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Lyr Req: The Golden Dustman (G Le Brunn, E Graham)

GUEST,Puck 14 Aug 09 - 07:39 PM
GUEST,Peace 14 Aug 09 - 07:46 PM
Joe Offer 14 Aug 09 - 08:09 PM
GUEST,Puck 15 Aug 09 - 04:45 PM
Peace 16 Aug 09 - 12:51 AM
GUEST,puck 16 Aug 09 - 09:08 AM
Peace 16 Aug 09 - 07:40 PM
Jim Dixon 22 Aug 09 - 02:37 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: The golden dustmen
From: GUEST,Puck
Date: 14 Aug 09 - 07:39 PM

Does anyone have the lyrics to 'The Golden Dustmen' - a song about dustmen in the 1800's finding what was a fortune to them whilst clearing out an old dead miser's house. A song in the music hall tradition. I would be very grateful to anyone who can supply me with the lyrics.
Pee


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The golden dustmen
From: GUEST,Peace
Date: 14 Aug 09 - 07:46 PM

The Golden Dustman.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The golden dustmen
From: Joe Offer
Date: 14 Aug 09 - 08:09 PM

I really enjoy these old British Music Hall songs - when I understand them. The combination of tinny recording and strong accent makes it very hard for me to understand them.
Can anybody offer a transcription?
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The golden dustmen
From: GUEST,Puck
Date: 15 Aug 09 - 04:45 PM

Thank you for the link Peace. It's infuriating when you get most of the lyrics but just can't make out the final one or two words.
This version uses a different rhythym to the version I've heard previously and I now have the lyrics complete!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The golden dustmen
From: Peace
Date: 16 Aug 09 - 12:51 AM

Great. I couldn't understand half the words or I'd have tried to get it transcribed.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE GOLDEN DUSTMAN
From: GUEST,puck
Date: 16 Aug 09 - 09:08 AM

THE GOLDEN DUSTMAN

Me an' ol' Bill Smith bein' dust-boys,
Always worked the same ol' round.
Strange to say we struck a gold mine [or Klondike]
And we shared the wealth we found.
How it happened there's a miser, would never let us shift his dust.
Well Tuesday night he dies and Wednesday, like two burglars in we busts.
Gets to work and bless yer eyesight! Oh! such wealth you'd never saw.
Ha'pennies on the floor in thousands! To think that last week I was poor!

CHORUS
'Cos nah I'm a gonna be a reg'lar toff, a-ridin' in a carriage with a pair,
With a top-hat on me 'ead, and fevvers, in me bed,
I'll call me-self the Duke of Barnet Fair,
As to the 'asterakhanner' [astrakan] round the bottom of me coat,
And a Piccadilly winder [monocle] in me eye.
Fancy all the dustmen shouting in me ear,
'Leave us in yer will before you die!'

Stuck inside a rusty saucepan, what looks like a worn out mat!
Close inspection - 'twas a stocking, full of nuggets big as that!
Down we falls upon our kneeses! See us scooping up the wealth.
When up I jumps and oh! so happy! I 'ardly could believe meself!
When the gaffer comes and says "'ere 'iggins, ya gets to work , ya looks 'arf tight!"
'Aw! Gets to what? 'ere who ya kiddin', you can dine with me next Sunday night!'

CHORUS etc.....'cos nah I'm a gonna...

In the summer I'll go yachting [pronounced 'ee-atchin'], with the Dukes and Emperors.
In the autumn, spot yer 'umble, shootin' grouses on the moors.
What price I'll be driving tandem? with a Countess by me-side,
And if she'd like to pop the question, well I'll consent to be her bride!
As for low insinuations as regards me style and 'sich',
Well I'll soon teach 'em 'etty-ketty'
When I wipes this cross their snitch! [clenching fist??]

FINAL CHORUS...'Cos nah I'm a gonna be a.....


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Subject: LYRIC ADD post above by Puck.
From: Peace
Date: 16 Aug 09 - 07:40 PM

GREAT, Puck. Many thanks.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The golden dustmen
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 22 Aug 09 - 02:37 PM

The British Library Integrated Catalogue lists the sheet music for THE GOLDEN DUSTMAN. It was written by George Le Brunn and E. Graham, and published by Francis, Day & Hunter in 1897.

The catalogue of the British Library Sound Archive lists recordings by Gus Elen (1931, 1932) and by Cosmotheka.


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