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Lyr Req: The Pigeons?/ You Should Have Seen 'Em Go

Dave Hunt 25 May 10 - 05:54 PM
Jim Dixon 27 May 10 - 10:44 AM
Dave Hunt 28 May 10 - 05:54 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: The Pigeons
From: Dave Hunt
Date: 25 May 10 - 05:54 PM

Many years ago I learned a song off a friend, who told me he got it from the baker in Chipping Camden - and that this baker said he'd never heard it outside Chipping Camden - which was not surprising as he'd never been outside Chipping Camden - well - makes a good introduction!

We have always known it as 'The pigeons' but it probably has another title. What I want to know is if anyone has ever heard it before, where it comes from, (sounds like English Music Hall?) and if there are any more verses? - or any information at all!

The other day I done a deal. for eighteen pence I bought
A pair of racing pigeons to fly 'em, as I thought.
I bought 'em as young 'uns, but I was had no doubt
They knew their way back well enough, for when I let 'em out?

You should have seen 'em go; you should have seen 'em fly.
To my one and sixpence I bade goodbye.
I whistled to call 'em back, but me labours were in vain.
They were gone and the odds are a hundred to one I'll never see them again.

My luck has been right out of late, thanks to the want of trade.
I owe the landlord six months' rent, and ructions he has made.
He sent I round a letter, which said he did intend
If I weren't out by 12 tonight the bailiffs in he'd send.

Well, you should've seen us go; you should have seen us fly,
The wife with her happy home on her back as we said goodbye.
He whistled to call us back, but his labours were in vain.
We were gone and the odds are a hundred to one he'll never see us again.

I courted a girl, she's married now, but still she's fond of me,
And since her husband worked 'till late, she asked I round for tea.
Well he must've got suspicious - or else he had the sack,
For as we sat there cosy like the damned fool he came back.

Well, you should've seen I go. you should've seen I fly,
Out the window with a kick up the arse and a good black eye.
He whistled to call I back, but his labours were in vain.
I was gone and the odds are a hundred to one?I'll never go there again.

Any information gratefully received! Dave Hunt
www.sunshinearts.co.uk


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Pigeons
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 27 May 10 - 10:44 AM

Both the British Library and the Oxford University Library have copies of the sheet music for a song called YOU SHOULD HAVE SEEN 'EM GO, words by George Lyons, music by John Stanford Baker, arranged by Warwick Williams, sung by George Beresford and "Major Miles", published in London by Francis Bros. & Day, in 1889.

First line: "On Monday morning from a man for sixteen pence I bought...."

This information is from WorldCat.org.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Pigeons / You Should Have Seen 'Em Go
From: Dave Hunt
Date: 28 May 10 - 05:54 AM

Many thanks for that Jim - I'll try to find out how to access the Libraries


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