Wednesday, November 30, 2011

In the Christmas Spirits.....



PDQ Bach's Throw the Yule Log Uncle John......

Life is full of problems, and one of the most often-encountered is the fact that it is frequently difficult to understand words being sung by a chorus. One of the few things, it can be safely argued, that Palestrina and P. D. Q. Bach had in common was a concern for this problem, and P. D. Q.’s vocal music seems surprisingly careful in this respect. In spite of his care, however, your humble editor has received complaints about the lack of intelligibility of some of the words in the recording of A Consort of Choral Christmas Carols, the gemütlich and thankfully secular songs that make up part of the Portrait of P. D. Q. Bach album. These complaints often focus on the chorus of Throw the Yule Log On, Uncle John, where all four voices sing entirely different material at entirely the same time. So here are the words to all three of the Christmas Carols, presented in a visible part of the spectrum for your patient perusal. Say, if you don’t own the record album, why not order it today? Why not indeed?

—description by Peter Schickele reprinted from The Peter Schickele Rag, #14.

Throw the Yule Log On, Uncle John

Throw the yule log on, Uncle John
Throw the yule log on Uncle John
Soprano: Fa la la, fa la la, fa la la, fa la la, fa la la, fa fa mi fa
Alto: Wahza whuza wuhza wuhza wuhza woo woo, wuhza wuhza wuhza woo woo, wuhza wuhza wuhza wuhza woo wah
Tenor: Chick chick chick chick chick chick chick chick-a chick-a chick-a boom bah
Bass: Ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ha

Put the pickle down, Uncle John
Put the pickle down Uncle John
Soprano: Fa la la, fa la la, fa la la, fa la la, fa la la, fa fa mi fa
Alto: Wahza whuza wuhza wuhza wuhza woo woo, wuhza wuhza wuhza woo woo, wuhza wuhza wuhza wuhza woo wah
Tenor: Chick chick chick chick chick chick chick chick-a chick-a chick-a boom bah
Bass: Ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ha

Ten o’clock on Christmas morn and all the guests are coming to the door;
Ten o’clock on Christmas morn and Uncle John’s already on the floor.
Though the weather’s bitter cold there’s not a frown to mar the festive mood;
Wait ’til they discover that old Uncle John has eaten all the food.
Hear the hall clock strike, Uncle John
Hear the hall clock strike Uncle John
Soprano: Fa la la, fa la la, fa la la, fa la la fa la la, fa fa mi fa
Alto: Fuzzy wuzzy was a bear, fuzzy wuzzy had no hair, fuzzy wuzzy wasn’t fuzzy wuzzy wuzzy wuhza wuhza woo wah
Tenor: Sis sis sis sis sis sis sis sis sis boom bah
Bass: Boom chick boom chick boom chick boom chick boom chick boom chick boom boom boom buhzoowah doowah

Please, will you come to Uncle John?
Gather around poor Uncle John.
Please, will you come to Uncle John (the no-good good-for-nothing),
Oh, when will you come to Uncle John?
Oh, when will you come to, Uncle John?

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