Lyrics & Knowledge Personal Pages Record Shop Auction Links Radio & Media Kids Membership Help
The Mudcat Cafemuddy

Post to this Thread - Sort Descending - Printer Friendly - Home


Salvation Army comic song

Related threads:
(origins) Origins: Spelling Gospel, [Oak, Ash and Thorn] (18)
Lyr Add: It's G-L-O-R-Y to know I'm S-A-V-E-D (27)
(origins) Origins: Salvation Army/Throw a Nickel on the Drum (47)
Lyr Req: salvation army girls (4)
(origins) Origins: S-A-V-E-D (58)


FAFBill 07 Jul 98 - 01:12 AM
AndyG 07 Jul 98 - 06:58 AM
AndyG 07 Jul 98 - 07:09 AM
Jon W. 07 Jul 98 - 11:47 AM
murray@mpce.mq.edu.au 07 Jul 98 - 09:36 PM
Kiwi 07 Jul 98 - 10:56 PM
Roger Himler 08 Jul 98 - 12:30 AM
dick greenhaus 08 Jul 98 - 11:04 AM
Joe Offer 08 Jul 98 - 12:12 PM
Bert 08 Jul 98 - 12:14 PM
Kiwi 08 Jul 98 - 12:17 PM
Barry Finn 08 Jul 98 - 04:08 PM
Bill D 08 Jul 98 - 06:55 PM
Jerry Friedman 08 Jul 98 - 08:01 PM
George Hoyt 11 Jul 98 - 02:06 PM
Joe Offer 11 Jul 98 - 09:08 PM
Susan of DT 11 Jul 98 - 09:28 PM
murray@mpce.mq.edu.au 12 Jul 98 - 08:28 AM
dick greenhaus 12 Jul 98 - 10:30 PM
rich r 18 Jul 98 - 11:52 PM
GUEST,Deg Jessop 11 Jun 10 - 02:05 AM
Joe Offer 11 Jun 10 - 03:41 AM
Reiver 2 11 Jun 10 - 07:14 PM
LadyJean 12 Jun 10 - 01:12 AM
Young Buchan 12 Jun 10 - 06:46 AM
Reiver 2 13 Jun 10 - 12:23 AM
GUEST 29 Apr 11 - 04:31 AM
Steve Gardham 29 Apr 11 - 04:58 PM
GUEST,geoff 21 May 12 - 02:21 PM
Joe_F 21 May 12 - 08:26 PM
Tug the Cox 22 May 12 - 04:01 PM
GUEST,Miriam in Memphis 19 Oct 12 - 06:32 PM
MGM·Lion 20 Oct 12 - 01:59 AM
Jim Carroll 20 Oct 12 - 05:35 AM
Jim Carroll 20 Oct 12 - 06:38 AM
LadyJean 20 Oct 12 - 10:57 PM
GUEST,Old RSD girl 25 Feb 14 - 11:08 AM
GUEST 26 Feb 14 - 07:12 AM
Bill D 26 Feb 14 - 12:08 PM
GUEST,Sandfly 10 May 14 - 04:46 AM
GUEST,meredithmurals 18 Apr 18 - 03:32 PM
GUEST,Chip 06 Sep 18 - 06:25 AM
Felipa 06 Sep 18 - 10:28 AM
Felipa 06 Sep 18 - 10:38 AM
Felipa 06 Sep 18 - 10:46 AM
John MacKenzie 06 Sep 18 - 02:33 PM
GUEST,Malcolm Storey 08 Sep 18 - 09:21 PM
KarenH 11 Sep 18 - 07:19 PM
Billy Weeks 12 Sep 18 - 10:46 AM
Gutcher 12 Sep 18 - 02:36 PM
Gutcher 12 Sep 18 - 03:46 PM
Share Thread
more
Lyrics & Knowledge Search [Advanced]
DT  Forum
Sort (Forum) by:relevance date
DT Lyrics:









Subject: Salvation Army comic song
From: FAFBill
Date: 07 Jul 98 - 01:12 AM

I am looking for a song that goes as follows:
CH: Salvation Army, Salvation Army
Put a Nickel In the Drum
Save another bum.

Verse: I was lying in the gutter
All covered up with beer
A pretzel in my ear
I knew the end was near
Along came the Army to save my from disgrace
So everybody bust a gut and sing another Verse

The song is part of the college humour and parady tradition. I heard it from some Ivy league Grads in the 60's.
I personally think that the Army has done a lot of good work, but a great song is a great song.

Click for S-A-V-E-D


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: Lyr Add: THE POOR YOUNG MAN (Salvation Army)^^^
From: AndyG
Date: 07 Jul 98 - 06:58 AM

I heard this on the radio some thirty years ago, it's a temperance song parody, but it's more of a church-style chant than a song. I think the artist was Steve Benbow.

THE POOR YOUNG MAN

There was once a poor young man
Who left his country home
And wandered into the city
For to seek employment

And he'd promised his dear mother
He would leave a simple life
And always shun
The fatal cures of drink

One night he went out
With his new-found friends to dine
And there they tried to tempt him
To take a drink

They tempted him and they tempted him
But he refused and he refuséd
'til finally
He took a sip of beer

When he saw what he had done
He dashed the liquor to the floor
And staggered out of the bar
With delerium tremens

And whilst in the grip of curséd liquor
He met a Salvation Army lassie
And cruelly
He burst her tambourine

All she said was heaven bless you
And left a mark upon his brow
With a kick that she had learned
Before she was saved

So all young men take warning
Always shun the curse of drink
And don't go round
Breaking ladies' tambourines!

AndyG ^^^


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: Lyr Add: THE LICENCED SALOON^^
From: AndyG
Date: 07 Jul 98 - 07:09 AM

And just for balance, here's a real temperance song.

THE LICENCED SALOON

Where is my wandering boy tonight,
Down in the licenced saloon.
Down in a room all cosy and bright,
Filled with the glare of many a light,
Beautiful music the ear to delight,
Down in the licenced saloon.
CH

There is my wandering boy tonight,
There is my wandering boy tonight,
Down, down, down, down,
Down in the licenced saloon.
Where is my wandering boy tonight,
Down in the licenced saloon.
Learning new vices all the night long,
Tempted to all that's sinful and wrong,
Listening to the harlot's foul song,
Down in the licenced saloon.
CH

Where is my wandering boy tonight,
Down in the licenced saloon.
Little arms once were thrown round my neck,
Look at him now my poor heart will break,
Pity that boy tonight a sad wreck,
Down in the licenced saloon.
CH

Where is my wandering boy tonight,
Down in the licenced saloon.
Brother I guess you'd enter that fight,
If it were your boy down there tonight,
Ruined and wrecked by the drink appetite,
Down in the licenced saloon.
CH

AndyG ^^


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Salvation Army comic song
From: Jon W.
Date: 07 Jul 98 - 11:47 AM

The one we used to do was a little different. The chorus was about the same as in the first posting above except we sang "Put a nickle in the drum, save another drunken bum." Then the verses were spoken. The audience would supply the "boo's" and "Yay's"

Some verses:

The minister has ordered all liquor to be thrown into the river!
BOOO!
Ten feet above the water supply!
YAY!

The minister has ordered all women to wear full length dresses!
BOOO!
But they can be made of Saran wrap!
YAAY!

That's all I can remember for now.

Jon W.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Salvation Army comic song
From: murray@mpce.mq.edu.au
Date: 07 Jul 98 - 09:36 PM

Here is one I remember in parts.

Oh here we come marching our gay little band
On the right side of temperance we always will stand
xxxxx
xxxxxx

CHORUS;
Away, Away with rum, by gum, with rum, by gum
with rum, by gum. Away, Away with rum, bu gum
Its the song of the Temperance Union

We never eat cookies because they're made with yeast
And a bite of a cookie will change a man to a beast
And who can imagine a sadder disgrace
Than a man in the gutter with crumbs on his face

CHORUS

We never eat fruitcake because it's made with rum
and a bite of a fruitcake turns a man into a bum
and we can't imagine a sorrier sight
Than a man eating fruitcake until he gets tight

CHORUS

We never have backrubs xxxxx
xxxxxx
An alcohol backrub is really a sin
When you think of the amount
that's absorbed by the skin

CHORUS

ALTERNATE CHORUS (different tune)

The Salvation Army, Salvation Army
Throw a nickel in the drum
Save another drunken bum

Can anyone fill in the blanks or remember more verses?

Murray^^^


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Salvation Army comic song
From: Kiwi
Date: 07 Jul 98 - 10:56 PM

There's one that was done at my school a few years ago, but I can only remember the chorus.. it's called "Pie in the Sky", to the tune of "In the Sweet By and By"

You will eat by and by
In that glorious (can't remember the word) in the sky
Chop some wood 'twill do you good
And (something something) pie in the sky

Slán,
Kiwi


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Salvation Army comic song
From: Roger Himler
Date: 08 Jul 98 - 12:30 AM

Murray

The song to which you refer is in the DT under the title Away With Rum. There are two, and between them they supply all the missing words and more that you seek.

Just type in [Away with rum] (including the brackets) and the song title pops up. Click on the title and get the words. Looks like there is music for at least one.

Roger in Baltimore


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Salvation Army comic song
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 08 Jul 98 - 11:04 AM

I recall the song you're asking for:
Chorus (as we sang it in the late 1940's) was:

Hallelujah, Hallelujah!
Drop a nickle on the drum
Sane another drunken bum
Hallelujah, hallelujah
Drop a nickel on the drum and you'll be saved.

some verses

Well it's G-L-O-R-Y
We are S-A-V-E-D
We are S-A-V-E-D
From the ways of S-I-N
We are S-A-V-E-D
From the ways of S-I-N,
So it's glory, glory
Hellelujah
Chug-a-lug again.

Old Mother Hubbard she went to the cupboard
To get her daughter a dress,
But when she got there the cupboard was bare
And so was the daughter, I guess.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Salvation Army comic song
From: Joe Offer
Date: 08 Jul 98 - 12:12 PM

Hey, Dick, can you come up with a tune? I more-or-less remember the tune for the chorus, but I can't transcribe music by ear - and I don't know what the verses sound like at all. It really bugs me that I can't remember where I learned this song - I think maybe it was from my blessed parents....
-Joe Offer-


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Salvation Army comic song
From: Bert
Date: 08 Jul 98 - 12:14 PM

I remember being scolded as a child for singing....
Salvation Army, all gone Barmy
going up to heaven in a sardine can.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Salvation Army comic song
From: Kiwi
Date: 08 Jul 98 - 12:17 PM

Well the next that we encountered was a company of Salvationers Who rifled all our pockets 'till we begged that we be saved

Slán, Kiwi


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Salvation Army comic song
From: Barry Finn
Date: 08 Jul 98 - 04:08 PM

Just heard a song with the refrain of "Hallelujah I'm a bum, hallelujah a bum again, please give us a hand out, says the sailor amen". odd cross between the bum & the Sailor's (this had the sailor talking with a soldier) Amen. ANy body got some info on this. Thanks Barry


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: Lyr Add: S-A-V-E-D ^^
From: Bill D
Date: 08 Jul 98 - 06:55 PM

from "Songs for Swingin' Housemothers"..1961 (I sang the song a lot in the 60's)...no my copy is NOT for sale..*grin*

S-A-V-E-D

There was a man in our town,
I think his name was Lem.
He prayed for prohibition,
But he voted R.U.M.
He helped to put the poison
In his neighbors cup,
And now he laughs at us
Because we're S.A.V.E.D

Cho: Oh G.L.O.R.Y. we are S.A.V.E.D
H.A.P.P.Y. to be F.R double E
Oh, V.I.C.T.O.R.Y. from the bonds of S.I.N.
Glory, Glory, Hallelujah, tra-la-la, amen!

Some people go on weekdays
To D.A.N.C.E.;
They go to church on Sunday
To show their H.A.T.
Some people dab their faces up with P.A.I.N.T.
And then they laugh at us
Because we're S.A.V.E.D

cho:

I stand here on this corner,
With my D.R.U.M. drum.
It brings us to the sinner
And the B.U.M. bum bum.
They come to us from hovel
And from D.I.T.C.H.
And we march on to victory
Without H.I.T.C.H.

cho:^^


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Salvation Army comic song
From: Jerry Friedman
Date: 08 Jul 98 - 08:01 PM

Kiwi, that "pie in the sky" song is "The Preacher and the Slave", by Joe Hill, and it's in the DT.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Salvation Army comic song
From: George Hoyt
Date: 11 Jul 98 - 02:06 PM

For the words and music to Hallelujah I'm a Bum, or something like that, check discology of Pete Seeger. Seeger used to perform this song in concert and I'm sure I had a recording of it back in the 50's-60's.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: Tune Add: S-A-V-E-D ^^
From: Joe Offer
Date: 11 Jul 98 - 09:08 PM

Hey, I don't think S-A-V-E-D is in the database. Do you think that if we're properly remorseful for all that awful things we said about him, that maybe Mr. Greenhaus might include it in the next edition?
Here's the tune, from my copy of "Songs for Swinging Housemothers," which I bought for a buck and is not for sale, either:

MIDI file: S-A-V-~1.MID

Timebase: 192

Name: S-A-V-E-D
Text: (Author unknown, from "Songs for Swinging Housemothers," by Frank Lyon)
Key: G
TimeSig: 2/2 24 8
Start
0000 1 74 110 0160 0 74 000 0032 1 71 110 0160 0 71 000 0032 1 71 110 0160 0 71 000 0032 1 69 110 0160 0 69 000 0032 1 67 110 0160 0 67 000 0032 1 71 110 0160 0 71 000 0032 1 71 110 0336 0 71 000 0048 1 71 110 0160 0 71 000 0032 1 72 110 0160 0 72 000 0032 1 72 110 0160 0 72 000 0032 1 72 110 0160 0 72 000 0032 1 71 110 0160 0 71 000 0032 1 69 110 0528 0 69 000 0048 1 71 110 0160 0 71 000 0032 1 72 110 0160 0 72 000 0032 1 72 110 0160 0 72 000 0032 1 72 110 0160 0 72 000 0032 1 71 110 0160 0 71 000 0032 1 69 110 0160 0 69 000 0032 1 69 110 0160 0 69 000 0032 1 71 110 0160 0 71 000 0032 1 72 110 0160 0 72 000 0032 1 74 110 0160 0 74 000 0032 1 74 110 0160 0 74 000 0032 1 74 110 0160 0 74 000 0032 1 72 110 0160 0 72 000 0032 1 71 110 0528 0 71 000 0048 1 74 110 0160 0 74 000 0032 1 71 110 0160 0 71 000 0032 1 71 110 0160 0 71 000 0032 1 69 110 0160 0 69 000 0032 1 67 110 0160 0 67 000 0032 1 71 110 0160 0 71 000 0032 1 71 110 0160 0 71 000 0032 1 69 110 0160 0 69 000 0032 1 71 110 0160 0 71 000 0032 1 72 110 0160 0 72 000 0032 1 72 110 0160 0 72 000 0032 1 72 110 0160 0 72 000 0032 1 71 110 0160 0 71 000 0032 1 69 110 0528 0 69 000 0048 1 71 110 0160 0 71 000 0032 1 72 110 0160 0 72 000 0032 1 72 110 0160 0 72 000 0032 1 72 110 0160 0 72 000 0032 1 72 110 0160 0 72 000 0032 1 72 110 0160 0 72 000 0032 1 72 110 0160 0 72 000 0032 1 72 110 0160 0 72 000 0032 1 72 110 0160 0 72 000 0032 1 74 110 0160 0 74 000 0032 1 72 110 0160 0 72 000 0032 1 71 110 0160 0 71 000 0032 1 69 110 0160 0 69 000 0032 1 67 110 0528 0 67 000
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:S-A-V-E-D
M:2/2
Q:1/4=200
K:G
d2B2B2A2|G2B2B4|B2c2c2c2|B2A6|B2c2c2c2|B2A2A2B2|
c2d2d2d2|c2B6|d2B2B2A2|G2B2B2A2|B2c2c2c2|
B2A6|B2c2c2c2|c2c2c2c2|c2d2c2B2|A2G11/2||

^^


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Salvation Army comic song
From: Susan of DT
Date: 11 Jul 98 - 09:28 PM

Murray and George: Look up [I'm a bum] for two versions. I only recently became aware that it is derived from a hymn "Hallelujah Send the Glory"


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Salvation Army comic song
From: murray@mpce.mq.edu.au
Date: 12 Jul 98 - 08:28 AM

Kiwi, look Here for a version of Pie in the Sky. I have heard it refered to as the "Starvation Army Song".

Murray


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: Tune Add: DROP A NICKEL ON THE DRUM
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 12 Jul 98 - 10:30 PM

N-Drop a Nickel on the Drum
C-
A-
T-
S-100
K-C
B-4/4
F-
H-
M-1E-4 E-8 E-8 C-8 C-8 C-4 E-4 E-8 E-8 C-8 C-8 C-4 E-4 E-4 F-8 F-8 E-4 D-3 R-8 B-8
L- Old Mo- ther Hub-bard she went to the cup-board to get her daugh-ter a dress, But
H-

chorus:
M-4D-8 D-8 D-4 B-4 B-8_B-8 D-8 D-8 D-4 B-4 B-8_B-8 G-4 G-8 G-8 F-8 E-8 D-4 C-4 @-4 C-4 D-4
L- when she got there, the cup-board was bare, And so was the daugh-ter I guess. Sing Hal- le-
H-
M-4E-2 C-8 @-8 C-9 D-0 E-2 C-4 E-8 F-8 E-8 D-8 D-8 D-8 D-4 D-8 E-8 D-8 C-8 C-8 C-8 C-4 C-8 D-8
L- lu- jah, sing hal- le- lu- jah! Drop a nic-kel on the drum, Save a- no-ther drun-ken bum! Hal-le-
H-
M-4E-2 C-8 @-8 C-9 D-0 E-2 C-4 E-8 E-8 E-8 D-8 D-8 C-8 D-8 F-8 E-8 D-8 C-5_C-4 S-6 S-6
L- lu- jah, Sing hal- le- lu- jah! Drop a nic- kel on the drum and you'll be saved.

Joe- the verse is Polly Wolly Doodle, more or less.

dick greenhaus


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: Lyr Add: S-A-V-E-D ^^
From: rich r
Date: 18 Jul 98 - 11:52 PM

I couldn't find S-A-V-E-D in the DT and apparently Joe couoldn't either. That being the case, I will enter the lyrics I am most familiar with. The Weavers and Robin & Linda Williams have both recorded it in the past. I think Robin & Linda have also sung it with Garrison Keillor & Kate Makenzie as the "Hopeful Gospel Quartette". In the songbook "Travelin' On With The Weavers" there is a note saying that the Salvation Army disclaims all credit for the song. This set of words is found in Rise Up Singing. RUS describes it as an old Sunday School song.

S-A-V-E-D

Some folks jump up and down all night and d-a-n-c-e
While others go to church to show their brand new h-a-t
And on their face the put great gobs of p-a-i-n-t
And then they have the nerve (brass) to say they're s-a-v-e-d.

CH: It's g-l-o-r-y to know I'm s-a-v-e-d
I'm h-a-p-p-y because I'm f-r-double-e
I once was (no longer) b-o-u-n-d in the chains of s-i-n
But it's v-i-c-t-o-r-y to know I've Christ within
(Glory hallelujah I am bound for the promised land)

I've seen some girls in our town who are so n-i-c-e
They do their hair in the latest style that's b-o-b-e-d
They go to parties every night, drink w-i-n-e
And then they have the nerve to say they're s-a-v-e-d.

I've seen some boys lean back and puff their s-m-o-k-e
While other chew and spit our all their j-u-i-c-e
They play their cards and shoot their guns (they stand around on corners) and drink their p-o-p
And then they have the nerve to say they're s-a-v-e-d.

I know a man I think his name is G-r-o-w-n
He prays for prohibition and then he votes for g-i-n
He helps to put the poison in his neighbor's c-u-p
And then he'll have the brass to say he's s-a-v-e-d.

rich r ^^


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: Lyr Add: THE DEVIL AND ME
From: GUEST,Deg Jessop
Date: 11 Jun 10 - 02:05 AM

This song is in the 'The Salvation Army Songs' edited by William Booth published c1899

THE DEVIL AND ME

The devil and me we don't agree,
Glory Hallelujah.
I hate him and he hates me.
Glory Hallelujah.

CHORUS
Sing hallelujah, shout hallelujah,
Glory hallelujah.
Sing hallelujah, shout hallelujah,
Glory hallelujah.

The devil is a sly old fox,
Glory hallelujah,
If I had him here I'd put him in a box,
Glory Hallelujah.

He had me once, but he let me go.
Glory Hallelujah.
He wants me again but I will not go.
Glory Hallelujah.

The publicans are crying out,
Glory Hallelujah,
Because the Army is going about.
Glory Hallelujah.

But still about we mean to go.
Glory Hallelujah,
And rout the devil and every foe,
Glory Hallelujah.

We'll sing and pray and we'll believe,
Glory Hallelujah.
And sinners shall the truth receive,
Glory Hallelujah.

Well preach the truth in every town,
Glory Hallelujah.
And pull the devil's kingdom down.
Glory Hallelujah.

My old companions fare you well,
Glory Hallelujah.
I will not go with you to hell.
Glory Hallelujah.

My happy comrades are so kind,
Glory Hallelujah.
I've left the world and the devil behind.
Glory Hallelujah.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: Alternate Chorus: The Devil and Me
From: Joe Offer
Date: 11 Jun 10 - 03:41 AM

I found a 1911 edition of Salvation Army Songs at Google Books. It has a different chorus for "The Devil and Me":
    Hallelujah! Glory, hallelujah!
    Hallelujah! Glory, hallelujah!
    Hallelujah to the Lamb!
    Sing, "Glory, hallelujah!"


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Salvation Army comic song
From: Reiver 2
Date: 11 Jun 10 - 07:14 PM

This post starts with songs that poke fun, to the deadly serious.

Bill D's version of S-a-v-e-d is almost identical to the version I used to sing. Mine went:

S-A-V-E-D

1] There was a man in our town, I think his name was Lem,
   He prayed for prohibition but he voted R-U-M.
   He helped to put the poison in his Neighbor's C-U-P
   And now he laughs at us because we're S-A-V-E-D.

CHO: Oh. G-L-O-R-Y, we are S-A-V-E-D,
    H-A-P-P-Y to be F-R- double E.
    Oh, V-I-C-T-O-R-Y from bonds of S-I-N.
    Glory, glory, Hallelujah, tra-la-la, Amen.

2] Some people go on weekdays to D-A-N-C-E;
   They go to church on Sundays to show their H-A-T.
   Some people dab their faces up with P-A-I-N-T
   And then they laugh at us because we're S-A-V-E-D.

CHO:

3] I stand here on the corner with my D-R-U-M, drum;
   It brings to us the sinner and the B-U-M , bum, bum;
   They come to us from hovel and from D-I-T-C-H,
   And we march on to vict'ry without H-I-T-C-H.

Murray, I learned "Away With Rum" this way. It's pretty close to yours:

AWAY WITH RUM

1] We're coming, we're coming, out brave little band;
   On the right side of temp'rance we now take our stand.
   We don't use tobacco because we do think
   That people who use it are likely to drink.

CHO: Away, away, with rum, by gum,
    With rum, by gum, with rum, by gum;
    Away, away with rum, by gum,
    That's the song of the Salvation Army.

2] We never eat fruitcake because it has rum
   And one little slice puts a man on the bum.
   Oh, can you imagine a sorrier sight,
   Than a man eating fruitcake until he is tight?

3] We never eat cookies because they have yeast
   And one little bite turns a man to a beast;
   Oh, can you imagine a sadder disgrace
   Than a man in the gutter with crumbs on his face?

4] We never eat apples because they ferment
   And the nectar of apples the Devil has sent.
   And can you imagine th' insidious fruit
   Causing innocent youngsters to go on a toot?

5] We never touch products containing vanilla.
   It's seventy-proof, makes a man a gorilla.
   Can you imagine anything more chilling to the bone,
   Than a child getting pickled on an ice-cream cone?

Sing the chorus after each verse. A somewhat similar song was Joe Hill's 'The Preacher and the Slave' although instead of being humorous in intent, it was dead serious. [This song and the next probably belong in a different thread, but I don't have time to look just now. Joe Offer, you can move them if you want. - R2

THE PREACHER AND THE SLAVE [PIE IN THE SKY]

1] Long-haired preachers come out ev'ry night;
   Try to tell you what's wrong and what's right;
   But when asked about something to eat,
   They will answer in voices so sweet;

Cho: You will eat by and by, [by and by]
    In that glorious land above the sky. [Way up high]
    Work and play, live on hay, [live on hay]
    You'll get pie in the sky, by and by. [That's a lie!]

2] If you fight hard for children and wife,
   Try to get something good in this life;
   You're a sinner and bad man they'll tell;
   When you die, you will sure go to hell.

[Chorus after each verse.]

3] And the Starvation Army, they play.
   And they sing and they clap and they pray,
   'Till they get all your coin on the drum,
   Then they tell you that you're on the bum!

4] Holy Rollers and jumpers come out,
   And the holler, they jump and they shout.
   "Give your money to Jesus," they say,
   "He will cure all diseases today."

5] Working men of all countries unite.
   Side by side we for freedom will fight.
   When the world and it's wealth we have gained,
   To the grafters we'll sing this refrain:

6] You will eat, by and by,
   When you've learned how to cook and to fry,
   Chop some wood, 'twill do you good,
   And you'll eat in the sweet by and by.

Then, in the same vein is Joe Glazer's 'Too Old To Work':

TOO OLD TO WORK [And Too Young to Die]

1] You work in the factory all of your life,
   Try to provide for your kids and your wife.
   When you get too old to produce any more,
   They hand you your hat and they show you the door.

CHO: Too old to work, too old to work,
    When you're too old to work and you're too young to die,
    Who will take care of you, how'll you get by?
    When you're too old to work and you're too young to die?

2] You don't ask for FAVORS when your life is through.
   You've got a RIGHT to what's coming to you.
   Your boss gets a pension when he is too old,
   You helped him retire, now you're out in the cold. [CHO:]

3] They put horses to pasture, they feed 'em om hay;
   Even machines get retired one day'
   Your bosses get pensions when their days are through,
   Fat pensions for you, brother, nothing for you! [CHO:]

4] There's no easy answer, there's no easy cure,
   Dreaming won't change it, that's one thing for sure!
   But fighting together, we'll get there some day
   And when we have won we will no longer say: [CHO:]

Why don't we have songs and spirit like that today?

Reiver 2


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Salvation Army comic song
From: LadyJean
Date: 12 Jun 10 - 01:12 AM

Mom sang: "Put a nickel on the drum! Put a nickel on the Drum! Put a nickel on the drum and be saved!"

Or: "Put a nickel on the drum, take a quarter out and run! Put a nickel on the drum and you'll be saved!"


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Salvation Army comic song
From: Young Buchan
Date: 12 Jun 10 - 06:46 AM

For another humourous song on the same subject, Roger Watson wrote one with the chorus:
Salvation band with a big trombone
And the music fair goes through you
With their Onward Christian Soldiers
And their Glory Hallelujahs.

It's in DT under the title Salvation Band


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Salvation Army comic song
From: Reiver 2
Date: 13 Jun 10 - 12:23 AM

I think I'm the only person in the world who proofreads emails that I send out. Actually I try to proofread everything I write. Unfortunately, I don't always do a good job of it. In the 3rd verse of "Too Old To Work" in line one it should read 'feed 'em ON hay," and line 4 should read, "Fat pensions for THEM, brother..." The corrections are probably obvious, but now I feel better!

Reiver 2


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Salvation Army comic song
From: GUEST
Date: 29 Apr 11 - 04:31 AM

We're a marching band and we're singing as we go
to the promised land where the beer and whisky flow
and we're all TT you can tell us by our noise
we belong to the salvation army

could you go
could you go
if a fellow came up to you and said hello hello hello
oh your looking mighty queer could you go a pint of beer
could i no could i no could i no

salus salus
there's only a pint of beer amongst the four of us
oh your looking mighty queer could you go a pint of beer
could i no could i no could i no


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Salvation Army comic song
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 29 Apr 11 - 04:58 PM

Here's a couple o' ditties first one sung to 'Happy birthday', second recited.

Sally's Army sells fish
Three ha'pence a dish
Don't try it, don't buy it
It stinks when you fry it,
Sally's Army sells fish.

Salvation Army free from sin
All went to heaven in a corn-beef tin
The corn beef tin was far too small,
The bottom fell out an' the Devil got 'em all.

I think this was used as a skipping rhyme in Hull in the 50s.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Salvation Army comic song
From: GUEST,geoff
Date: 21 May 12 - 02:21 PM

the devil and me we don;t agree....anyone know the tune and where i can find it ?


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Salvation Army comic song
From: Joe_F
Date: 21 May 12 - 08:26 PM

We never eat peaches, because they ferment,
And a peach will ferment at the tiniest dent.
Oh, can you imagine a sorrier sight
Than an man drunk on peaches he thought were all right?

We shun Christmas pudding -- they souse it with brandy,
And one fiery bite turns a nice fellow randy.
If you think that's harmless, just contemplate this:
A man eating pudding might blow you a kiss.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Salvation Army comic song
From: Tug the Cox
Date: 22 May 12 - 04:01 PM

We're coming, We're coming
Our brave little band.
On the right side of temperance
we now take our stand.
We don't touch tobacco
besause we all think
if a man smokes tobacco
he's likely to drink

When your feet get all sweaty
and tired and hot
Don't bathe them in spirits,
oh please do it not
for it goes through the skin by a power of osmosis
the next thing you know you've ten drunk little toeses.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Salvation Army comic song
From: GUEST,Miriam in Memphis
Date: 19 Oct 12 - 06:32 PM

Here's another part of the Salvation Army song - I just remembered:

Glorious, glorious, one keg of beer for the four of us.
Throw a nickel on the drum, save another drunken bum
Throw a nickel on the drum and you'l be saved.

(Verse - Spoken)
Oh, I used to drink
And I used to smoke
And I used to lie in the gutter
With men

Now I no longer drink
And I don't smoke
And I NEVER lie in the gutter
With men

All I do
Is stand here and beat this god-damned drum.

Throw a nickel on the drum
Save another drunken bum
Throw a nickel on the drum
And you'll be saved

(There are a lot of verses - maybe they'll come to me later.)


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Salvation Army comic song
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 20 Oct 12 - 01:59 AM

Eric Winter used to sing a song called "Away With Rum", which started with a verse similar to Tug's song of 22 May above, but which had a chorus ~

Away away with rum, by gum
With rum, by gum,
With rum, by gum.
Away away with rum, by gum ~
The song of the Salvarion Army.

One verse I always particularly liked was

We never eat fruitcake for fruitcake has rum
And rum is the stuff to send you on the bum.
I can't think of anything such a disgrace
As a man in the gutter with crumbs on his face.

~M~


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Salvation Army comic song
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 20 Oct 12 - 05:35 AM

From Liverpool
Please put a penny on the drum, on the drum,
Please put a penny on the drum, on the drum.
We only need a tanner to buy a new pianner
So please put a penny on the drum

Jim Carroll


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Salvation Army comic song
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 20 Oct 12 - 06:38 AM

Wonder does anybody have the words to Dominic Behan's 'Tambourine Song'
Thanks
Jim Carroll


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Salvation Army comic song
From: LadyJean
Date: 20 Oct 12 - 10:57 PM

Put another nickel in
In the nickelodean
All I want is lots of gin1 and music music music!


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Salvation Army comic song
From: GUEST,Old RSD girl
Date: 25 Feb 14 - 11:08 AM

I remember this one, we found it very naughty when we were young!

Salvation Army, free from sin
Went to heaven in a corned beef tin.
When the corned beef tin did smell
The Salvation Army went to
HellaBella Castle standing on a rock
If you don't like it stick it up your
Cocktail shandy two and six a glass
If you don't like it stick it up your
Ask no questions, tell no lies
Ever seen a black man doing up his
Flies are a nuisance, wasps are worse
That's the end of my little verse.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Salvation Army comic song
From: GUEST
Date: 26 Feb 14 - 07:12 AM

Poor Sally Army free from sin
Tried to get to heaven in a corned beef tin
A corned beef tin was a bit too small
So poor Sally Army couldn't go at all

And they'll never get to heaven, in a Morris car
'Cos a Morris car wont get that far
Oh they'll never get to heaven in a Morris car
@Cos a Morris car wont get that far
And then they'll grieve and then they'll grieve


Oh They'll never get to heaven, on roller skates
'Cos they'll roll right past those pearly gates
Oh they'll never get to heaven on roller skates
'Cos they'll roll right past those pearly gates
And then they'll grieve and then they'll grieve

Used to sing this and loads of other made up verses at school


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Salvation Army comic song
From: Bill D
Date: 26 Feb 14 - 12:08 PM

♫When you meet a folksinger, you haven't much choice,
But to sit there and listen while they prove they have no voice.
But the most shocking thing to imagine by far.....
Is a girl with G-string upon her guitar.♫


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Salvation Army comic song
From: GUEST,Sandfly
Date: 10 May 14 - 04:46 AM

Mum sang:
Sal-val-ation army saved from sin
All went to heaven in a sardine tin
The tin caught fire by electric wire
And they all went to heaven with their pants on fire.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Salvation Army comic song
From: GUEST,meredithmurals
Date: 18 Apr 18 - 03:32 PM

"our town only has one bar" BOO "But it's a mile long"YAY
"That bar will only serve you one drink a day" BOO "But it's a gallon and a half" YAY
Salvation Army put a nickel in the drum and you'll be saved!


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Salvation Army comic song
From: GUEST,Chip
Date: 06 Sep 18 - 06:25 AM

The Salvation Army free from sin
went to heaven in a corned beef tin
the corned beef tin was much too small
so they fell through the bottom and they didn't go at all.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Salvation Army comic song
From: Felipa
Date: 06 Sep 18 - 10:28 AM

I didn't learn "put a nickel in the drum", but rather
Salvation Army, Salvation Army
Put a nickel on the plate, save a poor man from his fate
Salvation Army, Salvation Army,
Put a nickel on the plate and you'll be saved.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Salvation Army comic song
From: Felipa
Date: 06 Sep 18 - 10:38 AM

filling in the blanks on Murray's Away Away with Rum by Gum contribution of July 1998
ah, I see a couple of other people have already finished the first verse

We're coming, we're coming, our brave little band,
On the right side of temperance we now take our stand;
We don't use tobacco because we do think
That the people who use it are likely to drink

but no-one has completed the backrub verse, a favourite of mine:

The way I know it is:
We don't allow backrubs, we think them a crime
We will always condemn them in song and in rhyme
An alcohol backrub is worse than straight gin
When you think of the liquor absorbed through your skin.

Incidentally, while I have come across the chorus which states "Away, Away, with rum, by gum" is "the song of the Salvation Army"; the way I learned it/sing it is "the song of the Temperance Union."


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Salvation Army comic song
From: Felipa
Date: 06 Sep 18 - 10:46 AM

perhaps "Sally Ann" is addressed to a salvationist
I was going to comment "LOL", but the theory isnot implausible for the first version; disregarding the singer's defence of the Confederacy, because the singer is also basically saying "I won't change my ways" [no matter what you preach to me?]
https://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=13719#115307
Sally Ann

Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Salvation Army comic song
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 06 Sep 18 - 02:33 PM

If you go out hiking and you get sore feet
Shun alcohol rubs, though it cures them a treat
It creeps through the skin, by the means of osmosis
And you will end up with ten drunk little toeses.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Salvation Army comic song
From: GUEST,Malcolm Storey
Date: 08 Sep 18 - 09:21 PM

A thousand years ago I was in the local Salvation Army band - I was presented with Flugle Horn and sent off to drive the neighbours mad with my practising of scales.

I also spent a short time in the scout section.

Two snippets of songs come to mind.

We are the Sally army scouts
Tiddle i push
We peel the spuds we peel the sprouts
Tiddle i push

Sally army sells fish
Three happence a dish
Don't buy it
Din't buy it
It stinks when you fry it
Sally army sells fish


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Salvation Army comic song
From: KarenH
Date: 11 Sep 18 - 07:19 PM

'The Sally Bash'.

Anybody familiar with this nickname for the Salvation Army?


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Salvation Army comic song
From: Billy Weeks
Date: 12 Sep 18 - 10:46 AM

The Sally Army song I remember with greatest affection, from many evenings at the Players' Theatre is 'Happy Eliza and Converted Jane', with its delicious chorus 'We're the Hallelujah Sisters and we're bound to do you good'. Published in 1881 but can bring the house down any time.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Salvation Army comic song
From: Gutcher
Date: 12 Sep 18 - 02:36 PM

Oh wash me in the water that you washed your dirty daughter and I shall be whiter than the snow.
Than the snow! than the snow!
So wash me in the water that you washed your dirty daughter and I shall be whiter than the snow.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Salvation Army comic song
From: Gutcher
Date: 12 Sep 18 - 03:46 PM

Sorry---4th. line:---
Than the snow! than the snow! and I shall be whiter than the snow.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate
  Share Thread:
More...

Reply to Thread
Subject:  Help
From:
Preview   Automatic Linebreaks   Make a link ("blue clicky")


Mudcat time: 14 November 12:38 PM EST

[ Home ]

All original material is copyright © 1998 by the Mudcat Café Music Foundation, Inc. All photos, music, images, etc. are copyright © by their rightful owners. Every effort is taken to attribute appropriate copyright to images, content, music, etc. We are not a copyright resource.