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Lyr Req: The Christening (Arthur Askey)

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A BUSH CHRISTENING


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Subject: Lyr Req: Arthur Askey's The Christening
From: Flash Company
Date: 18 Apr 05 - 07:07 AM

I mentioned this one about a year ago in another thread, but now I have real need. S & I have been asked to be Godparents, we've pointed out that we will both be pushing 90 by the time the babe is 21, but they say that doesn't matter.
As I have said in other places, I don't often sing in public now, but if I can find the words of this I may make a exception. Arthur Askey had a song called 'The Christening' and all I remember is the beginning and the end:-

At our church on Sunday morn,
Hush are you listening,
We had a christening,
Little pink kid quite small, brand new
And it was some christening too.


Ending...
And the same thing happened to me and you
And it was some christening too!

Somewhere in the middle was a line

'Kid made a noise like a small typhoon'

I'd really like to get hold of this one, I could probably adjust the character list to suit the occasion.

FC


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Arthur Askey's The Christening
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 18 Apr 05 - 08:44 AM

record avail here

CATALOGUE NR: CDAJA5444
RECORD LABEL: Living Era
FORMAT: CD
PRICE: £ 7.99 including VAT, or £ 6.80 excluding VAT
RELEASE DATE: 01-Sep-2002


TITLE: Hello Playmates!
TRACKS: All To Specification. A Ballad. The Bee Song. Big And Stinker's Parlour Games (with Richard Murdoch). The Channel Swimmer. Chirrup! The Christening. The Cuckoo. Ding Dong Bell. Early In The Morning. Ev'ry Little Piggy's Got A Curly Tail. Follow The White Line. How Ashamed I Was. I Pulled Myself Together. I Want A Banana. It's Spring Again. Kiss Me Goodnight Sergeant Major. Knitting. More Chestnut Corner (with Richard Murdoch). The Pixie. Sarah Sarah. The Seagull Song. She Was Very Very Shy. We're Gonna Hang Out The Washing On The Siegfried Line. The Worm.
ARTISTS: Arthur Askey      

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: original mono recordings 1938 - 1949

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Sound clip (possibly only partial - I am not on broadband) avail here


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Arthur Askey's The Christening
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 18 Apr 05 - 09:16 AM

Arthur Askey's works may not all be here, but lots of other stuff that may be relevant is. His 'The Captain's Whiskers' is.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Arthur Askey's The Christening
From: Flash Company
Date: 19 Apr 05 - 09:48 AM

Hi Foolestroupe, thanks for that, I have a number of the Living Era CD's, but I'd missed that one.
The words are not on the Monologues site, but Holloway's 'And yet, I don't know' could be useful.
Tried to post this response yesterday, but the connection went down and I couldn't get it back!!!

FC


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Arthur Askey's The Christening
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 20 Apr 05 - 11:25 PM

I found a sound sample here: http://www.musicoutfitter.com/store/item/743625544428/helloplaymates.html
And transcribed this:

..font full of water
And Willie sucking coffee though they said he hadn't oughter.
There was little cousin Nell like Psyche at the well
Standing by the font and grinning like a fool.
There was old Ben Birch taking care of the church,
Looking like someone had left him in the lurch,
All wobbling at the knees, rattling his keys,
Standing all alone like a piece of cheese.
You couldn't see the kid for miles of lace.
"Gee," said its sister Kate, "I'm sure it'll suffocate."
Little pink kid, quite small, brand new
And it was some christening too.
Then the child's godmother...


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE CHRISTENING (Arthur Askey)
From: Long Firm Freddie
Date: 15 Oct 17 - 01:05 PM

I was looking for the lyrics for this and found them here as performed by Arthur Askey:

Christening

An image of an album at Discogs credits Kenneth Blain as composer. Blain also wrote the Bee Song amongst others.

THE CHRISTENING

At our church one day last week--
Say, are you listening? I went to a christening:
Little pink kid, quite small, brand new,
And it was some christening too!

There was Parson Brown in a big white gown,
And the mother with the baby walking up and down.
There was Granny with a grin, 'cause she'd had a drop of gin,
In a vest and a tucker like a brand new pin,

Little sister Ginnie in a nice clean pinnie,
And the father of the child looking just like a ninny.
There was old Grandpa, whiskers down the bar,
Just like a billy goat, "Bah, bah, bah!"

Child was howling and Granny said "Flo,
Turn it over, for goodness sake, it must have a tummy ache."
Little pink kid, quite small, brand new,
And it was some christening too!

There was Auntie and her daughter and a pot full of water
And Willie sucking coffee though they said he hadn't oughter.
There was little cousin Nell like Psyche at the well
Standing by the font and grinning like a fool.

There was old Ben Birch taking care of the church,
Looking like someone had left him in the lurch,
All wobbling at the knees, rattling his keys,
Standing all alone like a piece of cheese.

You couldn't see the kid for miles of lace.
"Gee," said its sister Kate, "I'm sure it'll suffocate."
Little pink kid, quite small, brand new,
And it was some christening too.

Then the child's godmother, some relation or another,
Made a grab for the child and she took it from the mother,
And gave it with a frown, to Parson Brown,
Who promptly held the poor child upside down.

He turned very red, as the grandmother said,
"You'll have all the blood rushing into its head!"
He said, "Oh dear! My mistake, I fear,
I thought the child's face looked very very queer!"

The kid made a noise like a small typhoon,
Gran saved the company, she just said "Ooh, pardon me!"
Little pink kid, quite small, brand new,
And it was some christening too!

Then the parson he held up the child so wee,
Said to the father, "What's his name to be?"
Granny full of glee, with a "Ha, ha he!" said,
"Say, Mr Parson, ain't a he, it's a she!"

The mother, I declare, said, "Her names, dear sir,
Are Annie Martha Mary Ellen Florrie Eva Bear."
The parson gave a snorter, his breath became shorter.
He nearly dropped the poor kid all among the water.

The kid made a grab for his whiskers grey,
Then volunteered to climb up his beard,
And little pink kid, quite small, brand new,
And it was some christening too!

Then the parson full of grief made the ceremony brief,
And he handed back the child to the mother with relief.
And he heaved a sigh as he said, "Oh my!
The child's now christened and so am I!"

Then the verger's lower lip started visibly to dip.
Granny said his countenance had given her the pip.
Then the poor kid cried, the father sighed,
The family formed up and tramped outside.

Father with a wink said, "Come and have a drink!"
Gran very softly said, "Just to wet the baby's head!"
Little pink kid, quite small, brand new,
And it was some christening too!

And the same thing happened to me and you,
And it was some christening too!

LFF


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Christening (Arthur Askey)
From: Long Firm Freddie
Date: 16 Oct 17 - 01:51 AM

Link to recording by Arthur Askey on YouTube :

Christening

LFF


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Christening (Arthur Askey)
From: Mo the caller
Date: 16 Oct 17 - 06:26 AM

"There was Auntie and her daughter and a pot full of water
And Willie sucking coffee" font not pot, toffee not coffee. As you can hear if you listen to the link.


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