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Origins: Parody Swallows away/Howitzers or more

Black belt caterpillar wrestler 07 Jun 11 - 07:28 AM
Bernard 07 Jun 11 - 08:18 AM
Black belt caterpillar wrestler 09 Jun 11 - 07:36 AM
Leadfingers 09 Jun 11 - 09:46 AM
Leadfingers 09 Jun 11 - 07:21 PM
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Subject: Origins: Parody Swallows away/Howitzers or more
From: Black belt caterpillar wrestler
Date: 07 Jun 11 - 07:28 AM

I was singing this the other night and realised that I don't know who wrote it.

I heard it in the Anchor at Sidmouth in the late eighties and have never heard it sung by anyone else since.
My version probably differs from the original as it is just what I remember from the one hearing. The tune is exactly as the tune of what it is parodying.

HOWITZERS OR MORE (or SWALLOWS AWAY).

Time passes slowly, more pleasant each day
Since I bought a new gun to drive swallows away,
Swallows away, swallows away, swallows away,
Since I bought a new gun to drive swallows away.

Bright Phoebus she rises, the larks they fly high,
Then I'm out with my gun, for I like a lark pie.

Each bright summer's morning I go out with my gun,
For shooting small songbirds is my kind of fun.

Now I am well known and a notoriety,
Since I became the scourge of the R.S.P.B.

I am content with my trusty twelve bore,
I'm as happy as those that's got howitzers or more.

PS. Perhaps I should add that I am an RSPB member!


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Subject: RE: Origins: Parody Swallows away/Howitzers or more
From: Bernard
Date: 07 Jun 11 - 08:18 AM

Hilarious!!


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Subject: RE: Origins: Parody Swallows away/Howitzers or more
From: Black belt caterpillar wrestler
Date: 09 Jun 11 - 07:36 AM

No takers on the origin?

I have since thought that it could possibly have been Gerry Milne singing it, but that could be me misremembering.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Parody Swallows away/Howitzers or more
From: Leadfingers
Date: 09 Jun 11 - 09:46 AM

I'll ask Gerry !!


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Subject: RE: Origins: Parody Swallows away/Howitzers or more
From: Leadfingers
Date: 09 Jun 11 - 07:21 PM

NOT Gerry Milne - He says its not his style !!


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