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The Bricklayer's Lament (The Sick Note)-on BBC

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WHY PADDY'S NOT AT WORK TODAY (Excuse Note)


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Marje 13 Aug 12 - 09:36 AM
katlaughing 13 Aug 12 - 10:29 AM
Leadfingers 13 Aug 12 - 10:34 AM
Dave MacKenzie 13 Aug 12 - 10:42 AM
GUEST,Damien. 14 Aug 12 - 06:20 AM
Dave Hanson 14 Aug 12 - 07:41 AM
Q (Frank Staplin) 14 Aug 12 - 11:49 AM
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Subject: The Bricklayer's Lament (The Sick Note)
From: Marje
Date: 13 Aug 12 - 09:36 AM

The Bricklayer's Lament (aka The Sick Note, and Why Paddy's Not at Work Today)has been dicussed here in various threads over the years.

It was the subject of a BBC Radio 4 programme this week. This relates how Gerard Hoffnung came across the story, examines its possible origins (he didn't write it himself as I had thought), and concludes with Hoffnung telling the tale to the Oxford Union. It can be found on iPlayer here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01lsqk6/The_Bricklayers_Lament/ at least for UK listneners, or there is currently a direct link to it from the BBC Home Page.

Marje


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Subject: RE: The Bricklayer's Lament (The Sick Note)
From: katlaughing
Date: 13 Aug 12 - 10:29 AM

tHAT WAS wonderful tks!


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Subject: RE: The Bricklayer's Lament (The Sick Note)
From: Leadfingers
Date: 13 Aug 12 - 10:34 AM

Everybody and his brother seem to have sung this over the years , I just wish , who ever you stole it from , that you could credit Pat Cooksey as the man who turned it into a song .


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Subject: RE: The Bricklayer's Lament (The Sick Note)
From: Dave MacKenzie
Date: 13 Aug 12 - 10:42 AM

Great programme. I didn't realise Hoffnung died so young.


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Subject: RE: The Bricklayer's Lament (The Sick Note)
From: GUEST,Damien.
Date: 14 Aug 12 - 06:20 AM

Hoffnung's version brilliant, after listening to this again have to admire Pat Cooksey's talent in turning the story into a nine verse song, which despite being sung by every man and his dog has certainly stood the test of time.


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Subject: RE: The Bricklayer's Lament (The Sick Note)
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 14 Aug 12 - 07:41 AM

Pat Cooksey did a brilliant job with it, Hoffnung didn't claim to written it, from listening to him, he seems to me to be a master of the understatement, as was Marriott Edgar.

Dave H


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Subject: RE: The Bricklayer's Lament (The Sick Note)
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 14 Aug 12 - 11:49 AM

This thread has a comment on its origin from Pat Cooksey; 2316:

Origins: Why Paddy

Quite a few threads on this song.


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