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Lyr Req: Where the Cross-Eyed Claras Grow

fogie 02 Nov 02 - 04:51 AM
greg stephens 02 Nov 02 - 05:33 AM
George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca 02 Nov 02 - 06:20 AM
masato sakurai 02 Nov 02 - 06:59 AM
greg stephens 02 Nov 02 - 07:06 AM
greg stephens 02 Nov 02 - 07:11 AM
George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca 02 Nov 02 - 11:07 AM
fogie 04 Nov 02 - 12:54 PM
leprechaun 05 Nov 02 - 03:13 AM
fogie 05 Nov 02 - 05:58 AM
Callie 05 Dec 09 - 06:45 AM
Jim Dixon 06 Dec 09 - 02:34 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Cross eyed Claras
From: fogie
Date: 02 Nov 02 - 04:51 AM

Years ago at some long forgotten folk festival I heard a group called Bright Phoebus sing a song which went

Down in the town where the cross-eyed Claras grow, I want to go.
Back to the shack at the back of cow-heel row, and when I go,
They'll say welcome home my honey, and they'll spend all my money
And they'll make me a puddin', a big black puddin' with roses round the door.
Down in the town where the girls drink Gordon's gin to make em thin,
Fried fish and chips are the only flowers that grow, they love em so.

That's all I can remember about it.
Where on earth was it from and who wrote it. Has anyone the complete words?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cross eyed Claras
From: greg stephens
Date: 02 Nov 02 - 05:33 AM

Cant do blue clickies,sorry. I tried a key phrase "drink gin to make" in Yahoo Search and it came up with an Australian version of this called "In Ultimo". Try that


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cross eyed Claras
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 02 Nov 02 - 06:20 AM

Greg, you're going to have to learn. OR at least post the url you discovered, since it doesn't show up any more, in yahoo.com or anything else I tried.


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Subject: Lyr Add: ULTIMO
From: masato sakurai
Date: 02 Nov 02 - 06:59 AM

The song Greg referred to seems to be this one (from THIS PAGE):

Ultimo

Oh take me back to the shack in the back of Ultimo – I want to go
Right down the track at the back of Ultimo – I want to go
I want to be there with my honey, and she'll cost me all my money
But she'll make me a puddin, a dirty big puddin
Down where the breezes blow.

Down in the dell where the girls drink Gilbey's Gin – to make them thin
Fried fish and chips are the only flowers that grow – in Ultimo
And you can meet my sister Suzie, with a face as bold as brass
You can eat her Christmas pudding or put it – on the shelf
Down in the shack at the back of Ultimo – I want to go

~Masato


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cross eyed Claras
From: greg stephens
Date: 02 Nov 02 - 07:06 AM

george I dont have a computer and my cabletv internet doesnt allow for that level of sophistication. I dont know what a url is, there is a sort of long address thingy but I cant be bothered to type it out. Maybe I didnt do exactly what I said last time, but I've tried again and what i did was: go to yahoo.com. go to advanced search, and put "ultimo" "gin" and "girls" in the "include all words" box. And that came up with the song as the first hit. Hope this helps. (I didnt include the quotation marks, they are just for this letter).


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cross eyed Claras
From: greg stephens
Date: 02 Nov 02 - 07:11 AM

Well I always hope to beat Masato, we overlapped there. I'd say that was a draw, i got to the song first, but my instructions didnt work. He provided the clickie that worked.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cross eyed Claras
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 02 Nov 02 - 11:07 AM

Greg. You've got me confused. I used the same words you did. drink gin to make and it didn't come up.

Your second message shows you used other words.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cross eyed Claras
From: fogie
Date: 04 Nov 02 - 12:54 PM

refresh
Thanks for the Aussie version, Someone must know more about it.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cross eyed Claras
From: leprechaun
Date: 05 Nov 02 - 03:13 AM

Didn't Jethro Tull do a version?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cross eyed Claras
From: fogie
Date: 05 Nov 02 - 05:58 AM

I dont think so!
refresh in desparation.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cross eyed Claras
From: Callie
Date: 05 Dec 09 - 06:45 AM

I've found reference to the song on a website that sells sheet music! The song is "Where the Cross-Eyed Claras Grow" by Wynn Stanley, Andrew Allen and Lawrence Wright. The song dates back to 1920.

"Ultimo", as sung by Lola Wright, is a parody of the song. her version is about a backyard abortion clinic.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cross eyed Claras
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 06 Dec 09 - 02:34 PM

The sheet music for WHERE THE CROSS-EYED CLARAS GROW is listed in the Integrated Catalogue of the British Library, but the only songwriters credited there are Andrew Allen and Wynn Stanley.

The Library of Congress Copyright Office also lists it under the title DOWN IN THE DELL WHERE THE CROSS-EYED CLARAS GROW, with the same 2 songwriters, and furthermore says it's published by Lawrence Wright Music Co., London, 1920.

Unfortunately, I can't find it at the National Library of Australia, which is too bad, because they often have online images available for British songs of this era.


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