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Lyr Req: I Borrowed the Bloke's Next Door

GUEST,Dave Evardson 09 Nov 03 - 01:10 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: I borrowed the bloke's next door
From: GUEST,Dave Evardson
Date: 09 Nov 03 - 01:10 PM

Heard once about fifteen years ago sung on TV by 2 Ronnies, remember it was very funny, but couldn't find it in R Barker's (aka Gerald Wiley's) anthology. Assume it's someone else's, even original music-hall? Can anyone help with lyrics, tune or any other info? Ta.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I borrowed the bloke's next door
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 09 Nov 03 - 10:12 PM

Would like this one too please.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I borrowed the bloke's next door
From: GUEST,LondonNick
Date: 03 Oct 04 - 04:32 PM

I borrowed the bloke's next door
I borrowed the bloke's next door
Its a big one a beauty
And he doesnt use it anymore
It's had its share of wear and tear
Got scratches and scrapes galore
But there's plenty of life left in it yet
So I borrowed the bloke's next door

Is this the one you mean?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I borrowed the bloke's next door
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 04 Oct 04 - 12:37 AM

Sounds like it could be.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I borrowed the bloke's next door
From: Tannywheeler
Date: 04 Oct 04 - 08:01 PM

Careful, Fooles. Not sure what it is or where-all it's been. Don't put that thing in your mouth.   Tw


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I borrowed the bloke's next door
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 04 Oct 04 - 08:35 PM

I don't DO that sort of thing...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I borrowed the bloke's next door
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 07 Oct 04 - 10:43 PM

It seems to have something in common with AIN'T IT A BEAUTY.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I borrowed the bloke's next door
From: GUEST,Curious Clouseau
Date: 08 Oct 04 - 07:36 AM

Does anyone have the full version of "I borrowed the Blokes next door"?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I borrowed the bloke's next door
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 08 Oct 04 - 09:20 AM

I'd let you have my copy, but the bloke next door borrowed it...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Borrowed the Bloke's Next Door
From: GUEST,Madman
Date: 13 Sep 06 - 05:18 PM

Any chance of reviving this thread, maybe someone has a recording of the Two Ronnies broadcast the other night. I didn't get to the DVD recorder in time.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Borrowed the Bloke's Next Door
From: GUEST,GUEST:Dave
Date: 09 Aug 09 - 02:52 PM

Looks like it's six years since I last consulted Mudcat on this. Drat - thought I'd kicked the habit!

I still haven't found this song - & apologies to LondonNick for failing to acknowledge that single verse (or could it be the chorus?)

I even wrote to Joy Barker (Ronnie's widow) who sent me a very nice reply to say she recalled hearing it but confirmed the lyric's never been published.

I'm wondering whether to save up & trawl through all the 2Rs' DVDs till I find it. Would you call that over-obsessive?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Borrowed the Bloke's Next Door
From: GUEST,LondonNick
Date: 13 Feb 10 - 10:48 PM

GuestDave you are a man obsessed indeed! I wish my memory were better and I could recall all the lyrics. All I can remember, other than the chorus, was that the song was about a fella who lived by the sea and constantly needed to borrow from his neighbour, with every verse being about a different item and of course full of double entendre. A gramophone I think was the final object.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Borrowed the Bloke's Next Door
From: GUEST,Raid
Date: 15 Mar 10 - 02:53 PM

I remember this old Music hall sketch from the 2 Ronnies and don't know why but it has stuck with me over the years and have never ever seen it again. If this is ever found it must be uploaded straight away to You Tube.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Borrowed the Bloke's Next Door
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 15 Mar 10 - 06:23 PM

This won't help find the song, but it's an interesting take on Ronnie Barker's life, running an antique shop in Chipping Norton, after he retired from telly in 1987, as "a nice, modest townsman with things to do with his time..."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Borrowed the Bloke's Next Door
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 17 Mar 10 - 11:57 AM

I searched for "I borrowed the bloke's next door" (in quotes) using Google (click for results) and it turns out Mudcat is the ONLY place where this phrase is found.

This is a very odd situation, considering Google gives "about 123,000" hits on "Two Ronnies."

Is it possible we have the title wrong?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Borrowed the Bloke's Next Door
From: GUEST
Date: 01 Nov 10 - 02:40 PM

I remember this too and would love to see it pop up on Youtube or such a place. I seem to recall the two Ronnies being dressed in various outfits while they sang this - one being typical Blackpool postcards style old ladies. The chorus definitely was: "I borrowed the blokes next door." I'd love some more info on this song


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Borrowed the Bloke's Next Door
From: Charley Noble
Date: 01 Nov 10 - 04:38 PM

Never give up a good search!

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Borrowed the Bloke's Next Door
From: GUEST,LondonNick
Date: 10 Mar 11 - 09:22 AM

To the guest who remembers the song being performed by both the Ronnies in changing outfits, I believe you may be mistaken. I think it was performed by Ronnie Barker only, accompanied by a troupe of can-can girls. It was performed in old-time musical hall style and may have had a seafront backdrop. I know that I have this sketch on VHS but I have over 200 tapes and have no clue as to which one it is on.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Borrowed the Bloke's Next Door
From: GUEST,Richard
Date: 28 Mar 11 - 05:33 PM

It was indeed performed by Ronnie Barker alone in a music hall style and filmed in mock flickering black and white as though he were a performer on a 1920s stage. I think he had a large black moustache like Monsieur Eddie Grey and a straw boater.

I remember it very clearly and like other subscribers here have been desperately searching the web for it - it was one of the funniest skits they've done.

I can't believe it's not found it's way into youtube before now.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Borrowed the Bloke's Next Door
From: GUEST,Kate
Date: 29 Jul 11 - 06:07 PM

I remember this, too and would love to see the clip again but it's not on the Two Ronnies DVDs. I remember the line,

"So, I borrowed the bloke's next door; yes, I borrowed the bloke's next door,
it's a fine one, a beauty and he doesn't use it any more,
it's had it's share of wear and tear with scratches and scrapes galore,
but there's plenty of life left in it yet, so I borrowed the bloke's next door."

I think he started off talking about a bed and ended up talking about his wife?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Borrowed the Bloke's Next Door
From: GUEST
Date: 09 Jun 12 - 08:59 AM

This song came into my head again today, I read through the thread and was hoping LondonNick had struck gold! Never give up!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Borrowed the Bloke's Next Door
From: GUEST,Www.stevebarclay.com
Date: 15 Apr 13 - 06:34 PM

I wanted to use this song in music hall cd Danny la rue said I should contact ronnie at chipping norton. I did and the result was ronnie gave me about 12 more songs. The song is on my cd album Steve Barclay's Variety Music Hall. Ronnie was so kind to me!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Borrowed the Bloke's Next Door
From: Leadfingers
Date: 15 Apr 13 - 07:08 PM

website


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Borrowed the Bloke's Next Door
From: GUEST
Date: 06 Jul 13 - 04:27 AM

Could you post the lyrics Steve? And utopia would be a clip of Ronnie doing this. I couldn't find it on your site


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Borrowed the Bloke's Next Door
From: GUEST
Date: 01 Oct 13 - 01:26 PM

Amazing that there is a thread about this, as like similar comments it has stuck with me throughout the years.

Yes i can remember it was Ronnie Barker soloing in a mock Black and White Vaudeville act.

A true inspiration and legend.

I think some might be getting mixed up with this sketch
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQf9tUjNPwA


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Borrowed the Bloke's Next Door
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Sep 15 - 04:34 PM

If anyone is still looking at this thread, the sketch is in Series 11 Episode 5, first broadcast in 1985.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Borrowed the Bloke's Next Door
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 13 Sep 15 - 11:29 PM

old threads never die - 10 years later we get the answer

thanks, guest

sandra


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Borrowed the Bloke's Next Door
From: GUEST,Scabby Douglas
Date: 14 Sep 15 - 07:00 AM

This episode - at about 25:00 https://youtu.be/bl5HmJ5nV0g


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Borrowed the Bloke's Next Door
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 15 Sep 15 - 05:13 PM

OK, here's a first draft of a transcription; corrections are eagerly wanted:


I BORROWED THE BLOKE'S NEXT DOOR
As sung by Ronnie Barker on "The Two Ronnies" Season 11 Episode 5.

1. My name it is Ben Oppitt(?) and you won't have heard of me.
I live with my wife Mary in a cottage by the sea.
The bloke next door is Billy Biggs who works the promenade.
He played a joke(?) for fortune selling Plenty's(?) lemonade.
…(?) of all the things he's got, so I borrow them instead.
Last week I felt a proper fool when I broke our ...(?)

CHORUS: So I borrowed the bloke's next door.
I borrowed the bloke's next door.
It's a big one, a beauty, and he doesn't use it any more.
It's had its share of wear and tear, and scratches and scrapes galore,
But there's plenty of life left in it yet, so I borrowed the bloke's next door.

2. One day last year my darling wife, she left me on my own.
She ...(?) up to London town to visit her sister Joan.
Throughout the week I couldn't sleep for the first time in my life,
And all night long I'd toss and turn 'cause I missed my loving wife.

CHORUS, WITH LAST LINE:
But there's plenty of life left in me yet, so I borrowed the bloke's next door.

3. But when my Mary came back home, she'd caught the city style.
She loved to dance and craved romance; 'twas "love me" all the while.
I sang to her love's old sweet songs till I was on my knees.
"Oh, come on, Ben, again, again!" she'd plead …(?) and tease.

CHORUS, WITH LAST LINE:
But still it's got a lovely tone, the bloke's gramophone next door.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Borrowed the Bloke's Next Door
From: GUEST
Date: 16 Sep 15 - 05:04 AM

I hear the first verse as:

1. My name it is Ben Oppitt(?) and you won't have heard of me.
I live with my wife Mary in a cottage by the sea.
The bloke next door is Billy Biggs who works the promenade.
He's made himself a fortune selling Plenty's(?) lemonade.
I can't afford the things he's got, so I borrow them instead
Last week I felt a proper fool when I broke our double bed

Sounds like "Plenny's" lemonade - but no idea if that makes more sense?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Borrowed the Bloke's Next Door
From: GUEST
Date: 16 Sep 15 - 05:08 AM

2. One day last year my darling wife, she left me on my own.
She slung 'er hook up to London town to visit her sister Joan.
Throughout the week I couldn't sleep for the first time in my life,
And all night long I'd toss and turn 'cause I missed my loving wife.

3. But when my Mary came back home, she'd caught the city style.
She loved to dance and craved romance; 'twas "love me" all the while.
I sang to her love's old sweet songs till I was on my knees.
"Oh, come on, Ben, again, again!" she'd plead, cajole and tease.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Borrowed the Bloke's Next Door
From: Scabby Douglas
Date: 16 Sep 15 - 05:09 AM

Sorry - last two posts were me (lost cookie).

SD


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Borrowed the Bloke's Next Door
From: JHW
Date: 16 Sep 15 - 04:11 PM

Hi Bob,
This is Alan next door. I'm sorry, but I have a confession to make to you.
I've been riddled with guilt these past few months and have been trying to pluck up the courage to tell you to your face but I am at least now telling in text as I can't live with myself a moment longer without you knowing.
The truth is, I have been sharing your wife, day and night when you're not around.
In fact, probably more than you, particularly in the mornings after you've left for work.
I haven't been getting it at home recently, but that's no excuse I know.
I can no longer live with the guilt and I hope you will accept my sincerest apologies.
My wife knows and I've promised her that it won't happen again.
Regards, Alan.

Bob, feeling anguished and betrayed, went into his bedroom, grabbed his gun, and without a word, shot his wife twice in the head, killing her instantly.
He returned to the den where he poured himself a stiff drink and sat down on the sofa.
He took out his phone to respond to the neighbour's text and saw he had another message:-



Hi Bob,
This is Alan next door again.
Sorry about the slight typo on my last text, I expect you worked it out.
Anyway, as I'm sure you noticed, my predictive text changed 'WiFi' To 'Wife'.
Hope you saw the funny side of that.
Regards, Alan.


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