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My grandfather`s clock....Japanese version..

Sunday, 11 May 2008 - 6:50 AM SL Time


`My Grandfather`s Clock` is a song written in 1876 by Henry Clay Work, the author of `Marching Through Georgia`. It is a standard of British brass bands and colliery bands, and is also popular in bluegrass music.

Most accounts give the origin of the song as a wayfarers` inn in Piercebridge on the border of Yorkshire and County Durham called the George Hotel. The hotel was owned and operated by two brothers called Jenkins, and in the lobby was an upright longcase clock. The clock kept perfect time until one of the brothers died, after which it lost time at an increasing rate, despite the best efforts of the hotel staff and local clockmakers to repair it. When the other brother died, the clock stopped, never to go again. It is said that in 1875 Henry Clay Work visited the hotel and based My Grandfather`s Clock on the stories he heard there. It is said that the song is responsible for the common name `grandfather clock` for what are properly called `longcase clocks.`

The `Grandfather`s Clock` song is known to many people who grew up in the 1950s and 1960s. The version often played in Britain on Children`s Favourites during that period was recorded by the Radio Revellers. Other versions became popular in other countries. It is well known to many generations in Japan. In 2002 a Ken Hirai recording of this song rose quite high in the Japanese popularity charts.

The song was recorded by Boyz II Men in 2004 and the song was the inspiration for The Twilight Zone episode `Ninety Years Without Slumbering`. In the music for American Mcgee`s Alice, and the accompanying soundtrack, a music box version of the chorus is included in one of the songs.

This is Hirai Ken singing it...

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samadi
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Lyrics
My grandfather's clock
Was too large for the shelf,
So it stood ninety years on the floor
It was taller by half
Than the old man himself,
Though it weighed not a pennyweight more.
It was bought on the morn
Of the day that he was born,
And was always his treasure and pride
But it stopped short
Never to go again,
When the old man died.

CHORUS:
Ninety years without slumbering,
Tick, tock, tick, tock,
His life seconds numbering,
Tick, tock, tick, tock,
It stopped short
Never to go again,
When the old man died.


In watching its pendulum
Swing to and fro,
Many hours had he spent while a boy
And in childhood and manhood
The clock seemed to know,
And to share both his grief and his joy.
For it struck twenty-four
When he entered at the door,
With a blooming and beautiful bride
But it stopped short
Never to go again,
When the old man died.
CHORUS


My grandfather said
That of those he could hire,
Not a servant so faithful he found
For it wasted no time,
And had but one desire,
At the close of each week to be wound.
And it kept in its place,
Not a frown upon its face,
And its hand never hung by its side.
But it stopped short
Never to go again,
When the old man died.
CHORUS

It rang an alarm
In the dead of the night,
An alarm that for years had been dumb
And we knew that his spirit
Was pluming for flight,
That his hour of departure had come.
Still the clock kept the time,
With a soft and muffled chime,
As we silently stood by his side.
But it stopped short
Never to go again,
When the old man died.
CHORUS
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Nelumpul clock:))
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My grandfather's clock
Was too large for the shelf,
So it stood ninety years on the floor
It was taller by half
Than the old man himself


Are you sure he is singing about the 'clock'??
:):):):)
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Aani,

Nilupul bang nilupul....

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yes I am sure...:)

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LK Information  11 May 2008 01:11:28 GMT  Report for Abuse  
Dunno about grandfather..but my clock is not ticking :))

Nice song!
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Hi GG,

Howdy..??? I missed you when ever you login..:):))

What happened to your clock..??? digital..???

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This song was sentimental for me as a kid,(my grandfather was living during that time) dunno why,felt always sad when I used to sing in school. still do :-) but we always stopped with the first segment.

Edited By - penn - 11 May 2008 01:57:57 GMT
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Hi Samadi...
I was referring to my biological clock :))
it doesn't go tick tock...!
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How ru doing? beautiful song..I do remember singing it too like Penn sister there!

Busy with work. Need some time to settle matters before i get back to the forum like before..
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Penn,

felt always sad when I used to sing in school.


Yes that is a very sad song....I also feel sad when I hear it..my kids also love it..:)

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GG,

Oh that clock..of course... ofcourse...:):)):)))

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good luck with everything...get back here when ever you can..:):))

Edited By - samadi - 11 May 2008 06:16:09 GMT
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