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Kaga simpson
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76 of 86  Wed 31st May 2017 6:06pm  
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LesMac. It was your forced march business that had me thinking what we sang when marching, nearly all the songs we had heard from WWI when we were kids, but I seem to be out on my own here. But I had thirty-forty Coventry 'kids' around me as we marched, so it seemed like they were Coventry's own songs. Everytime the rag and bone man entered our street we would run round his cart singing 'Any old iron', Inky-pinky parlez-vous, catchy to us kids, was more of a WWI song than Lili Marlene.
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argon
new milton
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77 of 86  Wed 31st May 2017 6:47pm  
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Kaga, I think Lily Marlene was a second world war song. One first world war song of course was 'Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag' composed by George and Felix Powell. I have seen a reference to George Powell (called George Asaf) as having died in Coventry in 1951. He was a baker and confectioner.
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argon
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78 of 86  Wed 31st May 2017 7:02pm  
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Kaga, I neglected to say in my previous post that, according to the same reference, George Powell's brother Felix served in the Home Guard in Peacehaven in the second world war and shot himself due to his work as an estate agent being disrupted Sad
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LesMac
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79 of 86  Thu 1st Jun 2017 10:17am  
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My fault Argon. Think that Lili Marlene was first broadcast as a song about 1939/40ish. I remember my aunt, who was a music teacher, playing Lili Marlene from sheet music long before WW2. Who wrote it and when, I have no idea.
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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80 of 86  Thu 1st Jun 2017 11:05am  
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Argon, LesMac, thanks for your reply, I've just googled old soldiers songs, found the lot.
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argon
new milton
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81 of 86  Thu 1st Jun 2017 6:36pm  
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Lesmac, according to Wikipedia Lili Marlene was written as a poem in 1915 by a soldier. Put to music and first performed in 1937
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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82 of 86  Fri 2nd Jun 2017 10:16am  
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The early days of my childhood was a different world to today, apart from about three tame channels on the wireless there was little else, so shouting and singing as a kid was much more evident on the little car-less streets, even if it was real Coventry slang, don't believe we had heard of Walt Disney in those days. There was great slum areas of Coventry terraced houses, so we lived more or less on top of each other, we knew the inside of our neighbours' houses as much as our own, which was much the same in every town. I believe the government told councils to build better houses so Coventry did just that through the thirties. There were no floodlit towns back then, and no dog racing. But we kids sang the old songs of WWI because they were mainly the only ones we heard, they came from our fathers everyday. This had altered little when the WW2 came along. As we marched, thirty-forty of us Coventry kids together, it was no different to when we had played and sang on Coventry streets, as toddlers.
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pixrobin
Canley
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83 of 86  Fri 2nd Jun 2017 10:45am  
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Thanks Kaga. I've been thinking all week about the noises that surround us every day compared to what our mothers and fathers experienced in their youth. In the communal areas in the retirement home where I live there is always music playing too loud for a group to hold a conversation. At 73 I am one of the younger residents so I guess it annoys many of my companions too. Even in my youth (1950s) the only time we heard loud music was at the fairground. This weekend I am going to the Moto-Fest being held in the city centre. I note that there are two music events at the same time, one in Broadgate and the other on Gosford Green. I just hope my hearing survives.
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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84 of 86  Fri 2nd Jun 2017 4:24pm  
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How interesting Pix, we discuss how buildings and locations have changed even our well being in lots of ways but I have never considered how noises of all kinds have affected our daily way of life. It makes you want to sit somewhere quiet and take in all of what you hear, and as we are on the topic of music I think the world would be a sad place without it, no matter what our personal choices are. Smile
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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85 of 86  Mon 5th Jun 2017 5:05pm  
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Argon. Thanks for your reply. When WW1 war ended, Peacehaven was just downland, but someone wanted to create a garden city here, to promote it they asked Felix Powell to write some music for it. He wrote Lureland Waltz, words were written by George Asaf, Felix then settled here.
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argon
new milton
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86 of 86  Mon 5th Jun 2017 5:10pm  
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Thanks Kaga, interesting! George Powell took the name Asaf from the the birthplace of the brothers I believe, namely St Asaph in Wales
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