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Thread #27050   Message #329392
Posted By: NH Dave
28-Oct-00 - 07:35 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: The Telephone Song (Sydney Carter)
Subject: 'The Phonebox Song'
This one's for our Brit friends who remember songs of the early seventies. I'm looking for lyrics to The Phonebox Song that was sung in the late 60's - early 70's. This poor unfortunate tried to phone up his mother, in the old L/S/D days, but gets a dolly bird with an interesting sounding voice, who doesn't give her phone number, as was the custom in those days. Problem, he only has the few coins that he placed into the phone slot, so if he punches "Button 'B'" to chat up the lady who answered he will lose all his money, and can't call Mum later on. The song starts out:

Standing alone in the damp and the dark In a lonely old phonebox in Finsbury(?) Park I promised to call Mum at quarter past two [or somesuch] But instead of my mother, I keep getting you.

Cho So say who you are and not just, "Hello" Give me your name or give me your number. Say who you are and not just, "Hello" If I push button "B" all my pennies will go.