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LYR REQ: Ware out, Mother (trad lyrics?)

Steve Gardham 29 Apr 21 - 04:37 PM
Black belt caterpillar wrestler 29 Apr 21 - 06:38 PM
Reinhard 29 Apr 21 - 09:16 PM
Black belt caterpillar wrestler 30 Apr 21 - 04:46 AM
Mick Pearce (MCP) 30 Apr 21 - 05:38 AM
Steve Gardham 30 Apr 21 - 10:38 AM
Reinhard 01 May 21 - 08:38 AM
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Subject: Ware out, Mother
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 29 Apr 21 - 04:37 PM

Here's another fragment from the wonderful Marina Russell of Upwey, Dorset, in 1907.

Nick sees it as a diddling up piece, and it may well be all there is to it, but if it rings a bell with anyone that could be useful.

"Ware out, Mother, there's a navvy in the cellar,
And two more looking through the window outside."
"Do you go along, you naughty filthy hussy,
Else I'll put a stick about your back(side)"


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Subject: RE: Ware out, Mother
From: Black belt caterpillar wrestler
Date: 29 Apr 21 - 06:38 PM

Yes, it is an entire song that I first heard from Charlie Yarwood as "Ware up mother". I am trying to remember what the usual title is and I know that I have it on CD from someone else fairly recently.

Roin


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Subject: ADD: Ware out, Mother
From: Reinhard
Date: 29 Apr 21 - 09:16 PM

Melrose Quartet learned 'Ware Out Mother from the singing of Charley Yarwood. They sang it on their 2017 CD Dominion:

WARE OUT MOTHER

Nightmares, Mother had, of navvies in the cellar
And dark eyes looking through the window outside.
How we used to vex her, how we used to taunt her,
How we would laugh and chant to her dismay.

Chorus:
'Ware out Mother! There's a navvy in the cellar
And two more looking through the window outside

Mother heard there was to be a river builded,
Just a stone's throw away from the window outside.
How we hugged each other, as we told our mother,
“It's a canal, there'll be navigators too.”

We told Mother there'd be barges full of jewels
And wondrous things past the window outside,
But where's this river from?wwe said it flows from China.
“Woah,” thought Mom, “there'll be alligators too.”

One night Jimmy led the navvies into town
and they looked like beggars through the window outside.
There were navvies in the ale house, arguments and street fights,
Mother was delicate, she stayed in bed all week.

One night Jimmy had a gentle way with words
and more pairs of hands than was decent, alright.
“Will you come along, me saucy little Susie,
Just let me put a few arms around your waist.”

Soon our mother saw the navvy with her daughter
and she locked her up in the cellar downstairs.
“Do you come along, me naughty filthy hussy,
Else I'll put this stick about your back.”

Jim gave a wink, or it might have been a blink,
and he organised a tunnel 'neath the window outside.
Not a body saw them, then they struck foundations.
“Right,” thought Jim, "“ I shall blow a little hole.”

Muffled bang, and there was dust and rubble everywhere,
And Jim was in the cellar of his Susie once more.
How they hugged each other, yet no-one told our mother,
She still has her dreams, yet she's never learnt the truth.


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Subject: RE: Ware out, Mother
From: Black belt caterpillar wrestler
Date: 30 Apr 21 - 04:46 AM

Sorry, should have remembered, that's the CD I have.
"Ware Up" was the expression used in West Somerset when I was young, rather than "Ware Out".

Robin


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Subject: RE: ADD: Ware out, Mother
From: Mick Pearce (MCP)
Date: 30 Apr 21 - 05:38 AM

I think most of that song was written by Charley - only the 1 verse quoted by Steve is traditional. (The sleeve notes say so!).

Mick


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Subject: RE: ADD: Ware out, Mother
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 30 Apr 21 - 10:38 AM

That was brilliant news till I got to Mick's post! Many thanks anyway, for taking the trouble. Great song though. Very authentic-looking right down to the lack of rhyme.

So the query still stands. Any TRADITIONAL or earlier versions?


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Subject: RE: LYR REQ: Ware out, Mother (trad lyrics?)
From: Reinhard
Date: 01 May 21 - 08:38 AM

Just wait 50 years or so. Then this'll be considered traditional ;-)


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