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skw@worldmusic.de Lyr Req: Bee from the Old Town of Effen (M McGinn) (16) ADD: Bee From the Old Town of Effen (Matt McGinn) 14 Sep 98


The song 'The Bee From the Old Town of Effen' can be found in the book 'McGinn of the Calton' - the collected autobiography, songs and stories by Matt McGinn, published by the Glasgow District Libraries in 1987. By way of explanation, Matt writes:
'Just outside Ecclefechan, just nine hundred and twenty two and a half miles outside Ecclefechan, in fact, in France lies the sleepy little town of EFFEN, the curative quality of whose honey is renowned all over the civilised world - and in Glasgow. The very extraordinary bees who produce this honey are not unnaturally referred to as EFFEN bees in and around the town whose quaint architecture is marred by the factory in its centre where half the population are employed in the manufacturing of Gendarmes' truncheons or, as the French choose to call them, policemen's batons.

The Bee From the Old Town of Effen
(Matt McGinn)

He kept bees in the old town of Effen
An Effen beekeeper was he
And one day this Effen beekeeper
Was stung by a big Effen bee

Now this big Effen beekeeper's wee Effen wife
For the big Effen polis she ran
For there's nobody can sort out a big Effen bee
Like a big Effen polisman can

The big Effen polisman he did his nut
And he ran down the manin Effen street
In his hand was a big Effen baton
He had big Effen boots on his feet

The polis got hold of this big Effen bee
And he twisted the Effen bee's wings
But thes big Effen bee got his own back
For this big Effen bee had two stings

Now they're both in the Effen museum
Where the Effen folk often come see
The remains of the big Effen polis
Stung to death by the big Effen bee

That's the end of that wee Effen story
'Tis an innocent wee Effen tale
But if you ever tell it in Effen
You'll end up in the old Effen jail

Matt doesn't give a tune, which doesn't matter much as I wouldn't be able to send it anyway. Perhaps someone else can help? - Susanne


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