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GUEST,Rahere 17 Apr 16 - 07:15 PM
GUEST,.gargoyle 17 Apr 16 - 08:01 PM
Dave Sutherland 18 Apr 16 - 07:18 AM
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Subject: Lyr Add: My Old Man's a Dustman - dirty verse
From: GUEST,Rahere
Date: 17 Apr 16 - 07:15 PM

The search engine suggests this somewhat more adult verse has never been recorded in the wild before. I've transcribed it from Jim Carter: Lonnie Donnegan and Me (ITV 1 17.4.2016)

One day whilst in a café
He spilt a milkman's tea
The milkman rose to argue
And he was six foot three...

The aninals in Australia
Are very, very strange
They've got one called a platypus
You'll find 'im on the range
You'll always recognise him
You'll know 'im like your brother
His platy hangs on one end
And his pussy's on the other

One point Lonnie's son Pete made is that this is actually a folk-heritage piece, as the music comes from My Old Man's a Soldier,

My Old Man;'s a soldier
Fought in the Battke of Mons
Killed ten thousand Germans
With only a hundred bombs
One lay here, one lay there, one lay round the corner
One poor soul wiv a bullet up 'is 'ole
Crying out for water...

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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: My Old Man's a Dustman - dirty verse
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 17 Apr 16 - 08:01 PM

Dear Rahere,
That is a dandy contribution to the Mudcat Cafe....

About what geographic location on the globe did the encounter with the lyrics take place?

You will probably have fun with connections to other....


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: My Old Man's a Dustman - dirty verse
From: Dave Sutherland
Date: 18 Apr 16 - 07:18 AM

I remember the milkman verse being included in his rendition performed either at the London Palladium or at the 1960 Royal Command Performance, either way it was on television, and for some reason it stuck with me:-
"One day whilst in a café he spilled a milkman's tea,
The milkman stood to argue and he was six foot three,
I'm very, very sorry he cried out in remorse,
Then ran out of the café and kicked the milkman's horse"
If you can get hold of a copy of Harry Shapiro's autobiography of Alexis Korner there is a passage where Donegan talks at some length about the song, its origins and verses that he would not be allowed to sing.

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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: My Old Man's a Dustman - dirty verse
From: Tradsinger
Date: 18 Apr 16 - 05:30 PM

I remember Roaring Jelly in the 70s singing a couple of verses that they probably wrote themselves:

[from memory]
Though my old man's a dustman, I'd have you all to know
He used to be a dentist many years ago
He got struck off the register, it really was pathetic
He was doing things to ladies that were under anesthetic.

Though my old man's a dustman, I'd have have you to know
He used to be a policeman, many years ago
You'd often see him there, walking round Soho
I said "Do you have relations there?" "Yeah, every time I go".



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