And the creed and the colour and the name don’t matter..

assembly1.jpgBack on my old blog I recalled a random hymn I’d remembered from school, and it sparked off a bit of discussion via the comment system. I’m not a particularly (okay, not a remotely!) religious person, so I was basically pondering why I could recall the numerous hymns we were subjected to particularly at Primary school.

As a person who struggles to remember things I’ve done at work a few weeks ago, or social appointments I’ve made with people, and certainly can’t remember many of the facts and theories I learned during my schooling – so why oh why can I recall words to hymns I’ve not heard for 20 odd years? Perhaps schools could introduce songs for assemblies that actually have future use… which will potentially set me off on another tangent*

The hymn that sparked all this off was ‘When I needed a neighbour‘ – and since I posted the lyrics on my old blog, I’ve noticed in the logs for this one that I’m still getting hits from people searching Google for them thanks to them cacheing my old site still – so below are the lyrics again, just to satisfy those that arrive here for that purpose!

When I needed a neighbour
Were you there, were you there?
When I needed a neighbour
Were you there?

And the creed and the colour
And the name won’t matter
Were you there?

I was hungry and thirsty
Were you there, were you there?
I was hungry and thirsty
Were you there?

And the creed and the colour
And the name won’t matter
Were you there?

I was cold, I was naked
Were you there, were you there?
I was cold, I was naked
Were you there?

And the creed and the colour
And the name won’t matter
Were you there?

When I needed a shelter
Were you there, were you there?
When I needed a shelter
Were you there?

And the creed and the colour
And the name won’t matter
Were you there?

When I needed a healer
Were you there, were you there?
When I needed a healer
Were you there?

And the creed and the colour
And the name won’t matter
Were you there?

Wherever you travel
I’ll be there, I’ll be there.
Wherever you travel
I’ll be there.

And the creed and the colour
And the name won’t matter
I’ll be there.

So there you go. A few visitors had left other random hymns they remembered in similar circumstances – the one that stuck in my head was one that went “the ink is black, the page is white, together we learn to read and write” – ah, bless ’em all – but I’m sure I could find much more productive uses to the mental real estate these old songs are occupying!

* I remember also when I was a young’un Rich and I were presented with a cassette tape with a photocopied yellow insert with ‘tables disco’ written on it – it was basically the 1 to 12 times tables set to cheesy disco music… imagine if you will, cheap sounding synth-based music with a sinister man voicing over “One one is one, one one is one, two ones are two, two ones are two..” ad infinitum! My favourite was the excitement when it was revealed that “Twelve twelves…. ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY-FOUR!” Didn’t stop me getting lines at Primary school for assisting my 12 times table test by writing the answers on my ruler, though! ๐Ÿ˜†

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21 thoughts on “And the creed and the colour and the name don’t matter..

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  2. yup i was searching for that hymn well actually folk song and i arrived here and you are a fellow word presser so i thought id leave you a comment. this is it!

  3. debs

    this song has been going round in my head for some reason!
    only got the lyrycs from you thanks
    so sung song from all entirity! thanks!

  4. Anyone remember a him that went something like ‘coming or gone, your travelling on..theres nowhere you can stay…hope is a thing like a bird on the thing, coming or going away…’

    i think thats right, tis a vague memory lol

    email moi if i disappear ๐Ÿ˜›

  5. Victoria

    Haha. And yet another hymn lyric looker stumbling across your blog, I don’t know whether to be embarrassed or delighted. A good read. My mind can now lay at rest – from singing ‘and the creed and the colour’ and some how making it fit with ‘cross over the road my friend’ that’s not right. haha.

    • Michelle wilkinson

      Cross over the road my friend ask the lord his strength to lend his compassion has no end cross over the road, random was singing both hymns today! Why I don’t know am not religious in fact am more r n b? Again random x

  6. thank you!! one of my colleagues started singing this a few days ago – we all started to remember it and tried to recall all the words. now we have them! what a great tune this was

  7. Stuart B

    I only thought I had a fragment of the song mentioned bluebottling around my head, but now you’ve got me thinking – there’s quite a few back here. I’m a bit worried that I may have activated a deeply buried mind code that will now set me off down the treacherous career path of ‘Robotic Government Assassin’.

  8. Tony

    Thanks for posting these lyrics up for some strange reason i started humming the tune today and then bam needed the words!

  9. sammy

    yes we had that one as kids in a primary school in cornwall………..

    my brother however changed it to………

    The cream and the cracker and the taste doesnt matter were you there.

    we also did as a group assembly “he’s got the whole world in his pants, he’s got the whole wild world in his pants” the teachers blaitently heard this but didnt give a damn

  10. sammy

    oh yeah by the way did you understand this song at all?? i never really did

  11. Chris

    This song popped into my head today and haven’t heard it for 20 or so years either… bizarre

  12. Jenny

    thank you for posting this – I sang it to a friend in the sauna tonight and loved remembering the great tune and sentiment of this

  13. we discovered this excellent article as a result of a challenge.

    pretty much since day one of meeting her, when the temperature drops or whenever she’s peckish my girlfriend will randomly shuffle up to me, pitiful look on face, ‘singing’ in a ghostchild voice….

    “i was cold i was hungry were you there…etc etc”

    5 years later i realised i’d never actually heard these ‘lyrics’ anywhere else – therefore the challenge was set to prove the song actually exists.

    and so here we are.

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  15. Kitt

    I’m on a nostalgic trip today, lyrics from songs and lines from plays popping into my head (turned out to be Chaos at Crusty Towers where I played Edwina Chipping Stonebury). Thanks for satisfying my memory.

  16. marina snook

    thank god some one remembers these words

  17. robsaint72

    I used to love “When A Knight Won His Spurs In The Stories Of Old” & “Think Of A World Without Any Flowers”

    • For us it was always “When Forest beat Spurs…” – they’re definitely stories of old now!

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