It’s Nice to Meet You

 
       
 
May 16, 2018, 07:11 PM

With a tip of the hat in verse 2 to Flanders and Swann. All comments and suggestions welcome and appreciated.

IT’S NICE TO MEET YOU

When a goat and his hungry friends have stripped a mountain bare
He simply shrugs his shoulders, all four
And moves with his colleagues to another mountain where
Of nutritious grass to eat there’s plenty more
I am a goat, just ask anyone
I never hang around when once a job is done
I’d speak of this some more, but I really must be gone
It’s nice to meet you
But I must be on my way

Yes, it’s nice to meet you
But I must be on my way
I have to be somewhere
Though just where I couldn’t say
It’s a lovely place you have here
I like it just fine
But my mind has bought a ticket
And can’t leave my a$$ behind

There’s no point in going back to where you last saw a gnu
In fact there may be danger even trying
For the gnu will be gone replaced perhaps by a new gnu
But also perhaps by a lion
I resemble a gnu maybe more than you k-new
The gnu and I keep moving. It’s what we do
And I’ll be leaving again in a minute or t-wo
It’s nice to meet you
But I must be on my way

Yes, it’s nice to meet you
But I must be on my way
I have to be somewhere
Though just where I couldn’t say
It’s a lovely place you have here
I like it just fine
But my mind has bought a ticket
And can’t leave my a$$ behind

A tumbleweed may tumble into town but he won’t linger
Longer than he must to not seem rude
The tumbleweed’s humble needs can be counted on one finger
The wind at his back and life is good
The principal occupation of this undemanding vegetation
Consists of a peregrination through the deserts of the nation
A plant without a plan or specific destination, saying
It’s nice to meet you
But I must be on my way

Yes, it’s nice to meet you
But I must be on my way
I have to be somewhere
Though just where I couldn’t say
It’s a lovely place you have here
I like it just fine
But my mind has bought a ticket
And can’t leave my a$$ behind

[ Edited: 17 May 2018 09:20 AM by Gavin Sinclair]
 
     
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May 17, 2018, 05:23 AM

Gavin. You wrote that? it´s funny, it´s sharp, there are a lot of wordplay´s in there which are brilliant.

It´s tailor-maid for a funny singer-songwriter character like ... don’t know, in a german speaking country we would suggest, that Reinhard Mey should sing it, but you wouldn’t know him ...  no there is no pendant in English ... like there’s no word for pendant ...

I love this part: A tumbleweed may tumble into town but he won’t linger
Longer than he must to not seem rude
The tumbleweed’s humble needs can be counted on one finger


I think 2nd line of the 2nd verse should he “may”, not my…

...every once in a while, I get in the mood or so…and start to play..

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May 17, 2018, 10:40 AM

Thanks Martin. I am very familiar with Reinhard Mey. In fact he’s written some of my favorite songs in any language. I’ve mentioned him on this forum a couple of times. And yes, although I wasn’t thinking of him when I wrote it, I could see it being performed in his style. Something like the way he does “Ich bin Klempner von Beruf” or “Was kann schöner sein auf Erden, als Politiker zu werden” or maybe more like “Zwei Hühner auf dem Weg nach vorgestern.”

I’m not sure what I was thinking about when I wrote it other than having fun. I just sort of woke up with the first verse forming in my head - must have had too much wine the night before :) Then for the second verse, I moved onto another animal and found myself writing a “tribute” to an old song about a gnu. For some reason, I thought it was by Noel Coward, but I just checked and it’s by Flanders and Swann.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqgPyqyh4X4

Thanks for pointing out the typo in verse 2.

 
     
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May 17, 2018, 11:23 AM
Gavin Sinclair - 17 May 2018 10:40 AM

Thanks Martin. I am very familiar with Reinhard Mey. In fact he’s written some of my favorite songs in any language. I’ve mentioned him on this forum a couple of times. And yes, although I wasn’t thinking of him when I wrote it, I could see it being performed in his style. Something like the way he does “Ich bin Klempner von Beruf” or “Was kann schöner sein auf Erden, als Politiker zu werden” or maybe more like “Zwei Hühner auf dem Weg nach vorgestern.”

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I was thinking about his song “Einen Antrag auf Erteilung eines Antragsformulars”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJbn5BtAEoc

Anyway, can’t wait to hear it :)

...every once in a while, I get in the mood or so…and start to play..

http://www.songcycle.org

 
     
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May 17, 2018, 11:36 AM

I love that song too, Martin.

 
     
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May 24, 2018, 01:01 PM
Martin G - 17 May 2018 11:23 AM
Gavin Sinclair - 17 May 2018 10:40 AM

Thanks Martin. I am very familiar with Reinhard Mey. In fact he’s written some of my favorite songs in any language. I’ve mentioned him on this forum a couple of times. And yes, although I wasn’t thinking of him when I wrote it, I could see it being performed in his style. Something like the way he does “Ich bin Klempner von Beruf” or “Was kann schöner sein auf Erden, als Politiker zu werden” or maybe more like “Zwei Hühner auf dem Weg nach vorgestern.”

.

I was thinking about his song “Einen Antrag auf Erteilung eines Antragsformulars”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJbn5BtAEoc

Anyway, can’t wait to hear it :)

Hey Martin, I put music to it and moved it over to Tune Topics. You can find it there.
http://www.songwriter101.com/forums/viewthread/96014/

Once I started messing around with the melody and arrangement, it turned out a bit differently from how I had initially imagined it. Funny how that happens.

I changed the title to “The Goat, The Gnu and The Tumbleweed.” It seemed more unusual and maybe more intriguing.

 
     
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