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Lyr Req: Doctor's Daughter (Lonnie Donegan)


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GUEST,licette 02 Nov 10 - 05:00 AM
Jim Dixon 03 Nov 10 - 10:37 AM
Roger the Skiffler 03 Nov 10 - 11:13 AM
GUEST,licette 03 Nov 10 - 02:52 PM
Roger the Skiffler 04 Nov 10 - 11:08 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: DOCTOR's DAUGHTER (Lonnie Donegan)
From: GUEST,licette
Date: 02 Nov 10 - 05:00 AM


Lonnie released this song in 1965 in the Marquee Studios in London
The composer is unknown.
I found it in MORE THAN PYE IN THE SKY CD#7 track#17

I tried to transcript the words but I hadn't no luck.
Any help would be greatly appreciated

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Subject: Lyr Add: THE DOCTOR'S DAUGHTER (1732)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 03 Nov 10 - 10:37 AM

Licette: If this isn't the right song, could you quote any lines or phrases from the song you want?

From The Hive: A Collection of the Most Celebrated Songs, Volume 4 (London: J. Walthoe, 1732), page 227:


In London town there liv'd, well known,
A doctor old and wary.
A daughter fair was all his care,
How to dispose and marry.
This daughter, she, as all agree,
Was wond'rous neat and pretty.
Ye parents dear, I pray draw near,
And listen unto my ditty.

The doctor bent with full intent,
A country 'squire shou'd have her;
For he had pence instead of sense,
Which gain'd this old man's favour.
The daughter she wou'd not agree.
This was no match for Kitty.
Ye maidens all, too apt to fall,
Come listen unto my ditty.

A neighb'ring spark, a lawyer's clerk,
This fair maid's heart obtain'd.
With love and truth, the gentle youth
All her affections gain'd.
The doctor he wou'd not agree.
Alas! and more the pity.
Ye lovers true, altho' but few,
Come listen unto my ditty.

The 'squire address'd, the doctor press'd,
But cou'd not bring her over.
She each defies, and both denies,
Nor will she lose her lover.
The lover flew, when this he knew,
And runs away with Kitty;
Thus soon, my love, I hope to prove
The fact of this my ditty.

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Subject: Lyr Req: DOCTOR'S DAUGHTER (Lonnie Donegan)
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 03 Nov 10 - 11:13 AM

This is obviously an Americanised version of the one Jim quoted. Liner notes claim origin is unknown.
Transcribed from CD "The Folk Album…plus" by Lonnie Donegan. I've not given "going" as "gonna" etc. It may not be 100% accurate but it does make (sort of) sense. Done in the talking blues style


My name is Jack & to hear folk talk, well I done pretty good.
Let me tell you about my courting days when I had hair on my head (?)
See, I loved this mean old doctor's girl
He was about the worst old grump in the world
One day he grabbed me with eyes wild
"No poor boy's going to marry my child"
So I set to a-robbing to get me some cash
I came on some robbers a-brewing some corn mash
They said "Young man you'll have to hang ,
If you don't tie up with us robbing gang
So I stole the golden lining from the clouds in the sky
I stole the horse from Jesse James as he came riding by
I stole Paul Bunyan's Ox, Babe Blue (?)
I stole everything that you know
Then I bought myself a little VW and went riding home

But when old Doc seen I was rich he cried
And he turned round and said I'd lied
About all that stealing, and the rest (?)
He allowed he'd try me a little test
He said he wasn't about to admit he was beat
So if I come over there and steal the sheet
From under him, his wife and his cat
While they was sleeping on it, It was proof of that
Well I was young and foolish and I said I'd try
And next night when the moon was riding high
I made me a dummy with a wooden head
And I snuck up to the window next to Doc's bed
I heard them three snoring like a buzzing aeroplane
I hoisted that dummy and broke out the window pane
Doc grabbed his rifle, took his aim and fired a mighty sound
I groaned dropped the dummy, spreading sawdust (?) all around
Doc swore and cussed when the body fell
"Now look what you done, we'll go to jail
If you don't bury Jack with his hat and all
?So we can escape arm of the law"?
When Doc went into the barn to get him a spade
I groaned and grumbled through the window shade
"You better take the sheet off the bed, I guess
Hand it here so's I can clear up this mess"
A few minutes later I heard Doc laugh
"Hey, that's a block of wood I shot in half"
But his old woman said from the kitchen door
"Well, what do you want the bedsheet for?"
[she knew]
They both knew I had fooled them, so sadly they did speak
That their girl they'd have to let marry Jack next Sunday week
I know they searched the whole night through until the misty dawn
They never found their darling
I'd done swiped her and had gone
I'd done swiped her and had gone

I hope you don't want all the tracks from the "Bear Family Pye in the Sky" set transcribed! I don't have that set but I've got most of his work on LP. CD or cassette except some of the worst comedy numbers.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Doctor's Daughter (Lonnie Donegan)
From: GUEST,licette
Date: 03 Nov 10 - 02:52 PM

Dear Roger

I want to put your mind at ease I don't want all Lonnie's lyrics at all.
Only those it's hard to get
This one is the last

Thank you very much Roger

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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Doctor's Daughter (Lonnie Donegan)
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 04 Nov 10 - 11:08 AM

Good! Joking apart, I'll help out if I can, but having one deaf ear, I can't always decipher lyrics myself.


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