Songs about the Mail/Post Office/Letters

JRybka
Broadway Legend
joined:11/6/06
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE. I need some serious help. I have a benefit on Saturday for the Harvey Milk Postage Stamp. We are raising money to help get the stamp in his name. We are doing a "Please, Mr. Postman" Benefit and all of our songs are to be about the mail, letters, or postman etc etc. Anyone know of any fabulous songs (broadway or otherwize) about the industry? I prefer Broadway songs and are sung by woman. I already have Vanilla Ice Cream from Shel Loves me. Any suggestions?
"Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion's starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don't see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often it's not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it's always there - fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge - they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I've got a sneaky feeling you'll find that love actually is all around."
Orangesaretuesdays
Stand-by
joined:10/8/10
"The Letter" from a year with frog and Toad.
Shows in 2014: Jan. 2: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at The Shakespeare Theatre.
themysteriousgrowl
Broadway Legend
joined:11/10/10

Well, a large portion of the story in PASSION is told through letters, but I think you mean songs the subject of which is mail/post specifically, so this suggestion is probably of no help whatsoever.

I'll keep thinking.
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JRybka
Broadway Legend
joined:11/6/06
it is for a talent/drag show benefit. And the songs and be done as Letters. Like one of the people is doing the song DEAR ME by Lorrie Morgan.
"Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion's starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don't see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often it's not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it's always there - fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge - they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I've got a sneaky feeling you'll find that love actually is all around."
themysteriousgrowl
Broadway Legend
joined:11/10/10

Oh! Well, "I Wish I Could Forget You" is a dictation of a letter, though that context is only really provided rather late in the song, methinks.

Also, not a showtune, but Leonard Cohen's amazing "Famous Blue Raincoat" is an epistelary song, if not exactly "fabulous" in the traditional sense.
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americanboy99
Broadway Legend
joined:7/27/06
"The Letter" from BILLY ELLIOT.

"Vanilla Ice Cream" from SHE LOVES ME.
"Years from now when you talk about this- and you will- be kind."
themysteriousgrowl
Broadway Legend
joined:11/10/10

OP's got the second one already.
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FunnyGirl617
Chorus Member
joined:4/23/10
"I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter" (jazz standard)-great song-Michael Feinstein sang it in his "Power of Two" show with Cheyenne Jackson

Ones that most likely wouldn't work out of context:
"The Speed Test" from Thoroughly Modern Millie. Not sure this would work for a concert...you kind of need a chorus of tap dancers.
"Letter Song" from The Secret Garden

Oh what's that song from SMILE..."Dear Mom" I think...that might be funny if you're doing a drag show

"Dear Mr. Gable: You Made Me Love You"-sung by Judy Garland...also funny for a drag show
Updated On: 11/18/10 at 06:34 PM
themysteriousgrowl
Broadway Legend
joined:11/10/10

Hells, yeah... a Fats Waller tune, also featured on the soundtrack of AIN'T MISBEHAVIN'.

Excellent.
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ghostlight2
Broadway Legend
joined:12/5/04
PS, I Love You - Various artists

Return to Sender - Elvis

Mailman, Bring me no More Blues - Buddy Holly

the letter - box tops

Stan - eminem (probably not a good choice, but hey...)

Love letters - Young/Heymen, sung by Bonnie Raitt

The Proposal - Titanic (not technically a letter, it;s dictation of a telegram)
Updated On: 11/18/10 at 06:43 PM
SondheimFan5
Broadway Legend
joined:6/20/10
"Here Alone" - Little Women
"How I Am" - Little Women
ghostlight2
Broadway Legend
joined:12/5/04
Signed, Sealed, Delivered - Stevie Wonder
givesmevoice
Broadway Legend
joined:12/2/07
Also from She Loves Me, I Don't Know His Name could work.
When I see the phrase "the ____ estate", I imagine a vast mansion in the country full of monocled men and high-collared women receiving letters about productions across the country and doing spit-takes at whatever they contain. -Kad
ghostlight2
Broadway Legend
joined:12/5/04
Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah - Alan Sherman

Dear Landlord - Dylan

Dear Abby - John Prine

Dear Mrs Roosevelt - Woody Guthrie

Xmas Card From a Hooker in Minneapolis - Tom Waits
Updated On: 11/18/10 at 07:23 PM
B3TA07
Broadway Legend
joined:6/28/05
You could sing the mail song from Blue's Clues.
-Benjamin
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chewy5000
Broadway Legend
joined:12/1/09
Please Mr. Postman
IMHO I see Queenie as being more of a brunette...
ghostlight2
Broadway Legend
joined:12/5/04
Since that's the name of the benefit, I'm guessing they may already have that one :)
AwesomeDanny
Broadway Legend
joined:7/30/09
Well, there's always "A Weekend in the Country" from A Little Night Music.
After Eight
Broadway Legend
joined:6/5/09
"Letters" from "Baker Street."
JMVR
Featured Actor
joined:3/26/04
"The Most Happy Fella" (the song itself) starts with a postman singing about delivering the mail.

Maybe "the wells Frago Wagon" from The Music Man?

"Tell Me on a Sunday" has a lot of letter-writing songs.

Billy Eliott has a letter song as well.
The meat is always leaner on somebody else's dinner plate!
ClapYo'Hands
Broadway Legend
joined:11/29/09
I was gonna say Unexpected Song from Song and Dance/Tell me on a Sunday.
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grandpianoalex
Stand-by
joined:2/15/10
Dear Daddy from BRATT Camp by Bobby Cronin
themysteriousgrowl
Broadway Legend
joined:11/10/10

Oh! DUH! "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh."
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Updated On: 11/19/10 at 11:01 AM
ghostlight2
Broadway Legend
joined:12/5/04
Funny, I had the exact same reaction when I posted that song yesterday (as in "how did I not think of that sooner?").

Dunno how well it would go over with a drag queen singing it though. That was the problem with most of the songs I listed - likely inappropriate for the benefit.

Hope OP gets back to us to tell us what they used.


Eponine3
Understudy
joined:12/7/06
Hi! Good luck with your benefit! I would suggest the song "Summer in Ohio" from THE LAST 5 Years.
musialman
Chorus Member
joined:7/1/09
I would also reccomend Dear Daddy from BRATT Camp.

Beautiful ballad

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUu2c75Qi94

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