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Peter T. 20 Apr 99 - 04:11 PM
Joe Offer 20 Apr 99 - 04:52 PM
Joe Offer 20 Apr 99 - 05:12 PM
bill\sables 20 Apr 99 - 05:47 PM
Joe Offer 20 Apr 99 - 05:53 PM
Martin Ryan.(duplicate) 20 Apr 99 - 06:06 PM
Samideano (inactive) 20 Apr 99 - 09:19 PM
Samideano (inactive) 20 Apr 99 - 09:24 PM
Steve Parkes 21 Apr 99 - 03:47 AM
alison 21 Apr 99 - 04:44 AM
alison 21 Apr 99 - 05:19 AM
Peter T. 21 Apr 99 - 01:21 PM
Martin Ryan.(duplicate) 21 Apr 99 - 02:09 PM
Jim Dixon 04 May 03 - 01:58 PM
Jim Dixon 04 May 03 - 02:03 PM
GUEST,.gargoyle 04 May 03 - 02:31 PM
Peter T. 04 May 03 - 04:15 PM
GUEST,teacher 05 Oct 04 - 08:17 AM
MMario 05 Oct 04 - 08:41 AM
GUEST,Robbie Tyrtle 12 Oct 11 - 11:47 AM
Nigel Parsons 13 Oct 11 - 04:30 AM
GUEST 13 Oct 11 - 04:30 PM
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Subject: Second Try: Mouse in Old Amsterdam (FATD)
From: Peter T.
Date: 20 Apr 99 - 04:11 PM

About a year ago during the heavily FC (folk correct) phase of the Mudcat, I gingerly asked for this novelty song (once sung by Freddie and the Dreamers), and have once again snuck out of my house like a (etc.). Thanks to Mudcats (always on the lookout for mudmice songs) I found the lyrics, but no one has ever been able to come up with the tune, MIDI, or sheet music. Or who wrote it, or anything. I have scoured children's songbooks (a scary thing, don't do it, God, who writes these things?), novelty songbooks, and so on. Nothing. I have a niece who is crazy for this song, which I sing sort of bits of -- "Where on the stair? right there, a little mouse with clogs on!" , but would like to give it the full rodent. I cannot even find out which FATD album it appeared on (which would be a start ). Can anyone upgrade this with any information for me?

Yours, Peter T.


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Subject: RE: Second Try: Mouse in Old Amsterdam (FATD)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 20 Apr 99 - 04:52 PM

Hi, Peter - gee, were we EVER really "folk correct" around here? I suppose we are a bit more traditional than rec.music.folk here, but a few of us iconoclasts have always been able to keep the Folk Police nervous without plunging to the depths of singer-songwritery. I guess the first "mouse" thread appeared in June, 1997, when Elsie and her minions were still trying to keep us on the straight and narrow. (grin)
I did a forum search and found some previous threads (click here) and here but haven't found yet where the lyrics were. Can you post them again in this thread? You might get a "harumpf!" from Bill D, but don't worry about it. His bark is worse than his bite. Besides, if we come up with a tune, there's a good chance his wife will sing it at their next open sing....
Besides, Bill hasn't been much of a Credible Curmudgeon since somebody got him to sing "Key of R."
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: Lyr Add: A WINDMILL IN OLD AMSTERDAM
From: Joe Offer
Date: 20 Apr 99 - 05:12 PM

Oh, here 'tis (I found it here):

A WINDMILL IN OLD AMSTERDAM
(Dicks & Rudge)

A mouse lived in a windmill in old Amsterdam
A windmill with a mouse in and he wasn't grousin'
He sang every morning, "How lucky I am,
Living in a windmill in old Amsterdam!"

Chorus:
I saw a mouse!
Where?
There on the stair!
Where on the stair?
Right there!
A little mouse with clogs on
Well I declare!
Going clip-clippety-clop on the stair
Oh yeah

This mouse he got lonesome, he took him a wife
A windmill with mice in, it's hardly surprisin'
She sang every morning, "How lucky I am,
Living in a windmill in old Amsterdam!"

Chorus

First they had triplets and then they had quins
A windmill with quins in, triplets and twins in
They sang every morning, "How lucky we are
Living in a windmill in Amsterdam, ja!"

Chorus

The daughters got married and so did the sons
The windmill had christ'nin's when no one was list'nin'
They all sang in chorus, "How lucky we am
Living in a windmill in old Amsterdam!"

Chorus

A mouse lived in a windmill, so snug and so nice
There's nobody there now but a whole lot of mice.

[The highest-pitched "Oh yeah!" you've ever heard, followed by much mousely giggling.]


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Subject: RE: Second Try: Mouse in Old Amsterdam (FATD)
From: bill\sables
Date: 20 Apr 99 - 05:47 PM

I Think Max Bygraves had a hit with this song in England or was it Ronnie Hylton Who ever it was I remember the tune but I still don't know how to send it. The last tune I had to send to Alison who passed it on to Alan of Oz who eventually sent it in A.B.C. to mudcat. I will try to find a way. Cheers Bill


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Subject: RE: Second Try: Mouse in Old Amsterdam (FATD)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 20 Apr 99 - 05:53 PM

Well, Peter, if you get desperate, you can go to CDNOW through the "Help the Mudcat" link and do a song title search for windmill amsterdam. I found a couple CD's with the song. One was really tempting, until I was the 32-dollar price (it's a British import).
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Second Try: Mouse in Old Amsterdam (FATD)
From: Martin Ryan.(duplicate)
Date: 20 Apr 99 - 06:06 PM

Bill

Yeah. Max Bygraves, it was. It was a huge hit. For the life of me, I can't remember why. It wasn't from a film or musical was it? It just seems such an odd one to catch on without an obviouis hook.

Regards


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Subject: RE: Second Try: Mouse in Old Amsterdam (FATD)
From: Samideano (inactive)
Date: 20 Apr 99 - 09:19 PM

G'day!

I recently bought an old vinyl LP for either 50 cents or a dollar from a Good Samaritans shop here in Perth (Western Australia).

This song - sung by Freddie and the Dreamers of course - was one of the tracks on it.

I also bought a Max Bygraves LP, as it happens, for the same price. Coincidence! (No be-clogged mouse though.)

If anybody wants details of either of these LPs, email me direct.


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Subject: RE: Second Try: Mouse in Old Amsterdam (FATD)
From: Samideano (inactive)
Date: 20 Apr 99 - 09:24 PM

Guess I'd better let you know my email address:

davido@esperanto.nu


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Subject: RE: Second Try: Mouse in Old Amsterdam (FATD)
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 21 Apr 99 - 03:47 AM

Tut-tut, it was Ronnie Hylton! I'm sure I'd have remembered Max Bygraves - who wouldn't? You shoud hear his "Cowboy's concerto". I didn't know Freddie & the Dreamers did it, but I don't have any of their records. His ex-bassist lives down the road from my Mum, you know.

Steve


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Subject: RE: Second Try: Mouse in Old Amsterdam (FATD)
From: alison
Date: 21 Apr 99 - 04:44 AM

Hi,

I'll put the tune here by the end of the night. Didn't know you were looking for it.......

Slainte

alison


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Subject: Chords/Tune Add: A MOUSE LIVED IN A WINDMILL
From: alison
Date: 21 Apr 99 - 05:19 AM

Hi,

Here you go..... I hope you can all do bar chords because they ain't easy.... the chord progression goes up in 4ths.... I chose G because it was easier to work with (but it's probably a bit high to sing)... if anyone wants a GIF of the music let me know.... it's easy for my sequencer to change key too if you need it.....

MIDI file: WINDMI~1.MID

Timebase: 480

Name: A MOUSE LIVED IN A WINDMILL
TimeSig: 3/4 24 8
Tempo: 100 (600000 microsec/crotchet)
Key: G
Start
0960 1 70 110 0478 0 70 110 0002 1 71 100 0478 0 71 100 0002 1 74 102 0478 0 74 102 0002 1 62 094 0238 0 62 094 0002 1 62 080 0238 0 62 080 0002 1 64 089 0480 1 67 097 0031 0 64 089 0447 0 67 097 0002 1 67 102 0477 0 67 102 0003 1 69 100 0478 0 69 100 0002 1 72 096 0478 0 72 096 0002 1 60 093 0478 0 60 093 0002 1 62 096 0958 0 62 096 0002 1 62 093 0478 0 62 093 0002 1 67 093 0478 0 67 093 0002 1 70 089 0478 0 70 089 0002 1 58 089 0238 0 58 089 0002 1 58 087 0238 0 58 087 0002 1 60 081 0480 1 63 092 0006 0 60 081 0464 0 63 092 0010 1 63 090 0478 0 63 090 0002 1 62 096 0478 0 62 096 0002 1 66 090 0478 0 66 090 0002 1 69 097 0478 0 69 097 0002 1 67 093 0478 0 67 093 0002 1 71 100 0720 1 70 096 0007 0 71 100 0233 1 71 097 0008 0 70 096 0470 0 71 097 0002 1 74 093 0467 0 74 093 0013 1 62 086 0451 0 62 086 0029 1 64 092 0467 0 64 092 0013 1 67 097 0477 0 67 097 0003 1 67 093 0478 0 67 093 0002 1 69 094 0238 0 69 094 0002 1 72 094 0718 0 72 094 0002 1 60 084 0478 0 60 084 0002 1 62 091 1438 0 62 091 0002 1 67 112 0478 0 67 112 0002 1 70 100 0478 0 70 100 0002 1 58 089 0238 0 58 089 0002 1 58 088 0238 0 58 088 0002 1 60 092 0470 0 60 092 0010 1 63 096 0460 0 63 096 0020 1 63 094 0478 0 63 094 0002 1 62 098 0478 0 62 098 0002 1 66 090 0478 0 66 090 0002 1 69 098 0478 0 69 098 0002 1 67 091 2878 0 67 091 0002 1 67 098 0478 0 67 098 0002 1 71 121 0473 0 71 121 0007 1 74 109 0480 1 76 113 0003 0 74 109 1435 0 76 113 0002 1 72 113 1438 0 72 113 0002 1 74 109 0478 0 74 109 0002 1 71 094 0480 1 67 100 0006 0 71 094 0474 1 62 093 0016 0 67 100 1422 0 62 093 0002 1 72 098 0478 0 72 098 0002 1 69 087 0478 0 69 087 0002 1 66 102 0473 0 66 102 0007 1 62 100 0958 0 62 100 0002 1 76 089 0478 0 76 089 0002 1 74 106 1184 0 74 106 0016 1 73 090 0238 0 73 090 0002 1 74 098 0239 0 74 098 0001 1 73 098 0238 0 73 098 0002 1 74 109 0478 0 74 109 0002 1 75 110 0480 1 76 121 0009 0 75 110 1429 0 76 121 0002 1 72 093 1438 0 72 093 0002 1 74 105 0478 0 74 105 0002 1 71 096 0473 0 71 096 0007 1 67 093 0480 1 62 089 0009 0 67 093 0469 0 62 089 0002 1 76 102 0479 0 76 102 0001 1 74 098 0480 1 73 100 0003 0 74 098 0476 0 73 100 0001 1 73 092 0238 0 73 092 0002 1 69 101 0240 1 73 096 0009 0 69 101 0464 0 73 096 0007 1 72 096 0478 0 72 096 0002 1 69 106 0464 0 69 106 0016 1 66 090 0478 0 66 090 0002 1 67 100 0478 0 67 100 0002 1 62 079 0227 0 62 079 0013 1 64 089 0238 0 64 089 0002 1 67 098 0238 0 67 098 0002 1 71 086 0238 0 71 086 0002 1 69 093 0478 0 69 093 0002 1 67 090 0478 0 67 090 0002 1 69 125 0477 0 69 125 0003 1 67 103 2397 0 67 103
End

This program is worth the effort of learning it.

To download the March 10 MIDItext 98 software and get instructions on how to use it click here

ABC format:

X:1
T:A Mouse lived in a windmill
M:3/4
Q:1/4=100
K:G
^A6|B2d2DD|E2G2G2|A2c2C2|D4D2|G2^A2^A,^A,|
C2^D2^D2|D2F2A2|G2B3^A|B2d2D2|E2G2G2|Ac3C2|
D6|G2^A2^A,^A,|C2^D2^D2|D2F2A2|G6|-G6|G6|
-G2B2d2|e6|c6|d2B2G2|D6|c2A2F2|D4e2|d5^c|
d^cd2^d2|e6|c6|d2B2G2|D2e2d2|^c2^cA^c2|c2A2F2|
G2DEGB|A2G2A2|G6|-G6||

A (G)mouse lived in a (C)windmill in (F)old Amster(Bb)dam
A (Eb)windmill with a (Ab)mouse in and (D)he wasn't (G)grousin'
He sang every (C)morning, "How (F)lucky I (Bb)am,
(Eb)Living in a (Ab)windmill in (D)old Amster(G)dam!"

Chorus:

I saw a (C)mouse!
Where?
(G)There on the stair!
(D)Where on the stair?
Right (G)there!
A little mouse with (C)clogs on
(G)Well I declare!
Going (A)clip-clippety-(D)clop on the (G)stair
(C D)Oh (G)yeah

Slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Second Try: Mouse in Old Amsterdam (FATD)
From: Peter T.
Date: 21 Apr 99 - 01:21 PM

Well, who says there is no progress in the world? Mudcat forever. Thanks to all (Samideano, an e-mail is coming for the name). Joe, good to have the info.

And alison you are an angel -- MIDI and chords! I am saved.

Now if I can just get into this mouse costume (and these damn clogs).

Yours, Peter T.


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Subject: RE: Second Try: Mouse in Old Amsterdam (FATD)
From: Martin Ryan.(duplicate)
Date: 21 Apr 99 - 02:09 PM

Steve

You're dead right! I suspect I was thinking of "Tulips from Amsterdam"!

Regards


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Subject: Lyr Add: EEN MUIS IN EEN MOLEN IN MOOI AMSTERDAM
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 04 May 03 - 01:58 PM

Dutch lyrics copied from http://www.thetaweb.com/muizen/lied1.htm

EEN MUIS IN EEN MOLEN IN MOOI AMSTERDAM

Er was eens een muisje in mooi Amsterdam
Dat zat in een molen heel stiekem verscholen
Hij zong elke morgen: 'Wat is het toch fijn
Een muis in een molen in Mokum te zijn'

REFREIN: Ik zag een muis. Waar?
Daar op de trap. Waar op de trap?
Nou, daar!
Een kleine muis op klompjes
Nee, 't is geen grap
't Ging van klipklipperdieklap op de trap
Oh ja!

Het muisje was eenzaam en zocht naar een vrouw
En 'Piep' zei de muis in het voorhuis, 'ik trouw'
Dus zongen ze samen 'Wat is het toch fijn
Een muis in een molen in Mokum te zijn'. REFREIN

Ma Muis kreeg een vijfling, en allen gezond
Dus aten de muisjes beschuitjes met muisjes
En iedereen zong toen 'Wat is het toch fijn
Een muis in een molen in Mokum te zijn'. REFREIN

De muizenfamilie werd vreselijk groot
De molenaar vluchtte, hij was als de dood
Voor de muizen die zongen ' Wat is het toch fijn
Een muis in een molen in Mokum te zijn. REFREIN

De muizen die hebben het fijn naar hun zin
De molen staat leeg want geen mens durft er in...
Ieeeee!


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Subject: RE: Second Try: Mouse in Old Amsterdam (FATD)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 04 May 03 - 02:03 PM

This page contains some information that might be intelligible to those who read Dutch (I don't).


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Subject: RE: Second Try: Mouse in Old Amsterdam (FATD)
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 04 May 03 - 02:31 PM

Mr. Dixon,

Thank you VERY much! This is a fun one, indeed. It will be used today.

Sincerely,
Gargoyle


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Subject: RE: Second Try: Mouse in Old Amsterdam (FATD)
From: Peter T.
Date: 04 May 03 - 04:15 PM

Continuing thanks -- I even found the Freddie and the Dreamers album again. yours, Peter T.


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Subject: RE: Second Try: Mouse in Old Amsterdam (FATD)
From: GUEST,teacher
Date: 05 Oct 04 - 08:17 AM

How do I download the midi file of this song. badly need it for my year 2/3 class for end of term production


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Subject: RE: Second Try: Mouse in Old Amsterdam (FATD)
From: MMario
Date: 05 Oct 04 - 08:41 AM

copy the ABC portion:

X:1
T:A Mouse lived in a windmill
M:3/4
Q:1/4=100
K:G
^A6|B2d2DD|E2G2G2|A2c2C2|D4D2|G2^A2^A,^A,|
C2^D2^D2|D2F2A2|G2B3^A|B2d2D2|E2G2G2|Ac3C2|
D6|G2^A2^A,^A,|C2^D2^D2|D2F2A2|G6|-G6|G6|
-G2B2d2|e6|c6|d2B2G2|D6|c2A2F2|D4e2|d5^c|
d^cd2^d2|e6|c6|d2B2G2|D2e2d2|^c2^cA^c2|c2A2F2|
G2DEGB|A2G2A2|G6|-G6||


and paste it into the box at:Concertina.net tune-a-tron converter.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: A Windmill in Old Amsterdam
From: GUEST,Robbie Tyrtle
Date: 12 Oct 11 - 11:47 AM

Thanks everyone, what an amazing song, had the kids in class asking for a micky mouse song today and pulled this little fella out. They went berserk!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: A Windmill in Old Amsterdam
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 13 Oct 11 - 04:30 AM

Jim Dixon's link for the non-Dutch now leads to a Dutch cartoon '404' message.
A shame that, as the English is not a straight translation of the Dutch (or vice versa as I don't know which came first).
I can cope with some of the Dutch, but only enough to see that it's not a straight translation.

Cheers
Nigel


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: A Windmill in Old Amsterdam
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Oct 11 - 04:30 PM

Because I was born and raised in Amsterdam and aware of at least 3 surviving windmills inside the city's boundaries,
especially mill 'De Gooijer' a few kilometers from my parental home:
Molen 'De Gooijer' 1 , and what it is today: Molen 'De Gooijer' 2

The song in Dutch was made famous by early TV personality Rudi Carrell, here's a video:
Een muis in een molen


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