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Captain Swing 27 Jul 99 - 04:01 PM
Joe Offer 27 Jul 99 - 04:29 PM
Penny S. 27 Jul 99 - 07:57 PM
mike cahill 28 Jul 99 - 02:55 AM
alison 28 Jul 99 - 03:02 AM
Steve Parkes 28 Jul 99 - 03:45 AM
alison 28 Jul 99 - 04:25 AM
Captain Swing 28 Jul 99 - 03:35 PM
John Nolan 28 Jul 99 - 05:56 PM
Steve Parkes 29 Jul 99 - 04:04 AM
Roger the zimmer 29 Jul 99 - 04:11 AM
Roger the zimmer 30 Jul 99 - 10:40 AM
Steve Parkes 30 Jul 99 - 10:52 AM
Roger the zimmer 30 Jul 99 - 11:10 AM
GUEST,Riverman 15 Nov 03 - 07:22 PM
GUEST,dgerroll@aol.com 14 Dec 03 - 02:02 PM
GUEST, St John,s. nfld 26 Jan 13 - 08:52 AM
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Subject: Laughing Policeman
From: Captain Swing
Date: 27 Jul 99 - 04:01 PM

I am sure this has been mentioned before but can anyone point me in the direction of the words/music to the Laughing Policema


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE LAUGHING POLICEMAN
From: Joe Offer
Date: 27 Jul 99 - 04:29 PM

Copied from here (click)

The Laughing Policeman

(Grey)

(Performed by Charles Penrose)

I know a fat old policeman
He's always on our street
A fat and jolly red-faced man
He really is a treat
He's too kind for a policeman
He's never known to frown
And everybody says he is
The happiest man in town

A ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
Oo hoo hoo hoo ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
Oo hoo hoo hoo ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
Oo hoo hoo hoo ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

He laughs upon point duty
He laughs upon his beat
He laughs at everybody
When he's walking in the street
He never can stop laughing
He says he's never tried
But once he did arrest a man
And laughed until he cried

A ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
Ooo... ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
Ooo... hoo hoo ha ha ha ha ha ha
Oo hoo hoo hoo ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

His jolly face, it wrinkled
And then he shut his eyes
He opened his great mouth
It was a wondrous size
He said "I must arrest you"
He didn't know what for
And then he started laughing
Until he cracked his jaw

A ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
Ooo... ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
Ooo... ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
Ha ha ha ha ha ha oo hoo ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

So if you chance to meet him
When walking round the town
Just shake him by his fat old hand
And give him half a crown
His eyes will beam and sparkle
He'll gurgle with delight
And then you'll start him laughing
With all his blessed might

A ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
Ooo... ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
Ooo... hoo hoo ha ha ha ha ha ha
Oo hoo hoo, oo hoo, ha ha ha ha ha ha

Notes:

  • Verse 1: "Policeman" should be pronounced "p'liceman" for the sake of the scansion.
  • Verse 3: I'm glad policemen find wrongful arrest so amusing.
  • Verse 4: And bribery.
  • Choruses: Counting all those "ha"s nearly drove me insane.

I've never heard this one. anybody know the tune?
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Laughing Policeman
From: Penny S.
Date: 27 Jul 99 - 07:57 PM

I know it, I don't know how to write it, and I'm not going to try. Every Saturday, it seemed, in my childhood, the BBC's Junior Choice broadcast this song, and I grew to hate it. I can hear it now, and I will probably only be able to drive it from my mind by thinking of the hamsters.

Sorry,

Penny

PS And I started to hear it before I opened the thread. PS


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Subject: RE: Laughing Policeman
From: mike cahill
Date: 28 Jul 99 - 02:55 AM

Ditto penny one of the special memories of childhood, It started me smirking when I read the thread title


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Subject: RE: Laughing Policeman
From: alison
Date: 28 Jul 99 - 03:02 AM

I'll do it later

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Laughing Policeman
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 28 Jul 99 - 03:45 AM

Apparently there was a fad for "Laughing ..." songs in ... whatever decade it was - 'twenties, 'teens? A friend of mine years ago had a couple of 78s in the genre, same tune, both from the US. The only one I can remember was called "The Laughing Coon". (Please note I'm only using the "C" word because it's part of the song title.) The only bit of lyric I can remember is "A very close communion of mustache and of curl/The other fellow's kissing the other fellow's girl!/Ha ha ha etc.". I suspect our mirthful bobby is an Anglicised version of the theme, rather than the original. Plagiarism is a perfectly good source of new songs!

Steve


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Subject: Tune Add: THE LAUGHING POLICEMAN
From: alison
Date: 28 Jul 99 - 04:25 AM

Here's the tune..... very similar to something else... possibly Jake the Peg, (verses)....

I put the tune to the chorus but basically you just laugh a lot reasonably rhythmically

Slainte

alison

MIDI file: LAUGHI~1.MID

Timebase: 480

Name: The Laughing Policeman
TimeSig: 4/4 24 8
Tempo: 100 (600000 microsec/crotchet)
Key: F
Start
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End

This program is worth the effort of learning it.

To download the March 10 MIDItext 98 software and get instructions on how to use it click here

ABC format:

X:1
T:The Laughing Policeman
M:4/4
Q:1/4=100
K:F
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FFFFF/2F5/2F|ED_DDG3F|EEEEEEE3/2D/2|CCDEF2C2|
AFFFFFF2|ED_DDD4|EEEEEEEE|DCCCC4|AFFFFFFF|
ED_DDG3F|EEEEE/2EE3/2E|CCDEF4||


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Subject: RE: Laughing Policeman
From: Captain Swing
Date: 28 Jul 99 - 03:35 PM

Many many many thanks for all the replys, especially Alison's. You've made a middle aged man very happy.

Captain Swing


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Subject: RE: Laughing Policeman
From: John Nolan
Date: 28 Jul 99 - 05:56 PM

Penny S. - I completely understand your sentiments. "The Laughing Policeman" was Saturday morning fare on Uncle Mac's Favorites, along with "I'm a troll, fol de rol,", "A Four-Legged Friend," and Sparky's voice trapped in a cave, someplace. How did we survive that bilge?


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Subject: RE: Laughing Policeman
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 29 Jul 99 - 04:04 AM

John, surely it was listening to all that stuff that made us what we are today? I don't know what the rest of the 'Cat world used to listen to ...


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Subject: RE: Laughing Policeman
From: Roger the zimmer
Date: 29 Jul 99 - 04:11 AM

I agree with Steve (well, someone has to!), I hated a lot of it, wasn't MY childhood favourites, I wanted Louis Armstrong and Sidney Bechet, but the repetition got us learning stuff: introduced us to Burl Ives and Elton Hayes and from there to other things, especially when "Skiffle Club" was the next programme: Lonnie Donegan, Nancy Whisky, Miki & Griff, Wally Whyton and the Vipers, Ken Colyer, Beryl Bryden.....[Nurse, the screens, he's off again, it's the thread creeps, bring the syringe]


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Subject: RE: Laughing Policeman
From: Roger the zimmer
Date: 30 Jul 99 - 10:40 AM

..Prozac wearing off,thread creep revives, poking head round screen...
"...and Chas McDevitt and Shirley Douglas...wasn't so good when it changed to Guitar Club, but later, even better, replaced by Jack Jackson Show, years ahead of Kenny Everett, zany intros and gags mixed with both comic songs and big band jazz. He would play a snatch of a pop singer then machine guns, then into Woody Herman or Stan Kenton, use bits of Peter Sellars or Hancock dialogue to link tunes... "
Head disappears as attendants restrain him.


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Subject: RE: Laughing Policeman
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 30 Jul 99 - 10:52 AM

Ah - Jack Jackson! I remember him! How long have you been in this ward, Roger?


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Subject: RE: Laughing Policeman
From: Roger the zimmer
Date: 30 Jul 99 - 11:10 AM

I'm not saying how long, but I came on a Nechells tram!


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Subject: Laughing Policeman
From: GUEST,Riverman
Date: 15 Nov 03 - 07:22 PM

Can anyone send me MP3 recording os Laughing Poilceman by Charles Penrose? Need asap to play it at a talk I ma giving next week.

wwkelly@dsl.pipex.com


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Subject: RE: Laughing Policeman
From: GUEST,dgerroll@aol.com
Date: 14 Dec 03 - 02:02 PM

To all you curmudgeons who dont appreciate the joy of THE LAUGHING POLICEMAN let me say that it has stayed with me through childhood. Rather than disparage it try performing it - it is liberating. Unless of course you are scared of being silly.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Tune Req: Laughing Policeman
From: GUEST, St John,s. nfld
Date: 26 Jan 13 - 08:52 AM

The Carlton showband the laughing poilceman Andrea hutchings


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