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GUEST,Kylie 07 Apr 05 - 09:49 AM
nutty 07 Apr 05 - 04:16 PM
GUEST,Kylie 08 Apr 05 - 08:16 AM
Jim Dixon 09 Apr 05 - 03:04 PM
GUEST,louise frances 26 Apr 06 - 03:56 AM
GUEST,GUEST, Jennifer 29 Jul 06 - 09:08 PM
GUEST,Lisa 30 Mar 07 - 07:56 PM
GUEST 12 Feb 08 - 10:01 AM
GUEST,Carol Cooper 06 Aug 08 - 07:02 AM
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nutty 23 Oct 08 - 01:40 PM
GUEST,Barbara Anderson (nee Hanmer) 11 Sep 09 - 09:38 AM
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GUEST,Aucklandecofarm 25 Feb 10 - 01:58 AM
GUEST,Jean from Basildon 30 Apr 10 - 11:51 AM
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GUEST,Victoria 14 Oct 10 - 05:51 AM
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GUEST,David Rainey in Canberra 15 Apr 11 - 12:52 AM
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GUEST,Jill 06 Feb 12 - 12:38 AM
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GUEST,Baggy Britches 25 Oct 12 - 02:05 AM
GUEST,Horse riding breeches 25 Oct 12 - 05:50 AM
GUEST,GUEST.BAGGY BREECHES 20 May 13 - 09:14 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Little Mr Baggy Britches
From: GUEST,Kylie
Date: 07 Apr 05 - 09:49 AM

I have been searching and searching for lyrics for "Little Mr Baggy Britches" for my mum. Her father used to sing it to her when she was a little girl, but now she can only remember the line "Little mr Baggy Britches I Love You" If anyone could help it would be most appreciated.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Little Mr Baggy Britches
From: nutty
Date: 07 Apr 05 - 04:16 PM

Dredging up memories from years ago, I heard this as a small child and cannot swear to it's accuracy.
I can remember this........


Little Mr Baggy Breeches I love you
If you'll be my Sunday fellow
I'll patch up your breeches with pink and with yellow
And folks will say, as we lean o'er the ocean wall
"Lena's been patching his breeches
Soon he'll have no breeches at all"

Aye' Aye Yipee
Patches big, patches small
Aye, aye, yipee
Soon he'll have no breeches at all


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Little Mr Baggy Britches
From: GUEST,Kylie
Date: 08 Apr 05 - 08:16 AM

Thanks so much for your help. The key word was "breeches" instead of "britches", which also led me to "leetle" instead of "little".

Low and behold I found a link straight to the original sheet music from 1915.

Link below for anyone interested.
Thanks again.


www.nla.gov.au/nla.mus-an12852185


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Subject: Lyr Add: LEETLE MR. BAGGY BREECHES
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 09 Apr 05 - 03:04 PM

From the sheet music at The National Library of Australia:

LEETLE MR. BAGGY BREECHES
(Words, R. P. Weston. Music, Herman Darewski. 1915)

1. He was a fat little Hollander boy.
He was watching the boats going by.
Oh, my! Oh, my!
He was watching the boats going by.
She was a little pink Hollander girl,
And she said from behind with a sigh,
"If I can't put stitches in poor Yahcob's breeches,
Mooch better don dot I vill die!"

CHORUS: Leetle Mister Baggy Breeches, I love you!
If you'll be mine Sunday fellow,
I'll patch 'em mit purple, mit pink and mit yellow;
And folks will say as you lean on the old sea wall,
"Lena's been patching her Yahcob till he's got no breeches at all."

YODEL (OPTIONAL.)
Yah! Yah! Yah! Patches big, patches small.
Yah! Yah! Yah! He's got no breeches at all.

2. He turn'd and saw her and said, "Oxcuse me,
I was watching dem poats going py,
I'm shy. Oh, my!
'Cos you're laughing, and I can guess why.
I've got no mudder to sew for me."
Then she said with a tear in her eye,
"If I'm not offending ven they vant some mending,
Let me haf joost von leetle try." CHORUS

3. Trav'llers who come to the mighty sea wall
That keeps back the great Zuyder Zee
Can see, ah, me!
Some wonderful Dutch scenery.
It's Yahcob's breeches that they can see,
And, oh! he's as proud as a king.
When all of those trippers see teu little nippers
Lean over mit fader and sing, CHORUS


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Subject: RE: req/ADD: Little Mr Baggy Britches
From: GUEST,louise frances
Date: 26 Apr 06 - 03:56 AM

little mr baggy britches, I love you.
If you'll be my sunday fellow,
I'll patch them with pink, with purple, with yellow,
and folks will say, as they sit on the old sea wall,
Len's been patching her young man's pants, till he's got no britches at all.


(My mother used to sing it to me!)


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Subject: RE: req/ADD: Little Mr Baggy Britches
From: GUEST,GUEST, Jennifer
Date: 29 Jul 06 - 09:08 PM

I can not tell you how long I have been searching for this. My mother used to sing and soft shoe shuffle to it for us when we were children. Of course I want to pass it along to mine and theirs. Thank you SO much. You have all given great joy to someone today!


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Subject: RE: req/ADD: Little Mr Baggy Britches
From: GUEST,Lisa
Date: 30 Mar 07 - 07:56 PM

I was searching for the lyrics because we did it as a school production when I was about 8 years old so that would have been around 1974. I have fond memories of us all dressing up like a little Dutch girls and singing. All I could remember was the first part of the chorus. Thank you so much for the link.


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Subject: RE: req/ADD: Little Mr Baggy Britches
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Feb 08 - 10:01 AM

Hi I have original sheet music and I am selling it on ebay. I will be putting it on today.
from Lisa


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Subject: RE: req/ADD: Little Mr Baggy Britches
From: GUEST,Carol Cooper
Date: 06 Aug 08 - 07:02 AM

I did A SCHOOL play in about 1956, at Collingwood state school in Melbourne Aust and sang Little Mr Baggy Britches

Little Mr Baggy britches I Love you
Will you be my sunday fellow
i'll patch you with purple, with pink and with yellow
and folks will say as they lean on the garden wall
Lena's been patching for hours till there ain't no britches at all,

thats all i can remember, hope you can get more of it
Regards Carol


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Subject: RE: req/ADD: Little Mr Baggy Britches
From: GUEST
Date: 23 Oct 08 - 12:43 PM

Perfect.My Aussie daughter is marrying a dutchman and they don't know the song. I would dearly love to have it for their recption.

Are you able to send copy of he music? or tell me where I could get it.

Many thanks

Nita


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Subject: RE: req/ADD: Little Mr Baggy Britches
From: nutty
Date: 23 Oct 08 - 01:40 PM

Hi Nina

You can access the original sheet music on this site ........

CLICK HERE


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Subject: RE: req/ADD: Little Mr Baggy Britches
From: GUEST,Barbara Anderson (nee Hanmer)
Date: 11 Sep 09 - 09:38 AM

Having just found the words on this thread, and reading other respondents, I realise just how long the song has been around! I remembert singing it with a group of seven year olds for a Sunday school concert in Footscray, Melbourne, Victoria in 1939! And we did some kind of clog dance (??) to the music.


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Subject: RE: req/ADD: Little Mr Baggy Britches
From: GUEST
Date: 11 Nov 09 - 02:52 PM

I used to sing this song to my son in the 70s and now my daughter sings it to her son today.
I sang it in the Gang Shows in Birmingham, in the late 60s.


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Subject: RE: req/ADD: Little Mr Baggy Britches
From: GUEST,Aucklandecofarm
Date: 25 Feb 10 - 01:58 AM

Hi...it's our daughter's 21st tomorrow and 21 years ago her grandmother suggested we change our daughter's name from Emma-Lee to Emma-Leena because of this song (as I am half Dutch). I am preparing a speech for our daughter's 21st party and wanted to research this song...which has lead me to this thread. It certainly has made a lot of people happy...Great, and thanks!


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Subject: RE: req/ADD: Little Mr Baggy Britches
From: GUEST,Jean from Basildon
Date: 30 Apr 10 - 11:51 AM

Thank you for the words to little mr baggy breeches my mum used to sing it to me sxty years ago


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Subject: RE: req/ADD: Little Mr Baggy Britches
From: GUEST
Date: 06 Oct 10 - 05:27 AM

Wow! My mother sang it to me as a lullaby and I have always remembered it.


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Subject: RE: req/ADD: Little Mr Baggy Britches
From: GUEST,Victoria
Date: 14 Oct 10 - 05:51 AM

I also learned this song from my mother, and sang it my my two girls when they were young. It has a special place in our family history, so very much enjoyed learning of its origins, and how many people think of it fondly.


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Subject: RE: req/ADD: Little Mr Baggy Britches
From: GUEST
Date: 21 Oct 10 - 05:58 PM

Here's how I remember the song from The Wolf cubs in the 1940's

Little Mister baggy breeches I love you,
Won't you be my Sumday fellow,
I'll patch them mit purple, mit pink and mit yellow,
and folks will say as they lean on the old sea wall,
Lena's been patching your jakobs...
till you can't see the breeches at all.....

Anyone know what jakobs are?


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Subject: RE: req/ADD: Little Mr Baggy Britches
From: GUEST,David Rainey in Canberra
Date: 15 Apr 11 - 12:52 AM

Our class sang this in a South Townsville State School concert at the Theatre Royal in about 1947 I think. More recently on holidays at Coonabarabran, upon discovering a friend also knew it, the two of us busked it in front of the Tourist Bureau to much amusement if little critical acclaim or financial reward.


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Subject: RE: req/ADD: Little Mr Baggy Britches
From: GUEST,mimi
Date: 19 May 11 - 05:45 PM

Don't know why just searched for the words to this song. Like many others my late mother used to sing it to me when I was I child. Delighted to learn so many have happy memories of this song.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Little Mr Baggy Britches
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Aug 11 - 05:09 AM

Learned this in 1938 at St Kilda Park State School in Melbourne, Vic .

"Little mister baggy britches I love you
Won't you be my Sunday fellow
I'll patch 'em with purple with pink and with yellow
And folks will say.. as they lean on the old sea wall
'Ah! Lena's been patching till he's got no britches at all'."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Little Mr Baggy Britches
From: GUEST,Averil
Date: 13 Sep 11 - 05:26 PM

My nana sang this to me and my children - I have only remembered the chore line so am really pleased to have found this


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Little Mr Baggy Britches
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 13 Sep 11 - 09:06 PM

G'day Averil,

Where did you hear the song? It seems that the only country associated with this song, in the posts above, is Australia (apart from the "Dutch Girl / Dutch boy characters and "accent") and I'm wondering if I can unearth my late Dad's notes from helping assemble the first Australian 'Boy Scouts Songbook'.

Apart from that, there is the knowledge that one great-great grandfather (Jan van Kampen) in my sketchy family tree was described as a "Sailor, Holland" on the 1854 wedding certificate. I'm presuming that he had 'jumped ship' to try to find his fortune on the Ophir Goldfields in the early 1850s.

Regards,

Bob


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Little Mr Baggy Britches
From: GUEST,Jill
Date: 06 Feb 12 - 12:38 AM

I have always loved this song, it brings back memories of Sunday School concerts when I was young 1950's. It has been around a long time. We use to sway to the music and a dutch boy was singing to the dutch girl and the rest of us sang the chorus.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Little Mr Baggy Britches
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Jul 12 - 01:34 PM

We did it in as a play in primary school in 1991 in Ireland ! Love it , all wearing braids in our hair awwwww


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Little Mr Baggy Britches
From: GUEST,Helen
Date: 19 Aug 12 - 01:11 PM

My Mam sang this to me as a child and I'll be singing it to my baby when she's born in December. Brigs back such fond memories! Ps I'm from north east England.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Little Mr Baggy Britches
From: GUEST,Pat
Date: 01 Sep 12 - 12:14 PM

I have the sheet music for this song.I learned it as a child


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Little Mr Baggy Britches
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Sep 12 - 07:15 AM

My great grandfather ( who passed long before I was born) used to sing this song to my mother. She in turn sang it to her children and I now sing it to my grandchildren. Her version went like this...

Little Mr raggy britches I love you.
If you'll be my Sunday fellow,
I'll patch your breeks up with blue pink and yellow,
and folk will say as you lean on the old quay wall,
Grandmas been patching up ( name of child your singing to, ie Heathers ) breeks, till she/he's got no breeks left at all...


Such happy happy memories... Babs ...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Little Mr Baggy Britches
From: GUEST,Baggy Britches
Date: 25 Oct 12 - 02:05 AM

These Jodhpurs are baggy from waist to knee and are tight from knee to ankle. Baggy breeches


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Little Mr Baggy Britches
From: GUEST,Horse riding breeches
Date: 25 Oct 12 - 05:50 AM

Traditionally styled, zipper at closure, belt loops, French Fly Front and two front pockets. Horse riding breeches


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Little Mr Baggy Britches
From: GUEST,GUEST.BAGGY BREECHES
Date: 20 May 13 - 09:14 AM

I recall in the 1930s rehearsing this for a Chapel Concert. I still remember the little dance with hands on hips clicking the toe/heel clog dance and singing the song. Happy Days when entertainment was so simple. I have searched for years for this information, my late husband used to say there was no such song it was all in my head!!! I wonder wqhat he would say now um?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Little Mr Baggy Britches
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 15 Oct 13 - 12:57 AM

My Mothers version went like this
Little Mister Baggy Breeches I Love You
If you'll be my Sunday fellow
I'll patch them with purple, with pink and with yellow
And folks will say, as we lean on the old sea wall
Lena's been patching his (yarkons) yardclothes, till he's got no breeches at all.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Little Mr Baggy Britches
From: GUEST,guest
Date: 29 Jan 14 - 03:31 PM

My late great grandma used to sing this to.me as a child (I'm in my 30,s) I now sing it to my son n my baby grandson

Brings my grandma bk to me every time I sung it


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Little Mr Baggy Britches
From: GUEST,Geoff Emerson
Date: 23 Apr 14 - 07:14 AM

I'm almost sorry to have found this. The chorus was regarded as one of our family songs that seem to have started with my grandfather and passed down by word of mouth through the generations. Our version goes:

Mr. Baggy Breeches, I love you.
If you'll come and be my Sunday fellow
I'll patch them with purple, with pink and with yellow,
And folks will say, as we sit on the old sea wall
Jak's been patching his breeches, 'til he's got no breeches at all!

Ah-ah ah-ah ah-ah,
Patches big, patches small,
Ah-ah ah-ah ah-ah,
'Til he's got no breeches at all!

I'm sure we haven't got the tune quite right either - such is the aural/oral tradition!

I've never known anyone else that knew this song and while it's a delight to see that other people love it, having to admit that my father and grandfather might have got bits wrong could shake the family to its foundations! :-)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Little Mr Baggy Britches
From: GUEST,Carole virtue
Date: 08 Jul 14 - 08:24 PM

I was born in 1941 and I seem to have known this forever...lol. Not that the memory is so good now. I also did a clog style of dance to it . My recollection is very similar to the others I have just read.


Little Mr. Baggy britches, I Love you.
If you'll be my Sunday fella,
I'll patch em with purple, with pink and with yellow
And folks will say , as they lean on the old sea wall,
Lena's been patching for Jacob till he's got not britches at all.

CHORUS...ah yah yah,patches big, patches small.
                   Ah yah yaha, till he's got no britches at all.

Travellers who come by the mighty sea wall
Thar keeps back the gret Zyder Dee can see,
Ah me! Such wonderful Dutch scenery.
It's Jaobs britches that they can see,
Ah me! Such wonderful Dutch scenery.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Little Mr Baggy Britches
From: GUEST,janine
Date: 10 Dec 14 - 05:48 PM

How wonderful that this song evokes such fond memories... my Mum ,92, has lucid moments and has started singing it, I however had forgotten it.. we used to sing it in the car going to my Nana's...it is now stuck in my brain for ever.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Little Mr Baggy Britches
From: GUEST,Guest.gill
Date: 29 Nov 15 - 09:31 AM

My mother dressed my friend and I in fancy dress, when we were 10 years old, complete with clogs. We did a simple 'dance' and won 1st prize. That was when I could sing! Those were the days!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Little Mr Baggy Britches
From: GUEST,Agnes.
Date: 27 Jan 16 - 10:17 AM

Title: LEETLE MISTER BAGGY BREECHES.

Lyrics by R.P. Weston ; music by Herman Dareweski; 1915.

Available at National Library Australia website.


I also learnt this song at school and we performed it at a school concert, dressed in Dutch costumes. I'll always remember it because I lost my clog/shoe halfway through the dance!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Little Mr Baggy Britches
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Feb 16 - 08:24 PM

National lirary digital link:
http://www.nla.gov.au/apps/doview/nla.mus-an12852185-p.pdf
You've probably found it by now.. Great little Tune


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Little Mr Baggy Britches
From: GUEST
Date: 30 Mar 16 - 07:10 AM

I was born in May 1944. In the summer of 1953 I was learning to tap dance, and this was my concert piece! I and a small lad tap danced and sang to these lyrics, exactly the same as the lady Carole, apart from:
" Lena 's been patching her Yacob till you can't see no britches no more!"

Thank God for the Internet!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Little Mr Baggy Britches
From: GUEST,Alex G
Date: 06 Jul 16 - 02:43 PM

My Mum says she used to sing this song too, around 1936/7 in Lancashire, and remembers doing the dance wearing sparking clogs. She remembers sing Ja Ja Ja (Ya ya ya) and instead of with, they sang 'Mitt purple, mitt pink and mitt yellow" and the slightly different words "Lena's been patching her Jacob till you can't see dem britches at all"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Little Mr Baggy Britches
From: GUEST,Arlene B
Date: 31 Oct 17 - 04:04 PM

This song came back to me while waiting for my bus at my shopping mall this evening - unable to recall all the words I decided to check the internet - and am I glad I did! Learned this in school in India (Calcutta) around 1962, and have never forgotten it. Just loved it


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Little Mr Baggy Britches
From: GUEST,meredith
Date: 16 Jul 18 - 01:47 PM

my year 2 teacher taught us this song in 1973, perth australia.
i too decided to check internet as no one else seemed to know the song.
so glad i did.

mrs becks version

leetle mister baggy breeches
i love you
will you be my sunday fellow
i patch em with purple, mit pink and mit yellow
and folks will say, as we lean on the old sea wall
lena's been patching his jakops til he's got no breeches at all

ya ya ya patches big patches small
yaya ya he's got no breeches at all


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