight and wonderment. Thank you thank you.
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DWL said 3496 days ago (August 31st, 2007)
Stop that Rebsie
I'll be in tears soon.

This was a great collab for me. A lot of fun and it's been great working with you.

So thank YOU thank YOU!

Cheers

Dick

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I'm really a 25 year old guitar god but an evil witch trapped me in this podgy middle aged body.
Check out my latest song called Jolly England
musichead said 3494 days ago (September 2nd, 2007)
nice
very nice tune.. I really really like it!!!
i dont know what it is about it..bouncy light and full of life.
and very very funny. I like the uke.. I have an uke. I need to use it
It was my grandmothers...!!! Great job!!!
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Feter said 3493 days ago (September 4th, 2007)
I had to marry you
this is ultra fun friends ...just Awesome ~~
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jgurner said 3492 days ago (September 4th, 2007)
Ack!
You had me laughing out loud while I was at work in the library! Good thing no one else was here. Very clever and perfectly delivered by Rebsie. Enjoyed it.
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J.A.Stewart said 3492 days ago (September 4th, 2007)
LOL!!!
Excellent job... Loads of fun and funny all the way around in this one, although I have a sneaking suspicion that *Graeme Hobbs* is the nom de plume of Dick's wife. lol

Rebsie is frighteningly convincing in her featured role. :D

One suggestion, Dick... I think perhaps the only thing that's missing in the mix is the sound of flying, crashing dishes --- and maybe the singular tone of a well-placed frying pan on Hubby's head. ;)

--- Joe
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jiguma said 3492 days ago (September 5th, 2007)
:)
Bloomin' marvelous! And I've just suggested a newbie listen to Rebsie as a good example of MJ English folk!

This was so much fun to listen to and obviously so much fun to do.

Pint of bitter and some crisps please luv!

Neil
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Rebsie said 3491 days ago (September 5th, 2007)
Thanks Neil
I'm flattered that you recommended me, thank you. This song is as good an example as any of real English folk ... as far as I'm concerned it doesn't come much more authentic than this.

It certainly was as much fun as it sounds. I had to edit out the sound of me having a good old knees-up round the room during the instrumental bits because it was impossible to keep still while recording this.
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SickTransit said 3491 days ago (September 5th, 2007)
Smashing!
This was such a blast of a song I couldn't stop smiling. Rebsie's vocals really made it work. Truly inspiring performance, guvnah. Truly fab.
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damiengh said 3488 days ago (September 8th, 2007)
lovin it
Really loved this one Dickie. The sense of humor, the uke, the subject matter the chorus..............hell of a tune. Bawdy and fun.

Tickled my British side of the family it did. My Hyde's came over around 1638 or so coming through Massachusetts.


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dolby said 3486 days ago (September 10th, 2007)
Marvellous!
Missed this when it was released Dick - but glad I found it in the end. Great stuff. Fantastic tune, and a great performance all round. There aren't enough steel drums in popular music, so I'm glad you gone at least some way to redressing this...

...and love the fade out. Inspired:)

Cheers,
Phil
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kristyjo said 3470 days ago (September 26th, 2007)
Very cool -
Lots of work to put together, I'm sure, but lots of fun. When I hear the whole song put together, it is kind of melancholy, in a funny sort of way. Rebsie, great story telling through your singing.
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paddler said 3453 days ago (October 14th, 2007)
inspired
there is a suprise around every corner in macjams! absolutely brill - love the steel drum sound and the upbeat feel - totally original - love it!
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paul f. page said 3438 days ago (October 28th, 2007)
A perfect...
...theatre piece. How much fun this is from the opening notes. The break-out orchestration after the first pass is brilliant and you sustain that feeling throughout especially with the little background blips and blops to punctuate the tune. Very tastefully restrained, Dick. ... Rebsie's vocals are the perfect vocal rendition. No American could pull that off, even faking it! Well done. My only critical thought--not criticism!--is with the full chorus of voices the last time through: no doubt you already sense a bit of a pitch issue. On the other hand, if this is the combination of lots of collabs sending around sound files around the world, then it's only a small quibble I have with it. In every sense the composition, arrangement, and delivery are top drawer. I'm already looking forward to the next installment!
Peace.
Paul
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SmokeyVW said 3362 days ago (January 12th, 2008)
fun show tune
sorry for the late comment - somehow i missed the final version!

this came out great - lots of fun - great lyrics and tune.

thanks!
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DWL said 3339 days ago (February 5th, 2008)
Late or not
your comments are very welcome!

Cheers

dick
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said 3330 days ago (February 13th, 2008)
Excellent.


Hi

I could not stop laughing for ages and my stomach hurts now
loved it- it was so well performed and so funny
it reminded me of a theatre comedy production too. great stuff to cheer people up. loved the lyrics and the Voice parts common as muck.. ha ha

Peace
Dee
DWL said 3305 days ago (March 10th, 2008)
Thanks Dee
sorry I've only just noticed new posts to this.

I'm pleased you enjoyed it and hope you didn't suffer for too long :-)

Cheers

Dick
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said 3308 days ago (March 6th, 2008)
thanx
for makin' me laugh of this wonderful collab...Lyrics are great...and your vox is fantastic in u're slang...George Formby was the first film i saw when i was 6y old...[its in the air] Still remember the uke and you brought that feel back with this outstanding piece...Enjoyed every moment.
DWL said 3304 days ago (March 10th, 2008)
It's in theAir
quite right!

George Formby was always one of my favourites!

Thanks for stopping by :-)

Cheers

Dick
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saymme said 3284 days ago (March 30th, 2008)
: )Back for a second lissen this is just GREAT !!
...tx much enjoyed !
DWL said 3243 days ago (May 11th, 2008)
Thanks!
For picking up on this :-)

Cheers

Dick
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helenmorris said 3245 days ago (May 8th, 2008)
Great Stuff
I enjoyed this so much
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Char said 2201 days ago (March 18th, 2011)
I thought
I had heard this before. I did. I gave it all 10's. But, I didn't comment or fav. I must have gotten knocked offline or something, way back then. Perfect, everyone. Thanks.
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MartinD28 said 1522 days ago (January 25th, 2013)
A Night at the Opera -
I can see this number being performed on stage in an opera/musical. Wonderfully mixed and refreshing.
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