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Subject: Lyr Req: matchstick men, matchstick cats and dogs
From: caz2ufolk
Date: 12 Feb 03 - 02:14 AM

Can anybody help me to find these lyrics ? Have tried most avenues !
Thanks Caz


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Subject: Lyr Add: MATCHSTALK MEN AND MATCHSTALK CATS AND...
From: songs2play
Date: 12 Feb 03 - 02:50 AM

It's on a previous thread here, lyrics are something like :-


MATCHSTALK MEN AND MATCHSTALK CATS AND DOGS

He painted Salford's smokey tops
On card-board boxes from the shops
Parts of Ancoats where I used to play
I'm sure he once walked down our street,
'Cos he painted kids who had nowt on their feet.
The clothes they wore had all seen better days.

Now they said his works of art were dull,
"No room, old lad, the walls are full."
But Lowry didn't care much anyway.
They said he just paints cats and dogs
And matchstalk men in boots and clogs,
And Lowry said that's just the way they'll stay.

And he painted matchstalk men and matchstalk cats and dogs
He painted kids on the corner of the street that were sparking clogs.
Now he takes his brush and he waits,
Outside them factory gates,
To paint his matchstalk men and matchstalk cats and dogs

Now canvas and brushes were wearing thin,
When London started calling him,
To come on down and wear the old flat cap.
They said, "Tell us all about your ways,
And all about then Salford days.
Is it true your just an ordinary chap?"

And he painted matchstalk men and matchstalk cats and dogs
He painted kids on the corner of the street that were sparking clogs.
Now he takes his brush and he waits,
Outside them factory gates,
To paint his matchstalk men and matchstalk cats and dogs

Now Lowrys hang upon the wall,
Beside the greatest of them all.
Even the Mona Lisa takes a bow.
This tired old man with hair like snow,
Told northern folk, "It's time to go".
The fever came and the good Lord mopped his brow.

And he left us matchstalk men and matchstalk cats and dogs.
He left us kids on the corner of the street that were sparking clogs
Now he takes his brush and he waits outside them pearly gates,
To paint his matchstalk men and matchstalk cats and dogs.

And he left us matchstalk men and matchstalk cats and dogs.
He left us kids on the corner of the street that were sparking clogs
Now he takes his brush and he waits outside them pearly gates,
To paint his matchstalk men and matchstalk cats and dogs.


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Subject: Lyr Add: BUMS AND BOOBS (Fred Wedlock)
From: clansfolk
Date: 12 Feb 03 - 05:24 AM

... and here's the original song it was based on ;-)

BUMS AND BOOBS.
Fred Wedlock
(To the tune: Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Cats and Dogs.)

This is the tale of Sidney Brown, a postcard artist of renown,
He had a little stall on Blackpool pier.
He painted ladies in the raw - doing things the Butler never saw,
And the men he drew were randy, daft, or queer.

CHORUS: And he painted Bums and Boobs and Scouts with knobbly knees
He painted red nosed drunks and dogs all covered in flees.
He painted mothers-in-law, but he preferred to draw,
All the Bums and Boobs and Scouts with knobbly knees.

A man of simple pleasures he, drank metal polish with his tea.
Sydney could be spotted any day,
Prowling round them Blackpool streets with his long grey mac and a bag of sweets,
Looking for little boys who'd gone astray. CHORUS

Now word soon got to London Town about the work of Sydney Brown.
They said, "Come on Sydney, do your bit."
"Tell us all about Blackpool Pier, is Cyril Smith daft or queer,
Or is he just a typical Northern twit?" CHORUS

Now Sydney Brown's a right old drag, on 'Parkinson ' or 'Melvyn Bragg',
He's even done 'The Terry Wogan Show.'
His dirty postcards are the rage, they've been adapted for the stage
By Andy Weber - and he ought to know. CHORUS


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: matchstick men, matchstick cats and dogs
From: HuwG
Date: 12 Feb 03 - 09:14 AM

A variation from the Baron Knights:

With big rosettes and coloured scarves
They go to cheer their favourite stars
They all look forward to their Saturdays
There's one young lad
lives down our street
With bovver boots* upon his feet
And a can of aerosol he freely sprays

And he painted grandma's cat
And he painted grandpa's dog
He painted a couple on the corner of the street
Who were having a snog
One day he fell down on his can
And his aerosol went bang!
And his cap and his pair of boots
Were all that they found.



*Bovver boots = "bother" boots; London-speak, subsequently adopted by the rest of Britain in the mid-1970's for the large, often studded boots worn by skinheads and other thugs.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: matchstick men, matchstick cats and dogs
From: caz2ufolk
Date: 12 Feb 03 - 12:16 PM

Thank you songs2play,clansfolk and HuwG for your replies. :)
Caz


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: matchstick men, matchstick cats and dogs
From: Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull
Date: 14 Sep 03 - 01:45 PM

There's a programme about L.S.Lowry on BBC 1 in ten minutes.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: matchstick men, matchstick cats and dogs
From: harvey andrews
Date: 14 Sep 03 - 03:06 PM

Fred Wedlock's parody is of the original lyric and tune and did not come first.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: matchstick men, matchstick cats and dogs
From: GUEST,Crystal
Date: 15 Sep 03 - 09:13 AM

Who wrote Matchstick men and Matchstick cats and dogs anyway? I've heard it on a Spinners album but I lost the sleave notes about thirty seconds after getting the dratted thing home!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: matchstick men, matchstick cats and dogs
From: Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull
Date: 15 Sep 03 - 09:17 AM

Brian and Mikeal wrote it.
ps i think i spelled micael wrong, but you know waht i mean.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: matchstick men, matchstick cats and dogs
From: GUEST,Capt Bill
Date: 18 Jan 08 - 06:42 PM

Matchstick Men and matchstick cats and dogs.

Brian Burke/Michael Coleman

He painted Salford;s smokey tops
On cardboard boxes from the shop

and parts of ancoats were I used to play
I'm sure he once walded down our street
Cause he painted kids who had nowt on their feet
The clothes we wore had all see better days.

Now they said his works of art were dull
No room all round the wall are full
But Lowry didn[t care much anyway
The said he just paints cats and dosg
And matchstick men and matchstick cats and dogs

And he painted matchstick men and match stick cats and dogs
He painted kids on the corner of the street that were sparking clogs
Now he takes his brush and waits outside them factory gates
To pain his matchstick men and matchstick cats and dogs

Now canvas and brushes were wearing thin
When London started calling him
To come on down and wear the old flat cap
They said tell us all about your ways
And all about them Salford days
Is it true your're just and ordinary chap

And he painted matchstick men and match stick cats and dogs
He painted kids on the corner of the street that were sparking clogs
Now he takes his brush and waits outside them factory gates
To pain his matchstick men and matchstick cats and dogs

Now Lowry's hang upon the wall
Beside the greatest of them all
And even the Mona Lisa takes a bow
This tired old man with hair like snow
Told northern folk its time to go
The fever came and the good loard mopped his brow

And he left us matchstick men and match stick cats and dogs
He left us kids on the corner of the street that were sparking clogs
Now he takes his brush and waits outside them pearly gates
To pain his matchstick men and matchstick cats and dogs


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: matchstick men, matchstick cats and dogs
From: GUEST,sharon
Date: 04 Apr 09 - 01:19 PM

I am teaching a year 4 class about LS Lowry and would like to obtain a CD if poss of Matchstalk men and matchstalk cats and dogs (Brian and Michael)to support my lessons - any idea where? thanks


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: matchstick men, matchstick cats and dogs
From: Joe Offer
Date: 04 Apr 09 - 04:09 PM

Hi, Sharon - You can download the song at Amazon.uk - < ahref=http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_ss_w_h_?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-music&field-keywords=matchstalk+men&x=18&y=25>Click this link for a selection. If you click the "album" name, you'll probably find that some of the albums are also available in CD format. I have it on the Foster & Allen CD titled Best Friends, which is still available. There was also a recording by the Spinners on an album called A Golden Hour of the Spinners, but I don't know if that CD is still available.
This Google Image Search (click) will take you to Lowry paintings.
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: matchstick men, matchstick cats and dogs
From: Acorn4
Date: 04 Apr 09 - 05:57 PM

Pebbledash

1.He painted windmills, fields and flowers,
And spent many a pleasant hour
Like many Dutch painters who had gone before.
Though his forms were somewhat indistinct
There was nothing there to make you think
That Mondriaan could take the world by storm.

2.Now and then he sold one or two
For friends to hang up in the loo
For nowt but just a few odd shillings and pence
When suddenly he realised,
As the scales came falling from his eyes,
There are people out there with much more money than sense.

And he painted parallel lines in black,
Some thick some thin,
And rectangles (some of which he coloured in,)
In yellow, blue, red (but not green,)
His paintings can be seen
Sit back and watch the cash come rolling in.

3.Now Jackson Pollock could wield a brush
And came out with some nifty stuff
And saw what Mondriaan had done for art,
Said to himself "I'll have a bash
At finding pillocks with loads of cash"
(He lived in the America so he had a headstart!)

4.He said "Now I will fool them all"
And put his canvas on the floor,
And threw paint at it from a very great height,
And all the people gazed on with wonder
and said
"but is it art, Miranda?"
And paid a fortune for this load of sh…ining examples of 20th century neo-plasticism.

And he painted splashes and drips and drops and blibs and blobs
To the amazement of all those arty snobs,
He said "I've opened up the gates
If you can piss then you can paint
And in the process earn yourself a few bob."

5.So everyone can have some fun,
Paint with your willy or your bum
And you'll create a modern work of art
Everywhere Mondriaans are seen
With a load of Pollocks in between
So let's go out and get an Arts Council grant.

6.Just bullshit you will fool them all
And get work on the gallery wall
Maybe even become a millionaire
Scape upsome dogmess covered in fllies
And you might win the Turner Prize
The world's your oyster if you only dare.

So paint those splashes and drips and drops and splits and splats,
And even include a couple of matchstick cats,
Go on have a bash
And paint that pebbledash
And sell it to a load of pretentious prats.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Cats and...
From: GUEST,rich
Date: 03 Nov 13 - 12:50 AM

What are the children singing at the end of this song


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Cats and...
From: GUEST
Date: 03 Nov 13 - 02:06 AM

Chord suggestions?? Please


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Cats and...
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 03 Nov 13 - 04:49 AM

And paint that pebbledash / And sell it to a load of pretentious prats.

What is with folkies & 'modern' art? I heard a poet giving a similar hatched job to Tracey Emin's 'masturbation drawings' during the Fylde Festival a couple of months back - but at least got me to look 'em up on line and they really are quite amazing. So - a strange sort of heads up, but a grim testimony to the underlying conservatism that reveals Folk's self-righteous ignorance in all its reactionary glory. Depressing!

I'm with Grayson Perry on Lowry : In the 1950s and 60s, The Guardian newspaper used to feature Lowry's art all the time. He represented working-class views. The exhibition Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life at Tate Britain didn't do him any favours. When you see all his work together you realise how repetitive it is. The subject matter is working class and everything has a nice back story to it but then you look at the work, and the style of it is quite twee, quite children's bookish. It grates on you after the 58th viewing."

The only really good stuff he did was his surreal 'self portraits' which featured a series of stark obelisks which show him thinking outside of his usual box in a quest for something more worthy of his craft than mawkish visions of ghastly fecking matchstalk men. Read about 'em here:

Lowry Paintings Saved For The Nation By Sunderland Museum


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Cats and...
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 03 Nov 13 - 05:12 AM

"Amazing" is a good word. I think most people might agree that's an appropriate word.

I quite like Grayson Perry's work myself. Decorative. But I think it's a lot more likely that it will be Lowry that people are more likely to be remembering as evocative of a time gone by in a hundred years time.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Cats and...
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 03 Nov 13 - 08:04 AM

No way. Lowry will be a mere footnote remembered in the same way people remember the bloody song - a ghastly novelty.

The Emin drawings are amazing in every sense, of course. Like Grayson Perry, she's a national treasure who's questing personality is every bit as compelling as her art. I remember the chap who objected to them did so because the exhibition was in the Turner Gallery. You just know Turner would have loved them too, not only of themselves but Emin's place in the Tradition of Great British Art & Artists which old Lawrence there was entirely oblivious of. Not that I'm against untutored feral outsider art - I'm a huge fan of Alfred Wallis - just don't see that Lowry's art (with few exceptions) is anything but a mawkish misrepresentation of working class culture, a bit like that song.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Cats and...
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 03 Nov 13 - 08:45 AM

Guest Rich:
From memory only,
The kids in the background are singing "The good ship sails on the alley alley O"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Cats and...
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 03 Nov 13 - 01:18 PM

"Mawkish - Of faintly sickly flavour; feebly or falsely sentimental"

Admire Lowrie's work or not, that is a completely absurd term to use of it. In fact Grayson's in going on to say "It grates on you after the 58th viewing" seems to indicate a certain awareness of it's absurdity. It's a bit like saying "I don't really like sausages. After I've eaten 58 of them I find I can't face any more".t

I think it's generally true that we take from art what we bring to it. The song shouldn't be allowed to get in the way. The writers of the song were looking through eyes that can reasonably enough be called sentimental - though I'd challenge whether it was "feebly or falsely sentimental" - but that doesn't seem to be how Lowrie was looking at his subjects.

As for which of us is right about how people in a hundred years will regard Lowrie, or Grayson Perry, or Tracy Emin, we won't be there to find out.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Cats and...
From: GUEST,Rich
Date: 03 Nov 13 - 02:58 PM

Nigel Parsons

Thank you


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Cats and...
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 04 Nov 13 - 03:43 AM

we won't be there to find out

True - but, but in terms of the significance, continuance & tradition of Great British Art, you can bet your bottom dollar it won't be Lowry.

Anyway, I was just miffed with people who like the one thing doing so thinking of the other thing being for 'pretentious prats', which of course they never are, are they?

As for the song... In the context of the political, social & cultural realities of 1978 it was offered up as the blandest of all possible hot-pots spiked with diazepam for a country on the verge of collapse - and was swallowed up wholesale. The first time I heard it was from a floor-singer at our local folk club, who introduced as '...proper bloody music about proper bloody art...' - an attitude which sadly prevails. In the context of the other popular music of the time (which is perhaps best exemplified by the Factory's Short Circuit compilation) I would have thought calling it 'feeble & false' was doing the blessed thing a favour.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Cats and...
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 04 Nov 13 - 09:10 PM

How a song is "offered up " is not relevant to whether it's a good song or not.

And of course if we don't like a song about an artist we shouldn't allow that to get in the way. Does anyone feel contempt towards Van Gogh because they don't like it.

In the same way it's wrong to let the likes of Saatchi and the hedge fund art marketeers colour how we estimate Damian Hurst and his diamond studded skull, and the rest. No call to, and no need to either.

But I admit to a Van Gogh fuelled instinct that at any time, if the market and the art critics like something, I feel sceptical about its merits.


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