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I CAN’T SING
Last week I went to football, it’s what I like to do
We played ‘away’ and won the day with a final score 3-2.
I guess you can imagine that our joy was unconfined
Especially as a few of us had drunk themselves half blind.
And on the coach old George he says ‘lets make a bit of noise
So I cleared my throat and gave full vent to songs with all the boys.
Now I must say it sounded good, I sang with all my heart
And with my added confidence put in a second part.
And when we left the coach old George says ‘Why not join a choir?
Who knows if you just have the time to what you may aspire’.
Poor man! I do think that perhaps he couldn’t hear a thing
I said to him ‘ You’re kidding George. You know that I CAN’T SING’
When I got home, there at the door awaiting me was Betty
A welcoming kiss upon her lips, but I was hot and sweaty
So dashed upstairs to freshen up and smell just like a flower
Ripped off my clothes then grabbed the soap and jumped into the shower.
It must have been just being clean that gave me such elation
Or perhaps our win just sinking in, for I got this ‘sing’ sensation.
I sang ‘We are the champions’ and ‘Singing in the rain’
As I watched the dirty water all go gurgling down the drain.
Then Betty’s voice came up the stairs like an angel on the wing
‘Why don’t you join a choir?’ I yelled back ‘ ‘CAUSE I CAN’T SING’
Downstairs, relaxing, I then watched the ‘Choir of the Year’
And as I sang the well-known tunes someone whispered in my ear
‘That could be you up on that stage’. I said ‘Woman are you mad?’
What would my friends say if I sang songs like ‘Gwahoddiad’?
I know you think I’m macho and should only mix with males,
But my voice sounds like a foghorn: what a shame I wasn’t born in Wales.
If I sounded like Bryn Terfel or blue-eyed Frank or Bing
Well then it might be different, but just listen – I CAN’T SING’
On Sunday last we went to church as is our usual wont
I said to Betty when we left whatever you do don’t
Attempt to get me in the choir. My voice is far too bad.
I’ve not sung in a choir since I was just a lad.
And thus it was I sung the hymns, both tune and harmony
And when we left and shook his hand the vicar said to me
‘I heard you singing lustily : your voice is quite divine
I wish I had a singing voice that’s half as good as thine.
We’ve a vacancy in the choir. Just give Jenny Smith a ring’
And I said ‘Thank you vicar. You know I MAY JUST SING’
So Betty sent me on a mission to bring this to fruition
And I had a short audition: it was really no great thing.
Now I join in each rendition but on only one condition
That whatever else I say I simply don’t say I CAN’T SING.
So Betty sent me on a mission to bring this to fruition < Alternative last 4 lines
I spoke to Jenny Smith who arranged a short audition
I joined and I’m so glad I did: it was really no great thing
But now whatever else I say I don’t say I CAN’T SING
© Bob Parsons – 8th August, 2014
Check out this Daily Telegraph article by Jonathan Wells featuring Leeds Male Voice Choir.
Hi, I’m Dave. I sing with Philip Read’s Manchoir in Oxford. I used to sing in a mixed choir – all the usual experiences of other men I’d imagine. Too many cheesy pop songs. Not enough men to make that deep, confident, resonant bass sound. Too much wine – not enough pints. Then one evening we were on the same bill as Manchoir at a charity concert and that was that. A wistful sea shanty, a very non-Tom Jones version of Delilah and the surrealism of an Ivor Cutler number was so much more up my street than Queen, the Bee Gees or Stevie Wonder so I jumped ship
Then Blokefest came. A half day cycle ride to get there. A big top in the back garden of a pub. Two days of singing. Perfect. And now myself and Philip are in the final throes of putting on a mid-winter event built along the same lines of good company, great music and the odd pint.
It started with the idea of a Manchoir winter weekend away, and has grown into a full on event with space for 70+ men sharing the facilities of Coalbrookdale Youth Hostel with potential space for a further 30 in their own accommodation, all coming together to join voices in the magnificent industrial cathedral of the old engine shop at Coalbrookdale’s Enginuity museum.
We settled on Coalbrookdale after searching for and finding the combination of hostel and venue within a five minute walk of each other. The hostel sleeps 75. The old engine shop is massive and could easily host 3 or 4 hundred people (we thought that might be a bit ambitious for a first time so we settled on a maximum of 100). Dates were a bit tricky – too close to Christmas and everyone’s broke. Winter half term and lots of people are off with their kids. Too close to Easter and Spring’s already on its way and people are off doing other things. First weekend of February? Long nights, short days, cold and grey, nothing much to look forward to except a far off summer. What could be better than a weekend of blokesong?
And so far it seems that others are happy with the prospect of a little winter break. Take up has been very good and our three leaders, Philip, Chris Samuel (AK47s) and Dom Stitchbury (Chap’s Choir) are all bringing healthy numbers from their respective choral masses to add to the many people we’ve picked up via other means.
A few places are still available. Maybe see you there?
Further details from email@example.com or have a look at our Facebook page –
Check out the Chris Rowbury’s latest blog post
Don’t forget to book your place on Chris’s Men’s Harmony Singing Workshop in November
with LISA FAYE BROADHEAD @lisafaye5678
10.30 – 4pm Sep 27 2015 Winchester Norton Park Hotel, SO21 3NB
Chapter Arts Centre, Market Road, Cardiff, CF5 1QE
DO YOU SING IN AN ALL-MALE CHOIR?
DO YOU CONDUCT AN ALL-MALE CHOIR?
abcd is delighted to announce a training and workshop day specifically aimed at the direction and repertoire for all-male choirs.
If you direct an all-male choir, would you like the opportunity of taking part in one of ABCD’s successful conducting workshops, where you’ll be able to hone your skills working with London Welsh Male Voice Choir in your very own master class? Our workshops for directors are designed to encourage and support you in your role as conductor and to give you confidence and fresh inspiration as you lead your choir. Hurry though – spaces, as always, are limited!
If you sing in an all-male choir, we will be exploring the latest new repertoire throughout the day, as well as some more familiar items. Here’s your opportunity to hear this repertoire performed live – just for you!
abcd is keen to support all-male choirs in the UK and we’re hoping you’ll be interested in coming to share ideas, explore the music, make new friends and meet old ones, through this ‘first of its kind’ all-male choir workshop day! The more choirs who are represented on this important occasion, the better.
So Who Will Be Taking Part?
The London Welsh Male Voice Choir is a world famous all-male choir with an illustrious history of touring the world, performing at the world’s best venues and selling millions of CD recordings. The Choir has had the honour of singing at many of Britain’s most prestigious concert halls and cathedrals, including the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, St. David’s Hall and the Millennium Centre. Visit the LWMVC website for more information on the choir and for our contact details. http://www.londonwelshmvc.org/
Neil Ferris is Head of Choral Conducting at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He is Music Director of Cardiff Polyphonic Choir and Wimbledon Choral Society and Associate Chorus Master of London Symphony Chorus, as well as working regularly as a guest conductor.
Edward-Rhys Harry works across the UK and internationally as a voice coach, adjudicator, composer, arranger and choral conductor. Edward is the Artistic Director of the South Wales Choral Union and ‘The Harry Ensemble’ – his chamber choir which promotes British choral music overseas. He is Musical Director of: London Welsh Male Voice Choir, Reading Festival Chorus, the London Welsh Chorale, the Voces Volgograd Festival in Russia and Conductor-in-Residence of the British Sinfonietta orchestra. His compositions are published by Boosey and Hawkes, Banks Music Publications, Curiad Cyf. (in Wales) and Chichester Music Press.
Why do we need a website anyway, I hear you ask?
Well, it seems like there are a lot of you lads and dads out there who would like to sing but there’s something stopping you from joining existing choirs and singing groups.
Hopefully on this site we’ll dispel a few myths about singing and men’s singing groups and inspire you to take up singing.
It’s great for your health and well-being and you can lend your voice to benefit others… so if you can’t run a marathon for charity, you can always sing instead.
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We look forward to keeping you posted of some great singing opportunities for men.
There has never been a better time to #getmensinging!!