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Thread #163088   Message #3888135
Posted By: Jim Dixon
12-Nov-17 - 08:43 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req/ADD: Pennsylvania
Subject: Lyr Add: PENNSYLVANIA (via Garret Singers)
Here's how I hear it:


PENNSYLVANIA
As recorded by the Garret Singers on "The Garret Singers" (1970)*

Off to the finest place there is,
Off to the finest place there is,
Off to the finest place there is,
Why, Pennsylvania.

Some say no and some say yes.
Some say it's an awful mess.
You can bet them my address
Is Pennsylvania.

That's the place where they have glass windows,
And once one is two.
That's the place where the chimneys smoke
Because they cannot chew.
Ta-ta (ta-ta)! Ta-ta (ta-ta)!
We're off to Pennsylvania.
Ta-ta (ta-ta)! Bon soir (bon soir)!
To meet my ma and pa.

Now, we had a chicken and it wouldn't lay,
So we cut his legs off one fine day.
Now he can't stand up, so he's gotta lay,
In Pennsylvania.

Oh, the girls are full of gin.
Oh, the girls are full of gin.
They're full of ginger when they're in
Pennsylvania.

You should go there for a spell.
You should go there for a spell.
I should go there to get well,
In Pennsylvania.

That's the place where the champagne poodle
Wags it to and from.
That's the place where the cats have kittens
If they are not dogs.
Ta-ta (ta-ta)! Ta-ta (ta-ta)!
We're off to Pennsylvania;
Ta-ta (ta-ta)! Bon soir (bon soir)!
To meet my ma and pa.

Now, we had a chicken and it wouldn't lay,
So we cut his legs off one fine day.
Now he can't stand up, so he's gotta lay,
In Pennsylvania.

That's the place where the champagne poodle
Wags his to and from.
That's the place where the cats have kittens
If they are not dogs.
Ta-ta (ta-ta)! Ta-ta (ta-ta)!
We're off to Pennsylvania;
Ta-ta (ta-ta)! Bon soir (bon soir)!
To meet my ma and pa.

Now, we had a rabbit as white as snow,
And we says to him, "Buck up and grow,"
But he can't buck up 'cause he's a doe,
In Pennsylvania.

Some say no and some say yes.
Some say it's an awful mess.
You can bet them my address
Is Pennsylvania.

[From the liner notes: "A music hall song learnt from John Challenger's next door neighbour, Vic Everitt, who before the loss of a lung on the Somme used to work some of the London Halls."]