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Jim Dixon 01 Dec 18 - 11:05 AM
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Subject: Lyr Add: HOW ASHAMED I WAS (Arthur Askey)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 01 Dec 18 - 11:05 AM

I’ve been investigating the songs of Arthur Askey. I couldn’t find a suitable thread to add this to, so I figured I might as well start a new one. You can hear this song at YouTube.


HOW ASHAMED I WAS
Words and music by Leslie Sarony and Leslie Holmes, 1939.
As recorded by Arthur Askey (1939) on “Top 40 Classics – The Very Best of Arthur Askey”

Somewhere out in France, I met a girl one day.
I was so ashamed because she looked my way.
She said: “Don’t be shy,” and when I saw her charms,
Out as I was answering the call to arms—

I looked her in the eye; how ashamed I was!
I looked her in the eye; how ashamed I was!
I looked her in the eye, but all she did was sigh.
Oh! Cor blimey! how ashamed I was!

I touched her on the hand; how ashamed I was!
I touched her on the hand; how ashamed I was!
I touched her on the hand; she whispered: “Ain’t it grand!”
Ooh! Cor blimey! how ashamed I was!

I kissed her on the lips; how ashamed I was!
I kissed her on the lips; how ashamed I was!
I kissed her on the lips; I tasted fish and chips.
Ooh! Cor blimey! how ashamed I was!

We sat upon the heath; how ashamed I was!
We sat upon the heath; how ashamed I was!
We sat upon the heath; she said: “What’s underneath?”
Ooh! Cor blimey! how ashamed I was!

I stroked her pretty hair; how ashamed I was!
I stroked her pretty hair; how ashamed I was!
She didn’t once complain; said: “Do it once again.”
Ooh! Cor blimey! how ashamed I was!

I took her for a walk; how ashamed I was!
I took her for a walk; how ashamed I was!
I whispered: “Parlez-vous?” She said: “Yes, but not with you.”
Ooh! Cor blimey! how ashamed I was!

I took her on parade; how ashamed I was!
The colonel looked dismayed; how ashamed I was!
The sergeant-major Pott got his tonsils in a knot.
Ooh! Cor blimey! how ashamed I was!
Oh! Cor blimey! how ashamed I was!

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The tune is catchy and the lyrics easy to remember, so this song ought to be popular, but I find it disappointing. Like FIVE NIGHTS DRUNK and its kin, it seems to be building toward some sort of climactic punchline, but the last verse is rather weak. I think the “parlez-vous” verse would be a better ending.

Also, the rhyme scheme breaks down. We have eye/sigh, hand/grand, lips/chips, and heath/underneath, but there is no rhyme for hair or walk. Maybe somebody can improve on this.

As I suspected, there are “hash house” versions to this song.


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