List of patter songs

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This is a list of some of the best known patter songs.

Pre-Gilbert and Sullivan[edit]

Gilbert and Sullivan[edit]

  • Arthur Sullivan and F. C. Burnand: Cox and Box – "My Master Is Punctual" (Mr. Cox)
  • Gilbert and Sullivan (referred to below as "Sullivan"): The Gondoliers – "In enterprise of martial kind" (Duke of Plaza-Toro)[1]
  • Sullivan: The Gondoliers – "Rising early in the morning" (Giuseppe)[2]
  • Sullivan: H.M.S. Pinafore – "When I Was a Lad" (Sir Joseph)[2]
  • Sullivan: Iolanthe – "When you're lying awake" (Lord Chancellor)(the "Nightmare song")[2] (covered by Todd Rundgren on his 1973 album, "Todd".)
  • Sullivan: The Mikado – "As Someday it May Happen" (Ko-Ko)
  • Sullivan: Patience – "If you want a receipt for that popular mystery" (Colonel Calverley)
  • Sullivan: Patience – "So go to him and say to him" (Bunthorne and Lady Jane)
  • Sullivan: Patience – "When I go out of door" (Bunthorne and Grosvenor)
  • Sullivan: The Pirates of Penzance – "I am the very model of a modern Major-General" (Major-General Stanley)
  • Sullivan: Princess Ida – "If you give me your attention, I will tell you what I am" (King Gama)[2]
  • Sullivan: Ruddigore – "My boy, you may take it from me" (Robin)[2]
  • Sullivan: Ruddigore – "Henceforth all the crimes that I find in the Times" (Robin)
  • Sullivan: Ruddigore – "My eyes are fully open to my awful situation" (Robin, Despard, and Margaret). This song was adapted for use in the Broadway revivals of The Pirates of Penzance (Papp production, 1980) and Thoroughly Modern Millie as "The Speed Test".
  • Sullivan: The Sorcerer – "My name is John Wellington Wells" (J. W. Wells)[2]
  • Sullivan: Trial by Jury – "When I, good friends, was called to the bar" (the Learned Judge)[2][3]
  • Sullivan: Utopia, Limited – "Henceforward of a verity" (King Paramount, Scaphio, Phantis and chorus)
  • Sullivan: Utopia, Limited – "It's understood, I think, all round" (Scaphio, Phantis, Zara and Fitzbattleaxe)
  • Sullivan: The Yeomen of the Guard – "I've Jibe and Joke... I've wisdom from the East and from the West" (Jack Point)
  • Sullivan: The Yeomen of the Guard – "Oh! A private buffoon is a light-hearted loon" (Jack Point)[2]

After G&S: Selected popular and classical music and showtunes[edit]


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