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Lyr Req: Davy Crockett - 'tabletop' parody

Margret RoadKnight 28 Jul 05 - 08:03 PM
Peace 29 Jul 05 - 01:37 AM
Margret RoadKnight 29 Jul 05 - 04:30 AM
dick greenhaus 29 Jul 05 - 08:54 AM
Allan C. 29 Jul 05 - 09:31 AM
GUEST,Marvin Brenner 14 Feb 17 - 07:37 AM
JHW 15 Feb 17 - 05:13 AM
Joe_F 15 Feb 17 - 04:22 PM
GUEST,Andy A 15 Feb 17 - 04:28 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Davy Crockett - 'tabletop' parody
From: Margret RoadKnight
Date: 28 Jul 05 - 08:03 PM

Any help with complete (or extra) lyrics to the Ballad of Davy Crockett parody which starts:

"Born on a tabletop in Joe's Cafe
Dirtiest (or filthiest) joint in the USA...."

I only vaguely remember it from my Australian childhood.
Thanks all.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Davy Crockett - 'tabletop' parody
From: Peace
Date: 29 Jul 05 - 01:37 AM

Some info on it here. It's PDF or I'd cut and paste. Scroll down to page 12.

Google

[PDF] MICKEY AND MR. GUMPY: THE GLOBAL AND THE UNIVERSAL IN CHILDREN'S ...

or

cms.mit.edu/conf/mit2/Abstracts/MaireDavies.pdf


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Davy Crockett - 'tabletop' parody
From: Margret RoadKnight
Date: 29 Jul 05 - 04:30 AM

Brilliant sleutthing, Peace
Many thanks


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Davy Crockett - 'tabletop' parody
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 29 Jul 05 - 08:54 AM

and then there was:
"Betty, Betty Crocker
Queen of the A&P..."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Davy Crockett - 'tabletop' parody
From: Allan C.
Date: 29 Jul 05 - 09:31 AM

Since links sometimes disappear, here is an excerpt from -

MICKEY AND MR. GUMPY:
THE GLOBAL AND THE UNIVERSAL IN CHILDREN'S MEDIA
by
M�ire Messenger Davies

One of the remarkable aspects of children's own play-culture is that it has always had a global circulation,
which has proved difficult to explain. Iona and Peter Opie (1959, reprinted 1986) describe how the same, or
similar, children's slang, games and rituals, may turn up in widely different national and international
locations almost simultaneously. For example, when the ballad of Davy Crockett was launched on British
radio in 1956, a spoof was collected in September 1956 from a Swansea schoolgirl:

Born on a table top in Joe's cafe (apparently a real cafe in Swansea)
Dirtiest place in the USA
Polished off his father when he was only three
Polished off his mother with DDT.

But before the official Davy Crockett song had reached Britain, an Australian correspondent, writing to the
Opies on 3 January 1956, reported that 'the following ditty was sweeping the schools in Sydney':

Reared on a paddle pop in Joe's cafe
The dirtiest dump in the USA
Poisoned his mother with DDT
And shot his father with a .303

The Opies comment: 'It seems that the schoolchild underground also employs trans-world couriers.' (p. 7,
13
The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Davy Crockett - 'tabletop' parody
From: GUEST,Marvin Brenner
Date: 14 Feb 17 - 07:37 AM

Born on a table top in Joe's cafe
dirtiest place in the USA
raised on the bar till he new every glass
he fell off the bar and he broke his - - -
DAVY ..... DAVY CORCKETT King of the wild frontier


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Davy Crockett - 'tabletop' parody
From: JHW
Date: 15 Feb 17 - 05:13 AM

The Yellow Rose of Texas
And the Man from Larramee
They went to Davy Crockett's
To have a cup of tea
The tea was so delicious
They had another cup
And left poor Davy Crockett
To do the washing up


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Davy Crockett - 'tabletop' parody
From: Joe_F
Date: 15 Feb 17 - 04:22 PM

Another description of that song's vicissitudes in Britain, which I read many years ago, had "East LA" instead of "Joe's Cafe".


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Davy Crockett - 'tabletop' parody
From: GUEST,Andy A
Date: 15 Feb 17 - 04:28 PM

I like merging Davy Crockett and Beverly Hillbillies:
Born on a mountaintop in Tennessee
Killed his first b'ar when he was only three
Then one day he shooting for some food
and up through the ground came a bubbling crude
Davy, Davy Crockett! King of the Oil Billionaires.


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