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

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Tequilamockinbird Wed 28-Sep-11 21:31:12

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?

LetThereBeRock Wed 28-Sep-11 21:49:58

I went to primary school in the 90s,well I was in Primary for a few months in 89,but I remember many of these.

Does no one remember,'If I Were A Butterfly'?

ASByatt Wed 28-Sep-11 21:49:59

Ok 3 in the special 'I found the Grandfather's clock song very sad' club now........ - any more?

thisisyesterday Wed 28-Sep-11 21:50:03

ohh and "when jesus walked in galillee"

CupOfBrownJoy Wed 28-Sep-11 21:50:30

yy, but being Catholic we had "Hymns Old and New"

"cross over the road my friend, ask the Lord his strength to send, his compaaaassion has no end. Cross over the road."

Haul Haul Away gives me the heebie geebies as I remember being dragged out of assembly shortly afterwards and given the bollocking of my life grin

Walk with me oh my Lord, Bread of Heaven (Welsh), and one that went "sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. Were you there when they crucified my Lord?"

Actually I'm surprised some of the Catholic dirges didn't give us nightmares... smile

Tequilamockinbird Wed 28-Sep-11 21:50:34

I remember one which I've googled for countless times and can't find anything, I'm sure I didn't dream it!

When Jesus walked in Galilee
All of the people came to see
What God intended them to be
And how they ought to live

Or something like that! Anybody else remember that or did I actually dream it?'

chocoroo Wed 28-Sep-11 21:51:01


I know enough teachers...perhaps I can "borrow" one.

smile smile smile

Eglu Wed 28-Sep-11 21:51:01

Just remembered Go tell it on the mountain and Who put the colours in the rainbow.

cjbartlett Wed 28-Sep-11 21:51:09

what about kookaburra sits in the something tree
merry of the bush is he.....

or was that brownies?!

UniS Wed 28-Sep-11 21:51:40

Its waaarrrrter, waarter of lif.....

When a knight won his spurs.
Cross over the road

Oh the memories this thread is bring ingback.

thisisyesterday Wed 28-Sep-11 21:51:44

does anyone remember the really freaky one that went

"i was cold i was naked were you there, were you there?
i was cold, i was naked were you there?
and the creed and the colour and the name don't matter were you there?"

feedthegoat Wed 28-Sep-11 21:51:48

I don't think we ever sang hymns at my school. I vaguely remember my teacher having a guitar covered in Greenpeace stickers.

We sang stuff like Nowhere Man, Yellow Subermarine, Sloop john B and Lady Madonna. I can remember crying in assembly singing Bright Eyes just after I'd watched Watership Down for the first time!

noyouhavehadawee Wed 28-Sep-11 21:51:58

just in case you forget

thisisyesterday Wed 28-Sep-11 21:52:11

tequila see my post just before yours! lol

ASByatt Wed 28-Sep-11 21:52:17

'When I needed a neighbour, were you there, were you there?
When I needed a neighbour, were you there?'

- And so on.
with traditional sniggering at
'I was cold, I was naked, were you there.....'
Because clearly naked was a Very Rude Word......

Sidge Wed 28-Sep-11 21:52:22

ASByatt I remember My Grandfather's Clock too (and I enjoyed your daaaaahhs!)

We also had a songbook in Music (not for assembly) that had "When I'm 64" and "Bright Eyes".

AWimbaWay Wed 28-Sep-11 21:52:25

cjbartlett, that was brownies, Old gum tree.

BhamHouse Wed 28-Sep-11 21:52:32

Colours of dirge more like... I hate that song!

RollingInTheAisles Wed 28-Sep-11 21:53:01

Yes Tequila, that was the London one!

Also that Kookaburra song.. Anyone?

ASByatt Wed 28-Sep-11 21:53:19

thisisyesterday - yes indeed, crosspost!

ElaineReese Wed 28-Sep-11 21:53:29

Was song 1 'Water of Life'?

The one I really hated was 'there's a man for all the people', and we always used to be berated for not singing 'pi-pul', according to how the notes should go.

Tequilamockinbird Wed 28-Sep-11 21:53:37

Thisisyesterday, thank you, I was beginning to think I was going mad grin

RollingInTheAisles Wed 28-Sep-11 21:53:50

CJBartlett, you beat me to it smile

workshy Wed 28-Sep-11 21:53:51


'it was bought on the the morn of the day that he was born and was all ways his pride and joy
'till it stopped_short_never to go again, when the old man died.....'

used to have me in floods!

AWimbaWay Wed 28-Sep-11 21:54:19

thisisyesterday, I remember that one, cross over the road my friend, ask the lord his strength to lend!

thisisyesterday Wed 28-Sep-11 21:54:31


i was just trying to think of the tremble one! it used to make me and my friend cry!

there was a bit about being there when they nailed him to a tree?

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