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Lyr Req: Keep Your Hands Off--That's Mine

Pete Shaw pete.shaw@btinternet.com 14 Sep 99 - 08:28 PM
Pete Shaw pete.shaw@btinternet.com 15 Sep 99 - 05:23 PM
Genie 16 Jul 02 - 01:41 PM
Jim Dixon 18 Jul 02 - 07:42 AM
Jim Dixon 16 Jun 10 - 01:18 AM
GUEST 16 Jun 10 - 06:59 AM
GUEST,Dave Illingworth 04 Jul 12 - 01:05 PM
GUEST,leeneia 04 Jul 12 - 03:38 PM
Susanne (skw) 05 Jul 12 - 04:57 PM
GUEST,Dave Illingworth 06 Jul 12 - 01:21 PM
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Subject: Musichall song: Get(Take) your hands off
From: Pete Shaw pete.shaw@btinternet.com
Date: 14 Sep 99 - 08:28 PM

Anyone know where I can find the lyrics (&music or recording) of what is believed to be an old music hall song "Get your hands off, that's mine" or "Take your hands off, that's mine"?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Musichall song: Get(Take) your hands
From: Pete Shaw pete.shaw@btinternet.com
Date: 15 Sep 99 - 05:23 PM

Can anyone help?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Musichall song: Get(Take) your hands
From: Genie
Date: 16 Jul 02 - 01:41 PM

Anyone ever find this one?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Musichall song: Get(Take) your hands
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 18 Jul 02 - 07:42 AM

Lead Belly (Huddie Ledbetter) recorded KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF HER (click to see lyrics in DT). If there were some connection between Lead Belly's song and some old music hall song, that certainly would be interesting to know.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Keep Your Hands Off--That's Mine
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 16 Jun 10 - 01:18 AM

Oxford University has the sheet music, described as follows:

KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF—THAT'S MINE
Worton David, Bert Lee, Stanley Burnett, Chas. R. Whittle
London: Francis, Day & Hunter, 1915.

First line: Percy was the idol of the ladies.

First line of chorus: Keep your hands off--that's mine.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Keep Your Hands Off--That's Mine
From: GUEST
Date: 16 Jun 10 - 06:59 AM

Discussion that included it is here.

http://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=100613

Sincerely,
Gargoyle


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Keep Your Hands Off--That's Mine
From: GUEST,Dave Illingworth
Date: 04 Jul 12 - 01:05 PM

This query may have been resolved, in which case my apologies.
I have been singing a version of this song for years, and thought I would revive it tomorrow for two old-folks' gigs. Just googled out of curiosity.
Anyway, this is what I sing:-

Percy lost his heart and married Mabel
They took a trip to the dear old Isle of Wight
Spooning everywhere, couples over there
Going through a tunnel dark as night
Mabel started giggling in the darkness
Oh Percy do stop kissing me, said she
Percy shouted out, Will you shine a light
There's somebody kissing the wife and it isn't me

Keep your hands of she's (that's) mine
Keep your hands off she's (that's) mine
You just be careful what you do
That little bit of fancy work she doesn't belong to you
She's a nice girl I know, and she squeezes absolutely fine
You can do what you like with another fellow's wife
But keep your hands off she's (that's) mine


There may well be other verses.    I learned it from an old BBC LP called NARROW BOATS (I think) which I have long lost. Although not a canal song, it was apparently popular amongst working boatmen, singing in the canalside pubs.

In some venues (eg folk clubs) I have indeed segued it into the Leadbelly song, previously mentioned.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Keep Your Hands Off--That's Mine
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 04 Jul 12 - 03:38 PM

Thanks, Dave.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Keep Your Hands Off--That's Mine
From: Susanne (skw)
Date: 05 Jul 12 - 04:57 PM

Can't compare his version to Dave's just now but Benny Graham sings it on "They're Coming Back to the Water - Songs of the Waterways" (1997). The notes say "The [...] song, learnt from the singing of Dave Blagrove seems to be a fragment of what may well have been a much longer song very much in the style of those popular in the Nineteenth Century Music Halls".


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Keep Your Hands Off--That's Mine
From: GUEST,Dave Illingworth
Date: 06 Jul 12 - 01:21 PM

Susanne,

I am pretty sure it was David Blagrove singing on the old BBC LP I mentioned. And the version did indeed sound like part of a longer song.
Of course, over the years my words may well have changed from when I first heard it - what they call "the folk process"......


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Keep Your Hands Off--That's Mine
From: Susanne (skw)
Date: 09 Jul 12 - 06:50 PM

Dave, I've listened, and Benny sings almost exactly what you've quoted above.


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