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Lyr Req: Mr. Sears and Roebuck (from Dorothy Shay)

GUEST,Thurber720 21 Apr 03 - 12:21 PM
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Jim Dixon 24 Apr 03 - 02:27 AM
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GUEST,Kathy--grand niece and goddaughter 15 Sep 08 - 11:34 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Mr. Sears and Roebuck
From: GUEST,Thurber720
Date: 21 Apr 03 - 12:21 PM

I'm looking for the lyrics to a great old novelty number, sung, I think, by Dorothy Shay ("The Park Avenue Hillbilly"). It begins, "Dear Mr. Sears and Roebuck/I've been sittin' here a-thumbin' through your book//On page a hundred ninety-nine/There's a stove that's might fine/ and a fella in an apron like a cook." The second verse ends up with something about "so he can teach me how to cook with gas." Thanks!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Sears and Roebuck
From: GUEST
Date: 22 Apr 03 - 07:09 AM

Dorothy Shay Columbia 38418 Mister Sears And Roebuck/Broke Your Promise


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Subject: Lyr Add: MR. SEARS AND ROEBUCK
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 24 Apr 03 - 02:27 AM

Here is my transcription from an mp3 file found on this page. (Click here to play.) No information there but the title and that it came from an "ancient 78 RPM record." (It also says "Copyrights expired long ago" but he may be mistaken.) The voice is female--possibly Dorothy Shay? Anyway, there is a list on that page of other songs with mp3's that might be worth examining.
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MR. SEARS AND ROEBUCK

Dear Mister Sears and Roebuck:
I been sittin' here a-thumbin' through your book.
Page a hundred ninety-nine
Shows a stove that's mighty fine
And a feller in an apron like a cook.

Dear Mister Sears and Roebuck:
That electric stove's away above my class.
It's a beauty, yes indeed,
But the thing I really need
Is that man to teach me how to cook with gas.

Don't send the stove. It's the kind I'd like to buy,
But I ain't makin' much singin' ballads.
I don't need the stove, but if I could have a guy,
He could toss me around like his salads.

Oh, Mister Sears and Roebuck:
All the items in your catalog are slick,
But the gadget I'd admire
Is that man beside my fire.
Take his apron off and send him to me quick.

Dear Mister Sears and Roebuck:
I been checkin' your supplies for tennis courts.
There is somethin' I should get--
Not a racket or a net--
But I sure could use that rascal in the shorts.

Dear Mister Sears and Roebuck:
Your canoe on page a hundred forty-three--
Now that's the type that I would pick,
But I'm up a diff'rent crick.
Can't you send a feller here to paddle me?

I don't want a bath. Soapy water makes me howl.
Don't the folks in your ads ever mind it?
I can't use a bath. You can keep your Turkish towel;
Only ship me the sheik from behind it.

Don't mean to fuss, poor Roebuck,
But you'll never fill my order, it appears.
If the shortage is acute,
I'm an easy girl to suit.
I'll shut up if you will send me Mister Sears, if he ain't taken.
I'll shut up if you will send me Mister Sears.

[Information from at Penn State library:
Title: MISTER SEARS & ROEBUCK
Collection: PENNSYLVANIANS
Composers: Ray Gilbert, William Okie, Al Gannay.
Arranger: Harry Simeone.
Publisher: Paul Warnow 1949 (Spec. Lyrics OK'd by Mr. McGregor)]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Sears and Roebuck
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 24 Apr 03 - 05:23 AM

Thank you Mr. Dixon for the words and the link!

Sincerely,
Gargoyle


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Sears and Roebuck
From: GUEST,thurber720
Date: 24 Apr 03 - 04:16 PM

Dear Mr. Dixon:   Thank you, thank you!!! It all comes back to me now; and in the earlier post mentioning "You Broke Your Promise", I was pleased to realize that I remember ALL the words to that one!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Sears and Roebuck
From: GUEST,Kathy--grand niece and goddaughter
Date: 15 Sep 08 - 11:34 PM

Just ran across this old post..so thought I'd take a moment to affirm it is indeed a tune by my Aunt Dot--aka Dorothy Shay.

The link given above appears to be dead, but you can listen/purchase the song on either itunes or rhapsody...thanks to a recent rerelease of the material on the CD "Here's Dorothy Shay"

http://www.ilike.com/artist/Dorothy+Shay/album/Here%27s+Dorothy+Shay

Cheers! And thanks for the lyrics...I'm trying to gather them while avoiding having to transcribe them myself!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Sears and Roebuck (from Dorothy Shay)
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Apr 13 - 09:03 AM


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Sears and Roebuck (from Dorothy Shay)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 17 Apr 13 - 12:15 PM

Bowling Green State University has the sheet music. It's not viewable online, but their catalog has this information:

MISTER SEARS AND ROEBUCK
Words by Ray Gilbert and William Okie ; music by Al Gannaway.
Hollywood, CA : Mark Warnow Music, ©1949.
"Recorded by Dorothy Shay on Columbia Records"

I consider the above information to be definitive, although some other sources say the title is "Mr. Sears & Mr. Roebuck" or other variations.

By the way, I listened to Dorothy Shay's recording on Spotify, and her lyrics correspond EXACTLY to those I posted back in 2003, which I copied from another website.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Sears and Roebuck (from Dorothy Shay)
From: GUEST,kathyc from dorothyshay.com
Date: 19 May 13 - 09:48 PM

Great thread guys...I get lyrics requests all the time and short of sitting down to listen and transcribe (which is NOT happening) my only other recourse is wonderful folks like you who've already done the dirty work!!

Tonight, I was wanting to post the cover art from the sheet music, a youtube link, and the lyrics on the facebook page...THANKS!

KathyC from www.dorothyshay.com
Dorothy Shay on Facebook


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Sears and Roebuck (from Dorothy Shay)
From: GUEST,kathyc from dorothyshay.com
Date: 19 May 13 - 09:51 PM

Oh how embarrassing...I see that I chimed in 5 years ago....my memory is going!


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