[PW] Pratchett Song

Luke Owens lilongjr at gmail.com
Thu Jun 11 15:31:47 PDT 2015


Okay, I've had three responses (one sent privately), all of which carried
exactly the same link! So I guess the link to Google Answers is all there
is on the net. "Ach du Lieber, Augustine" is not one of my favourite songs,
but I guess we're stuck with it!

Thank you all for the information!

Luke

On Thu, Jun 11, 2015 at 10:50 AM, JT Whitfield <jwhitfield at aclib.us> wrote:

> Hi Luke.
> Here is a possible answer from Google Answers.
>
> "Subject: Re: Reference to old song
>  Answered By: unicow-ga on 06 Dec 2002 13:02 PST
>
>
> Thanks for using Google answers. The song that you are referring to is
> based on the german folk song "Ach De Lieber Augustine" and is
> attributed to Saint Augustine. According to the web site of Frank
> Petersohn,
>  "This song originated in Vienna during the Plague period of
> 1768-1769. Legend has it that one evening, Augustin hoisted one too
> many and decided on a nap half way home. The morning corpse patrol
> threw his body on the cart with the other corpes and took him away.
> Fortunately Augustin awoke in the nick of time, to the horror of the
> mortician. In no time at all, the rumor spread far and wide that wine
> was not only cure but also a great prophylactic for the plague."
>
> The melody is so basic that many lyrics use it as the base
> melody.There several version of the song that include the phrase you
> quote. The most complete one I could find is:
>
> All The Little Angels
>
> All the little angels rise up, rise up,
> All the little angels rise up high.
>
> How do they rise up, rise up, rise up?
> How do they rise up, rise up high?
>
> They rise /heads/ up, /heads/ up, /heads/ up,
> They rise /heads/ up, heads up high.
>
> All the little angels rise up, rise up,
> All the little angels rise up high.
>
> How do they rise up, rise up, rise up?
> How do they rise up, rise up high?
>
> They rise /knees/ up, /knees/ up, /knees/ up,
> They rise /knees/ up, knees up high.
>
> All the little angels rise up, rise up,
> All the little angels rise up high.
>
> How do they rise up, rise up, rise up?
> How do they rise up, rise up high?
>
> They rise /ARSE/ up, /arse/ up, /arse/ up,
> They rise /arse/ up, arseup high.
>
> See how they rise up, rise up, rise up,
> See how they rise up, rise up high.
>
> All the little angels ascend up to Heaven
> All the little angels ascend up on high
> Which end up?
> Ascend up
> Which end up?
> Ascend up
> All the little angels ascend up on high
>
> I think if you listened to the melody and song you would recognize it
> in many tunes you hear.
>
> I do not think there is any significance to the phrase in the book. I
> have searched numerous groups and discussions of the song and no one
> seems to have commented on it. However, during the war many songs were
> adapted to the melody because it was so simple. The British were
> particularly adept at this. The original lyrics seem to have a very
> melancholy tone of despair at the shape of the world and its morals.
> It could be applied to the novel.
>
> Web Sites
>
> For the lyrics and melodie of the original.
> http://ingeb.org/Lieder/achdulie.html
> or http://ingeb.org/
>
> For lyrics and discussions about Terry Prachett.
> alt.books.prachett (Google Groups)."
>
> Link: http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=103194
>
> Hope this helps.
> JT
>
> -----Original Message-----
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> Owens
> Sent: Wednesday, June 10, 2015 3:24 PM
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> Subject: [PW] Pratchett Song
>
> I'm re-listening to the late Sir Terry Pratchett's novel NIGHT WATCH and
> got to wondering about the song that threads its way through Sam Vines'
> mind. The song has the repetitious quality and metre that indicates it
> would be a good marching song for soldiers.
>
> It starts by asking how "they rise up" and each verse tells which part of
> their body rises up first. I am  now wondering if this is based on a real
> marching song and, if so, what that song is.
>
> This is just for me, so no hurry Thanks in advance!
>
> Luke
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