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Lyr Req: London Jack of All Trades

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Subject: lyrics required;london jack of all trade
From: sid the ferret
Date: 04 Jul 04 - 09:09 AM

i'm looking for a song lyric done by Leon Rosselson back in the 70s,the 'London jack of all trades'.Starts'i'm a roving blade of many a trade/i've every trade and all trades/and if you want to know mt name/its london jack of all trades'.
    At this point my memory gives out!It was done on a Rosselson record with Roy Baily singing and Martin Carthy playing(not sure what Leon did)It's an adaptation of a Dublin song that works well,esp.if you know the lyrics.
                         ta very much,
                                       Sid.


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Subject: RE: lyrics required;london jack of all trade
From: masato sakurai
Date: 04 Jul 04 - 09:18 AM

Seems to be a version of ... Jack of All Trades.


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Subject: RE: lyrics required;london jack of all trade
From: Leadfingers
Date: 04 Jul 04 - 09:34 AM

As has been pointed out before , all you need to do is look in the Search Box and there is a wealth of information available .


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: london jack of all trades
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 07 Jul 04 - 09:14 AM

However, we don't have a London version of this song. We have a Dublin version and a Birmingham version . (Each song mentions lots of street names in its city; that seems to be the whole point of the song.) Someone requested a Nottingham version , and someone else confirmed that such a song exists, but no one supplied the lyrics.

Harry Boardman recorded a cassette called "Personal Selection" in 1986, which contains a song called THE STREETS OF LONDON (JACK OF ALL TRADES), which might be the song that is wanted. I was unable to find any lyrics.


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Subject: Lyr Add: JACK OF ALL TRADES
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 07 Jul 04 - 09:19 AM

This probably isn't the one requested, but it's amusing nonetheless. It caught my eye because the subject heading was "sexual intercourse." From Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, Firth c.18(250):

JACK OF ALL TRADES

Oh, I am a drover. I drive along the road.
I keep as good a riding nag as the country can afford.
If I spur her in the sides, it will make them for to swell,
And then I'll send her to the doctor till she does get well.

CHORUS: I am a roving Jack of all trades, and a roving blade I be.
I am a roving Jack of all trades in town and country.

Sometimes I am a tanner. I tan all in my pit.
Sometimes I tan my leather dry. Sometimes I tan it wet.
If I was tanning leather for seven long years or more,
Oh, it's then I'd tan the leather which was never tanned before.

Sometimes I am a thresher and at work so merrily sing,
And with a flail all in my hand, I make the floor to ring.
And if my master's maid comes in to bring me a drop of beer,
I'll kiss her and I'll talk to her, and call her my only dear.

Sometimes I make a cook. In London town I dwell.
I live at the sign of the dripping pan. The lasses know me well.
And if a pretty maid comes in, and wants a dainty bit,
I'll cut her off the primest slice that is upon the spit.

Sometimes I am a weaver. I weave my linen long.
All for to please my customers, I'll weave my linen strong;
For if a pretty maid comes in to choose a pretty web,
I'll throw my shuttle to and fro and never break a thread.


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Subject: Lyr Add: STREETS OF LONDON / JACK OF ALL TRADES
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 07 Jul 04 - 09:22 AM

I posted this a few years ago in thanks at receiving the Birmingham version from Tim Salt:

To reciprocate, here is the London version off the Critics album Sweet Thames Flow Softly (Argo ZDA47)

Confusingly they call it The Streets of London. The sleeve notes say: "Words: John Halsted, Tune: Irish Traditional Dublin Street Song 'Jack of All Trades'. John Halsted, a product of Westminster Choir School and now an outstanding atomic physicist, wrote a number of songs during the skiffle era. This is the best of them."

THE STREETS OF LONDON
(John Halsted)

1. I'm a roving blade of many a trade. I've every trade and all trades.
And if you want to know my name, then call me Jack of all trades.
I'd often heard of London town, the pride of every nation.
At twenty-one it's here I've come to try for a situation.

CHORUS: I'm a roving Jack of all trades, of every trade and all trades,
And if you want to know me name, they call me Jack of all trades.

2. In Covent Garden I began and there I was a porter.
My boss and I we soon fell out which made acquaintance shorter.
Then I drove a number 46 from Waterloo to Wembley,
Where I became an engineer on aeroplane assembly.

3. In Charlotte Street I was a chef, in Stepney Green a tailor,
But very soon they laid us off, so I became a sailor.
In Rotherhithe a stevedore, in Gray's Inn Road a grinder.
On Hampstead Heath I lost my wife, it's sad but I could never find her.

4. In Downing Street I was a lord. In Denmark Street I made songs.
In every street and all streets with my banjo I played songs.
In Harley Street I was a quack, in Turnham Green a teacher,
On Highbury Hill a half-back, and on Primrose Hill a preacher.

5. In Gower Street I'd furniture. With fleas and bugs I sold it.
In Leicester Square a big white card I often stood to hold it.
By London Bridge I'd lodging beds for all who made their way there,
For London is of high renown and Scotsmen often stay there.

6. I'm a roving blade of many a trade. I've every trade and all trades.
And if you want to know my name, then call me Jack of all trades.
I've tried my hand at everything from herringbones to hat pegs,
But I can raise my head and say I've never been a blackleg.

[For non-UK readers: no 46 is a 'bus route, Primrose Hill, like Tower Hill is a place where people go to stand on soapboxes and address the interested, the big white card is a sandwich board.]

RtS


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Subject: Lyr Add: JACK OF ALL TRADES
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 07 Jul 04 - 09:24 AM

Another version of the same genre, but the imagery is a bit more graphic. From Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, Harding B 25(937):

JACK OF ALL TRADES

Sometimes I am a cook. In London I do dwell,
And keep the sign of the dripping pan. The lasses know full well.
And when a pretty maid comes in that loves a dainty bit,
I treat her with a rump steak fresh off the spit.

CHORUS: Then it's "O brave Jack of all trades," the lasses they do cry,
Still tipping me the wink, my boys, whenever I pass by.

Sometimes I am a shoemaker and work with Venus's bones,
And for to keep the leather soft, I keep a pair of stones.
There's my pegging awl and pinchers, and lasts of every size.
I know the length of a fair maid's foot by looking at her eyes.

Sometimes I am a barber and use my fingers light,
And when a pretty maid comes in, I put her to her sight;
And either on my floor, my boys, or in my dressing chair,
Then I pull out my curling tongs and twigs her to an hair.

Sometimes I am a barnman and keeps a dainty flail,
With two swupples to my handstaff well tackled to my tail;
And if a bonny lass comes in as I am on the floor,
While the swupple is at work, the handstaff bangs against the door.

Sometimes I am a miller; a miller then I am,
And pull off my breeches to wade the milldam.
My stones they grind both cunning and still,
And I always double toll when I get to the mill.

Sometimes I am a mason and work in stone and clay,
And am as good a mason as ever stone did lay.
My dwelling's in a small land lying between two braes,
And before I lay my stones right, I must be on my knees.

Sometimes I am a baker and bake both white and brown,
And keeps as good a rustling pole as any had in town;
And if my oven be too hot, I dare not put it in,
For if I burn my rustling pole, my skill's not worth a pin.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: london jack of all trades
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 07 Jul 04 - 09:30 AM

Roger: I don't know how I missed your previous post. It's here, in the same thread as BIRMINGHAM JACK OF ALL TRADES, which I did look at. Thanks.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: london jack of all trades
From: Leadfingers
Date: 07 Jul 04 - 11:09 AM

The version by John Halsted was recorded by him on an ARGO album of the Critics Group , who were the residents at Ewen MacColls Singers club in the sixties . Interesting looking at the other cities variations .


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