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Origins: 'Sarah Sitting in Shoe Shine Shop'

John M. 27 Apr 05 - 02:33 PM
Susanne (skw) 27 Apr 05 - 05:48 PM
Ferrara 27 Apr 05 - 06:46 PM
GUEST,Andrew V 09 Mar 09 - 11:51 PM
Seamus Kennedy 10 Mar 09 - 01:19 AM
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Subject: Origins: 'Sarah Sitting in Shoe Shine Shop'
From: John M.
Date: 27 Apr 05 - 02:33 PM

Hello everyone,

Below is a traditional bawdy song titled: 'Sarah, Sarah, Sitting in Shoe Shine Shop'  (recording)

  
             1.  Do you sing this song?
             2.  If you do, when and where did you learn the song?


Any help is appreciated.

Sincerely,

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

SARAH, SARAH, SITTING IN A SHOE SHINE SHOP  (recording)

Sarah, Sarah, sitting in a shoe shine shop
All day long she sits and shines
All day long she shines and sits
Sarah, Sarah, sitting in a shoe shine shop

Sarah, Sarah, sitting in a seamstress shop.
All day long she snips and tucks,
all day long she tucks and snips.
Sarah, Sarah, sitting in a seamstress shop.

Sarah, Sarah, sitting in a sheet slitting shop.
All day long she slits her sheets,
all day long her sheets she slits,
Sarah, Sarah, sitting in a sheet slitting shop


Notes: The earliest text of this song is an undated (ca 1929) fragment titled 'Sally' (#3917) in the Gordon 'Inferno' Collection.   Larry Vincent recorded a version (55B on the Pearl Records label) with the standard title.
 


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Sarah Sitting in Shoe Shine Shop'
From: Susanne (skw)
Date: 27 Apr 05 - 05:48 PM

I know a different version recorded by Iain MacKintosh and Hamish Imlach on 'Live In Hamburg' (1986):

SUSIE
(Trad / Imlach / MacKintosh)

Susie, Susie, sitting in a shoeshine shop
All day long she sits and shines
All day long she sits and shines
Susie, Susie, sitting in a shoeshine shop
She sits and shines and shines and sits
And sits and shines and shines and sits
Susie, Susie, sitting in a shoeshine shop

Tommy, Tommy, toiling in a tailor's shop
All day long he fits and tucks
All day long he fits and tucks
Tommy, Tommy, toiling in a tailor's shop
He fits and tucks and tucks and fits
And fits and tucks and tucks and fits
Tommy, Tommy, toiling in a tailor's shop


I nearly chased them off the stage the only time they dared sing it live when I was in the audience! I hate being called Susie ...


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Sarah Sitting in Shoe Shine Shop'
From: Ferrara
Date: 27 Apr 05 - 06:46 PM

I learned it from Johnny Collins, who was a genuine ex-vaudeville performer, and had been a member of the Takoma Mandoliers and prior to that, a ukelele band called The Hillbillies in the 1920's and/or 1930's. (There was actually an article about them last August in the Old Time Herald.) I only remember a couple of verses as Johnny sang it:

Sarah, Sarah, sitting in the shoe shine shop,
When she sits she shines all day,
When she shines she sits all day,
Sarah, Sarah, sitting in the shoe shine shop.

Sarah, Sarah, sitting in a Chevrolet
When she sits she shifts all day,
When she shifts she sits all day.
Sarah, Sarah, sitting in a Chevrolet.

Maybe more will come to me now that this thread has given my memory a nudge.

Rita F


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Sarah Sitting in Shoe Shine Shop'
From: GUEST,Andrew V
Date: 09 Mar 09 - 11:51 PM

You guys forgot one essential line to the song!

Michael, Michael, running in the marathon,
All day long he hissed and pants,
All day long he pants and hissed,
Michael, Michael, running in the marathon,
He hissed and pants and pants and hissed,
He pants and hissed and hissed and pants,
Michael, Michael, running in the marathon,

I can't remember where I learnt this song but I remember singing it fluently at the age of 7. My mother wasn't too impressed but hey, what can she do really?


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Sarah Sitting in Shoe Shine Shop'
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 10 Mar 09 - 01:19 AM

I did this one on my Popular Demand ecording years ago,

SARAH, SARAH                (Trad.)

Sarah, Sarah, sitting in a shoeshine shop, Repeat;
All day long she sits and shines,
All day long she shines and sits,
Sarah, Sarah, sitting in a shoeshine shop.

Sarah, Sarah, sitting in a Chevrolet, Repeat;
All day long she sits and shifts,
All day long she shifts and sits,
Sarah, Sarah, sitting in a Chevrolet.

Sarah, Sarah, sitting on a battleship, Repeat;
All day long she sits on ships,
All day long on ships she sits,
Sarah, Sarah, sitting on a battleship.

Sarah, Sarah, sitting in a seafood shop, Repeat;
All day long she sits and shucks,
All day long she shucks and sits,
Sarah, Sarah, sitting in a seafood shop.

Sarah, Sarah, working with a flock of ducks, Repeat;
All day long she flocks her ducks,
All day long her ducks she flocks,
Sarah, Sarah, working with a flock of ducks.

Sarah, Sarah, sitting in a sewing shop, Repeat;
All day long she fits and tucks,
All day long she tucks and fits,
Sarah, Sarah, sitting in a sewing shop.

Sarah, Sarah, sipping on a bottle of Schlitz, Repeat;
All day long she sips her Schlitz,
All day long her Schlitz she sips,
Sarah, Sarah, sipping on a bottle of Schlitz.


All the best.

Seamus


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Sarah Sitting in Shoe Shine Shop'
From: GUEST
Date: 20 Jul 09 - 12:54 PM

Learn't from watching Brendan Shine on the Late Late show (RTE) back when I was a child 1976/78

Susie, Susie, sitting in a shoeshine shop
All day long she sits and shines
All day long she sits and shines
Susie, Susie, sitting in a shoeshine shop
She sits and shines and shines and sits
And sits and shines and shines and sits
Susie, Susie, sitting in a shoeshine shop

Susie, Susie, sitting in a factory
All day long she sits and shifts
All day long she shifts and sits
Susie, Susie, sitting in a factory
She sits and shifts and shifts and sits
And sits and shifts and shifts and sits
Susie, Susie, sitting in a factory

Susie, Susie, sitting in a shoeshine shop
All day long she sits and shines
All day long she sits and shines
Susie, Susie, sitting in a shoeshine shop
She sits and shines and shines and sits
And sits and shines and shines and sits
Susie, Susie, sitting in a shoeshine shop

Brendan Reynolds


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Sarah Sitting in Shoe Shine Shop'
From: Artful Codger
Date: 20 Jul 09 - 02:59 PM

I knew I'd run across this bit of juvenilia on YouTube:

"Sarah Sitting in a Shoeshine Shop", performed by the Pearl Trio.


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Sarah Sitting in Shoe Shine Shop'
From: GUEST,deb
Date: 27 Jul 09 - 07:11 PM

sally sally sittin in her chevrolet
sally sally sittin in her chevrolet
all day long she sits and shifts
all day long she shifts and sits...

sally sally sittin in her tailor shop
sally sally sittin in her tailor shop
all day long she tucks and fits
all day long she fits and tucks...

we do this in choir as a diction excercise, if you do it wrong you end up swearing, jolly good times wit Mr. Weave


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Sarah Sitting in Shoe Shine Shop'
From: GUEST,anyone know
Date: 01 Jan 10 - 09:51 AM

what the guitar chords are for this???


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Sarah Sitting in Shoe Shine Shop'
From: GUEST,999
Date: 01 Jan 10 - 03:53 PM

For the first line you start in Dm then go to C, next line you go C to Dm, the third line you repeat Dm to C, then on teh final line you go to Am then Dm..sounds right, but i'm unsure of the Am...i couldn't find anything else to fit.

The above paragraph is from

Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Sarah (trad Newfoundland)
From: GUEST,Nick Strickland
Date: 23 Sep 09 - 05:29 PM


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Sarah Sitting in Shoe Shine Shop'
From: GUEST,dieseldog74
Date: 05 Feb 10 - 02:36 PM

I'm looking for the chords to this for playing on my ukulele.... please help!


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Sarah Sitting in Shoe Shine Shop'
From: GUEST,peter in san francisco
Date: 02 Apr 10 - 02:41 AM

hello all!

I became interested in this song after hearing it played on KPIG, based near Santa Cruz, CA, a few years ago. The recording was NOT the one done by the Pearl Trio, now on Youtube. It was sung by a male vocalist, at a fairly fast tempo, and he seemed to use a lot of falsetto. By far the most daring, seat-of-pants recording I have heard of the song. Anyone know who does it?

peter in San Francisco


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Sarah Sitting in Shoe Shine Shop'
From: GUEST,Ben Porter
Date: 23 May 10 - 10:40 PM

The chords are I vi IV V   so in D: D Bm G A7

I learned this song in Upstate NY from Pat Kane in the late 90's. He's still up there going strong. The version I know is the same as Seamus above (I think).

We had some fun one night circa 2002...

Sarah, Sarah, sittin in a Tora Bora cave.
Sarah, Sarah, sittin in a Tora Bora cave.
All day long she sits and ducks
All day long she ducks and sits.
Sarah, Sarah, sittin in a Tora Bora cave.

Ben Porter


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Sarah Sitting in Shoe Shine Shop'
From: Gweltas
Date: 24 May 10 - 01:35 AM

I learned it from my Dad, nearly 50 years ago now, in the southwest of Ireland, but it was just the first verse (shoeshine shop) and was spoken, not sung. He also had another (spoken) potentially naughty tongue twister which went as follows :
"I'm not the pheasant plucker.
I'm the pheasant plucker's son.
I am only plucking pheasants till the pheasant plucker comes!"


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Sarah Sitting in Shoe Shine Shop'
From: GUEST,Uncle Sid
Date: 22 Jun 10 - 03:57 PM

Heard (and sang) this at the Peanut Bar at a wonderful, long-defunct nightspot outside St. Paul, Minnesota, called Diamond Jim's. Cannot remember the name of the female entertainer but did we all...men and women...have a good time singing along!


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Sarah Sitting in Shoe Shine Shop'
From: GUEST,JJ
Date: 25 Aug 10 - 10:17 PM

I know the song from hearing it sung by "Uncle Floyd" (Floyd Vivino--you can find him on WikiPedia) a local North Jersey entertainer. He sings it "Susan, Susan,...." and includes verses sitting in a shoe-shine shop, a Chevrolet, a tailor's shop (I think), butcher shop ("...all day long she plucks the ducks, all day long the ducks she plucks...") -- I think there's one or two more but I can't think of 'em right now.


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Sarah Sitting in Shoe Shine Shop'
From: GUEST,Rayando
Date: 17 Dec 10 - 03:27 PM

Susie, sits in the shose shine shop
in the shose shine shose susie sits
if susie sits in the shose shine shop and she shine whild she sits and she sits whild she shine susie
sits in the shose in the shose shine shop susie sits


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Sarah Sitting in Shoe Shine Shop'
From: GUEST,ruddoggus
Date: 13 Jul 13 - 08:45 PM

Heard another verse in Buckly Wa. Vi Childs sings:

Mary, Mary sitting on the Barbary
all day long she ducks the fog,
all day long the fog she ducks,
Mary, Mary sitting on the Barbary


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Sarah Sitting in Shoe Shine Shop'
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 02 Aug 13 - 01:18 PM

WorldCat.org shows that several libraries have sheet music described thus:

SARAH (SITTING IN THE SHOE SHINE SHOP)
Words and music by Jimmy McHugh, Joseph G Gilbert, Steve Conley, & Joe Macey, ©1924.

It also indicates it is included in several "fake" books.


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Sarah Sitting in Shoe Shine Shop'
From: GUEST,John Foxen
Date: 03 Aug 13 - 11:01 AM

Wow, music by Jimmy McHugh who has On The Sunny Side Of The Street and I Can't Give You Anything But Love among his many hits. What a versatile chap he was.


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Sarah Sitting in Shoe Shine Shop'
From: GUEST,Sarah
Date: 12 Sep 13 - 04:14 PM

My grandma used to sing me this song when I was very small, she was born in 1900.


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Sarah Sitting in Shoe Shine Shop'
From: GUEST
Date: 01 Jul 16 - 09:14 PM

does anyone know the guitar chords to the original sarah, sarah sitting in a shoe shine shop. thank you eddy


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