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Lyr Req: Cabbages, Cabeans and Carrots

GUEST,sspackma@yahoo.com 16 Jan 05 - 08:29 PM
Jim Dixon 17 Jan 05 - 10:28 PM
Billy Weeks 18 Jan 05 - 12:45 PM
Billy Weeks 18 Jan 05 - 12:46 PM
Billy Weeks 18 Jan 05 - 12:47 PM
GUEST 21 Jan 05 - 07:23 PM
GUEST,Jim Dixon 21 Jan 05 - 11:24 PM
GUEST 06 Dec 09 - 12:59 AM
GUEST 15 Jun 12 - 07:19 AM
MGM·Lion 15 Jun 12 - 05:18 PM
GUEST,EddieJ 25 Jul 12 - 12:58 PM
Geoff the Duck 28 Sep 12 - 04:33 PM
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cnd 08 Sep 15 - 10:33 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Cabages Ka-beans and Karots
From: GUEST,sspackma@yahoo.com
Date: 16 Jan 05 - 08:29 PM

Hello all,
Here is a song I've known since it was sung to me as a child, but I'm wondering if there is any more to the song. Also, I haven't been able to find anything on this song either on this web-site or via Google... I can't be the only one to remember this one, can I?

Here are the lyrics I know (it may be a chorus?)

Ca-bages ka-beans and Ca-rots,
Ca-rots, ka-beans and ca-bages
prettiest of flowers I love you so
I love to sit and watch you grow.
Some people like rhodadrendons,
and some forget-me-nots.
But the things I like best are
Ca-bages ka-beans and Ca-rots.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cabages Ka-beans and Karots
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 17 Jan 05 - 10:28 PM

It sounds like a music-hall song.

A radio show called The Antique Phonograph Hour has CA BAGES, CA BEANS, CAR ROTS in its playlist. It says it was recorded by Florrie Ford in 1919 on the Zonophone label.

Andante.com claims to have a sound file of CAB-BAGES, CA-BEANS AND CAR-ROTS by Wynn Stanley and Andrew Allen, but you have to be a logged-in member to play it.

The title is usually given as CABBAGES, CABEANS AND CARROTS. Under this title, it was recorded on a mostly classical CD called "My Garden," which is, alas, out of print.

Amazon.com has a sound sample, however, from which I transcribed:

You've had lots of songs about roses,
And songs about violets blue.
You've had lots of songs about chree-santhemums,
And songs about daffodils, too.
But I've got a flower song that you shouldn't miss.
They're my favorite flow'rs and the chorus is this:

Cab-bages*, ca-beans* and car-rots*,
Car-rots, and ca-beans and cab-bages,
Sweet as the flowers that I love so.
I love to sit there and watch them grow.
Some people like rhododendrums**,
And some forget-me-nots,
But I....

[*On each of these words, the emphasis falls on the second syllable, e.g. "ka-BODGE-es."
**At least I think that's how she pronounced it.]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cabages Ka-beans and Karots
From: Billy Weeks
Date: 18 Jan 05 - 12:45 PM

Michael Kilggarrif's monumental index (always the first place toloook for anything you think may have a music hall origin) gives Wynn Stanley and Andre Allen as the authors; published by Lawrence Wright 1919; original singer George Bass. Florrie Forde recorded the song in May 1919. If you can't locate a copy try the British Library who will usually provide a photocopy of out-of-copyright items (for money,of course) if you give them all the details.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cabages Ka-beans and Karots
From: Billy Weeks
Date: 18 Jan 05 - 12:46 PM

And if you thought the spelling of Michael Kilgarriff's name looked wrong, it was.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cabages Ka-beans and Karots
From: Billy Weeks
Date: 18 Jan 05 - 12:47 PM

And Andre could do with a final W.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cabbages, Cabeans and Carrots
From: GUEST
Date: 21 Jan 05 - 07:23 PM

Wow!!

You all rock! THank you. My only remaining question would be, what is Music Hall? And if something is Music Hall, how do you know it's Music Hall? (Don't suppose there is any relation to 'Dance Hall' there, is there?)

Thanks!!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cabbages, Cabeans and Carrots
From: GUEST,Jim Dixon
Date: 21 Jan 05 - 11:24 PM

"Music Hall" is the British equivalent of "vaudeville" in the US. My impression is that Music Hall leaned a little more toward the comical while vaudeville leaned a little toward the "cute" and sentimental, but of course, I could be completely wrong!

Here are some links:
The English Music Hall
Windyridge Music Hall CDs
The British Music Hall by John Kenrick


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cabbages, Cabeans and Carrots
From: GUEST
Date: 06 Dec 09 - 12:59 AM

The song may be found on

Title: My Garden, An Anthology
Label: Hyperion
Duration: 64:50
Album Type(s): performer(s) biography, composition (work) description, lyrics/libretto
UPC: 034571169378
Genre: Vocal Music


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cabbages, Cabeans and Carrots
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Jun 12 - 07:19 AM

last two lines are "but I'd rather have a large plate of ka-beef with cabbages, kabeans and carrots.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cabbages, Cabeans and Carrots
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 15 Jun 12 - 05:18 PM

I remember this song being sung on the radio ~ not sure by whom, but v possibly on a Henry Hall's Band programme ~ in my early childhood, about 1935 when I was 3, and I found it v funny then [and still do]. IIRC, "Cabbages" was pronounced nearer to "ca-barges" then the "ca-bodges" suggested above; and "carrots" to rhyme precisely with "garottes".

~Michel~


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cabbages, Cabeans and Carrots
From: GUEST,EddieJ
Date: 25 Jul 12 - 12:58 PM

It's unfortunate that Carl Sandburg removed this song when paring down his The American Songbag. In the introduction to the 1990 reprint, Garrison Keillor gives the last four lines of the chorus:

"Some people like rhododendrons
And some forget-me-nots
But what I like best is the dish of ka-beef
with cabaghes, cabeans, and carotts."

Seems the penultimate line is missing from the above.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cabbages, Cabeans and Carrots
From: Geoff the Duck
Date: 28 Sep 12 - 04:33 PM

Earlier this evening, I was watching "The One Show" on BBC1. One of the guests being interviewed was comedian Lee Mack. His grandfather? was also a stage comic, and the show had found a playbill for one of his performances. It mentioned this song.
For curiousity, I googled the title. First result at top of search list (and only one obviously mentioning the song) - This Thread.
Typical!
Quack!
Geoff the Duck.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cabbages, Cabeans and Carrots
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Sep 12 - 06:23 PM

I too watched the one show tonight, and remembered I'd seen the music somewhere.

I've found it..

Lyrics from my copy are...

Title Ca-Bages, Ca-Beans and Car-rots

Verse 1

You've had lots of songs about roses,
And songs about violets blue.
You've had lots of songs about chrys-an-the-mums,
And songs about daf-fo-dils, too.
But I've got a flow'r song that you shouldn't miss.
They're my favorite flow'rs and the chorus is this:

Cab-ba-ges, Ca-beans and Car-rots,
Car-rots, and Ca-beans and Cab-ba-ges,
Sweet-est of flow'rs that I love so.
I love to sit there and watch them grow.
Some people like rho-do-den-drums**,
And some forget-me-nots,
But I.'d rather have a nice plate of Ca-beef
With Cab-ba-ges, Ca-beans and Car-rots.

Verse 2

The "Heat of a Rose" some may fancy,....

...to follow


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Subject: Lyr Add: CA-BAGES CA-BEANS AND CAR-ROTS (Stanley/
From: cnd
Date: 08 Sep 15 - 10:33 PM

CA-BADGES, CA-BEANS, CAR-ROTS

You've had lots of songs about roses,
And songs about violets blue.
You've had lots of songs about chrysanthemums,
And songs about daffodils, too.
But I've got a flow'r song that you shouldn't miss
They're my favorite flow'rs and the chorus is this

Cab-ba-ges, Ca-beans and Car-rots,
Car-rots, and Ca-beans and Cab-ba-ges,
Sweetest of flowErs that I love so
I love to sit there and watch them grow.
Some people like rhododendrums
And some forget-me-nots
But I'd rather have a nice plate of Ca-beef
With Cab-ba-ges, Ca-beans and Car-rots

The heart of a rose some may fancy
But give me the heart of a pea
Stuffed with tomatters with artisan sprouts
And onions that sing you to sleep
The Roses of Picardy alders may sleep
But I'd rather pick up some nice stuff and receive

With Cab-ba-ges, Ca-beans and Car-rots,
Car-rots, and Ca-beans and Cab-ba-ges,
Sweetest of flowErs that I love so
I love to sit there and watch them grow.
Some people like rhododendrums
And some forget-me-nots
But I'd rather have a nice plate of Ca-beef
With Cab-ba-ges, Ca-beans and Car-rots

Rot rot

Transcribed from here


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cabbages, Cabeans and Carrots
From: GUEST
Date: 16 Jul 18 - 04:15 PM

Who do you think you are tv series. Billy Mac sings "cabbages ca~beans & carrots" promenade southport Lee Mac's grandfather


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