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GET UP JACK! JOHN, SIT DOWNwn
GET UP, JACK! JOHN, SIT DOWN!
JOLLY ROVING TAR


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Subject: DTStudy: Get Up, Jack! John, Sit Down!
From: Joe Offer
Date: 21 Nov 06 - 08:46 PM

This is an edited DTStudy thread, and all messages posted here are subject to editing and deletion.
This thread is intended to serve as a forum for corrections and annotations for the Digital Tradition song named in the title of this thread.

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The thread on My Jolly Roving Tar is getting a lot of discussion of "Get Up, Jack! John, Sit Down!" which, for reasons that are completely understandable, is also called "Jolly Roving Tar." Maybe we should explore "Jack" and see what we can find about it.
There are two versions in the DT:

GET UP JACK! JOHN, SIT DOWNwn

Ships may come and ships may go
As long as the sea does roll.
Each sailor lad just like his dad,
He loves the flowing bowl.
A trip ashore he does adore
With a girl that's plump and round.
When your money's all gone
It's the same old song,
``Get up Jack! John, sit down!''

Come along, come along, You jolly brave boys,
There's lots of grog in the jar.
We'll plough the briny ocean
With the jolly roving tar.
When Jack gets in, it's then he'll steer
For some old boarding house.
They'll welcome him with run and gin,
They'll feed him on pork scouse.
He'll lend and spend and not offend
Till he lies drunk on the ground
When...

He then will sail aboard some ship
For India or Japan
In Asia there, the ladies fair
All love the sailor men.
He'll go ashore and on a tear
He'll buy some girl a gown.
When...
When Jack gets old and weatherbeat,
Too old to roam about,
In some rum shop, they'll let him stop
Till eight bells calls him out.
He'll raise his eyes up to the skies,
Sayin' ``Boys, we're homeward bound.''
When...

collected by Frank Warner from Lena Bourne Fish
Recorded by Frank Warner, Jeff Warner
filename[ JACKJOHN
TUNE FILE: JACKJOHN
CLICK TO PLAY
BR

GET UP, JACK! JOHN, SIT DOWN!

Oh, the ships will come and the ships will go,
As long as waves do roll
The sailor lad, likewise his dad,
He loves the flowing bowl:
A lass ashore we do adore,
One that is plump and round, round, round.
When the money is gone, it's the same old song,
Get up, Jack! John, sit down!

Chorus:
Singing, Hey! laddie, ho! laddie,
Swing the capstan 'round,'round,'round
When the money is gone it's the same old song,
Get up, Jack! John, sit down!

[I] go and take a trip in a man-o'-war
To China or Japan,
In Asia, there are ladies fair
Who love the sailorman.
When Jack and Joe palavers, 0,
And buy the girls a gown, gown, gown.
When the money is gone it's the same old song,
Get up, Jack! John, sit down!

When Jack is ashore he beats his way
Towards some boarding-house:
He's welcome in with his rum and gin,
And he's fed with pork and s[c]ouse:
For he'll spend and spend and never offend
But he'll lay drunk on the ground, ground, ground
When my money is gone it's the same old song:
Get up, Jack! John, sit down!

When Jack is old and weatherbeat,
Too old to roustabout,
In some rum-shop they'll let him stop,
At eight bells he's turned out.
Then he cries, he cries up to the skies:
I'll soon be homeward bound, bound, bound."
When my money is gone it's the same old song:
Get up, Jack! John, sit down!

From American Ballads and Folk Songs, Lomax
This song was sung and written down by John Thomas, a Welch sailor
on the Philadelphia, in 1896
@sailor @age @drink
filename[ GETUPJCK
RG


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Here's the Traditional Ballad Index entry on this song:

Get Up, Jack! John, Sit Down!

DESCRIPTION: A song of the eternal tasks of the sailor, repeated from generation to generation. The sailors all enjoy their rum, find girls in the towns, get drunk, spend their money, and have to return to sea, as their fathers did before him.
AUTHOR: Words: Edward Harrigan / Music: David Braham
EARLIEST DATE: 1885 ("Old Lavender")
KEYWORDS: sailor work drink
FOUND IN: US(MA,NE)
REFERENCES (5 citations):
Warner 71, "The Jolly Roving Tar" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lomax-FSNA 33, "Get Up, Jack" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lomax-ABFS, pp. 493-494, "Get Up, Jack! John, Sit Down!" (1 text)
Shay-SeaSongs, pp. 147-148, "Homeward Bound" (1 text, 1 tune, filed by Roud with "Homeward Bound (I)," but without the chorus of that song and with mention of Jack and John in the final verse; it may be mixed)
DT, GETUPJCK JACKJOHN

Roud #2807
RECORDINGS:
Stanley Baby, "Homeward Bound" (on GreatLakes1)
ALTERNATE TITLES:
Outward Bound
Notes: Reportedly written by Edward Harrigan and his father-in-law David Braham for the play "Old Lavender," which is listed as premiering September 1, 1885. (Information supplied by Philip Harrigan Sheedy.) The song has since entered oral tradition, as known versions exhibit significant variations. - DGE, RBW
File: Wa071

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The Ballad Index Copyright 2006 by Robert B. Waltz and David G. Engle.


Note: the song in Shay, "Homeward Bound," was posted in this thread (click). The ballad index included the song in the "Get Up Jack" entry because Roud included it, even though Roud may be mistaken.
Anybody have other versions, corrections to the DT lyrics?
I thought Jolly Roving Tar was the name of Jack's ship - am I wrong?


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Subject: DT Correction: Get Up, Jack! John, Sit Down!
From: Joe Offer
Date: 21 Nov 06 - 09:58 PM

Here's a corrected transcription of the Warner version, from Traditional American Folk Songs from the Anne & Frank Warner Collection, #71.

GET UP JACK! JOHN, SIT DOWN
(The Jolly Roving Tar)

Ships may come and ships may go
As long as the sea does roll.
Each sailor lad just like his dad,
He loves the flowing bowl.
A trip ashore he does adore
With a girl that's plump and round.
When your money's gone
It's the same old song,
"Get up Jack! John, sit down!"

CHORUS
Come along, come along, You jolly brave boys,
There's lots of grog in the jar.
We'll plough the briny ocean
With the jolly roving tar.

When Jack gets in, it's then he steers
For some old boarding house.
He's welcomed in with run and gin,
They feed him on pork souse.
He'll lend and spend and not offend
Till he lies drunk on the ground
When your money's gone
It's the same old song,
"Get up Jack! John, sit down!"
CHORUS

He then will sail aboard some ship
For India or Japan,
In Asia there, the ladies fair
All love the sailor men.
He'll go ashore and on a tear
And buy some girl a gown.
When your money's gone
It's the same old song,
"Get up Jack! John, sit down!"
CHORUS

When Jack gets old and weather-beat,
Too old to roam about,
In some rum shop, they'll let him stop
Till eight bells calls him out.
He'll raise his eyes up to the skies,
Saying, "Boys, we're homeward bound."
When your money's gone
It's the same old song,
"Get up Jack! John, sit down!"
CHORUS

collected by Frank Warner from Lena Bourne Fish, 1940
This version is titled "The Jolly Roving Tar" in Traditional American Folk Songs from the Anne & Frank Warner Collection, #71
Recorded by Frank Warner, Jeff Warner
filename[ JACKJOHN
TUNE FILE: JACKJOHN
CLICK TO PLAY
BR

On The first CD from the Warner Collection, Her Bright Smile Haunts Me Still, Lena Bourne Fish sings only the first two verses. Here's the difference in the way she sings it on the CD:
    When his money's gone
    It's the same old song,
    "Get up Jack! John, sit down!"

    CHORUS
    Come along, come along, You jolly brave boys,
    There's lots of grog in the jar.
    We'll plough the briny ocean
    With my jolly roving tar.
Fish was recorded by Warner in 1940. The CD notes refer to an earlier version, written in New York City by Edward Harrigan and Dave Barham, in 1885.


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Subject: DT Correction: Get Up, Jack! John, Sit Down!
From: Joe Offer
Date: 21 Nov 06 - 10:21 PM

Here are minor corrections to the Lomax version in the DT, from American Ballads and Folk Songs (1934)

GET UP, JACK! JOHN, SIT DOWN!

Oh, the ships will come and the ships will go,
As long as waves do roll:
The sailor lad, likewise his dad,
He loves the flowing bowl:
A lass ashore we do adore,
One that is plump and round, round, round.
When the money is gone, it's the same old song,
Get up, Jack! John, sit down!

Chorus:
Singing, Hey! laddie, ho! laddie,
Swing the capstan 'round,'round,'round
When the money is gone it's the same old song,
Get up, Jack! John, sit down!

[I] go and take a trip in a man-o'-war
To China or Japan,
In Asia, there are ladies fair
Who love the sailorman.
When Jack and Joe palavers, O,
And buy the girls a gown, gown, gown.
When the money is gone it's the same old song,
Get up, Jack! John, sit down!

When Jack is ashore he beats his way
Towards some boarding-house:
He's welcome in with his rum and gin,
And he's fed with pork and s[c]ouse:
For he'll spend and spend and never offend
But he'll lay drunk on the ground, ground, ground:
When my money is gone it's the same old song:
Get up, Jack! John, sit down!

When Jack is old and weatherbeat,
Too old to roustabout,
In some rum-shop they'll let him stop,
At eight bells he's turned out.
Then he cries, he cries up to the skies:
"I'll soon be homeward bound, bound, bound."
When my money is gone it's the same old song:
Get up, Jack! John, sit down!

From American Ballads and Folk Songs, Lomax
This song was sung and written down by John Thomas, a Welsh sailor
on the Philadelphian, in 1896
@sailor @age @drink
filename[ GETUPJCK
RG

There's no tune in the Lomax book.


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Subject: ADD Version: Get Up, Jack! John, Sit Down!
From: Joe Offer
Date: 21 Nov 06 - 10:46 PM

The version in The Folk Songs of North America (Alan Lomax, 1960) [song #33,with tune], appears to be a combination of the previous Lomax and Warner versions:

Get Up, Jack

Ships may come and ships may go, as long as the sea does roll,
Each sailor lad, likewise his dad, he loves that flowing bowl.
A lass ashore he does adore, one that is plump and round,
But when his money is gone, it's the same old song.
Get up, Jack! John, sit down!'

CHORUS:
Come along, come along, my jolly brave tars,
There's lots of grog in the jar,
We'll plough the briny ocean
With those jolly roving tars.

When Jack's ashore, he beats his way to some boarding-house,
He's welcomed in with rum and girl, likewise with port and souse,
He'll spend and spend and never offend, till he lies drunk on the ground,
But when his money is gone, it's the same old song—
Get up, Jack! John, sit down!'
CHORUS

Now when Jack is old and weather-beat, too old to knock about,
In some grogshop they'll let him stop, till eight bells he's turned out.
Then he cries and he sighs right up to the skies: 'Good Lord, I'm homeward bound,'
For when your money is gone, it's the same old song—
Get up, Jack! John, sit down!'
CHORUS


The tune appears to be very similar to the one in Warner.


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Subject: ADD Version: Get Up, Jack! John, Sit Down!
From: Joe Offer
Date: 21 Nov 06 - 11:12 PM

Here's one from the Levy Sheet Music Collection. Most likely, this is the original, since it was published in 1885.

Get Up, Jack, John, Sit Down!
Words by Edward Harrigan
Music by Dave Braham
(as sung in Edward Harrigan's local drama, Old Lavender)

Oh, ships will come and ships will go as long as waves do roll;
Each sailor lad, likewise his dad, will love the flowing bowl.
Afloat, ashore, they do adore a lass that's plump and roun';
When the money's gone 'tis the same old song,
Get up, Jack, John, sit down.

CHORUS:
Heigh, laddie, Ho, laddie. Swing the capstan 'roun';
When the money's gone, 'tis the same old song,
Get up, Jack, John, sit down.

An old sheath-kinfe and souwester are staunch old friends at night;
A glass o' grog, in rain or fog, will steer a sailor right.
From old Brazil to Bunker Hill we, scatter dollars roun';
When the money's gone 'tis the same old song,
Get up, Jack, John, sit down.
CHORUS

Go take a cruise on men o' war to China or Japan;
In Asia there the maidens fair, all love a sailor man;
While Tom and Joe palaver oh, and buy the girls a gown;
When the money's gone 'tis the same old song,
Get up, Jack, John, sit down.
CHORUS

When Jack's ashore, oh, then he steers to some old boarding house,
He's welcomed in with rum and gin, and fed on pork and souse;
He'll spend and lend, and ne'er offend, and lay drunk on the groun';
When the money's gone 'tis the same old song,
Get up, Jack, John, sit down
CHORUS

When Jack is old and weather beat, too weak to roust about,
In some rumshop they let him stop, at eight bells he's turned out;
He cries, he cries up to the skies, I'll soon be homeward bound;
For my money's gone 'tis the same old song,
Get up, Jack, John, sit down.
CHORUS



Click to play

(tune from the 1885 sheet music)

Here's the bibliographic information from Levy:

    Title: Songs in Harrigan's Local Drama, "Old Lavender." Get Up Jack, John, Sit Down.
    Composer, Lyricist, Arranger: Words by Edward Harrigan. Music by Dave Braham.
    Dave Braham Publication: New York: Wm. A. Pond & Co., 25 Union Square, (Broadway, bet. 15th and 16th Sts.), 1885.
    Form of Composition: strophic with chorus
    Instrumentation: piano and voice
    First Line: Oh, ships will come and ships will go as long as waves do roll
    First Line of Chorus: Heigh laddie, Ho, laddie, swing the capstan 'roun'
    Performer: As Sung in Edward Harrigan's Local Drama, "Old Lavender."
    Advertisement: ads on back cover for Wm. A. Pond & Co. stock
    Plate Number: 11577-3
    Subject: Seamen
    Subject: Courtship & love
    Subject: Eating & drinking
    Subject: Money
    Call No.: Box: 072 Item: 028

There's a better-quality copy of the sheet music at the American Memory Collection of the Library of Congress.


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Subject: ADD Version: Homeward Bound
From: Joe Offer
Date: 22 Nov 06 - 12:46 AM

Note: the song in Shay, "Homeward Bound," was posted in this thread (click). The ballad index included the song in the "Get Up Jack" entry because Roud included it, even though Roud may be mistaken. For the sake of completeness, I'll post it here - note the last line of the song.


TO PENSACOLA TOWN WE'LL BID ADIEU / HOMEWARD BOUND

To Pensacola town we'll bid adieu,
To lovely Kate and pretty Sue.
Our anchor's weighed and our sails unfurled,
We're bound for to plough this watery world.

CHORUS: You know we're outward bound,
Hurrah, we're outward bound!

The wind blows hard from the east nor-east,
Our ship sails ten knots at least,
The skipper will our wants supply,
And while we've grog we'll ne'er say die.

And should we touch at Malabar,
Or any other port so far,
Our skipper will tip the chink,
And just like fishes we will drink.

And now our three years it is out,
It's very near time we back'd about;
And when we're home, and do get free,
O, won't we have a jolly spree.

And now we'll haul into the docks,
Where all the pretty girls come in flocks,
And one to the other they will say,
"Here comes Jack with his three years' pay!"

And now we'll haul to the "Dog and Bell,"
Where there's good liquor for to sell,
In comes old Archer with a smile,
Saying, "Drink, my lads, it's worth your while."

But when our money's all gone and spent,
And none to be borrowed nor none to be lent,
In comes old Archer with a frown,
Saying, "Get up, Jack, let John sit down."


Source:American Sea Songs and Chanteys, by Frank Shay (Norton, 1948)


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Subject: RE: DTStudy: Get Up, Jack! John, Sit Down!
From: GUEST,DonMeixner
Date: 22 Nov 06 - 01:29 AM

I learned this song from John Roberts and Tony Barrand. They said they learned it from Frank Warner and they learned it wrong. I've done it wrong now for about thirty years and I won't be changing it anytime soon. The version the Fables do is so similar to mine as to be nearly identical.

There is also a version in the Lomax Book of Folk Somgs of Morth America as pointed out by Joe..

Don


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Subject: RE: DTStudy: Get Up, Jack! John, Sit Down!
From: georgeward
Date: 22 Nov 06 - 02:09 AM

Moments like this make up for all of Mudcat's quirks (meaning us, not Max's technical nightmares....tho' moments like this make up for those, too, I hope).

Like Don, I'll probably continue with the Warners' version, at least some of the time (though Harrigan and Braham are worth a consider in their own right).

Anyone interested in those fellows of immense influence Harrigan and Braham, BTW, ought to check out Mick Moloney's brilliant album 'McNally's Row of Flats', as should anyone with any curiosity at all about Irish-American music. Here's a link:

http://compassrecords.com/artists/mick-moloney

Best thing himself has ever done, IMHO, and that's saying sumpn.

Thanks for a great thread on an old-friend song, Joe.

-G


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Subject: RE: DTStudy: Get Up, Jack! John, Sit Down!
From: Joe Offer
Date: 22 Nov 06 - 02:35 AM

Beer posted the Fables version in another thread;

Thread #96582   Message #1890362
Posted By: Beer
21-Nov-06 - 08:21 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req/Origins: My Jolly Roving Tar
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Jolly Roving Tar

Neither one Thurg. However the closest version is the one posted by Peace.

Here is the Fables Version.

Ships may come and ships may go as long as the seas do roll
Each sailor lad, just like his dad, he loves the flowin' bowl
A trip ashore he does adore with the girl that's plump and round
And when your money's gone it's the same old song… Get up Jack John sit down

CHORUS:
Come along, come along, me jolly brave boys… there's lots of grog in the jar
We'll plough the briny ocean with the jolly rovin' tar

When Jack gets in it's then he'll stair to some old boarding house
They'll welcome him with rum and gin and feed him on port stout
He'll spend and he will not offend until he's drunk on the ground
And when your money's gone, it's the same old song… Get up Jack John sit down

He'll stair onboard some ship bound down for Newfoundland
All the ladies there in Placentia Bay, they love that sailor man
He'll go ashore, all on a tear, and he'll buy some girl a gown
And when your money's gone, it's the same old song… Get up Jack John sit down

When Jack gets old and weatherbeat, too old to roam about
They'll let him stop in some rum shop 'til eight bells call him out
He'll raise his eyes up to the sky sayin' "boys, we're homeward bound"
And when your money's gone it's the same old song… Get up Jack John sit down


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Subject: RE: DTStudy: Get Up, Jack! John, Sit Down!
From: GUEST,Brian Peters
Date: 22 Nov 06 - 06:15 AM

What is the tune linked above as a midi? The Harrigan and Braham original? Nothing like the Lena Bourne Fish tune in the Warner book, which is very like the tune to the 'other' "My Jolly Roving Tar" collected in England in 1906 (see my post to the other thread)


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Subject: RE: DTStudy: Get Up, Jack! John, Sit Down!
From: MoorleyMan
Date: 22 Nov 06 - 06:52 AM

You're SO right, georgeward, >>Moments like this make up for all of Mudcat's quirks<<. This is one of the big strengths of the Cat. More power to y'all!
I'll be posting to this thread myself later, when I've had time to digest the above posts.


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Subject: RE: DTStudy: Get Up, Jack! John, Sit Down!
From: Charley Noble
Date: 22 Nov 06 - 08:30 AM

Nice work, Joe!

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: DTStudy: Get Up, Jack! John, Sit Down!
From: Joe Offer
Date: 22 Nov 06 - 02:03 PM

Yeah, isn't that a kick, Brian? I edited the MIDI link to make it more clear that I was linking to my transcription of the 1885 tune. I think we could spent a lot of time exploring Harrigan songs, and I'm sure we'd find some other familiar ones among them.
-Joe-

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Subject: RE: DTStudy: Get Up, Jack! John, Sit Down!
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 23 Nov 06 - 12:07 PM

A variation of Ms. Fish's version was collected by Lomax. And I found a retired sailor (who had sailed on the Prussein, on the Flying P line) who sang a similar version, with the chorus:

Well it's Hi! laddie, Ho! laddie
Swing the capstain 'round.
When your money's all gone it's the same old song
Get up Jack, John sit down.

Makes one to wonder which version came first.


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Subject: RE: DTStudy: Get Up, Jack! John, Sit Down!
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 23 Nov 06 - 04:56 PM

that's a line in the shanty Homeward Bound - n'est-ce pas?


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Subject: RE: DTStudy: Get Up, Jack! John, Sit Down!
From: GUEST,thurg
Date: 23 Nov 06 - 09:21 PM

If I understand your question, there is a line in Homeward Bound: Get up, Jack, Let John sit down. You'll find it five or six posts up the thread.


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Subject: RE: DTStudy: Get Up, Jack! John, Sit Down!
From: Anglo
Date: 24 Nov 06 - 02:01 AM

Dick, your chorus is almost exactly the same as the original Harrigan song, posted near the top of this thread. Listen to Mick Moloney's recording for Braham's tune.

Brian, I don't think the Braham (original) and the Fish tunes are that different really; I feel oral tradition could easily transmutate one from the other. Of course the chorus is a little different.

The Irish Rovers also recorded a song called "Jolly Roving Tar," authored (like most of their songs) by George Millar. This seems to be a different song, though a few phrases are borrowed. A number of years ago it seems I heard a local "Irish Bluegrass" band, Hair Of The Dog, do a version of Jolly Roving Tar, and since they cover a lot of Irish Rovers material I thought it might be this one, but my memory (which may well be at fault) is that it had more similarity to the Fish/Harrigan version. I should track them down and find out.


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Subject: RE: DTStudy: Get Up, Jack! John, Sit Down!
From: GUEST,Brian Peters
Date: 24 Nov 06 - 12:12 PM

Well, Anglo, I listened again and to my ears it still doesn't sound a lot like the Fish song. Certainly the difference between the two is far greater than that between Fish song and the "My Jolly Roving Tar" (not the Harrigan song) collected in England 100 years ago, which are near identical apart from the repeat patterns (AABA in the Fish song, ABBA in the English trad one). Far more likely that the Fish melody developed from the English model, than by what would have to be fairly major transmutation of the Harrington. But maybe Mrs Fish (or someone else further up the line) had a copy of the (Harrigan) words with a chorus ending in the line "with my Jolly Roving Tar", and put them together with a different melody coincidentally bearing that title. The plot thickens........


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Subject: RE: DTStudy: Get Up, Jack! John, Sit Down!
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 24 Nov 06 - 12:51 PM

DT Mirror version
G.


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Subject: RE: DTStudy: Get Up, Jack! John, Sit Down!
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 24 Nov 06 - 01:03 PM

yes Giok, that's the one I was thinking of, which was very popular in English clubs at one time. I've never sung it myself.

although as I remember once they've been supplanted by the newcomer and their money has run out - they become outward bound in the last verse. its very similar to the Pensacola version, but done in an English accent!

sorry no questions - nothing sensible to add.


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Subject: RE: DTStudy: Get Up, Jack! John, Sit Down!
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 24 Nov 06 - 01:16 PM

Ian Campbell and the Ian Campbell Folk Group used to sing this version, I still have it on an old LP somewhere.
Giok


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Subject: RE: DTStudy: Get Up, Jack! John, Sit Down!
From: Noreen
Date: 24 Nov 06 - 01:36 PM

When I first heard this sung (as a young girl in Liverpool), the singer explained that Jack was a merchant seaman and John was from the Royal Navy- the bar staff ejecting the riff-raff when his money ran out, in favour of those with more money, or higher class.


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Subject: RE: DTStudy: Get Up, Jack! John, Sit Down!
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 24 Nov 06 - 01:38 PM

John, not Andrew...?


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Subject: RE: DTStudy: Get Up, Jack! John, Sit Down!
From: Joe Offer
Date: 24 Nov 06 - 02:29 PM

Threads like this tend to cose me money. I have to have the Mick Moloney CD. Are there any other collections of Harrigan & Hart songs that I need to buy?
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: DTStudy: Get Up, Jack! John, Sit Down!
From: GUEST,Brian Peters
Date: 24 Nov 06 - 02:31 PM

I heard somewhere that it was what a prostitute would say when one client's money had run out and she was urging him to make way for the next.


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Subject: RE: DTStudy: Get Up, Jack! John, Sit Down!
From: Anglo
Date: 24 Nov 06 - 04:37 PM

Hey, hey, Homeward Bound is a completely different song to the one we're discussing here. Just because it contains the phrase doesn't make it a cousin. You might as well lump together everything that starts "As I roved out" or "One morning in the month of May."

Brian, I had missed your reference to the Wanton Seed version in one of the other threads. That tune is indeed quite similar to that of Mrs Fish, though (significantly I think) it is ABBA rather that AABA, and has no chorus at all. Textually, again, it is a completely different song.


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Subject: RE: DTStudy: Get Up, Jack! John, Sit Down!
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 24 Nov 06 - 05:32 PM

Can't see that. The bloke who wrote that must have been influenced by the other one.

That's not synchronicity - it's nicking a good line.


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