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Lyr Req: Sheriff of Midsomer Norton (The Wurzels)

JeffB 11 Jun 10 - 06:49 PM
Jim Dixon 12 Jun 10 - 10:42 PM
JeffB 14 Jun 10 - 11:16 AM
GUEST 30 Jun 10 - 06:31 PM
GUEST 30 Jun 10 - 06:39 PM
JeffB 01 Jul 10 - 05:13 PM
Jim Dixon 09 Jul 10 - 08:41 PM
GUEST,Bardford 10 Jul 10 - 09:11 PM
GUEST,Oliver Dickinson 06 Mar 11 - 04:10 AM
GUEST,Plingsby 22 May 11 - 02:21 AM
GUEST,Dave in Michigan 22 May 11 - 04:19 PM
GUEST,.gargoyle 22 May 11 - 08:11 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Sherriff of Midsomer Norton
From: JeffB
Date: 11 Jun 10 - 06:49 PM

Does anyone know how The Sherriff of Midsomer Norton goes? I can only say that it was written by the (still lamented) Adge Cutler and recorded by him and The Wurzels in 1967.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sherriff of Midsomer Norton
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 12 Jun 10 - 10:42 PM

I found this one verse quoted in another forum:

(To the tune of HOME ON THE RANGE:)

O, give me a home
Where the Zider be grown,
And the wenches are there for the courtin'.
Over Mendip I'll ride,
With six guns at me side.
I'm the sheriff of Midsomer Norton.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sherriff of Midsomer Norton
From: JeffB
Date: 14 Jun 10 - 11:16 AM

Thanks very much Jim, that's a start!


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Subject: Lyr Add: SHERIFF OF MIDSOMER NORTON (The Wurzels)
From: GUEST
Date: 30 Jun 10 - 06:31 PM

I loved cowboy movies when I were a lad
Singing yippee I yaddle I yaddle??????????
And now when I see them again on TV
I long to be back in the saddle
From Farrington Gurney to Radstock and Frome
Are the patches I deal with at leisure
I'm quick on the draw, just shot maw and paw
And me grandmother just for good measure

Chorus

I practice lassoing on my grey-haired wife
That's why she's dowdy and dumpy
She'd up and she'd out, if 'tweren't for her gout
And inordinate passion for scrumpy

Chorus

This morning a cowboy disputed my claim
That on six guns there's nobody quicker
But me aim went awry, so who wants to buy
Three dead pheasants, two hens and the vicar
So now here I languish in old Horfield jailhouse
Deprived of my conjugal rights
I just asked the sarge
Aye what be the charge
He said parking a horse without lights

Chorus


That's what I can hear on my live album I have, glad to help.

Shaneba3skate.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sheriff of Midsomer Norton
From: GUEST
Date: 30 Jun 10 - 06:39 PM

also the chorus written above is correct apart from lines 4 and 5 are the wrong way round,

six guns at me zide
o'er mendip i ride

is the way adge sings it on my version.

shaneba3skate.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sheriff of Midsomer Norton
From: JeffB
Date: 01 Jul 10 - 05:13 PM

Guest, that's really great. Thanks a million.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sheriff of Midsomer Norton
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 09 Jul 10 - 08:41 PM

Do I understand correctly that the 6 lines I posted back on 12 Jun 10 are actually the chorus?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sheriff of Midsomer Norton
From: GUEST,Bardford
Date: 10 Jul 10 - 09:11 PM

I cannot tell you what a thrill it is to hear (well, read) the birthplace (Radstock) of my grandfather immortalized in a country&western song. I wonder if this town shows up in any others...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sheriff of Midsomer Norton
From: GUEST,Oliver Dickinson
Date: 06 Mar 11 - 04:10 AM

shaneba3skate's version is near-perfect (and thanks to him for reminding me of last verse, also the correct placenames), but in the first verse I think it goes Yippee-i-addy-i-addle, and line 6 is definitely "*Apaches* I deal with at leisure". I think, in the last verse, it might be "Oy, what be the charge?"

I don't recall Radstock appearing in any other Adge Cutler songs. We had at least one LP out at the British School of Archaeology in Athens in the old days (late 1960s), and played them quite frequently.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sheriff of Midsomer Norton (The Wurzels)
From: GUEST,Plingsby
Date: 22 May 11 - 02:21 AM

A working colleague of mine was the son of the vicar of Midsomer Norton. He wrote to Adge Cutler, asking for his father back.

"But me aim went awry, so who wants to buy
Three dead pheasants, two hens and the vicar"

He got a very amusing letter back offering lifetime membership of the fan club. Sadly, Adge Cutler was dead just a few weeks later.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sheriff of Midsomer Norton (The Wurzels)
From: GUEST,Dave in Michigan
Date: 22 May 11 - 04:19 PM

Bardford wrote: "I wonder if [Radstock] shows up in any others" ...

I don't know any other scrumpy-and-western songs mentioning it,
but there's this in the Fiddler's Companion [part only, for brevity]:

RADSTOCK JIG, THE. English, Country Dance Tune (cut time). C Major/A Dorian. Standard tuning. AB. The English collector Cecil Sharp noted this tune from one James Higgins (1819-c. 1910), a fiddle player who was living at the time in Shepton Mallett Union, a workhouse. It was originally simply called "Radstock" (the 'jig' in the title denoting not metre but rather simply a tune for dancing). Higgins was a native of the village of Shepton Mallet, Somerset, where he was a clerk in the local Co-operative Society, and Radstock was a nearby mining town. There is some thought, although no evidence, that the tune may have been in the repertoire of the Radstock Band, an old village band. However, the melody appears to be a close relation of the relatively common Irish hornpipe "Poll Ha'penny." Maude Karpeles, another English collector, published the tune in a book of tunes to accompany Northwest morris dances.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sheriff of Midsomer Norton (The Wurze
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 22 May 11 - 08:11 PM

WONDERFUL ....



Thank you so VERY much.



I hold my Wruzel collection dear...and have seldom posted it here.

Sincerely,

Gargoyle



Recently, delving into French song/tales/lore ... they make the Duetchers and Brit look prophylactic...Little Red is drinking her granny's blood, eating her flesh, and jumping, naked into bed with wolf....while remarking about his broad sholders.)


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