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Lyr Req: The People's Key (Bob Hipkens)

Jack (who is called Jack) 24 Aug 99 - 11:41 AM
Bugsy 24 Aug 99 - 10:17 PM
Terry 25 Aug 99 - 01:27 AM
Bat Goddess 25 Aug 99 - 07:39 AM
Rick Fielding 25 Aug 99 - 11:49 AM
joeler 25 Aug 99 - 12:13 PM
paddymac 25 Aug 99 - 12:28 PM
Joe Offer 21 Feb 09 - 07:34 PM
Ron Davies 21 Feb 09 - 07:40 PM
melodeonboy 22 Feb 09 - 07:16 PM
Jim Dixon 24 Feb 09 - 11:41 AM
An Buachaill Caol Dubh 24 Feb 09 - 02:38 PM
GUEST 13 Jul 09 - 11:51 AM
GUEST,Annie 13 Jul 09 - 11:38 PM
GUEST,Willy 30 Jun 10 - 09:07 PM
GUEST,JB 30 Jan 11 - 04:53 PM
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Subject: If the key of E is the peoples key
From: Jack (who is called Jack)
Date: 24 Aug 99 - 11:41 AM

I buried this request in another thread, but if anyone knows where I can find the lyrics to this song I'd appreciate it.

Its kind of an erzatz calypso number with a chorus that goes:
    If the key of E is the People's Key
    Then what is the Key of the Bourgoisie?
    I ask this question most sincerely
    In what key do they play?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: If the key of E is the peoples key
From: Bugsy
Date: 24 Aug 99 - 10:17 PM

Am, Methinks.

Bugsy.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: If the key of E is the peoples key
From: Terry
Date: 25 Aug 99 - 01:27 AM

Don't have all the lyrics, but it's on an album from around 1984 called "Central Park Sheiks". It's a great album with the likes of fiddle player Matt Glaser. If you can find it, you can get the lyrics...and, have a great album to boot.


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Subject: ADD: What Key Does The Lord Sing In?
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 25 Aug 99 - 07:39 AM

Any relation to:

WHAT KEY DOES THE LORD SING IN?

What key does the Good Lord sing in?
Is it A? Is it B? Is it C?
Does he ever lend a hand, sittin' in with the the angel band?
What key is the Good Lord's key?

Is it A-men, Hallelujah?
Be-lieve, and he will save you?
See you through your hour of sin?
He will De-liver you from E-vil oppressors!
What key does the Lord sing in?


I got that from "Pete the Spy" who got it from the second LP by Wilderness Road (entitled "For Prevention of Disease Only")

Unfortunately, Pete only sent me the words and, as I only heard it sung once, I haven't a clue as to the tune. (If anyone has a recording, please *please* contact me!)

Linn the Bat Goddess


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: If the key of E is the peoples key
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 25 Aug 99 - 11:49 AM

If the people's key is "E", that must be proof that God is a guitarist and rarely touches the piano.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: If the key of E is the peoples key
From: joeler
Date: 25 Aug 99 - 12:13 PM

My favorite chord.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: If the key of E is the peoples key
From: paddymac
Date: 25 Aug 99 - 12:28 PM

If the key of E is the peoples key, And the key of D is the fiddlers key, Then what, pray tell, might a fiddler be? Are they not people too?

(tee hee)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: If the key of E is the peoples key
From: Joe Offer
Date: 21 Feb 09 - 07:34 PM

Refresh.
We really didn't get complete answers to the questions from Jack and Linn.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: If the key of E is the peoples key
From: Ron Davies
Date: 21 Feb 09 - 07:40 PM

I think Bill D knows something about this. He may even know the tune-- to one or both.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: If the key of E is the peoples key
From: melodeonboy
Date: 22 Feb 09 - 07:16 PM

"What key does the Lord sing in?"

Well, if my suspicions (i.e. that He plays a D/G melodeon) are correct, then he probably sings in D or G!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: If the key of E is the peoples key
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 24 Feb 09 - 11:41 AM

The song is called THE PEOPLE'S KEY. It was written by Bob Hipkens and recorded by the Central Park Sheiks on their album "Honeysuckle Rose", Flying Fish FF 026, LP (1976), trk# 8. The album was reissued as a CD in 2006 by Beatball Records, which is a South Korean label.

Band lineup:
John Caruso: Bass
Matt Glaser: Violin
Bob Hipkens: Dobro, Trumpet, Vocals
Bert Lee: Guitar, Vocals
Richard Lieberson: Guitar, Vocals
with Gary Burke on Drums

There is also a band called The People's Key, who took their name from the song. Members are Robin and Hank Selby and Margaret Redford.

The style is considered "western swing revival."

I couldn't find any sound samples or lyrics.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: If the key of E is the peoples key
From: An Buachaill Caol Dubh
Date: 24 Feb 09 - 02:38 PM

For what it's worth, James Scott Skinner ("The Strathspey King"), held that "A. is the fiddle-key".

Is "E" the "median sub-dominant" of "A"?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The People's Key (Bob Hipkens)
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Jul 09 - 11:51 AM

This is what I recall of it:

All kinds of grief beset the man who tries to find in life a plan
he searches the world to find some sense,
but his logic proves a mere pretense
I know this sadly from first hand
I learned this fact when I joined this band
I'm asking you for your position
how do you stand on composition

If the key of e is the peoples key
then what is the key of the bourgoisie
I ask this question most sinserely
in what key do they play


This song was written because Bert Lee woould introduce his songs as being in "the people's key" of whatever... much to the amusement of Hipkens

This post is submitted by Bert Lee


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The People's Key (Bob Hipkens)
From: GUEST,Annie
Date: 13 Jul 09 - 11:38 PM

Do they raise the fourth,
or do they flat the five?

wish i could remember more


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The People's Key (Bob Hipkens)
From: GUEST,Willy
Date: 30 Jun 10 - 09:07 PM

I hadn't thought of the song in decades and started humming it today. I can't remember the second half of the last verse. If it comes to me, I'll repost. Maybe it will jog someone elses memory.

People's Key
All kinds of grief beset the man who tries to find in life a plan
he searches the world to find some sense,
but his logic proves but mere pretense
I know this sadly from first hand
My fate was sealed when I joined this band
They search the world in a futile quest
To answer this question they're so hard pressed

If the key of e is the peoples key
then what is the key of the bourgoisie
I ask this question most sincerely
in what key do they play

No more even tempered folk alive
Do they raise the fourth, do they flat the five?
Their muses move in mystery
and leave not the slightest clue for me
Who ask "how many sharps and how many flats"
Within his belt great wealth he bats
Why do I restate my rhetorical position
Where do they stand on composition

I'm asking you for your position
how do you stand on composition

So have some pity and forget your scorn
For here's a man who's soul is torn
To be cursed with a restless turn(?) of mind
that seeks more answers he can ever find
?????????


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE PEOPLE'S KEY (Bob Hipkens)
From: GUEST,JB
Date: 30 Jan 11 - 04:53 PM

Thanks to the tip from Terry, I just bought a copy of the CD, Honeysuckle Rose by the Central Park Shieks, through Amazon MarketPlace. I've long wanted a copy of "The People's Key." I've added to/edited Willy's lyrics post:

The People's Key

All kinds of griefs beset the man who tries to find in life a plan;
he searches the world to see some sense,
but his logic proves but mere pretense.
I know this sadly from first hand;
my fate was sealed when I joined this band.
They search the world in a futile quest
to answer this question they're so hard pressed.

If the key of E is the peoples key
then what is the key of the bourgeoisie?
I ask this question most sincerely,
"In what key do they play?"
If the key of E is the peoples key
then what is the key of the bourgeoisie?
I ask this question most sincerely,
"In what key do they play?"

No more even tempered folk alive;
Do they raise the fourth, do they flat the five?
Their muses move in mystery
and leave not the slightest clue for me.
Who asks "How many sharps and how many flats?"
Within his belfry dwells the bat
Why do I restate my rhetorical position,
"Where do they stand on composition?"

If the key of E is the peoples key
then what is the key of the bourgeoisie?
I ask this question most sincerely,
"In what key do they play?"
If the key of E is the peoples key
then what is the key of the bourgeoisie, boys?
He asks this question most sincerely.
Yes, in what key do they play?

So have some pity and forget your scorn
For here's a man who's soul is torn
To be cursed with a restless turn of mind
that seeks more answers he can never find - Never find.
It was once my foolish hope morass
To understand the middle class
'til I abandon all of reason and all of rhyme
And seek a cure - A cure? - in a warmer clime.

If the key of E is the peoples key
then what is the key of the bourgeoisie?
I ask this question most sincerely,
"In what key do they play?"
If the key of E is the peoples key
then what is the key of the bourgeoisie, gentlemen?
He asks this question most sincerely.
Yes, in what key do they play?


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