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HiHo_Silver 23 Dec 08 - 06:50 PM
GUEST,Tara 31 Dec 08 - 09:44 PM
Jim Dixon 02 Jan 09 - 07:37 AM
GUEST,TJ in San Diego 02 Jan 09 - 04:38 PM
GUEST,Bryan Rodrigues 14 Mar 12 - 02:39 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: I Want A Cup Of Coffee and A Piece
From: HiHo_Silver
Date: 23 Dec 08 - 06:50 PM

Hello: Anyone know the lyrics to an old song with the following lines. "I want a cup of coffee and a piece of lemon pie I haven't got the money but I'll pay you bye and bye". Thanks


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Want A Cup Of Coffee and A Piece
From: GUEST,Tara
Date: 31 Dec 08 - 09:44 PM

My Grandmother used to sing that song to us. I thought the chorus went with the song Ja-Da.

Jada. Jada. Jada, Jada, Jing Jing Jing.
Jada. Jada. Jada, Jada, Jing Jing Jing.
Give me a cup of coffee and a piece of apple pie,
I haven't got the money but I'll pay you by and by.
Jada. Jada. Jada, Jada, Jing Jing Jing.


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Subject: Lyr Add: JA-DA (JA DA, JA DA, JING, JING, JING!)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 02 Jan 09 - 07:37 AM

Tara: Your version doesn't appear in the sheet music, but it could well be a variant.

From the sheet music at Indiana University Sheet Music Collections:

JA-DA (JA DA, JA DA, JING, JING, JING!)
Words and music by Bob Carleton
New York: Leo Feist, Inc., 1918.

1. You've heard all about your raggy melodies,
Ev'rything from opera down to harmony,
But I've a little song that I will sing to you.
It's going to win you through and through.
There ain't much to the words, but the music is grand,
And you'll be singing it to beat the band.
Now you've heard of your "Will o' the Wisp,"
But give a little listen to this:

CHORUS: It goes ja da (ja da), ja da (ja da), ja da ja da, jing, jing, jing.
(Ev'rybody's singing) ja da (ja da), ja da (ja da), ja da ja da, jing, jing, jing.
That's a funny little bit of melody.
It's so soothing and appealing to me.
It goes ja da (ja da), ja da (ja da), ja da ja da, jing jing jing!

2. Now ev'ryone was singing a Hawaiian strain.
Ev'ryone seemed to have it on their brain,
When Yaka Hicky Hoola Do was all the craze.
Why, that's the one that had 'em dazed.
The object now is for something new,
Something that will appeal to you;
And here's a little melody that you will find
Will linger, linger there on your mind: CHORUS

[Recorded by:
Beatrice Lillie (feat. in the London Show "Bran Pie Revue") – 1918
The New Orleans Jazz Band* - 1918
The Original New Orleans Jazz Band* - 1919
Arthur Fields (with Billy Murray) - 1919
Jim Europe's 369th Infantry "Hellfighters" Band* - 1919
The Arkansas Travelers* - 1927
Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra - 1936
Alice Faye (feat. in the film "Rose Of Washington Square") - 1939
Bobby Hackett & His Orchestra - 1939
Bob Crosby & His Orch. - 1940
Errol Garner Trio - 1952
Johnny & the Hurricanes - 1961
The Pointer Sisters – 1973
...and many, many others.

[*The links take you to the Red Hot Jazz Archive, which has playable files. Unfortunately, none of these versions has lyrics.]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Want A Cup Of Coffee and A Piece
From: GUEST,TJ in San Diego
Date: 02 Jan 09 - 04:38 PM

This song was on an early album by the old folk group, The Journeymen, which included Scott McKenzie, Dick Weissman and future Mamas and Papas singer John Phillips among its members. They were considered one of the up and coming folk groups in the early days of the "revival," but split up and moved on to other endeavors.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Want a Cup of Coffee and a Piece of ...
From: GUEST,Bryan Rodrigues
Date: 14 Mar 12 - 02:39 AM

My grandmother used to sing similar lyrics that the original poster mentioned:
"I'll have a cup of coffee and a piece of lemon pie, I haven't any money but I'll pay you bye and bye"

I listened to about 40 versions of Ja-Da and didn't find any with that lyric.

There's also the song "Let's have another cup of coffee" by Irving Berlin with the lyrics:
Just around the corner, there's a rainbow in the sky
So let's have another cup of coffee, let's have another piece of pie.

Another tune which matches somewhat is The Shan Van Voght (Vocht) by Larry Gorman:

I want some yellow dye, said the Shan Van Vogh
And some concentrated lye, said the Shan Van Vogh
I have no money now, I give my solemn vow
But I'll pay you bye and bye, said the Shan Van Vogh.

Maybe Ja-Da was adapted from this, hard to say. My grandmother was not Irish but she was born around the turn of the century so she could have been singing any popular song from 1900 - 1950. In spite all of this information, I have yet to hear a definitive version of the recorded song with the lyrics my grandmother sang, which must be valid and eluding this discussion unless the first poster and I have the same grandmother, which is possible but unlikely.


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