[Sound recording] Good-bye-ee!

Accession Number AWM2018.404.58
Collection type Sound
Object type Digital audio file
Physical description Wav
Maker Hicks, Alan
Latham, Chris
Goodwin, Andrew
Place made Australia: New South Wales, Sydney, North Shore, Narremburn
Date made 2018
Access Open
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

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Source credit to Latham, Chris

Recording of the song titled, 'Good-bye-ee!', created as part of the Music and the First World War project. Lyrics written by R P Weston with music composed by Bert Lee. Produced by Chris Latham, with Andrew Goodwin as vocalist (tenor), and Alan Hicks on piano. This recording was made at Flat Rock Studios, Sydney, on 24 May 2018. The work is performed in the spirit of the time with some changes made for the modern ear.

Chris Latham, producer of this song, notes: 'This song uses a memorable rhythmic device, known as a hook. The syncopation of “Good-bye-ee” is a rhythmic thing that gets repeated a lot. This is a very clever song that features a dotted rhythm and the verses are set up with this. It is a very catchy song and one that everyone would have sang. There isn’t a huge amount of sentiment behind it. It was potentially popular at the beginning of the war but not at the end. It is very ebullient about things that weren’t positive and makes light of a much more serious situation. It is a bit nonchalant and the subject matter needed more serious treatment.'

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