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Subject: Lyr Req: A Song about a boy named Paul
From: Piers Plowman
Date: 07 Jun 08 - 08:00 AM

I've asked elsewhere but nobody knew it, and a search through the internet didn't turn up anything, either.

It's a song that was played on the "Midnight Special" radio program. It's a male singer accompanied on the guitar and the only words I remember are "When Paul was only six years old".

It's British and about a child who is treated badly by his parents. The humor comes from them treating him in a way which would be appropriate for an adult but cruel when applied to a child. For instance, when he tries to nurse, his mother pushes him away saying "cheeky beggar" or something similar.

Does this ring any bells for anyone?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: A Song about a boy named Paul
From: Piers Plowman
Date: 07 Jun 08 - 08:16 AM

Sorry, the "Midnight Special" radio program on WFMT in Chicago.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: A Song about a boy named Paul
From: oldhippie
Date: 07 Jun 08 - 10:27 AM

If you know the approximate date it aired, the playlists are at www.midnightspecial.org


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: A Song about a boy named Paul
From: breezy
Date: 07 Jun 08 - 02:59 PM

'How about it Ethe?' said old Sid.
'Aint it time we had a Kid?


by Jeremy Taylor

No

bye


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: A Song about a boy named Paul
From: Piers Plowman
Date: 09 Jun 08 - 02:47 AM

They used to play it fairly frequently. I remember it from the 1970s or the '80s at the latest. Thank you for the link, oldhippie.

Thank you, breezy, apparently the song is called "Young Paul". I had to search pretty far down in the list returned by Google when searching for "jeremy taylor paul song", but there it was!


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Subject: Lyr Add: YOUNG PAUL (Jeremy Taylor)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 15 Jun 08 - 11:33 PM

These lyrics copied from Henry's Songbook:

YOUNG PAUL
(Jeremy Taylor)

"How about it, Ethel?" said old Sid.
"Ain't it time we had a kid?
Thirty years and nothing to show.
Something ought to be done, it did."

"Don't try those dirty tricks on me,"
Said Ethel. "You know I don't agree
With all that filth.
I've always lived my life respectably."

"But for thirty years," old Sid said,
"It's been as cold in our marriage bed
As the winter of '47,
So for God's sake, show some life before we're dead."

Now Ethel Brown was surprised
To see her belly increase in size.
"It's quite obscene," she said.
She had always known such things were most unwise.

Young Paul was a miserable-looking thing,
Like bones tied up in a piece of string;
And most of the time he cried,
And most of the time they let him cry.

One day the baby chanced to rest
His tiny hand on Ethel's breast.
"Get off," she screamed.
"This little brute, he's sex-obsessed."

Now, Sid was not such a bad old chap,
But after lunch, he liked his nap,
And sometimes Paul would yell,
So Sid would rise in wrath and give him a slap.

And when Paul was old enough,
They went on a seaside holiday to Kent,
And there they sat in deck chairs
With newspapers. They were content.

The mighty waves came rolling in
And Paul was terrified by the din,
And he tried to run away.
"Don't be a sissy," Ethel said, and pushed him in.

As Paul grew up, he began to stutter,
And Mum and Dad were heard to mutter,
"What's the matter with him?
If he can't control his tongue, he must be dim."

And when Paul was seventeen, he fell
In love with a girl he knew quite well.
He took her home one day.
"Who's that you've got down there?" he heard Sid say.

"It's j-just a f-f-friend," said young Paul.
"Cho's c-c-come to say hello and all."
"Take her back," said Ethel.
"We don't want to know."

Now Paul is away in a mental home.
His Mum and Dad sit all alone
And wonder what went wrong.
"We did our best," they say, "but he wasn't strong."

[As sung by Iain Mackintosh on "Home for a While," Kettle Records KOP 14, 1984.]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: A Song about a boy named Paul
From: Piers Plowman
Date: 16 Jun 08 - 06:37 AM

Thank you very much, Jim. I looked up Jeremy Taylor and it seems he's still around, with a website and everything!

The recording I heard was probably from the album of Jeremy Taylor and Spike Milligan from 1973.

"The Midnight Special" played a lot of things in this vein that I probably would never have heard otherwise, including Sam Hinton singing "It's A Long Way From Amphioxus".


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: A Song about a boy named Paul
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 16 Jun 08 - 12:28 PM

It was a staple of Derek Brimstone's show for several years. Its on one of his albums - with the customary witty intro. derek worships jeremy Taylor's songwriting.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Young Paul (Jeremy Taylor)
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 21 Aug 13 - 11:36 AM

There is a verse that comes between verses 4 and 5 above, which I half-remember from the album "Spike Milligan and Jeremy Taylor - An Adult Entertainment", live at Cambridge:

Old she was to be having a kid,
the pain of it drove her mad, it did.
???????????????????????????????????
"Oh, sod it", Ethel shouted, "oh, sod the kid!"

Also, I seem to remember line 2 of verse 5 above being instead:

"....like chitlins tied with a piece of string...."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Young Paul (Jeremy Taylor)
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 21 Aug 13 - 11:38 AM

WHile I'm being pedantic:

Verse 8 above, last line should be:

... with newspapers over their heads, they were content....


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