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Subject: Lyr Add: THE GREAT BELL (perf. Marty Feldman)
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 25 Mar 05 - 06:19 AM

THE GREAT BELL
(Denis King, John Junkin)

In an old village called Churdling-Cum-Strando
Whack, Whack, go kick a neighbour
They did have a church with a steeple so grand-o
Fol diddle diddle di doh I hate my old mum
For hundreds of years now the bell in that steeple
Whack, Whack, spreading the muck round.
Had never been heard by the village's people
Fol diddle diddle di doh may I leave the room
CHORUS
Rum tiddle tiddle tum tiddle tiddle scum on the water
Lint in your navel and sand in your tea

In old days the squire had a beautiful daughter
Whack, Whack, Nina and Fredrick
She loved the poor verger and one night dad caught her
Fol diddle diddle di doh I just hurt my foot
I love him dear dad she said, tears she was shedding
Whack, Whack, half-day on Thursday
Quite likely said father and battered her head in
Fol diddle diddle di doh superfluous hair
Rum tiddle tiddle tum tiddle tiddle scum on the water
Lint in your navel and sand in your tea

(minor key?)And then as she lay there all dead-like and messy
Whack, Whack, go burst your ulcer
The bell stopped its ringing to mourn for poor Bessie
Fol diddle diddle di doh I think I feel sick
Then (upbeat again) just yesterday a young couple went walking
Whack, Whack, go stand on your head now
Beneath that same bell of which I have been talking
Fol diddle diddle di doh and one for his nob
Rum tiddle tiddle tum tiddle tiddle scum on the water
Lint in your navel and sand in your tea

They stopped and he cuddled her waist young and supple
Whack, Whack, Lord Baden-Powell
And down fell the bell right onto the young couple
Fol diddle diddle di doh Here's mud in your eye
The moral I give more in sorrow than anger
Whack, Whack, egg, beans and sausage
Make love 'neath a bell and you might drop a clanger
Fol diddle diddle di doh and that's your damn lot
Rum tiddle tiddle tum tiddle tiddle scum on the water
Lint in your navel and sand in your tea
Lint in your navel and sand in your tea

(spoken) Can you take your hand off me knee vicar? I'm trying to play the piano.

Performed by Marty Feldman on "The Crazy World of Marty Feldman" (Decca SPA 134) previously released as "I Feel A Song Going Off" (LK/SKL 4983)

NP


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Great Bell (perf. Marty Feldman)
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 27 Mar 05 - 08:52 AM

More recently, performed by me in "Nellie Dean's" at the Miskin Folk Fest. (with assistance for the semi chouses!)

Nigel


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Great Bell (perf. Marty Feldman)
From: GUEST,Snuffy
Date: 29 Mar 05 - 08:14 AM

Whack, Whack, he did it again, too


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Great Bell (perf. Marty Feldman)
From: GUEST
Date: 16 Mar 06 - 10:55 PM

man...I wish I had this album lol marty feldman is the best


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Great Bell (from Marty Feldman)
From: GUEST,The Porridge Bird
Date: 16 Apr 06 - 12:28 PM

Am I right in thinking this was first done on the British radio show "Hello, Cheeky!" ?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Great Bell (from Marty Feldman)
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 16 Apr 06 - 03:26 PM

Guest, Sorry, I can't confirm that, It is not noted on the LP cover whether that was the case

CHEERS
Nigel


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Great Bell (from Marty Feldman)
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 17 Apr 06 - 09:01 AM

"Quite likely said father and battered her head in"

That's supposed to be funny? Tell Marty Feldman to try again.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Great Bell (from Marty Feldman)
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 17 Apr 06 - 09:17 AM

A parody on the old 'blood and guts' folk songs, in which the lovers die horrible deaths...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Great Bell (from Marty Feldman)
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 17 Apr 06 - 09:21 AM

BTW, when performed in a highly upbeat tone with a straight face as if deadly serious (like real folk singers), was fallabout funny (when I first heard it years ago).


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Great Bell (perf. Marty Feldman)
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Jun 10 - 07:05 PM

Bless you for posting this. I heard it on radio over 20 years ago and the chorus is still with me. This will make it much easier to explain...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Great Bell (perf. Marty Feldman)
From: Valmai Goodyear
Date: 14 Jun 10 - 03:53 AM

Does this go to an existing tune? If not, what is the tune?

Great stuff,

Valmai


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Great Bell (perf. Marty Feldman)
From: Tangledwood
Date: 14 Jun 10 - 05:16 AM

There's a clip on You Tube


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Great Bell (perf. Marty Feldman)
From: Geoff the Duck
Date: 14 Jun 10 - 05:25 AM

The Porridge Bird asks if the song came from radio programme Hello Cheeky.
Acording to Wikipedia Feldman recorded one LP, I Feel a Song Going Off (1969), re-released as The Crazy World of Marty Feldman. The songs were written by Dennis King, John Junkin and Bill Solly (a writer for Max Bygraves and The Two Ronnies).[5] It was re-released as a CD in 2007.
Hello Cheeky did not start until 1973, but bearing in mind both Junkin and King were Hello Cheeky performers, it is hardly surprising if the song was performed in the show.
Quack!
GtD.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Great Bell (perf. Marty Feldman)
From: Valmai Goodyear
Date: 14 Jun 10 - 07:14 AM

Thank you, Tangledwood!

That's made my morning. Gosh, this is going to cause some suffering in Sussex soon.

Valmai


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Great Bell (perf. Marty Feldman)
From: GUEST,Ross
Date: 06 Sep 13 - 05:42 PM

Recently heard this song on "Hello Cheeky" (Radio Four extra), hence my visit to find the lyrics.06/09/2013 might still be on iplayer.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Great Bell (perf. Marty Feldman)
From: GUEST,Rex Barnard
Date: 10 Oct 15 - 05:30 PM

First heard this on Fun At One on radio 1 many moons ago, been searching for it forever!


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