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Lyr/Chords Req: I Wish I Was in Peoria

walkinman 23 Jan 01 - 07:35 AM
Jacob B 23 Jan 01 - 09:34 AM
GUEST,Roger the skiffler 23 Jan 01 - 10:14 AM
Jim Dixon 14 Jan 07 - 09:52 PM
Jerry Rasmussen 14 Jan 07 - 10:46 PM
EBarnacle 15 Jan 07 - 09:54 AM
Uncle_DaveO 15 Jan 07 - 10:57 AM
GUEST,My own verse to Peoria 10 Jan 08 - 04:17 PM
Charley Noble 10 Jan 08 - 09:07 PM
GUEST 31 Oct 08 - 06:33 PM
Joe Offer 31 Oct 08 - 07:24 PM
GUEST,Brian Bennett 29 Aug 09 - 12:55 AM
GUEST,Nathan Bunker 22 Sep 09 - 09:10 AM
M.Ted 22 Sep 09 - 09:51 AM
Susan A-R 22 Sep 09 - 06:59 PM
Ron Davies 22 Sep 09 - 11:57 PM
GUEST,Don 28 Dec 09 - 09:03 AM
beeliner 28 Dec 09 - 09:19 AM
Old-Timey 29 Dec 09 - 05:48 PM
Gorgeous Gary 29 Dec 09 - 07:42 PM
Jim Dixon 02 Jan 10 - 01:18 AM
GUEST,Javier Soria Laso 26 Dec 11 - 04:32 PM
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Subject: Lyr./Chords req: 'Wish I were in Peoria'
From: walkinman
Date: 23 Jan 01 - 07:35 AM

Rouse Ave., to be exact, in the "heights".....

wm


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Subject: Lyr Add: I WISH I WAS IN PEORIA
From: Jacob B
Date: 23 Jan 01 - 09:34 AM

S.O.S., S.O.S.,
- - - - -
- - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Lifebelts here, Lifeboats there,
Here the shrieks and moans
The captain calls all hands on deck and says in trembling tones

Oh, how I wish I was in Peoria,
Peoria tonight.
Oh, how I wish I was in Peoria,
Peoria tonight.
Oh, you can pick a morning gloria
Right off the sidewalk in Peoria.
Oh, how I wish I was in Peoria,
Peoria tonight.
Why did I ever go with sailor boys?
I should have stayed back home in Illinoys.
Oh, how I wish I was in Peoria,
Peoria tonight.

911, 911,
Someone help me, please!
I'm trapped in Greenwich Village in submission on my knees.
Rubber shirts, leather skirts,
Chains from head to toes.
My fingers are in traction and I'm dialing with my nose.

Oh, how I wish I was in Peoria,
Peoria tonight.
Oh, how I wish I was in Peoria,
Peoria tonight.
Why did I ever read that Village Voice?
I should have stayed back home in Illinoice.
Oh, how I wish I was in Peoria,
Peoria tonight.

Sorry about the gaps in the first verse.

Jacob


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Subject: RE: Lyr./Chords req: 'Wish I were in Peoria'
From: GUEST,Roger the skiffler
Date: 23 Jan 01 - 10:14 AM

I learned this from the Alex Welsh Jazz Band who did it regularly. I most recently heard it done (complete with sou-westers and synchronised swaying) by the Pete Allen Jazz Band last summer. I would render the start of the introduction verse as :

SOS; SOS:
We're heading for the rocks
Our ship is wallowing in the seas
By wind and waves we're tossed.

"hear" not "here" and in the chorus the third line would be
Oh How I miss those girls in Peoria...

I didn't know the added verses!
Probably Joe Offer can come up with a proper songbook version with chords?
RtS (...but I may be wrong....)


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Subject: Lyr Add: I WISH I WAS IN PEORIA (Rose,Dixon,Woods)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 14 Jan 07 - 09:52 PM

I think I recognize the lyrics posted above as the ones sung by The Red Clay Ramblers. (I can't remember which album it was on, but it seems to be out of print.) That second verse is definitely newer than the original song. For one thing, I'm sure 911, the emergency phone number, didn't exist when the song first came out in 1925 or so.

I WISH I WAS IN PEORIA (sometimes spelled I WISH'T ... or I WISH'D ...) was written by Billy Rose, Mort Dixon, and Harry Woods.

The Red Hot Jazz Archive has 2 playable sound files, one by Ted Lewis and his Band, the other by Harry Reser and His Orchestra (recording as The Jazz Pilots), both from 1925. Unfortunately, both those recordings have vocals of the chorus only, no verses.

The Internet Archive (I should check that resource more often!) has an mp3 file from which I transcribed this:

I WISH I WAS IN PEORIA
(As sung by Billy Jones & Ernest Hare, 1926)

SPOKEN: All hands on deck! (Aye, aye, sir!)
Man the lifeboats! (Aye, aye, sir!)

VERSE 1: S-O-S! S-O-S! Captain, we are lost.
Our ship is wallowing in the sea. By wind and wave we are tossed.
Lifeboats here, lifeboats there, hear the shrieks and groans!
The captain calls all hands on deck and says in trembling tones:

(SPOKEN: What did he say, Bill?)

CHORUS 1: Oh, how I wish I was in Peoria, Peoria tonight!
Oh, how I miss the goils in Peoria, Peoria tonight!
Oh, you can pick a morning Gloria (Yes, yes!)
Right off the sidewalks of Peoria.
Oh, how I wish I was in Peoria, Peoria tonight!

VERSE 2: What a song! What a song! Hear the wild applause!
The Metropolitan Opera House is crowded to the doors.
Bravo here, bravo there, bravo with a bang!
[Unintelligible – probably the name of an opera singer] sang a song, and this is what he sang:

CHORUS 2: Oh, how I wish I was in Peoria, Peoria tonight!
Oh, how I miss the flies in Peoria, Peoria tonight!
Why should I sing "Toreadoria"
When I could sing about Peoria?
Oh, how I wish I was in Peoria, Peoria tonight!

VERSE 3: Play the fife! Play the drums! Give a big hooray! (Hooray!)
The great professor from Heidelberg is speaking here today.
Silence here, silence there, while he starts to preach!
The great professor clears his throat and makes this brilliant speech:

CHORUS 3: Oh, how I wish I was in Peoria, Peoria tonight!
Oh, how I miss the mud in Peoria, Peoria tonight!
The present mayor of Peoria (Yes, yes?)
Works in the five-and-ten-cent storia.
Oh, how I wish I was in Peoria, Peoria tonight!

VERSE 4: Doctor White, Doctor Brown, Doctors Smith and Jones
Have all decided to operate on Barney Google's* bones.
Nurses here, nurses there, someone send a wreath!
Barney lies there helplessly and murmurs through his teeth:

CHORUS 4: Oh, how I wish I was in Peoria, Peoria tonight!
They trim their nails with guns in Peoria, Peoria tonight.
The knives and forks sold in Peoria
Are always chained down to the flooria.
Oh, how I wish I was in Peoria, Peoria tonight!

[*Jones & Hare had previously recorded BARNEY GOOGLE.]


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: I Wish I Was in Peoria
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 14 Jan 07 - 10:46 PM

I'll always associate this with Bob Scobey, with Clancy Hayes on vocal.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: I Wish I Was in Peoria
From: EBarnacle
Date: 15 Jan 07 - 09:54 AM

Gee, and I thot that the Brothers Smothers originated this parody!


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: I Wish I Was in Peoria
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 15 Jan 07 - 10:57 AM

Oh, boy, you've taken me back to my childhood, in the mid to late 30s, when I was maybe seven to nine years old.

My mother, my brother, and I lived upstairs from my maternal grandparents, and Jerry and I spent A LOT of our time downstairs. On the enclosed front porch they had an OLD Edison phonograph, a big, black console thing on about two-foot legs. The mechanism was in the center, with a record cabinet to each side, filled with the big, heavy records. I'd say those records were about 3/8 inch thick, 12 inches in diameter, and Heav-vee!

On warm summer evenings my brother and my cousin Joyce (who lived with downstairs with my grandparents) would play and play and play those old (even at that time) records. We'd fight over who got to choose the next song. I remember The Prisoner's Song, Ramona, Red Sails in the Sunset, Way Out West in Kansas, and of course my favorite, our thread subject, I Wish I Was in Peoria. And a lot of others that don't come back to mind right now.

Thank you for the trip down memory lane (to coin an old phrase).

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: I Wish I Was in Peoria
From: GUEST,My own verse to Peoria
Date: 10 Jan 08 - 04:17 PM

All I once as time goes by we think of prostate health.
It's something you can't delegate; you have to go yourself.
All at once the doc begins to see what he can find,
While you lean there with buttocks raised and one thought on your mind.

Oh, how I wish [etc.]

It doesn't dampen their euphoria,
Just 'cause they pee more in Peoria!

Bill Cummings, Los Angeles


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: I Wish I Was in Peoria
From: Charley Noble
Date: 10 Jan 08 - 09:07 PM

I'm not sure how this nautical ditty has escaped my attention but thanks to all of the above.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: I Wish I Was in Peoria
From: GUEST
Date: 31 Oct 08 - 06:33 PM

S.O.S, S.O.S.,
Captain we are lost!
Our ship is floundering in the sea
from wind and wayward toss!


and then the rest follows

Sincerely,

Tim in Indiana


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: I Wish I Was in Peoria
From: Joe Offer
Date: 31 Oct 08 - 07:24 PM

I found a download available for purchase at Amazon. From the sound sample, the tune sounds vaguely reminiscent of "Marching to Pretoria" - right?
Nope, Roger Skiffler, I don't have this one in a songbook....'Tain't my genre.
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: I Wish I Was in Peoria
From: GUEST,Brian Bennett
Date: 29 Aug 09 - 12:55 AM

Recently, cruising the Med. on Holland America's "Noordam", the piano bar guy (Billy Maddox?) played requests. I asked for "Oh, How I Wish I Was In Peoria" and bet he didn't know it. He didn't, in spite of apparently knowing every other song from the Year Dot. So, I Google'd on return to Oz (didn't hurt) and found this site, primarily to seek reassurance that my marbles were all intact. And I loved the different versions of "How I Wish..." - BUT I remember the word "foundering" was used in the version I knew, not "floundering", which would make sense - look it up!. How say you?


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: I Wish I Was in Peoria
From: GUEST,Nathan Bunker
Date: 22 Sep 09 - 09:10 AM

I heard this song on Garrison Keiler's Prairie Home Companion as a child. I heard just two versus, one starting with SOS and the other with 911.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: I Wish I Was in Peoria
From: M.Ted
Date: 22 Sep 09 - 09:51 AM

It's here, for your downloading and listening pleasure, half way down the page. It's free and legal. The Collected Works of Billy Jones and Ernest Hare (The Happiness Boys) The recording, as old as it is, is a delight--one word of warning--don't click unless you have time to kill, because you'll want to hear "I Love to Dunk a Hunk of Spongecake", "I'm Gonna Bring My Girl a Watermelon Tonite", and "Mr. Gallagher and Mr. Shean"--


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: I Wish I Was in Peoria
From: Susan A-R
Date: 22 Sep 09 - 06:59 PM

On the highway we must ride, much to our chagrin
In our tiny foreign car, so small and made of tin
Other cars go whizzing by so fast that they can fly
Just before the dreadful crash I hear this mournful cry . . .

(this goes back to my childhood memories of Smothers Brothers. Never yeard other than the S.O.S verse before. Wow. what a lot "more" there is to the song.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: I Wish I Was in Peoria
From: Ron Davies
Date: 22 Sep 09 - 11:57 PM

Red Clay Ramblers do a great job on "Peoria".


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: I Wish I Was in Peoria
From: GUEST,Don
Date: 28 Dec 09 - 09:03 AM

Another of the old verses:

Mike McCann's a married man and has a jealous wife,
And he's in love with a chorus girl and leads a double life,
Wife breaks in and catches him, and she's all set to kill,
Blooey! Blooey! Bam! Bam! Bam!
I'll read you his last will . . .


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: I Wish I Was in Peoria
From: beeliner
Date: 28 Dec 09 - 09:19 AM

"Another of the old verses: 'Mike McCann's a married man and has a jealous wife,' "

Amazing, because I was born in Peoria, attended Loucks School on University Avenue, and one of my classmates was Mike McCann. Really! His parents owned McCann's Bakery, which was just a couple of blocks north of the school. That was in the mid-1940's.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: I Wish I Was in Peoria
From: Old-Timey
Date: 29 Dec 09 - 05:48 PM

LOL. Pretty funny. Hopefully no relation.

The song is much older than that, of course, going back to the early 1920's, but I don't know the age of that particular verse. The only time I've heard that verse is on a very old LP entitled "Gentlemen, Be Seated!" It's a reproduction of a complete minstrel show. I've had the album since it came out, I think in the late 50's. It's available used on line - Amazon.com has it listed. The song is on there performed by jazz great Osie Johnson. He does three verses - the one about the ship and the one about Barney Google, both of which are well known, plus the virtually unknown one about Mike McCann.

Rgds, Old-Timey (a.k.a. Guest,Don)


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: I Wish I Was in Peoria
From: Gorgeous Gary
Date: 29 Dec 09 - 07:42 PM

I've been wanting to nab the lyrics for this one, ever since I heard it from FSGW's very own Special Ed and the All New Genetically Altered Jug Band.

-- Gary


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: I Wish I Was in Peoria
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 02 Jan 10 - 01:18 AM

The Internet Archive also has a recording called I WISH'T I WAS IN PEORIA by Frank Crumit, from 1921.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: I Wish I Was in Peoria
From: GUEST,Javier Soria Laso
Date: 26 Dec 11 - 04:32 PM

Hi, Jim Dixon. In the Jones & Hare recording of ´´Peoria``, the name of that person in the 2nd verse is Cutsy Cutsy. Then the lyrics could be this:


I WISH I WAS IN PEORIA
(As sung by Billy Jones & Ernest Hare, 1926)

SPOKEN: All hands on deck! (Aye, aye, sir!)
Man the lifeboats! (Aye, aye, sir!)

VERSE 1: S-O-S! S-O-S! Captain, we are lost.
Our ship is wallowing in the sea. By wind and wave we are tossed.
Lifeboats here, lifeboats there, hear the shrieks and groans!
The captain calls all hands on deck and says in trembling tones:

(SPOKEN: What did he say, Bill?)

CHORUS 1: Oh, how I wish I was in Peoria, Peoria tonight!
Oh, how I miss the goils in Peoria, Peoria tonight!
Oh, you can pick a morning Gloria (Yes, yes!)
Right off the sidewalks of Peoria.
Oh, how I wish I was in Peoria, Peoria tonight!

VERSE 2: What a song! What a song! Hear the wild applause!
The Metropolitan Opera House is crowded to the doors.
Bravo here, bravo there, bravo with a bang!
Cutsy Cutsy sang a song, and this is what he sang:

CHORUS 2: Oh, how I wish I was in Peoria, Peoria tonight!
Oh, how I miss the flies in Peoria, Peoria tonight!
Why should I sing "Toreadoria"
When I could sing about Peoria?
Oh, how I wish I was in Peoria, Peoria tonight!

VERSE 3: Play the fife! Play the drums! Give a big hooray! (Hooray!)
The great professor from Heidelberg is speaking here today.
Silence here, silence there, while he starts to preach!
The great professor clears his throat and makes this brilliant speech:

CHORUS 3: Oh, how I wish I was in Peoria, Peoria tonight!
Oh, how I miss the mud in Peoria, Peoria tonight!
The present mayor of Peoria (Yes, yes?)
Works in the five-and-ten-cent storia.
Oh, how I wish I was in Peoria, Peoria tonight!

VERSE 4: Doctor White, Doctor Brown, Doctors Smith and Jones
Have all decided to operate on Barney Google's* bones.
Nurses here, nurses there, someone send a wreath!
Barney lies there helplessly and murmurs through his teeth:

CHORUS 4: Oh, how I wish I was in Peoria, Peoria tonight!
They trim their nails with guns in Peoria, Peoria tonight.
The knives and forks sold in Peoria
Are always chained down to the flooria.
Oh, how I wish I was in Peoria, Peoria tonight!


I´m not sure, but this is what i heard.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: I Wish I Was in Peoria
From: GUEST
Date: 26 Dec 11 - 06:00 PM

I´m sorry, the person of the 2nd verse is not Cutsy Cutsy, but Gatzi Katzi.


Here´s the authentic words of the 2nd verse:

Verse 2: What a song, what a song, Hear the wild applause,
The Metropolian Op'ra House is crowded to the doors,
"Bravo" here, "bravo" there, "Bravo" with a bang,
Gatzi Katzi sang a song, and this is what he sang:

Chorus 2: Oh, how I wish't I was in Peoria, Peoria tonight.
Oh how I miss the flies in Peoria, Peoria, tonight.
Why should I sing Toreadoria when I can sing about Peoria.
Oh, how I wish't I was in Peoria, Peoria tonight.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: I Wish I Was in Peoria
From: GUEST
Date: 03 Feb 13 - 04:51 PM

Here are the chords that we used to play when we performed this song in the "Indisputable Jug Band Itself" (Portland, Oregon, 1963 and later). We learned it from Clancy Hayes.

I'm hoping that the font this is displayed in is the same as the font I'm typing it in so the chords will line up with the words. As an extra aid I've included a vertical bar | wherever a chord is supposed to line up...

Verse
    Dm
    |S-O-S! S-O-S! Captain, we are lost.
          Gm                         Dm                A7                            Dm         A7
    Our |ship is foundering |in the sea. By |wind and wave we're |tossed. |
    Dm
    |Lifeboats here, lifeboats there, hear the screams and moans!
          F                                                          C7                        F
    The |captain cried all hands on deck and he |said in trembling |tones:

Chorus
          F7      Bb       Eb            Bb         F7       Bb
    Oh, |how I |wish I |was in Pe|oria, Pe|oria to|night!
                   Bb             Eb             Bb         F7       Bb       Bb7
    Oh, how I |miss those |gals in Pe|oria, Pe|oria to|night! |
          Bb7       Eb       Edim       Bb       Bb7                  Eb            Edim   Bb       F7
    Oh, you can |pick a |morning |Gloria | Right off the |sidewalks |of Pe|oria.   |
                      Bb       Eb            Bb         F7       Bb         A7. . .
    That's why I |wish I |was in Pe|oria, Pe|oria to|night!   |

-Peter


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