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Lyr Req: Boozing Bloody Well Boozing

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BOOZING
SKIVING


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Subject: Boozing, bloody well boozing
From: foxbat
Date: 24 Oct 02 - 08:01 AM

This is a long shot.

Heard a pub song on Irish TV a year ago.

The chorus went, 'What do you think I've been doing all day?
                  'Boozing, bloody well boozing'

Not much to go on I'm afraid. Does anyone know where I can find the rest of it??!!


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Subject: Lyr Add: BOOZING^^^
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 24 Oct 02 - 08:04 AM

It's in the DT. I learned it years ago from Evan Leonard.

Here 'tis (from DT), if you don't want to search for it:

Boozing

Now what are the joys of a single young man?
    Boozing, bloody well boozing!
And what is he doing whenever he can?
    Boozing, bloody well boozing!
You may think I'm wrong and you may think I'm right,
I'm not going to argue, I know you can fight,
But what do you think we are doing tonight?
    Boozing, bloody well boozing!

cho: Boozing, boozing, just you and I
    Boozing, boozing, when we are dry.
    Some do it openly, some on the sly
    But we all are bloody well boozing.

And what are the joys of a poor married man?
    Boozing, bloody well boozing!
What is he doing whenever he can?
    Boozing, bloody well boozing!
He comes home at night and he gives his wife all
He goes out a-shopping, makes many a call
But what brings him home hanging on to a wall?
    Boozing, bloody well boozing!

And what does the Salvation Army run down?
    Boozing, bloody well boozing!
And what are they banning in every town?
    Boozing, bloody well boozing!
The stand on street corners, they rave and they shout,
They shout about things they know nothing about.
But what are they doing when the lights are turned out?
    Boozing, bloody well boozing!

Recorded Roberts & Barrand, I think^^^


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Subject: RE: Boozing, bloody well boozing
From: Wolfgang
Date: 24 Oct 02 - 08:04 AM

Boozing

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: Boozing, bloody well boozing
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 24 Oct 02 - 08:06 AM

Oh, and I forgot to mention that Jeri and I and several other (female) friends wrote a parody of it back in the '80s called "Screwing."

Unfortunately, we entrusted the words to one of the circle who absconded with them.

Linn


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Subject: RE: Boozing, bloody well boozing
From: Wolfgang
Date: 24 Oct 02 - 08:06 AM

O.K. O.K., ladies first

Wolfgang (grin)


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Subject: RE: Boozing, bloody well boozing
From: foxbat
Date: 24 Oct 02 - 09:23 AM

Wow, thank you so much Bat Goddess. I had all but given up hope!

The 'Screwing' parody loss is tragic. May the Divil take the thief!

If there is anything i can do for you..........

PS Hi there Wolfgang!


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Subject: RE: Boozing, bloody well boozing
From: Declan
Date: 24 Oct 02 - 10:29 AM

This song was certainly performed (not sure if it was recorded) by the Cork based group Jimmy Crowley & Stokers Lodge in the late 70s or early 80s.


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Subject: RE: Boozing, bloody well boozing
From: Bill D
Date: 24 Oct 02 - 11:03 AM

"What is the joy of the whole laboring class"
Why, boozing, bloody well boozing.
What is it robs a poor man of his brass?
Why, boozing, bloody well boozing.
It ruins the liver, it addles the brain-
It inspires our singing again and again.
What gives such fair measure of pleasure and pain?
Why, boozing, bloody well boozing!"


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Subject: RE: Boozing, bloody well boozing
From: Dave Bryant
Date: 24 Oct 02 - 11:24 AM

The first verse that I've sung for years goes:-

What are the joys of the single young man ?
Why boozing, bloody well boozing.
What is he up to when ever he can ?
Why boozing, bloody well boozing.
You may think I'm wrong and you may think I'm right.
I won't argue with you 'coz I don't want a fight.
But what do you think we're all doing tonight,
We're boozing, bloody well boozing.

I've added a second verse:-

What are the joys of the single young girl ?
Why boozing, bloody well boozing.
What gets her head in one hell of a whirl ?
Why boozing, bloody well boozing.
She starts of on tonic, then to lager gets lead,
And winds up on vodka - way out of her head.
Then wakes up next morning in some strange fellow's bed.
From boozing, bloody well boozing.


My old mate Dave Diamond wrote a parody called "Skiving" which is in the DT HERE.


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Subject: RE: Boozing, bloody well boozing
From: MMario
Date: 24 Oct 02 - 11:31 AM

the "young girl" verse I know:

What are the joys of the single young miss ?
Why boozing, bloody well boozing.
And what is she doing when she can't get a kiss ?
Why boozing, bloody well boozing.
She has no suitors, she turned them all down
and scared them away with a soul-chilling frown,
But what makes her friendly when she puts a few down?
Why boozin', bloody well boozin'!


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Subject: RE: Boozing, bloody well boozing
From: 53
Date: 24 Oct 02 - 11:33 AM

Must be a British thing.


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Subject: RE: Boozing, bloody well boozing
From: foxbat
Date: 24 Oct 02 - 12:22 PM

All this is really making my day.

Declan, I think it must have been the Cork combo I saw on RTE

Thanks guys. Keep it up (if you'll pardon the expression!).


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Subject: RE: Boozing, bloody well boozing
From: foxbat
Date: 24 Oct 02 - 12:48 PM

Dear Dave Bryant,

Special thanks to you (and to David Diamond) for 'Skiving'including the dots. Are you (both) doing any gigs? Would love to come and see you!!

Mudcat is astonishing. How have I managed without this site till now?


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Subject: RE: Boozing, bloody well boozing
From: MMario
Date: 24 Oct 02 - 01:10 PM

welcome foxbat! The answer is obvious - up until now you have just imagined you existed.

Pay no attention to those who mention such things as addictive or "mind sucking"

We all know we can quit anytime. We just don't want to.


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Subject: RE: Boozing, bloody well boozing
From: Susanne (skw)
Date: 24 Oct 02 - 09:26 PM

Jimmy Crowley's recording is on "The Boys of Fair Hill" (1977), but IIRR he has re-recorded it on CD since. Oh, and BTW: Welcome, foxbat, fellow addict!


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Subject: RE: Boozing, bloody well boozing
From: GUEST,Bill
Date: 24 Oct 02 - 09:35 PM

This was recorded in the Ensign Ewart in Edinburgh. The name of the tape is 'Raising the Standard'. It was still available in the pub the last time I was there.
Bill


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Subject: RE: Boozing, bloody well boozing
From: GUEST,Boab
Date: 25 Oct 02 - 04:46 AM

A wartime version went something like---
"They stand on the corner, they sing and they shout,
They talk about things they know f---all about
Where are the airmen when Jerry's about---
Boozin, blinkin well boozin!


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Subject: RE: Boozing, bloody well boozing
From: foxbat
Date: 25 Oct 02 - 06:11 AM

Thanks for the 'welcome' messages. I fear the onset of yet another addiction alright!

Guest Bill, if you are still about, the info about the Ensign Ewart is great news as I live in E'burgh and will drop round to them


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Subject: RE: Boozing, bloody well boozing
From: Dita
Date: 25 Oct 02 - 08:26 AM

The late great Hamish Imlach also sang and recorded this. It was on the album he recorded for Xtra "Ballads of the Booze" or similar title.
No CD reissue but it might feature on some Transadlantic (Castle) compilations. The vinyl shows up on e-bay from time to time.

love, john.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Boozing Bloody Well Boozing
From: GUEST,OldMadTom
Date: 17 Aug 10 - 04:49 PM

Here's a different version I got from Dutch:

Boozing, boozing, just you and I
Boozing, boozing when we get dry
Some do it open and some on the sly
But we're always bloody well boozing

Where do you think we have been all the night?
Boozing, bloody well boozing
And how do you think that we've got all so tight?
Boozing, bloody well boozing
You may think it's wrong and it's really not right
To spend so much money on getting so tight
But what do you think we'll be doing tonight
Boozing, bloody well boozing

[Verse missing about Young married man, will update]

What do the Salvation Army run down?
Boozing, bloody well boozing
What are they preaching in every town?
Boozing, bloody well boozing
For at the street corners they stand and they shout
They shout about things they know f*** all about
But what are they doing when their lights are all out?
Boozing, bloody well boozing

What are the joys of jolly Jack Tar?
Boozing, bloody well boozing
What are the joys of the bold sons o' war?
Boozing, bloody well boozing
And what makes England the land of the free?
And what if another Great war came to be?
Where would you find all the Royal Navy?
Boozing, bloody well boozing


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Boozing Bloody Well Boozing
From: Betsy
Date: 17 Aug 10 - 06:10 PM

I've just read the other related thread "Boozing" and still no one seems to know the song writer. Apparently someone reckons it goes back to the 1920's.
I would be interested to find out - but I would offer a long shot(s).
In the event that it is not as old as stated above, could it be Barrie Roberts of Walsall, or Stan Crowther of Rotherham ?
Both great blokes are sadly passed away so I can't ask them, but annoyingly for me , the song seems to have one of their songwriting fingerprints.

Can anyone shed further light ?

Cheers Betsy


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Boozing Jolly Well Boozing
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 18 Aug 10 - 10:49 AM

Australia's Alan Musgrove has recorded "Boozing" on his CD - The Bagman's Gazette - A collection of Australian Folk Songs" 2004. available here

note from CD.

Track 2 - Boozing
Learnt for the singing of Harry Cotter (b. 1899) of Binalong, NSW. Harry learnt the song during his Rugby playing days (1918-1922). On his self titled LP, produced by the Folk Song & Dance Society of Victoria in the 1970s, Harry states "Some of these Sydney teams come up to Binalong for the long weekend. That's where I got the "Boozing" song, off one of them fellers. Real big fella he was, larrikin, used to play with just the shorts. No boots or socks" This song would seem to have it's origin in the music hall although it's exact source is unknown. A version transcribed from the singing of English duo John Roberts & Tony Barrand appeared in "Sing Out!" magazine in 1974. They learnt it from Tim Hart & Maddy Prior who were also unsure of it's origin.
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I listened to Alan's version & it is similar to OldMadTom's version, tho it only has 3 verses.

Where do you think I've been all the day
Boozing jolly well boozing
Where do you think I've spent all my pay
Boozing jolly well boozing
I won't say you're wrong I won't say you're right.
I don't wanna argue, I don't wanna fight
But where would you like me to take you tonight
Boozing jolly well boozing

Boozing boozing, whenever you're dry
Boozing boozing, suits you & I
Some do it open, some do it sly
But we all love to go boozing

what are the joys of a hard-working man
Boozing jolly well boozing
What is he doing whenever he can
Boozing jolly well boozing
He goes home on payday, he gives his wife all
At many's the pub there's been many a call
What makes him prop himself up by the wall
Boozing jolly well boozing

chorus

What do the Salvation Army run down
Boozing jolly well boozing
What are they doing in every town
Boozing jolly well boozing
They stand on street corners, they hover & shout
They jump on beer barrels, they spruik & they spout
But what are they doing when lights are turned out
Boozing jolly well boozing

Chorus


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Boozing Bloody Well Boozing
From: GUEST
Date: 26 Jan 14 - 12:43 PM

Daoiri Farrell has recorded an excellent version which is on his grooveshark page: http://grooveshark.com/#!/album/The+First+Turn/8912062

Thanks for the female verses!! May have to cover this


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Boozing Bloody Well Boozing
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 26 Jan 14 - 01:39 PM

The Yetties used to do this one, when the world was younger...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Boozing Bloody Well Boozing
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 27 Jan 14 - 08:28 PM

One of my friends thought this would be a nice jovial song to sing in an old folks' home. The eyebrows and the tut-tuts said it all!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Boozing Bloody Well Boozing
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 27 Jan 14 - 08:54 PM

a typical folkie faux pas.
I can remember my mother being horrified and outraged by me singing it round the house when I was a teenager. One day someone will get a handle on working class prurience and hot it works.
How does a class which produces and patronises Roy Chubby Brown get outraged by Philip Larkin and DH Lawrence.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Boozing Bloody Well Boozing
From: GUEST,michaelr
Date: 27 Jan 14 - 09:12 PM

This is what my friend Sean Oglesby (from Inchicore, Dublin) used to sing:

Now what are the joys of your jolly Jack Tar
And what are the joys of the belles in Dubois (? Poss. mondegreen)
And what makes England the land of the free
And if another French war there should be
Where would you find all the bold R.U.C?
Boozin', bloody well boozin'.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Boozing Bloody Well Boozing
From: GUEST,PadraigON
Date: 15 Feb 14 - 08:00 AM

Daoiri Farrell does a really good version of this on his recent album "The First Turn".
There's a few other gems on the album too. Worth checking out.


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