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Lyr Req: I'm Going Back to Himazas (Fred Austin)

GUEST 12 Jan 16 - 10:56 AM
Jim Dixon 12 Jan 16 - 01:32 PM
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Joe Offer 12 Jan 16 - 06:38 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Down in Pennsyltucky where the pencils
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Jan 16 - 10:56 AM

Does anyone have the lyrics to the song that starts with 'Down in Pennsyltucky where the pencils grow'? I don't know the name of the song but the chorus starts with 'I'm going back to Im as has/Imasaz?' Even better does anyone have the lyrics and chords to the tune?


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Subject: Lyr Add: FARM IN PENNSYLTUCKY (Jeannie Seely)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 12 Jan 16 - 01:32 PM

Wikipedia has an article about Pennsyltucky. It says it refers to the rural part of Pennsylvania.

This is probably not the song requested, but it appeared on Billboard's "Hot Country Singles" chart on Jan. 20, 1973, and for a few weeks after that. My transcription from YouTube:


FARM IN PENNSYLTUCKY
As recorded by Jeannie Seely, Decca 33042.

CHORUS: I've been away, away too long.
I've said my piece and I've sung my song.
I've paid the price, but my bills are paid.
I got it made.
I got me a farm in Pennsyltucky.

1. Come spring I'll be plantin' ev'ry seed I can sow,
Then sit upon my front porch and rock and watch 'em grow.
If we don't get a frost with the cold winds from the north,
Reckon that corn's a-gonna be knee-high by the fourth. CHORUS

2. I've got hay up in the loft and corn down in the barn.
I'm buildin' me a fence ten-foot high around that farm.
I got me a still, and while my 'shine's a-brewin',
I'll just sit and wonder what the poor folks are doin'. CHORUS


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Subject: Lyr Add: GOIN' HOME (William Hervey Allen)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 12 Jan 16 - 01:35 PM

This poem was printed in The Hopkinsville Kentuckian, January 6, 1917:


GOIN' HOME.
William Hervey Allen.

Won't you tell me, Mr. Wilson, why ... you keep us here,
When the border seems so quiet and there's nothin' more to fear?
We don't want to see "Chewawa" and we're tired of eating sand.
Send us back to Pennsyltucky where there ain't no Rio Grand.

It's home, home, home! It's home we want to go.
Take us back to God's own country and the girls we used to know.
Just say: "The choo-choo's waitin'; all aboard for Alabam',"
For we've stayed so long in Texas that nobody gives a damn.

We don't want to see old Villa, but the little girl that waits
And dreams upon her pillow in the dear old eastern states
Of her boy along the border where the horned toads roam.
Send us back to Pennsyltucky, Mr. Wilson; send us home!

Each little canteen rumor bursts like bubbles in the foam,
Though they keep us in good humor, if we THINK we're goin' home;
But I'll tell you, Mr. Wilson, if you want to make a hit,
Just load us on a troop train and say: "Boys, it's time to quit."

For it's home, home, home! It's home we want to go.
Take us back to God's own country where the cactus doesn't grow,
For we're tired of endless drillin' and the same old army chow.
Send us home for something fillin', Mr. Wilson; do it NOW!


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Subject: Lyr Add: 'TWAS DOWN IN PENNSYLTUCKY (B Johnston)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 12 Jan 16 - 02:24 PM

My transcription from YouTube:


'TWAS DOWN IN PENNSYLTUCKY
As recited Bryan R. Johnston*

Well, 'twas down in Pennsyltucky 'bout the fourth o' Juvember
When we was fightin' underneath the command of General George Washin'machine
At the battle of Cow's Trot—or was it Bull's Run?—No, it doesn't matter anyway.
Well, we saw a couple o' wierdos monkeyin' around with a nuttymobile,
When they exploded a couple o' gasses o' galoline.
It scared 'em so they went runnin' through the forn kields like a rackjabbit,
Upset a fock o' shodder,
Broke a bug o' juttermilk,
Jumped on a little float,
Went a-boatin' up the Sissimippi River
With a little bank a-sittin' on the bark a-doggin' at 'em.
Well, they ran through town, fell into a pud muddle,
Knocked over a sweet streeper,
Ran into a tiano puner,
And the tiano puner jumped up and said: "Moly Hoses! What a meck of a hess!"

[* He says in the video that the story was passed down from his grandfather.]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Down in Pennsyltucky where the pencils
From: Mr Happy
Date: 12 Jan 16 - 06:22 PM

That line, 'Down in Pennsyltucky where the pencils grow' reminds me of this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JScrL4bpJ9c
, perh the song you're seeking may be a parody?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Down in Pennsyltucky where the pencils
From: Joe Offer
Date: 12 Jan 16 - 06:38 PM

This isn't the song in question, either, but Rhode Island Is Famous for YOu has this line:
    Pencils
    Come from Pencilvania,
    Vests from Vest Virginia
    And tents from Tentasee.


Now you know.
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Down in Pennsyltucky where the pencils
From: Mr Happy
Date: 12 Jan 16 - 07:20 PM

Now I know! 8-)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Down in Pennsyltucky where the pencils
From: GUEST,Phil d'Conch
Date: 12 Jan 16 - 08:58 PM

The links on the site are dead ends. Maybe somebody's wayback machine is working better than mine.

"Christopher T. George

A few explanations--

Himazazz is a place in a comic song that my Uncle Bill (Billy Matchett), the vaudeville artist, used to sing. I guess it's a mythical place since the name does not come up on a google search except in relation to the song. The first line of the song goes, "Down in Pennsyltucky where the pencils grow" which might imply the song was written by an American, however, since the ending of the song mentions a pub I think the song must be of British origins not American, though I don't know the composer. Bruce Williams, who is the undertaker referred to in the poem, and who had premises off Lodge Lane, was also a songwriter who wrote songs for George Formby under the name of Eddie Latta and it could have been one of his."

http://www.yoliverpool.com/forum/showthread.php?2636-The-Road-to-Himazazz-%28CTG%29


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Subject: Lyr Add: I'M GOING BACK TO HIMAZAS (Fred Austin)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 12 Jan 16 - 09:43 PM

From the sheet music at the National Library of Australia:


I'M GOING BACK TO HIMAZAS
Words and music by Fred Austin, ©1927.

1. Out in Pensiltucky where the pencils grow,
There's a li'l ol' village where I wanna go.
It's a place no doubt
You've never heard about.
'Tisn't on the map that I'm aware.
It's a pretty spot; they call it "Himazas,"
Nestling itself amongst the hills.
There I learned my prayer.
There I learned to swear.
There I took my first two Beecham's Pills.

CHORUS: So, I'm going back to Himazas,
Never again to roam.
I'm jogging along
And humming a song,
A day's march nearer home.
There's a cottage so neat
At the top of a street,
And it's numbered ninety-four,
So, I'm going back to Himazas—
Him as 'as the pub next door.

2. See the lettuce blooming in the cornfields there,
Fragrance from the gas works scenting all the air.
See ma li'l Pom
Wag his "to and from"
When he sees me walking down the lane.
Gee, I've been a dirty dog, a rolling stone,
Black sheep of the flock, upon my soul.
Now I'm on my way,
Tramping night and day,
Back to where they'll let me draw the dole. CHORUS.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Down in Pennsyltucky where the pencils
From: Rivermusic
Date: 12 Jan 16 - 09:48 PM

Ah Eureka At last! All I need now is the chords. Thankyou


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Down in Pennsyltucky where the pencils
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 12 Jan 16 - 09:56 PM

You can hear it at YouTube, sung by Fred Austin with Debroy Somers' Band. The singer only sings the chorus. It's on an album called "Vintage Comic Music of the 20s & 30s," various artists, 2008. It's also on Spotify.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Down in Pennsyltucky where the pencils
From: GUEST,Phil d'Conch
Date: 12 Jan 16 - 10:00 PM

No first verse but:
I'm Going Back To Himazas · Debroy Somers' Band · Fred Austin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIRuplBhRJ0


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Down in Pennsyltucky where the pencils
From: GUEST,Phil d'Conch
Date: 12 Jan 16 - 10:02 PM

Too quick for me :)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Down in Pennsyltucky where the pencils
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 12 Jan 16 - 10:03 PM

Someone more musically literate than I am should be able to figure out the chords from the sheet music. Follow the link above the lyrics.

The sheet music already has chord diagrams for ukulele, but the chords are not named.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Down in Pennsyltucky where the pencils
From: Rivermusic
Date: 12 Jan 16 - 10:06 PM

For some reason youtube says the video isn't available. I know the tune, it's just that I'm crap at putting chords to it so that I can play along. But thankyou anyway Neil


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Down in Pennsyltucky where the pencils
From: GUEST,John from Elsie`s Band
Date: 13 Jan 16 - 08:05 AM

Rivermusic, try the following in F or transpose to any suitable key.
This is in our repertoire and Dave Watts sings it.

Out in Pennsyltucky where the pencils grow.
F                            Dm         
There`s a little village that I want to go.
F                               Dm      
It`s a place no doubt,
C7
You`ve never heard about.
       F   
Tisn`t on the map that I`m aware.
G7                           C C7
It` a pretty spot they call it Himazas
F                              Dm
Nesting away amongst the hills
F                        A7
There I learned my prayers.
Gm
It`s there I went upstairs
      G7
It`s there I met the shepherd of the hills.
      C7                              F
Ch.-
So I`m going back to Himazaz.
   F                   G7
Never again to roam
Gm      C7      F   F7
I`m toddling along, singing my song.
      Bd             F
A day`s march nearer home.
   G7                C7
There`s a cottage so neat at the top of the street
          F
And it`s number ninety four
         Dm      G7    C7
So I`m going back to Himazas. Him as has the pub next door.
    F                G7       C7                      F
A day`s march neare home
      Bd             F

Yours,
John


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Down in Pennsyltucky where the pencils
From: GUEST,John from "Elsie`s Band"
Date: 13 Jan 16 - 09:46 AM

Rivermusic,
          I have just checked the upload onto Mudcat and the positions of some of the chords have moved but it should be easy to sort them out. Also the last line is redundant, my finger error.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Down in Pennsyltucky where the pencils
From: Rivermusic
Date: 13 Jan 16 - 11:32 AM

Thanks enormously. I had realised that the chord positions had gone a little awry. If you have the time perhaps you could email me the correct chord positions. My address is cneil727@yahoo.com


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