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Lyr Req: The Old Cracked Basin (T W Connor)

fleabag 16 Aug 04 - 08:26 AM
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Subject: the old cracked basin
From: fleabag
Date: 16 Aug 04 - 08:26 AM

hope I am doing this right

I am looking for a song/poem with the line in it "..all that he left me was the old cracked basin that we peeled the taters in.."

has anyone ever heard of this. It is apparently about a wife whose husband has left and taken everything they owned but the old basin. It sounded to me like an old folk song and my friend said her mother used to sing it to her when she was growing up.

Anyone???

Thanks

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Subject: RE: the old cracked basin
From: Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull
Date: 17 Aug 04 - 03:24 AM

refresh


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Subject: RE: the old cracked basin
From: fleabag
Date: 17 Aug 04 - 07:22 AM

I don't understand


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Subject: RE: the old cracked basin
From: Greyeyes
Date: 17 Aug 04 - 09:04 AM

fleabag,
the thread was dropping off the bottom of the page so Sir jOhn posted a blank reply to put it back at the top again. It's known as refreshing a thread, to give as many people as possible the chance to notice it and hopefully respond.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: the old cracked basin
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 18 Aug 04 - 06:52 AM

.. and another try... but who knows - sometimes somebody even puts in an answer some years after the original request - so while the thread exists, there is hope of an answer.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: the old cracked basin
From: fleabag
Date: 18 Aug 04 - 06:59 AM

thank you! You are all lovely to help - I will check back again regularly


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: the old cracked basin
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 21 Aug 04 - 06:19 PM

THE OLD CRACKED BASIN is listed at amazon.co.uk. At least the ad contains the information that the song was written by T. W. Connor and published by Francis, Day & Hunter in 1907.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: the old cracked basin
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 21 Aug 04 - 06:20 PM

reviewindex.co.uk tells me that T. W. Connor also wrote these songs:
(This may be a useful resource!)

"Scapegrace" Brother Jack
A Bunch of Shamrock
A Little Bit of Cucumber
A Night In
A Sweet Little Womanly Woman
After All the Shouting
All for Father's Sake
All of a Sudden He Stopped
All on the Nod
All Over the Shop
And His Day's Work Was Done
Angels' Eyes
Another Little "Bird"
Anywhere Does for Me!
As on Their Wedding Day
At My Time o' Life!
Beautiful Home - "On Hire"
Bertie
Come Round and Hear the Gramophone!
Come with Me in My Caravan
Couldn't Help It - Had To
Don't Forget To-Night
'E'd Come a Long Way to Oblige
'E's Allus Got a Cert
Father Keeps On Doing It!
Father Went Down to Southend!
Frozen Meat
Good Night, Nurse!
Good-Bye, Polly
Happy Land
Has Anybody Seen Our Cat?
Having a "Liker"
He Had a Little "Drop"
He Was "One of the Boys"
He's a Pal!
He's Gone Where the Coals Are Cheaper
He's Got to Keep A-Movin'
He's Not Dead Yet
His Own Mother Wouldn't Know Him Now
I Can't Change It!
I Do It for Him Now!
I Finish 'Em Off!
I Love Two Little Girls!
I Must Have a Day Off for That
I Thought It Was My Birthday Come
If I Hadn't Ha' Been So Shy
I'm Going to Ride a Bicycle
I'm One of the Jays
I'm the Airy Fairy
In Ballyhooly
It's a Nice Little Cosy Kitchen
It's a Poor Heart That Never Rejoices
It's Only Once a Year
I've Been Sleeping on the Floor All Night
Knocked Him - In Once
Left - Right!
Let 'Em All Come
Let's Be Jubilant!
Look at the Money You Save
Love's Golden Dream Up to Date
Now We Sha'n't Be Long!
Oh, Nancy Lee!
Oh, What a Change in the Weather
Oh, "Tit Bits"!
Oh, the Business!
Old Dicky Bird
On the Esplanade
One, Two, Three
One's Enough
Only Think of It!
Popping 'Em into Me
Postponed
Puss! Puss! Puss!
Put a Bit of Salt on His Tail
Ready!
Riley Did It!
Sailing Merrily On!
Sally O'Malley
She Don't Want a Maid to Dress Her Hair
She's Just As Much My Sweetheart Now
Sisters and Brothers
So Does Father!
Soap!
Strolling in the Garden
Study Those Who Study You
Sunday at Home
Sweet Norah Grady
Te-Um-Te-Iddley-Ay!
Thank You, for Those Few Nuts!
That's As Far As I Want to Go!
That's the Cutting Part
That's the Time to Go
That's Where I Come In!
The Bally Bull-Dog
The Boys That Do the Fighting
The Convict and the Bird
The Fly and the Treacle-Pot
The Girl with the "Rooster" in Her Hat!
The Goose and the Golden Eggs
The Man Was a Stranger to Me
The Old Cracked Basin
The Place They Call the "Lump"
The Soldier's Farewell
The Treasure Ship
Then We Parted!
There's a Nice How-D'ye-Do!
There's a Pair of Bright Blue Eyes
There's Another Insurance Claim
There's Another One Out o' Work
They All Take After Me
They Can't Diddle Me!
They Made Such a Fuss of Me!
They Soon Made an Angel of Him There
They'll Want Me Later On
Think of the Wives and Children
Tickle-Ickle-Um
Till Pay-Day Comes Again
Turn on the Water!
Under the Mistletoe-Bough
We All Went Home Again
We Didn't Go Home at All
We Never Have an Angry Word
We Used to Gather at the Old Dun Cow
We've All Been Doing a Bit
What a Diff'rence When Your Ship Comes Home!
What Do You Do with Your Money?
What Paddy Gave the Drum
When I Dreamed I Was Santa Claus
When I Got Up This Morning
Who's Going to Mash Me To-Night!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: the old cracked basin
From: fleabag
Date: 22 Aug 04 - 05:19 AM

Jim Dixon you are truly a gentleman and a scholar!! Thank you I now have some focus to my search


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: the old cracked basin
From: fleabag
Date: 26 Aug 04 - 08:53 AM

I have been thinking that this music might "old time music hall" style - does anyone know of a website (like this one) for fans of that type of stuff??


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: the old cracked basin
From: GUEST,conrana@btinternet.com
Date: 02 Apr 05 - 12:03 PM

Father Keeps On Doing it Anyone know the full lyrics?
"Mother"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Old Cracked Basin (T W Connor)
From: GUEST,homesick
Date: 07 Aug 10 - 09:53 AM

It's been a long time, do you still want the lyrics to this song?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Old Cracked Basin (T W Connor)
From: GUEST,homesick
Date: 10 Aug 10 - 03:49 AM

I came across this thread while I was searching, unsuccessfully, for a recording of "The Old Cracked Basin" for my eighty nine year old uncle. He does, however, remember quite a lot of the words, so here they are;

"The Old Cracked Basin"
You never miss a good thing till you lose it, so I'm told,
She'll miss me in the winter when her feet are nice and cold.
............
I'm leaving my old woman, we've been sharing out the home,
She's got the table and the old armchair, the three legged sofa that we used to share,
She's got the kettle and the coffee pot, the cups and saucers and the old whatnot,
All our happy little home sweet home, she even took the rolling pin,
All she's left me is the old cracked basin that we strained the taters in.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Old Cracked Basin (T W Connor)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 16 Aug 10 - 07:23 PM

WorldCat.com says that both the British Library and Oxford University have the sheet music. Furthermore, it gives this description:


THE OLD CRACKED BASIN
Written and composed by T. W. Connor; sung by Harry Randall.
London: Francis, Day and Hunter, ©1907.

First line: "It isn't help, but sympathy."

First line of chorus: "He's got the table and the old arm chair."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Old Cracked Basin (T W Connor)
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 17 Aug 10 - 06:50 PM

Some pretty good songs in that list Jim Dixon gave us - but the link doesn't work, for me anyway.

One song TW Connor wrote that isn't in the list, but which is still very much alive, was "She was one of the early birds"


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Subject: Lyr Add: LIMEHOUSE LIZ (OF LAMBETH) (T W Connor)
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 17 Aug 10 - 06:59 PM

And here's a monologue by TW Connor I just came across here:


Limehouse Liz (Of Lambeth)

She was only a farmer's daughter,
Dressed in a cotton gown.
One day she grew tired of cowslips
And ran up to London Town.

She packed her little belongings.
She might have had one or two more
If she hadn't gone Pillion-riding
And lost 'em the night before.

All the village turned out to find her.
The Farmer made terrible vows
And "carried on" almost as much
As if he'd lost one of his cows.

And lured by the Lights of London
She wandered "Up the West"
With no one to guide her footsteps
Tho' a policeman did his best.

"Big Ben" was striking "closing time",
The Lights of London glowing
As she trudged along the "Embankment"
It was summer time—and snowing

And there she met the "Stranger"
That so many young girls meet;
She was sleeping on the Embankment,
And he was under the seat.

"Men were deceivers—ever"
And he made up his mind to "click"
She thought he was Dick Whittington
Whereas he was "Dirty Dick"

And he showed her the way to the Night Clubs
Introduced her to bald-headed swells!
Who drank—at the fountains in Trafalgar Square,
And dined at the Gutter Hotels.

She could hear the corks a'popping
And had a peculiar feeling,
She'd only to close her eyes, and she
Was walking on the ceiling!

And he showered diamonds on her
And not one was a dud
And all he'd say—"If you don't like this—
Don't drop it in the mud."

One round of pleasure and squandering
—For to-morrow, he had no fears.
He was wallowing in money—
He'd been "On the dole" for years!

And he mixed with men of rank—and smell,
Hobnobbed with the great and the small of 'em;
They had the rank, but what did he care,
He owed more money than all of 'em.

"He gambled" in Stock Shares—and Peanuts,
For he was a hell of a "sport"
Never away from the Dirt-track
Except to "appear at Court"!

They lived in the lap of luxury
They did nothing else but lap,
And when the last bottle was lapped up
She tried to come at the "tap".

But he'd got no more Coupons to give her
And that night he "showed her the door",
But he needn't have troubled to do that
He'd shown her so often—before.

Then she drifted down to China Town
—And you all Know where that is—
Where slit-eyed chinks take "40 winks"
And she's known as "Limehouse Liz".

And she lives on "dope" and Tarry-rope,
She'd never have started the racket
But one day she went for a charabanc ride
And "One Lung" gave her a packet.

And One Lung Chew, makes eyes at her too,
Her pain—he longs to ease it,
Tho' he's One Lung Chew and got one eye too
He knows a good thing when he sees it!

The girl who once had cow-men
And clod-hoppers at her feet!
Even the Squire had got off his horse
To show her his County seat!

And she thought of the country garden
She could smell the new-mown hay,
She could smell the dear old cow-shed
All those miles away!

That night she went back to her old haunts
And there—at the cock-tail bar—
Some gentlemen recognised her
—And took her away in a car.

And they listened to her story,
All she had to tell.
And she's had her photo taken,
Her "Finger Prints" as well.

And tho' for a time they're far apart
This comfort she can borrow,
She'll soon see some of her friends again
For it's "visiting day" to-morrow.

But how she does miss her eldest son.
For he had a heart of gold,
But he would sleep with his mother—
He was only six months old.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Old Cracked Basin (T W Connor)
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Oct 11 - 11:11 AM

Thank you all - this is great :)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Old Cracked Basin (T W Connor)
From: GUEST,Manfred Roxon
Date: 06 Jan 12 - 03:05 AM

I've just found a 78 rpm recording of this song by Arthur Gilbert using his alias Johnny Wakefield recorded in 1907.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Old Cracked Basin (T W Connor)
From: GUEST,999
Date: 14 Sep 12 - 09:17 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLFGq9GKG4o

You can hear the 78 mentioned by Manfred Roxon on YouTube at that link.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Old Cracked Basin (T W Connor)
From: GUEST,gartman
Date: 18 Jul 13 - 08:19 PM

here is is on youtube, the old cracked basin: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLFGq9GKG4o


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE OLD CRACKED BASIN (T W Connor)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 20 Jul 13 - 12:17 PM

Here's my attempt at transcribing from the recording at YouTube. The record is scratchy, and several phrases are doubtful. Corrections are welcome.


THE OLD CRACKED BASIN
As recorded by Johnny Wakefiel (a.k.a. Arthur Gilbert), 1907.

1. It isn't help but sympathy I'm looking for 'mid tears(?) [or "my dears"?].
I've been in married mischief now for nearly twenty years,
But after this, all on me own life's rocky road I'll roam.
I'm leaving my old woman; she's been sharing out the home.

CHORUS: And she's got the table and the old armchair,
The three-legged sofa that we used to share.
She's got the kettle and the coffeepot,
The cups and saucers and the old what-not,
And all our happy little home-sweet-home,
Even to the rolling pin.
All she's left me is the old cracked basin
That we strained the 'tatoes in.

2. You never miss a good thing till you lose it, so we're told.
She'll miss me in the winter when her feet are nice and cold.
When …(?) itself, you'll see me cut a shine,
And she'll have to go a long way for to see a face like mine.


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