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Subject: Job's worth,It's more than me job's worth (Ly
From: John
Date: 11 May 97 - 08:38 PM

I have heard this song only once, but it has stuck with me for a lot of years. It tells the tale of how British workers make excuses for not striving for that extra yard on the basis that it would cost them their job. It comes from the English satirist who wrote "Prawns in the Game."

I can't recall his name but he was deported from Sth Africa for penning anti Apartheid songs, circa early 70's.

Just remembered, it was Jeremy Taylor.

Any help please? John


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Subject: RE: Job's worth,It's more than me job's worth (Ly
From: John
Date: 10 Jun 97 - 03:08 AM

Thought that I might re-post this and try again,

Thanks John


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Subject: LYR REQ:Job's worth,It's more than me job's worth
From: John in Brisbane
Date: 02 Apr 98 - 06:59 PM

Still searching please.

I'm very impressed at how efficient the Filter Search function is to retrieve old threads.

Regards John


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Subject: RE: Job's worth,It's more than me job's worth (Ly
From: RayBanks
Date: 06 Apr 98 - 07:13 PM

I heard Jeremy Taylor sing this in English folk clubs back in the early seventies. I just remember the chorus:-

Jobsworth, Jobsworth, Its more than me job's worth I don't care if it rains or snows, Whatever you want, the answers NO. I could keep you waitin' four hours in a queue And if you don't like it, well you know what you can do!

I anyone out there knows the verses, I'd love them. Jeremey Taylor is a very funny man, and a good singer.


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Subject: RE: Job's worth,It's more than me job's worth (Ly
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 06 Apr 98 - 08:51 PM

Jobsworth:

I heard Jeremy Taylor sing this song, among many other beaut songs, when he toured Australia in the 70s. I particulary loved this one - it could be the anthem of any working musician who has had to deal with entrenched Jobsworths (or anyone else who has tried to get sense and work out of people securely ensonced under their official hat or behind the official desk).

I have it on one or two tape recordings of his concerts but I have never bothered to type the words out, since I quickly memorised them. If needed, I could get around to typing them out, as it is a song that needs a bit of a revival just now. I haven't tried my hand at writing out tunes in ABC but we have a local guru, so perhaps I will look into this as an economical way to pass on dots.

Let me know and I will post the words - after Easter and our National Folk Festival, in Canberra.

regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: Job's worth,It's more than me job's worth (Ly
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 20 Apr 98 - 07:31 PM

G'day all,

I'm slowly surfacing after the (Australian) National Folk Festival. I see nobody else has popped up with the words of Jeremy's beaut song. I was listening to my tape of his 1979 Perth and Adelaide concerts as I drove down to Canberra. He is a witty performer - no wonder the South Africans did not like to hear his trenchant views of apartheid.

After exile, he took a little while to refocus on Britain but "Jobsworth" shows that he did so with a vengeance. I will finish transcibing the words and get back soon.

Regrads,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: Lyr Add: JOBSWORTH (Jeremy Taylor)
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 21 Apr 98 - 07:59 PM

G'day again,

I have sat down at typed the whole lot out - as performed by Jeremy Taylor on his 1979 Australian tour.

JOBSWORTH
Words (and Music?) by Jeremy Taylor

Now, I was just an ordinary English man,
Till I got me uniform, and hat,
And ever since that hour, I exercise me power,
Preventing you from doing this and that.
You'll find me on the turnstiles at the zoo,
Or outside the Roxy, marshalling the queue,
And if you turn up late, when I'm on the gate,
It's no good asking me to let you through... 'cause I'll just say:

CHORUS: Jobsworth, josbsworth; it's more than my job's worth.
I don't care, rain or snow, whatever you want - the answer's no!
I can keep you standing, for hours in the queue,
And if you don't like, you know what you can do! (A...a...ah...ah)

When you're trying to see, what the butler saw,
I'm the one who says; "Come on, move on!",
And if you want to stay, you'll have to bleedin' pay,
And even then you can't stay long.
You may be almost dropping dead from thirst,
Or waiting for the toilet, fit to burst,
But I've got the key ... and you won't get that from me,
Until I've had me little grumble first!
Chorus:
Jobsworth, josbsworth; it's more than my job's worth.
I don't care, rain or snow, whatever you want - the answer's no!
I can keep you standing, for hours in the queue,
And if you don't like, you know what you can do! (La, la, la, la, la, la, la la la la, la, la)

Spoken: (Yes, well, I died in the last war for people like you ... don't you forget it!)

Fishing in the river, on a summer's day,
I s'pose you think that water's all for free?
But, I've got news for you; everybody pays his due,
And right now it'll cost you 50p (plus VAT).
Don't think you can picnic on the grass,
Public amenity ... my ah ... foot,
And if you want fresh air, you'll find some over there,
But I don't fell inclined to let you pass ...without a backhander.

CHORUS: Jobsworth, josbsworth; it's more than my job's worth.
I don't care, rain or snow, whatever you want - the answer's no!
I can keep you standing, for hours in the queue,
And if you don't like, you know what you can do!
(A...a...ah...ah...)

Mornin' Skipper, what can we do for you? (Recitative)
"Don't call me Skipper!" ... All right Chief, don't shout. (Recitative)
Whatever you require, we're very sorry, Squire,
But it's ten to one we just sold out.
'Course ... you could try that shop around the block ... (sniff),
But I doubt if he's got any left in stock,
And if you think we'll get 'em through, inside a month or two,
I'm afraid you're in for a nasty shock, ... Cock.

CHORUS: Jobsworth, josbsworth; it's more than my job's worth.
I don't care, rain or snow, whatever you want - the answer's no!
I can keep you standing, for hours in the queue,
And if you don't like, you know what you can do!

When you get back home, you will heave a sigh,
And thank the Lord that you've got rid of me.
But it won't be very long before your telephone goes wrong,
And you need someone to fix your ... TV,
And add to that, your lights have all gone out, (Nya, nya)
And your central heating boiler's up the spout,
And when you're tearing your hair, and the wife's going spare,
You'll hear us in the distance calling out: (Two, three, four...)

CHORUS: Jobsworth, josbsworth; it's more than my job's worth.
I don't care, rain or snow, whatever you want - the answer's no!
I can keep you standing, for ...years in the queue,
And if you don't like, you know what you can do! (You can lump it!)

You know what ... you ... can ... do!
(Rump, duddie ah dah - rump dah - vroom)

SPOKEN: Of course, that is the spirit that won the last war. When Hitler said: "I'm coming to invade you", we said, "Sorry mate; we're closed!"

NOTE: Transcription includes asides (in brackets) that need not be part of any given performance

BRIEF GLOSSARY:
50p: Fifty (new) pence, half a pound, roughly one US dollar
VAT: Value Added Tax - a goods and services tax
Skipper: English vernacular form of address to one's presumed "Betters"
Chief: English vernacular form of address to one's presumed "Betters"
Squire: English vernacular form of address to one's presumed "Betters"
Cock: English vernacular form of address ... to any at all.

On my tape of Jeremy Taylor's 1979 concerts in Perth (mainly) and Adelaide are the following items:
Dr. Barnard's Driver (Story)
The Transplant Calypso
The Immorality Act
The Lift Girl's Lament
Ag Pleez Deddy
The Republic Day Calypso
All Along the South Coast (poem)
Love on the Sands
Lurv, California Style
Jobsworth
You Know! (poem)
Made in Holland
When You've Gone Out of Your Mind
Prawns in the Game
The Donkeys' Charter
The Winter Song
Pommy Bastards (Jeremy's paean to Australian appreciation of the English)
Irene Goodnight

The first half are from Jeremy's South African days and the second half (all bar the penultimate item) come from his English exile period. "Lurv, California Style" is a screamingly funny (over here) tale of acculturation and sex, but may lose some of its point among natives of the U. S. of A.

Enjoy:

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: Job's worth,It's more than me job's worth (Ly
From: John in Brisbane
Date: 21 Apr 98 - 09:40 PM

Bob,

Yes I will enjoy and thanks very much. While my memory of the tune is only fair, I seem to recall that it was vaguely skiffle(ish) - similar to 'Any Old Iron' - if that helps any other readers.

Regards John


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jobsworth (Jeremy Taylor)
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Feb 10 - 05:14 PM

Saw J eremy Taylor with a Spike Milligan show many years ago in Liverpool. Brilliant!
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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jobsworth (Jeremy Taylor)
From: cptsnapper
Date: 02 Feb 10 - 05:46 PM

I used to have the live album of Jeremy & Spike's show but sadly it's gone astray.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jobsworth (Jeremy Taylor)
From: ChrisJBrady
Date: 02 Feb 10 - 06:07 PM

See:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fz44_Sp0K8A

CJB.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jobsworth (Jeremy Taylor)
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 03 Feb 10 - 10:53 AM

I used to have the live album of Jeremy & Spike's show but sadly it's gone astray.
Now available on CD, See Here

Cheers
Nigel


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jobsworth (Jeremy Taylor)
From: Cretzon
Date: 03 Feb 10 - 11:13 AM

Still got that original vinyl album recorded at Cambridge and bought around the same time. Still in good nick, too - although I've transferred it digitally to CD.

I've bought a few of Jeremy's CD's directly from him over the last few years. You could try emailing him via his website - he might have a CD version of that LP. It definitely pops up on Ebay regularly.


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