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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?

SunshineHQ Sun 13-Aug-17 17:51:39

And I can remember HATING kiss chase, especially a horrid boy called Adam.

All the teachers just used to turn a blind eye.

SunshineHQ Sun 13-Aug-17 17:50:04

Our primary school was considered very advanced as it taught French in what would now be Year 5&6.

Nothing written down, no grammar, but things like French skipping songs, telling the time in French, and learning how to buy things is a shop.

One of the highlights was the French pantomime.

It was a large school, and imagination was needed to create enough parts.

I was "French speaking tree number 6" and my best friend was "French speaking tree number 5".

The brown and green nylon costumes were horrendous, but I can still remember my starring line "Vite, vite, vite, la petite chapeau rouge", for any French speaking Little Red Riding Hood fans out there ......

TheGoodEnoughMum Wed 09-Aug-17 07:18:49

Love this thread (Zombie or otherwise). I've been trying to remember a song with the words, "a land flowing with milk and honey, a land for" - and I can't remember who it was for - maybe me. Or you. Or us? Can't find any reference to said lyrics on the wonderweb but I think it was in Come and Praise. Anyone else remember it? I keep singing that bit over and over. Agghhh!

Will try and replace it for now with, "The ink is black, the page is white.." or "Cross over the road my friend.." grin

FacilitatorSpectator Sat 05-Aug-17 15:39:21

Does anyone else remember songs such as Autumn Days

My DCs' primary had a competition to see if anyone could come up with a more fitting alternative line to "jet planes meeting in the air to be refueled" but they never announced any winners, so I suppose everyone else struggled to come up with things to rhyme with "jeweled" too!

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Fri 04-Aug-17 23:56:23

Ineverpromisedyouarosegarden famous song,still played on the radio now which is probably where you remember it from. Lovely song,and very sad smile

Politicspanda Fri 04-Aug-17 22:19:35

Six years late, but something like the third post on this thread is quoting from African Jigsaw which is a school cantata, like Noah's Floating Ark and, already puzzled over, Sweeney Todd. Dramatic songs about Shanty Towns.

Thanks, thread, for a weekend's worth of earworms.

SerfTerf Fri 04-Aug-17 21:32:30

Well it's one of things we were supposed to remember to "say a great big thank you" for @morningtoncrescent62 , so I suppose so confused

morningtoncrescent62 Fri 04-Aug-17 21:29:53

I don't remember that one about Autumn Days (I think I'm too old) but I'm a bit confused about jet planes meeting in the air to be refuelled. Is that supposed to be a good thing?

Smudger35 Fri 04-Aug-17 20:41:33

Have you heard the raindrops drumming on the rooftops...
Number 2 in the book I seem to recall.

TribalArts Fri 04-Aug-17 18:22:29

@Watermelon - Really? thank you so much. I've learnt something new today.

OddBoots Fri 04-Aug-17 15:44:22

I only realised partly through that this was a zombie thread, oh well, it is still relevant.

I was thinking of the Jonah songs recently when I found out that Nineveh is the place we now know as Mosul, Iraq (I guess a lot of people already know that but I only just realised).

ScarletSienna Fri 04-Aug-17 15:43:10

Who cares that a 7 year old thread was has made me smile!

Cinnamoncookie Fri 04-Aug-17 15:40:12

I've just remembered singing 'Give me oil in my lamp' and we used to add an extra 'Hallalujah at the end of the second line , but sotto voce because it was naughty.

Ineverpromisedyouarosegarden Fri 04-Aug-17 15:34:40

Anybody remember this

*Have you seen the old man in the closed down market
Picking up the papers with his worn out shoes
In his eyes you see no pride and hanging loosely at his side
Yesterdays paper, telling yesterdays news
So how can you tell me you're lonely
And say for you that the sun don't shine*

Read more: Ralph McTell - Streets Of London Lyrics | MetroLyrics

not from assembly though. Must have been a play or concert.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Fri 04-Aug-17 15:30:15

Now I'm singing "One more step along the world I go.." hmm

SerfTerf Fri 04-Aug-17 15:28:07

I've just bought "Come and Praise" on Amazon. The DC are going to laugh at me grin

SleightOfMind Fri 04-Aug-17 15:18:09

This thread is like a mad acid flashback!
Used to dread the ink is black though.
As the only brown face in a very white school, you can imagine.

Iwantedtrianglesnotsquares Fri 04-Aug-17 14:46:06

I have the sheet music for those! I used to play the recorder in assemblies so had the music for them. And the fight to be the one that operated the projector. To have 1 of the 2 projector chairs what's even more impressive than the benches at the back. grin

Waterlemon Fri 04-Aug-17 14:39:31


Wind the bobbin up originates from the time of the cotton mills. The lyrics were once "pull pull, clack clack clack" to replicate the sound of the machinery. (Rather than the clap, clap, clap that is sung nowadays)

PersephoneInTheGarden Fri 04-Aug-17 14:33:00

This thread has made my day :-) I loved the Come and Praise songs and found it really sad when I went to high school and we sang proper hymns!
Someone mentioned Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo - I loved singing that, and have just found it on YouTube...
We also did Creation Jazz, anyone remember that? And there's a daft song about an alien creature from outer space with an alien nose and an alien face which I sing to DS which I learned at school in the early eighties.

Shemozzle Fri 04-Aug-17 14:32:07

funkyfeather what made you bump this 7 year old thread?

TribalArts Fri 04-Aug-17 14:27:34

oooh! just remembered, 'Wind a bobbin up', Wind a bobbin up, pull pull clap clap clap clap!

What on earth was that all about? loved all the actions though grin

TribalArts Fri 04-Aug-17 14:25:54

I hated Red and Yellow and Pink and Green...Orange and Yellow and bluuuuee! I can sing a rainbow!
Mrs Jenkins used to make us sing it every single morning. I can still feel the cold hard wooden floor as we all sat crossed legged singing it whilst she played the piano.

Also loved:
Bobby Shafto's gone to sea
Lil Liza Jane

Chocolou Fri 04-Aug-17 14:03:08

Omg I love this thread. Sing hosanna was my favourite hymn as was Michael tow the boat ashore. Hallelujah!!

missyB1 Fri 04-Aug-17 13:58:17

Lord of the dance (went on for far too many verses)
My God Loves me (my favourite)
Make me a Channel of your peace (another favourite)
Go tell it on the mountains
How great thou art (my Mum's favourite)

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