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Lyr Add: I Had to Go and Find another Job (Fields


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Jim Dixon 28 Mar 11 - 10:14 PM
Geoff the Duck 29 Mar 11 - 04:01 AM
Geoff the Duck 29 Mar 11 - 04:04 AM
Jim Dixon 29 Mar 11 - 09:43 AM
Geoff the Duck 31 Mar 11 - 05:01 AM
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Subject: Lyr Add: I HAD TO GO AND FIND ANOTHER JOB (Fields
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 28 Mar 11 - 10:14 PM

Found at Bill Hanks' web site - Click to play an mp3 file. Here's my transcription.

Words and music by Joe Burley and Maurice Scott, ©1934
As sung by Gracie Fields

I've always been unlucky in each job I've taken on.
They never stand me long.
There is somethin' goin' wrong.
I'm always landin' in the soup...(?)
An' sometimes come unstuck before I've been there 'alf a week.
The missus where I once worked as a cook
Said, "Pack your things an' take your blinkin' 'ook."
Oh, I 'ad to go an' find another job.
To dine with 'er one night she asked a mob.
The master shouted, "Mary, bring the salad in undressed."
So I took off me clothes, yes, ev'rything right to me vest,
An' I walked in in me nightie an' I frightened ev'ry guest,
So I 'ad to go an' find another job.

I thought once on the pictures I would like to 'ave a try,
An' some big picture guy,
Said, "Here's another guy(?)
Who thinks she's Greta Garbo," when 'e clapped 'is eyes on me.
I got the job as one amongst the crowd eventually.
In some big picture in a studio
They tried me, but in 'alf an 'our or so,
Well, I 'ad to go an' find another job.
The fellow there producing was a snob,
Exclaimed, "You'll 'ave to move yourself an' jump about a lot.
You'll 'ave to show more bustle when the picture it is shot."
But I told 'im I was showin' all the bustle I 'ad got,
So I 'ad to go an' find another job.

I started as a nippy(?) once in side a café where
I tried to do me share,
But came a cropper there.
I tried to mash the fellows an' I took me ma's advice
To bank the wealthy ones who bought a cup o' tea an' slice.
The manageress 'ad 'er knife in me,
All through that green-eyed monster jealousy.
Well, I 'ad to go an' find another job.
A chap came in. Me heart began to throb.
He ordered tea an' said, "Dear, will you let me 'ave a spoon?"
I'm sure I never ever dreamt of getting out so soon.
When she 'eard me say, "I will tonight, but not this afternoon,"
Oh, I 'ad to go an' find another job.

One job I got as parlour maid. It lasted just a week.
The master proved a sheik,
An' said 'e liked my cheek.
His name was Mister Pepper an' I think the missus knew
His system was well sprinkled with some seeds of mustard, too,
For soon throughout old mustard-pot an' pan
My fatal beauty an' this Don Ju-Ann,
Well, I 'ad to go an' find another job.
She said 'er old man's love I tried to rob.
One night 'e kissed me an' then murmured, "You're an angel, dear!"
The missus came in unawares an' said to me, "Now, clear!
You can prove yourself an angel an' can start to fly from 'ere!"
So I 'ad to go an' find another job.

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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I Had to Go and Find another Job (Fields
From: Geoff the Duck
Date: 29 Mar 11 - 04:01 AM

Jim - recently you seem to be adding a lot of lyrics of songs which are either Music Hall or slightly later. Is it time for a thread listing what you have added (or is there one I have missed)?
Possibly a few appropriately titled threads e.g. "Songs of Gracie Fields", "Music Hall Songs" etc. with links to other threads?

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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I Had to Go and Find another Job (Fields
From: Geoff the Duck
Date: 29 Mar 11 - 04:04 AM

That said, there are a bunch of "Related Threads" links near the top of the page, but I believe those Joe Offer adds those by hand. There may be ones he has missed.

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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I Had to Go and Find another Job (Fields
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 29 Mar 11 - 09:43 AM

Yes, I am interested in music-hall songs, and when I discovered that a lot of them have been posted on YouTube, I decided to embark on a project of transcribing as many as I can.

I have a list of music-hall singers, and I am tackling them one at a time. The first one I did was Harry Champion. Altogether, around 60 of his songs have been transcribed and posted at Mudcat—that includes those posted by other people, not only me (although I did most of them). I think he recorded around 120 songs.

When I finished with him (as far as I could) I summarized what I had done here: Music-hall songs sung by Harry Champion.

The next one I tried was Albert Chevalier. Possibly a bad choice—I found only 3 songs by him.

Next I tried Gracie Fields. Her repertoire was really immense. It might not be quite correct to classify her as a music-hall performer; she started out in music-halls, but gained most of her fame in the era of radio. Around 50 of her songs have been posted so far. Not all of her songs were funny—far from it. I'm only doing the funny ones. I'm not finished yet, so I haven't done a summary, but I plan to. In the meantime, you can find most of them by setting your filter to "Fields" (without quotation marks) and looking back about one month. That will miss a few, because a few songs had such long titles that I couldn't squeeze in her name.

Do you have a favorite music-hall performer?

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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: I Had to Go and Find another Job (Fields
From: Geoff the Duck
Date: 31 Mar 11 - 05:01 AM

So the situation is that you actually have been doing what I suggested, but I had not noticed.
As for me, I am not that well up on Music hall performers. I have enjoyed folk circuit acts who specialised in them, Cosmotheka, Andrew Frank & Mike Mann, Doctor Sunshine (when Vic was still alive) and one or two others whose names slip my memory.
Keep up the good work.

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