Bring Back Manchester

Bring Back Manchester to Me

Lyrics by Ken and Julie Kendall
(To be sung to the tune of My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean)

Performed on Friday, July 16, 2004 in Manchester at the
IFIP WG 8.2 Dinner in Honor of the Occasion of the 20th Anniversary
Of The Original Manchester Working Conference Of 1984

KEN and JULIE:

My Enid lies over the ocean,
My Rudy lies over the sea,
Guy and Trevor lie over the ocean,
O bring back Manchester to me.

CHORUS (WG 8.2 MEMBERS) REPEATED AFTER EVERY VERSE:

Bring back, bring back, O bring back Manchester to me, to me.
Bring back, bring back, O bring back Manchester to me.

Hans Erik avoided a quagmire,
Frank Land served us all Lyons Tea,
Only a few Positivists among us,
O bring back Manchester to me.

Gordon Davis said “Do quant methods early,”
The Kendalls applied mise-en-scène mispronounced as scene to rhyme,
Most of us talked about methods,
O bring back Manchester to me.

Action research was brought up by Trevor,
Bob Galliers was all strategy,
Bitter was drunk but not spoken,
O bring back Manchester to me.

Heinz and Kalle elaborated on Habermas,
Dick Boland, phe-nom-en-olo-gy,
We didn’t keep numbers (why would we?)
O bring back Manchester to me.

Fourteen of the original authors from the 1984 meeting were present. They joined Ken and Julie onstage and stood behind them, serving as a WG 8.2 chorus.

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