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Lyr Req: When There Isn't a Girl About

GUEST,Gadaffi 02 Sep 05 - 06:52 AM
Brakn 02 Sep 05 - 08:20 AM
GUEST,Richard 02 Sep 05 - 09:32 AM
Tradsinger 02 Sep 05 - 04:17 PM
wilbyhillbilly 03 Sep 05 - 03:42 AM
Jim Dixon 04 Sep 05 - 04:50 PM
GUEST 05 Sep 05 - 07:33 AM
wilbyhillbilly 05 Sep 05 - 05:35 PM
Long Firm Freddie 16 Feb 14 - 04:34 AM
McGrath of Harlow 16 Feb 14 - 07:55 PM
Nigel Parsons 17 Feb 14 - 01:27 PM
GUEST,Jem Ricketts 31 Mar 17 - 12:49 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: when there isn't a girl about
From: GUEST,Gadaffi
Date: 02 Sep 05 - 06:52 AM

Can anyone help with the words of this Music Hall song, which I've only heard once at the Sidmouth Volunteer last year from somebody in John Howson's East Anglia crowd? Verses are parodies of nursery rhymes. Chorus goes, something like:

When there isn't a girl about you do feel lonely,
When there isn't a girl about you're on your only,
Left completely on the shelf,
Nothing to do but play (?) with yourself,
When there isn't a girl about.

And while we're about it, could someone also state its provenance.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: when there isn't a girl about
From: Brakn
Date: 02 Sep 05 - 08:20 AM

Nothing to do but play (?) with yourself, I think should be

"Don't know what to do with yourself".


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: when there isn't a girl about
From: GUEST,Richard
Date: 02 Sep 05 - 09:32 AM

I learnt this as a tune, while playing in a dance band in the late '70s. My Dad sang me the words more or less as written - definitely "Nothing to do but play with yourself" - which he had learnt in the Navy during WW2. He only knew that one verse, though.


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Subject: ADD: When There Isn't a Girl About
From: Tradsinger
Date: 02 Sep 05 - 04:17 PM

When There Isn't a Girl About

Old King Cole was a merry old soul
A merry old soul was he, a merry old soul was he.
He called for his wife in the middle of the night
And he whipped his old bazooka out and this is what he said

Get hold of this, get hold of that.

When there isn't a girl about, you do feel lonely
When there isn't a girl about, you're on your own
All alone and on the shelf
Nothing to do but play with yourself
When there isn't a girl about.

Robinson Carusoe, dirty old man Carusoe
There wasn't a girl about, there wasn't a girl about
Along came Friday and sat down beside him
And he whipped his old bazooka out ...etc

Little Miss Muffett sat on a tuffet
Eating her curds and whey, eating her curds and whey
Along came a spider and sat down beside her
And he whipped his old bazooka out... etc

Marianne Faithful, she tried to be faithful
There wasn't a girl about, there wasn't a girl about
Along came Jagger and tried to **** her
And he whipped his old bazooka out, etc


Gwilym


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: when there isn't a girl about
From: wilbyhillbilly
Date: 03 Sep 05 - 03:42 AM

Well done Tradsinger, thats exactly the words that a certain "lady" sings at sessions down our local, especially when there are visitors. It normally brings the house down, mainly because she has a few (wrist type) actions that go with it.


whb


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: when there isn't a girl about
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 04 Sep 05 - 04:50 PM

The various-artists album "Stepping Up," Topic CD #752, 2004, contains a medley of WHEN THERE ISN'T A GIRL ABOUT/PEGGY WOOD/LOOKING FOR A PARTNER performed by The Leeds Band. The album seems to be all English country dance tunes without lyrics. It's also performed by Reg Hall on "English Country Music," Topic LP #296, 1965. I wasn't able to find out whether that version has lyrics.

Authorship is credited to C Collins and H Castling.

Billy Williams made an early recording of WHEN THERE ISN'T A GIRL ABOUT, between 1906 and 1914; and so did Harry Fay. More recently, there was a recording by Chas & Dave on "Christmas Jamboree Rag."

It's in a songbook called "Feldman's Album of Song Memories, No. 1" where the date given is 1906.

Somehow I doubt that the original words correspond to those posted above, but I could be wrong, of course.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: when there isn't a girl about
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Sep 05 - 07:33 AM

Thanks, Gwilym and Jim. I'm certain there was a song about Old Mother Hubbard. I'm sure the Volly mob sang 'get hold of this, get hold of this' but the memory plays tricks. Looks like I'll have to go through my various books on Army and Navy parodies - or even Rugby songs!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: when there isn't a girl about
From: wilbyhillbilly
Date: 05 Sep 05 - 05:35 PM

Guest, one of the verses is about Old Mother Hubbard.

Old Mother Hubbard went to the cupboard
To get her dog a bone, to get her dog a bone
When she got there the cupboard was bare,
So he whipped his old bazooka out and this is what he said,

Get hold a this, get hold a that etc.


whb


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Subject: Lyr Add: WHEN THERE ISN'T A GIRL ABOUT
From: Long Firm Freddie
Date: 16 Feb 14 - 04:34 AM

The lyrics are now available on When There Isn't a Girl About

As Jim Dixon rightly surmised, the printed lyrics are rather less risque than those given above!

LFF

WHEN THERE ISN'T A GIRL ABOUT


Poor old Robinson Crusoe, he led a life of miseree
There on the Island he knew not what to do
No girls there with loving eyes
To talk to him and sympathise
There on his lonesome things felt awfully blue
One night, whilst he was making up the bed
He turned to poor old Mister Friday, and he said,

Chorus: 'When there isn't a girl about you do feel lonely
When there isn't a girl that you can call your 'only'
You're abolutely on the shelf
Don't know what to do with yourself
When there isn't a girl about.'

Mister Brown was a bachelor and living in apartments grand
One Christmas evening he sat there all alone
Just above his head you know
There hung a kind of mistletoe
He stood beneath it than he gave a groan
No sweet maid was near at hand alas
Then to himself he whispered in the looking glass,

Chorus:

Green aboard of a P. and O. meant to see the world, you know
And for a fortnight he quite enjoyed the trip;
He'd everything that he required
Everything that he desired
Still there was something missing on the ship
One day he found what was missing, so
He murmured to the Captain, when he went below,

Chorus:

Binks the Bobby was on his beat, looking for a snug retreat
But all the servants were snug between the sheets
All the clocks were striking four
And barred was every airy door
Binks seemed deserted, so did all the streets
Feeling chilly, he crouched against a wall
Then shouted to the man that kept the coffee stall,

Chorus:


Written and composed by Harry Castling & Charles Collins - 1906
Performed by Arthur Reece (1870-1964)
Performed by Billy Williams (1877-1915)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: When There Isn't a Girl About
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 16 Feb 14 - 07:55 PM

I think the original less nudge-nudge version is funnier. You can still take it how you, but it's left up to you. Not "look at me, aren't I awful!!"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: When There Isn't a Girl About
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 17 Feb 14 - 01:27 PM

Takes me back to the late 60s / early 70s. This 'party piece' was used as one of the numbers in the Llandaff RFC Christmas pantomime.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: When There Isn't a Girl About
From: GUEST,Jem Ricketts
Date: 31 Mar 17 - 12:49 PM

There are two songs mixed up, above. Old King Cole had nothing to do with there not being a girl about/around.

That one went:

Ole King Cole was a Merry old soul/ bugger for a hole
And a bugger for a hole was he!
He called for his wife in the middle of the night
And he called for his fiddlers three..
Fiddle diddle dee diddle dee cried the fiddlers
Very Merry Men are we
There's none so fair as can compare
With the Boys of the Company/Ministry/ UCT/RAC

Further verses included

'He called for his wife in the middle of the night
And he called for his Jugglers three.
Throw your balls in the air cried the jugglers
Very Merry etc

.....
'And he called for his Tailors three
Thread it in and out in and out cried the Tailors
Very Merry Men etc....

I am sure one can concoct further verses of similar ilk.

Oh Yes! I forgot...

After 'There's none so fair as can compare etc' comes another bit which goes

"Oompah Doompah stick it up your Joompah
How's yer father? All Right!
How's yer mother? Half tight!
How's yer sister? She might!
When was the last time? Last night!

Old King Cole... continues....

Reverting to 'When there isn't a girl about (I prefer 'around', you can draw it out better) there were several other verses which we used to sing. In short:

Little Red Riding Hood
Went for a walk in the wood
Oh, what big eyes you got! What big eyes you got!
The wolf said Red, you aint seen anything yet,
he whipped his old bazooka out and gave her a helluva shot
Get hold of this, get hold of that,
Etc

Little Jack Horner sat in the corner
Looking at all the dirty pictures hanging on the wall
He stuck in his thumb
And couldn't find a plum
So he whipped his old Bazooka out....

Afraid that's all I can remember..

From 55 years ago....


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: When There Isn't a Girl About
From: GUEST
Date: 01 Apr 17 - 11:37 AM

Yes, it was on Reg Hall's trailblazing 'English Country Music' LP about 1965 (99 copies only issued) and played in a selection by the Leeds band on Bob Davenport's 'Down the Long Road' LP about 1972, this later on the 'Steppin' Out' CD more recently.
No words though & can see why really


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