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Thread #100732   Message #3300074
Posted By: Jim Dixon
01-Feb-12 - 02:11 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: When the Old Man Came Home Sober
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: When the Old Man Came Home Sober
Here is a comment by a reader printed in The [Adelaide] Advertiser of Tuesday, October 19, 1937, on page 21:

The Dog Rushed Up the Chimney
IN "Fifty Years Ago" on Saturday was a reference to a Tommy Hudson Nigger Minstrel show, saying that George Gardner sang with great success, "The Dog Rushed Up the Chimney."

Takes my mind back to times when "Tommy's" shows were most popular. If my memory is correct, the words of the refrain Gardner sang were: —

The dog rushed up the chimney.
The cat flew up the spout;
She jumped into the cradle.
But the baby kicked her out.
My mother sought protection
Behind the carving knife.
When the old man came home sober
For the first time in his life.

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Quoted in Rosie Todmarsh by Adrian Alington (London, Chatto & Windus [1944]), page 19:

Oh, the dog rushed up the chimney
And the cat fell down the spout
And jumped inside the cradle
But the baby flung him out.
Oh, mother sought protection
Behind the carving knife
When the old man came home sober
For the first time in his life.