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Lyr Req: When Father Papered the Parlour (Williams

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WHEN FATHER PAPERED THE PARLOUR


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When Father Papered the Parlour


Helen 13 May 98 - 07:48 PM
Joe Offer 14 May 98 - 05:41 AM
Joe Offer 14 May 98 - 06:04 AM
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Joe Offer 14 May 98 - 04:22 PM
Susan of DT 14 May 98 - 07:12 PM
Helen 14 May 98 - 07:50 PM
alison 15 May 98 - 07:33 AM
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Subject: LYR REQ: When father papered the parlour
From: Helen
Date: 13 May 98 - 07:48 PM

Hi all,

I was asked by a friend of mine to find the lyrics, and hopefully the MIDI of the old vaudeville or music hall song called "When father papered the parlour". I've done searches in numerous combinations on the net but I can't find anything from that era. BTW, it tickles my funny bone that the "oldies but goodies" sites refer to 50's rock 'n' roll - am I getting *that* old? :-(

So does anyone know the words or where I can find words and/or MIDI files, or sites which refer to songs from this time?

All I remember of it is the first couple of lines:

When father papered the parlour you couldn't see Pa for paste, Paper here, paper there, bleeding (?) paper everywhere etc

It goes on to say that he papered the cat to the wall, and couldn't find the doors or something.

Thanx in advance for any help.

Helen


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Subject: RE: LYR REQ: When father papered the parlour
From: Joe Offer
Date: 14 May 98 - 05:41 AM

Well, Helen, I found a cassette recording of the song at Folk-Legacy Records (click here), 1-800-836-0901. The album is by David Jones, SONGS OF EXQUISITE TASTE - #C-564. Folk Legacy has all sorts of wonderful stuff, and they're about the nicest people you could ever want to do business with. Their "Golden Ring" and Bok-Muir-Trickett CD's are really good. Hope that helps.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: Lyr Add: WHEN FATHER PAPERED THE PARLOUR
From: Joe Offer
Date: 14 May 98 - 06:04 AM

I found this in a Dejanews search:

And just so that you only have one lot of lines running endlessly through your steely-sharp mind, here is what I remember about Father papering the parlour:

When Father papered the Parlour
You couldn't see Pa for paint.
Slapping it here, slapping it there,
Paint and paper everywhere.
Mother was stuck to the ceiling,
The kids were stuck to the floor,
You never saw a whole darn family
So stuck up before!

It was a popular Victorian Music Hall song.


-Joe Offer-


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Subject: Lyr Add: WHEN FATHER PAPERED THE PARLOUR
From: dulcimer
Date: 14 May 98 - 07:02 AM

My parents knew only one verse--

When father paper the parlour
He put the parlour paper in the hall
He papered up the stairs. He papered all the chairs
He even put a border on grandma's shaw.


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Subject: Lyr Add: WHEN FATHER PAPERED THE PARLOUR
From: rechal
Date: 14 May 98 - 01:21 PM

I know two versions of this ditty. This first one is on a Sharon, Lois, and Bram record:

CHORUS
Father papered the parlour
You couldn't see in for paste
Dabbin' it 'ere! Dabbin' it there!
Paste and paper everywhere
Mother was stuck to the ceiling
The children stuck to the floor
You never seen a bloomin' family
So stuck up before.

Our parlor wanted papering
And Pa says it a waste
To call the paperhangers in
And so he made some paste.
He got himself some ????
And a ladder, and a brush
And with his mother's nightie on,
At it he made a rush.

CHORUS

We're never going to move away
From that house anymore
'Cause Father's gone and stuck
The chairs and table to the floor.
We can't find ?????
???????
We think that e's behind the paper
Pa stuck on the wall.

CHORUS

And here's another:

When Papa put the paper on the wall
He put a little paper on us all
He put paper on the stairs
He put paper on the chairs
He even put a border on Gramma's shawl.

When Papa put the paper on the wall
He put a little paper on us all
Now we're all stuck together
Like birds of a feather
'Cause Papa put the paper on the wall!


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Subject: RE: LYR REQ: When father papered the parlour
From: Joe Offer
Date: 14 May 98 - 04:22 PM

Hmmmm. It would take a song like this to bring Rechal out of lurkdom. How the heck are ya, Rechal?
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: LYR REQ: When father papered the parlour
From: Susan of DT
Date: 14 May 98 - 07:12 PM

In one verse even the piano was papered over and lost. Could that be what's missing in the third verse?


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Subject: RE: LYR REQ: When father papered the parlour
From: Helen
Date: 14 May 98 - 07:50 PM

Thanks everyone, I knew I could rely on you, even for a non-folk song.

Susan, I think it's the cat which is papered to the wall.

Helen


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Subject: RE: LYR REQ: When father papered the parlour
From: alison
Date: 15 May 98 - 07:33 AM

Hi

If you still need the tune I'll do it for you tomorrow.

Slainte

Alison


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Subject: Tune Add: WHEN FATHER PAPERED THE PARLOUR
From: alison
Date: 15 May 98 - 09:01 AM

Hi,

Here's the tune... to the chorus bit anyway "When father papered......etc."

In the UK we had a sit com called "Brush strokes" about a painting and decorating firm. When the boss of the firm died... guess what they sang at his funeral........ I admit they did sing it slowly... sounded good too.

I'm not sure how the tune to the verse goes.

MIDI file: WHENFATH.MID

Timebase: 480

Name: When father papered the parlour
TimeSig: 6/8 24 4
Key: C
Tempo: 100 (600000 microsec/crotchet)
Start
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End

This program is worth the effort of learning it.

To download the March 10 MIDItext 98 software and get instructions on how to use it click here

ABC format:

X:1
T:When father papered the parlour
M:6/8
Q:1/4=100
K:C
E6|A,2B,CCD|E3A2E|FFFD2F|E6|EB,B,B,3|EA,A,A,3|
C2A,C2A,|C2DE2E|A,A,B,CC7/8D9/8|E3A2E|FFFDEF|
E5E|A2AG2G|E2EDCD|E2DB,2C|A,6||

Slainte

alison


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Subject: Lyr/Tune Add: WHEN FATHER PAPERED THE PARLOUR
From: Joe Offer
Date: 16 May 98 - 04:18 AM

Aha! Look what I found in the library!-Joe Offer-

WHEN FATHER PAPERED THE PARLOUR
written and composed by R.P. Weston (1878-1936) and F.J. Barnes
(copyright by Francis, Day & Hunter, Ltd.)
(from "Music Hall Song Book, by Peter Gammond, 1975)

Our parlor wanted papering, and Pa says it was waste
To call a paperhanger in, and so he made some paste.
He bought some rolls of paper, got a ladder and a brush
And with my mummy's nightgown on, at it he made a rush.
CHORUS: When Father papered the parlour
You couldn't see him for paste
Dabbing it here! dabbing it there!
Paste and paper everywhere
Mother was stuck to the ceiling
The children stuck to the floor
I never knew a blooming family
So 'stuck up' before.
The pattern was 'blue roses' with its leaves red, white, and brown;
He'd stuck it wrong way up and now, we all walk upside down.
And when he trimm'd the edging off the paper with the shears,
The cat got underneath it, and dad cut off both its ears. CHORUS

Soon dad fell down the stairs and dropp'd his paperhanger's can
On little Henrietta sitting there with her young man,
The paste stuck them together, as we thought t'would be for life,
We had to fetch the parson in to make them man and wife. CHORUS

We're never going to move away from that house any more
For Father's gone and stuck the chairs and table to the floor,
We can't find our piano, though it's broad and rather tall,
We think that it's behind the paper Pa stuck on the wall. CHORUS

Now, Father's sticking in the pub, through treading in the paste,
And all the family's so upset, they've all gone pasty faced.
While Pa says, now that Ma has spread the news from north to south,
He wishes he had dropped a blob of paste in Mother's mouth. CHORUS


MIDI file: WHENFA~1.MID
Timebase: 192
Name: When Father Papered the Parlour
Text: By Weston and Barnes
Copyright: Copyright © Francis, Day & Hunter, Ltd.
Key: G
TimeSig: 6/8 24 8
Start
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End


This program is worth the effort of learning it.

To download the March 10 MIDItext 98 software and get instructions on how to use it click here
ABC format:
X:1
T:When Father Papered the Parlour
M:6/8
Q:1/4=120
K:G
B6|E2FG2A|B2BB2B|c2cG2G|B5B|e2ed2d|B2BA2A|
G2EE2F|E5B|d2dd2B|d2dd2B|A2AA2B|A5B|d2dd2B|
d2dd2B|G2GA2^A|B5B|E2FGAA|B3e2B|ccce2c|B6|
BFFF3|BEEE3|G2EG2E|G2AB3|EEFGAA|B3e2B|c2ccGA|
B5B|e2ed2d|B2BAGA|B2AF2G|E21/8||

(Now, the one I learned was the second one Rechal posted, WHEN PAPA PUT THE PAPER ON THE WALL. I'd sure like to see full lyrics and a MIDI for that one.)


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Subject: RE: LYR REQ: When father papered the parlour
From: Helen
Date: 16 May 98 - 11:48 AM

Ah, what can I say? You all amaze and delight me with your knowledge and resources.

Thanks everyone.

Helen


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Subject: RE: LYR REQ: When father papered the parlour
From: Joe Offer
Date: 16 May 98 - 04:25 PM

Oh, by the way, the same songbook has the tune, lyrics, and verses for "I'm Henery the Eighth," also by Murray and Weston. I'll try to post it later. I always thought it was an original by Herman's Hermits.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: LYR REQ: When father papered the parlour
From: alison
Date: 17 May 98 - 02:13 AM

Hi,

Thanks for the rest of the tune Joe.

Slainte

Alison


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Subject: RE: LYR REQ: When father papered the parlour
From: GUEST,warrenyeend@hotmail.com
Date: 25 Aug 04 - 01:03 AM

my mother taught it to me this way.

When papa put the paper on the wall.
He put the parlour paper in the hall.
He papered up the stairs, he papered all the chairs,
He even put a border on grandma's shawl.
But the ladder slipped and he began to fall.
The pot of paste fell down upon us all.
Like birds of a feather, we all stuck together.
When papa put the paper on the wall.


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Subject: RE: LYR REQ: When father papered the parlour
From: GUEST,Anne Croucher
Date: 25 Aug 04 - 10:29 PM

We had this on a record and an ancient wind up gramophone in the old family home - it vanished after my dad played it three times in a row the day my mum papered the back bedroom with a pretty trelis pattern with what should have been hanging baskets - except she put it on upside down.

The paper was a good quality one and it stayed there for many years - and my brother told me it was a lot of work to get it scraped off - he had to do it as he was the last one at home.

The day after the last of the paper was removed he found the record.

Anne


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: When father papered the parlour
From: GUEST,GUEST Kim Jobe
Date: 17 Feb 05 - 12:17 AM

I, too, learned it as "When Papa put the paper on the wall" and was looking for an author/date for this version.

What I learned from my dad (now deceased):

When papa put the paper on the wall
He put the parlour paper in the hall
He papered up the stairs
Papered up the chairs
He even put a border on grandma's shawl.

When papa put the paper on the wall
He spilled a pot of paste upon us all
So we all stick together
Like birds of a feather
Since papa put the paper on the wall!

(My five-year-old loves it!)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: When father papered the parlour
From: Billy Weeks
Date: 17 Feb 05 - 03:01 PM

Not Victorian, Joe, but Edwardian. Oh, sorry,I forgot. You gave up on kings and queens, didn't you? The original singer of 'When father etc' was Billy Williams, an Australian music hall star, who recorded it more times than was entirely reasonable.


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Subject: Lyr Add: WHEN FATHER PAPERED THE PARLOUR
From: GUEST,Alex Skerritt
Date: 19 Feb 06 - 07:45 PM

Ah, my dear fellows, I like the original music hall version to be the best. Recorded 1911, Sung by: Billy Williams, Composer: Barnes & Weston

[Spoken]: Father papered the parlour but he'd no right to do so! Ha, ha, ha!

[Spoken]: de di dum da dadada da, ha, ha, ha, ha!

[Sung]: Our parlour wanted papering and Pa says it was waste
To call the paperhangers in and so he made some paste.
He got some rolls of paper, a ladder and a brush
And with me mother's night-gown on, at it he made a rush.

CHORUS: When father papered the parlour, you couldn't see Pa for paste.
Dabbing it here and dabbing it there! There was paste and paper everywhere!
Mother was stuck to the ceiling and the kids were stuck to the floor.
You never saw such a bloomin' family so stuck up before.

[Spoken]: Dum did dum did dar dar, ha, ha, ha!
What do you think of poor old father? Ha, ha, ha!
Didly de di doh, ha, ha, ha!
You never saw such a bloomin' fam'ly so stuck up before.
La dar dum da da da da, that's the part I like, ha, ha, ha, ha!

[Sung]: Soon dad fell down the stairs and dropped the paper-hanger's can
On little sister Mary, sitting there with her young man.
The paste stuck them together, as we thought 'twould be for life.
We had to fetch the parson in and make them man and wife. CHORUS

When father papered the parlour, you couldn't see Pa for paste
Dabbin' it 'ere! [Spoken]: ha, ha, ha!
There was paste all over him, ha, ha, ha!
I say all over him! ha, ha, ha, ha!
La dar dum di di di dye dye, ha, ha, ha, ha!

We're never going to move away from that house any more.
For father's gone and stuck the chairs and the tables to the floor.
We can't find our piano though it's broad and rather tall.
We think that it's behind the paper Pa stuck on the wall. CHORUS

[Spoken]: Come on, form a set of lancers. Form top and bottom lines, ladies in the centre, gents in the centre, advance! Come on, mother! Don't stand there all night! we want to get the set over! Ha, ha, ha! Oh, dear old mother, come on, give us a kiss? You won't? All right, I'll go home to the wife, ha, ha, ha!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: When father papered the parlour
From: GUEST,Alex Skerritt
Date: 19 Feb 06 - 07:51 PM

I'm Henry The Eighth - I Am Herman's Hermits (Murray/Weston) - written in 1911 - popularized in England by Harry Champion - I'm Henry the eighth,

I will put the words on but there in cockney so it will take me time to type them.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: When father papered the parlour
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 19 Feb 06 - 07:56 PM

They are aleady here in another thread.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: When Father Papered the Parlour
From: GUEST,moira.edge@btinternet .com
Date: 11 May 06 - 05:32 PM

hi, reading about billy williams was fascinating as growing up i recall the said record being played on an old gramaphone and another song about a cigarette, i was told he was our great grandfather, my family name was a bit of a mixture , tranter, spiby and bottomley, most of the elders are gone now but i would love to know if anyone can elaborate, fairly new on my laptop so dont know how to go about finding out....regards to all moira.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: When Father Papered the Parlour
From: GUEST
Date: 21 May 06 - 11:02 AM

Here is the way I remember it:

When Papa put the paper on the wall
He put the parlor paper in the hall
He papered up the stairs
He papered up the chairs
He even put papar on granma's shawl

Well, the ladder slipped and Pop began to fall
The pot of paste cam down upon us all
And like birds of a feather
We all stuck together
When Papa put the paper on the wall.

K. C.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: When father papered the parlour
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 13 Jan 09 - 12:17 PM

You can hear the recording by Billy Williams at the Internet Archive.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: When father papered the parlour
From: GUEST,Ian
Date: 13 Jan 09 - 01:07 PM

I take on board the bit about Billy Williams, but I had it on sheet music as being written by Harry Champion, (who was also famous in his day for singing it.)

Cosmotheka used to credit Harry Champion as well, (I think.)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: When father papered the parlour
From: BB
Date: 13 Jan 09 - 03:14 PM

According to 'Sing Us One of the Old Songs: A Guide to Popular Song 1860 - 1920', by Michael Kilgarriff, which is the bible for those wanting details on music hall songs, it was jointly written and composed by Fred J. Barnes and Robert P. Weston, published in 1909. Definitely in Billy Williams' repertoire - and not in Harry Champion's.

Can't find anything about 'When Papa Put the Paper on the Wall', though.

Barbara


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: When father papered the parlour
From: topical tom
Date: 13 Jan 09 - 07:24 PM

One of the few songs my father would mention and sing, sort of! What treasures can be unearthed and revived on Mudcat!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: When father papered the parlour
From: GUEST
Date: 03 Feb 09 - 08:34 PM

im also a decendent from the bottomley family.the tale is billy williams changed his name to james william bottomley.married my great great gran and left her with 4 kids 2 bring up and ran off with a woman.im tryin to look into this but am at a dead end at the moment.one of his children was called mary elizabeth bottomley who is my great gran.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: When father papered the parlour
From: GUEST,shirley moran.
Date: 03 Feb 09 - 08:37 PM

moira edge.if you read this please get in touch


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: When Father Papered the Parlour (Williams
From: GUEST,moira edge nee spiby
Date: 05 Feb 11 - 02:18 PM

to shirley moran, you can find me on facebook... my gran was called eliza bottomley and i heard the tale of billy williams too. xxxxx


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: When Father Papered the Parlour (Williams
From: GUEST
Date: 24 Sep 16 - 05:20 AM

to y'all,
Some years back, I was performing this song a few times, and altered a couple of the verses by combination and a little up-dating, as well as adding a brand new verse to it. A couple of the originals were not particularly clever, I felt, and being a cat lover, I didn't like the cat losing its ears! I made the refrain run slightly differently too.

Our parlour needed papering, and pa said it was waste
to call a paper-'anger in and so he made some paste.
He got some rolls of paper, got a ladder and a brush
And wiv me mummy's nightgown on, at it he made a rush...

When Farver papered the ceiling, you couldn't see pa for paste.
Dashing it here, splashing it there, paste and paper everywhere.
Muvver was stuck to the ceiling, the kids were stuck to the floor.
You never seen a bloomin' family so stuck up before.

The pattern was blue roses with its leaves red white and brahn.
'E hung it wrong way up, and now we all walk upside dahn.
we cant find the pianna though it's broad and rarver tall.
We fink that it's be'ind the paper, pa stuck on the wall.

Refrain.

We rushed into the parlour when we 'eard an eerie wail,
and found the fam'ly cat stuck to the ceilin' by 'is tail.
We couldn't fetch im down again, and though it looks all queer,
We 'ave to feed old Tom 'is dinner, in the chandelier.

Refrain.

Soon pa fell down the stairs and dropped 'is paper hanger's can
On little Henrietta sittin there with 'er young man.
We found them stuck together, as we thought t'would be for life,
We had to fetch the parson in to make 'em man and wife.

(Slight pause while I got into a fit of chuckles) Refrain.

Now Farver's stickin' in the pub through treadin' in the paste.
And all the fam'ly's so upset, they're looking pasty faced.
And Ma is damned, - 'er jaws are jammed together with the goo
And Uncle Ned (slight pause here) 'is face is red, -
                   'e's stuck inside the loo!
(break here while I had uncontrollable laughs, and pianist brings me back with a loud chord or two. Then I tried to start refrain again)

Whe-e-e-en...   (fit of laughter. Pianist tries again)   
When Farrrr... (further fit of laughter then I get through it, and sing the refrain in full, repeating last line 'You never seen ...' (etc slower for big finish, with burst of laughter.)

I can assure you this version works very well indeed.
Ron (Country Victoria, Australia.)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: When Father Papered the Parlour (Williams
From: GUEST,Clive Pownceby
Date: 24 Sep 16 - 07:32 AM

This song is in my orbit and gets an airing every now and again. An ailurophile, I do of course apologise when we get to the 'cat' verse!

As a lad, I'd listen to the Billy Cotton Bandshow every Sunday lunchtime on the BBC Light Programme and 'Father papered etc.......' was a vocal feature for Alan Breeze one of Cotton's members.

I'd look forward to hearing this on a fairly regular basis - these were of course simpler times!!!!


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