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Lyr Add: A Coople o' Dooks (A Couple of Ducks)

Jim Dixon 04 Mar 11 - 06:36 AM
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Subject: Lyr Add: A COOPLE O' DOOKS (A COUPLE OF DUCKS)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 04 Mar 11 - 06:36 AM

This was on the flip side of STOP AND SHOP AT THE CO-OP SHOP.
You can hear this song at YouTube:


A COOPLE O' DOOKS (A COUPLE OF DUCKS)
Words and music by Harris Weston, 1930
As sung by Gracie Fields.

SPOKEN: I'm goin' to sing ye a song now about me Uncle Ben,
Not me Uncle Joe, now; don't go and get mixed up.
Me Uncle Ben, the only decent uncle we've got left.

Ye talk about yer Henry Fords and other self-made men.
By gum, they're nowt but nincompups beside our Uncle Ben.
Our Uncle Ben's a farmer, aye, an' Yorkshire, tha can tell.
Gi' nowt for nowt, and if tha does, then do it for theesel.
We're reet proud of our uncle 'cause we know
That thirty-five or forty years ago—

All that he had were just a couple o' ducks.
He started t'farm wi' just a couple o' ducks.
Did I say a couple o' ducks?
Well, not exactly a couple o' ducks,
'Cause one were a drake,
So I'm sorry for my mistake.

But that's near enough; he had a couple o' ducks,
But he worked and he worked and kept a-studyin' books.
He worked and worked away,
And never stopped to play,
And what's he worth today?
A couple o' ducks!

When Uncle Ben were eighty, he sold up and took the dough,
And went reet up to London town to see the cattle show.
And near the pub two saucy lassies gave him saucy looks,
And Uncle, who had had a couple, whispered, "Hello, ducks!"
He took 'em in a taxi for a ride,
And started bragging when he got inside:

All that he had were just a couple o' ducks.
He started t'farm wi' just a couple o' ducks.
Did I say a couple o' ducks?
Not exactly a couple o' ducks,
'Cause one were a drake,
So I'm sorry for my mistake.

As I said before, he found a couple o' ducks,
And they stole the wallet Uncle had in his trucks.
All they left poor Uncle Ben
Was a ten-bob note, so then
He'd to start all over again
Wi' a couple o' ducks.


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