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Lyr Req: The Big Effen Bee (Matt McGinn)

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GUEST,Len Wallace 29 Jan 01 - 06:53 PM
Sarah2 29 Jan 01 - 07:44 PM
Stewie 29 Jan 01 - 08:06 PM
Bugsy 29 Jan 01 - 11:00 PM
Stewie 29 Jan 01 - 11:53 PM
GUEST,Mary 18 Jan 06 - 05:12 AM
Dave Hanson 18 Jan 06 - 05:34 AM
Peace 18 Jan 06 - 10:37 AM
GUEST 19 Jun 09 - 04:39 PM
GUEST 19 Jun 09 - 05:18 PM
Don Firth 19 Jun 09 - 07:19 PM
GUEST,leeneia 20 Jun 09 - 12:14 AM
Jim Carroll 20 Jun 09 - 03:24 AM
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Subject: Does anyone know the Effin Bee story?
From: GUEST,Len Wallace
Date: 29 Jan 01 - 06:53 PM

Hello friends,

Years ago I heard Bobby Watt recite the story of the Effin Bee. Based on a BBC interview. It begins, "There once was a man from Effin who was stung by a big Effin bee..."

Does anyone have the whole story?

Many thanks.

Len Wallace lwallace@mnsi.net


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Subject: RE: Does anyone know the Effin Bee story?
From: Sarah2
Date: 29 Jan 01 - 07:44 PM

I hope so. What you've written sounds promising.

Sarah


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Subject: RE: Does anyone know the Effin Bee story?
From: Stewie
Date: 29 Jan 01 - 08:06 PM

I used to know it, but it is now long gone. All I can remember are the first two lines and the last line. The version I knew began:

He kept bees in the small town of Effin
An Effin beekeeper was he
He met a sad end and his corpse was exhibited in the museum where the Effin people would come to view his remains:

Stung to death by the big Effin bee!

Try a personal message to Ted from Australia. I think he may know it or else he should be able to get hold of it from a mutual friend in Cairns.

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Does anyone know the Effin Bee story?
From: Bugsy
Date: 29 Jan 01 - 11:00 PM

As told to me by my mate, Johnny Mack from Darwin.

In the great town of Effin,
There lived a Storekeeper
He kept bees,
An Effin Beekeeper was he.

One day this big Effin Beekeeper
Was Stung to death by a big Effin Bee.
Now the big Effin Beekeepers wee Effin Wife
Hor the big Effin Police she ran
For no one can swat a big Effin Bee
Like a big Effin Policeman can

Now this big Effin Policeman, he done his nut
and ran down the big Effin Street
In his hand was a big Effin Baton
And he had big Effin Boots on his feet. When he caught up with the big Effin Bee
He twisted the Effin Bee's wings
But this Effin Big Bee got its own back
For this Big Effin Bee had two stings!

Now the Effin folk made him a hero
And they often go back there to see.
They just stare in amazement
At the Effin Big Policeman
Stung to death by an Effin Big Bee!

Cheers

Bugsy


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Subject: RE: Does anyone know the Effin Bee story?
From: Stewie
Date: 29 Jan 01 - 11:53 PM

Looking further, the version I knew has been posted to the forum previously. It's by Matt McGuinn:

Click here

Bugsy, I would have thought Johnny Mack would have had the same source as Ted and I - Alex Green when he lived in Darwin - but he must have gotten it from elsewhere or else adapted it. Green omitted the last verse as posted by susanne.

Cheers, Stewie.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE BIG EFFEN BEE (Matt McGinn)
From: GUEST,Mary
Date: 18 Jan 06 - 05:12 AM

I've not long left a msg asking for the words and then found the MP3!!!
The words dont do justice to the story as Matt McGinn has lots of pauses and emphases that aren't apparent here.
I didn't do the whiole explanatory bit as I didn't know what he was saying at the end of it! LOL

Goad, jist checked the dates of previous posttings...5 years ago!!!

Explanatory start..
There's a cute town called Effen .....jist outside Edinburgh, jist 800 miles outside Edinburgh?.........it's in France!
It's famous for it's honey so there's an awfie lot of bees

                            The Big Effen Bee
                                           Matt McGinn

"He kept bees in the old town of Effen,
An Effen bee-keeper was he,
And one day this wee Effen bee-keeper
Was stung by a big Effen bee

Now this big Effen bee-keeper's
Wee effen wife for the big Effen polis she ran
For there's nobody can sort out a big Effen bee
Like a big Effen polisman can

Now the big Effen polisman he did his nut
And he ran down the main Effen street
In his haun wis a big Effen bat
He'd big Effen boots oan his feet

Now the polis got hold of this big Effen bee
And he twisted the Effen bee's wings
But this Effen bee got his own back
For this big Effen bee had 2 stings

Now they're baith in the Effen museum
And the Effen folk oaffen come see
The remains of the big Effen polis
Stung to death by the big Effen Bee


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Subject: RE: Does anyone know the Effin Bee story?
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 18 Jan 06 - 05:34 AM

It's in Matts book, McGinn of the Calton, along with most of his best songs.

eric


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Subject: RE: Does anyone know the Effin Bee story?
From: Peace
Date: 18 Jan 06 - 10:37 AM

www.angelfire.com/music2/ linlithgowfolkfest/MattMcGinn.html

Words of the poem by Matt McGinn at that site.


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Subject: RE: Does anyone know the Effin Bee story?
From: GUEST
Date: 19 Jun 09 - 04:39 PM

well the effin bee keepers, wee effin wife,
For the big effin policemen ran
Cause naebody can sort out a big effin bee
Like a big effin policemen can.

the bid effin policemen, took to his heels
And ran down the main effin street
with a big effin truncheon in his big effin hand
and big effin boots on his feet

sorry all i can recall, not quite right, been looking for this for mnths now


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Subject: RE: Does anyone know the Effin Bee story?
From: GUEST
Date: 19 Jun 09 - 05:18 PM

It's effin pathetic!


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Subject: RE: Does anyone know the Effin Bee story?
From: Don Firth
Date: 19 Jun 09 - 07:19 PM

Effin Bee. That rang a very large bell, but it didn't have anything to do with a song or an insect. It took a few moments for me to dredge it out of my memory.

In the late 1930s, I was a little squirt. My older sister (by two years) was given a wonderful doll by a friend of the family. Mary was ecstatic! It was an Effanbee doll, about the size of a toddler, complete with real hair and a whole trunk full of clothes. Mary spent many an hour playing with this doll, dressing it in different outfits. Great gift for a little girl!

It was called an "Effanbee doll," made by the F & B toy company, I believe.

CLICKY.

Just a little nostalgia trip. Now back to our regular broadcast.

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: Does anyone know the Effin Bee story?
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 20 Jun 09 - 12:14 AM

You beat me to it, Don. I was thinking of Effanbee dolls too.


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Subject: RE: Does anyone know the Effin Bee story?
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 20 Jun 09 - 03:24 AM

Not a version, but there's a song (can't remember the author) about veteran east Clare piper and fiddle player, the late Martin Rocheford, who was a keen bee-keeper.
He drove across-country to acquire a queen bee for is hive and, having carefully selected one, started on the drive home. It being a warm day, he stopped for a pint and and a bite to eat and, returning to the car he decided to have a nap before resuming his journey. He let the bee loose in the car "to give her some exercise", and fell asleep. After a short while he was awoken by a tickling on his nose and, taking of his cap, he swatted his 'investment' flat.
Jim Carroll


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