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Lyr Req: Dummy Song (I'll take the legs from...)

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Subject: Lyr Add: I'LL TAKE THE LEGS FROM SOME OLD TABLE
From: paddymac
Date: 04 Sep 01 - 02:35 PM

For some unknown reason I awoke in the middle of the night a couple of days ago with this song rambling around in my head. I couldn't remember all the words - it's been a bunch of years since I first heard it by a female bawdy house piano player. Unable to shake it, I did the only logical thing and came to the 'Cat to see what i could find. There's a version in the DT (with a tune reference), and references (one with lyrics) in two threads. The version I learned years ago seems to be a mix of the two I found here. My question is whether anybody might know of any additional verses, as the song seems rather abbreviated. Here it is, as I remember it (with help from the 'Cat).

I'll Take The Legs (From Some Old Table}.

I'll take the legs from some old table,
And the arms from some old chair.
I'll take the neck from some old bottle,
And from a mop I'll take some hair.

And then I'll put them all together,
With some string and with some glue.
And I'll get more good lovin'
From that damn dummy


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I'll Take The Legs (from Some Old Ta
From: paddymac
Date: 04 Sep 01 - 02:40 PM

Damn - the tag line got lost. To the above, add:

"Than I ever got from you!"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I'll Take The Legs (from Some Old Ta
From: Bert
Date: 04 Sep 01 - 02:50 PM

Shades of Max Bygraves - he used to sing it....




I'll take the legs from some old table,
And the arms from some old chair.
I'll take the neck from some old bottle,
And from the horse I'll take the hair.


I'll take the hands and face of of the clock
and Darling when I'm though
And I'll get more lovin'
From that dum dum dummy than I ever got from you.



I don't recall there being any more


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I'll Take The Legs (from Some Old Ta
From: paddymac
Date: 04 Sep 01 - 03:01 PM

Thanks, Bert. Bygraves was noted in the thread with the verse, but that verse was a bit different than the one you posted.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I'll Take The Legs (from Some Old Ta
From: Bert
Date: 04 Sep 01 - 08:28 PM

I think he used to sing it differently when he was appearing on the Archie Andrews Show.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I'll Take The Legs (from Some Old Ta
From: GUEST
Date: 06 Jul 05 - 12:54 AM

just discovered this quirky song and searching for recordings of it.....anyone have any leads?

thanks

RA


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I'll Take The Legs (from Some Old Ta
From: Peace
Date: 06 Jul 05 - 01:01 AM

Have a look here, SVP.


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Subject: ADD Dummy Song
From: Joe Offer
Date: 06 Jul 05 - 02:25 AM

The site "Peace" linked to has the following lyrics. The site says it was recorded by Louis Armstrong and featured on the movie You've Got Mail. Amazon says Louis Prima recorded it, too. The Great Song Thesaurus says "Dummy Song," or "I'll Take the Legs From Off the Table" is of anonymous origin, about 1920:
    This traditional college song is based on the "Washington and Lee Swing," school song for Washington and Lee University.

You've Got Mail Soundtrack Lyrics
Artist: Louis Armstrong Lyrics

Dummy Song

I'll take the legs from some old table
I'll take the arms from some old chair
I'll take the neck from some old bottle
And from a horse I'll take the hair

I'll take the hands and face from some old clock
And baby when I'm through
I'll get more loving from the dum-dum-dummy
Than I ever got from you

Get me some legs get me a chair
And a bottle, too

Give a horse give me some time
And baby when I'm through

I'll take the legs from some old table
I'll take the arms from some old chair
I'll take the neck from some old bottle
And from a horse I'll take the hair

I'll take the hands and face from some old clock
And baby when I'm through
I'll get more loving from the dum-dum-dummy
Than I ever got from you

I get more loving from the dum-dum-dummy
Than I ever got from you

Yeah Mama get more loving
From a dummy than I get from you

Other sources attribute the song to Lew Brown, Billy Rose and Ray Henderson, 1925 - but that seems to be a later song with the same chorus (see Levy - sheet music under copyright and not available). I found the Brown/Rose/Henderson song in the New Novelty Songbook.

Dummy Song
(I'll Take the Legs from Some Old Table)
(Words and Music by Lew Brown, Billy Rose, and Ray Henerson, 1925)


Johnny got a furlough and he took it on the run,
To see his little hon', and have a little fun,
He found her with a sergeant, she was bouncing on his knee,
And Johnny yelled, "No wedding bells for me!"
    (Chorus) I'll take the legs from some old table,
    I'll take the arms from some old chair,
    I'll take the neck from some old bottle,
    And from a horse, I'll take the hair.
    I'll take the hands and face from off a clock,
    And baby, when I'm through,
    I'll get more lovin' from that DUM DUM DUMMY,
    Than I ever got from you.

Came another furlough and he called her on the phone.
He said, "Are you alone?" She said, "No, no, my own.
I'm sitting with your colonel and he's lovely company;
And Johnny cried, "Ha-ha, ho-ho, hee-hee."
(Chorus)



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"Washington & Lee Swing" MIDI available here (click) - you'll recognize the tune right away.
Other versions here (click)


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Subject: RE: Req: I'll Take The Legs (from Some Old Table)
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 06 Jul 05 - 12:48 PM

all these years I thought Archie Andrews wrote it. Life can be SO disillusioning....


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Subject: RE: Req: I'll Take The Legs (from Some Old Table)
From: Flash Company
Date: 07 Jul 05 - 06:03 AM

Ah, Happy Days. A ventriloquist act on radio!

FC


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I'll Take The Legs (from Some Old Table)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 08 Jul 05 - 07:42 AM

allmusic lists several recordings of THE DUMMY SONG: by Louis Armstrong, LynnMarie, The Modernaires, NRBQ, and Louis Prima.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I'll Take The Legs (from Some Old Ta
From: GUEST
Date: 21 Dec 10 - 05:53 AM

I remember this song being sung by Max Bygraves on the Archie Andrews show back in the 50's... the last lines being ".. I'll make more money from this dum dum dummy, than Brough ever made from you"
The Brough being the ventriloquist Peter Brough and the dummy was Archie Andrews.
I still laugh thinking how can you succeed as a ventriloquist on the RADIO?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I'll Take The Legs (from Some Old Ta
From: GUEST,Hootenanny
Date: 21 Dec 10 - 06:34 AM

One posting above mentions that the tune is "Washington and Lee Swing", Fiddler Kenny Baker did a version called "Washington County". There is also an earlier recording by some New Orleans musicians titled "Louisiana Swing". I guess it could be an even older march.
I have heard people at a session playing this tune and one of the guys singing the lyrics to "Won't You Come Home Bill Bailey" - same chord sequence and better lyrics than those that started this thread.

Hoot


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I'll Take The Legs (from Some Old Ta
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 21 Dec 10 - 03:48 PM

Here's an up-to-date URL for a video where you can hear the Washington and Lee Swing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTYbKRJBDF4&feature=related

It's true - I've heard it before, but I never knew what it was called.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Dummy Song (I'll take the legs from...)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 27 Dec 10 - 04:31 PM

Frances Faye sang another chorus:

I'll take the head from any cabbage.
I'll take [some] corn to make the ears.
I'll take the eyes from some potato....

[That's all I was able to hear in a sound sample at Allmusic.com]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Dummy Song (I'll take the legs from...)
From: GUEST,Bluerabbit10
Date: 27 Aug 11 - 11:48 AM

http://www.countrytabs.com/files/soundbytes/56871.mp3

'Going To Build Myself A Woman" uses the chorus from the "Dummy Song"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Dummy Song (I'll take the legs from...)
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 27 Aug 11 - 02:20 PM

"The Brough being the ventriloquist Peter Brough and the dummy was Archie Andrews.
I still laugh thinking how can you succeed as a ventriloquist on the RADIO?"
Once upon a time there was a guy named Edgar Bergen, and a dummy named Charlie McCarthy. There was also one named Mortimer Snerd who held down the Prime time Sunday slot on (I think) NBC radio..


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Dummy Song (I'll take the legs from...)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 29 Aug 11 - 02:04 PM

You can see the sheet music at Google Books.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Dummy Song (I'll take the legs from...)
From: GUEST
Date: 21 Oct 12 - 12:56 PM

This is the version my father used to sing to me::

Oh I can get the legs from off the table,
the arms from off the chair
From the sofa get the body
from the mattress get the hair.

Oh I can get the neck from any bottle
and honey baby when I'm through,
I'll get a lot more lovin from that doggone dummy
than I've been gettin from you
sweet dog face,
than I been gettin from you


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Dummy Song (I'll take the legs from...)
From: GUEST
Date: 29 Jul 13 - 08:18 PM

This old guy with his ukelele sang it:

I'll take a leg from some ol' table
I'll take an arm from some ol' chair
I'll take a neck from some old bottle
and from a horse I'll take some hair (I'll take some hair)
And then I'll put them all together
with a little bit a' string and glue
and I'll get more lovin' from a gosh darn dummy
than I'll ever got from you!


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