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Hail To The Sheriff (Robin Hood)


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TobinMueller

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Next in my series of highlights from the youth version of Robin Hood & The Free People of The Forest: Hail To The Sheriff. The Sheriff and his guards travel through Sherwood Forest, are mocked and captured by the Merrie Men. It's the first act of insurgency that the Merrie Men commit after being convinced that they should "export" the freedoms they enjoy to Greater England.

This song features a solo by my five year old son, Willie. (That's him just to the left of Dianah, in the photo.) He sings it after grabbing the Sheriff's hat and does a comic interpretation. A very cool moment for a five year old (and his father).

In the youth version that I'm sharing here, the Sheriff's guards are all girls. (A high school musical needs to utilize girls whenever possible.) So you can tell the two sides apart, vocally.

ROBIN HOOD Highlights (youth version):

Too Many Years (in which the Sheriff walks among the Saxons)
Out Of The Forest (in which Robin boasts & Dianah suggests revolution)
Hail To The Sheriff (in which the Merrie Men capture the Sheriff)
Lay Your Burdens Down (in which Friar Tuck encourages the Sheriff to pay for their feast)
One Less Child (in which Robin, Marion & Dianah lament the death of Much the Miller's Son)
In The Great Dream (in which the women, left behind, dream of a better way)

A couple other demos from my adult version are already posted:

Walls (in which Will Scarlet laments his life, is saved by love)
Here, For A Moment (w/ Emily Rohm) (love song between Robin & Marion)
Sweet Liberty (w/ Jessica Flood) - a song written for and performed at the Statue of Liberty dedication in the mid-80s, later folded into Robin Hood.
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Lyrics
HAIL TO THE SHERIFF

Sheriff:
How I love to hear, "Hail to the Sheriff," "Hail to the Sheriff," in the wood.
Soon each man will cheer, "Hail to the Sheriff," "Hail to the Sheriff," in the wood.

Soldiers:
Once we capture and bring all the outlaws, string all the outlaws by the neck.

Sheriff:
To the Sheriff!

Soldiers:
Once we master and round up the outlaws, ground up the outlaws on our trek.

Sheriff:
To the Sheriff!

Sheriff:
Then I'll hear it ring, "Hail to the Sheriff," "Hail to the Sheriff," through the wood.
Once each Saxon sings, "Hail to the Sheriff," "Hail to the Sheriff," through the wood.

Soldiers:
Those that give up we'll rope into duty, dope into duty with the troops.

Sheriff:
To the Sheriff!

Soldiers:
Those that fight back we'll carve into pieces, fry them in greases for our soup.

Sheriff:
To the Sheriff?

(Robin' and his men are itching for battle. They sneak out of hiding, positioning themselves to strike, unnoticed by the Sheriff and his soldiers.)

Soldiers: Merrie Men:
Don't ask why, Let's just have at them.
why, We can better them;
we fight for him. they fight for him.
We might die, They are evil men.
die, Kill them where they stand;
only to fight for him… only to fight for him…

(The Merrie Men surround and round up the Soldiers, but neither the Sheriff nor Gisbourne notice. The Soldiers are paralyzed with fear and are unable to cry out. Still confident of victory, the Sheriff sings on…)

Sheriff:
Moments like this, on the
Threshold of bliss,
Give me a thrill.

With loyalty strong,
What could go wrong?
Bring on the kill!

Lord Gisbourne:
Cool your blood-thirst.
My wedding comes first!
Show me some respect!

(Gisbourne knocks off the Sheriff's hat in disgust. It is retrieved by an unseen Merrie Man, passed from outlaw to outlaw, and finally given to Much the Miller's Son. Much impersonates the Sheriff, to the glee of all.)

Much, the Miller's Son: (behind the Sheriff's back)
I love to hear, "Hail to the Sheriff," "Hail to the Sheriff," in the wood.
Soon each man will jeer, "Hail to the Sheriff," "Hail to the Sheriff," in the wood.

Merrie Men: (impersonating the Soldiers)
Once we capture and bring all the outlaws, string all the outlaws by the neck.

Much:
To the Sheriff!

Merrie Men:
Once we master and round up the outlaws, ground up the outlaws on our trek.

Much:
To the Sheriff!

Merrie Men, Much and Soldiers:
How we'd all love to rail our dear Sheriff, nail our dear Sheriff to the wood.
With his back turned, we'd flail our dear Sheriff, mail our dear Sheriff what he deserves!

All: To the Sheriff!

©1991 Tobin Mueller
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Uploaded: May 27, 2008 - 02:40:25 PM
Last Updated: Jun 18, 2008 - 09:24:34 AM Last Played: Mar 25, 2017 - 02:46:36 AM
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Comments
thoddi said 3258 days ago (May 27th, 2008)
huge
I could put up a list and mention arrangements, composition, the balance and contrast you have so well put together, the actors, the fab musicianship... Bottom line, they would all receive marks of laudability.

Standing ovation!

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magnatone said 3258 days ago (May 27th, 2008)
Hail To The Sheriff
Wow Tobin - this is just GREAT! How exciting for you to have your son in the production with a solo gig no less! Fabulous production (as usual). I'm really enjoying these - congratulations on this fine work!
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Feter said 3258 days ago (May 27th, 2008)
Hail To The Sheriff
a true classic work here ...if someone tells me
this came from a play wrote back in the 60s ..
I would certainly agreed .this reminds me of all
these classicals I ve heard or watched over the
years ..the spirit and the orchestrations ..a top
notch all ..thnx so much for sharin it ..a true gme !
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The Orbiting said 3258 days ago (May 27th, 2008)
Robin
I would have loved this so much as a little girl. I had a massive crush on Robin Hood and a thing for showtunes that continues to this day. That "Hail to the Sheriff" is a really catchy hook. I really enjoyed the counter-melodies, too.
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BossHook said 3258 days ago (May 27th, 2008)
Great
theatrical build in the choir. I love the caliope-kind of twirl and spin in the middle.
TobinMueller said 3258 days ago (May 28th, 2008)
caliope-kind of twirl and spin in the middle
The waltz motif and calliope feel returns when the Sheriff and his uncle Lord Gisbourne have a duet later on (in the adult version, which I won't include in this collection). Glad you liked that. So did I, which is why I brought it back when I expanded the show a few years later.
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jiguma said 3258 days ago (May 27th, 2008)
Ever considered ...
... a career in music Tobin? ;)

Amazing - the performances are all superb, and the writing and production exceptional.

Willie's solo is astonishing - you must have been so proud!

Humble bows!

Neil
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guitapick said 3258 days ago (May 27th, 2008)
Man...
...would have loved to have seen this. Must have been an incredible experience, Tobin. Kudos on all of these pieces....
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peacepiano said 3258 days ago (May 27th, 2008)
Liked
Enjoying the show. Like the cast pictures too!

Thanks
Bill
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said 3258 days ago (May 28th, 2008)
Great!
Amazing work as the rest of the series. Great orchestration and excellent performance as usual. I bow deeply for this work, can't wait to hear the rest..

Take Care
- Yeman A. Al-Rawi
Moviz said 3258 days ago (May 28th, 2008)
Wonderful
in all respects orchestration,composition, arrangement and performance by all. Its something that you get a mental picture to, even if not physically watching it. I could see this apart from being a stage production, being an animation, excellent
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woofer3 said 3258 days ago (May 28th, 2008)
Lovely production
I can imagine how much work this must have taken from start to finish. Very srtuctured and beautifully arranged as of course it would be.

Excellent, thank you for making this available,

John.
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Macaudion said 3258 days ago (May 28th, 2008)
A wonderful listen
Loved the orchestration on this, Tobin!

And well, I loved the kids, too!

Great job all the way around, reallly.

Macca
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Macaudion said 3258 days ago (May 28th, 2008)
Oh yeah...
Thanks for the dl!
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paul f. page said 3258 days ago (May 28th, 2008)
I hope...
...you either have or will market this. The music itself is supurb. Your gift for the theatrical is so evident. And what a joy to have your son performing in this recording. Very cool. Much praise.
Peace.
Paul
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TobinMueller said 3255 days ago (May 31st, 2008)
Market this...
You can purchase this version from:
CentersStage's Robin Hood.

I've rewritten it twice since. FREEDOM'S FIRST LIGHT was the version that ran off-broadway for 10 months (originally scheduled only for 3) and another version, SImple called ROBIN HOOD, toured in mid-90s.

Thanks.
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Scott Carmichael said 3257 days ago (May 28th, 2008)
there's no end
to your range... How on earh was this recorded?? this sounds spacial like a stage yet the individual parts come through so well... studio? or live?...

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TobinMueller said 3255 days ago (May 31st, 2008)
How was this recorded?
It was recorded in the basement studio of a friend of mine that featured a 16-track Tascam. The group singing was divided into parts (guards sang in one take, Merrie Men in another), and all solos were recorded separately, closer to the mic. Orchestrations were done before hand and recorded, all MIDI, played in by me. We always recorded before we actually began staging, which is too bad, cuz cool new ideas were always added but never made them onto tape.
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said 3257 days ago (May 29th, 2008)
Outstanding!!
And very cool for a five year old your son. Sounded brilliant too awwee you must be very proud of him. Have to catch up on the others soon. Great prouduction.

Peace Dee.
elfdaughter said 3255 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
Standing ovation...
WOW...is pretty much all I can say about your work...it makes me speechless!

This is simply fantastic.
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Ibstrat said 3255 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
Fantastic
work here.I love the shifting accents.You are a very talented person.I saw the New York production of "Young Frankenstein" last week-amazing sets but pretty mediocre music.They should have hired you to do it!
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dajama said 3255 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
Very cool
Great sound - what a terrific recording. Great performances all round as well. Great performance in particular by your son! Nicely done. Kudos. Peace.
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