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Lyr Req: I Was a Gay Spark in my Time (H Imlach)

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GUEST,Martine Stead 12 Mar 01 - 01:26 PM
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Subject: Hamish Imlach 'I was a gay spark in my y
From: GUEST,Martine Stead
Date: 12 Mar 01 - 01:26 PM

Looking for lyrics for a song recorded by Hamish Imlach with the refrain 'I was a gay spark in my youth, Annie is my daughter/Sandy's no your father'. Any pointers very gratefully received! Many thanks.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Hamish Imlach 'I was a gay spark in
From: GUEST,Dita (at work)
Date: 13 Mar 01 - 04:25 PM

I think this is on one of Hamish's Xtra albums. I've got it at home, will trascribe it tomorrow if I get a chance.
love, john.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Hamish Imlach 'I was a gay spark in
From: GUEST,Martine Stead
Date: 04 Apr 01 - 08:20 AM

John,

Thanks for the offer - did you get a chance to transcribe it yet?

Many thanks Martine

Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Hamish Imlach 'I was a gay spark in From: GUEST,Dita (at work) Date: 13-Mar-01 - 04:25 PM

I think this is on one of Hamish's Xtra albums. I've got it at home, will trascribe it tomorrow if I get a chance. love, john.


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Subject: Lyr Add: I WAS A GAY SPARK IN MY TIME (W Wright)^^
From: Dita
Date: 21 Aug 01 - 04:10 PM

I WAS A GAY SPARK IN MY TIME
by Wattie Wright
from Hamish Imlach, Live - XTRA 1050

Jock he was a strapping lad,
He thought he'd take a wife,
He wandered north frae his faither's farm,
Where he'd worked all his life.
He courted Jean for many months
Before he telt his faither,
Wha looked at him wi' a twinklin' ee
Ye'll hae tae find another,
I was a gay spark in my youth,
Jeannie is my daughter.

Jock pined away for a week or twa,
Then headed to the west.
He ca'd on Kate the dairy maid,
Dressed in his Sunday best.
He cuddled her and kiddelt her,
Before he telt his faither
Wha looked at him wi' a twinklin' ee
Ye'll hae tae find another,
I was a gay spark in my youth,
Katie is my daughter

He pined awa for a month or twa,
Then syne went tae the east.
He cau'd on Annie at a barnyard dance,
and thought at last here's peace.
He bought for her a gowden ring,
Before he telt his faither
Wha looked at him wi' a twinklin' ee,
Ye'll hae tae get another,
I was a gay spark in my youth,
Annie is my daughter.

Oh Jock was seek for mony a week,
and affa doon at mouth.
And then he met Peg, wi' the rosy cheeks
When at last he headed south.
Peg and he had mony a spree,
Before he telt his faither
Who looked at him wi a twinklin' ee,
Ye'll hae tae get another.
I was a gay spark in my youth
Peggie is my daughter.

Oh harvest passed, and winter tae,
Jock grew mair morose,
He could nae work, he could nae sleep
He could nae sup his brose.
Oh he was near tae deein',
Afore he telt his mother,
Wha' looked at him in the ee and laughed,
Ye can marry yin or other.
I was a gay spark in my youth
Sandy's no' your faither.

(Finally reunited with all my vinyl)

love, john.^^


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Hamish Imlach 'I was a gay spark in
From: MMario
Date: 21 Aug 01 - 04:18 PM

TUNE? Please? (This would make SUCH a great rejoinder to "Johnny be fair")


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Hamish Imlach 'I was a gay spark in
From: Snuffy
Date: 21 Aug 01 - 08:17 PM

I dimly remember a West Indian song on the same theme "That girl is your sister but your mammy don't know"


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Subject: Hamish Imlach: I was a gay spark in my time
From: Joe Offer
Date: 21 Aug 01 - 09:24 PM

I've been tracking songs on this theme. See the Promiscuous Father thread (click).
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: ADD: Hamish Imlach I was a gay spark in my time
From: Dita
Date: 22 Aug 01 - 01:52 AM

Joe or MMario, I'm afraid posting the tune is beyond me. However I could post a tape of Hamish to you if you PM me with an address.
love, john.


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Subject: RE: ADD: Hamish Imlach I was a gay spark in my time
From: alanabit
Date: 28 Aug 01 - 08:05 AM

No doubt Joe Offer will have more information than me on this subject, but I'm sure the song that Snuffy is after is the Trini Lopez hit "Shame and Scandal in the Family". That is exactly what occurred to me when I read the lyrics. The idea must have been around for a bit longer than I thought! I can't recall seeing Hamish do it, but the man always did a roaring show when I saw him. Sadly, I won't be seeing him again.


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Subject: RE: ADD: Hamish Imlach I was a gay spark in my time
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 28 Aug 01 - 03:56 PM

Johnny Silvo used to do a song with the lines "Your Father aint your Father, but you Father don't know". Jock


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Subject: RE: ADD: Hamish Imlach I was a gay spark in my time
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 28 Aug 01 - 03:57 PM

Just remembered that it is called something like,"Shame and scandal in the family"

Jock


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Was a Gay Spark in my Time (H Imlach)
From: GUEST
Date: 06 Mar 13 - 09:17 PM

HG hello,

I met Hamish Imlach in Dundee, Scotland in 1968 where he performed with the Smokey Folk and he sang this an many more of his songs. Then in 1983 he came to Newfoundland, Canada and I met him again in the Rob Roy Pub in St. John's and it was a wonderful evening with a wonderful talent.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Was a Gay Spark in my Time (H Imlach)
From: Felipa
Date: 20 Sep 14 - 07:37 PM

this is a strange song family - it seems to be a folk song in a way, so many versions and almost all have an accredited author but they have obviously taken inspiration from each other and I think are all 20th century


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Was a Gay Spark in my Time (H Imlach)
From: Felipa
Date: 20 Sep 14 - 07:45 PM

Wattie Wright is on at least one recording himself but I dont know what he sings or plays on this compilation album http://www.allmusic.com/album/troubles-they-are-but-few-mw0000602758


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