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Thread #72967   Message #3738418
Posted By: GUEST
19-Sep-15 - 09:31 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Sam got a job on the railroad
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sam got a job on the railroad
In the version I heard as a kid in Victoria Australia it was his relatives not Sambo himself who kept on dying. I remember most of one verse:
Sambo had a cousin, a cousin he disliked,
One day she said to sambo "I'll make you clean my bike".
He something something something and loosened all the screws-
Next day he turns on the radio, his cousin's on the news!

And the chorus:
More work for the undertaker
7/6 for the tombstone maker
Off to the local cemetery
Sambo! That's me.

And in the verse about the aunt for example, she is the one who slips and dies. Sambo goes tot he graveyard as his relatives are buried, not when he is buried.