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Lyr Req: Sister Susie's Sequel!

Steve Parkes 14 Feb 13 - 01:20 PM
Long Firm Freddie 15 Feb 13 - 06:10 AM
Long Firm Freddie 15 Feb 13 - 06:16 AM
GUEST 15 Feb 13 - 10:05 AM
Peter the Squeezer 15 Feb 13 - 10:07 AM
GUEST,leeneia 15 Feb 13 - 10:30 AM
Long Firm Freddie 15 Feb 13 - 11:36 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Sister Susie's Sequel!
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 14 Feb 13 - 01:20 PM

With the centenary of the First World War coming up, I'm brushing up my WWI repertoire for a few performances next year. I've got "Sister Susie's sewing shirts for soldiers" off pat, but I remember hearing a follow-up song which I can't find anywhere now. I don't know if it was written by the original writers, R P Western & H Darewski. Does anyone know the title, and has anyone got a recording or a link I can crib from please?


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Subject: Lyr Add: MOTHER'S SITTING KNITTING LITTLE MITTENS
From: Long Firm Freddie
Date: 15 Feb 13 - 06:10 AM

Is is this one, perhaps? Mittens

MOTHER'S SITTING KNITTING LITTLE MITTENS FOR THE NAVY, words & music: R.P. Weston & Hermann Darewski, 1915, Francis, Day, & Hunter.

    VERSE 1: Why is it Papa's fists are always in his trousers pockets,
                   Why is it that he don't shake hands
                   We'll ask him and he'll tell you that he's holding up his pants.__
                   There are not any bottoms and he dare not take a chance,
                   He has a wife and daughters all good needle women too,
                   But they can't sew on bottoms, they have something else to do.

    CHORUS:   Maud, are making mufflers for Marines,
                      While Minnie winds the wool when they begin,_______
                      Sister Cissy's knitting socks and Susie's sewing shirts for soldiers,
                      still poor Papa props his pants with a Pin______

    VERSE 2: Today poor papa said "Good-bye I'm going to join the army,"
                   The Sargeant looked at him and said,
                   "I think you are too old, and then you stoop a trifle too"___
                   Said Pa, "if you had pins stuck in your back, you would stoop too,
                   I'm only sixty seven and I'd gladly fight for France,
                   Besides that is the best way to get bottoms on my pants."

Cheers

LFF


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sister Susie's Sequel!
From: Long Firm Freddie
Date: 15 Feb 13 - 06:16 AM

Link to the sheet music here.

Cheers

LFF


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Subject: Lyr Add: SUSIE'S SISTER SALLY RUNS A CANTEEN OUT..
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Feb 13 - 10:05 AM

SUSIE'S SISTER SALLY RUNS A CANTEEN OUT IN CALAIS
by Allan Ingram & Victor Royal (1939)

Remember sister Susie and the shirts she used to sew?
When Dad was in the army many years ago.
Well, Susie's got a sister but no shirt tails does she sew,
But let me tell you mister she's the grandest girl we know.

Susie's sister Sally runs a canteen out in Calais,
And everything's "tray bon".
The bugler's soft on Sally so he lets her blow Reveille,
And how they carry on.
Better watch out all you sweethearts over the foam,
Now that they've met Sally they don't want to come home.
Susie's sister Sally runs a canteen out in Calais,
It's ooh la la, oui oui,
With that beautiful Cockney cherie.

Susie's sister Sally runs a canteen out in Calais,
And everything's "tray bon".
The bugler's soft on Sally so he lets her blow Reveille,
And how they carry on.
Sally's giving all the boys the time of their lives,
What a war there's going to be when they meet their wives.
Susie's sister Sally runs a canteen out in Calais,
It's ooh la la, oui oui,
With that beautiful Cockney cherie.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sister Susie's Sequel!
From: Peter the Squeezer
Date: 15 Feb 13 - 10:07 AM

Sorry - that last one was me - cookie broke!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sister Susie's Sequel!
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 15 Feb 13 - 10:30 AM

" We'll ask him and he'll tell you that he's holding up his pants.__
   There are not any bottoms and he dare not take a chance, "

Surely that's supposed to be buttons, not bottoms. I've been sewing clothes since 1962, and I've never heard of pants with bottoms.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sister Susie's Sequel!
From: Long Firm Freddie
Date: 15 Feb 13 - 11:36 AM

Yes, Leenia, you're quite right, the sheet music confirms the correct word is buttons rather than bottoms. Mind you, pants without bottoms would be rather draughty, I fear!

LFF


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sister Susie's Sequel!
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 15 Feb 13 - 12:24 PM

Thanks for these, folks! Even though they're not the actual song I was looking for, they're most gratefully received, and will go into the old kit bag with much pleasure.


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Subject: Lyr Add: MOTHER'S SITTING KNITTING LITTLE MITTENS
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 11 Mar 13 - 02:56 PM

I compared the above lyrics to the sheet music at Brown University's web site, and found, not only the bottom/button confusion, but also that a big chunk of the chorus was missing:


MOTHER'S SITTING KNITTING LITTLE MITTENS FOR THE NAVY
Words and music by R. P. Weston and Hermann Darewski.
New York: T.B. Harms and Francis, Day & Hunter, 1915

VERSE 1: Why is it Papa's fists are always in his trousers pockets?
Why is it that he don't shake hands?
Well, ask him and he'll tell you that he's holding up his pants.
There are not any buttons and he dare not take a chance.
He has a wife and daughters, all good needle women too,
But they can't sew on buttons; they have something else to do:

CHORUS: Mother's sitting knitting little mittens for the Navy.
Bertha's busy bathing baby Belgium refugees,
Sarah's shamming [sic; should be "shaming"?] shirkers making Guernseys for the Gurkhas.
Oh, such busy bees, a-buzzing, oh, so busy!
Maggie, Mol and
Maud are making mufflers for Marines
While Minnie winds the wool when they begin.
Sister Cissy's knitting socks and Susie's sewing shirts for soldiers,
Still poor Papa props his pants up with a pin.

VERSE 2: Today poor papa said, "Good-bye; I'm going to join the army."
The Sergeant looked at him and said:
"I think you are too old, and then you stoop a trifle, too."
Said Pa, "If you had pins stuck in your back, you would stoop too.
I'm only sixty-seven and I'd gladly fight for France.
Besides, that is the best way to get buttons on my pants."


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