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The songs of Paddy Roberts.

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Subject: The songs of Paddy Roberts.
From: Folkbloke
Date: 04 Jul 99 - 01:55 PM

I am at present trying to get the lyrics of the Ballad of Bethnal Green. If anyone can help me with this and/or any other material by Paddy Roberts please post your message, or contact me dirct at folkbloke@cwcom.net


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Subject: RE: The songs of Paddy Roberts.
From: Derek
Date: 05 Jul 99 - 04:01 PM

I believe I have an LP record by Paddy Roberts. 'At The Blue Angel' I think it's called. Next time I'm home I'll look it out and see if the song is on it.


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Subject: RE: The songs of Paddy Roberts.
From: Folkbloke
Date: 05 Jul 99 - 06:13 PM

Thanks Derek, look forward to hearing from you. Even if bethnal green is not on the LP, I would appreciate the details of recordlabel and number as I would love to get hold of a copy, most probably from a collectors sale or something. If anyone else can help with any Paddy roberts material please contact.


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Subject: RE: The songs of Paddy Roberts.
From: GUEST,Sandra
Date: 26 Sep 06 - 04:04 PM

I'm looking for 'Sister Josephine' Has anyone got a copy?


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Subject: RE: The songs of Paddy Roberts.
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 26 Sep 06 - 04:16 PM

Guest: Sandra

What timing!
There's currently a thread Jake Thackray about a TV programme for the entertainer. A link from that thread takes you straight to a YouTube clip of Jake singing "Sister Josephine"

CHEERS
Nigel


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Subject: RE: The songs of Paddy Roberts.
From: Splott Man
Date: 28 Sep 06 - 03:52 AM

I've got a Paddy Roberts songbook at home, in a box somewhere as I've just moved. I've put a post-it in my pocket to look it up this weekend. Will hopefully post the lyrics next week, if someone doesn't beat me to it.


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Subject: RE: The songs of Paddy Roberts.
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T
Date: 28 Sep 06 - 07:19 AM

Yer 'tis.

BALLAD OF BETHNAL GREEN
(Paddy Roberts)

I tell a tale of a jealous male and a maid of sweet sixteen.
She was blond and dumb and she lived with her mum on the fringe of Bethnal Green,
And she worked all week for a rich old Greek and her dad was on the dole,
But her one delight on a Friday night was to have a little rock and roll.

Now one fine day in the month of May she met her big romance.
He was dark and sleek with a scar on his cheek and a pair of stovepipe pants,
And she said, 'To you I would be true through all the years to come'
For she loved the gay abandoned way he chewed his chewing gum.

Now all went well because he fell for her girlish charms,
But he had a doubt when he caught her out in someone else's arms,
And he said, 'Look here! You know, my dear, this is going a bit too far' (fa-la)
And he went quite white and sloshed her right in the middle of a cha-cha-cha.

They went before a man of the law who said, 'This will not do.
I've had enough of the sort of stuff I get from the likes of you.'
And was she peeved when he received a longish term in clink!
In a fit of pique she married the Greek and now she's dressed in mink.


Don T.


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Subject: RE: The songs of Paddy Roberts.
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T
Date: 28 Sep 06 - 07:24 AM

P.S. That is exactly as it was typed, but when it first came out verse 2 referred to drainpipe pants (not stovepipe, which was the type of hat worn by Abe Lincoln and Isambard Kingdom Brunel), which were the uniform choice of the "Teddy Boys" of that time.

Don T.


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Subject: RE: The songs of Paddy Roberts.
From: Lanfranc
Date: 28 Sep 06 - 10:44 AM

So, why change it, Don?

"Drainpipe pants" makes sense in the context of the time when the song was written, as does "in the middle of a cha-cha-cha". "Stovepipe" is not only anachronistic it's even more confusing than the original!

Paddy Roberts recordings always had "drainpipe", and that's what I always sing. I also do "The Belle of Barking Creek", "The Englishman and his Sang-froid", "Follow Me", "Love isn't What it Used to Be", and "Merry Christmas you Suckers" when roused.

Trouble is, at my age, I take a bit of rousing!

Alan


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Subject: RE: The songs of Paddy Roberts.
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T
Date: 28 Sep 06 - 02:19 PM

I didn't change it Alan. When I did a search, that's what came up, which is how I posted it, then noticed the word and put in the second post.

Don T.


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Subject: RE: The songs of Paddy Roberts.
From: Lanfranc
Date: 28 Sep 06 - 07:02 PM

Ah - I didn't think that it seemed like a Donish thing to do!

Sorry for the misunderstanding.

Alan


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Subject: RE: The songs of Paddy Roberts.
From: Gurney
Date: 28 Sep 06 - 11:43 PM

Don't forget the 'to my rit-fal-lal, to my titty-fal-lal, to my itty-bitty fal-dal-day' chorus.

Drainpipe pants. Started well. They came before a man of the law. Not that it matters.


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Subject: RE: The songs of Paddy Roberts.
From: GUEST,obie
Date: 29 Sep 06 - 06:15 AM

What happened to the Jake Thackray thread?


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Subject: RE: The songs of Paddy Roberts.
From: GUEST,obie
Date: 29 Sep 06 - 06:17 AM

Just a bad clickie I guess.


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Subject: RE: The songs of Paddy Roberts.
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 29 Sep 06 - 11:48 AM

Jake Thackray thread
It got combined, but the link went to the half which was deleted.

CHEERS
Nigel


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Subject: RE: The songs of Paddy Roberts.
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 29 Sep 06 - 02:59 PM

do I also remember The Belle of Barking Creek

oh woe is me and alas is I
A tear runs down my cheek
As I retell of poor little Nell
the Belle of Barking Creek

or perhaps it was in an alternative reality field, I encountered outside the starship?


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Subject: RE: The songs of Paddy Roberts.
From: oggie
Date: 29 Sep 06 - 04:19 PM

'World of British Comedy' Decca I think, has 'Ballad of Bethnal Green ' on it. Also got gems by Spike Milligan, Marty Feldman and Frankie Howerd. Cost me 99p (£1 record token and not allowed change) in 1970something.

And it is drainpipe pants.

oggie

PS Have just found my copy by excavating my record collection!


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Subject: RE: The songs of Paddy Roberts.
From: Thomas Stern
Date: 29 Sep 06 - 06:33 PM

four lp's have been reissued on 2CDs in the UK, some US suppliers
also carry them:
Songs for Gay Dogs/Funny World
Strictly for Grown Ups/Tries Again


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Subject: RE: The songs of Paddy Roberts.
From: Thomas Stern
Date: 29 Sep 06 - 06:44 PM

http://www.must-close-saturday-records.co.uk/html/pages/paddyroberts1.html
STRICTLY FOR GROWN-UPS

    1. Love isn't what it used to be
    2. Follow me
    3. Don't upset the little kiddy-winks
    4. The architect
    5. The big dee jay
    6. L'Anglais avec son sang froid
    7. The ballad of Bethnal Green
    8. Love in a mist
    9. A short song
    10. Growing old
    11. I've got the blues
    12. Lavender cowboy
    13. Poor little country girl

PADDY ROBERTS TRIES AGAIN

    14. Let me introduce the boys
    15. I gave my love a cherry
    16. You're a square
    17. We've never had it so good
    18. I want to go home
    19. The Belle of Barking Creek
    20. Why did it all begin?
    21. An awful lot of bull
    22. I love Mary
    23. The pie-eyed piper
    24. Tattooed lady
    25. We've got to thank Columbus
    26. What's all this fuss about love?

http://www.must-close-saturday-records.co.uk/html/pages/paddyroberts2.html
SONGS FOR GAY DOGS

    1. Three old ladies
    2. Down in Drury Lane
    3. Don't use the WC / Gentlemen must refrain
    4. Ten in a bed
    5. Foggy foggy dew
    6. Lady Jane
    7. How the money rolls in
    8. The woodpecker's hole
    9. Turn over
    10. Virgin sturgeon
    11. Elsie Elsie (Listen...)
    12. Sweet Fanny Adams
    13. Sammy Hall
    14. The whore of Dunblane
    15. The cow kicked Nelly
    16. The little piggy
    17. That's all for now

FUNNY WORLD

    18. Funny world
    19. Down with Rhodesia
    20. Old brown man
    21. Joe's girl
    22. The frog prince
    23. Learn to fly little bird
    24. Minestrone
    25. Chinese girl
    26. The old French quarter
    27. Brown Danube
    28. A penny for song (Listen...)
    29. Not such a bad place (Listen...)


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Subject: RE: The songs of Paddy Roberts.
From: Lanfranc
Date: 29 Sep 06 - 07:33 PM

Just ordered the above from Amazon!

Thanks, sternth!

Alan


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Subject: RE: The songs of Paddy Roberts.
From: GUEST,Jenny
Date: 24 Nov 07 - 08:31 AM

The Belle of Barking Creek contains the line "and her age has been a steady 21 since 1942" which at the time made her about 42years old.


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Subject: RE: The songs of Paddy Roberts.
From: GUEST,fred the wine
Date: 11 Jan 08 - 08:53 AM

can anyone let me have the words for 'when I was a little wolf cub'


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Subject: RE: The songs of Paddy Roberts.
From: alanabit
Date: 11 Jan 08 - 10:25 AM

I can't recall the lyrics in full, but it may point someone in the right direction to know that the title is "Follow Me".

"Follow me, follow me
Tonight is the night of the jamboree".


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Subject: ADD: Follow Me (part)
From: Splott Man
Date: 11 Jan 08 - 11:03 AM

Here's all I can remember after 40 years:


FOLLOW ME
(as sung by Paddy Roberts)

When I was a little Wolf Cub, and you were a Brownie,
We always remembered our good turn each day.
First it was your turn, and then it was my turn.
And life was so wonderful and carefree and gay.

Follow me, follow me,
Tonight is the night of the Jamboree.

When I was a little Wolf Cub, and you were a Brownie,
We learned all the regulations of which there were lots.
We wandered into the clover, and tried them all over,
And you did your semaphore, while I did my knots.

Follow me, follow me,
Tonight is the night of the Jamboree.

When I was a little Wolf Cub, and you were a Brownie,
We did everything a Wolf Cub and Brownie should do.
I wanted to be a Boy Scout so I could salute you
With three fingers vertical instead of just two.

Follow me, follow me,
We'll go to the grotto, and get slightly blotto,
To hell with the motto,
Follow me.


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Subject: RE: The songs of Paddy Roberts.
From: GUEST,Murray on Saltspring
Date: 11 Jan 08 - 11:21 PM

I can't remember all of the tune of "Bethnal Green". Can anyone supply the music?


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Subject: RE: The songs of Paddy Roberts.
From: GUEST,cathy
Date: 21 Jan 08 - 05:09 PM

where can I download the song laverder cowboy? I am singing it in a panto but dont know the tune. can anyone help. I am desperate. Can you drop me a link or the song to my email add cathybh57@aol.com asap


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Subject: RE: The songs of Paddy Roberts.
From: GUEST,Elly
Date: 13 Feb 09 - 11:43 PM

Has anyone got the words to The Tattooed Lady?
All I remember is: And right roung her waist in impecable taste was a python devouring a rabbit.
I used to have an LP of his, but it's long gone.
Any chance of getting hold of his songs these days? Have they been re-recorded?


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Subject: RE: The songs of Paddy Roberts.
From: Gurney
Date: 14 Feb 09 - 12:45 AM

Tattooed Lady, by Paddy Roberts (click), does not seem to be in the DT, but Nigel Parsons supplied the words some time ago. If you put Tattooed Lady in the forum search box and click, 3rd one down will get you there.


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Subject: RE: The songs of Paddy Roberts.
From: GUEST,James
Date: 07 Mar 10 - 06:18 AM

I recall seeing the sheet music for a Paddy Roberts song with the lines:

"I'm going out with a blowsey old trout called Sadie.
Whatever she is, she's certainly not a lady."

I haven't been able to find anything further - can anyone out there help?


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Subject: RE: The songs of Paddy Roberts.
From: ruairiobroin
Date: 07 Mar 10 - 10:27 AM

both   Sister Josephine and Bethnal Green are posted on youtube


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Subject: RE: The songs of Paddy Roberts.
From: Snuffy
Date: 07 Mar 10 - 06:53 PM

Sister Josephine is by Jake Thackray, not Paddy Roberts


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Subject: RE: The songs of Paddy Roberts.
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 08 Mar 10 - 08:08 AM

I LOVE MARY
(Paddy Roberts)

I love Mary,
Shy little blue-eyed Mary,
Warm and glowing as an autumn sky,
Sweet, sweet Mary, never a bit contrary.
And I'll love her 'til the day I die.
But I'm going out with a blowzy ol' trout called Sadie.
She's right on the ball but she ain't what you call a lady,
But she's twice as rich as Croesus,
Sleeps in golden fleeces,
And when I see the dough, my principles go to pee-pee-pieces.
Well, I'm weak in the head when it comes to the ready money.
Just jingle the tin, very soon I'll begin to dance.
And though I love Mary,
Pretty little Mary,
Mary doesn't stand a chance.

Yes, I've got a date with a crabby old crate called Sadie.
Got a face like a cart, and believe me she's not a lady.
As a beauty she's a 'zoomer'(?), but I'll keep my sense of humour.
I can stomach a lot, as long as she's got that old mazuma.
So I put out the cat, and I do this and that for Sadie,
And if I keep my health I could end up a wealthy man,
And though I love Mary, gentle little Mary,
Mary doesn't suit my plan.
Mary's just an also ran.


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Subject: RE: The songs of Paddy Roberts.
From: GUEST,James
Date: 18 Mar 10 - 07:26 AM

Thank you Nigel Parsons.


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Subject: RE: The songs of Paddy Roberts. Lady Jane
From: GUEST,Henri
Date: 18 Jan 12 - 12:28 PM

I seek the lyrics as sung by Paddy Roberts of Lady Jane. Many of his recordings are now available on Spotify but Lady Jane is not. I am certain his lyrics were more repeatable than most of the disgusting lyrics in the many internet Rugby songs and as I wish to be able to sing the song in polite society it would be nice to know his treatment.


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Subject: RE: The songs of Paddy Roberts.
From: Bert
Date: 18 Jan 12 - 12:51 PM

For what it is worth, Barking Creek is an open sewer and is the very place that the sewer in "British Workman's Grave" was headed.

It is also the creek from the saying "Up the Creek".


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Subject: RE: The songs of Paddy Roberts.
From: Edthefolkie
Date: 14 Sep 12 - 12:10 PM

On a whim, nipped into the local Oxfam shop - and there were the two Paddy Roberts EPs in very good condition. They were £3.99 each. But I couldn't resist - especially when I saw the bit on the sleeve about "to clean use a fairly dry martini". They are first pressings by the look of them, 1959 and 1960.

Took me straight back to 1959 when we grammar school boys used to play things like this on our Dansettes - a prelude to the much more rebellious stuff which came later.

Somebody on one of the threads namechecked Jake Thackray, Ian Dury and Noël Coward in connection with Paddy Roberts - very perceptive I think.

I now have to find out who was in the Dennis Wilson Octet/quartet, who presumably play on the tracks, as Dennis Wilson did the arrangements! Not THAT Dennis Wilson, the other one.


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Subject: RE: The songs of Paddy Roberts.
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Sep 12 - 11:58 PM

Ed, 'Paddy Roberts Tries Again' names them. "Let Me Introduce The Boys."


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Subject: Lyr Add: I LOVE MARY (Paddy Roberts)
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 04 Mar 13 - 04:39 PM

I LOVE MARY
Paddy Roberts

I love Mary,
Shy little blue-eyed Mary.
Warm and glowing as an Autumn sky.
Sweet, sweet, Mary, never a bit contrary.
And I'll love her 'til the day I die.
But I'm going out with a blousy ol' trout called Sadie.
She's right on the ball, but she ain't what you'd call a lady.
But she's twice as rich as Croesus;
Sleeps in golden fleeces.
And when I see the dough, my principles go to pee-pee-pieces.
I'm weak in the head when it comes to the ready money.
Just jingle the tin, very soon I'll begin to dance.
And though I love Mary, pretty little Mary,
Mary doesn't stand a chance.

Yes I've got a date with a crabby old crate called Sadie.
Got a face like a cart, and believe me she's not a lady.
As a beauty she's a stumer, but I'll keep my sense of humour.
I can stomach the lot, as long as she's got that old mazuma.
So I put out the cat, and I do this and that for Sadie.
And if I keep my health I could end up a wealthy man.
And though I love Mary, gentle little Mary
Mary doesn't suit my plan, Mary's just an also ran.

Lyrics transcribed from "Paddy Roberts tries again"
NP


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Subject: RE: The songs of Paddy Roberts.
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 04 Mar 13 - 04:42 PM

The above transcription is a great improvement on my previous attempt which was from memory of over 30 years!
Now I'll look at some of the linked threads to see what else needs corrections!


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