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Lyr Req: The Bowery (Hoyt/Gaunt)

tjarchde@facstaff.wisc.edu 15 Nov 96 - 11:17 AM
Justin Kodner (jkodn@prolifics.com) 10 Dec 96 - 11:50 AM
dick greenhaus 10 Dec 96 - 08:41 PM
GUEST,Q 17 Nov 02 - 04:36 PM
masato sakurai 17 Nov 02 - 06:51 PM
Gorgeous Gary 02 Sep 14 - 07:53 PM
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Subject: The Bowery
From: tjarchde@facstaff.wisc.edu
Date: 15 Nov 96 - 11:17 AM

I have a film on which Gov. Al Smith sings a song about a night spent on the Bowery. Among its lines, are one like "There was the Bowery ablaze in lights" and another like "I had the time of my life," though he vows never to return. The refrain starts, "The Bowery, the Bowery, Oh they do such things ..." Any idea where I can find the full set of lyrics?

Thanks.

Tom A


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Subject: RE: The Bowery
From: Justin Kodner (jkodn@prolifics.com)
Date: 10 Dec 96 - 11:50 AM

The full chorus is:

The Bowery, the bowery, Oh, they say such things And the do such things On the bowery, the bowery I'll never go there any more!

I don't know any verses.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE BOWERY (Hoyt/Gaunt)
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 10 Dec 96 - 08:41 PM

The Bowery
(words Charles H. Hoyt, Music Percy Gaunt)

1. Oh! The night that I struck New York
I went out for a quiet walk
Folks who are "on to" the city say
Better by far that I took Broadway
But I was out to enjoy the sights
There was the Bow'ry ablaze with lights
I had one of the devil's own nights
I'll never go there any more.

cho: The Bow'ry, the Bow'ry
They say such things and they do strange things,
On the Bow'ry! The Bow'ry!
I'll never go there any more.

2. I had walked but a block or two,
When up came a fellow and me he knew
Then a policeman came walking by
Chased him away and I asked him, "Why?"
"Wasn't he pulling your leg?" said he,
Said I, "He never laid hands on me!"
"Get off the Bow'ry, you fool," said he
I'll never go there any more.

3. Struck a place that they called a "dive"
I was in luck to get out alive
When the policeman heard my woes,
Saw my black eyes and my battered nose.
"You've been held up!" said the "copper" fly,
"No, sir! But I've been knocked down!" said I
Then he laughed, tho' I couldn't see why
I'll never go there any more.

note: From a musical show "A Trip to Chinatown"

Words and Music will appear in next April's edition of the DT.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE BOWERY (Hoyt/Gaunt)
From: GUEST,Q
Date: 17 Nov 02 - 04:36 PM

Verses missing from The Bowery in the DT.

Lyr. Add: THE BOWERY

Oh, the night that I struck New York,
I went out for a quiet walk;
Folks who are "on to" the city say,
Better by far that I took Broadway;
But I was out to enjoy the sights,
There was the Bow'ry ablaze with lights;
I had one of the devil's own nights!
I'll never go there anymore!

I had walk'd but a block or two,
When up came a fellow and me he knew;
Then a policeman came walking by,
Chased him away and I asked him why?
"Wasn't he pulling your leg," said he;
Said I "He never laid hands on me!"
"Get off the Bow'ry you Yep" said he,
I'll never go there any more!

I went into an auction store,
I never saw any thieves before;
First he sold me a pair of socks,
Then said he "How much for the box?"
Someone said "two dollars! I said "Three!"
He emptied the box and gave it to me,-
"I sold you the box, not the socks," said he,
I'll never go there any more!

I went into a concert hall,
I didn't have a good time at all;
Just the minute that I sat down,
Girls began singing "New Coon in Town,"
I got up mad and spoke out free,
"Somebody put that man out," said she;
A man called a bouncer attended to me,
I'll never go there anymore!

I went into a barber shop,
He talk'd till I thought he would never stop,
I, said "cut it short," he misunderstood,
Clipped down my hair just as close as he could;
He shaved with a razor that scratched like a pin,
Took off my whiskers and most of my chin;
That was the worst scrape I ever got in,
I'll never go there any more!

I struck a place they called a "dive,"
I was in luck to get out alive;
When the policeman heard my woes,
Saw my black eyes and my battered nose,
"You've been held up," said the "copper' fly!
"No sir! but I've been knock'd down!" said I;
Then he laughed , tho' I couldn't see why!
I'll never go there any more!

Chorus:
The Bow'ry, the Bow'ry!
They say such things
And they do strange things,
The Bow'ry, The Bow'ry!
I'll never go there anymore!

Words Charles H. Hoyt, Music by Percy Gaunt, from "A Trip Through Chinatown," 1892.


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Subject: RE: The Bowery
From: masato sakurai
Date: 17 Nov 02 - 06:51 PM

Historic American Sheet Music, 1850-1920 (from Duke University) has the original sheet music. THE BOWERY is in Songs from Hoyt's A Trip to Chinatown (Music by Percy Gaunt) (New York, New York, T.B. Harms, 1892). A 1892 edition with a different cover is in Robert A Fremont, ed., Favorite Songs of the Nineties: Complete Original Sheet Music for 89 Songs (Dover, 1973, pp. 42-46). MIDI (with lyrics) is at Public Domain Muisc: 19th Century American Popular Music (scroll down to "1892").

~Masato


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Bowery (Hoyt/Gaunt)
From: Gorgeous Gary
Date: 02 Sep 14 - 07:53 PM

Does anyone out there happen to have a decent set of chords for "The Bowery" they could post (or PM to me)?

Thanks!

-- Gary


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