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Thread #20761   Message #1031137
Posted By: Noreen
07-Oct-03 - 07:11 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Sicknote
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sicknote
Pat Cooksey himself says, in the addition below the initial posting to this thread:

The song was based on Gerard Hoffnung's wonderful address to the Oxford Union, but the story in a more simple form dates back to the English music halls in the 1920's and appeared in the Readers Digest in 1937

Seems pretty clear to me.