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Lyr Req: Chicago / I Used to Work in Chicago

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I USED TO WORK IN CHICAGO


Rugger 17 Mar 98 - 05:34 AM
Earl 17 Mar 98 - 10:44 AM
Bruce O. 17 Mar 98 - 04:10 PM
Bruce O. 19 Mar 98 - 02:27 PM
GUEST,Caseymee@aol.com 10 Mar 04 - 12:57 AM
Jim Dixon 11 Mar 04 - 10:02 PM
GUEST,skipper 11 Apr 04 - 06:17 PM
Once Famous 11 Apr 04 - 06:19 PM
RWilhelm 11 Apr 04 - 10:56 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 12 Apr 04 - 01:16 PM
Big Jim from Jackson 12 Apr 04 - 02:10 PM
GUEST 13 Apr 04 - 07:42 AM
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Subject: ADD Version: Chicago
From: Rugger
Date: 17 Mar 98 - 05:34 AM

I'm looking for more verses to this rugby song. Could you post any that you have? Thanks.


CHICAGO

CHORUS:
I used to work in Chicago,
In an old department store,
I used to work in Chicago,
I don't work there any more.

A lady came in for a ruler.
A ruler from the store.
A ruler she wanted, my twelve inches she got!
Ohhh! [cheers]
I don't work there anymore.

OTHER VERSES
liquer / lick her I did
seafood / lobster; my crabs
my help / my AIDS
hammer / banged
candy / Kit-Kat; four fingers
fishing pole / rod
fuck / fuck
paper / reamed
nails / screwed
screws / nailed
ciragettes / Camels; humped
shampoo / Johnson & Johnson; johnson
beef / porked
meat / sausage
carpet / laid
wool / felt
stockings / hosing
drain cleaner / Drano; clean pipes
pony / horse; ridden
donut / glazed; cream-filled
throw rug / rug-burned
soldiers / Navy Seals; semen
gift wrapping / wrapping; stuffing
beefsteak / chuck; fucked
novel / Dickens; dick
iron / steam; reamed

ACTION VERSES
asprin / crack [show buttcrack]
Wrigley's / gum; bum [show buttcrack]
film / color; exposed [show dick]
video / Free Willy [show dick]


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Subject: RE: Chicago
From: Earl
Date: 17 Mar 98 - 10:44 AM

hat/felt/felt her I did cake/layer/lay her I did shoe/pump/pump her I did poultry/goose ... dress/jumper ... covers/spread ...


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Subject: ADD: Fit for Any Man
From: Bruce O.
Date: 17 Mar 98 - 04:10 PM

This is another "Jack of all Trades" ballad. See: "Jolly Jack of All Trades" c 1680, ZN1198 in my broadside index; "Jolly Trades- men" in 'Pills to Purge Melancholy', VI, p. 91, 1720; "The Dublin Jack of All Trades" in Hugh Shields' 'Old Dublin Songs'.

The 'Pills' song is in a MS of the 1740's, but more interesting in the MS is this rare one of "Jill of all trades"

Fit for any man.

Im a pretty maid and I swear by my life
what ever he is that will make me his wife
what ever his calling be, as I am a maid
I'll do my endeavour to work at his trade
With a fal al &c

If] he be a baker I vow and protest
I'll dress his flower, and kneed his paste
so neatly and finely I'l Clip his foll
while he sweeps my oven with his rusaling pole
With my fall al &c

If he be a joyner or any of them
I'll neatly guide his smoothing plane
with my lilly whit hand I'll quide his p[ole
while he with his mell does drive it in [hole
with my fall al &C

If he be a Butcher a jolly young man
I'll stand in his shop while he kills his l[amb
While he whites his knife, I'll hold the stee[l
and guid his pipes while he blows his veal
With my fall al &C

If he be a weaver when in bed
with my soft brush I'll bush his web
while he on my loom so neat and trim
I'll open the shu[?]de where the shuttle goes in
with my fal la &C

If he be a shoemaker poor or rich
his hinde quarters I'll neatly stich
I'll wax his thread so fine with all
while he opens my bore with giggling A[wl
with my fal al &C

If he be a brick layer so they say
that makes his mortar of lime and Clays
I'll mind his business abroad and at hom[e
and I'll clear the places where he lays [?
with my fal, &c

If he be a Brazier when in bed
Into my laddle I'll melt his lead
and close in my arms I will him hold
while he cast his metal in my mo[ld
with &C

I]f he be a Barber spruce and brave
That] deals in hair as well as shave
---]ist learn to leather then never fear [corrupt]
I'll set his razors to a hair
Wit]h my &C

If he] be a soldier
He] shall steer my fort and enter my hold
To] him I have such enticeing Charms
All] to excercise his body while he handles his arms
With] &c

If] he be a Taylor neat and fine
Wi]th his yard I'll gard[?] this cloth of mine
I'll] work on my shop Board without Controul
I'll draw his Buttons to my Button hole
W]ith &c

Ba]ker horner or any of them
A] lawyer, Miller or husband man
Just] say but the word and I'll lay my life
t]hat I am the Girl that will make a Careful wife. &c


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Subject: ADD: Haben a Boo and a Banner
From: Bruce O.
Date: 19 Mar 98 - 02:27 PM

I forgot a Scots 'Jack of all trades' ditty

From Arthur Argo's recording, Prestige/ International 13048 Side B, #2. Perhaps some once can fill in or correct the [?] in my transcription.

[Haben a Boo and a Banner]

Oh my father was hanged for sheep stealin' [father- long a]
My mither was brunt [sic] as a witch
Sure my sister's a bawdy-hoose keeper
An mysel,I'm a son o' a bitch
Wi' a haben a boo and a banna
An a haben a boo an a bay
Wi' ma haben a boo an a banna
Mink a toodle lie oodle lie a [Mink or Link?]

Oh my grannie she farted a fyken
Will I ha' a feast or a fash
Oh my sister's come doon the stairs drapen[?]
Nay a deil of a coat to her ass
Wi' a &c.

When I was a cobbler in London
And lived in the Royal Exchange
Oh I charg'd[?] my ladies commission
There I rested my rosey behind [behind-short i]
Wi' a &c.

When I was a drapper in London
All the ladies came into my shop
O she asked me for three yards of linen
And I gave her three yards of my
Wi' a &c

When I was a young man in London
And lived at the back of the bucks
Oh I['m fine?] [?] every morning
To learn young ladies to
Wi' a &c.

When I was a hedger and ditcher
And up to my knees in snaw
Oh the deil took haud of my ballocks
And swore he waud rug them awa'
Wi' a &c.


Added to DT April 98


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Subject: RE: Chicago / I Used to Work in Chicago
From: GUEST,Caseymee@aol.com
Date: 10 Mar 04 - 12:57 AM

I used to work in Chicago in a department store.
I used to work in Chicago, I did but I don't anymore.
A lady cam in for a cake one day,
I asked her what kind she adored.
Layer she said, and lay her I did,
I'll never work there anymore!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Chicago / I Used to Work in Chicago
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 11 Mar 04 - 10:02 PM

Related songs in other threads:

CHICAGO, in Rugby Football Songs
CHICAGO, in Help: Illinois/Chicago Songs
I USED TO WORK IN CHICAGO, in Double Entendre Anyone?
MY NAME IS YON YONSON, in Lyr Req: My Name Is Yon Yonson - that's all???


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Chicago / I Used to Work in Chicago
From: GUEST,skipper
Date: 11 Apr 04 - 06:17 PM

I used to work in Chicago an old department store.
I used to work in Chicago, I don't work there anymore.
A man came in looking for some Shakespear
Shakespear from the store?
Horatio he wanted, Felatio he got!
I don't work there anymore!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Chicago / I Used to Work in Chicago
From: Once Famous
Date: 11 Apr 04 - 06:19 PM

Amazingly, I have 120 years of continuous family history in Chicago, have been a media hound here for years, and have never heard of this song!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Chicago / I Used to Work in Chicago
From: RWilhelm
Date: 11 Apr 04 - 10:56 PM

It probably originated somewhere else. The chorus almost certainly is from "The Bowery, the Bowery, I'll never go there anymore."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Chicago / I Used to Work in Chicago
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 12 Apr 04 - 01:16 PM

Martin Gibson- Chicagoans probably got so tired of this ditty many years ago that they erased it from memory. Who can blame them?
As children we used to sing "I used to woik in Sheboygan." We had no idea where Sheboygan was, it fit and sounded exotic. Being western, We added a fake Brooklynese accent to emphasize eastern foreigness.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Chicago / I Used to Work in Chicago
From: Big Jim from Jackson
Date: 12 Apr 04 - 02:10 PM

Oscar Brand has a good recording of theis song on one of his Bawdy Ballads recordings.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Chicago / I Used to Work in Chicago
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Apr 04 - 07:42 AM

Heres a few things she asked for / received...

Kentucky Fried Chicken / Brown Wings

Patio Door / Rear Entry

Kit Kat, Coke, Sandwich and Apple / Lunch Box

Black & Decker / Drilling

Boxing Gloves / Fisting

Luxury Bathroom Fitting / Golden Shower

Pirates Flag / Jolly Rogering


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Chicago / I Used to Work in Chicago
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 14 Apr 04 - 09:22 PM

"Brown wings"? Uh...I'm afraid to ask what that means. I did a Google search and I found mostly descriptions of various birds, bats, and butterflies, and a couple of cryptic remarks on various British web sites, that didn't give a full explanation...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Chicago / I Used to Work in Chicago
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 14 Apr 04 - 10:03 PM

Buffalo wings?


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Subject: Lyr Add: I USED TO WORK IN CHICAGO
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 18 Aug 17 - 04:01 PM

You can hear this recording at The Internet Archive. The arrangement definitely puts it in the western swing genre.


I USED TO WORK IN CHICAGO
As recorded by Tin Ear Tanner and His Back Room Boys, 1946.

CHORUS: I used to work in Chicago, in a department store.
I used to work in Chicago; I did, but I don't any more.

Now a lady came in and she asked for shoes.
"What kind?" I asked at the door.
"Boot," she said and boot she got,
And I don't work there no more. CHORUS

Now a lady came in for some fowl.
"What kind?" I asked at the door.
"Goose," she said and goose she got,
And I don't work there no more. CHORUS

Now a lady came in for a chicken.
"What part?" I asked at the door.
"Neck," she said and neckin' she got,
And I don't work there no more. CHORUS

Now a lady came in for some eggs one day.
"What kind?" I asked at the door.
"Fresh," she said and fresh I got,
And I don't work there no more. CHORUS

Now a lady came in for a carpet.
"What kind?" I asked at the door.
Now "A rug," she said and a hug she got,
And I don't work there no more. CHORUS

Now a lady came in for some groceries.
"What kind?" I asked at the door.
"Butter," she said and what do you know?
I don't work there no more.
I don't work there no more.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Chicago / I Used to Work in Chicago
From: Lighter
Date: 13 May 18 - 05:03 PM

Earliest:

       I used to work in Chicago --
                I used to but no more.
        I used to work in Chicago,
                In a hosiery store.
        A lady asked for some garters,
                I asked the kind she wore:
        "Rubber," she said. Rubber I did.
                I did – but not any more.
                
From "National Lithographer," Vol. 30 (1923).

Also in "The Squib" (Massachusetts Agricultural College [now U. of Massachusetts, Amherst]), likewise 1923.


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