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Lyr/Tune/Chords Req: Lydia the Tattooed Lady

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LYDIA, THE TATTOOED LADY
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Les in Chorlton 18 Dec 04 - 02:35 PM
Malcolm Douglas 18 Dec 04 - 02:53 PM
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Dave'sWife 18 Dec 04 - 05:31 PM
Big Al Whittle 19 Dec 04 - 06:27 AM
Flash Company 19 Dec 04 - 11:15 AM
Stilly River Sage 19 Dec 04 - 11:46 AM
GUEST,Dave'sWife at work 19 Dec 04 - 04:22 PM
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Subject: Lydia the Tatooed Lady
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 18 Dec 04 - 02:35 PM

Does any body have words, tune or chords to this excellent song by the Marks Brothers?


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Subject: RE: Lidia the Tatooed Lady
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 18 Dec 04 - 02:53 PM

DT and various threads. Try spelling it more conventionally.


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Subject: RE: Lidia the Tatooed Lady
From: The Unicorn Man
Date: 18 Dec 04 - 03:07 PM

It's on one of The Muppets LP's as sung by Kermit. "Lidia oh Lidia say have you met Lidia? Lidia the tatooed lady" I have not got my record player any more sorry.


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Subject: RE: Lidia the Tatooed Lady
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 18 Dec 04 - 03:58 PM

Link to DT lyrics

Nigel


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Subject: RE: Lidia the Tatooed Lady
From: Dave'sWife
Date: 18 Dec 04 - 04:22 PM

From Digitrad:

LYDIA, THE TATTOED LADY
(E.Y. Harburg)
@tattoo
filename[ LYDTATOO

yes the Muppet Silly Songs CD has this on it and darn them for it. I was a Nanny in Graduate School 2 days a week and my small charge made me sing that drat song every night or he refused to go abed.

That same CD has "I'm my own Grandpa" not exactly a child's song!

It also has a weird little ditty about worms that the kiddies alwyas love.

I hear that Tape in my dreams sometimes, I played it so often to calm my charge down. He was 2 and a half when his Lydia obsession began. He's now about age 20. I wonder if his girlfriend has tattoos?

Having no children of my own, it's amazing to consider how much Lullabye and silly song time I've put in rocking cousins and charges to sleep or to coax them to eat their broth or porridge. More than most mothers of three I'd wager.


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Subject: RE: Lidia the Tatooed Lady
From: Mark Cohen
Date: 18 Dec 04 - 04:59 PM

I hadn't realized that was written by Yip Harburg, who also wrote the lyrics for a few other little ditties like "It's Only a Paper Moon," "April in Paris," "Brother Can You Spare a Dime?" and "Over the Rainbow."

There's a good brief biography of this accomplished and socially conscious lyricist here. Among other things, it mentions that he was a high school classmate of Ira Gershwin!

Aloha,
Mark


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Subject: RE: Lidia the Tatooed Lady
From: Dave'sWife
Date: 18 Dec 04 - 05:31 PM

Ahh...Brother Can you Spare a Dime....

I snuck that on a christmas mix tape I sent to my rabid Republican mother (american Republican mind you..my Father is one of the OTHER republicans..an irish one)

I led up to it with the Willie Nelson tune "Pretty paper" and then batted the ball and hopefully my message, out of the park with Brother Can You spare A Dime..one of the Weavers' performances. The rest of the tape started out innocently enough and started to slide towards socially responsible songs as it went on.

She had been earlier going on and on about how Out-of-work people were just lazy and those calling for healthcare reform were communists. I inlcuded in the tape, a copy of my monthly health insurance bill (about ($985). My husband was recently rehired without his union status and lost all his benefits..well...

I think it drve her back to her conscience... she buried us in gifts this week which was NOT my intent. I was just trying to remind her not everyone has what she has. Since I would have been wasting my breath talking to her, I let music make my argument.

That's a song that doesn't get sung enough nowadays.


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Subject: RE: Lidia the Tatooed Lady
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 19 Dec 04 - 06:27 AM

Its very odd how decent and compassionate people can feel as you mother does.. One wonders what is at the seat of America's refusal to countenance a decent social security system that atkes care of old folks and those with health problems at least. Some of it - you can say is fear of high taxation - maybe that would make you more uncompetitive as a society, and its a dilution of the capitalist ideal.

Anyway I am sorry for you and your problems with losing jobs and benefits - paticularly this time of year. all the best.


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Subject: RE: Lidia the Tatooed Lady
From: Flash Company
Date: 19 Dec 04 - 11:15 AM

My sister's a famed tattooed lady
With pictures all over her skin,
For ten bob she'll show you her etchings
My word, how the money rolls in!

FC


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Subject: RE: Lidia the Tatooed Lady
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 19 Dec 04 - 11:46 AM

The folks at Sesame Street have some remarkably good and diverse songs that their muppets sing. One thing about my children getting older is that I don't hear the program now, but every so often one of us will be changing channels and come across it and stand listening. They've had some great guest performers on the program in addition to their own muppet performances.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Lidia the Tatooed Lady
From: GUEST,Dave'sWife at work
Date: 19 Dec 04 - 04:22 PM

Oh thanks for the tea and sympathy but we're alright when it comes to money. I work part-time and am very clever with coupons and gardening so we get by AND we don't have to look our noses down at others just to fell alright about ourselves. Hubby is getting new health insurance in 4 months will make it seem as if he got a $800 a month American raise. It makes up for two years of paying for own coverage.

How my mother is what she is remains a great mystery to us all. Her father was a serious Union Man who risked life and limb to unionise his local Mill before I was born but not while my mother was that young. That she was born during The Great Depression and was raised in a bare-foot shanty town seems to have conveniently left her memory completely. She latched on to the first "city Boy" she could find, my father (lucky him) and headed for New York City, where the streets were paved with...well, not gold, but at least they were paved! She preferred life there.

When I was about ten she was forced to become a republican to get some silly job she wanted with the party and she's been a rabid republican ever since. Even before that she had odd leanings because I remember her scowling when Nixon resigned and her entire home-town took to the streets in celebration. We were visiting my grandparents in that Mill town at the time and everyone THERE had the good sense to be relieved. She scowled, grumped about and told us we'd all pay for it someday! Perhaps she was right and we got Bush the Younger for our crimes of thought against her hero, Nixon.

Yes, it is amazing to me why she holds these views. She is a typical Bush supporter, however, doesn't read the newspaper ever, believes Saddam Hussein ordered 9/11 and all that rot. What makes it so sad is that we lost friends in 9/11. You'd think she'd care to be more informed. My father, a Saint if ever there was one, suddenly becomes deaf whenever she starts ranting. God love him, he's a patient and forgiving man. Women everywhere should be so lucky as to have such a tolerant husband. I know mine is.

The Brother Can you Spare A dime tape went out to everyone I knew who voted for Bush and I must say, it had the proper effect. I included things like the sickeningly simple older version of "do they know it's christmas" since it was a soft run up to 'Brother.." I also included snoopy's Christmas...the song about him and The Red baron during the Christmas Truce. Other songs on the tape were

War is Over/happy Christmas
Christmas in The Trenches
Pretty paper
and Dona Noblis Pacem(give us peace)
U@'s God part II

Can't say as I changed the world or anything, but I hope it was a refreshing change from "Winter wonderland"

As for those clever Muppets...yes they are all that! I can't stop humming "I'm my own Grandpa" after responding to this thread initially. Drat those muppets and their silly songs!

God how we loved The Muppet Show in its first run. I must have been in Highschool then. We'd put it on to clam the savage beastly younger cousins and stay to watch ourselves, transfixed.

I once came across a website that translates eveything you write into Swedish Chef langauge. I spent two days sending filthy limericks to people with MORK MORK MORK in them. actually, I believe they translated that as BORK BORK BORK!

When they tried out the New Muppet Show on ABC a few years back..Muppets Tonight! I was so happy I sent people emails that went something like this:

The Muppets are coming Hurray, Hurray!
The Muppets are coming Today! Today!
with links to the show's site.

Sadly, nobody else seems to have watched but me.

Don't know what ANY of this has to do with Lydia The Tattoed Lady except that Kermit sang it on that record and to my mind, he does a better job tha even Groucho.

Robin Williams' sweet turn singing it in THE FISHER KING was also notable. (at the Chinese restaurant scene with Amanda Plummer)


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Subject: RE: Lidia the Tatooed Lady
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 20 Dec 04 - 01:51 PM

Well, what can I say, thanks for all the fish!


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