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Lyr Req: The Old High Hat That I Was Married In

Jim Dixon 31 Jan 11 - 11:44 AM
GUEST 22 Dec 12 - 12:18 PM
Mick Pearce (MCP) 22 Dec 12 - 01:38 PM
Mick Pearce (MCP) 22 Dec 12 - 04:57 PM
Jim Dixon 23 Dec 12 - 02:08 PM
Jim Dixon 23 Dec 12 - 08:26 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: The Old High Hat That I Was Married In
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 31 Jan 11 - 11:44 AM

Here's another of my attempts at transcribing an old music-hall song. This was a difficult one because Champion sings so fast, and uses lots of slang terms. There are lots of questionable words and phrases?so many that I haven't bothered marking them with question marks. I'm expecting (hoping for) lots of corrections, so I numbered the lines for easy reference. Please help!

You can hear this recording at YouTube.


THE OLD HIGH HAT THAT I WAS MARRIED IN
As sung by Harry Champion, 1911

1.   My boy Bill is a saucy little brat.
2.   He's got an apple like a ....
3.   He went to get a bowler at the ... upon his knob,
4.   And ... have the job.
5.   My wife says, "Now whatever shall we do?
6.   He's got to go and have his photo done today at two."
7.   People in the neighborhood they all began to laugh
8.   For to see him walking down the street to get his photograph?

9.   In the old high hat that I was married in,
10.   In the same old tile when I trotted down the aisle.
11.   Went to have his photo done and then he came away
12.   With the chap that took his photo sent around a bit to say:
13.   "I can't get his napper in the photo.
14.   It's a bit too big, oh lor!
15.   For all that shows in the photos that I've taken
16.   Is the old high hat he wore."

17.   Liza Brown, now we're living in a flat,
18.   She comes to stay with us, a saucy little cat.
19.   She's a belly dancer and she's got a bit of tin,
20.   And by the color of her nose, she likes to rub it in.
21.   Late last night she was out upon a spree.
22.   I went to get a drop; I couldn't think where it could be.
23.   Went to get a drop of beer and there was Liza Brown.
24.   She was absolutely paralytic, strolling up and down?

25.   In the old high hat that I got married in,
26.   In the same old tile when I trotted down the aisle.
27.   Down in our alley she was having such a laugh.
28.   She was cutting very funny, funny capers in the ...
29.   When up came a copper with his bull's-eye.
30.   He showed her up, oh, Lor!
31.   For there she sits in her boiled beef and carrots,
32.   In the old high hat I wore.

33.   Down our street there's a pub across the way.
34.   Just to advertise the beer, they're giving it away.
35.   The gov'nor says I'd drink as many gallons as you please.
36.   He didn't take me very long to ....
37.   At half past twelve I was loaded down with beers.
38.   What I couldn't ... down, I poured into my ears.
39.   When I trotted home again I went in unawares.
40.   ... I started creeping up the stairs?

41.   In the old high hat that I got married in,
42.   In the same old tile when I trotted down the aisle.
43.   When I got into the room, I fairly lost my head.
44.   Ev'rything was going round; I couldn't find the bed
45.   But oh, when I woke up in the morning,
46.   I'd been sleeping on the floor.
47.   ... underneath the bed
48.   Was the old high hat I wore.

49.   Now late last night I was going to retire.
50.   I heard the people in the street were shouting, "Fire!"
51.   Someone in the gutter said, "You're in a pretty plight.
52.   You'd better jump the window 'cause the stairs are all alight."
53.   Off I went, got the missus and the kids,
54.   Jumped upon a chair and then I trembled on the lid.
55.   Firemen with their hoses started ....
56.   You should have seen me dodging all around the chimney pots?

57.   In the old high hat that I got married in.
58.   It's the same old tile when I trotted down the aisle.
59.   All of a shiver when the roof began to crack,
60.   My ... was all a-burning on the deck.
61.   I did look a funny sort of picture
62.   When the blaze began to roar.
63.   All I had for to cover up my missus
64.   Was the old high hat I wore.

(REPEAT LAST CHORUS.)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Old High Hat That I Was Married In
From: GUEST
Date: 22 Dec 12 - 12:18 PM

My boy Bill is a saucy little brat.
He's got a napper like a modern bit of that [??]
He went to get a bowler hat to go upon his hob,
And the gent decides to pick him very soon about the job.[??]
My wife says, "Now whatever shall we do?
He's got to go and have his photo done today at 2."
People in the neighborhood they all began to laugh
For to see him walking down the street to get his photograph
In the old high hat that I got married in,
In the same old tile when I toddled down the aisle. [note: toddled]
Went to have his photo done and then he came away
Well the chap that took his photo sent around a bit to say:
"I can't get his napper in the photo.
It's a bit too big, Oh lor!
For all that shows in the photos that I've taken
Is the old high hat he wore."

Liza Brown, now we're living in a flat,
She comes to stay with us, a saucy little cat.
She's a belly dancer and she's got a bit (a)thin. [change]
And by the colour of her nose, she likes a drop of gin. [change]
Late last night she was out upon a free [change]
I went to get a drop; I couldn't think where it could be.
Went in to get a drop of beer and there was Liza Brown.
She was absolutely paralytic, strolling up and down.
In the old high hat that I got married in,
In the same old tile when I toddled down the aisle.
Down in our alley she was having such a laugh.
She was cutting very funny, funny capers in the dark
When up came a cropper with his bull's-eye. [change - cropper]
He showed her up, Oh lor!
For there she sits singing 'Boiled beef and carrots', [change]
In the old high hat I wore.

Down our street there's a pub across the way.
Just to advertise the beer, they're giving it away.
The gov'nor says now drink as many gallons as you please.
It didn't take me very long to cumber to the wheeze [change]
At half past twelve I was loaded down with beers.
What I couldn't swallow down, I poured into my ears. [change]
When I toddled home again I went in unawares. [change]
And on my hands and knees I started creeping up the stairs
In the old high hat that I got married in,
In the same old tile when I toddled down the aisle.
When I got into the room, I fairly lost my head.
Everything was going round; I couldn't find the bed
But oh, when I woke up in the morning,
I'd been sleeping on the floor.
Strike me dead, standing underneath the bed [change]
Was the old high hat I wore.

Now late last night I was going to retire.
I heard the people in the street were shouting, "Fire!"
Someone in the gutter said, "You're in a pretty plight.
You'd better jump the window 'cause the stairs are all alight."
Off I went, got the missus and the kids
Jumped upon a chair and then I trampled on the lid. [change]
Firemen with their hoses started happily having shots [change]
You should have seen me dodging all around the chimney pots
In the old high hat that I got married in.
In the same old tile when I toddled down the aisle.
All of a shiver when the roof began to crack,
My little flannel shirt was all a-burning on my back. [change]
I did look a funny sort of picture
When the flames began to roar.
All I had for to cover up my missus
Was the old high hat I wore.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Old High Hat That I Was Married In
From: Mick Pearce (MCP)
Date: 22 Dec 12 - 01:38 PM

Here are a few changes compared to the previous version:

v1.l3
He went to get a bowler hat to go upon his nob

v2.l5
Late last night she was out upon a spree

v3.l4
It didn't take me very long to tumble to the wheeze

v4.l6
Jumped upon a chair and then I scrambled on the lid


v1.l4 is still not right, but I can't quite get it yet. It might be:

The gent that tried to pick him very shrewd about the job


Mick


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Old High Hat That I Was Married In
From: Mick Pearce (MCP)
Date: 22 Dec 12 - 04:57 PM

I've just had another listen and I think v1.l2 is:

He's got a napper like a mild and bitter vat


Mick


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Old High Hat That I Was Married In
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 23 Dec 12 - 02:08 PM

The sheet music shows a slightly different title:

THE OLD HIGH HAT THAT I GOT MARRIED IN
Words and music by Charles Collins and E.A. Sheppard.
London : Francis, Day and Hunter, ©1913.

First line: My boy Bill, he's a saucy little brat.
First line of chorus: In the old high hat that I got married in.

The sheet music is held by Oxford University and the British Library, but is not viewable online.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE OLD HIGH HAT THAT I GOT MARRIED IN
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 23 Dec 12 - 08:26 PM

Here's my new and improved copy of the lyrics. There is still a bit of trouble with verse 1, line 4, and I'm not sure about line 2, either.


THE OLD HIGH HAT THAT I GOT MARRIED IN
Words and music by Charles Collins and E.A. Sheppard.
London : Francis, Day and Hunter, ©1913.
As sung by Harry Champion, 1911(?).

VERSE 1: My boy Bill is a saucy little brat.
He's got a napper like a modern bit of that.
He went to get a bowler hat to go upon his nob,
And the gent that tried to fit him said he... the job.
My wife says, "Now whatever shall we do?
He's got to go and have his photo done today at two."
People in the neighborhood they all began to laugh
For to see him walking down the street to get his photograph?

CHORUS 1: In the old high hat that I got married in,
In the same old tile when I toddled down the aisle.
Went to have his photo done and then he came away
With the chap that took his photo sent around a bit to say:
"I can't get his napper in the photo.
It's a bit too big, oh Lor!
For all that shows in the photos that I've taken
Is the old high hat he wore."

VERSE 2: Liza Brown, now we're living in a flat,
She comes to stay with us, the saucy little cat.
She's a belly dancer and she's got a bit of tin,
And by the color of her nose, she likes a drop of gin.
Late last night she was out upon a spree.
I went to get my top; I couldn't think where it could be.
Went to get a drop of beer and there was Liza Brown.
She was absolutely paralytic, strolling up and down?

CHORUS 2: In the old high hat that I got married in,
In the same old tile when I toddled down the aisle.
Down in our alley she was having such a lark.
She was cutting very funny, funny capers in the dark
When up came a copper with his bull's-eye.
It showed her up, oh, Lor!
For there she sits singing 'Boiled Beef and Carrots'
In the old high hat I wore.

VERSE 3: Down our street there's a pub across the way.
Just to advertise the beer, they're giving it away.
The gov'nor says, "Now drink as many gallons as you please."
It didn't take me very long to tumble to the wheeze.
At half past twelve I was loaded down with beers.
What I couldn't swallow down, I poured into my ears.
When I toddled home again I went in unawares,
And on my hands and knees I started creeping up the stairs?

CHORUS 3: In the old high hat that I got married in,
In the same old tile when I toddled down the aisle.
When I got into the room, I fairly lost my head.
Ev'rything was going round; I couldn't find the bed,
But oh, when I woke up in the morning,
I'd been sleeping on the floor.
Strike me dead! Standing underneath the bed
Was the old high hat I wore.

VERSE 4: Now late last night I was going to retire.
I heard the people in the street a-shouting, "Fire!"
Someone in the gutter said, "You're in a pretty plight.
You'd better jump the window 'cause the stairs are all alight."
Off I went, got the missus and the kids,
Jumped upon a chair and then I scrambled on the lid.
Firemen with their hoses started at me having shots.
You should have seen me dodging all around the chimney pots?

CHORUS 4: In the old high hat that I got married in.
It's the same old tile when I toddled down the aisle.
All of a shiver when the roof began to crack,
My little flannel shirt was all a-burning on my back.
I did look a funny sort of picture
When the flames began to roar.
All I had for to cover up my missus
Was the old high hat I wore.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Old High Hat That I Was Married In
From: Mick Pearce (MCP)
Date: 24 Dec 12 - 04:02 AM

Jim

I still think v1.l2 is:

He's got a napper like a mild and bitter vat


And v1.l4 I now think is:

And the gent that tried to fit him said he's suited at the job.


Also

v1.ch.l3/4

Went an' had his photo done and then he came away
Well the chap that took his photo sent around to me today

v4.ch.l7:
All I had for to cover up the missus

Mick


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