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Joe Offer Origins: How old is The Little Fly ? (7) RE: Origins: How old is The Little Fly ? 06 Aug 21

Mmario says the song was sung by Gilbert the Troubadour. Does that mean the song has filk roots?

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Posted By: MMario
25-Jan-99 - 11:06 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Tha fly and Big Mick

Hah! I was pretty sure this was on my hard disk somewhere!

Here's what I have....


Well, there was a little fly and he flew into a store
And he sh__ upon the ceiling and he sh__ upon the floor.
He sh__ upon the bacon and he sh__ upon the ham
And he sh__ upon the head of the little grocery man.

Well that little grocery man, he got a spray gun
He swore he'd get that fly, before the day was done.
But before he could count, from one to ten,
The fly swooped down and sh__ upon the grocery man again.


That little grocery man, he had a grocery wife.
They swore they'd get that fly, if it took their bloody life.
So they bought themselves a cannon, and they hid inside the store,
And they blew themselves to blazes as the fly flew out the door.


Well they found themselves in heaven, outside the Pearly Gate,
St. Peter said "Don't worry. for soon you be repaid."
So they got their angel wings, and they took off to the sky,
And they both swooped down like buzzards and they sh__ upon the fly.


-Sang by Gibbon the Troubadour, at Scarborough with various pirates during various years. Thank you Garold Amedon.

courtesy of the SCRIBE Network


Nope. Older than filk. I found a 1954 recording of "The Little Fly" in Calypso style by Lord Fly and His Orchestra. It was produced by Stanley Motta, Ltd., Kingston, Jamaica. Notes say that the song was composed by Rupert Lyons (Lord Fly), but I don't know if that's credible. Wish I could understand it well enough to transcribe it.

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