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Lyr Req: I Live in Trafalgar Square (C. W. Murphy)

GUEST,Steve Freedman 09 Jun 02 - 12:09 PM
GUEST,greg stephens 09 Jun 02 - 12:59 PM
alanabit 09 Jun 02 - 02:08 PM
Herga Kitty 09 Jun 02 - 02:46 PM
John MacKenzie 09 Jun 02 - 03:20 PM
Nigel Parsons 09 Jun 02 - 03:20 PM
John MacKenzie 09 Jun 02 - 03:37 PM
greg stephens 09 Jun 02 - 06:23 PM
Herga Kitty 10 Jun 02 - 02:27 AM
Steve Parkes 10 Jun 02 - 03:16 AM
Dave Bryant 10 Jun 02 - 05:23 AM
Steve Parkes 10 Jun 02 - 11:04 AM
Jim Dixon 12 Jun 02 - 08:48 AM
Steve Parkes 12 Jun 02 - 10:28 AM
Dave Bryant 13 Jun 02 - 05:26 AM
Mr Happy 13 Jun 02 - 07:05 AM
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Subject: Trafalgar Square
From: GUEST,Steve Freedman
Date: 09 Jun 02 - 12:09 PM

Does anyone have/know where I can find the words of the verses of the music hall song"I Live in Trafalgar Square"

Ta

Steve


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Trafalgar Square
From: GUEST,greg stephens
Date: 09 Jun 02 - 12:59 PM

I live in Trafalgar Square/ With four lions to guard me/ Fountains and statues all over the place/ And the Metropole staring me right in theface/ It may be a trifle draughty/ But look at it this way you see/If it's good enough for Nelson/ It's quite good enough for me. That's as far as I can go from memory, sorry the verses have long gone.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Trafalgar Square
From: alanabit
Date: 09 Jun 02 - 02:08 PM

If this helps to jog anyone's memory, I know it was sung by Flannagan and Allen (my spelling may be wrong there) of the Crazy Gang. They were a British comedy team, popular during the war. Maybe a Google search will turn up something for you. I quite like the song too.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Trafalgar Square
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 09 Jun 02 - 02:46 PM

I think Dave Bryant might be able to help on this one (and Redd Sullivan used to sing it too. Or was it Martin Winsor...?)

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Trafalgar Square
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 09 Jun 02 - 03:20 PM

I can remember Redd singing Mary Ellen at the church turned up, with great relish, and actions......Giok


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Trafalgar Square
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 09 Jun 02 - 03:20 PM

For the lyrics, try Here
Nigel


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Trafalgar Square
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 09 Jun 02 - 03:37 PM

I was just about to pst that link too. I'll tell you something else, Trafalgar backwards is raglafart, not many people know that!!.......Giok


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Trafalgar Square
From: greg stephens
Date: 09 Jun 02 - 06:23 PM

Thats very interesting Glok. Even better, if it was actually called Traflager Square, it would be regalfart backwards. I think I will examine my dictionary to see if there are any good words beginning traf with possibilties in this direction.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Trafalgar Square
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 10 Jun 02 - 02:27 AM

Moor Park......


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Trafalgar Square
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 10 Jun 02 - 03:16 AM

It was Redd Sullivan that sang it; he got it (remember?) from "an old chap with no 'ampsteads in the north"! (Steve Parkes sings it too-- he got it from RS.) Ah, there's many a swell up in Stony tonight ...

Steve


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Trafalgar Square
From: Dave Bryant
Date: 10 Jun 02 - 05:23 AM

The last verse is missing from the version given in the link - it goes (I've probably changed it over the years):

When I think of those unhappy fellas
The "Morgans" and the "Clarence de Clares".
Wot 'as to put up down the "Cecil",
My deepest sympathy's theirs.
But to show I'm not selfish or greedy
I tell each aristocrat.
That I don't mind exchanging apartments
Well you can't come no fairer than that!

I also first heard it sung by Red Sullivan. When I sing the last line of the chorus I point up at an imaginary Nelson on the first verse, look up and pretend to get an eyeful of pigeon shite on the second verse, and on the last verse often end up standing on a chair or stool (I've fallen off several times) with an empty beer bottle as a telescope in imitation of Nelson.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Trafalgar Square
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 10 Jun 02 - 11:04 AM

Never heard that last verse, Dave--I'll haveto learn it (two verses is too short!) I daresay an empty bottle is better than a partly-empty one in this case?

Steve


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Subject: Lyr Add: I LIVE IN TRAFALGAR SQUARE
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 12 Jun 02 - 08:48 AM

Lyrics below copied from http://www.mtholyoke.edu/courses/rschwart/hist256/music_hall_songs.html#trafalgar
I arranged the lines to emphasize the rhyme. Dave Bryant's third verse above seems to be shorter than the 2 verses below. Is something wrong?

I LIVE IN TRAFALGAR SQUARE
Words and music by C. W. Murphy
London: Francis, Day & Hunter, Ltd., 1902.

1. Today I've been busy removing and I'm all in a frigidy-fidge.
My last digs were on the Embankment, the third seat from Waterloo Bridge.
But the cooking - and O! the attendants - didn't happen to suit me so well.
So I ordered my man to pick up and a'look out for another hotel.
He did, and the new place is extra, I vow,
Where I'm staying now.

CHO: I live in Trafalgar Square with four lions to guard me.
Fountains and statues all over the place,
And the metropolis staring me right in the face.
I'll own it's a trifle drafty, but I look at it this way, you see:
If it's good enough for Nelson, it's quite good enough for me.

2. The beds ain't so soft as they might be. Still, the temperature's never too high.
And it's nice to see the swells who are passing look on you with envious eyes.
And then when you wake in the morning, just fancy how nice it must be
To have a good walk for your breakfast and the same for your dinner and tea.
There's many a swell up in Barclay tonight
Who'd be glad if he only had my appetite. CHO.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Trafalgar Square
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 12 Jun 02 - 10:28 AM

"To take a good walk 'fore [i.e. before] your breakfast ..."


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Subject: Lyr Add: I LIVE IN TRAFALGAR SQUARE
From: Dave Bryant
Date: 13 Jun 02 - 05:26 AM

Whoops, I've left the last two lines off that verse, here it is complete.

When I think of those unhappy fellas,
The "Morgans" and the "Clarence de Clares".
Wot 'as to put up down the "Cecil",
My deepest sympathy's theirs.
But to show I'm not selfish or greedy
I tell each aristocrat.
That I don't mind exchanging apartments
Well you can't come no fairer than that!
But those soft-headed ninnies don't hear what I say
They go on suff'rin' while I'm here OK.

It is an original verse, because I found it in a book of Music Hall songs. BTW, the 800 room Cecil Hotel in the Strand was the biggest hotel in Europe when it was built in 1886.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Trafalgar Square
From: Mr Happy
Date: 13 Jun 02 - 07:05 AM

wefwesh


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Trafalgar Square
From: Mr Happy
Date: 13 Jun 02 - 07:15 AM

giok,greg,& Herga,

clearly you like anagrams, palindromes etc; so to avoid thread drift, i'll make only one contribution to this one & then start another.

an anagram of Trafalgar Square is 'SQUAR ARS GREAT LARF!'


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Live in Trafalgar Square (C. W. Murphy)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 16 Dec 09 - 09:30 PM

I am now the proud owner of a copy of Songs of the British Music Hall by Peter Davison (New York: Oak Publications, 1971), and so I am now able to provide the third verse. I have boldfaced the differences from Dave Bryant's version.

3. When I think of those unlucky bounders,
The Morgans and Clarence de Clares,
Who are forced to put up at the "Cecil,"
My tenderest sympathy's theirs!
And to show I'm not selfish or greedy,
I just tell each aristocrat
That I don't mind exchanging apartments.
Now, I can't say fairer than that!
But the soft-headed sillies won't hear what I say.
They still go on suff'ring, while I'm all O.K.


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