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Lyr Add: 'Biography of a Fly' Trad. Bawdy Song

John M. 25 Apr 05 - 04:59 PM
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GUEST,Bob Coltman 25 Apr 05 - 10:46 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: 'Biography of a Fly' Trad. Bawdy Song
From: John M.
Date: 25 Apr 05 - 04:59 PM

Hello everyone,

If you are easily offended, please STOP READING.   This thread is for mature audiences only.  Please don't post "dreadful song" or "worst song written" as you are not helping. 

Below is a traditional bawdy song titled: 'The Biography of a Fly'  (recording)


                Do you sing this song?  If so when/where did you learn it?


Any help is appreciated.

Sincerely,

John Mehlberg
john@mehlberg.com
~
My, mostly traditional, bawdy songs, toasts and recitations website: www.immortalia.com
~

THE BIOGRAPHY OF A FLY  (recording)

The fly through through the open door
Right into the grocery store
He pissed on the cheese; shit on the ham
And he wiped his ass on the grocery man

Now when he got done with this dirty work
He buzzed right over to the grocery clerk.

Now a purty lady took a stroll
Took a bath in the lady's hole
Now the lady sneezed and held her breath.
And squeezed that poor little fly to death

[Notes:  This text is transcribed from an anonymous field recording recorded in 1962.  The earliest text for this song can be found in _Immortalia_ pg 135 titled 'The Darling Fly'.  There are several versions found in Dr. Lydia Fish's Air Force songbook collection.]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'Biography of a Fly' Trad. Bawdy Song
From: John M.
Date: 25 Apr 05 - 05:03 PM

Here is the version of the song from Immortalia 1927 pg 135:

THE DARING FLY
Anonymous

The little fly flew by the door,
Then flew into the grocery store :
He shit on the cheese, and shit on the ham,
Then he wiped his feet on the grocery man.

When the grocery man saw what he had done,
He went and loaded his gattling-gun;
Then he chased that fly all over the place,
And tried to shoot him square in the face.

But the little fly was awfully slick:
He showed the grocery man a trick.
He flew all around the store, and then
Went over and shit on the ham again.

And when he had finished his dirty work,
He went over and lit on the lady clerk;
And he climbed up her leg way past her knee,
And tickled her so she laughed with glee.

He fluttered so fast he made her sigh,
And she softly murmured, "Oh my , Oh my!"
Then she closed her legs and held her breath,
And poor little fly was smothered to death.


Does anybody know and sing this song?  


.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'Biography of a Fly' Trad. Bawdy Song
From: Big Jim from Jackson
Date: 25 Apr 05 - 10:22 PM

John, Mudcat's Seamus Kennedy has a version of this on one of his CD's. I don't have them handy to be able to tell you which CD has them, but his song titles are listed on his web site under each of his CD's.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'Biography of a Fly' Trad. Bawdy Song
From: GUEST,Bob Coltman
Date: 25 Apr 05 - 10:46 PM


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'Biography of a Fly' Trad. Bawdy Song
From: GUEST,Bob Coltman
Date: 25 Apr 05 - 10:52 PM

Sorry, I'll try again.

This is well known among bawdy singers as "Two Little Gnats." I learned my version 1958-59, Hanover NH from a guy named Bill Edgerton. It has a chorus:

One was black and the other was blue,
One had rings on his tra la loo,
The other had rings around his ringy dingy doo    [or ding]
Hi ho the derry O.

Or words to that effect. Versions vary. Lots of verses. I'll try to see if I can scare up any, if I still have the songsheet around someplace.

Bob


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'Biography of a Fly' Trad. Bawdy Song
From: artbrooks
Date: 25 Apr 05 - 11:24 PM

It is on Seamus' By Popular Demand, Vol.2 under the title "The Little Fly". I have it on a cassette, but I'd assume the CD has the same title.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'Biography of a Fly' Trad. Bawdy Song
From: Snuffy
Date: 27 Apr 05 - 08:54 AM

A couple of versions posted on Mudcat here and here


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'Biography of a Fly' Trad. Bawdy Song
From: John M.
Date: 27 Apr 05 - 01:48 PM

Dear Snuffy,

Thanks. I *did* search before I posted but these texts did not come up for me.

Thanks again.

Yours,

John Mehlberg


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'Biography of a Fly' Trad. Bawdy Song
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Jul 17 - 06:06 PM

yes my dad used to recite it all the time he knew loads of little ditty's.


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