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Lyr Req: Ex-Pitmen's Pot-Holing Pub Quiz Team

2581 30 Mar 13 - 01:55 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Ex- Pitmans' Pot-Holing Pub Quiz Team -
From: 2581
Date: 30 Mar 13 - 01:55 PM

Does anyone know the complete lyrics for Jez Lowe's "Ex Pitmans' Pot-Holing Pub Quiz Team" ?


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE EX-PITMEN'S POT-HOLING PUB QUIZ TEAM
From: 2581
Date: 30 Mar 13 - 02:55 PM

Jez Lowe's singing is so clear that I have figured out most of the lyrics by listening to the song repeatedly. However, there is till one phrase that I don't understand. It is shown below by the long line _____________ If anyone can help. I would be appreciative. I am also attaching a YouTube link to Jez Lowe singing the song.


THE EX-PITMEN'S POT-HOLING PUB QUIZ TEAM
by Jez Lowe

The Ex-Pitmen's Pot-Holing Pub Quiz Team's riding tonight
Five grey-haired desperados all fit for a fight
With matching green sweaters they know all their subjects by heart
Now they sit with their shandies and wait for the shootin' to start
Stanley is sport; Mickey is music; Harry is history; Peter politics
All subjects covered __________________
With Kenny the captain to keep them in line
'Cause he was a deputy down the mine
Oh, the Ex-Pitmen's Pot-Holing Pub Quiz Team's baying for blood

Yippee ay-oh-oh-oh, yippee ay-ey
Well, I pity the man with the answers who stands in their way
Yippee ay-ey-ey-ey, yippee ay-oh
Ask any question you like, I'll bet you they know

Well they curse at the dates and kick sand in the face of the names
They swagger past football and cricket like so many kids' games
Cause they've got the facts and the figures in the palm of their hand
They've earned their spurs as the fastest quiz team in the land
Well, you might sense a stumble at "pop since the 90's"
Or "atomic numbers" or "African countries"
But they claw their way back with a flourish of substance and style
When they're asked "who killed Trotsky?" or "who killed scored for Preston?"
Or "former members of Fairport Convention"
Then the Ex-Pitmen's Pot-Holing Pub Quiz Team sits back and smiles

Yippee ay-oh-oh-oh, yippee ay-ey
Well, I pity the man with the answers that stands in their way
Yippee ay-ey-ey-ey, yippee ay-oh
Ask any question you like, I'll bet you they know

But when quiz season closes for summer, our heroes so brave
They head for the hills and hide out in the caverns and caves
They put on their pit lamps and helmets, it's just like old times
And they search for their youth that they lost way down there in the mines
Like they lost their jobs to big chiefs and bosses
And lost their allotments to big city bypasses
And life left to fill or to kill, they have to decide
And who would have thought that now twenty years after
There's learning and seeking, living and laughter?
When the Ex-Pitmen's Pot-Holing Pub Quiz Team gets in their stride
Yes, the Ex-Pitmen's Pot-Holing Pub Quiz Team's riding tonight

Yippee ay-oh-oh-oh, yippee ay-ey
Well, I pity the man with the answers that stands in their way
Yippee ay-ey-ey-ey, yippee ay-oh
Ask any question you like, I'll bet you they know


Jez Lowe - "Ex Pitmen's Pot-Holing Pub Quiz Team"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ex- Pitmans' Pot-Holing Pub Quiz Team -
From: John Routledge
Date: 30 Mar 13 - 03:05 PM

"I tell you man these lads are good"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ex- Pitmans' Pot-Holing Pub Quiz Team -
From: Mo the caller
Date: 31 Mar 13 - 08:13 AM

Ah yes, the above is the missing line not just a comment.

Thanks for the link, I'd not heard that one before.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ex- Pitmans' Pot-Holing Pub Quiz Team -
From: 2581
Date: 31 Mar 13 - 06:45 PM

Thank you, John, I can hear it now...! Much appreciated!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ex-Pitmen's Pot-Holing Pub Quiz Team
From: GUEST
Date: 11 Jun 13 - 11:51 PM

Does anyone have the chords for it?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ex-Pitmen's Pot-Holing Pub Quiz Team
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 15 Jun 13 - 11:13 AM

I listened via Spotify to this song as it appears on the album "Wotcheor!" by Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies, and these lines are different:

When they're asked "who killed Trotsky?" or "who killed scored for Aberdeen?"
[something] prime ministers, Shakespeare and Springsteen
,...

Also, is it my imagination, or does the tune and overall structure of the song owe something to "The Free Mexican Air Force (Is Flying Tonight)" by Peter Rowan and others? It's not close enough to be considered a parody or borrowed tune, though; maybe just "inspired by."

(Sorry, Guest; I can't help with chords, but I hope your request doesn't go unnoticed.)


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