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Subject: Lyr Add: AG PLEEZ DADDY (Jeremy Taylor)
From: Wotcha
Date: 14 Jan 00 - 08:12 AM

I need some help filling in the gaps on the following, but thought this song would be a fine contribution to the kids section of the database:

AG PLEEZ DADDY -- Copyright to Jeremy Taylor

(1) Ag Pleez Daddy/
Won't you take us to a drive-in/
All 6, 7 of us, 8, 9, 10/
We wanna see a flick about Tarzan and the ape men/
When the show is over/
You can bring us back again.

Chorus:
Popcorn, chewing gum/
Peanuts and bubblegum/
Ice cream, candy floss, and Eskimo Pie/
Knickerpulls [?} and liquorice/
Pepsi Cola, Ginger beer, and Calico Rye[?}/

(2) Ag Pleez Daddy/
Won't you take us to the funfair/
We wanna have a ride on the bumper cars/
We'll buy a stick of candy floss/
And eat it on the octopus/
And then we'll take a rocket ship that goes to Mars./

(3) Ag Pleez Daddy/
Won't you take us to the wrestling/
We want to see that oaf called Sky High Lee/
Whe he fights Willie Liefenburg/
There's gonna be a murder/
Poor Willie's gonna don a red bloody hanky/

(4) Ag Pleez Daddy/
Won't you take us off to Durban/
It's only 8 hours, in a Chevrolet/
There's fantasy and ...[...]../
There's tons of fish in the aquarium/
The ideal place for a holiday/
AG PLEEZ DADDY!!!

*Ag is pronounced much like ach or och.

Apparently, according to earlier thread this was a number one song on South Africa's music radio. It certainly is remembered by kids I knew from Malawi, Rhodesia, and RSA. Appreciate the help filling in the blank lines.

Cheers,
Brian


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ag Pleez Daddy
From: Roger the skiffler
Date: 14 Jan 00 - 08:23 AM

Thanks, Brian. A college friend of mine who came from SA (well the apartheid regine ran his liberal parents out) used to sing this and I had only reconstructed a fragment from memory. (Well it was 1968!).
I think a South African is needed to cnfirm the tradename/nicknames of the sweeties/candies
RtS


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ag Pleez Daddy
From: Roger the skiffler
Date: 14 Jan 00 - 08:32 AM

As I remember it the sweet "Knickerpulls" was actually "Niggerballs" but today we'd want to use an alternative (I'm surprised Jeremy didn't)! And, I think, Calico RICE. Can't remember what was in Durban.
RtS


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ag Pleez Daddy
From: Allan S,
Date: 14 Jan 00 - 11:16 AM

THere is also a current version In RSA to do with The world cup Rugby match As I do not Prat die Tal I can not translate. It is very much like the above . With the mention of cracker jacks, fire balls, Boere vurst, Hula hoops Etc. Oh also reference to the AWB Tot Seins Allan


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ag Pleez Daddy
From: Roger the skiffler
Date: 17 Jan 00 - 03:49 AM

Found my earlier fragment: Calico Rice should be Canada Dry!
RtS


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ag Pleez Daddy
From: Malcolm.Smith@durham.ac.uk
Date: 17 Jan 00 - 08:09 AM

I have an unconfirmed recollection that there was a revue called "Wait a Minim" at the Fortune Theatre in London, sometime around 1965, and this song was either performed in the show or released on record at the same time. Here are a few, sometimes tentative, suggestions.
I'm sure it was "nigger balls" and "Canada Dry" in the chorus. I think verse 3 has a rather different ending:
/Cos Willie's gonna moorer (sounds like) that lerrer Yankee/
Verse 4, after "Chevrolet" is
There's lots of sand and sea and sun/ And fish in the aquarium/ It's a lekker place for a holiday.
I think there was a disappointment verse, imperfectly recalled as
Ag, soos, Daddy/ If we can't go to Bioscope/ something something something, Life's a heck of a bore/ If you won't take us to the zoo / then what the heck else can we do/ but go on out and moorer all the uggies next door.
I also recall a "last try" verse:
"Ag, please, Daddy" which is cut off by the angry reply "Foetsaak!" (Be Off! Or something similar).

Apologies for hazy memory and ghastly Afrikaans orthography. Can I just say that for me one of the delights of Mudcat is the posting of songs that I thought no-one else in the world remembered, and the collective memory it draws from other contributors.

Malcolm Smith.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ag Pleez Daddy
From: Roger the skiffler
Date: 17 Jan 00 - 08:33 AM

Thanks, Malcolm, that's helped! I'd omitted the "Foetsaak" ,which I think is Afrikaans for "Go forth and multiply", so as not to offend any small possums or herons that might be reading thi! Your memory is a lot less hazy than mine!
"Moorer" is "murder" and is it "blerry" (bloody) Yankee? I think the [something something] in your new verse picks up the other suggested locations:, funfare,wrestling?.
RtS


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ag Pleez Daddy
From: bigJ
Date: 17 Jan 00 - 03:36 PM

Malcolm, you're right, there was a revue called 'Wait A Minim' - I saw it at the Fortune theatre but I'm sad to say - since it ages me even more - that it was 1963. The LP that was released at the time was on Decca's London label LK4610. Ag Pleez Daddy was also released some time prior to that on the African Gallotone label. Regards.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ag Pleez Daddy
From: roopoo
Date: 18 Jan 00 - 02:23 AM

I have put a request through, (via a friend of mine who knows of the song, can sing the first line, did down the phone at me, but can't remember much more), to another contact who lived in RSA for years, and who she says is bound(!) to know it. I only lived there for a couple of years in the 80s and never came across it, but is it referring to the annual emptying of the Transvaal and Free State into Durban every December? I got a wonderful book while I was out there called "Kyk Daar!", which is all about Durban life, covers the annual visit of the "Kyk Daars", and has a cartoon with the grandad standing holding his little grandson's hand on the beach. They are looking at the sea, and the little boy says:"Jus like Oupa, on whose big farm is this big dam?"

I hope before long I may be able to post something. It relies on contact #1 actually remembering to get in touch with contact #2 in the first place! I'll try and nag'em!

cheers mouldy


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ag Pleez Daddy
From: Lanfranc
Date: 18 Jan 00 - 05:15 AM

Jeremy Taylor is very much alive and well and back in the UK. He has reissued a selection of his tracks from the 60's and 70's on Prism PLATCD 990. CDs and concert dates available from Jeremy Taylor Recordings, Rock House, Trelystan, WELSHPOOL, Powys, WALES, UK SY21 8HZ

I saw "Wait a Minim" too, and, until some ratbag borrowed and didn't return them, I had the LPs of "Wait a Minim" and also "Minim'bili".

There's more to JT than Jobsworth, but he never did worry too much about being PC, whether in the old days in South Africa, whence he was from time to time banned, or in the songs he is writing today. He's always true to himself, though, and that works for me.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ag Pleez Daddy
From: johnp
Date: 19 Jan 00 - 02:47 AM

I think you have the words just about sorted but I will check with a yarpie or two.

A simple search for Jeremy Taylor and AG PLEEZ DEDDY (note speeink) will give you some history and an up to date

Taylor wrote another classic, I think better, called JOBSWORTH and i hope you will find it here...thanks to Dexter Muir in NZ jobsworth


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ag Pleez Daddy
From: johnp
Date: 19 Jan 00 - 02:51 AM

Heres the clicky jobsworth


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ag Pleez Daddy
From: GUEST,Roger the skiffler
Date: 31 Aug 01 - 08:24 AM

refresh to answer other newly revived thread.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ag Pleez Daddy
From: GUEST,Roger the skiffler
Date: 31 Aug 01 - 09:02 AM

I notice this thread also asked for more info on JT. This is from 1998:
Known throughout South Africa for his comic song Ag Pleez Daddy, Jeremy Taylor first appeared on the London stage in 1963 with the musical revue Wait a Minim! which also featured ethnomusicologist Andrew Tracey (also on the Festival Fringe leading the Wood and Air workshop on xylophones at the St Andrews College Design and Technology Centre).

From there Jeremy became a leading exponent of satirical songs on the British folk scene, enjoying a two-year stage partnership with Spike Milligan.

He returned to South Africa in 1979 to play one-man shows, TV and stage acting roles. He returned to Britain in 1994 to lecture on South Africa and now lives in Montgomeryshire.
RtS (his lyrics don't seem to be on the web anywhere)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ag Pleez Daddy
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 31 Aug 01 - 05:12 PM

I'm pleased to say that I still have my original cast recording of Wait a Minim, on vinyl. Such a quaint old fashioned material.

Jock


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ag Pleez Daddy
From: pavane
Date: 31 Aug 01 - 06:24 PM

Wasn't there also a 'Lift girl's lament'?. Very vague and distant memory.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ag Pleez Daddy
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 01 Sep 01 - 09:34 AM

G'day,

I seem to remember some discussion of Jeremy Taylor's wonderful (and trenchant) songs of South Africa and beyond a year or two back. I may have contributed the words of Jobsworth (almost the anthem of my days with a working band, really).

Jeremy toured Australia in 1979 and I have a cassette tape compiled from (broadcasts of) his concerts in Adelaide, South Australia and Perth, Western Australia. The tracks on this tape are:
Dr Barnard's Driver (comedy routine),
Transplant Calypso (song)
Immorality Act (song)
Lift Girl's Lament (song)
Ag Pleez Daddy (song)
Republic Day Calypso (song)
All Along the South Coast (song, set in England)
Love on the Sands (song, set in England)
Love California Style (song)
Jobsworth (song)
You Know! (poem, England?)
Made in Holland (song)
When You've Gone out of your Mind (song – parody of Windmills of the Mind)
The Swan Brewery Props (Jeremy – definitely not drinking the props from the sponsor)
Prawns in the Game (song based on Union Leaders' speeches)
Donkeys' Charter (song about Blackpool, England)
Winter Song (more serious song about Blackpool)
Pommy Bastard (Jeremy's take on local attitudes
Irene Goodnight (end of concert).

If you can't find the words elsewhere, to some of these beaut songs, I could get in and dig them out (so far as I can understand his Afrikaans numbers).

Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ag Pleez Daddy
From: Lanfranc
Date: 01 Sep 01 - 12:52 PM

Giok, If you could provide me with a tape of Wait a Minim, I would be infernally grateful (and would recompense you handsomely)! PM me if willing!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ag Pleez Daddy
From: GUEST,david
Date: 29 Sep 01 - 10:39 PM

Howzit! To use a South African greeting.

Here are some minor corrections an gap fillers to "Ag pleez daddy!" also know as "The ballad of the southern suburbs." The Northern suburbs of Johannesburg is(was) where the wealthy live(d)while poor whites lived in the southern suburbs.

..."that" or "an" ou called Sky High Lee. An ou is Afrikaans for a fellow.At one time "Ou" jokes were the rage in South Africa. eg What's a trio? Answer: An ou who lives in a tree. Sky High Lee was a Texan wrestler. Willie Liebenberg (not Liefenberg) was a local wrestler.

......cos Willie's gonna donner that blerry Yankee

donner means beat up

The song ends with "Voetsek!" pronounced Footsek!(foot as in put) with the meaning already alluded to!

Cheers, David.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ag Pleez Daddy
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 30 Sep 01 - 07:55 PM

Jeremy Taylor was at Walton Folk Festival a couple of years ago, and better than ever. Here is an article by him from 1992, with a couple of songs.

And here is something from 1998 about him on a trip back to South Africa And here is a page with him appearing on stage at a festival in South Africa last year.

But he definitely does not have a high profile web presence. (I found an address for his website, but it didn't work.) So if anyone has any more up to date info, lets have it. The man is brilliant.


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Subject: Lyr Add: AG PLEEZ DADDY
From: GUEST,Ludger
Date: 10 Jan 02 - 05:30 AM

Here's what I made of the song (using the postings here, especially Brians, and the record I have)

The rugby version is by Leon Shuster. I've got it on CD but haven't gone to the trouble of extracting the text

AG PLEEZ DADDY -- Copyright to Jeremy Taylor

(1) Ag Pleez Daddy
Won't you take us to the drive-in
All 6, 7 of us, 8, 9, 10
We wanna see a flick about
Tarzan and the ape men
When the show is over you can bring us back again.

Chorus:
Popcorn, chewing gum
Peanuts and bubblegum
Ice cream, candy floss, and Eskimo Pie
ag daddy how we mus(?) [I really can't make out what he sings here]
Nigger balls and liquorice
Pepsi Cola, Ginger beer, and Canada Dry

(2) Ag Pleez Daddy
Won't you take us to the funfair
We wanna have a ride on the bumper cars
We'll buy a stick of candy floss
And eat it on the octopus
And then we'll take a rocket ship that goes to Mars.

(3) Ag Pleez Daddy
Won't you take us to the wrestling
We want to see that oaf called Sky High Lee
When he fights Willie Liefenburg
There's gonna be a murder
'Cause Willie's gonna donder that bloody yankee

(4) Ag Pleez Daddy
Won't you take us off to Durban
It's only 8 hours in the Chevrolet
There's lots of sand and sea and sun
And fish in the aquarium
It's a lekker place for a holiday.

(5)Ag Pleeeez Daddy -
VOETSEK!!!

(6) Ag, soos, Daddy
If we can't go to biscope
something something something, [neither here :-(]
Life's a heck of a bore
If you won't take us to the zoo
then what the heck else can we do
but go on out and moorer all the uggies next door.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ag Pleez Daddy
From: breezy
Date: 10 Jan 02 - 12:24 PM

Thurs 28th feb 2002 Hollybush f.c. Redbourn Herts, See him there.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ag Pleez Daddy
From: JEM-Wales
Date: 10 Jan 02 - 03:14 PM

The last verse should be sung as a drirg, the same tune as the first verses, but really sad slow and if you are really trying to put it on.

Thanks for all the memories of driving up Ndirande Mountain in the back of a pick up all 6/7 of us 8/9/10 singing the song at the top of our heads. At 2 or 3 in the morning not a popular bunh of kids


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ag Pleez Daddy
From: Maxine
Date: 10 Jan 02 - 04:25 PM

We always sing 'Bulls eyes and licorice'. This song has such a huge place in my heart....a very good friend of ours died in a car crash in August 01 and he and his 7 year old daughter would sing this whenever we all got together. It was their party piece, and we never tired of listening. Happy days....


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ag Pleez Daddy
From: breezy
Date: 10 Jan 02 - 07:24 PM

who remembers the young vic gig?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ag Pleez Daddy
From: Charley Noble
Date: 10 Jan 02 - 08:28 PM

We always interpreted the chorus as running:

Popcorn, chewing gum, peanuts and bubblegum;
Ice cream, candy floss, and Eskimo Pie;
Ag, daddy, how we miss Nigger balls and liquorice;
Pepsi Cola, Ginger Beer, and Canada Dry.

Any decoding ideas about the last verse?


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Subject: Lyr Add: AG PLEEZ DADDY (parody)
From: GUEST,Stavanger Bill
Date: 11 Jan 02 - 03:56 AM

Back years ago (late sixties) in the days when the Spanish closed the border with Gibralter, the RAF contingent had a parody version of the song doing the rounds.

Ag pleez Daddy won't you send me Gibralter
I want to see the Rock and the big Baboons
I want to go out there at night
And see if what I've heard is right
I want to see if Chiefy can fly around the moon

Chorus:
Eros and Tivoli, Spit Roast and Pulvereen
Spinning Wheel, Smokey Joe's and Oliver Twist
Horse Shoe and Devil's Tower
Chimmney Corner after hours
By four in the morning we will all be pissed.

Ag pleez Daddy won't you take me down to Main Street
I want to spend a fortune in the flashy stores
I want to buy a postcard
With a Spanish dancer looking neat
If you tip it side-ways she winks and drops her drawers.

Ag pleez Daddy won't you take me to the Eros
I want to see the ladies there without their clothes
I want to see 'Old Henry' in his bra and panties
Don't know what you'd call him
But I think he's one of those

Ag pleez Daddy won't you take me to the Ape's Den
I want to see those Rock Apes large and small
I hear that we will leave this Rock
When there's no Rock Apes left in stock
I think I'll take a Sten gun up and shoot them all

Ag pleez Daddy won't you take me back to England
I've had about enough of this Rock you know
I know I'm not being dutifull
But Henry's looking beautiful
And that's certain sign that it's time to go.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ag Pleez Daddy
From: GUEST,harvey andrews
Date: 11 Jan 02 - 04:46 AM

This song means a lot to me. I was a student when it was in the charts in England. A friend showed me my first three chords on a guitar and that evening I wrote a parody. We had a lecturer who gave us excruciating health lectures who's initials were DAD, so of course, we called him daddy. The opening line was "ag, pleez Daddy wont you give us a health lecture.." I sang it the next night in a college talent show...and that was my first solo public performance. Jeremy and I worked together frequently in the 70's. He is now living just outside Shrewsbury. I saw him recently at a local folk club, audience about 20, and thought long and hard on how a man of such brilliant talent could be so little known in our society. It's probably because he sings and plays, stimulates and entertains, asks questions and challenges an audience and doesn't just dance and mime to percussion tracks. Pardon the sour grapes but I'm distinctly pissed off with Britain's ever accelerating dumbing down!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ag Pleez Daddy
From: breezy
Date: 11 Jan 02 - 08:10 AM

Where's your song that we can all sing on this subject?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ag Pleez Daddy
From: Cllr
Date: 11 Jan 02 - 08:47 AM

I saw Jeremy at a local theatre some years ago and was fortunate enough to be able to book him for Uxbridge Folk Club He was far better known by my young south african friends from university (non folkies)than anyone else because, apparently, as well as the songs he was known for an advertising campaign for some beverage.Cllr


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ag Pleez Daddy
From: Melbert
Date: 11 Jan 02 - 12:34 PM

Jeremy and Ag Pleez daddy also feature on a "Comedy Club" album "Spike Milligan live at Cambridge University" ISBN 1-897861-76-1


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ag Pleez Daddy
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 11 Jan 02 - 07:06 PM

There was quite a long thread going recently on "Red velvet steering wheel cover driver" of which Jeremy was also the onlie begetter. I think he might have been responsible for Chastity Belt too. In any case, "Prawns in the game" is well worth catching.

Kitty

PS Jeremy Taylor is one of the first guests I ever saw at a folk club (when I was still at school) when he did Ag pleez Daddy and the elevator song, and the song about changing your appearance to be trendy because all the white people want to be black and the black people want to be white. Not to mention the one about the French hitch-hiker and the jolly messages he got...


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Subject: Lyr Add: AG PLEEZ DEDDY (Jeremy Taylor)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 14 Jan 02 - 08:39 AM

Found at the South African Club web site. This version is only slightly different from GUEST,Ludger's post above, but it fills in a couple of holes:

AG PLEEZ DEDDY (THE BALLAD OF THE SOUTHERN SUBURBS)
(Jeremy Taylor, 1961)

Ag pleez, Deddy, won't you take us to the drive-in?
All six, seven of us, eight, nine, ten!
We wanna see a flick about Tarzan an' the Ape-men,
An' when the show is over you can bring us back again.

CHO: Popcorn, chewing gum, peanuts an' bubble gum,
Ice cream, candy floss an' Eskimo Pie!
Ag, Deddy, how we miss nigger balls an' licorice,
Pepsi Cola, ginger beer and Canada Dry!

Ag pleez, Deddy, won't you take us to the fun-fair?
We wanna have a ride on the bumper-cars.
We'll buy a stick of candy floss and eat it on the octopus.
Then we'll take the rocket ship that goes to Mars. CHO.

Ag pleez, Deddy, won't you take us to the wrestling?
We wanna see an ou called Sky High Lee.
When he fights Willie Liebenberg, there's gonna be a murder,
'Cos Willie's gonna donner that blerrie yankee. CHO.

Ag pleez, Deddy, won't you take us off to Durban?
It's only eight hours in the Chevrolet.
There's spans of sea an' sand an' sun an' fish in the aquarium.
That's a lekker place for a holiday. CHO.

Ag pleez, Deddy…

Voetsek!

Ag sis, Deddy, if we can't go to bioscope
Or go off to Durban, life's a heng of a bore.
If you won't take us to the zoo, then what the heck else can we do
But go on out and moer all the oukies next door?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ag Pleez Daddy
From: Dave Bryant
Date: 14 Jan 02 - 12:04 PM

Sorry not to have looked in on this one earlier - it was me who wanted the lyrics of "Red Velvet Steering Wheel..." I think that nearly everything's been said already. I actually went and saw "Wait a Minim" and still have (a very warped) copy of the record. The Chastity Belt song was in the show, but Jeremy said he learnt it at college. A cut down version of W.A.M. was broadcast on BBC television and entitled "Time to Breve".

Many years ago I heard a radio programme in which the late John Betjemin read his favourite bits of poetry and "All around the south coast" was included.

Is he now living back in the UK permanently ? When I last saw him a couple of years ago he still had a place in South Africa, and told how he made person-to-person calls back to a friend in his village. The village telephonist recognising him, would then spend the next 20 minutes telling him all the local gossip and as his friend was not available anyway, he got it all for free.

Finally has anyone got the words of one song which has not been mentioned "The Belle of Barnstable" - definitely one of my favourites. All I can remember is bits, the local lord saying:

I'd forfeit all my titles if only she'd give in, She's paralyzed my vitals - I think I need a gin.

And the vicar:

Thy kingdom come thy will be done In heaven and below. Thy kingdom's in the second row, Oh please lord let me in.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ag Pleez Daddy
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 14 Jan 02 - 06:04 PM

Dave: If you want to request lyrics for different songs (other than the one you named at the beginning of this thread), it would be best to start a new thread for each song. On the main forum page, click on "Create a New Thread." On the next screen, select "Lyric Request" as the prefix, and then type the name of the song as the name of the thread (or whatever you think the name might be). On the next screen, type whatever information you have about the song as the first message. Don't assume that whoever reads the new message will have read the old one, or vice versa.

But before you do even that, check to see if the song has already been posted in some old thread. To do that, on the main forum page, type either the title or some phrase from the song – in quotation marks – in the box called "Digitrad and Forum Search" and click "Go."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ag Pleez Daddy
From: breezy
Date: 14 Jan 02 - 07:10 PM

yes Dave I've got the words,welcome back.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ag Pleez Daddy
From: GUEST,tenbears
Date: 15 Jan 02 - 07:18 PM

Thanks for ending a ten year search! What DON'T you know? Viva mudcat

Tenbears


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ag Pleez Daddy
From: GUEST,Ludger
Date: 15 Mar 02 - 12:40 AM

I've found some additional information on this page:

http://www.3rdearmusic.com/lyrics/pleezdaddy.html

have a look


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ag Pleez Daddy
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 15 Mar 02 - 04:41 AM

I've got the words from the "Spike & Jeremy live @ Cambridge" album, and they match those in Jim Dixon's post, but without the additional verse.
Trying for audience participation, Jeremy goes quiet on some of the chorus, and stops to explain that "Eskimo Pie is a type of ice cream; and don't worry about Nigger Balls, just sing it"
Next chorus Spike shouts "Nigger Balls!" and Jeremy says "Come on, if Spike can do it..."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ag Pleez Daddy
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 17 Mar 02 - 10:39 AM

Serendipitous or what ? : Saturday's Daily Telegraph had a column by JT who has been helping in school. See Here


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ag Pleez Daddy
From: GUEST,Simon
Date: 17 Mar 02 - 04:31 PM

The chorus is:

Popcorn, chewing gum peanuts and bubblegum ice cream, candy floss and eskimo pie Ag daddy how we miss niggerballs [bullseyes in the UK version] and liquorice pepsi cola, ginger beer and canada dry

and in the last verse it's

spans of sea and sand and sun and fish in the aquarium....


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ag Pleez Daddy
From: GUEST,T-boy
Date: 18 Mar 02 - 08:18 AM

Herga Kitty, was the song about the French hitchhiker the same song that I remember called 'Pizouf!!!', which I think was about General de Gaulle travelling round Britain?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ag Pleez Daddy
From: breezy
Date: 19 Nov 02 - 12:48 PM

Friday 29th Nov 2002 Jeremy live at the St.Albans Folk Club, at the Comfort Hotel


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Subject: Lyr Add: AG PLEEZ DADDY (Jeremy Taylor)
From: GUEST,Peter Smart
Date: 12 Sep 04 - 03:14 AM

So far then:

AG PLEEZ DADDY
Copyright to Jeremy Taylor

(1) Ag Pleez Daddy
Won't you take us to a drive-in
All 6, 7 of us, 8, 9, 10
We wanna see a flick about Tarzan and the ape men
When the show is over
You can bring us back again.

Chorus:
Popcorn, chewing gum
Peanuts and bubblegum
Ice cream, candy floss, and Eskimo Pie
Ag Deddy how we miss
Nigger balls and liquorice
Pepsi Cola, Ginger beer, and Canada Dry

(2) Ag Pleez Daddy
Won't you take us to the funfair
We wanna have a ride on the bumper cars
We'll buy a stick of candy floss
And eat it on the octopus
And then we'll take a rocket ship that goes to Mars.

(3) Ag Pleez Daddy
Won't you take us to the wrestling
We want to see that ou called Sky High Lee
When he fights Willie Liebenburg
There's gonna be a murder
Cos Willie's gonna donner that blerry Yankee

(4) Ag Pleez Daddy
Won't you take us off to Durban
It's only 8 hours, in the Chevrolet
There's spans of sea and sand and sun
And fish in the aquarium
It's a lekker for a holiday
AG PLEEZ DADDY!!!


(5) Ag Pleez Daddy
Foetsaak !!

(6) Ag Soos Daddy,
If we can't go to the Bioscope
Or go off to Durban
Life's a heck of a bore
If you won't take us to the zoo
Then what the heck else can we do?
But go on out and murder all the uggies next door


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ag Pleez Daddy
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Sep 04 - 06:49 AM

Jim Dixon posted the correct words in Jan 02.
"But go on out and moer all the oukies next door"
Robyn


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ag Pleez Daddy
From: GUEST,Little Robyn
Date: 12 Sep 04 - 06:51 AM

Who's pinched my cookie?
Ag Sis Daddy!
Little Robyn


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ag Pleez Daddy
From: Micca
Date: 12 Sep 04 - 08:17 AM

We had a genuine South African accented singer in the Barn at Towersey who did this at my request, this year, and it was so funny and PERFECT, it HAS to have the accent to be really at its best.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ag Pleez Daddy
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 13 Sep 04 - 06:18 AM

The song Kitty alluded to is called Black and White Calypso, and was I believe the reason why Jeremy was not allowed back into SA for a while. I used to see him often when we both lived in Richmond Surrey. He was married to Zelide then, and they have two boys called Josh and Caleb, I always loved those names. Can't remember all the words of this song, but it is very funny, and like most of Jeremy's songs extremely perceptive.

Turning the pages of Zonk I see
Special liquid that guarantee
To make your curly hair straight
And bring you success on every date
But when I pass by the downtown beauty parlour
There's the white ladies sitting there hour after hour
With a big funny thing on their head
trying to make their straight hair curly instead.

Cho.
Tell me tell me tell me why
I want to know the facts
Why all the white people want to black
And the black people want to go white

I can only remember fragments of the other verses, but there was a bit in the final verse about his friend marrying a black girl, and it says,
And she gave him a little bit of black in the night
And he gave her a little bit of white
That's the answer.

Well in apartheid days in SA this was the ultimate offence, to even mention mixed marriages. So he was not a friend of Dr Verwoerd, but he was a hero to lot of others, including me.
Giok


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ag Pleez Daddy
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 13 Sep 04 - 01:49 PM

Sorry, last two lines of the chorus wrong way round.
Giok


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ag Pleez Daddy
From: GUEST,shooterBall@hotmail.com
Date: 10 Feb 05 - 12:06 PM

Regerding Jeremy Taylor, I became enchanted with his songs when I saw "Wait a Minim" in Chicago in 1968. I learned his "Piece of Ground" and spent the next 32 years looking for anything about its author. I found Jeremy a few years ago on the web (JeremyTaylor.info) and corresponded with him. The upshot of all that is that I am helping him come to the US (Chicago area) for a number of appearances which I lined up for him. If anyone wants to know about these they may contact me. (Jeremy_info@Yahoo.com) He'll be here in the month of March, 2005, very soon.
And if anyone wants music from "Wait a Minim: or "Minim Bili" it can be procurred from Andrew Tracey (Prof), International Library of African Music, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa, 6140. Tel: +27-46-603.8557. His email is: A.Tracey@ru.ac.za. Andrew Tracy with his brother Paul and Jeremy were the beginnings of the Wait a Minim epic, along with its producer Leon Gluckman. The show ran for 7 years on 4 continents. Spectacular. There is a webpage about the show at: http://users.bestweb.net/~foosie/minim.htm.

--Rich Ball, Oak Park, Illinois, usa


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ag Pleez Daddy (Jeremy Taylor)
From: GUEST,Gillian
Date: 28 Jul 06 - 12:59 PM

Please can you give us the words to jeremy taylors "oh please daddy"
done in a very posh english accent.

Oh please daddy, won't you take us to Arnes

the horsey girls will all be there
the goodman brothers --what a pair

some of the lines I remember

Gillian


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ag Pleez Daddy (Jeremy Taylor)
From: GUEST,bronwen
Date: 09 Sep 06 - 09:45 PM

Some of the words I remember of the posh "Oh please daddy" :

Chorus:
Champane, caviar, polo and Jaguar,
garden parties, debutantes and french liqueur;
Life's so boring for a girl
who cannot join the social whirl,
and we can get our pictures in the social page again.

Oh, please daddy, won't you take us to the races..

.. Voetsek!
Ag sis, coekie, jus remember I'm your pa!

I am also looking for the whole thing.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ag Pleez Daddy (Jeremy Taylor)
From: Charley Noble
Date: 10 Sep 06 - 05:11 PM

LOL

We were just talking about Jeremy Taylor just the other night.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ag Pleez Daddy (Jeremy Taylor)
From: GUEST
Date: 16 Oct 06 - 05:31 PM

We sang Ag pleez Deddy out in Morristown Arizona last Saturday. What a lot of memories that brought back!   Jacob de Raadt.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ag Pleez Daddy (Jeremy Taylor)
From: GUEST,johnmac
Date: 21 Oct 06 - 03:49 AM

He wrote another song almost the reverse - I think it was called the Northern Suburbs Lament - the only line I remember is "champagne, caviar, polo and Jaguar". Anyone remember that one?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ag Pleez Daddy (Jeremy Taylor)
From: GUEST,johnmac
Date: 21 Oct 06 - 03:54 AM

Sorry, didn't read the whole thread above - ayway, found some of Northern Girls Lament:

Champagne, caviar, polo and Jaguars
Garden parties, debutantes and French liqueur
Life's so boring for a girl
Who cannot join the social whirl
With first nights, Dimple Haig and gown by Dior

And the final verse goes:

Ag sis cookie,
Just cut out all that nagging
Push off now, hey
Just remember I'm your Pa
I'm bleddy fed up with your cheek
And that fancy way you speak,
That bleddy school has finished you,
Has finished you klaar.

    Thread closed because it's been a target for a heavy barrage of Spam. Please post in one of the other threads on this subject (links are above, toward the top of this thread).
    -Joe Offer-


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