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Lyr Req: Library Chantey

Joe Offer 26 Jul 21 - 07:13 PM
GerryM 26 Jul 21 - 09:19 PM
GerryM 26 Jul 21 - 09:29 PM
Steve Gardham 27 Jul 21 - 02:32 PM
Joe Offer 27 Jul 21 - 02:37 PM
Charley Noble 28 Jul 21 - 03:53 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Library Chantey
From: Joe Offer
Date: 26 Jul 21 - 07:13 PM

Dawn Berg and Jerry Myerson sing this song. I'm hoping one or the other will post the lyrics.

This may or may not be a link to the song:

https://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/about-library/publications/openbook/shanty-town-mark-dapin-extract


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Library Chantey
From: GerryM
Date: 26 Jul 21 - 09:19 PM

Sorry, Joe, thought I had posted them to the Australian song thread.

The Grubby Urchins - Library-O
Daniel Bornstein and Joe Hillel

When I was young, but ten and three
Hi-o, hi-o, librari-o
My parents asked, what trade for thee?
Send them out on loan
And so next morning I began
Hi-o, hi-o, librari-o
To train as a librar-i-an
Send them out on loan

Chorus (after each verse):
So turn 'em, scan 'em, bin 'em, bag 'em
Heave 'em out to roam-i-o
Two weeks in the open world
Before they come back home-i-o
When they're back and through the slot
It's to the shelves they'll go-i-o
Send them out on loan-i-o
Send them out on loan

I dreamed that evening as I slept
Hi-o ...
On where the books are neatly kept
Send ...
I dreamed of shelves ten fathoms high
Hi-o ...
Where books from every land do lie
Send ...

Chorus

I dreamed of bins and stacks and shelves
Where readers go and help theirselves
I dreamed of books in tidy rows
From ancient verse to modern prose

The libr'y life is free from woes
The chief concern is where books goes
So growl ye may, but read ye must
You talk too loud, your head they'll bust

If friendly staff is what ye seeks
Bring back your books within two weeks
Be warned when on a reading spree
Late books incur a nominal fee

The lib'ry trade takes stalwart guts
For every year bring government cuts
They say that borrowing books is hard
For those without a lib'ry card

And when their lending time is through
It's back you'll mosey to renew
And when the readin's good and done
It's back to pick another one


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Library Chantey
From: GerryM
Date: 26 Jul 21 - 09:29 PM

I *did* post it in that other thread, see under
Subject: RE: Mudcat Australia/NZ Songbook
From: GerryM - PM
Date: 22 Mar 21 - 02:42 AM


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Library Chantey
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 27 Jul 21 - 02:32 PM

About on a par with Wellerman.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Library Chantey
From: Joe Offer
Date: 27 Jul 21 - 02:37 PM

Well, yeah, Steve; but it's fun.
But I agree the melody is reminiscent of "Wellerman," which was a perfectly good song before it went viral.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Library Chantey
From: Charley Noble
Date: 28 Jul 21 - 03:53 PM

Thanks so much, Gerry.

You gets credit where credit's due!

Cheerily,
Charlie Ipcar


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