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Lyr Req: Winkle on Sea (Alfred Soar)

SRD 16 Nov 10 - 06:02 PM
GUEST, Raoul Steiner 17 Nov 10 - 07:10 AM
GUEST,SRD 17 Nov 10 - 09:35 AM
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Subject: Winkle on Sea lyrics
From: SRD
Date: 16 Nov 10 - 06:02 PM

My grandfather used to sing a little song or ditty and I can't for the life of me recall it all. Can anyone help?
It's about a chap who visits I think it was Winkle on Sea and he had some game pie for lunch and nodded off so that an auctioneer misconstrued his nods and he bought the whole bally lot Winkle on Sea.


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Subject: RE: Winkle on Sea lyrics
From: GUEST, Raoul Steiner
Date: 17 Nov 10 - 07:10 AM

Was it !Winkle on Sea" or "Twinckle on Sea"?


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Subject: RE: Winkle on Sea lyrics
From: GUEST,SRD
Date: 17 Nov 10 - 09:35 AM

I have a bit more info now:

Winkle on Sea: Humorous Song: Will Edwards
Words and music - Alfred Soar
Publisher Chappell & Co. Ltd. London
© 1909


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Subject: RE: Winkle on Sea lyrics
From: Amos
Date: 17 Nov 10 - 02:47 PM

Winkle-on-sea; words and music by Alfred Soar. [7061 © Dec. 31, 1909; 2 c. Dec. 31, 1909; E 221859; Reynolds & co., London, England.

It was performed in 1912 in a community event where it "fairly made the tears come".   No luck with lyrics yet, though.

Amos


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Subject: Lyr Add: POLLY PRIMROSE
From: radriano
Date: 18 Nov 10 - 12:42 PM

I don't know of the song myself but a winkle is a kind of fish. It is mentioned in the chorus of the song Polly Primrose (see below). Can't tell what kind of a fish from the lyrics.

Polly Primrose
from Sam Henry's "Songs of the People"
Source: Tom Courtney, Drumearn, Cookstown

Sweet Polly Primrose, a girl of nineteen summers-o
Sure, I love my Polly better far than all the wealth I own
For she was so very fond of me, it makes me wail and weep
That the girl I love's at present at the bottom of the deep

Chorus:
I wish I was a fish with a long, long tail
I wish I was a fish with a long, long tail
Any little tillibat, a winkle or a whale
At the bottom of the deep blue sea, oh my!
At the bottom of the deep blue sea

My love, she being on board a ship and bound for Carrick cross
And her cargo being firebrick, she began to pitch and toss
My love being standing on the deck and the water rolling by
Somehow she tumbled overboard and never said goodbye

Since she's a sporty mermaid, I'm unhappy here above
I think I'll take a trip and be a mermaid with my love
Still, the praise of that locality I don't exactly know
Where I might find my Polly, so I think I will not go


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Subject: RE: Winkle on Sea lyrics
From: Newport Boy
Date: 18 Nov 10 - 03:26 PM

Hmmm - if the singer wanted a 'long, long tail' he picked a bad example in the winkle. AKA periwinkle, it's a small edible shellfish, looking rather like a snail. Common around UK coasts, especially south.

Phil


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Subject: Lyr Add: WINKLE ON SEA (Alfred Soar)
From: SRD
Date: 20 Nov 10 - 12:11 PM

Sometime ago when I reached home at night,
The wife greeted me, her face full of delight.
To the drawing roomm led me, sat me on a chair,
Picked up a paper and murmured, "Read there".
I then understood why her smile was so bland,
For an advert referred to the sale of some land.
On this very subject we'd chatted of late,
And had ideas of buying a little estate.
I, the advert then read, and in bold type it said,

"Winkle-on-sea, Winkle-on-sea,
The great sale takes place there next Thursday at three.
The air it is grand and the prospect gigantic,
It's faced on three sides by the rolling Atlantic.
Winkle-on-sea, Winkle-on-sea,
The tickets for railway and luncheon are free.
Don't hestitate, or 'twill then be too late.
The chance of a lifetime is Winkle-on-sea."

Thursday soon came, and I went to that sale,
The train put us down at a place known as Kale.
Then a drive of some miles through the country so free,
In a couple of hours we had reached the marquee.
We sat down to luncheon, 'twas very well served,
A man sitting next to me quietly observed,
"The place is a goldmine, it's certain to go,
Buy as much as you can, old man, I'm in the know."
Advice such as this, I thought too good to miss.

Winkle-on-sea, Winkle-on-sea,
That auctioneer he kept looking at me.
I thought that he knew me, and kept nodding back,
Then down went the hammer each time with a whack.
Winkle-on-sea, Winkle-on-sea,
Everyone crowded round to congratulate me
That auctioneer dude had my nods miscontrued.
I had bought the whole bally lot - Winkle-on-sea.

This is followed by about forty lines of patter (which I can't get my OCR app to 'read' and I can't be bothered to type it all out), after which the song continues:

Winkle-on-sea, Winkle-on-sea,
The sales may take place every Thursday at three.
The air may be grand and the prospect gigantic,
Faced on fours sides by the rolling Atlantic.
Winkle-on-sea, Winkle-on-sea,
The next sale they hold they must do without me,
Beneath the star's twinkle, 'midst home of the winkle,
Ah! I learnt a wrinkle at Winkle-on-sea.


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Subject: RE: Winkle on Sea lyrics
From: SRD
Date: 21 Nov 10 - 04:33 AM

Sorry, forgot to give the source:

monologues.co.uk


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Winkle on Sea (Alfred Soar)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 22 Nov 10 - 06:20 PM

The British Library has the sheet music. Here's the catalogue data:

WINKLE ON SEA.
Humorous patter song.
Written and composed by A. Soar. (Alfred Soar)
Publisher: London : Reynolds & Co, [1909]

I went to the web site monologues.co.uk but I could not find WINKLE ON SEA or Alfred Soar.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Winkle on Sea (Alfred Soar)
From: SRD
Date: 23 Nov 10 - 02:00 PM

Try this link


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