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]
  • Sullivan: The Mikado – "As someday it may happen" (Ko-Ko)[3]
  • 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)[3]
  • 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".[4]
  • 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][5]
  • 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]
  • Sullivan and Basil Hood: The Rose of Persia – "I'm the Sulivan's Vigilant Vizier" (Grand Vizier, Chief Physician, Royal Executioner and Sultan)

After G&S: selected showtunes[edit]

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


  1. ^ Lyrics to "In enterprise of martial kind", The Gilbert and Sullivan Archive Archived 2008-06-23 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Shepherd, Marc. "Nelson Eddy: Patter Songs from Gilbert and Sullivan" Archived 2008-05-15 at the Wayback Machine at A Gilbert and Sullivan Discography
  3. ^ a b Eden, David (2009). The Cambridge Companion to Gilbert and Sullivan. Cambridge University Press. p. 106. The list patter song['s] ... most famous examples are 'I am the very model of a modern Major-General' ... and 'As someday it may happen'.
  4. ^ a b c d e Henderson, Kathy. "Speed Test! Check Out Our Video Roundup of the Fastest Patter Songs, from Company, Godspell & More",, August 5, 2013, accessed June 24, 2016
  5. ^ Article and links about "The Judge's Song", The Victorian Web
  6. ^ Stone, Martin. "Little Shop of Horrors: Cross-Pollinization!", Mondo Musicals, August 25, 2010, accessed February 7, 2017
  7. ^ Siegel, Naomi (November 17, 1994). "Dramatically rich 'Oliver' on Mill stage" (PDF). The Item. Millburn and Short Hills. Retrieved January 14, 2019. The patter song, 'Reviewing the Situation,' with its echoes of the Yiddish theater, trips from his lips with precision.
  8. ^ Hischak, Thomas. The Oxford Companion to the American Musical, Oxford University Press, p. 51 ISBN 0195335333
  9. ^ a b c Fisher, Jeremy (2014). Successful Singing Auditions. A&C Black. p. 56.
  10. ^ Farrington, Jan. "Ta-ra-ra Boom-de-ay!",, October 22, 2014, accessed June 24, 2016
  11. ^ Holden, Stephen. "Extrovert and Introvert: Refined Musical Clowns", The New York Times, December 9, 2009, accessed February 7, 2018
  12. ^ Lambert, Philip (Dec 10, 2010). To Broadway, To Life!: The Musical Theater of Bock and Harnick. Oxford University Press. p. 228. ...the earlier jazz-inflected Bock-Harnick patter song 'Tonight at Eight' from She Loves Me.
  13. ^ Filichia, Peter (May 9, 2017). "The Newest Dolly on the Newest Recording". Masterworks Broadway. Sony Music Entertainment. Retrieved January 14, 2019. The real lagniappe is “Penny in My Pocket.” This patter song that originally ended the first act when Dolly was trying out in Detroit was an elaborate production number.
  14. ^ Frankel, Aaron (2009). Writing the Broadway Musical. Da Capo Press.
  15. ^ Laird, Paul R. (2014). The Musical Theater of Stephen Schwartz: From Godspell to Wicked and Beyond. Scarecrow press. p. 78.
  16. ^ Westwood, Matthew. "Songs in the key of the Sherman brothers", The Australian, July 27, 2010
  17. ^ Weiss, Hedy. "Writers Theatre sets a blistering look at marriage in Company", Chicage Sun-Times, June 23, 2016
  18. ^ Coe, Richard (March 11, 1979). "Two Musical High Notes". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 14, 2019. With 'A Little Priest,' a patter song of dazzling verbosity, Act I ends at the pinnacle of sophisticated whimsy, a black joke of fiendish ingenuity.
  19. ^ Dale, Michael. "Videos: Chicago's Jason Danieley Holds a Note for Longer Than It Takes Danny Kaye to Sing 'Tchaikovsky'",, April 8, 2016
  20. ^ Mendoza, N. F. "Shows for Youngsters and Their Parents Too: A sense of history and smarts set Fox's Animaniacs apart", Los Angeles Times, December 26, 1993, accessed June 24, 2016
  21. ^ Sutherland, Lori Archer. "'The Flim Flam Cider Song' by Daniel Ingram",, April 1, 2016, accessed February 7, 2017
  22. ^ Self, Geoffrey. Light Music in Britain since 1870: A Survey, Routledge (2017) ISBN 1351560166
  23. ^ Laurence, Robin. "Geoffrey Farmer fêted in new Vancouver Art Gallery show",, May 27, 2015, accessed June 24, 2016
  24. ^ Doll, Christopher (2017). Hearing Harmony: Toward a Tonal Theory for the Rock Era. University of Michigan Press. pp. 266.
  25. ^ Blanchette, Kyle. "Top 10 Disney Holiday Specials!",, November 30, 2015, accessed June 24, 2016
  26. ^ Neethling, Bertie. (2016). "Names in Songs: A Comparative Analysis of Billy Joel's We Didn't Start the Fire and Christopher Torr's Hot Gates" in C. Hough (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Names and Naming.

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