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Lyr Add: Turn Him Up and Turn Him Down (R Watson)

GUEST,Paul Burke 19 Nov 02 - 11:48 AM
jonm 19 Nov 02 - 12:07 PM
Jim Dixon 20 Nov 02 - 12:14 AM
Ian Carter 03 Oct 08 - 11:01 AM
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Subject: Lyr Add: TURN HIM UP AND TURN HIM DOWN
From: GUEST,Paul Burke
Date: 19 Nov 02 - 11:48 AM

This song came up recently: who wrote it? I heard it sung by Ed Harper of Cape Clear (formerly Kidderminster).


I'll tell you a tale about a lad named Jim
turn him up and turn him down
He lived near a pit that he worked in
turn him up and turn him down
He knocked of work about six at neet
And though he lived just down the street
He'd pop in at the pub to ease his feet
turn him up and turn him down

He always sat in the very same place
turn...
And the landlady knew him by his face
turn...
But then one day to Jim's surprise
A new barmaid with flashing eyes
Caused the oil in his lamp to rise
turn...


He bought her wine, he bought her gin,
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He began for to tickle her beneath her chin
turn...
But then this feller about seven foot tall
Has made our Jimmy look rather small,
He says "Mate, yer hewing in my stall"
turn...

It was clear that justice must be done
turn...
And the lads gathered round to see the fun
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The coats came off and the fists laid in
And the colliers bet on who would win
It was ten to one against poor old Jim
turn...


Now the fight is over and Jimmy's got beat
turn...
He was kept off work for more than a week
turn...
So come all young fellers wherever you are
Don't court a maid in a public bar,
Catch her when she goes out in the yard
turn him up and turn him down


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Subject: RE: Turn him up and turn him down
From: jonm
Date: 19 Nov 02 - 12:07 PM

I think it's a Roger Watson song (as are so many which sound much older and nearly traditional) from an ancient album. I'm at work, so I can't look it up - may be The Pick and the Maltshovel. That song is certainly on it.


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Subject: RE: Turn him up and turn him down
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 20 Nov 02 - 12:14 AM

folktrax has the following entry in its index:

TURN HIM UP AND TURN HIM DOWN - comp R W (?) -- Roger WATSON with GARDEN GNOME CEILIDH BAND & MUCKRAM WAKES: TRADITIONAL SOUND TSR-017 1974


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Turn him up and turn him down
From: Ian Carter
Date: 03 Oct 08 - 11:01 AM

Would anyone have an MP3 verson of "The Pick and the Maltshovel" by any chance? The whole album, that is. Thanks.


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