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Lyr Add: I'm Shy, Mary Ellen, I'm Shy

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Subject: req: I'm Shy Mary Ellen
From: GUEST
Date: 16 May 02 - 10:01 AM

DMcG, I don't suppose you have the words (chords) to "I'm Shy Mary Ellen" do you?

If so could you post them or PM them to me please?

It's one of those songs that has been inside my head since David Kossoff recorded it in the early 60's and I can only remember clips of it.

I'd be much obliged to you.

Cheers

Bugsy


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Subject: Lyr Add: I'M SHY, MARY ELLEN
From: DMcG
Date: 16 May 02 - 10:28 AM

I can't PM to a GUEST! Here's the words to I'm Shy, Mary Ellen:

I'M SHY, MARY ELLEN

I courted Mary Ellen for fourteen solid years,
But she made me blush when she,
One night boldly said to me,
'You've never kissed me once, John,
Tho' I'd like you to', she sighed,
'Why don't you call me pretty names?'
I hung my head & cried,

I'm shy, Mary Ellen, I'm shy,
It does seem so naughty, oh my!
Kissing is nicey, I've often heard say,
But still how to do it, I don't know the way,
So you put your arm round my waist,
I promise I won't scream or cry,
So you do the kissing & cuddling instead,
'Cause I'm shy Mary Ellen I'm shy.

Last year with Mary Ellen to Lowestoft I went,
Mary Ellen said to me, 'I'm going bathing in the sea'
So while I go & have a splash, where all the ladies go,
You go & have a bathe amongst the men', I said,'No,no!

I'm shy, Mary Ellen, I'm shy,
It does seem so naughty, oh my!
Men are so rough & I'm sure they will stare
They'll splash me & duck me if I go in there.
The girls ain't so rough as the men,
And they wouldn't duck me or try
So I'd rather bathe here along with the girls
Cause I'm shy, Mary Ellen, I'm shy'.

While out with Mary Ellen we met a 6 foot man,
'That's the saucy scamp', said he,
'Who last week insulted me,
Not just you thrash the massive brute
I looked at his six feet, then she said,
'Take your coat off,' but I said 'What, in the street?

I'm shy, Mary Ellen, I'm shy,
It would look so naughty, oh my,
I said as I looked at the great hulking chap,
If I wasn't for one thing, I'd give him a slap,
But look at the ladies about
They'ld all stop to look, and, oh my!
If I take my coat off they'll see all my shirt
and I'm shy, Mary Ellen, I'm shy'.

To marry Mary Ellen I went to church one morn,
While the party with the bride went to church,
I stood aside, for quite an hour I stood there,
While she waited to be wed,
Then she came out & said,
Come on, I don't like to, I said,

'I'm shy Mary Ellen I'm shy,
It would look so naughty, oh my!
But still we got married & got home alright,
And kept up the fun with our friends until night,
Then they wished Mary Ellen good-bye,
And they started to go, so did I,
Then she said, 'You're not going', I said, 'Yes I am,
'Cause I'm shy, Mary Ellen, I'm shy!'


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Subject: Lyr Add: I'M SHY, MARY ELLEN, I'M SHY
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 10 Jun 07 - 10:22 PM

Lorrie Johnstone mentioned this song in the thread Lyr Req: Mary Ellen at the Church turned up, but I figure it deserves its own thread.

Sheet music for this old music hall number can be found here.
^^
I'M SHY, MARY ELLEN, I'M SHY
Words and music by Charles Ridgewell and George Stevens
Published by Francis, Day and Hunter, Ltd., London, 1910.

[Note: The verses are in 2/4 time and the choruses are in 3/4.]

[VERSE 1] I courted Mary Ellen for fourteen solid years,
But she made me blush when she one night boldly said to me,
"You've never kissed me once, John, though I'd like you to," she sighed.
"Why don't you call me pretty names?" I hung my head and cried,

[CHORUS 1] "I'm shy, Mary Ellen, I'm shy.
It does seem so naughty, oh my!
Kissing is nicey, I've often heard say,
But still how to do it I don't know the way;
So you put your arm round my waist.
I promise I won't scream or cry.
So you do the kissing and cuddling instead,
'Cause I'm shy, Mary Ellen, I'm shy."

[VERSE 2] Last year with Mary Ellen to Lowestoft I went.
Mary Ellen said to me, "I'm going bathing in the sea.
So while I go and have a splash where all the ladies go,
You go and have a bathe amongst the men." I said, "No, no!

[CHORUS 2] "I'm shy, Mary Ellen, I'm shy.
It does seem so naughty, oh my!
Men are so rough, and I'm sure they will stare.
They'll SPLASH me and DUCK me, if I go in there.
The girls ain't so rough as the men,
And they wouldn't duck me, or try,
So I'd rather bathe here along with the girls,
'Cause I'm shy, Mary Ellen, I'm shy."

[VERSE 3] While out with Mary Ellen, we met a six-foot man,
"That's the saucy scamp," said she, "who last week insulted me.
Now, just you thrash the massive brute." I looked at his six feet.
Then she said, "Take your coat off," but I said, "What, in the street?

[CHORUS 3] "I'm shy, Mary Ellen, I'm shy.
It would look so naughty, oh my!"
I said as I looked at that great hulking chap,
"If it wasn't for one thing, I'd give him a slap,
But look at the ladies about.
They'd all stop to look, and oh my!
If I take my coat off they'll see all my shirt,
And I'm shy, Mary Ellen, I'm shy."

[VERSE 4] To marry Mary Ellen I went to church one morn.
While the party with the bride went to church, I stood outside.
For quite an hour I stood there while she waited to be wed.
Then she came out and said, "Come on." "I don't like to," I said.

[CHORUS 4] "I'm shy, Mary Ellen, I'm shy.
It does seem so naughty, oh my!"
But still we got married and got home all right,
And kept up the fun with our friends until night.
Then they wished Mary Ellen goodbye
And they started to go. So did I.
Then she said, "You're not going!" I said, "Yes I am,
'Cause I'm shy, Mary Ellen, I'm shy!"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I'm Shy, Mary Ellen, I'm Shy
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 11 Jun 07 - 04:04 AM

Great song, remember with pleasure Bob Wallis and his Storeyville Jazzmen singing this. they all dressed up like Brett Maverick - that was their gimmick.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I'm Shy, Mary Ellen, I'm Shy
From: Joe_F
Date: 11 Jun 07 - 09:48 PM

Sung by Tony Barrand on "An Evening At The English Music Hall" (FHR-030).


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I'm Shy, Mary Ellen, I'm Shy
From: Bugsy
Date: 12 Jun 07 - 06:51 PM

IMO David Kossoff did the definitive version.

CHeers

Bugsy


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I'm Shy, Mary Ellen, I'm Shy
From: Billy Weeks
Date: 15 Jun 07 - 05:52 AM

Jack Pleasants was the original singer. His recorded version (reissued more than once on CD) is what I'd call definitive. Not that I don't love Kossoff for most things.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I'm Shy, Mary Ellen, I'm Shy
From: Bugsy
Date: 16 Jun 07 - 05:36 AM

Anyone got the chords??

CHeers

Bugsy


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I'm Shy, Mary Ellen, I'm Shy
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 16 Jun 07 - 11:29 PM

Bugsy, I did, but I'm cured now.

The door?

ok, bye...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I'm Shy, Mary Ellen, I'm Shy
From: Bugsy
Date: 17 Jun 07 - 09:17 PM

THanks a bundle Foolestroupe,

CHeers

Bugsy ;>)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I'm Shy, Mary Ellen, I'm Shy
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Jun 07 - 06:31 PM

My name is Mary Ann - I always got that song sung to me as a child. Hated it!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I'm Shy, Mary Ellen, I'm Shy
From: Bugsy
Date: 27 Jun 07 - 08:58 PM

Chords anyone?? Please??


Cheers

Bugsy


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I'm Shy, Mary Ellen, I'm Shy
From: GUEST,poppa
Date: 29 Nov 07 - 03:51 PM

any site i can hear mary ellen please


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I'm Shy, Mary Ellen, I'm Shy
From: TRUBRIT
Date: 29 Nov 07 - 05:38 PM

My mum used to sing this to us all the time as one of our 'bedtime' songs -- not sure if it was a ppropriate but.......! Fond memories of David JOnes singing this at a house concert at Sins' and Jacqui and I - the British contingent - singing along with the greatest of pleasure.......


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I'm Shy, Mary Ellen, I'm Shy
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 01 Dec 07 - 12:12 PM

Click to play an mp3 file of Jack Pleasant singing the chorus of I'M SHY, MARY ELLEN, I'M SHY.

Click to play an mp3 file of Ian Whitcomb singing the first verse and the chorus.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I'm Shy, Mary Ellen, I'm Shy
From: Bugsy
Date: 02 Dec 07 - 11:09 PM

Chords anyone?? Please??
Anyone?? Please?? Chords??

Cheers

Bugsy


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I'm Shy, Mary Ellen, I'm Shy
From: Bugsy
Date: 02 Dec 13 - 07:12 PM

Refresh....


Anyone????


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I'm Shy, Mary Ellen, I'm Shy
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 03 Dec 13 - 02:28 PM

Oh, for pete's sake! The chords are right there in the sheet music. There's a link up above, but I'll repeat it HERE (CLICK).

If you can't them for some reason, let me know, and I'll see what I can do.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I'm Shy, Mary Ellen, I'm Shy
From: Bugsy
Date: 03 Dec 13 - 06:21 PM

Thank you Jim!

I checked all the links above, but none of them take me to the one you have just posted.

I'll get back in me box for a while now while I learn the song.


CHeers

Bugsy


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