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Lyr Req: Ach please daddy? / Ag Pleez Deddy

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Subject: Lyr Req: Ach please daddy
From: GUEST,Simon Furey
Date: 29 Mar 05 - 03:12 PM

I have an "ear worm" at the moment, which is a fragment of a South African song from the 1960s, called "Ach please Daddy". I've found a fragment of it via Google (www.habonimdrorfoundation.org/hdf/songs/another.html), but that doesn't include the bit I remember about "Ach please Daddy, won't you take us down to Durban/We want to see the fella fight Sky High Lee".
Does anyone have the full lyrics anywhere, so I can get the wretched thing out of my system?
Cheers
Simon


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ach please daddy
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 29 Mar 05 - 03:17 PM

There you go
Giok


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ach please daddy
From: Peace
Date: 29 Mar 05 - 03:17 PM

The title is Ag Pleez Daddy and it is the sixth song down in the link below.

http://www.scouting.org.za/songs/southafrican.html


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ach please daddy
From: Peace
Date: 29 Mar 05 - 03:18 PM

Three seconds, John. THREE seconds.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ach please daddy
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 29 Mar 05 - 03:20 PM

Good innit! ;~)
G


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ach please daddy
From: Peace
Date: 29 Mar 05 - 03:21 PM

LOL


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ach please daddy
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 29 Mar 05 - 04:15 PM

There's also a thread about it, which includes the lyrics:
Lyr Add: Ag Pleez Daddy (Jeremy Taylor)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ach please daddy
From: GUEST,MCP
Date: 29 Mar 05 - 04:17 PM

You could also look at the Mudcat thread: Lyr Add: Ag Pleez Daddy (Jeremy Taylor)

Mick


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ach please daddy
From: GUEST,MCP
Date: 29 Mar 05 - 04:18 PM

Oops - cross-post!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ach please daddy
From: Peace
Date: 29 Mar 05 - 04:25 PM

OOPS.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ach please daddy
From: GUEST,Simon Furey
Date: 29 Mar 05 - 04:47 PM

Two things that amaze me:
First, how fast you people came back with an answer! I'm seriously impressed. Thanks very much indeed to you all.
Secondly, I had no idea it was one of Jeremy Taylor's songs. I saw him often enough in Sussex (even booked him at Horsham Folk Club) in the 70s, but I never heard him sing it. Well, well. We live and learn.
Cheers
Simon


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ach please daddy
From: GUEST,breezy via backdoor
Date: 29 Mar 05 - 05:17 PM

Just so appens that Jeremy is booked for St Albans Sunday 27th November at the Spotlight where this Friday its Stanley Accrington

In back door

How are you Mick?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ach please daddy
From: Leadfingers
Date: 29 Mar 05 - 07:00 PM

As long as any one singing this gives full credit to Jeremy Taylor !!
Too many people 'borrow' otherpeoples songs and DONT credit their source - So if you got it here , credit Jeremy AND the cat !!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ach please daddy
From: Joe Offer
Date: 30 Mar 05 - 01:01 AM

Now, you people who are competing for speed, you get no credit at all if you link elsewhere to a song we already have at Mudcat. And if we don't have the song at Mudcat, then you're supposed to post it if it's something that would be of interest to folkies.
And if you link to "Yet Another Digital Tradition" (a mirror of your own database), you go down in infamy....

The best recorded time, one minute, has been accomplished by a very few Mudcatters. I think my personal best is three minutes.

-Joe Offer-


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Subject: Lyr Add: AG PLEEZ DEDDY (Jeremy Taylor)
From: Little Robyn
Date: 30 Mar 05 - 07:04 AM

I reckon this is the most complete version - most of the others have a word or two wrong. And this one is in the correct dialect.

AG PLEEZ DEDDY (THE BALLAD OF THE SOUTHERN SUBURBS)
(Jeremy Taylor, 1961)

Ag pleez, Deddy, won't you take us to the drive-in?
All six, seven of us, eight, nine, ten!
We wanna see a flick about Tarzan an' the Ape-men,
An' when the show is over you can bring us back again.

CHO: Popcorn, chewing gum, peanuts an' bubble gum,
Ice cream, candy floss an' Eskimo Pie!
Ag, Deddy, how we miss nigger balls an' licorice,
Pepsi Cola, ginger beer and Canada Dry!

Ag pleez, Deddy, won't you take us to the fun-fair?
We wanna have a ride on the bumper-cars.
We'll buy a stick of candy floss and eat it on the octopus.
Then we'll take the rocket ship that goes to Mars. CHO.

Ag pleez, Deddy, won't you take us to the wrestling?
We wanna see an ou called Sky High Lee.
When he fights Willie Liebenberg, there's gonna be a murder,
'Cos Willie's gonna donner that blerrie yankee. CHO.

Ag pleez, Deddy, won't you take us off to Durban?
It's only eight hours in the Chevrolet.
There's spans of sea an' sand an' sun an' fish in the aquarium.
That's a lekker place for a holiday. CHO.

Ag pleez, Deddy…

Voetsek!

Ag sis, Deddy, if we can't go to bioscope
Or go off to Durban, life's a heng of a bore.
If you won't take us to the zoo, then what the heck else can we do
But go on out and moer all the oukies next door?

I've been singing it since 1963!
Robyn


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ach please daddy
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 30 Mar 05 - 09:29 AM

Well Joe guess where I found the link I posted?
Giok ¦¬]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ach please daddy
From: GUEST
Date: 30 Mar 05 - 09:42 AM

Jeremy has played our club 3 times in 3 years and on his last visit he opened with this and he didnt have to singa word as the audience did it for him.

That was one heck of a buzz.

Bookings now being taken for the 27th Nov 2005


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ach please daddy
From: GUEST,harvey andrews
Date: 30 Mar 05 - 06:42 PM

This was a hit record back in the early 60's and at college we had a health lecturer with the initials D.A.D. I'd just learned some chords on guitar and wrote a skit;
"Ag pleeze DADdy won't you give us a health lecture"..etc
I sang it in a college review.
That was my first gig!
Two months ago, 43 years later, Jeremy Taylor sat through my set in Hope Village Hall.
Bloody Hell..that went quickly!!!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ach please daddy
From: GUEST,breezy back door
Date: 30 Mar 05 - 07:03 PM

dont tell us, that was your 2nd!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ach please daddy
From: Mick Tems
Date: 31 Mar 05 - 08:01 AM

Jeremy's in Llantrisant, too - Wednesday November 23rd at 8.30pm. We saw JT the ont time and just had to see him again. Interesting fact is that he's a local boy, living in Wales!

In response to Breezy's message: I'm completly all right, thanks - making progress slowly but surely. Olly Price and I were performing at the Miskin Festival, which whetted my appetite somewhat – we didn't go looking for gigs, but I was pleasantly surprised when a couple of festival organisers approached me (individually) to see if we were free. Is Luxembourg small? Is the Pope Catholic? Do bears…? Of course we'll come!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ach please daddy
From: GUEST
Date: 03 May 07 - 08:45 AM

I came looking for this lyric never really thinking I'd find it.

I remember the song as being a big hit in the summer of 62.I was in the British Merchant Navy and we were up and down the E African coast.The song was getting lots of airtime on Radio LM( Radio Lourenço Marques).

Dave F


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Subject: ADD: AG PLEEZ DEDDY
From: GUEST,S Reg
Date: 21 Sep 07 - 06:44 AM

AG PLEEZ DEDDY
[The Ballad Of The Southern Suburbs]
(Jeremy Taylor)

Ag pleez deddy won't you take us to the drive-in
All six, seven of us, eight, nine, ten
We wanna see a flick about
Tarzan and the Ape-men
And when the show is over you can bring us back again

Chorus:
Popcorn, chewing gum, peanuts and bubble gum
Ice cream, candy floss and Eskimo Pie
Ag deddy how we miss
Nigger balls and liquorice
Pepsi Cola, ginger beer
and Canada Dry

Ag pleez deddy won't you take us to the fun-fair
We wanna have a ride on the bumper-cars
We'll buy a stick of candy floss
And eat it on the Octopus
Then we'll take the rocket ship that goes to Mars

Chorus

Ag pleez deddy won't you take us to the wrestling
We wanna see an ou called Sky Hi Lee
When he fights Willie Liebenberg
There's gonna be a murder
'Cos Willie's gonna donner that blerrie yankee

Chorus

Ag pleez deddy won't you take us off to Durban
It's only eight hours in the Chevrolet
There's spans of sea and sand and sun
And fish in the aquarium
That's a lekker place for a holiday

Chorus

Ag Pleeeeeez Deddy - VOETSEK!

Ag sies deddy if we can't kraak to bioscope
Or go off to Durban, life's a henguva bore
If you won't take us to the zoo
Then what the heck else can we do
But go on out and moer all the outjies next door

Chorus
Words and Music by Jeremy Taylor, 1961
Transcribed by Rodney Currin with assistance from Brian Currin, August 2000.
Lyrics confirmed in August 2003 after discovering a book by Jeremy Taylor titled 'Ag Pleez Deddy!', published in 1992 by Jeremy Taylor Publishing.

http://www.rock.co.za/files/ag_pleez_deddy.mp3
http://www.rock.co.za/files/ag_pleez_deddy.html


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ach please daddy
From: Charley Noble
Date: 21 Sep 07 - 11:27 PM

Nicely transcribed!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ach please daddy
From: GUEST,Dai Prichard
Date: 17 Dec 07 - 04:55 PM

I had the earworm too, and typed into Google: "Ach sis daddy"
And there you all were - 45 years later -
Nice one -
Dai


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ach please daddy
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Dec 07 - 09:43 PM

Jeremy now lives in France


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ach please daddy
From: Charley Noble
Date: 18 Dec 07 - 08:16 PM

Jeremy's work rates among the top ten of people I've been impressed by in the last 40 years. The songs from his earliest recording of his South African show "Wait a Minim" still resonate in my ears. Here's a link to a short biography: Click here for article

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ach please daddy
From: Fidjit
Date: 19 Dec 07 - 03:25 PM

Ah. First heard this when I was working on the SA VAAL from Southampton to South Africa. i.e. Cape Town. East London, Durban and back. In '63. Used to have an LP with it on, but I lost that somehow.

I liked his "All Along the South Soast" and "Red Velvet Steering Wheel Cover Driver" too.

Great Stuff.

Used to gig with Sid Carter.
But I'm talking ages ago.

Chas


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ach please daddy
From: GUEST,Graham Bradshaw
Date: 20 Dec 07 - 05:12 AM

And just a reminder that his double album with SPIKE MILLIGAN, from 1973 - Live from Cambridge - which went on to become the basis for their successful show - For One Week Only - is being re-issued on Double CD in the New year.

Details on here when it emerges.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ach please daddy
From: GUEST,Robin Ellwood
Date: 19 Apr 08 - 12:31 PM

I lived in Kenya from 1960 to 1964 and remember hearing this song on British Forces Broadcasting Service radio. I had no understanding what some of the lyrics meant but always thought it was a funny song. By the way in 1960 I was 7.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ach please daddy
From: GUEST,Tony Fajans
Date: 21 Nov 08 - 09:36 PM

I know exactly the link you're talking about. Not only are there lyrics missing, but a line or two are wrong on top of it. I remember the song fondly and was also searching for a recording or full lyrics, at least.

If anyone has this please let us know. I think the artist is a South African child entertainer.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ach please daddy
From: GUEST,Rafflesbear
Date: 22 Nov 08 - 02:40 AM

maybe it's a spelling problem -

Ag Pleez Deddy

and also

Jeremy Taylor


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ach please daddy
From: GUEST,Sally Anne
Date: 29 Oct 09 - 02:44 AM

Hi there,
Saw Jeremy Taylor perform this live at the Civic in Jo'burg when I was a teenager.
That verse goes....
Ag pleez daddy can't we go off to Durban
We wanna see an ou fight Sky Alie
When he fights Willie Liebenberg
There's gonna be a murder
Cos Willie's gonna donner that bladdie-eintjie

Popcorn chewing gum......


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ach please daddy
From: bubblyrat
Date: 29 Oct 09 - 05:56 AM

Always liked Jeremy Taylor ! He did this song a few years back,at Ringwood Folk Club ; he went to some length to explain things like "Nigger Balls",which I think he said were like giant,brown anniseed-ball "Gob Stoppers", etc.Then he told us about his time in South Africa,and the village where he had lived and worked. A group of people at the back stood up and started waving & cheering---they were from that very village ! JT was completely blown away !


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ach please daddy
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Jan 10 - 08:41 AM

The complete Lyrics to Jeremy Taylor's "Ag Pleez Deddy" (AKA the ballad of the Southern Suburbs):

Ag pleez deddy won't you take us to the drive-in
All six, seven of us, eight, nine, ten
We wanna see a flick about
Tarzan and the Ape-men
And when the show is over you can bring us back again

Chorus:
Popcorn, chewing gum, peanuts and bubble gum
Ice cream, candy floss and Eskimo Pie
Ag deddy how we miss
Nigger balls and liquorice
Pepsi Cola, ginger beer
and Canada Dry

Ag pleez deddy won't you take us to the fun-fair
We wanna have a ride on the bumper-cars
We'll buy a stick of candy floss
And eat it on the Octopus
Then we'll take the rocket ship that goes to Mars

Chorus

Ag pleez deddy won't you take us to the wrestling
We wanna see an ou called Sky Hi Lee
When he fights Willie Liebenberg
There's gonna be a murder
'Cos Willie's gonna donner that blerrie yankee

Chorus

Ag pleez deddy won't you take us off to Durban
It's only eight hours in the Chevrolet
There's spans of sea and sand and sun
And fish in the aquarium
That's a lekker place for a holiday

Chorus

Ag Pleeeeeez Deddy - VOETSEK!

Ag sies deddy if we can't kraak to bioscope
Or go off to Durban, life's a henguva bore
If you won't take us to the zoo
Then what the heck else can we do
But go on out and moer all the outjies next door

Chorus


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ach please daddy
From: Wotcha
Date: 28 Jan 10 - 12:22 PM

Blimey


Ten+ years on Mudcat ... good to see the thread got some life again!


Cheers,


Brian


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ach please daddy? / Ag Pleez Deddy
From: GUEST,Anon
Date: 08 May 10 - 05:04 PM

http://www.3rdearmusic.com/lyrics/pleezdaddy.html has the full lyrics, posted (I think) by the original author...it has a story about how the song came about, so probably is.
    Please note that anonymous posting is no longer allowed at Mudcat. Use a consistent name [in the 'from' box] when you post, or your messages risk being deleted.
    Thanks.
    -Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ach please daddy? / Ag Pleez Deddy
From: Charley Noble
Date: 08 May 10 - 06:19 PM

Here's Jeremy's notes on this song from his website above:

I vividly remember writing this song. I remember the little flat in Violet Street and the room I used to pace around at nights nursing a cholicky daughter. Sometimes I would put her in the karrikot and into the back of my 1947 Morris Minor (the one with the split windscreen and side valves) and we'd drive around the Southern suburbs. Jess would sleep then. But as soon as we got back and I stopped the car she would wake up again so I don't know if it was such a good ruse after all. But at least she and her mother got some sleep, until the next feed. Today she plays the 'cello and nurses two children of her own.
One curious fact about AG PLEEZ DEDDY is that after I had written a verse and a chorus of it I threw it away because I thought it was dumb. It probably was dumb, but three weeks later I read an ar-ticle about a writer, a serious one, who said there was one golden rule about writing and that was to finish whatever you had started, other-wise you would never learn anything. Reluctantly I hauled my verse and chorus out of the dustbin, wrote three more verses, added "Voet-sek" and sang it surreptitiously one night to Manny Wainer, the owner of the Cul de Sac, who gave me encouragement and a pound note and said, "Sing it to the people tonight." I was later persuaded to take it to the Gallo Record Company. A gentleman - Phil Goldblatt - listened patiently while I sang it to him then explained that no one would buy it because it wasn't commercial. He added, however, that he would always be happy to listen to any future efforts.

AG PLEEZ DEDDY was recorded a year later (live - at a Cape Town recording of Wait a Minim) and the single sold more copies in South Africa than any of Elvis Presley's.

The birth of a song is like any other birth; it can be short and sweet or long and arduous and you never know what you are going to get at the end of it. You just have to take each one as it comes.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ach please daddy? / Ag Pleez Deddy
From: GUEST,Rik
Date: 22 Apr 12 - 10:06 AM

Picked up this thread doing research for a suitable song for Cape Town G&S to take to the fetival in Buxton this year. Out director's name is Teddy, it's a case of "Ag pleez Teddy.....".
First heard the song at Glasgow Uni in the late 60's sung by a young lady from Southampton whose name escapes me 40 years on.
But, Simon Fury, I was brought up in Arundel - went to high school in Horsham - and used to sing in the folk circuit in the pubs and clubs round there.
Moved out to South Africa in 1972 and met JT when he was singing at a club in Jo'burg, shortly after I arrived.
Memories are made of this!


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