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Lyr Add: Daddy Wouldn't Buy Me a Bow-Wow

SharonA 09 Apr 02 - 12:21 PM
GUEST,Bill Kennedy 09 Apr 02 - 12:44 PM
weepiper 09 Apr 02 - 01:19 PM
alanabit 09 Apr 02 - 02:16 PM
Long Firm Freddie 09 Apr 02 - 03:43 PM
SharonA 09 Apr 02 - 05:38 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: DADDY WOULDN'T BUY ME A BOW-WOW
From: SharonA
Date: 09 Apr 02 - 12:21 PM

This song was on an OLD record passed down to me as a child (it was a red record, as I recall). I've often wondered if anyone else in the world has ever heard this song, or heard of it. A little google-searching revealed that it's included in a collection called "101 Pub Favourites for Buskers", so now I'm wondering if anyone across the pond has ever included it in his/her busking repertoire.

Here are the lyrics. You can hear a MIDI of the melody here: http://ing eb.org/songs/daddywou.mid

Daddy Wouldn't Buy Me a Bow-Wow
Joseph Tabrar

1. I love my little cat, I do,
With soft black silky hair;
It comes with me each day to school
And sits upon the chair;
When teacher says, "Why do you bring
That little pet of yours?"
I tell her that I bring my cat
Along with me because:

REFRAIN:
Daddy wouldn't buy me a bow-wow! bow wow!
Daddy wouldn't buy me a bow-wow! bow wow!
I've got a little cat,
And I'm very fond of that,
But I'd rather have a bow-wow-wow!
(Wow, wow, wow.)

2. We used to have two tiny dogs,
Such pretty little dears!
But Daddy sold 'em 'cause they used
To bite each other's ears.
I cried all day; at eight each night,
Papa sent me to bed.
When Ma came home and wiped my eyes,
I cried again and said:
REFRAIN

3. I'll be so glad when I get old,
To do just as I "likes."
I'll keep a parrot and at least,
A half a dozen tykes;
And when I've got a tiny pet,
I'll kiss the little thing,
Then put it in its little cot,
And unto it I'll sing:
REFRAIN


According to this page about the Hiss & Boo Company Music Hall and Variety Show (http://w ww.hissboo.co.uk/article1.html), this song's writer and composer Joseph Tabrar was an ex boy chorister. Joseph, who later became a plumber and a bell hanger, would, like most of his ilk, write songs to order; good 'uns too!. He wrote thousands during his sixty year career. He used to boast, "Vagner!, Arthur Sullivan! - gertcher! - I can do all they could do and more, while you wait... and on a bit of old paper the trotters is wrapped in!"


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Subject: RE: 'Daddy Wouldn't Buy Me a Bow-Wow'
From: GUEST,Bill Kennedy
Date: 09 Apr 02 - 12:44 PM

this was also very popular in French music hall days, rather double entendre for it's slang for the female and male organs, think it was popularised by Yvette Guilbert

'J'ai une petite chatte...etc.'


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Subject: RE: 'Daddy Wouldn't Buy Me a Bow-Wow'
From: weepiper
Date: 09 Apr 02 - 01:19 PM

My Nan (now 86) used to sing it to us as kids. She's from Shropshire.


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Subject: RE: 'Daddy Wouldn't Buy Me a Bow-Wow'
From: alanabit
Date: 09 Apr 02 - 02:16 PM

My folks used to sing this and I heard it on the radio as a kid. Wasn't it associated with Marie Lloyd, a music hall artist? If we keep this thread going for a bit, some Mudcatter is sure to enlighten us.


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Subject: RE: 'Daddy Wouldn't Buy Me a Bow-Wow'
From: Long Firm Freddie
Date: 09 Apr 02 - 03:43 PM

My News Chronicle Variety Songbook says it was sung by Vesta Victoria. She was even more famous for singing "Waiting at the Church".

LFF


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Subject: RE: 'Daddy Wouldn't Buy Me a Bow-Wow'
From: SharonA
Date: 09 Apr 02 - 05:38 PM

Also sung by Silas Leachman (circa 1892), May Irwin, and no doubt a host of others... and whistled by Elizabeth Sladen in her farewell appearance as "Sarah" on Doctor Who in 1976!

By the way, Sarah got her "bow-wow" three years later in the form of a robotic dog (K9 Mark Three – a gift from The Doctor) in Doctor Who's only spinoff series to date, K9 and Company. More info on this page: http://www.timelord.co.uk/features/compans3.htm


Yet another MIDI of "Bow-Wow"(I like this one better than the first one I posted): http://hot-house-midi.netfirms.com/extracts/vmf11/M7002_02.mid


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Subject: RE: 'Daddy Wouldn't Buy Me a Bow-Wow'
From: SharonA
Date: 09 Apr 02 - 05:41 PM

The song also appears in the movie "The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu"!


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Subject: Music Hall History
From: SharonA
Date: 09 Apr 02 - 05:45 PM

A bit of related music-hall history: http://www.nmhvfestival.co.uk/history.html


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Subject: RE: 'Daddy Wouldn't Buy Me a Bow-Wow'
From: SINSULL
Date: 09 Apr 02 - 07:17 PM

Fans of "Upstairs, Downstairs" got to see this performed at the end of an episode about Vaudeville. The lady (Dame Somebody) had a large stuffed black cat that she swung by the tail headfirst into the floor at every chorus. Wonderful stuff. Also did "The Biggest Asproedestra (sp?)"- more double entendre.


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Subject: RE: 'Daddy Wouldn't Buy Me a Bow-Wow'
From: Deda
Date: 10 Apr 02 - 01:44 PM

I remember this song from my childhood but I haven't heard it or thought of it for years. Thanks for the reminder! We might even have had that red record on the little record player in the playroom where I listened to many Burl Ives records, and old Mirais and Miranda, et multa alia.


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Subject: RE: 'Daddy Wouldn't Buy Me a Bow-Wow'
From: Morticia
Date: 10 Apr 02 - 05:56 PM

This was the very first songI parodied. My version went:

Daddy wouldn't buy me a dinosaur
Daddy wouldn't buy me a dinosaur
I've got a pterodactyl
And I'm very fond of that-ll
But I'd rather have a dinosaur

In my own defence, I was only ten or so *BG


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Subject: RE: 'Daddy Wouldn't Buy Me a Bow-Wow'
From: Hrothgar
Date: 13 Apr 02 - 07:40 AM

Aspidistra?


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Subject: RE: 'Daddy Wouldn't Buy Me a Bow-Wow'
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 13 Apr 02 - 07:47 AM

The death of Cleopatra: The Biggest Asp Disaster In The World!


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Subject: RE: 'Daddy Wouldn't Buy Me a Bow-Wow'
From: SharonA
Date: 15 Apr 02 - 12:00 PM

...and Lord knows the world has had some really big-asp disasters!


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Subject: RE: 'Daddy Wouldn't Buy Me a Bow-Wow'
From: GUEST
Date: 06 Sep 07 - 08:31 PM

joseph tabrar wrote daddy wouldn't buy me a bow-wow i know this cos i am his great great grandaughter


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Subject: RE: 'Daddy Wouldn't Buy Me a Bow-Wow'
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 06 Sep 07 - 10:10 PM

Among others who recorded it, we find the immortal Jeannie Robertson. Who would've thunk it!


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Subject: RE: 'Daddy Wouldn't Buy Me a Bow-Wow'
From: alanabit
Date: 07 Sep 07 - 02:18 AM

The Biggest Aspidistra In The World" was recorded by Gracie Fields. By the way, does anyone know if it was Gracie Fields who McCartney was referring to in his song "Honey Pie"? (Forgive me the thread drift).


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Subject: RE: 'Daddy Wouldn't Buy Me a Bow-Wow'
From: GUEST,Rog Peek
Date: 07 Sep 07 - 06:36 AM

I seem to remember this was also a favourite on Children's Favourites on the BBC in the 50's


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Subject: RE: 'Daddy Wouldn't Buy Me a Bow-Wow'
From: Bernard
Date: 07 Sep 07 - 07:56 AM

It was also regularly seen on 'The Good Old Days', a UK TV retro-variety show which used to be filmed with a live audience in the City Varieties theatre, Leeds.


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Subject: RE: 'Daddy Wouldn't Buy Me a Bow-Wow'
From: Leadfingers
Date: 07 Sep 07 - 08:14 AM

Noel Murphy used to sing "Daddy wouldnt buy me a Bodhran"


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Subject: RE: 'Daddy Wouldn't Buy Me a Bow-Wow'
From: ClaireBear
Date: 07 Sep 07 - 10:33 AM

A music hall favorite at San Francisco's "Dickens Christmas Fair" about 20 years ago, as sung by the hilarious Annie Lore in pinafore and sausage curls.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Daddy Wouldn't Buy Me a Bow-Wow
From: GUEST,Annie Lore
Date: 18 Sep 08 - 09:51 PM

Very interesting! I've never come across this version of the first and last verse before-- where in the world did they get it? The usual words are:

First verse:

I love my little cat, I do,
her coat is oh so warm;
She comes each day with me to school
And sits upon the form.
When teacher etc.

Then in the last verse:

I'll be so glad when I get old,
To do just as I please;
I'll have a dozen bow-wows then,
A parrot and some bees.
Whene'er I see a tiny pet,
I'll kiss the little thing;
'Twill remind me of the days gone by,
When I would cry and sing: (chorus)

A really appalling rendition of this can be found in the bizarre 1934 British film "Evergreen" starring Jessie Matthews, "The Dancing Divinity".

When we were doing Dickens at the Fox theater in Oakland back in 1983 there was the ballet version going round:
"Daddy wouldn't buy me a tutu,
Daddy wouldn't buy me a tutu;
I've got a little ruff, but it's really not enough;
Oh, I'd rather have a tu-tu-tu!"

The Sweeps also had one of their own, though I can't bring it to mind at the moment-- but I think it was quite naughty!

Bow-wow marches on...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Daddy Wouldn't Buy Me a Bow-Wow
From: GUEST,Annie Lore
Date: 19 Sep 08 - 05:06 PM

But wait-- there's more! I neglected to mention that "Bow-Wow" was originally a big hit for comic singer Vesta Victoria in the late 1890s; she was also known for popularizing "Waiting at the Church". The chorus being so infectious, many people finally achieved Bow-Wow Oversaturation, and a song was published that spoke for the crazed masses, entitled "Bow-Wow on the Brain". Not a great song, but amusing in intention. Chorus:

"Take me to the lost dogs' home, bow-wow!
And lead me by a collar and a chain, bow-wow!
I'm sad, bad, furious and mad;
Oh, hold me back, I've got an attack
Of bow-wow on the brain!"

Toulouse-Lautrec was reportedly fond of the song, and could be heard singing softly at his easel: "Ah've gote a leetle cat, Ah'm vairy fond of dat..."

Having puzzled over the origin of the buskers' different lyrics, I rather suspect that they simply didn't quite remember all of it and filled in as needed. The folk process in action!

And let us not forget the seldom-heard sequel, "Daddy Bought Me a Bow-Wow, But It Died"...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Daddy Wouldn't Buy Me a Bow-Wow
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 07 Mar 14 - 05:46 PM

You can see the sheet music at the Indiana University "IN Harmony" collection, dated 1892. The lyrics are exactly as posted by Sharon A at the start of this thread.


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