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Tune Req: Jollity Farm (Leslie Sarony)

GUEST,Steve g 31 May 06 - 06:03 AM
Paul Burke 31 May 06 - 06:53 AM
woodsie 31 May 06 - 06:56 AM
Paul Burke 31 May 06 - 07:19 AM
Joe Offer 31 May 06 - 03:01 PM
GUEST 31 May 06 - 03:16 PM
number 6 31 May 06 - 03:54 PM
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Snuffy 31 May 06 - 04:47 PM
Helen 31 May 06 - 05:10 PM
Joybell 31 May 06 - 06:44 PM
Mick Pearce (MCP) 31 May 06 - 07:08 PM
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Subject: Jollity farm - dots?
From: GUEST,Steve g
Date: 31 May 06 - 06:03 AM

Looking for the sheet music for this - tried dt etc any ideas?

Ta


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Subject: RE: Jollity farm - dots?
From: Paul Burke
Date: 31 May 06 - 06:53 AM

Biggles Wartime Band sing it, so they ought to have it somewhere. Try contacting them if you can stop giggling.


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Subject: RE: Jollity farm - dots?
From: woodsie
Date: 31 May 06 - 06:56 AM

The words and guitar chords are on neil Innes' website See here


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Subject: RE: Jollity farm - dots?
From: Paul Burke
Date: 31 May 06 - 07:19 AM

Biggles sing an extra verse as well as those.


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Subject: Lyr Add: JOLLITY FARM (Leslie Sarony)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 31 May 06 - 03:01 PM

For the record, here are the lyrics, from http://www.neilinnes.org. Is the songwriter neil innes?
-Joe-


Jollity Farm

There's a farm called Misery
But of that, we'll have none
Because we know of one
That's always lots of fun
(Ha! Ha!)

And this one's name is Jollity
Believe me folks, it's great
For everything sings out to us
As we go through the gate

All the little pigs, they grunt and howl
The cats meow
The dogs bow wow
Everybody makes a row
Down on Jollity Farm

All the little pigs, they grunt and howl
(Grunt! Howl! Grunt! Howl!)
The cats meow
(Me-ow! Me-ow!)
The dogs bow wow
(Ruff! Ruff! Ruff! Ruff!)
Everybody makes a row
Down on Jollity Farm

All the little birds go tweet tweet tweet
The lambs all bleat
(Baaaah!)
And shake their feet
Everything's a perfect treat
Down on Jollity Farm

Regular is habit
The cocks begin to crow
(Cock-a-doodle-doo)
And the old buck rabbit
Sings stuff it up your jumper!
Vo doh dee oh

All the little ducks go quack quack quack
The cows all moo
The bull does, too
Everyone says how do you do?
Down on Jollity Farm


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Subject: RE: Jollity farm - dots?
From: GUEST
Date: 31 May 06 - 03:16 PM

"Jollity Farm"
Composer: Leslie Sarony
Publisher: ATV Northern Songs

from

www.abc.net.au/children/ play/grownup/prognote/series152.htm


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Subject: RE: Jollity farm - dots?
From: number 6
Date: 31 May 06 - 03:54 PM

Joe ... the lyrics (which I'm familiar with)that you posted were written by Neil Innes of the Bonzo Dog (doo dah) Band.

sIx


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Subject: RE: Jollity farm - dots?
From: GUEST
Date: 31 May 06 - 04:09 PM

Not according to this, sIx:



British Film Institute



   
35mm, 840 feet, black & white

Director Widgey R. Newman
Production Company De Forest Phonofilms


Cast: Leslie Sarony

Show full cast and credits

"A brace of humorous songs performed by Leslie Sarony.

Show full synopsis
Leslie Sarony, the famed performer and songwriter - whose 'Jollity Farm' was memorably covered by the Bonzo Dog Band - sings these two songs in the style of an on-stage performance, direct to camera, before a backdrop depicting the exterior of a public house. In both cases the performance of the song includes the traditional sing-along chorus during which Sarony exhorts an imaginary audience to join in. Both songs finish with an instrumental chorus and dance."

from

www.screenonline.org.uk/film/id/717089/index.html

or

www.poppyrecords.co.uk/lifebeforevinyl/main.htm

(scroll half way down the page for the reference)

or

"Entertainer and occasional songwriter, active well into his eighties, Leslie Sarony appeared in the 1968 film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. He wrote Don't Do That To The Poor Puss Cat (with Frank Eyton, 1928); Forty-Seven Ginger Headed Sailors (1928); I Lift Up My Finger And I Say "Tweet Tweet" (1929); Mucking About In The Garden (as "Q. Cumber", 1929); Jollity Farm (1930); Over The Garden Wall (with Cecil Harrington, 1930); Rhymes (1931); When The Guards Are On Parade (with Lawrence Wright, as "Horatio Nicholls", 1931); and Ain't It Grand To Be Blooming Well Dead (1932)."

from

www.fredgodfreysongs.ca/Collaborators/leslie_sarony.htm


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Subject: RE: Jollity farm - dots?
From: number 6
Date: 31 May 06 - 04:23 PM

I sit here corrected ... appreciate those true facts Guest.

sIx


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Subject: Lyr Req: Misery Farm
From: Snuffy
Date: 31 May 06 - 04:47 PM

The song was apparently a "follow-on" from the surreally humorous Misery Farm recorded in the 30s by the likes of Al Bowlly.

However, a web search fails to reveal the full lyrics. There are recordings by a John Williamson who would appear to be Australian, and by a group called Current 93. Neither of these sets of lyrics contain the verse with the epic lines:
The sun went down behind yon hill
Six months ago and we're waiting still
We're miserable, ......
Does anyone have the full/original words, please


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Subject: RE: Jollity farm - dots?
From: Helen
Date: 31 May 06 - 05:10 PM

I've seen a video clip on Oz tv of Mick conway (of Captain Matchbox fame) singing Jollity Farm, in a farmyard setting. Aimed at kids, but still a little of that miscievous Conway weirdness.

Helen


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Subject: Lyris add Misery Farm
From: Joybell
Date: 31 May 06 - 06:44 PM

Funny we've been looking both of these songs up just this week. The net seems to be swamped by these words for "Misery Farm". Can't find anything else about it though and I don't know if it's the old version. None of the sites I found it on gave credits. A friend tells me his father (in his 80s) has known it a long time here in Aus.

Misery Farm

We've got a farm, a barn of a farm
Right in the middle of a swamp
There ain't any charm in our little farm
Right in the middle of the swamp

Now nothing's grown since the day we came
Misery Farm is our farm's name!

We're all miserable, so miserable
Down on Misery Farm
So are the animals, so are the vegetables
Down on Misery Farm

The hens won't lay, we can't make hay
We work all day, we get no pay!
We're all miserable, so miserable
Down on Misery Farm

Now we've got a cart, with part of the cart
Stuck in the middle of the swamp
The old grey mare, she looks at it there
Stuck in the middle of the swamp

We'll be digging it out next May
Patching it up for Darby day!

We're miserable, so miserable
Down on Misery Farm
So are the animals, so are the vegetables
Down on Misery Farm

The hens won't lay, We can't make hay
We work all day and we get no pay!
We're miserable, so miserable
Down on Misery Farm

We're miserable, so miserable
Down on Misery Farm
So are the animals, so are the vegetables
Down on Misery Farm

The hens won't lay, we can't make hay
We work all day, we get no pay!
We're miserable, so miserable
Down on Misery Farm.

Cheers, Joy


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Subject: RE: Jollity farm - dots?
From: Mick Pearce (MCP)
Date: 31 May 06 - 07:08 PM

You can hear the Jack Hylton Band do the song (Real Audio) with Leslie Sarony doing the vocals on this page: Jack Hylton Music Downloads (about 40% down page). If I had time I'd transcribe the tune for you, but I'm a bit busy at the moment.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Jollity farm - dots?
From: Snuffy
Date: 31 May 06 - 07:45 PM

That seems to be the Current 93 version, Joy. Here are John Williamson's: does the line Mother can't cook 'cause she's feelin' crook indicate an Antipodean interpolation?

We've got a farm, a barn of a farm
Right in the middle of a swamp
Now there ain't any charm in our little farm
Right in the middle of a swamp

All the hens won't lay, we can't make hay
We work all day and we get no pay
We're all miserable, all so miserable
Down on Misery Farm
So are the animals, so are the vegetables
Down on Misery Farm

Oh there's pigs and sheep all fast asleep
Right in the middle of our room
Mother can't cook 'cause she's feelin' crook
And the straw's warn out on her broom

All the hens won't lay, we can't make hay
We work all day and we get no pay
We're all miserable, all so miserable
Down on Misery Farm
So are the animals, so are the vegetables
Down on Misery Farm


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Subject: RE: Jollity farm - dots?
From: Joybell
Date: 31 May 06 - 08:50 PM

Thanks, Snuffy. Yes "feelin' crook" does sound like us doesn't it.
Snuffy I so wish you could have seen our last play. I had Robin Hood and Little John break into a Morris dance in the middle of their encounter on the plank. Hats and bells supplied by a beautiful Merry Lady. Music by True-love. They were so good.
Cheers, Joy


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Subject: RE: Jollity farm - dots?
From: Artful Codger
Date: 19 Jun 09 - 08:22 PM

"Misery Farm" was written in 1929 by Jay Wallis. I haven't found bibliographic info on him, but the National Library of Australia has a copy of his sheet music for "Misery Farm" dated 1929, published in Melbourne (sadly, no online scan). The song was recorded by Leslie Sarony prior to his writing and recording "Jollity Farm", also in 1929.

YouTube has a 78 sound clip of Tommy Handley singing "Misery Farm"; on very cursory hearing, his lyrics seem a bit different from those posted by Snuffy, at least in the first verse. YouTube also has several clips of "Jollity Farm" from 1929 78's (by Hal Payne, Billy Haymes and Jack Swain).

I'm polishing up some additional lyrics for "Jollity Farm" which I might post here.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Jollity Farm (Leslie Sarony)
From: Ross Campbell
Date: 13 May 11 - 10:47 PM

The Neil Innes attribution in Joe Offer's post above arises from the success of the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band in the late sixties, and the subsequent swamping of internet lyric sites with the Neil Innes association. Though there was much original material from Neil Innes and Vivian Stanshall in the band's repertoire, they also drew on comic music-hall songs from a previous generation of entertainers.

'Jollity Farm' by The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, from their "Gorilla" album, 1967

Ross


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