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Thread #38599   Message #1554435
Posted By: Jim Dixon
01-Sep-05 - 11:53 PM
Thread Name: Lyr/Chords Req: Jug Band and Skiffle Songs
Subject: Lyr Add: STORY BOOK BALL (Montgomery, Perry)
Indiana University Sheet Music Collections has six copies of the sheet music, with various performers' pictures on the cover:
1. Mary Lewis
2. Eileen Beatty
3. Mary Lewis
4. Renee Close, Billy (sic) Montgomery, and George Perry.
5. Parsons and Irwin.
6. Billie Montgomery and George Perry.

STORY BOOK BALL
Billie Montgomery, George O. Perry, 1917.

VERSE 1. In Mother Goose's book up in the nurs'ry,
Poor Simple Simon said, "I'm feeling sad."
Said Peter Piper's daughter, "So am I, and think we oughter
Try to think of something that will make us glad."
So Smarty Smarty said, "I'll give a party,"
And they called on the Old Woman in the Shoe.
The cat she brought her fiddle, and she played "high diddle diddle,"
And what happened then, I'm goin' to tell to you.

CHORUS 1: Little Jackie Horner, eating pie up in the corner,
Stuck in his thumb, pulled out a plum.
Little Missy Muffet she was sitting on a tuffet,
And she said, "Yum, yum! Please give me some."
Little Georgie Porgie with his pudding and pie,
Kissed Mary Quite Contrary till he made her cry;
And Little Bo Peep she lost her sheep
And couldn't find 'em, their tails behind 'em.
Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater had a wife and couldn't keep her.
At the ball in the hall.
Humpty Dumpty met her, said, "Better that I get her
And I'll make her fall." That's not all.
Old King Cole, that merry old soul,
He fell for Mother Hubbard, blew his big bankroll
Buying lollipops and pretties for the kiddies at the Story Book Ball.

VERSE 2. They danced and sang till early in the morning.
They really didn't know just when to stop;
So as the day was dawning and the kiddies all were yawning,
They found out the mouse had run up in the clock.
Then Jack Be Nimble, Jack Be Quick, he started,
And right over that big candlestick he flew.
Then Little Tommy Tucker started singing for his supper,
And then Poor Boy Blue said, "Gee, I'm hungry too."

CHORUS 2: Peter Piper picked a peck of pickling peppers,
Brought 'em to the hall, and that's no stall.
Tommy Tom the piper's son, he stole a pig and away he run
To the ball. Ah, that's not all.
Polly put the kettle on. The tea got cold.
They had to eat the porridge that was nine days old.
Then Jack fell down. Jill broke her crown
And spilled the water. She hadn't oughter.
Four and twenty blackbirds were baking in a pie,
And they refused to sing anything.
Wasn't that an awful way little birds to act
Before a queen and king? Such a thing!
Said the knave and the king to the Queen of Hearts,
"Come on. Hurry up, honey. Bring some tarts."
So she did and the kids had a picnic at the Story Book Ball.

[allmusic lists recordings by the following performers: Down Home Jazz Band, Clancy Hayes, Jim Kweskin & the Jug Band, Milano Hot Jazz Orchestra, Maria Muldaur, Royal City Saxophone Quartet, Omer Simeon, and Ian Whitcomb.]