Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Quick question...

Merely for household research purposes, who here knows the lyrics to "The Minstrel Boy" by heart? A yes or no will suffice.

50 comments:

Roberta X said...

I do not.

Farmer Frank said...

I don't either, but I do know who knows something about mounting NVG's in conjunction with magnified optics. check my blog.

All The Best,
Frank W. James

og said...

Thankfully to god NO. And it's one last less thing I do NOT need stuck in my head, especially iof accompanied by the damned bagpipes.

Sorry.

"No"

Mich said...

I do, because the John McDermott version is a favorite of mine and I've listened to it a LOT.

global village idiot said...

Is that the one that Sean Connery and Michael Caine sang while tramping through Kafiristan in "The Man Who Would Be King?"

I confess I know the story a lot better than the song. You can find it in print in Kipling's collection of ghost stories titled, "The Phantom Rickshaw."

gvi

Canthros said...

I don't think I've ever heard of it.

Peter said...

Yes - although only the original two verses. I didn't know of a third verse (an American post-Civil-War addition) until I moved here, so I've never learned the "add-on" verse.

homebru said...

No.

jed said...

Errm, what song is that?

/me goes off to google it

(But I did used to have the entirety of Rush's "Fly By Night" committed to memory, except for "Rivendel". Sing-a-long with Geddy -- hey, let's all join in.)

Jenny said...

yes, by heart. Along with "Over the Sea to Skye" and "Twa Corbies" it's one I heard often and again as a teen..... only the two verses though. There's more?

Other good soldierly bits are "Foggy Dew" and of course the immortal (if newer) "March of Cambreadth" :)

Jeffro said...

No. Grandma sang tunes like "Danny Boy" and "When Irish Eyes are Smiling," but not that one.

Cybrludite said...

Yep. Complete with a poor attempt at a brogue.

aepilot_jim said...

I know all the words to the Underdog theme song. (the original cartoon, not the latest movie)

Regolith said...

No.


Never heard of it.

dneylon said...

No ma'am.. but I did find this youtube video

Grant Cunningham said...

Of course not - my family came from Ayrshire, not Dublin!

-=[ Grant ]=-

RedneckInNY said...

No

David said...

Yes, but only because I sang it in high school choir. Hadn't thought about it in twenty-odd years until your post, then back into my brain came the lyrics. However, for some reason the "audio" in my head sounds like Michael Caine with a Cockney accent. Did he ever mutter it in a movie sometime? Wild.

Aegis said...

Yes. Love it.

BryanP said...

Nope.

Earl said...

Nope, but I really only sing church songs it seems. Did find it, do like it and you left us hanging again...

Don Gwinn said...

I do.

BobG said...

Nope.

Anonymous said...

No.

A. Madd Mann

Tam said...

"Yes - although only the original two verses. I didn't know of a third verse (an American post-Civil-War addition) until I moved here, so I've never learned the "add-on" verse."

"yes, by heart. Along with "Over the Sea to Skye" and "Twa Corbies" it's one I heard often and again as a teen..... only the two verses though. There's more?"

There only are two verses. I discovered the alleged third via Google last night, and immediately shoved it down the memory hole.

Rob K said...

Nope

Chuck said...

Yes, by heart-part of my "internal soundtrack"!

bookmoth said...

I do.

Scott said...

Yes.

Jenny said...

There only are two verses. I discovered the alleged third via Google last night, and immediately shoved it down the memory hole.

Ugh... looking it up, no wonder. Doesn't fit at all.


So... been watching Black Hawk Down again, or did something else bring it to mind? :)

Gewehr98 said...

Yup. Part of grade school music class, some 35 years ago. Envision a whole gaggle of 4th graders singing it in choir. Thanks for the trip in Peabody's WayBack Machine, Tam!

tanksoldier said...

Who?

staghounds said...

I don't know it all the time, but it comes back to me every 28 days or so...

(I'm running away now...)

Ben said...

Yes, but only if I start singing it. Probably coudn't just recite the words.

rick said...

Nope.

Tam said...

Jen,

"So... been watching Black Hawk Down again, or did something else bring it to mind? :)"

I was playing that Hank Cramer CD you got me, and when "The Minstrel Boy" played, I got a little misty-eyed, as I am wont to do, and RobertaX said she couldn't make out the lyrics, and I said "But it's The Minstrel Boy! Everybody knows The Minstrel Boy!" when it occurred to me that, y'know, wow, everybody might not know "The Minstrel Boy", so I thought I'd check.

Rich in Ohio said...

Nope

HokiePundit said...

Yes (although only the original version). I like the Enter the Haggis cover the best.

In "The Man Who Would Be King," the tune is the Moreen, which is what Minstrel Boy is set to. The lyrics are "The Son of God Goes Forth to War" and, IMHO, is the best combination of lyrics and tune of the lot.

HokiePundit said...

...although I'd add that the Joel Strummer & the Mescaleros version from Black Hawk Down is also really, really good.

D.W. Drang said...

Yes.
Although Mrs. Drang starts go go nuts at about the 12 minute point of the 17 minutes Joe Strummer & The Mescaleroes version...

Rabbit said...

Yes. Dammit.

Now you've ruined the rest of my day because it's replaying over and over.
Regards,
Rabbit.

Anonymous said...

yes

PresterSean said...

Yes

JPG said...

Yes.

And almost all of Reginald Heber's old Church of England hymn to the same tune:
"The Son of God goes forth to war,
A kingly crown to gain,
His blood red banner streams afar,
Who follows in his train?"


I wish I knew which one came first. As mentioned, the one in the Connery/Caine film, "The Man Who Would Be King" was Heber's Hymn. In "The Rough Riders,"Sam Eliot, playing CPT Bucky McNeill, taught TMB to his men. Another use of the tune was as an instrumental theme in "Waterloo Bridge."

Best,
JPG

Anonymous said...

Learned all the words from my Catholic cousins. The Prod side of the family knew the tune from Hymn 549. Family reunions were interesting.
"Real Guys" can cry while listening to The Minstrel Boy. Other tunes? The National Anthem, Taps/Last Post, Amazing Grace, Elvis' medley of Dixie and Battle Hymn of the Republic

Carl H said...

yes

James E. Griffin said...

I do. Most local minstrels in pubs I visit know it; if not they learn it at my request. To some folks, it's important.

FxR said...

Yes, I know the lyrics. When I find myself humming or singing absentmindedly chances are that will be what comes out.
If I'm whistling, it's probably The Skye Boat Song.

Hunter said...

Yes, and the fingerings for the "...damned bagpipes."
CPT Bucky O'Niel, 1st US Volunteer Cavalry, used it as his company song in Cuba.

Chris Byrne said...

Damn skippy I do