For those of you who were at Primary School in the 80's

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Would you like to reminisce with me about school assemblies?

DH and I were talking about the 'Come and Praise' book, and singing remembering the songs.

Does anyone else remember songs such as Autumn Days and Cross over the road my friend? Which others were there?

Oh yes, Rollingintheaisles - have you seen the old man who walks down the streets of London, dirt on his hair and his clothes in rags - or something like that?

HumphreyCobbler Wed 28-Sep-11 21:44:47

they did Autumn Days at my school today

My favourite was 'When a Knight Won His Spurs'

Sidge Wed 28-Sep-11 21:45:06

He's got the whole world in his hands, he's got the whole wide world, in his hands, he's got the whole world in his hands, he's got the whole world in his hands!

Our old school didn't have projectors, it had two fuck off massive hymn books on either side of the stage with the words printed to about a foot high. The hymn monitors had to do a daily battle to flip the pages with special sticks without tearing them.

SING! Hosanna,
SING! Hosanna....
Man, I'm going to have that song in my head forever now...

How many gentle flowers grow in an English country garden?

Colours of day dawn into the mind,
The sun has come up, the night is behind.
Go down in the city, into the street,
And let's give the message to the people we meet

So light up the fire and let the flame burn,
Open the door, let Jesus return,
Take seeds of His Spirit, let the fruit grow,
Tell the people of Jesus, let His love show.

Go through the park, on into the town;
The sun still shines on, it never goes down.
The light of the world is risen again;
The people of darkness are needing a friend.

Refrain

Open your eyes, look into the sky,
The darkness has come, the sun came to die,
The evening draws on, the sun disappears,
But Jesus is living, His Spirit is near.

Refrain

did anyone sing a song that went something like "the deserts hot and dry, high in the cloudless skyyyy no rainnnnn, when will the storm cloud burst to satisfy their thirst".

I described this song to dh and he looked at me like this hmm but I swear it was a real song...

Eglu Wed 28-Sep-11 21:46:09

I always hated morning has broken too, yet we seemed to sing it more often than anything else. DS1 sings it at school now too.

A couple of my faves have been mentioned already. Give me oil in my lamp and sing hosanna, and loved If I had a hammer. Fantastic. Takes me back.

ASByatt Wed 28-Sep-11 21:46:15

'He's got the whole world, in His hand.....' anyone?

And what about
'My Grandfather's clock was too tall for the shelf
So it stood, by itself, by the door.
It was taller by half than the old man himself
Though it weighed not a pennyweight more....
Da da daaaah da da daaaaaah da da da da da da da
Da da daaaaaah da da dahhhhh da da daaaaaaaaah
But it stopped. Short. Never to go again
When the old man died.'

I remember not being able to sing the last bit because of what fel like a huge lump in my throat/chest, and not understanding how noone else seemed to have noticedthat it was actually really sad??? sad

I was a senstive child! smile

OnEdge Wed 28-Sep-11 21:46:17

Milk bottle tops and paper bags, is this what we really want NO NO NO !

He was gentle and brave
he was gallant and bold
With a shield on his arm
And a sword in his hand
For God and for valour
He rode through the land

ASByatt Wed 28-Sep-11 21:47:13

Sidge - crosspost, it took me a while to type all the daaaaaah in my other example!

chocoroo Wed 28-Sep-11 21:47:21

I'm constantly singing Autumn Days at this time of year. Loved When a Knight Won His Spurs too. Oohhh, and The Streets of London one.

Was Everybody's Building from the second book? I know we only started singing it when I was about 10. We could have been behind the times though!

I am tempted to hunt this book out even though I don't believe in god

chosenone Wed 28-Sep-11 21:47:31

I was colaked were you there, were you there? Used to hate the ink is black.

sad ASByatt, I remember that 1 too and was also very sad at the end.

These are brilliant, such fond memories!

chosenone Wed 28-Sep-11 21:48:05

* cold

ASByatt Wed 28-Sep-11 21:48:13

Plus of course this time of year it would have all been 'We plough the fields and scatter' and 'Come, ye thankful people come'

CuppaTeaAndAJammieDodger Wed 28-Sep-11 21:48:20

I am going to be bloody singing Autumn Days for days now....grrrr grin

Chocoroo, I've already searched eBay for it blush and its £25 shock

peggotty Wed 28-Sep-11 21:48:38

What's the one about trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored..? Although that might have been at church, possibly a bit too fire and brimstone for school assembly...

chosenone Wed 28-Sep-11 21:49:02

Grandfather clock....Oh so sad, loved it

ASByatt Wed 28-Sep-11 21:49:11

Ah Tequila, I used to think that I wasthe only person in the world to find it sad!

Maybe I wasn't sensitive so much as self-centred smile

ooooh yes we had come and praise

this brings back memories!

"Who put the colours in the rainbow? Who put the salt into the sea?
Who put cold into the snowflake? Who made you and me?"

chocoroo Wed 28-Sep-11 21:49:35

Oooh. And Stand Up, Clap Hands...

Stand Up
Clap hands
Shout 'thank you lord'.

I am going to be singing that all night now.

AWimbaWay Wed 28-Sep-11 21:49:51

Oh god, I know far too many of these, and I mean all the words, I'm an atheist, my valuable brain space should not be cluttered with this, it's no wonder I can no longer remember why I've walked from one room to another.

"He's got everybody here in His hands,
He's got everybody there in His hands,
He's got everybody everywhere in His hands,
He's got the whole world in His hands."

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