Grumpy man loses his words — 11 Comments

  1. If it isn’t broke dont fix it comes to mind……..the dumbed down version is no doubt easier for the nanny state brainwashed huggy feely touchy bunch to learn, Its only Carrickfergus that has more than two syllables….!!!!!!!!(Another grumpy ole man)

  2. Les, sometimes it seems as though people really do think that you can change the world by changing the words.

  3. Bryan Ferry covered the song – as I recall with the original words. I’ll have to listen to my vinyl tomorrow and check.

  4. I don’t think Bryan Ferry ever dodged gritty stuff! I remember ‘Love is the drug’, never knew how it wasn’t banned in school.

  5. Those words are from Lead us Heavenly Father lead us – a hymn which we had at our wedding and I know many others had at their weddings. Those altered words certainly do not fit in with the wedding context. It is so lovely to sing the old words when we are faced with new words that alter the whole meaning of the hymn. Now you know why the singing sometimes sounds funny!!!!!!

  6. ‘Self denying, death defying’ definitely fails to capture any sense of Jesus’ solidarity with ordinary human experience. I tend to sing the old words for various hymns. I don’t understand how anyone can assume the right to change someone else’s work – I think Mr Altd must be a frustrated writer!

  7. How very dare they! I’ll let you into a pet secret, I can’t stand non Irish people using words like ‘auld’ and ‘ere’! I know of so many Americans . . .they throw in the ‘wee’ as well. Very annoying but slightly off topic. Just had to put it out there.

  8. Mr. Ferry doesn’t sing the middle verse – but he does what he does beautifully – made my heart beat a little faster (yes, I know he is an idiot). Charlotte Church – pah!

  9. The middle verse is usually left out – maybe it’s too maudlin.

    I have met people who would not only say the word ‘ye’, as found in the last verse, but would write it as well.

  10. Ian,Baino

    Tis said in a wearing off Somerset accent and a more Devonian accent. ( seens us ave bin yer fer nerly 20 yerrs) perhaps ‘ole’ has too many letters for my accent… should sound more like “grumee o man”…hahaha

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