Eleven to Heaven
DESCRIPTION: "I will sing you 11." 11:gate of heaven, 10:Big Ben, 9:sunshine, 8:day-break, 7:key of heaven, 6:crucifix, 5:narrow eye, 4:narrow door, 3:eternity, 2:broad heresy, 1:upon the right eye, enter over t'other eye, who can sing and dance as well as me?
EARLIEST DATE: 1952 (Peacock)
KEYWORDS: cumulative nonballad religious
FOUND IN: Canada(Newf)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Peacock, p. 785, "Eleven to Heaven" (1 text, 1 tune)
cf. "Children Go Where I Send Thee" (theme and structure)
cf. "Green Grow the Rushes-O (The Twelve Apostles, Come and I Will Sing You)" (theme and structure)
NOTES [48 words]: Roud lumps this with the great "Green Grow the Rushes-O" family -- but the similarity is only in format.
The references here are even less Biblical than is usual in songs like this, though the "narrow door" is doubtless suggested by the "narrow ('straight') gate" of Matt. 7:13, etc. - RBW
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