Your are viewing a read-only archive of the old DiS boards. Please hit the Community button above to engage with the DiS !
I'm doing school assembly soon and apparently I have to choose a hymn for it.
...contains the words 'satanic' and 'mental'.
not last night of the proms, I think it might be overkill in the circumstances.
Besides I hate the way that a poem that was written to be totally critical of England has been adopted as this jingoistic call-to-arms. Grrrrrrr.
cf. This Land is Your Land too i guess.
you can just start humming it.
Can't imagine you'll get many sensible answers here though, you buffoon.
ps. i can't remember the names of many. I vow to thee my country?
All things bright and beautiful
Onward Christian Soldiers
Abide with me
Thine be the glory
Trust and Obey
Why Can't This Be Love?
Fire in the Hole
The Seventh Seal
Everybody Wants Some
Hot for Teacher
and had to sing hymns in school, I have always hated it... then when i moved to Holland because it was a European School we couldnt sing any religious songs so had to sing Beatles and Rolling Stones songs...then I fucking had to come back to Scotland and the gimpy hymns returned...TRUE STORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Every school I've worked in has gone through the charade of hymns and it is always a disaster: no kids want to sing them and it just feels embarressing and wrong when most of the teachers and the vast majority of the kids aren't even Christian. Why do we have to do it??
FILL THIS LAAAAAND WITH
THE FATHER'S GLORY
BLAZE, SPIRIT, BLAZE
SET OUR HEEEEEARTS OOOOOON FIIIIIIIIIIIIIRE
etc. Fucking best hymn EVER.
(From the tiny ant)
TO THE ELEPHANT!
(To the elephant)
From the something to the something else...
That was my favourite. Also good is "I was cold I was naked, were you there, were you there?" because all the kids get to laugh at "naked".
Stone cold child-pleasing classics.
FROM THE HAMSTER TO THE CHIMPANZEEEEEEEEE
from the great white shark
(from the great white shark)
to the jumping lark
(to the jumping lark)
care for them its up to you.
care for them, its up to you
care for them, its up to you,
no-one else will care for them.
its up, its up, its up to
gotta catch 'em all...
Plus, it was green and eco-friendly before it was cool to be green and eco-friendly.
A benediction classic.
Even us members of the tone deaf team used to belt that one out
How Great Thou Art
Colours of Day...I always liked
Morning has Broken
This little light of mine
mainly as we always used to sing Sing Bananas
Then it was the last song at my Nan's funeral last year, the one they play as the coffin is carried out. Dad was a pallbearer and said he was singing 'sing o nana' about three inches from her head.
^ emotional typing.
with each group standing up to sing their line in a back-and-forth kinda way.
you can build a wall around you
stone by stone a solid ring (BUM BUM BUM)
you can build *something something something*
be a king or be a queen.
Is this a pop song? There used to be some hand movements to go with it.
More upbeat than most.
that "jetplanes meeting in the air to be refue-elled and the dum-dee-dum-dee-doo...so I musn't forget, no I mustn't forget, to SAY A GREAT BIG THANK YOU, I musn't forgeeettt" one
It's well secular, I reckon.
where's my pitchfork?
the wise man built his house upon the rock etc
#4 in the hymnbook we had at primary school.
Estelle White, 70, a former nun and retired teacher of music and religion, wrote the hymn Autumn Days, which prompted choristers at 12th-century St Mary's church in Wroxham, Norfolk, to throw down their hymn books in disgust. Choir mistress Carole Tims and half her songsters quit when their vicar, the Rev Andrew Parsons, asked them to sing the hymn, which begins:
Autumn days when the grass is jewelled
And the silk inside a chestnut shell,
Jet planes meeting in the air to be refuelled,
All these things I love so well.
f**k the haters, Estelle White
Quite liked Water Of Life, too. The tune is pretty jolly and the lyrics skip along. Shame about the overkill on Jesus. Clouds give us the water of life, not this Jesus chappie, ffs.
Unfortuantely I think it may be an odd choice for an assembly in mid feb.
And you can tie it in to some bullshit about how Jesus loves* us all equally, no matter who we are.
Look how he distributes the water of life: Pakistanis, Australians, and Brazilians have all been inundated with Jesus' water of life** in the past six months.
the thought for the day on R2 was about how getting massively flooded should remind us that posessions being washed away is in stark contrast to the friendship and love of Jesus that cannot be washed away. Or something. I wanted to kick seven shades out of the radio.
That's such a lovely image.
Clouds that look like familiar faces
And a winter’s moon with frosted rings
Smell of bacon as I fasten up my laces
And the song the milkman sings.
Whipped-up spray that is rainbow-scattered
And a swallow curving in the sky
Shoes so comfy though they’re worn out and they’re battered
And the taste of apple pie.
Scent of gardens when the rain’s been falling
And a minnow darting down a stream
Picked-up engine that’s been stuttering and stalling
And a win for my home team.
So I mustn’t forget
No, I mustn’t forget
To say a great big thank you
I mustn’t forget.
If C20th choristers at 12th-century St Mary's church in Wroxham, Norfolk want to throw down their hymn books in disgust, then that's their loss, the joyless belm munchers.
Just read an extract of "God Is Not Great" and tell Jesus he can suck it.
but it's massively trumped by Bertrand Russel's "Why I am not a Christian" imho.
And anyway, I'd get sacked. Posh school, "Christian Ethos", not going to look kindly on religious rebellion.
Does it have to be a hymn? Does it have to have singing?
Our music teacher was an occasional maverick and one time he did an assembly where he played us http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It%27s_Gonna_Rain by Steve Reich. It's a tape loop thing.
"In the recording, an African American Pentecostal preacher, Brother Walter, rails about the end of the world, while accompanying background noises, including the sound of a pigeon taking flight, are heard. The piece opens with the story of Noah, and the phrase "it's gonna rain" is repeated and eventually looped throughout the piece."
Apt, considering the flood-centric news?
Obviously, the music teacher got sniggered at cos it was a bit too avant garde for the minds of the more hur-hur schoolkids. But even though I've never followed up on Steve Reich's stuff, hearing that (what seemed at the time) mentalist music being played out in public opened up my ears to wider sonic possibilities than what I was reading about in Smash Hits at the time.
Wow. that's amazing. great piece. music teacher 'played' us Cage's 4'33", but weirdly in a slightly embarrassed, 'look this is a bit weird' way that kind of diluted it's impact somewhat.
so anything involving 'I'm gonna zoom around the room and praise the lord' or 'If I was a fuzzy wuzzy bear I'd thank you lord for my fuzzy wuzzy hair' wouldn't go down too well I'd guess.
And yeah it's got to be religious unfortunately (and Christian).
and Autumn Days
The theme tune?
Get them to sing something that demonstrates to the children the violent attractions of a life of Faith. Like this:
'Moses, I know you're the man,' the Lord said;
'You're going to work out my plan' the Lord said.
'Lead all the Israelites out of slavery,
and I shall make them a wandering race called the people of God.'
So every day, we're on our way,
For we're a travelling, wandering race, we're the people of God.
'Don't get too set in your ways,' the Lord said;
'Each step is only a phase,' the Lord said.
'I'll go before you and I shall be a sign
to guide my travelling, wandering race called the people of God.'
'No matter what you may do,' the Lord said,
'I shall be faithful and true,' the Lord said,
'My love will strengthen you as you go along,
For you're my travelling, wandering race, you're the people of God.'
'Look at the birds in the air,' the Lord said,
'They fly unhampered by care,' the Lord said;
'You will move easier if you're travelling light,
For you're my travelling wandering race, you're the people of God.'
'Foxes have places to go,' the Lord said,
'But I've no home here below,' the Lord said,
'So if you want to be with me all your days,
Keep up the moving and travelling on, you're the people of God.'
It sounds like its from a musical.
when it's supposed to go
sing hosanna to the king of kings
sing hosanna to the king
...did anyone else's teachers get REALLY ANNOYED if a few kids added a quiet "of kings" to the last line? For some reason, ours really hated it - was probably a lot of 6-yr-olds first act of rebellion.
Also for singing 'we wiSSHHH you a merry chriSSSSTmaSSSS, we wiSHHH you a merry chriSSSSSSTmaSSSSSS and a happy new year'
I used to play the drums in my school orchestra (?) and they'd let me 'freestyle' on that one. Some of the happiest times of my life...
by I. Ron Butterfly.
Do that. Nice 'n' serious 'n' old fashioned (none of this neo-evangelical 'Shine Jesus Shine' balls), PLUS! the lyrics contain entirely serious references to HOBGOBLINS and GIANTS. Score.
i love them so much.
i had to sing them every day in junior school and three times a week in secondary school, and then when i went to sixth form i was SHOCKED that we only got to sing them at chapel, which was once a term or something (unless you went to eucharist).
hymns, so great.
he's pretty cool i guess, i don't think anyone that i love now would want me singing to them.
come on guys
I could bring in my acoustic guitar!
In your face Mr Head of Music and your organ thingy...
Had actions and everything
but I think again it might be a bit 'primary school' for my lot, can't imagine many of the GCSE/A Level crowd will be that into doing the actions. Could be wrong though, they might love it.