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Worst cafe song?

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dick greenhaus 06 Sep 00 - 08:05 PM
Stewie 06 Sep 00 - 06:58 PM
Stewie 06 Sep 00 - 06:21 PM
dick greenhaus 06 Sep 00 - 06:04 PM
GUEST,JTT 06 Sep 00 - 05:42 PM
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Subject: RE: Worst cafe song?
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 06 Sep 00 - 08:05 PM

Forgot about that one. It's in DigiTrad, though.


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Subject: Lyr Add: HUNGRY HASH HOUSE (Charlie Poole)
From: Stewie
Date: 06 Sep 00 - 06:58 PM

I just remembered that Charlie Poole recorded this even earlier - 1926. It has the exact line you mentioned.

HUNGRY HASH HOUSE

I'm a boarder and I dwell
In that second-class hotel
If I stay here long I think I'll go insane
For I lay here on my bunk
And I cannot get my trunk
For the board I owe would break a millionaire

Oh they feed on chicken pie
If you eat it you will die
Beef you cannot cut it with a sword
Oh the undertakers hang around
For there's work to be found
In that awful hungry hash house where I board

Oh they carried me upstairs one night
I had neither gun nor knife
Something they had never done before
Oh the fleas held me down
While the chinches crept around
In that awful hungry hash house where I board

Oh the beefsteak it was rare
And the butter had red hair
Baby had its feet both in the soup
Oh the eggs they would not match
If you touched one it would hatch
In that awful hungry hash house where I stay

Repeat last stanza twice.

Author is unknown, but its style suggests in may be of vaudeville origin.
Source: Charlie Poole and North Carolina Ramblers Co 15160-D. Recorded 20 September 1926. It has been reissued on 'The Legend of Charlie Poole Vol 3' County CD-3516

Other recordings were made in the 1920s by Ernest Stoneman, Uncle Dave Macon and Byrd Moore.
PS.

Cheers, Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Worst cafe song?
From: Stewie
Date: 06 Sep 00 - 06:21 PM

Sounds like a line from 'All Go Hungry Hash House' or one of its relatives. One of the earliest recordings of it was by Pop Stoneman for Edison in 1928.

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Worst cafe song?
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 06 Sep 00 - 06:04 PM

Probably not it, but check out T the Boarding House in DigiTrad


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Subject: Worst cafe song?
From: GUEST,JTT
Date: 06 Sep 00 - 05:42 PM

Dining with a friend tonight she was reminiscing about a cafe song; all I can remember is that it was a song about the worst cafe ever, and the butter had long red hair. Anyone?


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