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Lyr ADD: Lily of Picadilly / Lily from Piccadilly

mg 12 Sep 00 - 11:11 AM
Quincy 12 Sep 00 - 12:59 PM
Snuffy 12 Sep 00 - 03:08 PM
mg 13 Sep 00 - 12:17 AM
Jim Dixon 05 Sep 02 - 12:46 AM
GUEST,Skiely K 03 Feb 12 - 06:56 PM
Mick Pearce (MCP) 03 Feb 12 - 07:32 PM
GUEST,999 03 Feb 12 - 08:14 PM
GUEST 11 Feb 12 - 04:51 PM
GUEST,Skiely K 11 Feb 12 - 04:53 PM
Lighter 12 Feb 12 - 11:19 AM
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GUEST 15 Aug 12 - 11:38 AM
GUEST,Guest 16 Aug 12 - 05:15 PM
GUEST,Eva 23 Nov 12 - 02:13 AM
GUEST,Lighter 23 Nov 12 - 01:48 PM
GUEST,Guest: Court in Tennessee 07 Jun 13 - 01:07 PM
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Subject: Lily of Picadilly
From: mg
Date: 12 Sep 00 - 11:11 AM

someone from WWII has asked for these words..anyone have them?

MG


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lily of Picadilly
From: Quincy
Date: 12 Sep 00 - 12:59 PM

Don't know if this is the one you want?

Lily Waterloo, Picadilly Blue


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lily of Picadilly
From: Snuffy
Date: 12 Sep 00 - 03:08 PM

If it's the one with the line "He's got a sister Lily who's a whore in Piccadilly", look in the Digital Tradition for the song entitled Finest Fucking Family


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lily of Picadilly
From: mg
Date: 13 Sep 00 - 12:17 AM

I am sure the family one is the same but I somehow can't imagine this sweet old lady singing it...

mg


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lily of Picadilly
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 05 Sep 02 - 12:46 AM

I found this excerpt from someone's WW2 memoir:
(http://www.historicalroleplay.com/cgi-bin/ikonboard/topic.cgi?forum=53&topic=7)
    "The parties at nearby Debden's air base have entered into legend, their house band (The Debden Eagles) being so fine it was booked throughout the British Isles and famed for its theme song (Lily from Piccadilly)."
And another quote from another memoir:
(http://www.geocities.com/cytherainathens/golfing/golfing38.html)
    "Yours truly sang with the band. At Tetley – Debden; we called it Tetley after two farmers who owned the land. First it was just a base band for dances, but later on we toured all over. Folks came from miles around to see us. Best known for our theme song," he recalled, launching into Lily from Piccadilly. Of Eddie, who stirred again during the number, he said, "My tongue-tied pal was real hot stuff on the trumpet."


Here's a German site that mentions a song called "Lilly von Piccadilly":
http://www.bobsmusic.de/cdt-z.htm

But, strangely, those are the only references I can find to the song, even making allowances for variant spelling, like LILY/LILLY/LILLIE, and PICADILLY/PICCADILLY.

(I also found references to a WW2 military airplane, an instrumental jazz piece, and a racehorse, all called "Piccadilly Lilly")


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lily of Picadilly
From: GUEST,Skiely K
Date: 03 Feb 12 - 06:56 PM

If you are still looking for the lyrics, I have them all. My dad saved the typed copy from the war. It was written by Cp. Mickey Balsam


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lily of Picadilly
From: Mick Pearce (MCP)
Date: 03 Feb 12 - 07:32 PM

Skiely K - the originating poster mg is still posting here on Mudcat, so I'm sure the words would be appreciated.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lily of Picadilly
From: GUEST,999
Date: 03 Feb 12 - 08:14 PM

'Lilly from Piccadilly' by Mickey Balsam was copyrighted September 9, 1943 (in the USA) and the author listed as living in London.


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Subject: Lyr Add: LILLY FROM PICCADILLY (Mickey Balsam)
From: GUEST
Date: 11 Feb 12 - 04:51 PM

LILLY FROM PICCADILLY
(Cpl. Mickey Balsam)

1st Verse
I took a trip to London
To look around the town
When I got Piccadilly
The sun was going down
I've never seen such darkness
The night was black as pitch
When suddenly – in front of me
I thought I saw a witch.

CHORUS
Oh, it was Lilly from Piccadilly
You know the one I mean
I'll spend each pay-day
That's my hey-hey day
With Lilly, my blackout queen.

2nd Verse
I could not see her figure
I could not see her face
But, if I ever meet her
I'll know her any place.
I could not tell if she was blonde
Or a dark brunette
But gosh oh gee did she give me
A thrill I won't forget.
CHORUS

3rd Verse
They sing of Dirty Gertie
And of Mademoiselle in French
But give me a Commando
In a fox-hole or a trench
And in the thick of battle
You'll find me happy there
But say chums – be sure she comes
From Piccadilly Square
CHORUS
(One just like Lilly, etc.)

4th Verse
Now when my children ask me
Please tell us Daddy dear
What did you do to win the war
I'll answer with a sneer
Your Daddy was a hero
His best he always fought
With bravery – he gave to the
Commandos his support
CHORUS

5th Verse
She said to me "Oh Yankee Boy
Are you lonesome are you blue
Just come around the corner
I'll show you what to do".
We went up some dark alley
I said, "I love you, kid",
She said "OK- but first you''ll pay"
So I gave her twenty quid.
CHORUS

6th Verse
She leaned her back against the wall
I took her in my arms
She gave me her very all
And her buxom charms
I lost my head, I lost my heart
I even lost my hat
It was a sin – she should have been
A circus acrobat.
CHORUS

7th Verse
And then we went up to her flat
And when we were in bed
It was so very pleasant that
I said some day we'd wed
She even gave me breakfast
She sure did treat me nice
Oh what she did for twenty quid
Was cheap at half the price.
CHORUS

8th Verse
I was a few days later
I began to feel so queer
And then I went on sick call
The Doc said it's quite clear
You've had some love "Commando Style"
Now, son, please don't be shy
You're not to blame –tell me her name
So I said with a sigh.
CHORUS



Copyright 1943 by Cp. Mickey Balsam
When performed in public the following must be stated – "Lilly from Piccadilly" by Cp. Mickey Balsam of the Flying Eagles Orchestra".


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lily of Picadilly
From: GUEST,Skiely K
Date: 11 Feb 12 - 04:53 PM

Hope you enjoy the lyrics.

My dad's scrapbook had the note "This after 3 days in London, 'tis true, 'tis true"!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lily of Picadilly
From: Lighter
Date: 12 Feb 12 - 11:19 AM

For those who don't know (and at this point, why should they?) "Piccadilly commando" was the humorous name given by American soldiers to the streetwalkers around Piccadilly Circus.

PS: "Streetwalker" is an old-time word used by us geezers for street prostitutes. It doesn't mean, as my students sometimes thought, "pedestrian."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lily of Picadilly
From: Lighter
Date: 12 Feb 12 - 11:21 AM

Film fans will recall that the bomber piloted by Gregory Peck in "Twelve O'Clock High" (1949) was named "Piccadilly Lily."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lily of Picadilly
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Aug 12 - 11:38 AM

In the fifth verse, line five is missing. It should be "We went up some dark alley" My parents did a home recording of this song when I was six years old. At the time I had no clue what the song was about.
    I added the line where I think it's supposed to go. Did I do it right? -Joe Offer, Mudcat Archivist-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lily of Picadilly
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 16 Aug 12 - 05:15 PM

That's exactly where it belongs.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lily of Picadilly
From: GUEST,Eva
Date: 23 Nov 12 - 02:13 AM

Hey Guys I have been looking for this silly song for some time and stumbled across this thread. So my thanks as I play piano and do a lot of ww2 songs for vfw's and I know the guys will get a huge kick out of this. The words seems to fit the music I have heard in the movie Final Days Of Paten but the words are a tad different then the basic two verse style in the movie. I think I'll sort of combine the two versions for giggles.
My pop use to sing a lot of the war songs and he had a rather colourful version of Bless Em All which had little resemblance to the actual song words. I assume the GI's often made their own verses up to various songs of that period.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lily of Picadilly
From: GUEST,Lighter
Date: 23 Nov 12 - 01:48 PM

Eva, we are more than prepared for your pop's version of "Bless 'em All."

Please post.


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Subject: RE: Lyr ADD: Lily of Picadilly / Lily from Piccadilly
From: GUEST,Guest: Court in Tennessee
Date: 07 Jun 13 - 01:07 PM

I remember George C. Scott singing a version of this in "Patton," or maybe it was "Final Days of Patton," if Eva above is right. It was on TV around 1984, since that's when I got my first VCR and recorded it as a test, and watched it a couple times. This is what I remember:

Oh Lilly, from Piccadilly
She is the blackout queen.
Lilly, from Piccadilly
Ugliest girl I've seen.

With searchlights playing overhead
Til Messerschmidts are gone,
Please don't take your mask off
You look much better with it on!

CHORUS:
Oh Lilly, from Piccadilly
She is the blackout queen!

[can't recall the other verses]


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Subject: RE: Lyr ADD: Lily of Picadilly / Lily from Piccadilly
From: GUEST
Date: 22 Aug 14 - 03:34 PM


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Subject: RE: Lyr ADD: Lily of Picadilly / Lily from Piccadilly
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 17 Dec 15 - 02:45 AM

My Yorkshire friend's version of this is as follows (have edited out the swear words somewhat):
I've got a sister Lily
she's a pro in Piccadilly
And my mother does the same along the Strand
And my father flogs his ar.....e
at the Elephant and Castle
We're the finest fu....g fmily in the land.


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Subject: RE: Lyr ADD: Lily of Picadilly / Lily from Piccadilly
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 17 Dec 15 - 01:40 PM

I know a bit more to this one and the tune I sing it to is of course 'The Road to the Isles'.

I am sitting in the dungeon with me bollocks in me hand
And the shadow of me penis on the wall,
And the hairs are growing thick from me arsehole to me dick
And the mice are playing billiards with me balls.

Oh, I have a sister Lily, she's a whore in Piccadilly
And me mother is another on the Strand
And me father flogs his aresehole in the Elephant and Castle,
Oh, we're the cleanest family in the land.

There are probably more verses.


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