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Lyr Req: I've Only Come Down for the Day

fogie 16 Sep 03 - 04:41 AM
Trevor 16 Sep 03 - 11:05 AM
Steve Parkes 16 Sep 03 - 12:10 PM
GUEST,MCP, Lyric Add 16 Sep 03 - 05:56 PM
GUEST,fogie 17 Sep 03 - 07:00 AM
Steve Parkes 17 Sep 03 - 10:21 AM
Mr Happy 25 Mar 09 - 09:34 AM
GUEST,BoldBen (Guest) 27 Oct 16 - 04:38 PM
Mr Happy 27 Oct 16 - 05:47 PM
Mr Happy 27 Oct 16 - 05:54 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: I've only come down for the day
From: fogie
Date: 16 Sep 03 - 04:41 AM

While I'm about it can anyone supply these words, that I heard Cuckoo Oak singing a while ago, and sound music hall.It doesnt seem to be in the DT


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've only come down for the day
From: Trevor
Date: 16 Sep 03 - 11:05 AM

Chris Bartlett sings this one fogie. If I see him before you do I'll ask him.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've only come down for the day
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 16 Sep 03 - 12:10 PM

It's a Music Hall song, performed by Sam mayo ("The Immobile One"), and resurrected by Cosmotheka. I don't know all the words (I don't know most of the words!), so I can't help there; and my vinyl is inaccessible just now, so I can't transcribe it from the record. I bet someone will come up with the goods, though!

Steve


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Subject: Lyr Add: I'VE ONLY COME DOWN FOR THE DAY
From: GUEST,MCP, Lyric Add
Date: 16 Sep 03 - 05:56 PM

Here it is from Sam Mayo.

Mick

I'VE ONLY COME DOWN FOR THE DAY
(Words and music by Frank Leo; sung by Sam Mayo)

Although I am wearing this Eton boy's hat, I don't go to that famous school.
But still it's an Eton hat too and part of it's moth-eaten too.
I only bought it to go to a school treat; I wanted to swank as they say.
We went to Hastings, and very nice too, but we only went there for the day.
I asked some old chap where the pier was; he stuttered; here's how he began:
"You t-t-t-take the first t-t-t-turning, then g-g-go straight as you can,
Then t-t-t-turn to your l-l-l-left and th-th-th-then the best way
Is to g-g-g-go—"; I said, "That'll do; thank you; I've only come down for the day".

Everyone stared at me Eton Boy's hat as if to say, "He's well-to-do"
And just then some saucy young puff said, "Look at his saucer and cuff".
Talk about beggars, a lot tried to touch me, but I pushed them all on one side.
There was one man with one leg and on crutches came hobbling up to me and cried:
"You've got a kind face, me young fellow, so I hope an old man you'll excuse.
I've lost me left leg by an accident, mate, and a leg ain't a nice thing to lose.
You're lucky, my son, you ain't lost any legs; I've lost one, I'm sorry to say".
I said, "Well I'd help you to find it, old boy, but I've only come down for the day".

There as I sat on a seat all alone a party of lunatics passed.
From some asylum they'd be, and one a-girl looked hard at me.
She broke away unobserved by her keepers and said to me, "Hello, my sweet".
That barmy girl she chucked me under the chin, and then I chucked her under the seat.
Said she, "This is our wedding morning, and soon we shall be man and wife.
We'll love one another for ever and ever and settle in Hastings for life.
We'll just have two children to start with, I think: a boy and a girl; what d'ye say?"
I said, "Well I think, miss, you're asking too much, miss; I've only come down for the day".

Source: Sam Mayo


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've only come down for the day
From: GUEST,fogie
Date: 17 Sep 03 - 07:00 AM

Dear MCP thank you for that, I have to entertain at a society dinner for those afflicted with speech impediments, and it sprung to mind. Naw I just made that up ;-) So Trevor cancel the appointment with Chris, and thanks for reminding me who else does the song.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've only come down for the day
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 17 Sep 03 - 10:21 AM

A better one for a speech-impedimented audience is .... forgotten the name, but it goes
Thuthie, Thuthie, be my little thweet-heart, Thuthie,
You lithp, and I lithp, but your lithp ith worth than my lithp!
Thuthie, Thuthie, I'l pay the theven and thicth for you,
Then the parthon will whithper "Mithter Thammy Thimpson lihtpth,
And Mitheth Thuthie Thimpthon lithpth too!"


Or how about
K-k-k-katy, beautiful Katy, your'e the only g-g-g-girl that I adore ...

The Stuttering Lovers is pretty tame after these!

Steve


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've only come down for the day
From: Mr Happy
Date: 25 Mar 09 - 09:34 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9OLNmZovBw


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've Only Come Down for the Day
From: GUEST,BoldBen (Guest)
Date: 27 Oct 16 - 04:38 PM

I have this in a 'Francis and Day's Album of Old Time Comic Songs' with a copyright date of 1912 and there are a couple of differences from the words you have, he has an Eton suit rather than a hat and the second line of the second verse goes "Well to do and with a few Just place the accent on the 'do'"

The most important difference is that my version has two more verses. The third verse is:

I don't know if it was my Eton boy's suit but all our boys gave me the slip.
As I threw stones in the sea an old fellow came up to me.
He cried, "Hello sonny, are you a native?" I answered, "Now what's the idea?"
Am I a 'native' d'yer think I'm an oyster?", He said, "I mean were you born here?"
A famous old town is Hastings, As history records will teach.
Why William the Conquerer landed at Hastings, Yes landed on this very beach.
I'll give you a shilling, my boy, for yourself If you can tell me straight away,
When _did_ William land?" I said, "I didn't see him, I've only come down for the day."

Your third verse, therefore becomes the fourth verse and the fifth and last verse in my version is:

There on the beach a teetotal brigade Had gathered a very large crowd.
I thought, I may as well stand And hear the sweet strains of the band.
It wasn't bad but somehow the big drum Seemed to worry the drum of my ear.
When that was over, an old chap got up and He said, "My friends be of good cheer,
We've gathered together this morning, to tell you how wicked you've been.
To keep you from spending your money on drink, we shall pass round with our tambourine.
And now, my dear friends, if you've sinn'd in your lives, Come up and confess it I pray!"
Said I, "Well I'd like to confess all my sins, but I've only come down for the day"

I'll agree that the three verses you have are probably the best of the five but thought that putting the other two out there was worth while.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've Only Come Down for the Day
From: Mr Happy
Date: 27 Oct 16 - 05:47 PM

Ah!

Just noticed that my link above is no more.

Here's a refreshed one! {He doesn't stop yapping & start singing 'til 1min 34 secs in] I've Only Come Down for the Day


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've Only Come Down for the Day
From: Mr Happy
Date: 27 Oct 16 - 05:54 PM

BoldBen (Guest),

Many thanks for the missing verses & extra info!


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