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Fri 2015-01-09 09:32
Gold, gold, gold, gold, gold

It randomly occurred to me this morning to wonder if everyone else has had the same thought about this, or if it's just me.

For those who have read Discworld novels...

Poll #16335 Gold, gold, gold, gold, gold
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 14


In your head, to what tune (if any specific one) do the Discworld dwarfs sing the gold song?

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[personal profile] atreicFri 2015-01-09 09:36

You have to tell us _your_ answer, too!

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[personal profile] simontFri 2015-01-09 09:42

Sorry, I was briefly distracted by work :-)

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[personal profile] naathFri 2015-01-09 13:37

The "Hi Ho" song is the *other* dwarf song I think...

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[personal profile] simontFri 2015-01-09 09:43

More or less unrelated aside: as far as a grep can tell me, in Equal Rites Pratchett pluralised the species as 'dwarves', Tolkien-style, but apparently recanted immediately afterwards and has consistently rendered it 'dwarfs' ever since.

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[personal profile] jackFri 2015-01-09 11:25

I wasn't sure, but in retrospect, the same as everyone else :)

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[personal profile] simontFri 2015-01-09 11:27

Yes, it's looking pretty unanimous! I was half expecting that, and half expecting that everyone would have a different tune in mind.

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[personal profile] gerald_duckFri 2015-01-09 14:51

It used to be Spam unequivocally for me.

But then I went to Discworld conventions, there it seems to be sung to the tune of The Animals Went In Two By Two for no reason I can discern.

It does scan, I guess. But then how could it not?

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[personal profile] simontFri 2015-01-09 14:54

I dunno, I think 'gold' is not the easiest syllable to sing in a fast rhythm – it'd end up as 'go-gogogogold go-gold go-gold, go-gold, go-gold' or some such, and that's surely cheating.

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[personal profile] pseudomonasFri 2015-01-09 13:55

I didn't have a song in mind until I saw the question (not other people's answers) and then came to the same conclusion.

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[personal profile] simontFri 2015-01-09 11:27

[personal profile] sunflowerinrain: that's interesting. Not F#?

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[personal profile] sunflowerinrainSat 2015-01-10 16:24

No, definitely F natural, and I don't know why because F# is my best note!

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[personal profile] merrythebardFri 2015-01-09 12:29

Ha, I wondered if my answer might be similar to other people's. :-)

(I should also note that I listen to the Nigel Planer and Stephen Briggs talking books of Pratchett a lot, and Planer at least uses something very close to the "Spam" song when Cuddy sings it. So, this might have influenced me. Though I probably would have given it that tune anyway. ;-) )

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[personal profile] fluffymormegilSat 2015-01-10 16:46

I had never contemplated it. On being asked, I concluded that anything tuneful or imaginative was right out, and I thus inevitably thought of the track "Poing" which found its way onto a Radio 4 programme in the early 90s.

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[personal profile] uitlanderFri 2015-01-09 10:14

Spam! Wonderful spam!

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[identity profile] samholloway.livejournal.comFri 2015-01-09 14:01

My thoughts exactly!

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[identity profile] feanelwa.livejournal.comFri 2015-01-09 11:56

I suspect Terry Pratchett would answer the same as the people who answered your poll!

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[personal profile] simontFri 2015-01-09 12:05

Perhaps. Though [livejournal.com profile] atreic suggested that he might have had 'Hiho' in mind. (Certainly he hints at 'Hiho' in other passages about dwarf singing.) Alternatively, I wouldn't be surprised to find the official line being that there isn't one gold song, there are lots of gold songs, all with different tunes but just happening to have a similarity in lyrics...

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[personal profile] andrewduckerFri 2015-01-09 18:08

I'd go with that.

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[personal profile] andrewduckerFri 2015-01-09 18:08

I have a song in my head, but I have no way of looking up where the music comes from, sadly.

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