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Lyr Req: Two to Duluth (Hough/Adams/Gideon)

Stewart 15 May 11 - 11:17 PM
Jim Dixon 16 May 11 - 01:46 AM
Stewart 16 May 11 - 11:41 AM
GUEST,polhemus 11 Aug 18 - 12:32 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Two to Duluth said the lady to the youth
From: Stewart
Date: 15 May 11 - 11:17 PM

I'm looking for the song "Two To Duluth"

"Two to Duluth said the lady to the youth" ......
where the request for two tickets is misheard as "too-too-de-loot"

from the musical The Heart Breakers (1911)

I recall listening to a recording, but can't recall what

Cheers, S. in Seattle


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Subject: Lyr Add: TWO TO DULUTH (Hough/Adams/Gideon)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 16 May 11 - 01:46 AM

You can see the sheet music at The Archive of Popular Music at UCLA:


TWO TO DULUTH
Words by Will M. Hough & Frank R. Adams; music by Melville J. Gideon.
From the musical comedy "The Heart Breakers"
New York: M. Witmark & Sons, ©1909

1. I've a story sad to tell,
Which will illustrate quite well,
You must be very careful what you say;
For the language that we speak,
Often sounds a lot like Greek,
When words get twisted in a funny way.
Once a lady went insane,
Simply trying to take a train
To Duluth in Minnesota, so they say;
For as soon as she began
To inform the ticket man
What she wished, the conversation went this way:

CHORUS: "Two to Duluth," said the lady to the youth
Who was selling tickets for the train;
"Tum, tiddle tum," he replied and then was mum,
For he thought that she had water on the brain.
"Two to Duluth!" yelled the lady to the youth;
"Tiddle dumpty tiddle dum," she heard him shout.
"To Duluth," the lady cried,
"Tiddle dumpty," he replied,
While the train pulled out.

2. So they kept it up that way,
The remainder of the day,
Until the lady really lost her sense;
But to tell the bitter truth,
If you've ever seen Duluth,
You'll know she was insane when she commenced.
All the people standing by
Laughed until they though they'd die
At the chatter of the lady and the youth;
And for days and nights to come,
Ev'ry streetcar seemed to hum:
"Tiddle dumpty tiddle dum, two to Duluth."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Two to Duluth said the lady to the youth
From: Stewart
Date: 16 May 11 - 11:41 AM

Thanks Jim,

I thought I'd get a quick response.

Cheers, S. in Seattle


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Two to Duluth (Hough/Adams/Gideon)
From: GUEST,polhemus
Date: 11 Aug 18 - 12:32 PM

I am contemplating a move from Houston, Texas to the North Shore of Minnesota (yeah, weird things happen), and it made me think of this song. I'm pretty sure I heard it years ago on "A Prairie Home Companion."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Two to Duluth (Hough/Adams/Gideon)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 13 Aug 18 - 12:24 AM

I remember it too. I think it was sung by Vern Sutton.

I couldn't find it, though, at the new Prairie Home Companion website.


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