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Les b (U.K.) 23 Sep 01 - 02:23 PM
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Malcolm Douglas 23 Sep 01 - 08:42 PM
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Subject: since you've called on me to sing
From: Les b (U.K.)
Date: 23 Sep 01 - 02:23 PM

Does anybody have the lyrics for a song which starts.

'Since you,ve called on me to sing i'll see what I can do , but I don't know what to sing about unless it be of you.'

and then the singer goes on by picking people out of the audience and fitting them to the various characters in the song.

cheers Les


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Subject: RE: since you've called on me to sing
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 23 Sep 01 - 02:34 PM

It's in the DT:  COMPLIMENTS RETURNED,  with tune, quoted from Frank Purslow's Marrowbones (EFDS Publications, 1965).  It was noted by Dr. Gardiner from Thomas Bennet of South Petherwin, Cornwall, in 1905, though the DT file makes no mention of this.


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Subject: RE: since you've called on me to sing
From: Martin Graebe
Date: 23 Sep 01 - 05:13 PM

Malcolm

There is a strand here that I've not yet had time to pick up on - a number of songs from Feb 1905 were written up in the Baring-Gould manuscripts as having been noted by Dr Gardiner (though not this one). Baring-Gould certainly collected from Bennet. Is this visit to Cornwall documented in Gardiner's papers?

Martin


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Subject: RE: since you've called on me to sing
From: Les b (U.K.)
Date: 23 Sep 01 - 06:39 PM

Many thanks Malcolm, I tried a search with the lyrics I had but to no avail. I did't know it's title until now. Ta Les


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Subject: RE: since you've called on me to sing
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 23 Sep 01 - 08:42 PM

Martin:  I'm afraid I don't know the details; just quoted from the Purslow book.  A lot of work clearly needs doing on the connections there.  I haven't seen Gardiner's papers, but I have a nasty suspicion that it's going to have to go on the list of things to do...


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Subject: RE: since you've called on me to sing
From: Martin Graebe
Date: 24 Sep 01 - 01:41 AM

Thanks Malcolm. I guess those lists of things to do never get any shorter.

Regards

Martin


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Subject: RE: since you've called on me to sing/Compliments Retd
From: Joe Offer
Date: 17 Aug 04 - 09:12 PM

Are there any other versions of this song? Any more information on its background?
I like the melody, and the lyrics are fun. I may have to add this to my repertoire of quirky songs.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: since you've called on me to sing/Compliments Retd
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 18 Aug 04 - 07:57 PM

Tony Rose sang this.... I wonder if the Tony Rose thread has turned up recordings?

Kitty


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Subject: RE: since you've called on me to sing/Compliments Retd
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 18 Aug 04 - 09:33 PM

I expect that Tony sang an arrangement of the set already mentioned; do you have any details?

The Roud Folk Song Index (previous edition) has this at number 1602. Beside the example mentioned, there are 3 listed in Greig-Duncan (3, 565-566). Also broadsides, I Don't Think Much of You.

See Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads for several variants:

I don't think much of you

Music hall, mid 19th century at a guess; the earliest tentative broadside dating being c.1840.


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Subject: RE: since you've called on me to sing/Compliments Retd
From: Tig
Date: 19 Aug 04 - 06:14 PM

Yorkshire Relish (Derek Elliot) used to do a great version of it.


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