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Lyr Req: Oh, Sick I Am to See You (A. E. Housman)

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GUEST,tflemming@xtra.co.nz 11 Feb 05 - 09:40 PM
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Subject: looking for a folk song
From: GUEST,tflemming@xtra.co.nz
Date: 11 Feb 05 - 09:40 PM

I'm looking for information of an english folk song. I don't know the title,or if its traditional or a music hall type song. All I have is the tune and the words, and the first verse goes like this:
Oh sick I am to see you, will you never let me be.
You may be good for someone, but you are no good for me.
Oh go where you are wanted, for you are not wanted here.
And that was the sad farewell, my parting from my dear.

The other verses tell of the soldier going to war and forgetting about his true love.

Any information would be great.


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Subject: RE: looking for a folk song
From: Peace
Date: 11 Feb 05 - 09:56 PM

Here ya go. It's a poem BTW>

http://www.bartleby.com/123/34.html


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Subject: RE: looking for a folk song
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 11 Feb 05 - 09:58 PM

You so smart, brucie!

Jerry


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Subject: RE: looking for a folk song
From: Peace
Date: 11 Feb 05 - 10:50 PM

Well, Mr Google and Lady Luck had a hand in it. But thnak you, Jerry.


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Subject: RE: looking for a folk song
From: jimmyt
Date: 11 Feb 05 - 10:57 PM

Brucie is a pure genius, Jerry. If all those Canadians were as sharp as Brucie, why, we'd be speaking Canadian and eating back bacon here in the states! But Brucie is da man.   I know one time Jerry told me I was da man, but Brucie is truly da man! He is also president of my Dental fan club of which I am selling membership cards, and a percentage of the proceeds will go to Mudcat and another bit to Save the Spatulas.


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Subject: RE: looking for a folk song
From: Teresa
Date: 11 Feb 05 - 11:02 PM

vewy twue, jimmy. :)

And I had a book of Houseman's poems, but those words were out of context, so I never would have gotten it without help.

Teresa


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Subject: RE: looking for a folk song
From: freda underhill
Date: 11 Feb 05 - 11:23 PM

Good song.


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Subject: RE: looking for a folk song
From: Peace
Date: 12 Feb 05 - 12:04 AM

I feel so CHEAP. OK, I have to give away the secret of my genius:

Google

Oh sick I am to see you, will you never let me be.

The rest, as they say, is HISTORY.


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Subject: RE: looking for a folk song
From: Peace
Date: 12 Feb 05 - 12:20 AM

Jimmyt, I am the President and Secretary of your fan club. Mostly that's because you are a man of principle and heart. I am also aware that you have helped lots of people who needed a dentist and not been able to afford one. Kindnesses don't go unnoticed in this world; they are, unfortunately, not lauded enough.

Dr Ahn was from Korea. After my teeth got smashed upi pretty badly after a fall, he did a load of work on me for almost nothing. He gave me caps and a new lease on life. I will never forget him. Funny how that kind of thing happens, too. He received his start in S Korea courtesy of the American Army. Then he moved to Montreal courtesy of a sponsorship by another dentist who worked Dr Ahn into his dental practice. There are one heckuva lotta good people in this world. But to quote an old friend of mine when I asked him one day if Alabama was as bad as the newspapers said: "Bruce, the good guys don't make the news."


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Subject: Lyr Add: OH SICK I AM TO SEE YOU (A. E. Housman)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 17 Apr 10 - 12:27 AM

XXXIV. Oh, sick I am to see you

The New Mistress

'OH, sick I am to see you, will you never let me be?
You may be good for something but you are not good for me.
Oh, go where you are wanted, for you are not wanted here.

And that was all the farewell when I parted from my dear.

'I will go where I am wanted, to a lady born and bred
Who will dress me free for nothing in a uniform of red;
She will not be sick to see me if I only keep it clean:
I will go where I am wanted for a soldier of the Queen.

'I will go where I am wanted, for the sergeant does not mind;
He may be sick to see me but he treats me very kind:
He gives me beer and breakfast and a ribbon for my cap,
And I never knew a sweetheart spend her money on a chap.

'I will go where I am wanted, where there's room for one or two,
And the men are none too many for the work there is to do;
Where the standing line wears thinner and the dropping dead lie thick;
And the enemies of England they shall see me and be sick.'


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Oh, Sick I Am to See You (A. E. Housman)
From: nutty
Date: 17 Apr 10 - 07:09 AM

This is one of a number of anti-war poems that Houseman wrote which were published under the title of A SHROPSHIRE LAD.

I have been singing this song (to my own tune) for a number of years.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Oh, Sick I Am to See You (A. E. Housman)
From: Peter K (Fionn)
Date: 18 Apr 10 - 06:24 AM

Assumed by many to have been a response to WW1, but published in fact around 1895.


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