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LyrReq: My Aunt's Name Is Ella Wheeler Waterbottle

MGM·Lion 18 May 11 - 05:20 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: My Aunt's Name Is Ella Wheeler Waterbott
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 18 May 11 - 05:20 AM

On the thread re Origins:Old Bazaar in Cairo, Will Fly and I found ourselves exchanging some of the words we remembered from Kenneth Horne and Richard Murdoch's nonsense song, oft-repeated with variations in their BBC Radio Programmes of 1940s-50s, to tune of Luigini's Ballet Egyptien. I have recalled some more words, given below with a few memory-blank omissions indicated. Can anyone fill in these gaps or supply any more words. I have a feeling that there should be a 2nd full 8-line verse reduplicating the tune of 1st one given here, before one gets to the "Flannel pyjamas" couplet.

My aunt's name is Ella Wheeler Waterbottle
She lives down in Burton-on-Trent
When she goes out shopping on a bicycle
She always gets the handlebars bent.
Steak & kidney, seven and a tannersworth,
A little bit of chicken & a marline-spike.
Hutch and Ted Ray at the Metropolitan
Doing even better than at Heckmondwike.

Sabotage a pool in Dorset
Camouflage my uncle's corset
{or vice versa?}

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

Flannel pyjamas, they are not what they're thought to be,
Gentlemen farmers, they are not what they ought to be.

Semolina pudding in a very old suitcase.
[something something] on a very old fruitcake.

Cabinet ministers shout
"This is such a very silly song ~
I'm out!"

Notes: the Metropolitan would be the name of a music-hall theatre on the same touring circuit as the one in Heckmondwike, near Huddersfield, Yorkshire, in a town where, presumably {if even so much rationale may be expected here}, the singer's aunt lived. Ted Ray (comedian) and 'Hutch' [Leslie Hutchinson](singer) were two popular music-hall and radio turns of the 1930s-50s.

Any additions, suggestions, recollections, &c will be welcome.

~Michael~


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Aunt's Name Is Ella Wheeler Waterbott
From: Snuffy
Date: 18 May 11 - 09:31 AM

Michael,

Have you looked here www.epicure.demon.co.uk/balletegyptien.html?

And this page with other Murdoch adaptations.The things he did to Nola are also dicussed on Mudcat in this thread Lyr Req: mulligatawny soup


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Aunt's Name Is Ella Wheeler Waterbott
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 18 May 11 - 10:02 AM

Many many thanks, Snuffy. That 1st ref exactly what I needed. Wonder why my own searches didn't find it; but c'est la vie 'n stuff. The "forecemeat balls are very indigestible Especially when they're covered in cheese" verse is precisely the #2 I was groping for. The 'Nola' tune which I found by googling is another of those familiar tunes, like Ballet Egptn, which everyone knows but nobody can put a name to.

A perfect response to my needs, Snuffy. Enormous gratitude again.

~Michael~


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Aunt's Name Is Ella Wheeler Waterbott
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 20 May 11 - 05:44 PM

I found this in a blog:

Sheer poetry...

This fragment of verse is all I have of Richard Murdoch's "Ballet Egyptien" parody - it's from a gramophone record rather than a BBC recording.

That's what I said when I first posted this article, back in 2003, and as it turns out many people did remember bits of it, and the additions they sent me are shown below. Richard 'Stinker' Murdoch seemingly used different versions for each performance. I think it's worth putting it up here again, in the hope of attracting more snips and snaps of poetic genius...
My aunt's name is Ella Wheeler Waterbutton,
She lives down in Burton-on-Trent.
When she goes out shopping on her bicycle
She always gets her handlebars bent.

Steak and kidney, seven and a tanner's worth,
A little bit of chicken and a marlin-spike.
Hutch and Ted Ray at the Metropolitan
Are doing even better than at Heckmondwyke.

Sabotage at Poole in Dorset,
Camouflage my uncle's corset ...
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday,
Saturday, Sunday, Monday ...

Plastic pyjamas,
Are never quite what they ought to be.
Gentlemen farmers,
Are never quite what they're taught to be.

Seventeen fiddles in a second-hand suitcase
Semolina pudding in a very old flute-case
Cabinet Ministers shout
"What a very silly song" - I'm out!
(13th April 2005 - a kind lady named Julie Foster supplies me with this alternative verse)
Late night final, put another penny on
And win a little money on the football pools
Climbing up Mount Popocatapetl
Is a little bit above a boy at boarding school
Dave Allen (no, not that one) remembers the couplet: "Aberdeen has lovely houses, Gaberdine makes lovely trouse's!" (28th February, 2007)

Mike Walker contributes:
Corned beef and mustard are not the things to eat in bed,
Rhubarb and custard are just the things to eat instead,
Seventy two fiddles in a second-hand suitcase
Uncles raving cos he's broken his bootlace,
What a silly song to sing, Goodnight.
Thanks too for further variants to Keith Francis, who marshalls his memories in New York, and in April this year sent me:
Climbing up Mount Popocatapetl
With a funny little hat on and a boy scout's knife
(Something something something something)
And carrying a letter for the parson's wife.
21st October 2007


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Aunt's Name Is Ella Wheeler Waterbottl
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 21 May 11 - 03:53 AM

Many thanks, Jim. I think this blog is the one linked above by Snuffy [his first link], by one Chris Hughes. It deals with this sort of music, old Goon Show material, &c. Interesting to browse in indeed.

Anyone happen to know who this Chris Hughes is, or what his motivations are in running this sort of blog? Can't find this actual info in the blog itself, tho I daresay it might be buried in there somewhere.

~M~


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Subject: RE: Req: My Aunt's Name Is Ella Wheeler Waterbottle
From: GUEST,gill oliver
Date: 18 Dec 11 - 10:14 AM

Having known this nonsense song all my life, I thought I would see, via the web, how accurately I was singing it. Well I am delighted to say I appear not too far off. We have always sung Ellawena Waterbutt and we also sing the last few lines a little differently:

17 fiddles in a very old suitcase,
Semolina pudding in an old violin case,
That is the end on my little song
I'm out - Goodnight


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Subject: RE: Req: My Aunt's Name Is Ella Wheeler Waterbottle
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 18 Dec 11 - 01:57 PM

It has to be Ella Wheeler (Some name beginning with a W), because is an obvious ref to the famous 'US poet of 'uplift',

"Ella Wheeler Wilcox (November 5, 1850 – October 30, 1919) was an American author and poet. Her best-known work was Poems of Passion. Her most enduring work was " Solitude", which contains the lines: "Laugh, and the world laughs with you; Weep, and you weep alone". Her autobiography, The Worlds and I, was published in 1918, a year before her death....
Ella Wheeler Wilcox's name provided the unlikely inspiration for doggerel by the English humorist Richard Murdoch, which he set to the opening bars of Alexandre Luigini's Ballet égyptien." Wikipedia

~M~


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Subject: RE: Req: My Aunt's Name Is Ella Wheeler Waterbottle
From: GUEST,graham howard
Date: 15 Feb 13 - 02:48 PM

thanks for putting this on your site my father sang it to me but all I could remember was the first few lines .thanks again


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Subject: RE: LyrReq: My Aunt's Name Is Ella Wheeler Waterbottle
From: GUEST,Bob Howells, Usk in Monmouthshire
Date: 16 Jan 14 - 12:07 PM

my recollection of the words are:

My Aunt's name is Emlina Waterbottle
She comes down from Stoke on Trent
She goes out a riding on a bicycle
and comes back with her handle bars bent.

That's it, but when I 'sing' to my Grand Children I make a sound with my lips rather like a badly played trumpet to finish it off.

When they were young, they loved this bit of nonsense.


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Subject: RE: LyrReq: My Aunt's Name Is Ella Wheeler Waterbottle
From: Irene M
Date: 16 Jan 14 - 04:28 PM

It was sung to me as a child as Ella Wheeler Winterbottom.


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Subject: RE: LyrReq: My Aunt's Name Is Ella Wheeler Waterbottle
From: GUEST
Date: 16 Jan 14 - 05:09 PM

http://www.epicure.demon.co.uk/balletegyptien.html

More on it at that link.


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Subject: RE: LyrReq: My Aunt's Name Is Ella Wheeler Waterbottle
From: GUEST,Wendy Thompson
Date: 26 Mar 14 - 05:50 PM

Was sung this as a child.

I think there is a second verse but only know the first four lines

Bathroom taps need very little polish on
Especially when they are covered in dough
Tunbridge Wells looks pretty on a calendar
especially when it's covered in snow

Does anyone know the rest of this verse?

Wendy


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Subject: RE: LyrReq: My Aunt's Name Is Ella Wheeler Waterbottle
From: GUEST,Helen D
Date: 10 Jul 14 - 04:58 PM

My father used to sing :-
Sabotaged at Poole in Dorset
Camouflaged my uncle's corset
Do your Christmas shopping early
To avoid the Hurley burley


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Subject: RE: LyrReq: My Aunt's Name Is Ella Wheeler Waterbottle
From: GUEST,Bruce
Date: 29 Aug 15 - 11:32 AM

From the back of my aging memory:

Peanut vendors often spends as
Much as ninepence on suspenders
Rhubarb and custard is hardly the thing to eat in bed
Cinnamon and mustard is really the thing to eat instead


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Subject: RE: LyrReq: My Aunt's Name Is Ella Wheeler Waterbottle
From: GUEST,Sinistral
Date: 09 Sep 15 - 03:39 AM

Ah....the speed of communication via the interwebby thingy.

Four and a bit years on I have just seen the question asked, by MGM Lion, "Anyone happen to know who this Chris Hughes is?"
Well I can tell you that this splendid gentleman (he says) is to be found broadcasting under the name 'Scorpion de Rooftrouser' on my very own forum, here......

http://sinsoriginals.proboards.com/


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Subject: RE: LyrReq: My Aunt's Name Is Ella Wheeler Waterbottle
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 09 Sep 15 - 03:57 AM

Well, well: talk of Mills Of God.

Many thanks, friend Guest Sinistral. Shall follow up that ref with interest.

Best regards

≈Michael≈


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Subject: RE: LyrReq: My Aunt's Name Is Ella Wheeler Waterbottle
From: GUEST,pat clark
Date: 17 Apr 16 - 02:28 PM

Boots with elastic will never enhance your girlish charms,
Cornflakes in aspic are not a good dish for babes in arms....


There's another verse which begins with Senna pods, but I cant recall the rest at the moment.

also we used to sing 'Sunday, monday, tuesday, wednesday...........the rest of the week' with a large gasping breath.


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Subject: RE: LyrReq: My Aunt's Name Is Ella Wheeler Waterbottle
From: GUEST,Pat Clark
Date: 18 Apr 16 - 06:49 AM

Got it !
senna pods are good for shrimpers
Pedagogues on mount Olympus.....


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Subject: RE: LyrReq: My Aunt's Name Is Ella Wheeler Waterbottle
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 18 Apr 16 - 08:25 AM

Good ones, Pat!


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Subject: RE: LyrReq: My Aunt's Name Is Ella Wheeler Waterbottle
From: GUEST,Cliff
Date: 20 Jan 17 - 04:30 AM

My parents used to sing:

My aunt's name is Ella Wheeler Waterbottle
She lives down in Burton-on-Trent
She goes riding on her motor bicycle
She comes back with the handlebars bent


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Subject: RE: LyrReq: My Aunt's Name Is Ella Wheeler Waterbottle
From: GUEST
Date: 15 May 17 - 05:00 AM

as i remember it; my aunts name i Emilina Waterbutt
and she lives down at Stoke on Trent
stewed rhubarb is very indigestable if you eat it lying in bed
cold boiled eggs are also indigestable
i,d rather have rice pud instead


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Subject: RE: LyrReq: My Aunt's Name Is Ella Wheeler Waterbottle
From: GUEST,peterjohndean
Date: 14 Jul 17 - 06:50 PM

I remember it as Ella Wheeler Wilkinson. There was also a verse beginning "Forcemeat balls are very indigestible".


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Subject: RE: LyrReq: My Aunt's Name Is Ella Wheeler Waterbottle
From: Richard Mellish
Date: 15 Jul 17 - 05:32 PM

> I remember it as Ella Wheeler Wilkinson. There was also a verse beginning "Forcemeat balls are very indigestible".

That's how it was in my family too.


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Subject: RE: LyrReq: My Aunt's Name Is Ella Wheeler Waterbottle
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 20 Jul 17 - 07:44 PM

You can hear the author of this doggerel, Richard Murdoch, singing his composition in this video on YouTube. It will be very difficult to transcribe, but maybe easier for some of you Brits than for me.


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Subject: RE: LyrReq: My Aunt's Name Is Ella Wheeler Waterbottle
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 22 Jul 17 - 02:55 PM

OK, here's how it sounds to me. My transcription from the video I posted a link to earlier. Stanza breaks are arbitrary.


My aunt's name is Ella Wheeler Waterbutton.
She lives down at Burton-on-Trent.
When she goes out shopping on her bicycle,
She always gets her handlebars bent.

When I find I've picked another winner out,
And won(?) a little money on the football pool,
Climbing up Mount Popocatepetl
Is a little bit above a boy at boarding school.

Sabotage at Poole in Dorset,
Camouflage my uncle's corset,
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, [cough]...

Plastic pyjamas
Are never quite what they ought to be.
Gentlemen farmers
Are never quite what they're taught to be.

Seventeen fiddles in a second-hand suitcase,
Semolina pudding in a very old flute-case,
Cabinet ministers shout:
"….(?)" - I'm out!


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Subject: RE: LyrReq: My Aunt's Name Is Ella Wheeler Waterbottle
From: GUEST,Dan in Maidstone
Date: 20 Aug 17 - 06:02 AM

Although now over 80 I was trying for no good reason to recall this wonderful silly song which I remember being sung by Dickie Murdoch but thought the opening line was Jennyliza Blazerbutton.....but I am delighted to see other memories are sharper and this icon of British humour lingers on. BUT to enjoy it to the full you MUST know the tune!

Keep them coming and in short order we should have the marvellous whole eccentric masterpiece of poetic invention........


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