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Lyr Req: We've got all the vicars down here

GUEST,Swaleman 29 Oct 12 - 06:40 AM
GUEST,Wyndylad 29 Oct 12 - 08:26 AM
GUEST,tradlad 30 Oct 12 - 06:54 AM
Jim Dixon 30 Oct 12 - 07:20 AM
GUEST,tradlad 30 Oct 12 - 06:55 PM
Steve Shaw 31 Oct 12 - 06:48 AM
Steve Shaw 31 Oct 12 - 06:50 AM
GUEST,999 31 Oct 12 - 09:02 AM
Steve Shaw 31 Oct 12 - 10:45 AM
GUEST,999 31 Oct 12 - 11:03 AM
GUEST,Wyndylad 01 Nov 12 - 06:33 AM
Joe_F 01 Nov 12 - 08:13 PM
GUEST,999 01 Nov 12 - 08:40 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: We've got all the vicars down here
From: GUEST,Swaleman
Date: 29 Oct 12 - 06:40 AM

Does anyone out there recall a song performed on the BBC Friday Folk programme on a halloween theme which had the chorus 'We've got all the vicars down here, we've got all the vicars down here'?
It was around the mid 1970s when I think Jim Lloyd presented and he would often have a part of the programme with themed songs and I remember the above song as one of several on the night on the theme of 'Halloween'. They also did one on 'Wreckers' with a song about Wallasey. I didn't have the means of recording such programmes in those days and I have been unable to find any reference to the song request to date.The tune as I recall was 'In my Liverpool home'.
If any one out there has the words I would be most grateful.
Swaleman.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: We've got all the vicars down here
From: GUEST,Wyndylad
Date: 29 Oct 12 - 08:26 AM

Wasn't this a Miles Whootton song?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: We've got all the vicars down here
From: GUEST,tradlad
Date: 30 Oct 12 - 06:54 AM

here we go agaim!!! a simple request for lyrics and we get a shaggin thesis. Wake up at the back there!!


LYRICS!!!!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: We've got all the vicars down here
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 30 Oct 12 - 07:20 AM

Tradlad: Stop complaining. This is how we do things here. The information that the song was written by Miles Wootton (if it's true) might jog someone's memory or enable someone to look up the lyrics. Sometimes finding lyrics is a group effort and we get where we're going one step at a time, with different people contributing different bits of information until the picture is complete.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: We've got all the vicars down here
From: GUEST,tradlad
Date: 30 Oct 12 - 06:55 PM

your picture is still pretty much unfinished...seems tobe a breakdownin your scheme jim lad!!!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: We've got all the vicars down here
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 31 Oct 12 - 06:48 AM

I do remember the song being played by Jim Lloyd because I recorded it on cassette (lost, sadly), but it must have been early to mid-80s when I heard it because my kids liked the song and they weren't born in the mid-70s and I certainly didn't listen to folk music then! Didn't the last bit, which was the Devil lamenting, go something like:

We've got all the vicars down here
We've got all the vicars down here
We could do with a cheat
A liar or a thief
But we've only got vicars down here


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: We've got all the vicars down here
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 31 Oct 12 - 06:50 AM

And you have the tune right, I think.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: We've got all the vicars down here
From: GUEST,999
Date: 31 Oct 12 - 09:02 AM

"your picture is still pretty much unfinished...seems tobe a breakdownin your scheme jim lad!!!"

Let that be a lesson to all: never have your first drink near a full moon.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: We've got all the vicars down here
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 31 Oct 12 - 10:45 AM

I see you've tried this several times down the years, Swaleman. I wish I could be of more use!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: We've got all the vicars down here
From: GUEST,999
Date: 31 Oct 12 - 11:03 AM

Looked for a half hour and got bupkis. Seems to me I've searched for this song before with the same result.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: We've got all the vicars down here
From: GUEST,Wyndylad
Date: 01 Nov 12 - 06:33 AM

Well ignoring the rude person who comes from somewhere where six words constitute a thesis, I remember this song being played on Radio 2's 'Folkweave' program, hosted by Tony Capstick in the mid 70's.
The tune was indeed "In my Liverpool home" and the opening lines I recall were :

"Sweet Molly she was to be wed
To a chap from the village named Fred"

(then something about everything in place for the ceremony, best man/choir/ring etc)

"When somebody stepped up and said
If only the vicar were here
If only the vicar were here"

(Think there might have been a christening and funeral verse then the
last verse was along the lines of

"Old Nick he tolls the great bell
And calls all the sinners to hell

(ends lamenting that he's got all the vicars down here pretty much as the last verse already mentioned by Steve Shaw.

Hope this helps - sorry I can't remember more of it but it might jog a memory or two.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: We've got all the vicars down here
From: Joe_F
Date: 01 Nov 12 - 08:13 PM

What is it about vicars, anyway? It seems that, when not molesting choir boys, they are being quicker & slicker & thicker, or offering prayers for the constipated.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: We've got all the vicars down here
From: GUEST,999
Date: 01 Nov 12 - 08:40 PM

What it is, Joe, is we can't find the song.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: We've got all the vicars down here
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 01 Nov 12 - 09:22 PM

If I get time this weekend I'll sift through all my remaining old cassettes, though I don't hold out much hope. I probably recorded over it. Even the Beeb is guilty of that... Great thread though!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: We've got all the vicars down here
From: GUEST,tradlad
Date: 02 Nov 12 - 06:19 AM

yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!was it worth waiting for?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: We've got all the vicars down here
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 02 Nov 12 - 06:40 AM

Are you trolling, I ask myself? Just ignore the thread!


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