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Lyr Req/Add: Sweetheart of Sigma Chi

bill kennedy 15 May 02 - 02:51 PM
Mark Ross 15 May 02 - 07:25 PM
Stewie 15 May 02 - 08:15 PM
GUEST,Bill Kennedy 16 May 02 - 08:54 AM
GUEST,Bill Kennedy 16 May 02 - 11:31 AM
Jim Dixon 11 Nov 06 - 02:47 PM
GUEST 18 Apr 07 - 03:37 PM
GUEST,Richard E 20 Jul 08 - 04:02 PM
GUEST,stangmistress 24 Dec 09 - 10:06 AM
Charley Noble 24 Dec 09 - 10:15 AM
GUEST,Scott MacGillivray 17 Aug 10 - 11:13 AM
GUEST,Michael Ward 29 Sep 10 - 10:05 PM
Jim Dixon 09 Sep 11 - 01:04 PM
GUEST 18 Feb 12 - 09:19 PM
GUEST 07 Jan 14 - 10:25 AM
Nigel Parsons 07 Jan 14 - 04:42 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: THE SWEETHEART OF SIGMA CHI (orig+parody)
From: bill kennedy
Date: 15 May 02 - 02:51 PM

the song isn't in the Data base, though it is available at many other sites, BUT, the 'parody' version that Martin Bogan And Armstrong sing is not available anywhere that I have found. Other String Band, and Old Time folks have sung it, I'm sure. MB&A take some liberties with what I assume was a fairly well known parody, as well as mumble a line I have yet to be able to decipher. Any help would be appreciated, (mando tab for Carl Martin's part would be nice to!)

Also, there is a lesbian/gay website that claims that this song was written by a gay member of the fraternity for another guy, but he changed the gender because of being in the closet! Seems a bit urban legendish to me.

Sweetheart of Sigma Chi

When the world goes wrong as it's bound to do and you've broken Dan Cupid's bow,
And you long for the girl you used to love, the maid of the long ago.
Why, light your pipe, bid sorrow avaunt, blow the smoke from your altar of dreams,
And wreathe the face of your dream girl there, the love that is just what it seems.

Chorus
The girl of my dreams is the sweetest girl of all the girls I know.
Each sweet co-ed, like a rainbow trail, fades in the after glow.
The blue of her eyes and the gold of her hair, are a blend of the western sky.
And the moonlight beams on the girl of my dreams, she's the Sweetheart of Sigma Chi.

Martin Bogan and Armstrong, do a nice instrumental intro, than the chorus, with some fun changes, conscious or un, like the obvious Bing Crosby conflation -
'the blue of her eyes MEETS the gold of her hair!'

the parody verse is filled with asides and encouragements from the other members but goes mostly like this

The girl of my dreams, she bobbed her hair, and died it a fiery red.
She drinks and she smokes and she tells funny jokes, she's simple, not a thought in her head.
She drinks, so much, she'll make the world go dry, she drinks more than even you or I,
The girl of my dreams, ....................(can't figure it out)
She's the Sweetheart of Six Other Guys.

anybody know what's missing, or other versions?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sweetheart of Sigma Chi Martin Bogan Arm
From: Mark Ross
Date: 15 May 02 - 07:25 PM

The missing words are(as I remember hearing them sing it) ......she's a nicotine fiend, she's the sweetheart of 6 other guys!"

MArk Ross


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Subject: Lyr Add: SWEETHEART OF SIGMA CHI (parody)
From: Stewie
Date: 15 May 02 - 08:15 PM

In the recording of MB&A that I have [ca 1971], the parody verse goes:

Spoken: The girl of my dream, she bobbed her hair and she dyed it, dyed it, a fiery red
Yes, she drinks and she smokes, and she's always full of funny jokes
But she's simple, she hasn't got one thought in her head
You say she drinks, yes she drinks, she drinks alcohol
She drinks so much she'll make the world go dry
And, to tell you the truth, she drinks more than you or I
Sung: For the girl of my dreams she's a cigarette fiend
She's the sweetheart of six other guys

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sweetheart of Sigma Chi Martin Bogan Arm
From: GUEST,Bill Kennedy
Date: 16 May 02 - 08:54 AM

thanks, both. any other verses? chords?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sweetheart of Sigma Chi Martin Bogan Arm
From: GUEST,Bill Kennedy
Date: 16 May 02 - 11:31 AM

the original parody, that MB & A adapted, probably ended

'of Six more Guys.' don't you think? (Sigma Chi?)


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Subject: Lyr Add: SWEETHEART OF SIGMA CHI (Stokes, Vernor)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 11 Nov 06 - 02:47 PM

Who would have guessed this song is really an ode to pipe smoking!

From the sheet music at Indiana University Sheet Music Collections:

SWEETHEART OF SIGMA CHI
Words, Byron D. Stokes. Music, F. Dudleigh Vernor. 1912.

1. When the world goes wrong, as it's bound to do,
    and you've broken Dan Cupid's bow,
And you long for the girl you used to love,
    the maid of the long ago,
Why, light your pipe, bid sorrow avaunt,
    blow the smoke from your altar of dreams,
And wreathe the face of your dream girl there,
    the love that is just what it seems.

CHORUS: The girl of my dreams is the sweetest girl
    of all the girls I know.
Each sweet coed, like a rainbow trail,
    fades in the afterglow.
The blue of her eyes and the gold of her hair
    are a blend of the western sky,
And the moonlight beams on the girl of my dreams.
    She's the Sweetheart of Sigma Chi.

2. Ev'ry magic breeze wafts a kiss to you
    from the lips of your "Sweet Sixteen,"
And one by one the maids you knew
    bow to your Meerschaum Queen.
As years drift by on the tides of time,
    and they all have forgotten but you,
Then the girl of your dreams the sweeter seems.
    She's the girl who is always true.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sweetheart of Sigma Chi Martin Bogan Arm
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Apr 07 - 03:37 PM

missing bit is:

the girl of my dreams, she's a nictoine fiend,
she's the sweetheart of six other guys.

I don't know if this is the same version the Jumping Jacks or Harry Reser recorded, but I hope to find out sometime


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Subject: my version
From: GUEST,Richard E
Date: 20 Jul 08 - 04:02 PM

As I learned this,in my teens, back in 1940s

The girl og my dreams is the neatest girl,
Of all the girls I know;
She drinks,
She smokes;
And she tells diry jokes,
Just as the others do.
She thinks alcohol makes the world go around,
She holds more gin that I;
The girl of my dreams is a cigarette fiend,
And the swewetheart of six other guys.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Sweetheart of Sigma Chi
From: GUEST,stangmistress
Date: 24 Dec 09 - 10:06 AM

As sung many times from my dear 98 year old uncle ray of the USA, a world war II, ''the big one''veteran....

The girl of my dreams has bobbed her hair and dyed it a flaming red...
She drinks and she smokes and she tells dirty jokes there isn't a brain in her head....
She thinks white mule makes the world go round...she can drink more than you or i...
For the girl of my dreams is a cigarette fiend and the sweetheart of six other guys.....


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Sweetheart of Sigma Chi
From: Charley Noble
Date: 24 Dec 09 - 10:15 AM

Neat!

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Sweetheart of Sigma Chi
From: GUEST,Scott MacGillivray
Date: 17 Aug 10 - 11:13 AM

The Harry Reser version uses a different melody:

On Monday, she takes a walk with Johnny
On Tuesday, she has a talk with Jim
On Wednesday, she likes to dance with Tommy
On Thursday, she takes a chance with Tim

On Friday she goes to dine with Billy
On Saturday it's Percy that buys
Sunday's my only time
With that bozo of mine
'Cause she's the Sweetheart of Six Other Guys!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Sweetheart of Sigma Chi
From: GUEST,Michael Ward
Date: 29 Sep 10 - 10:05 PM

The missing words I learned as a young boy (around the Civil War) are "...The girl of my dreams is a cigarette fiend, and the sweetheart of ten other guys.

Also, "She tells dirty jokes..." (not funny)

I remember singing it in basic training just after WWII, when we were all half drunk. I still find myself humming it from time to time.


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Subject: Lyr Add: SHE'S THE SWEETHEART OF SIX OTHER GUYS
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 09 Sep 11 - 01:04 PM

Strictly speaking, I don't think you can call this a parody because it uses a different tune than THE SWEETHEART OF SIGMA CHI. Only the title harks back to the earlier song.

You can hear this song at The Internet Archive:


SHE'S THE SWEETHEART OF SIX OTHER GUYS
Words and music by Howard Johnson and Robert King.
New York: Triangle Music Pub. Co., Inc., ©1928.
As sung by Fred Hall and His Sugar Babies

Hail, hail, the gang's all here!
What the heck do we care?
What the heck do we care?
One, two, three, four five,
Six other guys are worrying me.

Oh, my, oh what a sweetheart I've got!
But she should be shot, I claim.
Oh my, she says she likes me a lot,
And maybe she's not to blame.
I can't really love her because
Of just a few things that she does:

On Monday she takes a walk with Johnny.
On Tuesday she has a talk with Jim.
On Wednesday she likes to dance with Tommy.
On Thursday she takes a chance with Tim.
On Friday she goes to dine with Billy.
On Saturday it's Percy that buys.
Sunday's my only time with that bozo of mine,
'Cause she's the sweetheart of six other guys.


[I ran across this song because Billy Jones and Ernest Hare are supposed to have recorded it, but I can't find a recording of theirs online.]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Sweetheart of Sigma Chi
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Feb 12 - 09:19 PM

SweetHeart of Sigma Chi


....the girl of my dreams isn't all that she seems. She's the sweetheart of six other guys.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Sweetheart of Sigma Chi
From: GUEST
Date: 07 Jan 14 - 10:25 AM

This is the one my mom learned from her older brothers.

The girl of my dreams has bobbed her hair and died it a fiery red
She drinks and smokes and tells dirty jokes
She hasn't a brain in her head
She thinks White Mule makes the world go round
She can drink more than you or I
Oh the moon never beams on the girl of my dreams
She's the sweetheart of some other guy


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Sweetheart of Sigma Chi
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 07 Jan 14 - 04:42 PM

Totally different song, but brought to mind by this one. (mainly for the 'frat' name in the title)
A 'barbershop' quartet which appeared briefly in the film "Trading Places"

Constance Fry
Tune Aura Lea

Zeta Chi, Zeta Chi
Zeta Chi my friend; 'neath the elms we sing our tones –
We're brothers to the end.

Muffy in the bathroom stall,
Margaret by the lake.
Susan down in Whitley Hall,
Constance on the make.

Constance Fry, Constance Fry, anytime you call.
Constance would fulfil, your needs –
Winter, Spring or Fall.

Available on You Tube


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Sweetheart of Sigma Chi
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Oct 14 - 08:52 PM

The girl of my dreams has dyed her hair
A fiery shade of red.
She drinks, she smokes, and she tells dirty jokes,
and she spends half her life in bed.
The blue of her hair and the red of her eyes
is a blend of the western skies,
But the girl of my dreams
Is a nicotine fiend,
And the sweetheart of ten other guys.

version taught to me at the knee of my father, an alumni of Georgia Tech and veteran of the panty raids on Agnes Scott College.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Sweetheart of Sigma Chi
From: GUEST,giraffelady
Date: 18 Jan 18 - 06:02 PM

Here's how I learned it:

The girl of my dreams she bobbed her hair;
She dyed it a fiery red.
She drinks, she smokes and she tells dirty jokes;
She hasn't a brain in her head.
She thinks that booze makes the world go round;
She can drink mor than you or I.
The girl of my drams ain't as dumb as she seems;
She's the sweetheart of six other guys.


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