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Lyr Req: Darby & Tarlton - Birmingham Town

GUEST 23 Dec 13 - 12:38 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Darby & Tarlton - Birmingham Town
From: GUEST
Date: 23 Dec 13 - 12:38 PM

I was wondering if anybody could fill in the lyrics on Darby and Tarlton's Birmingham Town. I transcribed what I hear with question marks beside words I'm unsure about. I'm mainly curious about the line "San Francisco was a loller." Does it mean SF is lazy?


I've traveled East and West
New York? I stopped to rest
But I never seen a town like Birmingham

CHORUS:
Oh my, she is certainly worth a prize
Sweetest/Swiftest? little town in Alabam
San Francisco was a loller?
She lost her bottom dollar
And she'll never be that (sometimes "a") town of Birmingham

I've traveled through Albania, Egypt and Australia
I went to see the vicotta? of Japan
And the king and queen of Spain
Invite me to call again
Cause I like to hear that news? From Birmingham

I've traveled all around, New York and Alabam
????????????? ("That is the jewel of the South" is what I hear but I could be imagining that)
These words he had to say
Don't you give this life away
Says the next Fall we'll be with Birmingham

Don't believe what I say is true, I'll tell you what you do
I'll send you to a friend that's always right
He will tell you in a minute
San Francisco, she ain't in it
But ol' Birmingham is certainly out of sight

I've traveled East and West
???? I stopped to rest
But I never seen a town like Birmingham


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Darby & Tarlton - Birmingham Town
From: GUEST
Date: 23 Dec 13 - 10:23 PM

I put it on youtube for reference:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTviUmEWEKU


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Darby & Tarlton - Birmingham Town
From: GUEST
Date: 24 Dec 13 - 08:52 PM

Before this drifts off the page, the song is 'Birmingham Town' and it was done back in the late 1920s by Darby and Tarlton. I mention that because they did a few other songs with the name Birmingham in the titles.

I will try to get some lyrics from the Youtube link in a day or so, but good lord those boys have to be from near Philly with that Boimingten stuff.

PS I am a different Guest from the original two.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Darby & Tarlton - Birmingham Town
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 24 Dec 13 - 11:12 PM

"I went to see the Mikado of Japan"

(I will listen again tomorrow and see if I can get more.)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Darby & Tarlton - Birmingham Town
From: GUEST
Date: 25 Dec 13 - 09:47 PM

Here is the transcription by Phil Wells in the booklet accompanying the Bear Family box set of the complete recordings of Darby and Tarlton [Edited by Ed Kahn]. Wells has 'beat' a town like Birmingham, but I reckon it sounds more like 'be'. Kahn notes that they probably learnt it from an earlier recording by George Reneau under the title 'Birmingham'.

BIRMINGHAM TOWN

I've travelled east and west
I often stopped to rest
But I've never seen a town like Birmingham
Oh my, she has certainly won the prize
Prettiest little town in Alabam
San Francisco was a lalla
And she lost her bottom dollar
And she'll never beat a town like Birmingham
Oh my, she has certainly won the prize
Swiftest little town in Alabam
San Francisco was a lalla
And she lost her bottom dollar
And she'll never beat a town like Birmingham

I've travelled through Albania
Egypt and Australia
I went to see The Mikado in Japan
And the King and Queen of Spain
Invited me to come again
'Cause I like the air I get from Birmingham
Oh my, she has certainly won the prize
Sweetest little town in Alabam
San Francisco was a lalla
And she lost her bottom dollar
And she'll never beat a town like Birmingham
Oh my, she has certainly won the prize
Perfect little town in Alabam
San Francisco was a lalla
And she lost her bottom dollar
And she'll never beat a town like Birmingham

I have travelled all around New York and Alabam
That is the jewel of Uncle Sam
These words he had to say
'Don't you give this town away!'
Said, 'What makes four winds beat is Birmingham'
Oh my, she has certainly won the prize
Perfect little town in Alabam
San Francisco was a lalla
And she lost her bottom dollar
And she'll never beat a town like Birmingham

Don't believe what I say is true
I'll tell you what you do
I'll send you to a friend that's always right
He will tell you in a minute
San Francisco she ain't in it
But old Birmingham is certainly out of sight
Oh my, she has certainly won the prize
Greatest little town in Alabam
San Francisco was a lalla
And she lost her bottom dollar
And she'll never beat a town like Birmingham

I have travelled east and west
I once stopped to rest
But I've never seen a town like Birmingham

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Darby & Tarlton - Birmingham Town
From: Stewie
Date: 25 Dec 13 - 09:54 PM

My apologies, Joe, for posting above as Guest. Norton clean-up swallowed my cookie again.

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Darby & Tarlton - Birmingham Town
From: GUEST
Date: 25 Dec 13 - 11:37 PM

Thanks Stewie, most of that I can more or less reconcile as what they're saying except

'Don't you give this town away!'
Said, 'What makes four winds beat is Birmingham'


And also I'm not hearing all the different words in "_____ little town in Alabam"


Does anybody know what "lalla" means?

Thanks,
Original poster


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Darby & Tarlton - Birmingham Town
From: Stewie
Date: 26 Dec 13 - 10:17 AM

I think the meaning of 'lalla' in this context is meretricious - vulgar and flashy. Put Lalla + meretrious in Google and you will come up with several references, particularly to verses by Thomas Moore. The 'four winds beat' is possibly a reference to the four winds in the Old Testament.

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Darby & Tarlton - Birmingham Town
From: Stewie
Date: 26 Dec 13 - 10:21 AM

My previous post should have read 'Lalla + meretricious'.

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Darby & Tarlton - Birmingham Town
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 26 Dec 13 - 01:07 PM

I wonder if "lolla" (however you spell it) is related to "lollapalooza"?


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