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Lyr Req: Knees Up Mother Brown

Greg Furness 13 Jun 97 - 11:31 AM
Bo Vandengerb 20 Jun 97 - 01:38 PM
Bo Vandenberg 20 Jun 97 - 01:43 PM
Bert Hansell 20 Jun 97 - 02:06 PM
Greg Furness 22 Jun 97 - 01:59 AM
Jim Dixon 04 May 03 - 11:51 PM
GUEST,Q 05 May 03 - 12:09 AM
Mr Happy 07 Apr 05 - 08:38 AM
Big Al Whittle 08 Apr 05 - 07:58 AM
Billy Weeks 08 Apr 05 - 12:40 PM
Gray D 08 Apr 05 - 07:25 PM
Tcrier 08 Apr 05 - 09:24 PM
Tcrier 08 Apr 05 - 09:40 PM
GUEST,Michael Lee 28 Dec 13 - 06:13 PM
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Subject: Knees Up Mother Brown
From: Greg Furness
Date: 13 Jun 97 - 11:31 AM

Hello! Chorus of this song is in the database; can anyone supply the rest of the lyrics or suggest a source for same? Much Appreciated!


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Subject: RE: Knees Up Mother Brown
From: Bo Vandengerb
Date: 20 Jun 97 - 01:38 PM


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Subject: Lyr Add: KNEES UP, MOTHER BROWN
From: Bo Vandenberg
Date: 20 Jun 97 - 01:43 PM

_Songs From The Front and Rear_ edt Anthony Hopkins, Hurtig Publishers/Edmonton 0-88830-171-5 has a model verse for this song.

Oh, knees up, Mother Brown,
Knees up, Mother Brown.
Come along, dearie, let it go,
Ee-I-Ee-I-Ee-I-O.
Its your bloomin' birthday,
Lets wake up all the town,
So, knees up, knees up,
Don't get the breeze up,
Knees up, Mother Brown.

This, they claim, is the one universal verse to all the songs. I know there are many more verses but I cant remember them off hand.

bo hope this helps.


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Subject: RE: Knees Up Mother Brown
From: Bert Hansell
Date: 20 Jun 97 - 02:06 PM

We used to sing....

Oh, knees up, Mother Brown, Knees up, Mother Brown.
Under the table you must go, Ee-I-Ee-I-Ee-I-O.
If I catch you bending I'll saw your legs right off,
So, knees up, knees up, Don't get the breeze up, Knees up, Mother Brown.

Oh my, what a rotten song
what a rotten song
what a rotten song
Oh my, what a rotten song
what a rotten singer too.

Bert.


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Subject: RE: Knees Up Mother Brown
From: Greg Furness
Date: 22 Jun 97 - 01:59 AM

Thanks, Bo & Bert. Appreciated!


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Subject: Lyr Add: KNEES UP, MOTHER BROWN
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 04 May 03 - 11:51 PM

I found many variants of this song on the Internet. I can't tell for sure which is the original copyrighted version, so I listed my best guess first and listed the variations below.

KNEES UP, MOTHER BROWN
(E Harris Weston, Bert Lee. Copyright EMI, 1938)

1. Knees up, Mother Brown! Knees up, Mother Brown!
2. Under the table you must go.
3. Ee-i-ee-i-ee-i-oh!
4. If I catch you bending, I'll saw your legs right off.
5. Knees up! Knees up!
6. Don't get the breeze up!
7. Knees up, Mother Brown!

Oh, my! What a rotten song! What a rotten song! What a rotten song!
Oh, my! What a rotten song! What a rotten singer, too!

Ow's yer farver? All right!

[VARIANTS FOR LINE 2:
2a. This ain't the Lambeth Walk, you know.
2b. Come along, dearie, don't be slow.
2c. Come along, dearie, let it go.
VARIANTS FOR LINE 4:
4a. And if your bones are creakin', don't let it get you down.
4b. It's your blooming birthday, so wipe away the frown.
4c. It's your blooming birthday. Let's wake up all the town.
VARIANTS FOR LINE 6:
6a. Never let the breeze up!
6b. Never get a breeze up!

[There are kids' versions, recorded by Raffi and others, that contain the following additional verses. (There may be more.)]

Prancing up and down, prancing up and down,
Prancing, prancing, never dancing,
Prancing up and down.

Whirling round and round, whirling round and round
Whirling, whirling, ever twirling
Whirling round and round

Hopping on one foot, hopping on one foot,
Hopping, hopping, never stopping,
Hopping on one foot.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Knees Up Mother Brown
From: GUEST,Q
Date: 05 May 03 - 12:09 AM

Few more verses in thread 49743: Mother


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Subject: Lyr Add: KNEES UP, MOTHER BROWN! (Weston, Lee)
From: Mr Happy
Date: 07 Apr 05 - 08:38 AM

KNEES UP, MOTHER BROWN!
by
Harris Weston and Bert Lee (1939)


Knees up, muvver Brahn,
Knees up, muvver Brahn,
Under the table you must go,
Ee eye ee eye ee eye oh!
If I catch you bending
I'll saw your legs right orf!, SO!
Knees up knees up,
Don't get the breeze up,
Knees up, muvver Brahn!

Oh, my, What a rotten song,
What a rotten song,
What a rotten song,
Oh, my, What a rotten song,
And what a rotten singer too!

It's coming by degrees,
It's coming by degrees,
Got the table, got the chair,
Evryfink for a babe to wear,
Got the soap and flannel
To wash it's dirty knees,
We 'aven't got the baby yet,
But it's coming by degrees!

Oh, my, What a rotten song,
Etc.

Give it to the girl next door,
Give it to the girl next door;
She goes in for luxuries,
She can 'ave it if she pleases,
I don' wannit, I tole you so before!
Take it away, take it away,
Give it to the girl next door

Oh, my, What a rotten song,
Etc.
Pickin' all the big ones aht,
Pickin' all the big ones aht,
Oh you should 'a seen me face fulla wrinkles
When I saw me pennyworth 'a winkles.
All the big ones gorn!
It made me rave an' shaht!
My ole woman an' seven little kids,
Pickin' all the big ones aht!

Oh, my, What a rotten song,
Etc.

Knees up, muvver Brahn,
Knees up, muvver Brahn,
Under the table you must go,
Ee eye ee eye ee eye oh!
If I catch you bending
I'll saw your legs right orf!, SO!
Knees up knees up,
Don't get the breeze up,
Knees up, muvver Brahn!


KNEES UP MOTHER BROWN
Traditional Party Song

There came a girl from France
Who didn't know how to dance
The only thing that she could do
Was knees up Mother Brown

Oh, knees up Mother Brown
Knees up Mother Brown
Knees up, knees up, never let the breeze up,
Knees up Mother Brown

Oh, hopping on one foot
Hopping on one foot
Hopping, hopping, never stopping
Hopping on one foot

Oh, knees up Mother Brown
Knees up Mother Brown
Knees up, knees up, never let the breeze up,
Knees up Mother Brown

Oh, prancing up and down
Prancing up and down
Prancing, prancing, never dancing
Prancing up and down

Oh, knees up Mother Brown
Knees up Mother Brown
Knees up, knees up, never let the breeze up,
Knees up Mother Brown

And whirling round and round
Whirling round and round
Whirling, whirling, never twirling
Whirling round and round

Oh, knees up Mother Brown
Knees up Mother Brown
Knees up, knees up, never let the breeze up,
Knees up Mother Brown


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Knees Up Mother Brown
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 08 Apr 05 - 07:58 AM

Useful Tip

Always avoid singing the saw your legs right off verse
Its a favourite song of old people and there sre frequently a few amputees in the audience


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Knees Up Mother Brown
From: Billy Weeks
Date: 08 Apr 05 - 12:40 PM

The copyright date is 1939 but I think (alas, can't go on oath) that I can remember it being sung at parties some years before that. Can anyone confirm? I've always suspected Weston and Lee of doing the occasional bit of quiet recycling of 'things heard', a suspicion that is hardened by the fact that the sheet music has verses inferior to those usually sung. The sawing off of M.Brown's legs does not occur in the printed version (not the one I have, anyway) but was always in the first verse of the party song (and dance) which also always had the 'Give it to the girl next door' verse (give what exactly?) and concluded with 'Oh my what a rotten song'.

Why did the lady need to lift her knees?

Knees up Mother Brown
Your drawers are falling down...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Knees Up Mother Brown
From: Gray D
Date: 08 Apr 05 - 07:25 PM

"If I catch you bending, I'll saw your legs right off."

Can anyone elucidate?

Gray D


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Subject: Lyr Add: KNEES UP MOTHER BROWN
From: Tcrier
Date: 08 Apr 05 - 09:24 PM

VERSE: I've just been to a party
Down dear old Brixton Way
Old Mother Brown the Pearly Queen's
A Hundred Years today
Oh what a celebration
T'was rather la de da
Until they rolled the carpet up
And shouted loud and long

CHORUS: Knees Up Mother Brown
Knees Up Mother Brown
Come along dearie don't let go
E I E I E I O
It's your bloomin' Birthday
So wake up all the town
So knees up knees up
Don't get the breeze up
Knees up Mother Brown


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Knees Up Mother Brown
From: Tcrier
Date: 08 Apr 05 - 09:40 PM

I just came across an old vinyl titled "A British Pub Singsong"
Produced by Arc Sound Limited in Toronto (Ontario Canada) #A542
Side A
Knees Up Mother Brown
A Pint of Black and Tan
MacNamara's Band
Boiled Beef and Carrots
Sospan Fach (Welsh Air)
I Belong to Glasgow

Side B
Don't Dilly Dally On The Way
Beside The Seashore
The Bleydon Races
Medley-- Maybe It's Because I'm A Londoner, Around the Marble Arch, Let's All Go Down The Strand, Lambeth Walk
Medley--Lily of Laguna, Lovely Bunch of Coconuts, Show Me The Way To Go Home, Nellie Dean

The address for Arc Sound Limited was 143 Raleigh Ave. Scarboro Ontario (This was some Thirty Years ago)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Knees Up Mother Brown
From: GUEST,Michael Lee
Date: 28 Dec 13 - 06:13 PM

A couple of the verses from a 78 record heard in my 1950's childhood:

I popped into a wing ding
Down dear old Brixton Way.
Old Mother Brown the Village Queen's
A hundred years today.
Oh what a celebration,
What proper la de da
Until they rolled the carpet up
And shouted: "Now then, Ma"
        
CHORUS:
Oh, knees Up Mother Brown
Knees Up Mother Brown
Come along dearie let it go
E I E I E I O
It's your bloomin' birthday
Let's wake up all the town
So knees up, knees up
Don't get the breeze up
Knees up Mother Brown

Now dear old cousin Reggie
Came in his Sunday best
With nice striped shirt and spotted tie
And gaily checkered vest.
She kicked up high and mighty
Knocked out his upper teeth
And now you ought to 'ear him whistle
Through the ones beneath

CHORUS

The Duke of Gloucester-Cheshire
He stopped in for a while
"I'll stay for just a spot of tea,
They served it with a smile.
But Mother Brown raised her knee
And caught me in the chest.
I had my spot of tea all right -
I had it on my vest!"

CHORUS


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Knees Up Mother Brown
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 28 Dec 13 - 07:34 PM

"Why did the lady need to lift her knees?" - asked Billy Weeks way back in April 05, but thus far SFAICS without answer.

Why, as part of a lively dance, of course.

A 'knees-up' is a colloquial, mainly I think cockney, phrase for a lively party with drinking & [particularly] dancing. I have been unable to find a date for the phrase in any slang or standard dictionary [neither Partridge nor Oxford Dict (my edition) gives it, surprisingly: it is in Chambers, but that doesn't give a date ab quo]; so I cannot confirm what has always been my suspicion, that the phrase grew from the popularity of the song, rather than the song's referring to the application of a previously existent phrase: but it could, I suppose, have been vice-versa. In either event, I take it that the instruction to Mother Brown will have occurred at such an occasion, rather than in the course of her normal day-to-day avocations!

~Michael~


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