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Thread #10884 Message #3066665
Posted By: GUEST,Karen G
03-Jan-11 - 09:18 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Bread and Gravy
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Bread and Gravy
I can't thank everyone enough for this information. My father sang this song to me when I was very young (I am now in my 60's) This blog has given me a smile. I too, had forgotten parts of the lyrics but with everyone's input I have put together the entire song for me to always remember and past along to my grandkids. WOW....thanks so much. His background would have been from the depression days when many people lived in Boarding Homes while looking for work. My Dad was from the New Jersey/Penn. area. This would have been a song sung at the Faternal Organizations (Elks/Moose/Eagles, etc) or at the local bar, where people gathered following a hard day in a factory. He was a WWII Air Corp Fighter pilot (don't you know THEY had a ton of versions!) There would have been as many versions as there are 'neighborhood bars' in Jersey!!! Here is the "Gourley" version:
Gravey And Bread
I've traveled this whole country over,
I stopped at the best of Hotels.
Some were good, some were bad, some were the BEST;
And some were the best that they had.
The last place we stayed was a lulu
So nice so fine so neat.
But, you would wonder that we are still living
When you hear what they gave us to eat.
On Monday 'twas bread and gravy
On Tuesday 'twas gravy on bread
On Wednesday and Thursday 'twas gravy on toast
Which is nothing but gravy on bread.
On Friday we asked the landlord
Couldn't we please have something instead?
So on Saturday morning with a great change,
We had gravy without any bread.