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Subject: Search for octopus and flagellation song
From: epulse@tpgi.com.au
Date: 14 Feb 97 - 06:40 PM

I am looking for lyrics for a friend, honestly............ they're not for me....... no, really it's true. All he knows is that there is a line containing the words "octopus " and "flagellation." Anyone got any suggestions. Thanks, alison


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Subject: RE: Search for octopus and flagellation song
From: Alison
Date: 16 Feb 97 - 06:55 PM

Further info...... it's something to do with catching an octopus and pulling out it's entrails to use for flagellation. Charming eh?!


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Subject: RE: Search for octopus and flagellation song
From: Bill D
Date: 17 Feb 97 - 10:59 AM

Well, THAT caught my attention!! Lessee, if you take "the Squid-Jiggin Ground", "The Lailey Worm and the Macheral of the Sea", "Tie Me Kangaroo Down" and "Mrs. Ravoon" (see the data base for this one..it is NOT to be missed)....and put them in a 'folk processor' for 30 seconds on 'puree', you might come up with something close....Oh? What do you mean, I'm not taking your request seriously?? *grin*.....gee, sorry I can't be of more help, but I will certainly be following this to see if anyone turns up anything!! If not, we could have an on-line collective write-it workshop!!! Good luck!!


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Subject: RE: Search for octopus and flagellation song
From: Alison
Date: 19 Feb 97 - 05:46 AM

Thanks for your help(!??) Bill. You are a sick man...... By the way I loved Mrs Ravoon, is there a tune?


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Subject: RE: Search for octopus and flagellation song
From: Bill D
Date: 19 Feb 97 - 02:35 PM

indeed there is a tune..this is from the bottom of the listing in the database

Old English rhyme set to music by Tom Mastin. Recorded by Harry Tuft on "Across the Blue Mountains," copyright 1976 by Folk Legacy Records, FSA-63.

I know tapes, at least, of the Folk Legacy records are still available...go here to get the addresses/phone #s

http://www.folklegacy.com/

sick, am I?, *grin*..you know...there are people who actually REQUEST "Mrs. Ravoon" over & over.......but thank you, that's the nicest thing anyone's said to me since I was called a 'folk facist' on the radio a few years ago..(I'm still hoping someone really KNOWS your song...I NEED it!!)


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Subject: RE: Search for octopus and flagellation song
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 20 Feb 97 - 11:42 AM

The man who hath songs about octupi and flagellation, and giveth his neighbor none...


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Subject: Algenon Pide?
From: Alison
Date: 10 Jun 97 - 07:04 AM

Hi, Remember a few months back I was looking for a song which contained referrences to using an octopus for flagellation. (I would like to repeat that , it is for a friend........) Well apparently he has remebered the name of the song was "Algenon Pide." Anyone have any ideas. Thanks

Alison


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Subject: RE: Algenon Pide?
From: Alan of Oz
Date: 10 Jun 97 - 07:20 AM

For a friend eh?

Actually I can vouch for the fact that it IS for a friend of Alison's - a mutual friend. We are not all strange Down Under, not even our Irish immigrants!

Cheers,
Alan


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Subject: RE: Search for octopus and flagellation song
From: none of the above
Date: 07 Dec 98 - 11:36 AM

so when are we going to get it?


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Subject: RE: Search for octopus and flagellation song
From: lamarca
Date: 10 Dec 01 - 06:37 PM

refresh


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Subject: RE: Search for octopus and flagellation song
From: alison
Date: 10 Dec 01 - 07:17 PM

never did find it Lamarca...... that must have been one of my first ever requests here....

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Search for octopus and flagellation song
From: catspaw49
Date: 10 Dec 01 - 08:53 PM

Yeah....and you were so polite and demure! Now you're requesting Mudcat nudie pics!! Damn al....What's happened to you?

Maybe your friend was stoned and listening to the Beatles and he got "Give Peace a Chance" (flagellation) and "Octopus's Garden" mixed together somehow.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Search for octopus and flagellation song
From: alison
Date: 10 Dec 01 - 08:57 PM

don't know 'spaw.. must be the characters I mix with around here.....lol

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Search for octopus and flagellation song
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 10 Dec 01 - 09:24 PM

G'day Alison,

... I think Lamarca just refreshed the thread to warn Charley Noble about the sort of company to expect in his brief stay in the antipodes ... too late!

Regard(les)s,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: Search for octopus and flagellation song
From: Bill D
Date: 10 Dec 01 - 09:43 PM

ya' know, I just searched Google for sites containing BOTH words...and the only musical references were to two songs by The Beatles!...I wonder if someone mis-remembered and thought Octopus & Flagellation were in the same song?....they were famous enough for those words to be noticed....

(and there are am amazing number of other places where both words are on the same page...(some not for family viewing)

push this button and be amazed!


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Subject: RE: Search for octopus and flagellation song
From: catspaw49
Date: 10 Dec 01 - 09:51 PM

HEY BILL!!!

Go back up the thread and read my post.....You got that Dayjahvu all over again Bro.........

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Search for octopus and flagellation song
From: Bill D
Date: 10 Dec 01 - 09:59 PM

ummmmm...well......I, uh.......I skim these things!


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Subject: RE: Search for octopus and flagellation song
From: alison
Date: 10 Dec 01 - 10:18 PM

you know ... I said it 4 years ago and I still say it....

"you're a sick man Bill!!!"

I think though that it wasn't a song but a poem.... and the title may have been "Algenon Pied".....

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Search for octopus and flagellation song
From: alison
Date: 10 Dec 01 - 10:24 PM

well I did a search and found an erotic poem... still not the one I was after....... the octopus

enjoy

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Search for octopus and flagellation song
From: Bill D
Date: 10 Dec 01 - 10:29 PM

well, you sure do get strange things when you start playing with THOSE words.....not what you want, but this thread deserves a creep..(no,,,not ME!)

By Algernon Charles Sin-Burn

1     Strange beauty, eight-limbed and eight-handed,
2         Whence camest to dazzle our eyes?
3     With thy bosom bespangled and banded
4         With the hues of the seas and the skies;
5     Is thy home European or Asian,
6         O mystical monster marine?
7     Part molluscous and partly crustacean,
8         Betwixt and between.

9     Wast thou born to the sound of sea trumpets?
10     Hast thou eaten and drunk to excess
11 Of the sponges -- thy muffins and crumpets,
12     Of the seaweed -- thy mustard and cress?
13 Wast thou nurtured in caverns of coral,
14     Remote from reproof or restraint?
15 Art thou innocent, art thou immoral,
16     Sinburnian or Saint?

17 Lithe limbs, curling free, as a creeper
18     That creeps in a desolate place,
19 To enroll and envelop the sleeper
20     In a silent and stealthy embrace,
21 Cruel beak craning forward to bite us,
22     Our juices to drain and to drink,
23 Or to whelm us in waves of Cocytus,
24     Indelible ink!

25 O breast, that 'twere rapture to writhe on!
26     O arms 'twere delicious to feel
27 Clinging close with the crush of the Python,
28     When she maketh her murderous meal!
29 In thy eight-fold embraces enfolden,
30     Let our empty existence escape,
31 Give us death that is glorious and golden,
32     Crushed all out of shape!

33 Ah! thy red lips, lascivious and luscious,
34     With death in their amorous kiss,
35 Cling round us, and clasp us, and crush us,
36     With bitings of agonised bliss;
37 We are sick with the poison of pleasure,
38     Dispense us the potion of pain;
39 Ope thy mouth to its uttermost measure
40     And bite us again!


NOTES

Composition Date:
1872?

Form:
ababcdcd.

1.
A parody of Algernon Charles Swinburne's "Dolores" that Hilton wrote at the Crystal Palace Aquarium in London.

18.
Sinburnian: a play on the presumed poet's (and Swinburne's) name and the words "sin" and "burn."

23.
Cocytus: river of Epirus and, in classical poetry, a river of lamentation in Hades.


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Subject: RE: Search for octopus and flagellation song
From: Bill D
Date: 10 Dec 01 - 10:38 PM

*LOLOL*...and I'M a sick man!....great minds, my dear alison. great minds!


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Subject: RE: Search for octopus and flagellation song
From: catspaw49
Date: 10 Dec 01 - 10:40 PM

Geeziz, what a piece of crap........Glad you posted it Bill....Ought to come up occasionally to folks dooinf a forum search and they'll be thinking, "Say WHAT?"

I think I want to memorize that one....I can see reciting it with a greatly dramatic rendition....

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Search for octopus and flagellation song
From: alison
Date: 10 Dec 01 - 11:08 PM

funnily enough 'Spaw... thats the very same poem as I put the link to........ lol... great minds indeed Bill... or maybe I'm sick too!!!! lol

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Search for octopus and flagellation song
From: catspaw49
Date: 10 Dec 01 - 11:15 PM

You had the good sense not to post it al.......I can hardly wait for someone to say they are looking for a song with the words like "glorious and golden" and running a search and that thing comes up....I'm sitting here reading the thing over and over and it just cracks me up!!!

Why don't we put a tune to it and add it to the DT?

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Search for octopus and flagellation song
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 11 Dec 01 - 12:17 AM

to the tune of 'let it snow, let it snow, let it snow"

"When you flagelate an octopus darlinnnn'

Said the tarpon to the marlinnnnn'

make him keep his tentacles hid,

Or he'll squirt you with his Giant Squid."

to the tune of 'let it snow, let it snow, let it snow"

Lyrics by Andrew Lloyd Blubber

Recorded just for the halibut, by Mary Kay Plaice and Tommy Tuna.


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Subject: RE: Search for octopus and flagellation song
From: Chanteyranger
Date: 11 Dec 01 - 12:28 AM

Hey, didn't the soul duo Salmon Dave record that in the 60s?


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Subject: RE: Search for octopus and flagellation song
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 11 Dec 01 - 12:33 AM

Yah Ranger, loved the bass on that one.


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Subject: RE: Search for octopus and flagellation song
From: Chanteyranger
Date: 11 Dec 01 - 12:49 AM

Yeah, Rick. He knew his scales.


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Subject: RE: Search for octopus and flagellation song
From: catspaw49
Date: 11 Dec 01 - 01:14 AM

Thanks Rick, I appreciate you not being shellfish with your talent. Whale of a tuna ya' got there. Maybe you can make a few clams from it.

Spaw


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Subject: ADD: Wet Dream (Kip Addotta)
From: catspaw49
Date: 11 Dec 01 - 01:33 AM

And before we try to outdo each other in fish puns, here's the lyrics to "Wet Dream" by Kip Addotta.....It's a"talkie" anyway, so I'll skip the line breaks.

It was April the forty-first
Being a quadruple leap year
I was driving in downtown Atlantis
My barracuda was in the shop
So I was in a rented stingray
And it was overheating

So I pulled into a Shell Station
They said I'd blown a seal
I said, "Fix the damn thing
And leave my private life out of it
Okay pal?"

While they were doing that
I walked over to a place called the Oyster Bar, a real dive
But I knew the owner
He used to play for the Dolphins
I said "Hi Gil"
You have to yell, he's hard of herring


Think I had a wet dream
Cruisin' thru the Gulf Stream
Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh
Wet dream


Gil was also down on his luck
Fact is he was barely keeping his head below water
I bellied up to the sandbar
He poured me the usual

Rusty snail, hold the grunion
Shaken not stirred
With a peanut butter and jellyfish sandwich on the side
Heavy on the mako

I slipped him a fin
On porpoise
I was feeling good
I even dropped a sand dollar in the box for Jerry's squids
For the halibut

Well the place was crowded
We were packed in like sardines They were all there to listen to the big band sounds of Tommy Dorsal
What sole

Tommy was rockin' the place with a very popular tuna
Salmon Chanted Evening
And the stage was surrounded by screaming groupers
Probably there to see the bass player

One of them was this cute little yellowtail
And she's giving me the eye
So I figured this is my chance for a little fun
You know, piece of Pisces

But she said things I just couldn't fathom
She was too deep, seemed to be under a lot of pressure
Boy, could she drink
She drank like a . . .
She drank a lot

I said "What's your sign"
She said "Aquarium"
I said "Great, let's get tanked"


Think I had a wet dream
Cruisin' thru the Gulf Stream
Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh
Wet dream


I invited her to my place for a midnight bait
I said "Come on baby, it'll only take a few minnows"
She threw me that same old line
"Not tonight, I gotta haddock"

And she wasn't kidding either
Cause in came the biggest, meanest looking haddock
I'd ever seen come down the pike
He was covered with mussels

He came over to me and said
"Listen, shrimp, don't you come trollin' around here"
What a crab
This guy was steamed
I could see the anchor in his eyes

I turned to him, I said
"A-balone, you're just being shellfish"
Well, I knew it was going to be trouble and so did Gil
'Cause he was already on the phone to the cods

The haddock hits me with a sucker punch
I catch him with a left hook
He eels over
It was a fluke but there he was
Lying on the deck, flat as a mackerel
Kelpless

I said "Forget the cods Gil
This guy's gonna need a sturgeon"
Well, the yellowtail was impressed with the way I landed her boyfriend
She came over to me, she said
"Hey, big boy, you're really a game fish
What's your name"
I said "Marlin"


Think I had a wet dream
Cruisin' thru the Gulf Stream
Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh
Wet dream


Well, from then on we had a whale of a time
I took her to dinner, I took her to dance
I bought her a bouquet of flounders
And then I went home with her
And what did I get for my trouble
A case of the clams


Think I had a wet dream
Cruisin' thru the Gulf Stream
Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh


Wet dream
Cruisin' thru the Gulf Stream
Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh

Wet dream
Cruisin' thru the Gulf Stream
Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh


Spaw


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Subject: RE: Search for octopus and flagellation song
From: GUEST,Roger the skiffler
Date: 11 Dec 01 - 04:06 AM

I can see I'm leaving the standard of humour (humor)here in safe hands! LMAO.
RtS (give those folks a gold star-fish)


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Subject: RE: Search for octopus and flagellation song
From: GUEST,Roger the skiffler
Date: 11 Dec 01 - 04:35 AM

Wasn't it a hit for young Britney? "Whip me baby eight more times".

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Subject: RE: Search for octopus and flagellation song
From: catspaw49
Date: 11 Dec 01 - 08:12 AM

Well, I see a Joe Clone came along and did the line breaks.....Thanks. I generally do them, but I didn't think that thing was worth the effort, especially since it's a talk song and I didn't figure the DT was in need of it either. I'm sorry Elf and I thank you for taking the trouble.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Search for octopus and flagellation song
From: Amos
Date: 11 Dec 01 - 09:42 AM

Well, I duhnno who Algernon Charles Swin-Burne is or how his name got tagged onto that octopussy chant, but as Spaw said it is pretty ripe tripe and an embarassment to people with three names everywhere! Arthur Clement Hilton included!

On closer inspection it is an in-crowd joke -- you would have to be a white, dead, Victorian to get the inside track on it -- one bad poet parodying another!

Well, what the hell -- it was before radio, even, and they had to do something in the evenings while the ladies went through the long slow process of peeling their bustles.

A A.


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Subject: RE: Search for octopus and flagellation song
From: alison
Date: 11 Dec 01 - 07:13 PM

oh dear..... I went off to play music and look what you did to my thread!!!!!!............. I love it....lol

glad you didn't leave it to just flounder...

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Search for octopus and flagellation song
From: Bill D
Date: 11 Dec 01 - 07:15 PM

to paraphrase Marconi.."What hath got writ?"


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Subject: RE: Search for octopus and flagellation song
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 11 Dec 01 - 07:26 PM

I've heard Malcolm Austen sing "What shall we do with the octopus's leg? (Not much, I'm thinking)"....

This gives you eight verses to think of possibilities, although Malcolm tends to invest a few legs in a stool, after a stick for old Meg, a clothes peg, a fried egg, a beer keg.....

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Search for octopus and flagellation song
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 11 Dec 01 - 07:54 PM

Ah, sorry, octopods . . . I only do decapods (well, not technically true).

Has anybody checked with Llewtrah or the Bawdy Song List? Or the Hash House Harriers or Zippy?

Linn


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Subject: RE: Search for octopus and flagellation song
From: artbrooks
Date: 11 Dec 01 - 08:04 PM

This entire discussion has me floating belly-up. You should all be ashamed of yourselves.


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Subject: RE: Search for octopus and flagellation song
From: Chanteyranger
Date: 11 Dec 01 - 08:12 PM

We're about as irrepressible as a pair of polyester slacks, Alison. Just give us a little opening, and....


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Subject: RE: Search for octopus and flagellation song
From: catspaw49
Date: 11 Dec 01 - 10:47 PM

Yeah, what a pity.......Here was a perfectly fine "OLD DAYS" thread which has now gone straight into the shitter.......On the other hand, note that it now certainly has some answers!!!!

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Search for octopus and flagellation song
From: alison
Date: 11 Dec 01 - 11:29 PM

what I can't believe is that 'spaw passed up an opertunity to take a line like "Just give us a little opening, and...." and run with it........ lol

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Search for octopus and flagellation song
From: catspaw49
Date: 11 Dec 01 - 11:40 PM

I'm sorry al......I don't have anything that accomodates "little openings".......

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Search for octopus and flagellation song
From: alison
Date: 12 Dec 01 - 12:20 AM

lol... I stand corrected

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Search for octopus and flagellation song
From: Chanteyranger
Date: 12 Dec 01 - 01:48 AM

Spaw, I knew you'd pull something out. Good on ya.


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Subject: RE: Search for octopus and flagellation song
From: lamarca
Date: 12 Dec 01 - 10:59 AM

Well, well, well (a deep subject for all our shallow minds); this succeeded better than I had hoped in sparking an insightful and mature discussion of musical renditions of Cephalopodic sado-masochistic tendencies...see what riches can be gleaned from Mudcat's murky Mesozoic murmurings?


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Subject: RE: Search for octopus and flagellation song
From: GUEST,David
Date: 20 Sep 04 - 09:13 AM

The Barking Creek Bell Ringers Daughter

You can find it on 'Deep Water Blue' by John Lewis. Contact him direct on aussiefolk@optusnet.com.au (unless it was John who was the 'friend' who was originally looking for the song in the first place.)


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Subject: RE: Search for octopus and flagellation song
From: Bill D
Date: 20 Sep 04 - 01:15 PM

well, I found the following quote in a review, so maybe it is just a poem....but it sounds like we are close after all this time...

I do wonder how people find these threads, though!

"However, you haven't heard a story about the sea until you've heard John reciting The Barking Creek Bell Ringer's Daughter, a sheer delight, if you have a strong stomach!"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Search for octopus and flagellation s
From: Helen
Date: 27 Sep 04 - 01:00 PM

Copied from this thread

Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Bare legged Kate - John Dengate
From: GUEST,David - PM
Date: 27 Sep 04 - 12:39 PM

For Alison

The Octopus song is called (as your friend almost remembered correctly) "The Barking Creek Bellringer's Daughter."

Its about the eponymous bell ringers daughter who sells live Octopi for a living in East London and her grisly fate at the hands of Algernon Snout "an unemployed Billingsgate porter". According to the song she was a young lady of considerable charms "she so lovely so fair and so squat, conductors fell out of their buses.." Whilst out making her living she is spotted by Algernon Snout, "a villain what wallowed in crime," as the latter basks in the sun on the mud outside the sewage works. Snout wastes no words trying to woo the bell ringers daughter, he leaps on her and tries to force his unwanted attentions upon her. There is an epic struggle on the banks of Barking Creek between ravisher, ravishee and a bathtub of live Octopi.
"Snout never knew the danger to which his was liable
til a tentacle, slimy, did stealthily glue its sucker upon his left eyeball."
Algernon leaves off his struggles with the bell ringers daughter to concentrate his efforts on the octopus and
".....attempted the monster to throttle,
when his eye came away with a pop and a rip
and a sound like a cork from a bottle.
When Algernon spied he was only one eyed
he was filled with distraught irritation
and he grabbed that old octopus by his insides
as a weapon of flagellation."
I will draw a discreet veil over what happens next, suffice to say that it is the only recorded instance of homicide committed with a live cephalopod.

I'm not going to post the whole thing because its very long and because you can buy a CD called "Deep Water Blue" by John Lewis of Brisbane (I think) which has it in its entirety, well recited in an authentic south london accent (which is close enough to Barking to pass muster). John may be willing to give you the words himself. Contact him on aussiefolk@optusnet.com.au.

Leave a message on your original octopus and flagellation thread if you want more information


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Search for octopus and flagellation s
From: Charley Noble
Date: 27 Sep 04 - 05:34 PM

Alas, there is one less mystery in the mad Mudcat world!

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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Search for octopus and flagellation song
From: GUEST,David
Date: 03 Apr 07 - 01:20 PM

Poem performed and recorded by poet William Bealby-Wright (Barrow Poets) of Isle of Man
Possibly written by Paddy Roberts, although I have seen it attributed to Anon

The Barking Creek Bell Ringers bell it was rung
When the fog hung down thick on the water
but its not over Barking Creek Bell my songs sung
But the Barking Creek Bell Ringers daughter

..The octopus turned inside out with a gulp
But Snout became even distraugher
And he sliced them all up, and he beat to a pulp
the barking Creek Bell Ringers daughter

it goes on forever!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Search for octopus and flagellation song
From: SouthernCelt
Date: 03 Apr 07 - 03:51 PM

I tried to find the lyrics to "Mrs. Ravoon" in the db but got no result. I realize the message that referred to it being there was posted ten years ago, but I didn't realize anything ever disappeared from the db. I didn't read every message here so did I miss something along the way?

SC


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Search for octopus and flagellation song
From: Bill D
Date: 03 Apr 07 - 04:04 PM

dunno where you looked, but a DB search on "Ravoon"
gives..this


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Search for octopus and flagellation song
From: SouthernCelt
Date: 03 Apr 07 - 07:06 PM

Thanks, BillD. I tried searching the DT for "Mrs. Ravoon" and I get no hits. If you search for "Ravoon" though you do get it. Is there something about multiple words or abbreviations not being searchable?

SC


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Search for octopus and flagellation song
From: Bill D
Date: 03 Apr 07 - 10:00 PM

hmmm...you got me. I don't know what multiple terms do, but it sure doesn't work on
"Mrs. Ravoon"
Mrs. Ravoon
Mrs Ravoon

but does on Ravoon.

I 'usually' keep searches to the simplest form I can, just to be safe.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE BARKING CREEK BELL-RINGER'S DAUGHTER
From: GUEST,Fantum
Date: 19 Jul 10 - 12:51 PM

Here is a set of words with the requisite form. Bit late but I have just found the thread. I have it as a poem and I got it from the monologue site Make 'em laugh. Sadly I have no author but thrice blessed may he be.


BARKING CREEK BELL-RINGER'S DAUGHTER

The Barking Creek bell-ringer's bell it gets rung
When the fog lies thick on the water,
Though it's not of the Barking Creek bell my song's sung
But of the Barking Creek bell-ringer's daughter.

Now she was so lovely, so fair and so squat
That conductors fell off of their buses
As she walked down Cable Street bearing on top
Her bath full of live octopuses.

And all down her back from shoulder to thigh
Their tentacles hung down in tresses,
As sweetly she'd sing, "Won't you cough up and buy
My octopus, live octopuses?"

Now one day in August the sunshine was spread
On her wares that she proudly was bearing,
And the blowflies all glittered and buzzed round her head
Like the halos that angels are wearing.

As on the embankment her stock she laid out
In that far from salubrious quarter,
She aroused the wild passions of Algernon Stout
An unemployed Billingsgate porter.

Now Stout was a villain who wallowed in crime
Who lived under some derelict barges
And the day being hot, was laid out on the slime
Where the Barking Creek sewer discharges.

He crouched on the crust as the maiden drew nigh
Her petticoats all of a-splatter.
He licked his fat lips then, suddenly, like
A wild rhino-sore-arse, flew at her.

His head hit her first in a cloud of black dust
And the bath took off like a rocket
They crumpled and crashed till they broke through the crust
To the mud underneath which was clotted.

She pushed a large handful all slimy and green
Down his gob like a mouthful of jelly,
Then the bath full of octopus fell on the scene
Upside down on top of the melee.

Beneath it they struggled but Stout never knew
The danger to which he was liable.
An octopus, slyly, did stealthily glue
Its sucker upon his left eyeball.

Now vainly Stout struggled to loosen its grip
And attempted the monster to throttle,
When his eye came away with a pop and rip
With the sound like a cork from a bottle.

When Algernon spied he was only one-eyed
He was filled with distraught irritation,
And grabbed the poor octopus by its inside
As a weapon of flag-e-olation.

The octopus turned inside out with a gulp
As Stout's actions got even distraughter.
He sliced them all up and beat to a pulp
The Barking Creek bell-ringer's daughter.

Now there's some literati what's going to complain
That a moral should here be appended,
Whilst others, as surely, will loudly maintain
That it's high time the bloody thing ended.

But all you bum critics take notice from me
If you're of the feminine gender,
That in Barking today, there's a vacancy
For a lady-like octopus vendor.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Search for octopus and flagellation song
From: Aeola
Date: 19 Jul 10 - 02:55 PM

Just flicking thru' and saw this thread. I learnt this monologue many years ago, having heard it on the radio but could never find the origin.So thanks -- I can chase up a few links, you never know!!


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Subject: RE: Algenon Pide?
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 01 Aug 11 - 02:02 AM

The song (recitation, actually) is THE BARKING CREEK BELL-RINGER'S DAUGHTER and the text has been posted here.

It has to be the right one because it mentions "octopuses" and "flag-e-olation."

There is a character named Algernon in it, but his last name is Stout. I have no idea where "Pide" comes from.


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