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Lyr Req: Now That's a Peculiar Thing / There's a..

boldreynard 12 Feb 11 - 11:02 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Now That's a Peculiar Thing
From: boldreynard
Date: 12 Feb 11 - 11:02 AM

My mother is trying to remember the words of her own mother's favorite song, which has a chorus and possible title of "Now That's a Peculiar Thing." The only lyrics I turn up online are from St Nicholas magazine, in an article on New England summer camps by Anna Worthington Coale (in Google Books)

They run as follows:

I planted a radish in my garden,
And reg'larly every morn,
I got up sharp at five o'clock,
to water it 'fore the dawn.
I raked and weeded and spaded an hoed,
Though told to let it alone,
But, after weeks of labor spent,
All that came up was a stone.

Chorus
Now that's a peculiar thing.
Now that's a peculiar thing.
I planted a radish, I planted a bean,
But neither of these has ever been seen.
Now that's a peculiar thing,
Now that's a peculiar thing,
If any one here doesn't hear what I say,
I say it's a peculiar thing.

The verse I think was written by the summer campers, and are not the original lyrics. Does anyone remember this song and, if so, know where I might find it?

Many thanks for any leads.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Now That's a Peculiar Thing
From: RunrigFan
Date: 12 Feb 11 - 06:28 PM

http://www.songmeanings.net/songs/view/3530822107858700875/?

Only close I could find :)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Now That's a Peculiar Thing
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 17 Feb 11 - 01:03 PM

I found this one:

THERE'S A PECULIAR THING!
Words and music by Frank Leo
London : Francis, Day & Hunter, ©1898.
Sung by Wilkie Bard

First line: Oh, what a comical thing is love.
First line of chorus: There's a peculiar thing.

Both Oxford University and the British Library have the sheet music, but it's not viewable online.

I found an article about Wilkie Bard in The Irish Playgoer and Amusement Record, Volume 1, No. 14, Feb. 8, 1900, page 6, but it doesn't throw much light on the song.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Now That's a Peculiar Thing / There's a..
From: GUEST,Dave
Date: 06 Dec 11 - 06:13 PM

My mother used to sing a song the only words I can remember were

We kept some hens in our back yard and regular every morn
We used to get up at six o'clock an feed them on Indian corn.
Now one old hen wouldn't eat it - kept pecking at bits of wood
So we fattened her up on sawdust and it did her a deal of good

Chorus
Now that's a peculiar thing
Now that's a peculiar thing
Is there anyone here didn't hear what I said
Now that's a peculiar thing

I don't know if this is the same song - I think it was probably Welsh in origin


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