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Thread #10884   Message #2417891
Posted By: GUEST,Guest, et
19-Aug-08 - 01:57 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Bread and Gravy
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Bread and Gravy
In the mid-nineteen-thirties, (1933 to 1936 I believe), there was a radio program in New York City titled "Cowboy Tom's Roundup". Performing on the program was Tex Ritter. On a World Transcription of Program 5, Tex Ritter sang Bread and Gravy. His words were:
I've traveled this country all over
I've stopped at the best of hotels
Some are good some are bad some were different
And some were as awful as ---- well
The last one was a lulu
So nice so fine so neat.
Would you wonder that we are still living
When you hear what they gave us to eat.
On Monday we had bread and gravy
On Tuesday 'twas gravy and bread
On Wednesday and Thursday 'twas gravy on toast
That's nothing but gravy and bread
On Friday we said to the landlord
Won't you please give us something instead
So on Saturday morning by way of a change
We had gravy without any bread.

There were three songbooks sold for Cowboy Tom's Roundup, dated between 1933 and 1935, but none of them contained Bread and Gravy.

On August 7, 2008, Los Angeles PBS TV station KCET, broadcast a show "Johnny Cash, The Man, His World, His Music". In this program June Carter and another unknown woman sang Bread and Gravy. Their words were:
On Monday we have bread and gravy
On Tuesday it's gravy and bread
On Wednesday and Thursday it's gravy and toast
But that's only gravy and bread.
On Friday we said to the landlord
Oh please give us something instead
So on Saturday morning by way of a change
We had gravy without any bread.