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Thread #20761   Message #1031125
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
07-Oct-03 - 06:53 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Sicknote
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sicknote
It seems fairly clear that the Gerard Hoffnung version, from his Oxford Union speech, made in 1958, preceeded Pat Cooksey's song by some years.

However what is not so clear is whether the song was based on the speech (which was frequently broadcast, and issued as a record, now available on CD), or whether both were based on an earlier version in oral circulation. Or whether the song was based on the speech, but the speech was based on an earlier version.

Anybody know anything to throw light on this?