Master “The”

When I was at Massey College at the University of Toronto, I was invited to dine with John Fraser (the master of the college) and several other Junior Fellows. I was, in fact, sitting right next to Master Fraser, and noticed that while all of us Junior Fellows had namecards with our name on it, his only had “The Master.” I asked him, somewhat facetiously, why this was. He answered, just as tongue in cheek, that that was his name. So I wrote this song in honour of the man who sat next to me, whose first name was simply “The.”

Master “The”
by Julie Golick, “The Pocket Bard”
to the tune of “Cruiscin Lan”
November 2005

On a cold and rainy day,
At our master’s fine buffet,
I looked to find my place among the crowd.
The names were written fine,
Save “The Master” next to mine,
He said you can just call me “The, the, the”
He said you can just call me “The.”

Chorus:
Oh, The’s the name we’re after
For our dearest Master
Raise a glass and toast to The, The, The,
Raise a glass and toast to The.

I said, “I never knew,
That in sitting next to you,
I’d find ‘The Master’ was your only name.”
He said, “it’s very clear,
If you’d only lend an ear,
But it’s better if you call me ‘The, The, The’
It’s better if you call me ‘The.'”

Chorus

So if you ever see
Our good Master next to me,
Why don’t you come and say a fast hello?
And though you’d like to say,
“Master Fraser, how’s your day?”
You know now that his name is “The, The, The,”
You know now that his name is “The.”

Chorus

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