Now and For All Time

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On a brisk fall day in the late 1930s, a ragtag group of Yale men assembled after Glee Club rehearsal, their thirst for music unquenched and their appetite for revelry unsatisfied. Together, they set out to form a singing group founded in friendship and fueled by passion. They called it the Society of Orpheus and Bacchus. In the 75 years that have followed, the Society’s pantheon has welcomed more than 450 lifetime members. "Now and For All Time" is a gift from the 22 singers who today inherit their title, share their legacy, and maintain their tradition. It is a reminder of the fleeting richness of the present. It is a reflection on a future soon to be past. It is a celebration of the intimate infinity of time itself.

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released October 27, 2015

Album Musical Director: Douglas Streat '16
Album Producer: Aaron Effron '15
Album Art: Max Pommier '14

Tracking: Noah Berg of Liquid 5th Productions and Douglas Streat '16
Editing: Ben Lieberman and Josh Heilbronner of Liquid 5th Productions
Mixing: by Carl Taylor of Liquid 5th Productions
Mastering: Eric Scholz

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The Society of Orpheus and Bacchus New Haven, Connecticut

Founded in 1938, the Society of Orpheus and Bacchus is the second longest-running a cappella group in the United States, after the Yale Whiffenpoofs. Initially, the group went without a name until they capitalized on a backhanded compliment received at a party—“These SOBs are good!”— invoking the talents of Orpheus, minstrel to Olympus, and the legacy of Bacchus, god of revelry, to form the SOBs. ... more

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Track Name: Javi Bar
Ja, vi elsker dette landet,
som det stiger frem,
furet, værbitt over vannet,
med de tusen hjem, —
elsker, elsker det og tenker
på vår far og mor
og den saganatt som senker
drømmer på vår jord.
Og den saganatt som senker,
senker drømmer på vår jord.

'Twas a cold winter's evening
The guests were all leaving
O'Leary was closing the bar
When he turned and he said to the lady in red
"Get you you can't stay where you are!"

Oh, she shed a sad tear in her bucket of beer
And thought of the cold night ahead
When a gentleman dapper
Stepped out of the...lavatory...
And these were the words that he said,
these were the words that he said:

Her mother never told her
The things a young girl should know
About the ways of college men
And how they come and go
...mostly go

Now age has taken away her beauty
And sin has left it sad scar
So remember your mothers
And sisters boys
And let her sleep under the bar.
Track Name: Stoney End
I was born from love
and my poor mother worked the mine
I was raised on the good book Jesus
Until I read between the lines
Now I don't believe I wanna see the morning

Going down the stoney end
I never wanted to go down the stoney end
Mama, let me start all over
Cradle me, mama, cradle me again

I can still remember her with love light in her eyes
But that light flickered out and faltered
When the sun began to rise
Now I don't believe I wanna see the morning

Going down the stoney end
I never wanted to go down the stoney end
Mama, let me start all over
Cradle me, mama, cradle me again

Never mind the forecast
'Cause the sky has lost control
'Cause the fury and broken thunder's
Come to match my raging soul
Now I don't believe I wanna see the morning.

No, never mind the forescast.

Because the sky has lost,
yeah the sky has lost
yeah the sky has lost control

You know you gotta match my ragin' soul
I never wanted to go—
goin' down the stoney end

Cradle me, my mama cradle me.

Again. And again.
And again, and again, and again!
Woah, oh I'm goin' down the stoney end!
Track Name: I Can't Make You Love Me
Turn down the lights
Turn down the bed
Turn down these voices inside my head
Lay down with me
Tell me no lies
Just hold me close, don't patronize me
Don't patronize me

I can't make you love me if you don't
You can't make your heart feel something it won't
Here in the dark, in these final hours
I will lay down my heart; I'll feel the power
But you won't, no you won't
'Cause I can't make you love me,
if you don't

I'll close my eyes, then I won't see
The love you don't feel when you're holding me
Morning will come and I'll do what's right
Just give me till then to give up this fight
And I will give up this fight

'Cause I can't make you love me if you don't
You can't make your heart feel something it won't
Here in the dark, in these final hours
I will lay down my heart and I'll feel the power
But you won't, no you won't
'Cause I can't make you love me, if you don't
(I can't make you) if you don't.
Track Name: Loves Me Like A Rock
[Soloist]
When I was a little boy
And the Devil would call my name
I'd say "now who do ...
Who do you think you're fooling?"
Now, I'm a consecrated boy
Singer in a Sunday choir
Ooh, my mama loves, she love me
She gets down on her knees and hugs me
She love me like a rock
She rocks me like the rock of ages
And loves me
She love me, love me, love me, love me

Now I'm grown to be a man
And the Devil would call my name
And he'd say "now who do . ..
Who do you think you're fooling?"
Now I'm a consummated man
Snatch a little purity
My mama loves me, she love me
She gets down on her knees and hugs me
She love me like a rock
She rocks me like the rock of ages
and loves me
She love me, love me, love me, love me

[Shoe]
And if I was the President
The minute that Congress call my name
"Who do ...
Who do you think you're fooling?"
I've got the Presidential Seal
I'm up on the Presidential Podium
My mama loves me
Yeah, she loves me like a...

[Soloist]
She gets down on her knees and hugs me
Yeah she loves me like a rock
She love me like the rock of ages
And loves me
She love me, love me, love me, love me
She love me, love me, love me, love me
She love me, love me, love me, love me

[Shoe]
She loves me like a rock!
Track Name: MLK
Sleep
Sleep tonight
And may your dreams
Be realized

If the thundercloud
Passes rain
So let it rain
Rain down on him
Mmm, so let it be
Mmm, so let it be

Sleep
Sleep tonight
And may your dreams
Be realized
If the thundercloud
Passes rain
So let it rain
Let it rain
Rain on him
Track Name: Don't Stop Me Now
Tonight I'm gonna have myself a real good time
I feel alive and the world it's turning inside out, yeah!
I'm floating around in ecstasy
So don't stop me now
Don't stop me
'Cause I'm having a good time
I'm having a good time

I'm a shooting star leaping through the sky
Like a tiger defying the laws of gravity
I'm a racing car passing by like Lady Godiva
I wanna go go go
There's no stopping me

I'm burning through the sky yeah!
Two hundred degrees
That's why they call me Mister Fahrenheit
I'm trav'ling at the speed of light
And I wanna make a supersonic man out of you

Don't stop me now
I'm having such a good time
I'm having a ball
Don't stop me now
If you wanna have a good time
Just give me a call

Don't stop me now
Don't stop me now
I don't want to stop at all...

Yeah, I'm a rocket ship on my way to Mars
On a collision course
I am a satellite I'm out of control
I am a sex machine ready to reload
Like an atom bomb about to
Oh oh oh oh oh explode

I'm burning through the sky Yeah!
Two hundred degrees
That's why they call me Mister Fahrenheit
I'm trav'ling at the speed of light
I wanna make a supersonic woman of you

Don't stop me
Don't stop me
Don't stop me
Hey hey hey!

Don't stop me
Don't stop me
Ooh ooh ooh (I like it)

Don't stop me
Don't stop me
Have a good time, good time

Don't stop me
Don't stop me

I'm burning through the sky yeah!
Two hundred degrees
That's why they call me Mister Fahrenheit
I'm trav'ling at the speed of light
I wanna make a supersonic man out of you

Don't stop me now
Cuz I'm having such a good time
I'm having a ball
Don't stop me now
If you wanna have a good time
Just give me a call

Don't stop me now ('cause I'm having a good time)
Don't stop me now (yes I'm having a good time)
I don't wanna stop at all

Tonight, I'm gonna have myself
a real good time
I feel alive!
So alive!
Oooooh!
Track Name: (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay
[Shoe]
Don't have much to live for
Nothin's gonna come my way

[Soloist]
Sittin' in the morning sun
I'll be sittin' when the evening comes
Watching the ships roll in
And I watch 'em roll away again, yeah

Oh, I'm sittin' on the dock of the bay
Watchin' the tide roll away,
Sittin' on the dock of the bay
Wastin' time

[Shoe]
Hmmm

[Soloist]
Well, I left my home in Georgia
Headed for that Frisco Bay
I don't have too much to love for
I know nothing's gonna come my way

Oh, I'm just gon' sit on the dock of the bay
Watchin' the tide roll away, ooh
I'm sittin' on the dock of the bay
Wastin' time

Well it looks like nothing's gonna change
Everything still remains the same
I can't do what ten people tell me to do
So I guess I'll just remain the same

Sittin' here resting my bones
And this loneliness won't leave me alone,
Two thousand miles I roam
Just to make this dock my home,

Sittin on the dock of a bay
I'm watchin' the tide roll away, ooh
Sittin' on the dock of the bay
Wastin' time
Wastin' time
Track Name: Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Ah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah

Well I've heard there was a secret chord
That David played and it pleased the Lord
But you don't really care for music, do ya?
Well it goes like this:
The fourth to the fifth, the minor fall to the major lift
The baffled king composin' Hallelujah

Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah

Well your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew ya
Well she tied you to her kitchen chair
She broke your throne and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah

Well, maybe there's a God above
But all I've ever learned from love
Was how to shoot someone who outdrew ya

Well, it's not a cry that you hear at night
It's not somebody who's seen the light
It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah

Oh, hallelujah
Hallelujah
Track Name: My Girl
I've got sunshine on a cloudy day.
When it's cold outside I've got the month of May.

Well, I guess you'd say
What can make me feel this way?
My girl (my girl, my girl, my girl)
Talkin' 'bout my girl (talkin' 'bout my girl).

I've don't need no honey the bees envy me.
I've got a sweeter song than the birds in the trees.

Well, I guess you'd say
What can make me feel this way?
My girl (my girl, my girl, my girl)
Talkin' 'bout my girl (my girl).

And hey girl,
I want you to know
I'm gonna miss you so much if you go

And hey girl,
When you're by my side
Somethin' inside of my heart is alive
And I know why... (Fin'ly I know why!)

I don't need no honey
The bees envy me
I've got a sweeter song, than the birds in the trees

Well, I guess you'd say
what can make me feel this way?
My girl.
I'm talkin' 'bout my girl (talkin' 'bout my girl)
Talkin' 'bout my girl.
Track Name: Hello, Mary Lou
Right from the start
I said "Hello, Mary Lou"
Goodbye heart

Now baby,
Passed me by one sunny day
Flashed those big brown eyes my way
And oh I wanted you forever more (oh baby)
I'm not one that gets around
Swear my feet stuck to the ground
And though I never did meet you before

I said "Hello Mary Lou
Goodbye heart
(I said) Sweet Mary Lou
I'm so in love with you (I'm in love with Mary Lou)
I knew Mary Lou
(That we'd) We'd never part
So Hello Mary Lou
Goodbye heart"

Saw your lips I heard your voice
Believe me I just had no choice
Wild horses couldn't make me stay away
Thought about a moonlit night
Arms about good an' tight
That's all I need to see for me to say

Hey, hey "Hello Mary Lou
Goodbye heart
Sweet Mary Lou
I'm so in love with you (I'm in love with Mary Lou)
I knew Mary Lou
(We'd never part) We'd never part
So Hello Mary Lou
Goodbye heart, goodbye heart

Hello Mary Lou
I'm in love with you, yes
Hello Mary Lou

Goodbye heart
Right from the start I said
Hello, Mary Lou
Goodbye heart
Goodbye heart
Track Name: Old Songs
Way down upon the Swannee River

They had a special kind of song
to help them push the work along
they hummed it to the rhythm of the old heave ho
and don't ya know there's somethin' happn'in
when they're singin' to the snappin'
of the Chattanooga shoeshine boy.

They never got far past the rhythm—
they brought it with 'em.

[Shoe]
There was the birth of the blues!

[Underwood]
Charleston, Charleston
Just think what the world was then
Jazzy, snazzy, they were...

[Shoe]
Singin' to the swinger in a big bop band.

[Lee]
I dream of Jeannie with the light brown hair

[Shoe]
And there's no place like home.

[Prince]
I mean I been wandrin' high and low
to find a good old record,
a good old record I can dig to hear
But it seems these days, they just don't make 'em!

[Lee]
Some folk break 'em just to spite me.

[Prince]
Oo! They've taken my memory lane
and made it a six lane freeway tellin' me

[Shoe]
Baby there's two ways to fly!
Well, I know when I'm beat,
so I'll get back on my feet.
I'm goin' where I'm better known!

I need those...
Old Songs! Old Songs!

[Morris]
I hop from bar to bar
I wander near and far for

[Shoe]
Old Songs! Solid gold songs!

[Morris]
They take me back aways
Back to my younger days with those old songs

[Acuña]
You and I are older now and very far apart
Still it's true the thought of you
does strange things to my heart

All the songs 're made today
They've got the newer loves in mind
But baby as long as I can still hear
those old songs of yesteryear
I'll get along just fine
I wanna hear those

[Shoe]
Old songs! Old songs!

[Morris]
I mean a melody
That wakes a memory of those old songs.

[Sveshnikov]
Now brother you ain't gonna tell me you like new songs
better than tried and true songs
I know that I never no never had one of them yet put a smile on my face
I know that I never no never had one of 'em yet that could give me a case of those low down and dirties

[Shoe]
When the blue of the night
Meets the gold of the day

[Sveshnikov]
Uh-huh!
Now they're the songs that say the things that I wanna say
They mean a—
ooh! they really got to me when I was younger

[May]
'Cuz honey
You and I, you know we're gettin' older ev'ry day
We're so far away
that without you each day
just a-thinking and a-dreaming 'bout you this way
does strange things to my heart

All the songs 're made today,
they've gotta the newer loves in mind
But baby as long as I can still hear those old songs of yesteryear,
I'm just fine

I wanna hear those

[May/Enin]
Old Songs
Old Songs!
They take me back away! / Now all the songs I wanna hear are happy songs
Into my younger days and! / I can't get along without you and...

[Shoe]
O-wo-wo-wold songs
Solid go-wo-wo-wold songs
I mean a melody

[May]
Yes indeed!

[Shoe]
Nothin' means as much to me
Do wah!
Track Name: Nude
[Soloist]
Don't get any big ideas
They're not gonna happen
You paint yourself white
And swim over noise
There'll be something missing

Now that you found it
It's gone
Now that you feel it
You don't
Gone off the rails

So don't get any big ideas
They're not gonna happen

You'll go to Hell
For what your
Dirty mind is thinkin'
Track Name: The Ballad of John Henry
[Maas]
When John Henry was a little baby
He was a-sittin' on his Daddy's knee

Well he picked up a hammer and a little piece of steel
and he said

[Shoe]
Hammer be the death of me, lord lord
Oh, hammer be the death of me

[Hosmer-Quint/May]
Well John Henry
He could hammer
He could whistle
and he could sing
And all the people they would come out,
early in the mornin'
just to hear John Henry's hammer ring lord lord,
I tell ya John Henry's hammer ring

[Shoe]
One day the captain said
to John Henry
I'm gonna bring me a steam drill round
I'm gonna bring me a steam drill right out on the job,
I'm gonna...

[Shepperd]
Well John Henry said to the captain lord,
a man ain't nothin but a man
But before I let your steam drill bring me down
I'm gonna die!
Lord lord, I'll die with my hammer in my hand!

[Shoe]
Now the man who invented the steam drill
Well he thought he was mighty fine
but for every fifteen that John Henry hammered in
you know the steam drill only drove in nine
the steam drill only drove in nine
John Henry drove into the mountain and his hammer was strikin' fire

Well he drove so...

[Youssef]
Hard! He broke his poor heart.

[Enin]
And then he laid down his hammer
and he died, lord lord.
He laid down his hammer and he died.

[Motet]
And he died
And he died
And he died
And he died
And he died
And he died
And he died
And he died
And he died
And he died
And he died
And he died

[Maas]
Well, they took John Henry to the graveyard
And they buried him in the sand
Now ev'ry locomotive comes a roarin' by says

[Shoe]
There lies a steel drivin' man
lord lord
I tell ya there lies a steel drivin' man
Yeah they took John Henry to the graveyard
and they buried him in the sand
Now ev'ry locomotive comes a roarin' by says
there lies a steel drivin' man
(He was a steel drivin' man, he was a steel drivin' man!)
Track Name: Pretty Girl
If you want to see a girl that's pretty,
pretty as the stars that shine,
then come with me some evenin',
and I'll show that old girl of mine.

She sleeps on a bed of roses,
dreamin' of the days gone by,
when she and I were sweethearts,
underneath the starlit sky.

[Speech]
Aloha ladies, gentlemen, non-terrestrial lifeforms, and 400-pound pigs named Oink,

For the greater part of the foregoing fortnight, you’ve had your appetence for aural amusement requited by the irrefragably illustrious intoning and vociferant vagary of the SOBs, the Society of Orpheus and Bacchus, livestreaming to you directly from that hotbed of diversity, Yale University, where particular pagans palaver.

If you’ve felt insulted, affronted, set off, infected, indicted, culturally educated, offended or otherwise alienated by our insulse inanities, we earnestly, indifferently apologize. But for those of you who’ve enjoyed the program, run straight home, tear the top off your radio, and air mail it to The Society of Orpheus and Bacchus care of Manuscript Arts and Letters Society, and we’ll send you two life-size glow-in-the-dark statues of orpheus and bacchus. The darker it gets, the brighter they glow. Until then, May the Gods Be With You.

[Shoe]
When she and I were sweethearts (sweethearts),
underneath the starlit sky! (We were underneath the sky!)
Track Name: BONUS TRACK: Ignition (Unremixed)
Now, I don't usually partake in such activities,
but allow me to tickle then I eardrum with a portion of my recomposition.

No I'm not...
tryna be rude,
But hey pretty girl I'm feeling you
The way you do the things you do
Reminds me of my Lexus coupe
That's why I'm all up in your grill
Tryina get you to a hotel
You must be a football coach
The way you got me playing the field

So baby gimme that...toot toot
And emme give you that...beep beep
Running her hands through my 'fro
Bouncing on 24's
While they say on the radio...

It's the remix!
It's the remix to ignition
Hot and fresh out the kitchen
Mama rolling that body
got every man in here wishing
We sippin' on coke and rum
I'm like so what I'm drunk
It's the freaking weekend baby
I'm about to have me some fun
Have me some fun!

Bounce, bounce, bounce, bounce, bounce, bounce, bounce,
bounce, bounce, bounce, we love to bounce!
Bounce, bounce, bounce, bounce, bounce, bounce, bounce,
bounce, bounce, bounce, we love to bounce!

Now it's like...
Murder she wrote
Once I get you out them clothes
Privacy is on the door
Still they can hear you screamin' more
That's why I'm feeling what you feeling
No more hoping and a-wishing
I'm bout to take my key and
Stick it in the ignition

So baby gimme that...toot toot
Lemme give you that...beep beep
Running her hands through my 'fro
Bouncing on 24's
While they say on the radio...

It's still the remix!
It's the remix to ignition
Hot and fresh out the kitchen
Mama rolling that body
Got every man in here wishing
We sippin' on coke and rum
I'm like so what I'm drunk
It's the freaking weekend baby
I'm about to have me some fun
Have me some fun!

[Tag]
Have me some fun!
Have me some fun!
Gonna have some fun!