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Origins: Men (Martin Mull, Steve Martin)

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A GIRL NAMED JOHNNY CASH
NO ONE HERE BUT MEN


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GUEST,chris.bachalo@sympatico.ca 06 Jul 00 - 07:45 PM
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Joe Offer 18 Aug 05 - 07:15 PM
Stewie 18 Aug 05 - 08:38 PM
Joe Offer 19 Aug 05 - 01:35 AM
Mark Cohen 19 Aug 05 - 01:40 AM
Genie 19 Aug 05 - 01:22 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: MEN / NO ONE HERE BUT MEN
From: GUEST,chris.bachalo@sympatico.ca
Date: 06 Jul 00 - 07:45 PM

Anyone know the writer of the following song and who has recorded it recently? I heard it a couple of years ago on the radio, and have been looking for it.

http://www.mudcat.org/@displaysong.cfm?SongID=3947



MEN

It's great to be on a ship with men
And sail across the sea-o
We don't know where we'll land or when
But it's great to be with men
'Cause men can sweat and men can stink
And no one seems to care-o
We'll throw the dishes in the sink
And clog the sink with hair-o

Men, men, men, it's a ship filled with men
So batten down the ladies room,
There's no one here but men
There's men above, there's men below
There's men down in the galley
there's Mitch and Dave and Jim and Bob
And one guy we call Sally

Men, men, men, it's ship all filled with men
You'll never have to lift the seat
There's no one here but men
We're men and friends until the end
And none of us are missus
At night we'll sleep in separate beds
And blow each other kisses

Men, men, men, it's a ship all filled with men
So throw your rubbers overboard
There's no one here but men

filename[ SHIPMEN
JY


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Anyone know the writer of MEN song?
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 06 Jul 00 - 08:42 PM

More to the point, does anyone have a tune for it? (Not that I wouldn't like to know who wrote it.)


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Anyone know the writer of MEN song?
From: gillymor
Date: 06 Jul 00 - 08:44 PM

I think Martin Mull wrote it.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Anyone know the writer of MEN song?
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 06 Jul 00 - 09:29 PM

And wrote it well. Has he written any others? And what's the tune like?


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Anyone know the writer of MEN song?
From: Pene Azul
Date: 06 Jul 00 - 09:55 PM

According to the Unofficial Martin Mull Homepage (click), "Men" was co-written with Steve Martin.

PA


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Anyone know the writer of MEN song?
From: GUEST,jss5264@gte.net
Date: 06 Jul 00 - 10:08 PM

I believe that Loudin Wainwright has done this song on one of his recordings.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Anyone know the writer of MEN song?
From: GUEST,Gene
Date: 07 Jul 00 - 02:38 AM

Martin Mull also wrote Jane Morgan's

A Girl Named Johnny Cash

A spoof on A BOY NAMED SUE...


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Anyone know the writer of MEN song?
From: Rob the Ranter
Date: 07 Jul 00 - 03:44 AM

If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area check out The radio srtation at 97.3 KLIC ir "Alice" Thier Sarah and Vinnie morning show uses it for a game called Chick Quiz/Dude Quiz. They also play a version for women.

Mind you,

The humor on the programme is assenine to say the least and has a tendency to grate on one's nerves. Needless to say I don't listen to them any more.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Anyone know the writer of MEN song?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 18 Aug 05 - 07:15 PM

Do we have correct and definitive lyrics for this song? How 'bout a tune?
Anybody know of any recordings that may be available?

I know it's on a Martin Mull CD called I'm Everyone I Ever Loved, but I think that CD is out of production. Somebody above said they thought Loudon Wainwritht III recorded the song - he does have a song with that title on his History CD, but I think it's a different song.

I think I've heard it sung by the inimitable Ed Silberman, but that's another story....

-Joe Offer-

Here's a transcription of the song, posted at http://www.compleatsteve.com/bits/men.htm:

    Men
    (Martin Mull and Steve Martin)

    (Group of men singing in the background)
    Men, men, men, men
    Men, men, men, men...

    It's great to be on a ship with men
    and sail across the sea, oh,
    We don't know where we'll land or when,
    but it's great to be with men.

    'Cause men can sweat and men can stink
    and no one seems to care, oh,
    We'll throw the dishes in the sink
    and clog the drain with hair, oh!
    (And clog the drain with hair, oh!)

    Men, men, men,
    We're a ship all filled with men,
    So batten down the ladies' room,
    there's no one here but men!

    Men, men, men, men
    Men, men, men, men...

    There's men above and men below
    and men down in the galley,
    There's Butch and Spike and Buzz and Biff
    and one guy we call Sally!
    (And one guy we call Sally!)

    Men, men, men,
    We're a ship all filled with men,
    You'll never have to lift the seat,
    there's no one here but men!

    Men, men, men, men
    Men, men, men, men...

    We're men and friends until the end
    and none of us are sissies,
    At night we sleep in separate beds
    and blow each other kissies!
    (And blow each other kissies!)

    Men, men, men,
    we're a ship all filled with men,
    So throw your rubbers overboard,
    there's no one here but men!

    Amen (pronounced "Ahhhhh, men!")

     


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Anyone know the writer of MEN song?
From: Stewie
Date: 18 Aug 05 - 08:38 PM

Joe, you are right: the Wainright song of the same title is totally different - I just checked the 'History' album.

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Anyone know the writer of MEN song?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 19 Aug 05 - 01:35 AM

Thanks, Stewie. Several years ago, I decided I didn't like anything Loudon III did except "Dead Skunk," so I put him in deep storage - he did a nice job in The Aviator, though.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Anyone know the writer of MEN song?
From: Mark Cohen
Date: 19 Aug 05 - 01:40 AM

Yeah, but it was fun to see him in those old M*A*S*H episodes.

I believe I recall seeing Martin Mull do the song on TV. Of course, my belief is stronger than my recall, these days. I am sure, though, that the line was "And none of us are sissies."

Aloha,
Mark


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Anyone know the writer of MEN song?
From: Genie
Date: 19 Aug 05 - 01:22 PM

Martin Mull wrote a lot of wonderful songs, many of which he sang on his old TV show. (Well, it wasn't old when it was on, I guess, but I've only caught an episode or two on some cable channel and have no idea when the original show aired or for how long or on what channel or whether it can still be found on cable. I'd certainly buy a DVD of this show if one could be had!) Martin's songs are real gems!


The only one that comes to mind right now is this one:

"NORMAL

I'm tired of rock an' rolling.
Let's get married, honey, let's go bowlin',
Throw away our pot an' acid,
Spend the weekend at Lake Placid.
We'll show the folks back home we're not deranged:*
Why don't you and I get normal for a change!

Chorus:

Let's you and I get normal,
It doesn't need to be so formal

...
Oh, crap! Brain fart in progress!

Anyway, here's a link to the track list for Martin's CD "Mulling It Over," which includes that song.

http://www.fretplay.com/review/m/mull_martin/discography-CD-B000009S3F-Mulling-I

Tracks: 1: Normal
2: Ventriloquist Love
3: Simple Carpenter
4: Licks off of Records
5: Miami
6: Margie the Midget
7: Dueling Tubas
8: Jesus Christ, Football Star
9: Flexible
10: Partly Marion
11: Do the Dog
12: Santafly
13: Straight Talk About the Blues
14: Ukelele Blues
15: Jesus Is Easy
16: Eggs
17: Dancing in the Nude
18: Santa Doesn't Cop Out on Dope
19: Noses Run in My Family
20: Hors d'Oeuvre

I'll post the full lyrics to "Normal" in a separate thread, if that hasn't already been done somewhere in the forum or the DT. (It's such a good song, I'll be surprised if I don't find it here already.)

Genie


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Anyone know the writer of MEN song?
From: Genie
Date: 19 Aug 05 - 01:36 PM

Still can't find the lyrics to "Normal" here or on the web yet, but the chorus is coming back to me.

Let's you and me get normal.
It doesn't need to be so formal.
We'll eat meat and mashed potatoes,
Cut our hair so folks won't hate us.
...
...
Let's you and I get normal for a change.

(One of the verses has the lines:

I'll have to beg your pardon,
Let's go out and plant a garden,
... ... ... ...
Plant some carrots and tomatoes,
And if anything comes up, we'll join the Grange.
Let's you and me get normal for a change.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Anyone know the writer of MEN song?
From: jeffp
Date: 19 Aug 05 - 02:06 PM

Here's what I can remember off the top of my head:

NORMAL
Martin Mull

INTRO
Why'd we have to get so hip?
Why'd we have to take that trip? Honey…
You look dumb in dungarees and so do I.
Go put on your nicest dress and I'll put on my tie.
Here's why…….

I'm tired of rock n' rollin'
Let's get married honey, let's go bowlin'
Throw away our pot and acid
Spend the weekend at Lake Placid
It's hard to live in this town if you're strange
What say you and I get normal for a change

CHORUS
What say you and I get normal
We don't have to be that formal
We'll just sit and watch TV like others do
We'll eat meat and mashed potatoes
Cut our hair so folks don't hate us
Life is nuts enough just livin' here with you

(There's another verse in here, but I can't for the life of me remember any of it.)

BRIDGE
It's gonna change us honey, sexually
From now on, we'll just be once-a-weekers
It's gonna change us honey, even musically
We'll get our records through the mail,
Buy a set of lousy speakers (unintelligible stuff in background)

So if you'll beg my pardon
I'm goin' out and start a garden
It'll just be small potatoes
Some lettuce and tomatoes
And if either one comes up, we'll join the Grange
What say you and I get normal for a change

Repeat Chorus

Life is nuts enough just livin' here with you, it's true
Livin' here with you and Bobby McGoo


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Subject: Lyr Add: NORMAL (Martin Mull)
From: jeffp
Date: 20 Aug 05 - 12:43 PM

NORMAL
Martin Mull

INTRO
Why'd we have to get so hip?
Why'd we have to take that trip? Honey…
You look dumb in dungarees and so do I.
Go put on your nicest dress and I'll put on my tie.
Here's why…….

I'm tired of rock n' rollin'
Let's get married honey, let's go bowlin'
Throw away our pot and acid
Spend the weekend at Lake Placid
It's hard to live in this town if you're strange
What say you and I get normal for a change

CHORUS
What say you and I get normal
We don't have to be that formal
We'll just sit and watch TV like others do
We'll eat meat and mashed potatoes
Cut our hair so folks don't hate us
Life is nuts enough just livin' here with you

Let's see who can be most borin'
You do the dishes honey, I'll start snorin'
Get a mower, do some mowin'
Spend all mornin' gettin' it goin'
We'll show everyone in town we're not deranged
What say you and I get normal for a change

CHORUS

BRIDGE
It's gonna change us honey, sexually
From now on, we'll just be once-a-weekers
It's gonna change us honey, even musically
We'll get our records through the mail,
Buy a set of lousy speakers (unintelligible stuff in background)

So if you'll beg my pardon
I'm goin' out and start a garden
It'll just be small potatoes
Some lettuce and tomatoes
And if either one comes up, we'll join the Grange
What say you and I get normal for a change

Repeat Chorus

Life is nuts enough just livin' here with you, it's true
Livin' here with you and Bobby McG


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