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Lyr Req: Fanlight Fanny (George Formby)

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Subject: Fanlight Fanny
From: GUEST,Fleetwood
Date: 01 Jul 00 - 11:00 PM

Does anybody know the words to a song which I believe is entitled "Fanlight Fanny the Frousy Night Club Queen". Part of the lyric goes She waltzes in the west end shops then she waltzes out between two cops


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Fanlight Fanny
From: John in Brisbane
Date: 02 Jul 00 - 06:19 AM

You can find a MIDI of this great George Formby song at http://www.formby54.freeserve.co.uk/fanlight.mid. If you can't find the lyrics in a couple of days I can locate them for you - they're in a Formby collection which I personally don't own. Regards, John


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Fanlight Fanny
From: John in Brisbane
Date: 02 Jul 00 - 06:25 AM

The chords used in Formby songs are always beauties and this is no exception. I note that the guitar chords are a bit easier than those used on the banjo track but they're both a challenge for me ..where is Emsus4 on the fretboard..mumble, mumble. John


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Subject: Lyr Add: FANLIGHT FANNY
From: Micca
Date: 02 Jul 00 - 10:02 AM

This is as much as I can remember at the moment it is the first verse and the latter part of the second.. learned from the singing of Clinton Ford..

FANLIGHT FANNY

Up the West End that's the best end
Where the nightclubs shine
Down in to a dive you go
There you'll find her She's a has-been
Has been lord knows what
Every night she's there on show
She dances underneath a magic spell
She's full of charm and gin and scotch as well
Every morning at the break of day
They call for the dustcart and they cart away
Fanlight Fanny the frowsey nightclub queen

by day youll say its her second time on earth
She waltz's into the West End shops
And Waltz's out again between two cops
Fanlight Fanny the frowsey nightclub queen


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Fanlight Fanny
From: Murray MacLeod
Date: 02 Jul 00 - 01:20 PM

This brings back memories of childhood TV shows, the Billy Cotton Band show and the Black and White Minstrel show. Clinton Ford had some wonderful songs, anyone know any more?

Murray


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Fanlight Fanny
From: Ritchie
Date: 03 Jul 00 - 06:02 AM

Clinton Ford had some wonderful waistcoats....,

regards Ritchie.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Fanlight Fanny
From: Snuffy
Date: 03 Jul 00 - 08:30 AM

A few fragments I dimly remember

She looks swell in the line
A queen all the time
You get your money's worth
By day
You'll say
Its her second time on earth


When she's dressed
She's like Mae West
She wears two saucepan lids upon her chest
Fanlight Fanny the frowsey nightclub queen

If more people contribute bits we might eventually get the whole song.

Wassail! V


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Subject: Lyr Add: FANLIGHT FANNY (Cliffe/Formby/Gifford)
From: GUEST,bigJ
Date: 03 Jul 00 - 04:09 PM

Here's how George Formby sings it on a splendid compilation double CD set issued in 1997 on the Pulse label PDS547.

Fanlight Fanny

Up the west end, that's the best end where the night-clubs thrive,
Down into a dive you go.
There's a jazz queen she's a has-been, has been Lord knows what!
Every night she's there on show.
She dances underneath a magic spell, she's full of charm and beer and stout as well.
She's sixty-six but looks sixteen, her friends don't know her now her face is clean.
Fanlight Fanny the frowsey night-club queen.
See her glide around the floor, then glide around into the pub next door.
Fanlight Fanny the frowsey night-club queen.
She looks well in the lime, a queen all the time, you get your money's worth.
By day you'd say, it's her second time on earth.

She waltzes in the West-End shops then waltzes out in between two cops.
Fanlight Fanny the frowsey night-club queen.
She's a peach but understand she's called a peach because she's always canned.
Fanlight Fanny the frowsey night-club queen.
When she's dressed she's like Mae West, she wears two saucepan lids upon her chest.
Fanlight Fanny the frowsey night-club queen.
She looks well in the lime, a queen all the time, you get your money's worth.
By day you'd say, it's her second time on earth.

Every morn at the break of day, they call for the empties and they cart away,
Fanlight Fanny the frowsey night-club queen.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Fanlight Fanny
From: Murray MacLeod
Date: 03 Jul 00 - 08:30 PM

Would anyone care to supply the chords to this song ? I know it is in a minor key but I cannot remember exactly how it goes. I am sure the chords would trigger the memory

Murray


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Fanlight Fanny
From: John in Brisbane
Date: 03 Jul 00 - 09:47 PM

As per my thread above I've worked out the chords for guitar and I'll now try to interpolate these with the lyrics. If you really know your jazz chords it's not too hard, plenty of diminhed, Minor sus4 and a few 5ths. (I've done the banjo chords as well but they're extremely complex and probably only of interest to specialist uke players). Regards, John


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Subject: Lyr/Chords Add: FANLIGHT FANNY
From: John in Brisbane
Date: 04 Jul 00 - 02:55 AM

These are the guitar chords plucked straight from the MIDI rendition I referred to above. You may may need to use a bit of licence as to the exact timing of the chords, but they should all be there. You should be able to play along with the MIDI to your heart's content - the MIDI has a couple of extra verses and middle eight once you get through all the lyrics. Regards, John

Let's see if this formats correctly?

Fanlight Fanny (Guitar Backing)

Dm     Esus4     Dm         Esus4   Dm                     F

Up the west end, that's the best end where the night-clubs thrive,

C7   Adim   C7       Csus4

Down into a dive you go.

Dm         Esus4     Dm      Esus4     Dm                  F

There's a jazz queen she's a has-been, has been Lord knows what!

C7    Adim        C7       Csus4

Every night she's there on show.

Adim Am         F       Cm    Bb     Dm         Bdim    Bm        G

She dances underneath a magic spell,      she's full of charm and beer

             G7_________________C7

and stout as well.

      Dm                  F            Dm 

She's sixty-six but looks sixteen, her friends don't know her now her

Dm

face is clean.

C7       Adim      C7      Gmsus4     Csus4

Fanlight Fanny the frowsey night-club queen.

        Dm               F

See her glide around the floor,

     Dm

then glide around into the pub next door.

C7       Adim      C7      Gmsus4     Csus4

Fanlight Fanny the frowsey night-club queen.

          Dm          E5      Dm            E5

She looks well in the lime, a queen all the time,

    Dm               Esus4

you get your money's worth.

C7 Cdim Dm7   Bdim C7

By day  you'd say, it's her second time on earth.

          Dm             F                   Dm             F

She waltzes in the West-End shops then waltzes out in between two cops.

C7       Adim      C7      Gmsus4     Csus4

Fanlight Fanny the frowsey night-club queen.

                    Dm        F                Dm            

She's a peach but understand she's called a peach

        F

because she's always canned.

C7       Adim      C7      Gmsus4     Csus4

Fanlight Fanny the frowsey night-club queen.

           Dm            F

When she's dressed she's like Mae West,

    Dm                      F

she wears two saucepan lids upon her chest.

C7       Adim      C7      Gmsus4     Csus4

Fanlight Fanny the frowsey night-club queen.

          Dm          E5      Dm            E5

She looks well in the lime, a queen all the time,

    Dm               Esus4

you get your money's worth.

C7 Cdim Dm7   Bdim C7

By day  you'd say, it's her second time on earth.

      Dm          F

Every morn at the break of day,

     Dm                   F

they call for the empties and they cart away,

C7       Adim      C7      Gmsus4     Csus4__F__Csus4__F

Fanlight Fanny the frowsey night-club queen.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Fanlight Fanny
From: Murray MacLeod
Date: 04 Jul 00 - 09:39 AM

Thanks John, this will keep me busy for some time !

Murray


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Fanlight Fanny
From: Micca
Date: 04 Jul 00 - 01:30 PM

Thanks John , for the complete words, it has filled in a few significant gaps for me, many thanks...sorry, i just have weakness for silly and funny songs...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Fanlight Fanny
From: GUEST,Roger the skiffle
Date: 07 Jul 00 - 06:53 AM

Is Clinton Ford still performing? I remember him doing songs with the Merseysippi Jazz band and he also did Old Shep before the success with vaudeville songs.
BTW the Merseysippi JB, who are still going after may years, have a new CD out with a mix of old and new band members called (and I can identify with this!) "Senior Moments". [They say when you get old three things happen, you lose your memory ...and I've forgotten the other two!.]
RtS


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Fanlight Fanny
From: GUEST,A fan (no pun intended)
Date: 22 Jan 04 - 12:56 PM

Just for the record. It's actualy Fan Dance Fanny - the frousy night club queen not Fanlight Fanny. I might be wrong in this but I believe that it is a tribute to Fanny Brice - Actress and part time follies dancer see more at www.musicals101.com/brice.htm
Lots of songs, 57 in fact, are available on the Clinton Ford run to the door double CD. I got it from Amazon.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Fanlight Fanny
From: Charley Noble
Date: 22 Jan 04 - 01:16 PM

Makes more sense if that's important.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Fanlight Fanny
From: Murray MacLeod
Date: 23 Jan 04 - 04:09 AM

"Fandance Fanny" ? I don't think so.

George Formby recorded it as "Fanlight Fanny", and Clinton Ford did too.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Fanlight Fanny
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 23 Jan 04 - 04:19 AM

BTW There's also a CD of Clinton Ford singing with the Alan Elsdon Band: "Clinton Sings, Alan Swings".

RtS


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Fanlight Fanny
From: Murray MacLeod
Date: 23 Jan 04 - 07:35 AM

btw, as far as GUEST A Fan's other dodgy hypothesis is concerned, if Fanlight Fanny is a tribute to Fanny Brice, then Bernard Wrigley wrote "The Ballad of Knocking Nellie" as a tribute to Dame Nellie Melba ....


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Fanlight Fanny
From: Mr Happy
Date: 23 Jan 04 - 08:20 AM

See also this thread:thread.cfm?threadid=49812#753766


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Fanlight Fanny
From: GUEST,M V
Date: 06 Jul 07 - 05:44 AM

I was thrilled to find that there were others also who enjoyed the Clinton Ford songs, but apart from 'Fanlight Fanny' what were the other comedy songs he sang. They were regularly played on 'Family Favourites' on BBC Radio. Also until I came across this site I couldn't remember his name; I just typed in 'Fanlight Fanny' and up popped this site, so thank you all, MV


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Fanlight Fanny (George Formby)
From: GUEST,vena
Date: 10 Jul 07 - 05:19 PM

I must have played this song on my ipod 400 times and it makes me smile every time. The crackle on the recording makes it even better.I played it on the beach in Tenerife and cheered them up there too.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Fanlight Fanny (George Formby)
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 10 Jul 07 - 08:29 PM

Clinton used to do a song with limericks

There was a young fellow named Paul
Did a turn on the music halls
His favourite trick
Was to stand on a stick
And wiggle around on his.....
          That was a cute little song
          Sing us another one, do!

Don't remember him on Family Favourites. but he used to sing on those programmes that were on the radio as you got home from school - about 4.30 -5pm. He may have been a guest on Pop Goes the Beatles. that same era. the other name that springs to mind out of that lot, is Brad Newman, who covered the Bobby Darin hit 'Multiplication'.

I also seem to remember Clinton doing Formby's Auntie Maggie's Remedy.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Fanlight Fanny (George Formby)
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 11 Jul 07 - 05:35 AM

'if Fanlight Fanny is a tribute to Fanny Brice, then Bernard Wrigley wrote "The Ballad of Knocking Nellie" as a tribute to Dame Nellie Melba .... '

So its just a generalised sort of Fanny, to Fannies everywhere....?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Fanlight Fanny (George Formby)
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 11 Jul 07 - 10:46 AM

Here's George Formby singing Fanlight Fanny on YouTube.


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Subject: Lyr Add: FANLIGHT FANNY (George Formby)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 12 Jul 07 - 08:11 PM

Here's how George Formby sings it in the video that McGrath linked to. I have italicized the lyrics that don't appear in the version posted above.


FANLIGHT FANNY
Written by Fred E. Cliffe, Harry Gifford & George Formby
As performed by George Formby in "Trouble Brewing" (1939)

Up the West End, that's the best end, where the nightclubs thrive,
Down into a dive you go.
Now, there's a jazz queen. She's a has-been, has been Lord knows what!
Ev'ry night she's there on show.
She dances underneath a magic spell.
She's full of charm and beer and stout as well.

She's sixty-six but she looks sixteen.
Her friends don't know her now her face is clean.
That's Fanlight Fanny, the frowsy nightclub queen.
See her glide around the floor,
Then glide around into the pub next door.
That's Fanlight Fanny, the frowsy nightclub queen.

She looks well in the lime, a queen all the time; you get your money's worth.
By day you'd say, it's her second time on earth.
Ev'ry morn at the break of day,
They call for the empties and they cart away
Fanlight Fanny, the frowsy nightclub queen.

By tecs she's followed, and when she's collared, the judge she always cheats.
Twice a month, two weeks she'll do.
She's often boasted she's been toasted, toasted by her friends.
She ought to be cremated, too.
You can't tell if she's brunette or a blonde.
She's like something you'd drag out of a pond.


Now, she's a peach, but understand,
She's called a peach because she's always canned.
That's Fanlight Fanny, the frowsy nightclub queen.
When she's dressed, she's like Mae West.
She wears two saucepan lids upon her chest.
That's Fanlight Fanny, the frowsy nightclub queen.

She looks well in the lime, a queen all the time; you get your money's worth.
By day you'd say, it's her second time on earth.
She waltzes in the West-End shops,
Then she waltzes out in between two cops.
That's Fanlight Fanny, the frowsy nightclub queen.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Fanlight Fanny (George Formby)
From: GUEST,R from E17
Date: 27 Dec 08 - 01:31 PM

Swell in the lime

The judge she always cheeks

Also : the songbook has gin and scotch for beer and stout


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Fanlight Fanny (George Formby)
From: GUEST,Trev from Oz
Date: 24 Jun 09 - 09:00 PM

I have a double compilation CD of Clinton Ford's with Run To The Door on it and a great many other ones he made famous and I have to say that yes he definitely sings FANDANCE Fanny, not FANLIGHT Fanny. This is the "Clinton The Clown" Pye recording with George Chisholm, with My Baby's Wild About My Old Trombone, He Played His Ukulele As The Ship Went Down and the wonderful The Night I Appeared As Macbeth among others.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Fanlight Fanny (George Formby)
From: GUEST,Stunned Mullet
Date: 24 Jun 09 - 09:08 PM

I have that one also. I love that stuff.

Does anyone have the lyrics (and indeed the chords!)for She's Got The Biggest Balalaika In The Balkans? I can work out most of it, but there's a couple of words in there that frankly sound made-up!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Fanlight Fanny (George Formby)
From: GUEST
Date: 25 Jun 09 - 03:04 AM

This is a recordng of Clinton Ford singing "Fanlight Fanny", the definitive version (other than George Formby's of course) which reached no. 22 in the charts in the UK, and you can hear quite distinctly that he is singing FANLIGHT Fanny, and not Fandance Fanny


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Fanlight Fanny (George Formby)
From: Murray MacLeod
Date: 25 Jun 09 - 03:05 AM

that's me above ...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Fanlight Fanny (George Formby)
From: GUEST,Trev from Oz
Date: 26 Jun 09 - 02:03 AM

Hi Murray,
Yes, I'm aware of that one, but all I'm saying is in the particular version that I have he sings Fandance and not Fanlight. It's even printed on the track listing as Fandance Fanny. Perhaps it's a copyright thing? I don't know, words change I guess, as do the arrangements. I would imagine though Fanlight to be the original lyric, but why it was changed for that recording is anyone's guess... I guess!
Cheers,
Trev


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Subject: Fanlight / Fandance Fanny
From: GUEST,Stephen Wright
Date: 10 Nov 09 - 02:53 PM

Clinton Ford, who sadly passed away on 21st October 2009 recorded the song in two versions. The UK chart version on Oriole (1962) was 'Fanlight Fanny', a song originally co-written and performed by George Formby.
The later second version 'Fandance Fanny' Clinton recorded for Piccadilly in 1968, and according to the sleeve notes from the 'Run To The Door' CD, George Formby sang 'Fandance Fanny' in the 1939 film 'Trouble Brewing'.
I haven't had the opportunity to confirm this film version, but Clinton did indeed record two different versions of the song, but I have no idea why. It could simply be that one version was for the UK market and one for the US, but I am only guessing here. I can't imagine it was a copyright issue though, as many artists re-record songs if they change labels.

Steve.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Fanlight Fanny (George Formby)
From: Murray MacLeod
Date: 10 Nov 09 - 04:47 PM

Subject: Fanlight / Fandance Fanny
From: GUEST,Stephen Wright - PM
Date: 10 Nov 09 - 02:53 PM

..." George Formby sang 'Fandance Fanny' in the 1939 film 'Trouble Brewing'...


oh no he didn't, as you can see if you check the link to the Youtube clip which McGrath of Harlow posted above on 11 Jul 2007.

He sang Fanlight Fanny


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Fanlight Fanny (George Formby)
From: cptsnapper
Date: 10 Nov 09 - 10:28 PM

Russell Davies played the Fandance version on his Radio 2 show last Sunday evening as part of a tribute to Clinton. He also played " The Night I Appeared As Macbeth " which I'd not heard before and which I'm still chuckling about.


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Subject: Fanlight / Fandance Fanny
From: GUEST,Stephen Wright
Date: 12 Nov 09 - 05:59 PM

Yes I heard the Radio 2 show myself, and like yourself enjoyed 'Macbeth'. This is why I dug out the 'Run To The Door' CD to play the track again, and I have just returned to it to check out which version the sleeve notes writer reckoned was in the film 'Trouble Brewing'.

I don't know the film, which is why I said that I hadn't had the opportunity to confirm the film version, but Murray, I am sure that you are correct. I was just quoting from (BBC Radio Merseyside Presenter) Spencer Leigh's liner notes where it clearly states Fandance and not Fanlight. I guess this must just be a typo, as I guess that it is quite easy to mix the two up.

I just wish that someone would release all of the original Oriole singles on CD for our listening pleasure..........


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Fanlight Fanny (George Formby)
From: GUEST,d_luter
Date: 25 Dec 09 - 02:11 PM

On 24th June 09, Stunned Mullet asked about a song called "She's got the biggest balaika in the Balkans." I too have been searching for information on that song. Also, I'm looking for info on a Brit singer from the 50's named Bill Williams, who recorded that song. Anybody know anything about him or the song?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Fanlight Fanny (George Formby)
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 26 Dec 09 - 10:55 AM

"The Biggest Balalaika In The World" is on a Clinton Ford CD


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Fanlight Fanny (George Formby)
From: GUEST,Boo Long
Date: 14 May 11 - 07:10 PM

I wonder if 'Fandance Fanny' might be an altered version for American audiences?   The detail thet makes me thik this is "swell in the lime" (swell = American English) versus "well in the lime" (well = English, and particularly Lancashire English)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Fanlight Fanny (George Formby)
From: GUEST,jaimep
Date: 19 Apr 12 - 08:08 PM

I know a girl of Russion birth
she lives beside the Volga
the sailors think she's beautiful...
they call her, vulga Ulga, and...

She's got the biggest Balalikas in theBalkans
and her chelo is imaculately made,
and her beautiful marakkas would drive any Russion crackers
so she keeps her minishrider (?) in the shade,
she's got the biggest balalikas in the world...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Fanlight Fanny (George Formby)
From: GUEST
Date: 29 Oct 12 - 07:35 AM

There is a girl of russian birth
She lives beside the volga
The sailors think she's beautiful
They call her Volga Olga

In spite of this she won my heart
Because of her collection
Of Cellos, basses, flutes and drums
And musical brass sections

And....

She's got the biggest balalaika in the Balkans
It's so beautiful it almost is a crime
She's also got a sitar like a geetar only sweetah
and the biggest balalaika of all time

And to let her men friends see 'em
She puts them in a museum
Where she sets them out so beautiful and nice
And they're there for all to see
If you will pay her one and three
Except for tourists when she doubles up the price.

She's got he biggest balalaika in the balkans
And her cello is immaculately made
And her beautiful maraccas would drive any russian crackers
So she leaves her nearest rivals in the shade
She's got the biggest balalaika ever made
She's got the biggest balalaika in the world


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE BIGGEST BALALAIKA IN THE BALKANS
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 29 Oct 12 - 08:45 AM

Sorry I couldn't find a recording by George Formby to authenticate these lyrics, but I found the next best thing, I suppose, on Spotify:


THE BIGGEST BALALAIKA IN THE BALKANS
As sung by Clinton Ford on "Run to the Door: The Piccadilly/Pye Anthology"

A girl I know of Russian birth; she lives beside the Volga.
The sailors think she's beautiful; they call her Volga Olga.
In spite of this, she won my heart because of her collection
Of cellos, basses, flutes and drums and musical cross-sections.

And—she's got the biggest balalaika in the Balkans.
It's so beautiful it almost seems a crime,
And for just a bob or two,
She'll gladly show it off to you.
She's got the biggest balalaika of all time.

She's got the biggest balalaika in the Balkans,
And it even makes Kosygin stop and stare.
She has also got a sitar
Like a guitar* only sweeter*
Than the biggest balalaika anywhere.

And yet to let her men friends see 'em,
She keeps them in a museum,
Where she sets them out so beautiful and nice,
And they're there for all to see
If you will pay her one and three,
Except for tourists when she doubles up the price.

She's got he biggest balalaika in the Balkans,
But I think you should resist her fatal charm,
For although it's light and airy,
It is only temporary.
In the long run it could do a lot of harm.

And if you should admire her assets,
She will show you all their facets,
But please be warned it might make you unsafe,
For if you give her a ruble,
It could lead you into trouble.*
It will bring you to dishonor and disgrace.

She's got the biggest balalaika in the Balkans,
And her cello is immaculately made,
And her beautiful maracas
Would drive any Russian crackers,*
So she puts her nearest rivals in the shade.
She's got the biggest balalaika ever made.
She's got the biggest balalaika in the world.


[* Ford distorts the pronunciation of these words to force a rhyme.]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Fanlight Fanny (George Formby)
From: GUEST,jaimep
Date: 30 May 13 - 05:49 AM

LOL!

Wonderful, thank you Jim and guest.

My memories of the song come from over forty years/probably nearer fifty ago when my father used to sing it to me as a young boy. He sang the 'Navy' version, large sections of which were unclear and mumbled or he appeared to have 'forgotten' the words. Unrepeatable in front of a child I now suspect...

Good to read the real words though as I still occasionally sing the song to myself (and my children as it happens!)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Fanlight Fanny (George Formby)
From: GUEST,Eliza
Date: 30 May 13 - 06:13 PM

Just go to Youtube and type in George Formby. He sings the whole song and you can hear the words very clearly.


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