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Song about British Army?

GUEST,Andy 15 Sep 14 - 04:42 AM
Joe Offer 15 Sep 14 - 05:02 AM
Sugwash 15 Sep 14 - 10:04 AM
Lighter 15 Sep 14 - 10:13 AM
GUEST,Andy, 15 Sep 14 - 11:32 AM
GUEST,Andy 15 Sep 14 - 11:34 AM
mg 15 Sep 14 - 11:46 AM
Dave Hanson 15 Sep 14 - 02:50 PM
mayomick 16 Sep 14 - 05:42 AM
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Subject: Song about British Army?
From: GUEST,Andy
Date: 15 Sep 14 - 04:42 AM

A few of you out there in Mudcat land may remember an Irish singer called Jacko Murphy who was around quite a bit in the 70's, . Very comical guy with a great repertoire of songs, many very funny, Jacko could hold an audience spellbound with his easy wit and comic banter.
I'm sure he used to sing a song of which I only remember a line or two of the chorus, as follows:-

Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ra-loo
They're looking for monkeys up in the zoo
And if I had a face like you
I'd join the British Army

Anyone heard this, or have the words to it? I'd be most grateful.

Regards

Andy


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Subject: RE: Song about British Army?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 15 Sep 14 - 05:02 AM

Hi, Andy -
There's a nice Wikipedia page on "Join the British Army."
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Song about British Army?
From: Sugwash
Date: 15 Sep 14 - 10:04 AM

Join the British Army

When I was young, I used to be,
As fine a man as ever you'd see,
'til the Prince of Wales, he said to me,
Come and join the British army.

Too-ra loo-ra loo-ra loo,
They're lookin' for monkeys up in the zoo,
And since when have I had a face like you?
I'd join the British army.

Sarah Comden baked a cake,
It's all for poor old Slattery's sake,
She threw meself into the lake,
Pretendin' I was balmy.

Too-ra loo-ra loo-ra loo,
I've made me mind up what to do,
Now I'll work me ticket home to you,
And *pfft* the British army.

Sergeant Heeley went away,
And his wife got in the family way,
And the only words that she could say,
Was blame the British army.

Too-ra loo-ra loo-ra loo,
Me curse upon the Labour blue,
That took me darlin' boy from me,
To join the British army.

Corporal Sheen's a turn o' the 'bout,
Just give him a couple o' jars o' stout,
He'll bake the enemy with his mouth,
And save the British army.

Too-ra loo-ra loo-ra loo,
I've made me mind up what to do,
Now I'll work me ticket home to you,
And *pluck* the British army.


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Subject: RE: Song about British Army?
From: Lighter
Date: 15 Sep 14 - 10:13 AM

"Labour Br'u" (Bureau)(as it was explained to me in the 1960s).


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Subject: RE: Song about British Army?
From: GUEST,Andy,
Date: 15 Sep 14 - 11:32 AM


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Subject: RE: Song about British Army?
From: GUEST,Andy
Date: 15 Sep 14 - 11:34 AM

Thanks to all who gave a response. Very helpful and very quick.
Regards
Andy


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Subject: RE: Song about British Army?
From: mg
Date: 15 Sep 14 - 11:46 AM

Some say the devils dead repeat x three and buried in killarney
More say he rose again r r r and joined the british army


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Subject: RE: Song about British Army?
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 15 Sep 14 - 02:50 PM

Minor corrections

Sarah Conden baked a cake,
Twas all for poor old slattery's sake,
Sure I threw meself into the lake,
Pretending I was barmy.

Toora loora loora loo,
Twas the only thing that I could do,
To work me ticket home to you,
And leave the British Army


Corporal Sheehan's a hell of a drouth
Just give him a couple of jars of stout,
And he'll beat [ pronounced bate ] the enemy with his mouth,
And save the British Army

Toora loora loora loo,
Me curse upon the Labour crew,
etc

Dave H


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Subject: RE: Song about British Army?
From: mayomick
Date: 16 Sep 14 - 05:42 AM

I often wondered what "slattery's sake" meant and who Sarah Compton/Conden was . Any clues?


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