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Lyr Req: Parodies of broken token songs

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Subject: Lyr Req: Parodies of broken token songs
From: GracieK
Date: 07 Dec 05 - 09:23 AM

Does anyone out there know the lyrics to any of the parodies of broken tolken songs where after the long lost lover reappears after a long absence and is unrecognizable by his long lost love and tests the loyalty of the lass, he produces the broken token, whereby the lass tells him where to get off?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Parodies of broken token songs
From: GracieK
Date: 07 Dec 05 - 09:29 AM

Sorry folks.

I meant token not tolken as on the hobbit.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Parodies of broken token songs
From: gnomad
Date: 07 Dec 05 - 09:49 AM

Not a sung parody, but the monologue by Les Barker "The Dwarf" includes the use a broken wardrobe in just such context. It makes me giggle.

It can be found in his booklet Dog Only Nose, but as Les makes his living by selling the booklets I feel it would be unfair (as well as a breach of copyright) to post the words.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Parodies of broken token songs
From: GUEST,Raggytash
Date: 07 Dec 05 - 09:54 AM

Mike Agranoff an American singer/songwriter who has visited the UK does one in which the girl has 3 suitors each with a broken token two of whom end up together. Cannot recall the exact details but remember it being very funny, he does have a website and CD available I recall


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Parodies of broken token songs
From: GUEST,Mingulay at work
Date: 07 Dec 05 - 10:57 AM

I do my own parody of Adeiu Sweet Lovely Nancy (mercifully short) which any one who wants can have the words to.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Parodies of broken token songs
From: Sooz
Date: 07 Dec 05 - 11:29 AM

I was thinking of Les Barkers song "The fair maid of Melrose town" which also has a wardrobe in it.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Parodies of broken token songs
From: Paul Burke
Date: 07 Dec 05 - 11:41 AM

There's a Kippers song about that, except whem he gets back, he can't find the token. Adieu, my pretty nancy boy, or something like that.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Parodies of broken token songs
From: Little Robyn
Date: 07 Dec 05 - 01:39 PM

Do you recognise any of those?
Robyn


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Subject: Lyr Add: IF I CAN REMEMBER THE WORDS
From: Little Robyn
Date: 07 Dec 05 - 01:48 PM

From here:
^^
IF I CAN REMEMBER THE WORDS


I'll sing you a song and it won't take me long
If I can remember the words
If I can remember the words
If I can remember the words

It's all about a bold sailor
Newly returned to the shore
From sailing the East Indies
But I just can't remember no more

There's also a fair pretty maiden
Her name it was Nancy for sure
She'd waited long time for her sailor
But she just couldn't wait any more

There were blackbirds and blacksmiths and thrushes
All singing on every green spray
Someone wore a black shawl, or was it nothing at all
And somehow I'm sure it was May

Now Nancy had missed her dear sailor
For waiting at home is no fun
And I think that someone was pregnant
But I just can't remember which one

Now the sailor showed great understanding
Nancy she cried quite a lot
He didn't tell all of his secrets
In fact the best bits we both have forgot

But he told her of cruel privations
Whilst rounding the Horn in a gale
But with never a word of relations
With cabin boys, male or female

Then putting his hand in his pocket
A fistful of broken tokens he shows
And he says to his own dearest jewl
Do you recognise any of those?

And somehow I think this bold sailor
Had silver and gold in great store
And wedding bells chimed to Wild Mountain Thyme
They don't write them like that any more

Written by Jim Mathews, I believe.
Robyn


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Parodies of broken token songs
From: Joybell
Date: 07 Dec 05 - 04:34 PM

THAT'S THE TICKET
by Art Thieme

It's in the DT.

This was how I met Art. Years before Mudcat. Always loved this one.
Cheers, Joy


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Parodies of broken token songs
From: GUEST,Nancy King at work
Date: 07 Dec 05 - 04:38 PM

Seems to me our own Kathy Westra has often sung a fine one in which the broken token is a piano leg...   Over to you, Kath...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Parodies of broken token songs
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 07 Dec 05 - 05:41 PM

And there was Angus Hemp thingy, wasn't there?

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Parodies of broken token songs
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 07 Dec 05 - 05:46 PM

Oh, and Mingulay, yes, I would love to have the words to Here's Achoo.

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Parodies of broken token songs
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 07 Dec 05 - 06:09 PM

Herga:
"Here's Achoo", Is that a parody of Humpty GoCart, "Here's looking Achoo"?

Nigel


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Parodies of broken token songs
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 07 Dec 05 - 06:16 PM

Nigel, no it's a parody of Adieu Sweet Lovely Nancy, from the point of view of someone with a bad cold. Who also points out that there's no point sending a letter by sea because the only ship around is the one containing the writer of the letter.

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Parodies of broken token songs
From: Susan of DT
Date: 07 Dec 05 - 06:20 PM

Piano Leg is in the DT, Nancy


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Parodies of broke 'n' tokin' songs
From: Severn
Date: 07 Dec 05 - 06:51 PM

Why I remember (somewhat hazily) back in the Roaring 60's when a great number of us were "broke 'n' tokin'"!

Speaking of "Looking Achoo!", in the song "Jack Robinson" the token is a hankie (I don't know if all the panky has been washed out)as Jack confronts his now-married lover:

"Don't you see the handkerchief that you gave to me
Three years ago before I went to sea.
Every time I blew my nose it made me think of thee,
On my soul it did"!,
Said Jack Robinson'

...A fine version of which can be found on "Ye Mariners All"-John Roberts, John Rockwell & Larry Young (Golden Hind Music GHM 106)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Parodies of broken token songs
From: Celtaddict
Date: 07 Dec 05 - 07:44 PM

So did you find Angus Hempstead? In it, the "test" of the girl involves telling her a bizarrely gruesome tale of the bad end of the true-love.
David Jones recorded it on "Songs of Exquisite Taste."
There is another I have heard recently as well, but it will take some meditation to try to get it to float to the surface.
MMario, don't you do one?
There is one in which the "returnee" is dramatically different from the departed one, different build, hair, eye color and such, but the girl decides he's close enough, he'll do.
There is another in which he brings out his token, and it is a different sort (he has half a coin and she has half a ring).


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Parodies of broken token songs
From: GracieK
Date: 08 Dec 05 - 09:49 AM

Thanks everyone.


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Subject: Lyr Add: GOODBYE TO YOU, DEAR MABEL
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T
Date: 08 Dec 05 - 11:44 AM

May I respectfully offer my own, as follows:
^^
GOODBYE TO YOU, DEAR MABEL

1). Here's goodbye to you, dear Mabel, a thousand times adieu,
For I'm going across the ocean, to get away from you.
We've been together quite a while, about five years this May.
Now you're getting much too serious, I must be on my way.

2). I will have fond memories of you while I am far at sea,
And I hope, my dear, when I am gone, you'll think not ill of me;
And please, dear girl, don't blame yourself. Shed not a single tear.
It's the thought of marriage, Mabel, that fills my heart with fear.

3). At night, I shall remember your shining, golden hair,
Gleaming in the candlelight, on that little bedside chair,
Your wooden leg, all by itself, leaning 'gainst the wall.
Had it been but one inch longer, you'd have hardly limped at all.

4). Your glass eye on the mantelshelf somehow seemed so right,
I always felt that it would see us safely through the night.
Your false teeth, in their tumbler, always looked so pure and clean,
I'll shed a tear, when I recall this happy, homely scene.

5). I'll leave for you a token, one half of this, my ring;
So, if you choose to wait for me, some hope may from it spring;
And I swear, when I return, if you still have it, on my life,
I'll seriously consider asking you to be my wife.

6). Now listen here, dear Algernon, I've something for to say.
You enjoy my favours for five years, then calmly walk away.
You leave a token, half a ring. I'll bet you feel a toff.
I cannot even wear the thing; it just keeps falling off.

7). You mention my infirmities, but won't admit their links
With your appalling manners, for you caused them all, you jinx.
Well, scoring your last dart game cost me an eye, you pig.
You struck a match upon my head. That's how I got the wig.

8). I don't expect you'll take the blame. You're not that kind of chap,
But making me tread on the trigger plate weren't the way to test a trap;
And goosing me when I bent down, I ask you, was that kind?
My teeth, still stuck in that fence post bring it vividly to mind.

9). Now, Algernon, you Jonah, run off and join your ship,
'Cos standing, listening to you, is giving me the pip;
And keep your broken token, for I'll never be your wife.
I'll keep what little's left of me, and get on with my life.

© Don Thompson May 1998


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Parodies of broken token songs
From: Acme
Date: 08 Dec 05 - 12:05 PM

My father (John Dwyer) contributed some verses to someone else's parody of the "Raggle Taggle Gypsy" to create a broken token song called "The Frozen Jogger." (If you're from the Northwest you'll understand it is a conflation of the tune to "Raggle Taggle Gypsy" and the popular local composition "The Frozen Logger"). I'll dig around and find the words to it. It has been performed recently for an appearance on the Songs of the Pacific Northwest CD that Stewart Hendrickson produced. This link takes you to the contents.

Dad liked those kinds of songs and parodies and wrote several, so there are no doubt some others in his files, which are arranged (in no particular order) behind me here in my office. One of these days. . .

SRS


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Subject: Lyr Add: JOHN "BROKEN TOKEN" REILLY
From: KathWestra
Date: 08 Dec 05 - 12:20 PM

In addition to the fine piano leg parody by Biggs Tinker, I sing an equally good one written by Sarah Newcomb and Shari Ajemian (of Boston, Mass.) called John "Broken Token" Reilly. It's published in Sarah and Shari's terrific book, "Partially Sage," which is well worth having for its wonderful collection of very clever parodies of many songs and song types.

JOHN "BROKEN TOKEN" REILLY
(c) Sarah Newcomb and Shari Ajemian

Here comes John Reilly along the road
Oh no, say no
Approaches the maid like the wind that blowed
Oh no, say no
He says, "pretty maid will you marry me,
for I've just come off of the raving sea,
and I wouldn't mind such a maid as thee,"
Oh no. Oh no, oh not again.

This maid fix-ed him with a steely eye
Oh no, say no
Says: "I have a love, if he did not die"
Oh no, say no.
"And he's been gone for seven long years,
And left me here with nought but tears,
And have you come to found my fears?"
Oh no. Oh no, oh not again.

"Well what if your love has been drowned at sea?"
Oh no, say no.
"Or is married and living in Kentucky?"
Oh no, say no.
"Or what if he's shot or run over or maimed,
Or living in France with a different name,
Oh then would you ever be glad that I came!"
Oh no. Oh no, oh not again.

"If he's maimed or in France or in Kentucky,"
Oh no, say no.
"He still would be able to write to me."
Oh no, say no.
"But if he's killed, I'm so sorry," she said,
"For he was the guy who I wanted to wed...
In another three weeks he'll be legally dead!"\
Oh no. Oh no, oh not again.

Then he picked her up in his arms so strong,
Oh no, say no.
But she kicked his shins 'cause he done her wrong.
Oh no, say no.
He cried: "I'm your own, I'm your long-lost John!"
She said: "If that's true, you've deceived me! Begone!...
Besides you're the seventh to say you're the one."
Oh no. Oh no, oh not again.

Then he took out the ring that he always wore,
Oh no, say no
But the lock of her hair didn't match anymore.
Oh no, say no.
Her foot didn't fit in the same old shoe,
So off down the road he went, full of rue,
Singin' "They just don't make 'em like they used to."
Oh no. Oh no, oh not again.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Parodies of broken token songs
From: EBarnacle
Date: 08 Dec 05 - 09:35 PM

And the sharks they sank malodourous to the bottom of the bay!


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Subject: Lyr Add: ATCHOO SWEET LOVELY NANCY
From: GUEST,Mingulay at work
Date: 09 Dec 05 - 08:47 AM

For Herga Kitty, and anyone else interested

"ATCHOO SWEET LOVELY NANCY"

Aaaatchooooo Sweet Lovely Nancy, I fear I have a cold
So I can't sail the ocean blue or be a seaman bold,
Now, it's not that the distresses me, I'll not beat round the 'ouses
For the thought of climbing up that mast makes me glad I wore my brown trousers.

Now when I am far across the sea you'd know not where I was
And there be no point in writing letters to me because
The airmail's not invented yet, so it would have to go by sea
And the only ship that would be in these parts is the one containing me.

There'd be tinkers, tailors and shoemakers a lying in their beds
Whilst I'd be up most half the night a visiting the heads
Our officers are barmy and them we do not trust
For they have us polishing rigging and re-arranging rust.

Now, when the wars are all over there'll be no more Vera Lynn
And we'll all return to those old folk clubs where this nonsense did begin
We'll call for liquor merrily and pay for one in four (we wish)
And when the guest is on the stage we'll loudly call for more.

Do with it what you will!!

Be nice to see you at Stortford Kitty,


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Parodies of broken token songs
From: OtherDave
Date: 09 Dec 05 - 10:00 AM

Somewhat off-topic, and hardly tradition, the esteemed Weird Al wrote the wonderful "One More Minute" in a 1950s heartbreak-ballad style:

Well, I heard that you're leavin'
Gonna leave me far behind
'Cause you found a brand new lover
You decided that I'm not your kind

So I pulled your name out of my Rolodex
And I tore all your pictures in two
And I burned down the malt shop where we used to go
Just because it reminds me of you

That's right, you ain't gonna see me cryin'
I'm glad that you found somebody new
'Cause I'd rather spend eternity eating shards of broken glass
Than spend one more minute with you

I guess I might seem kinda bitter
You got me feelin' down in the dumps
'Cause I'm stranded all alone in the Gas Station of Love
And I have to use the self-service pumps...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Parodies of broken token songs
From: MMario
Date: 09 Dec 05 - 10:06 AM

yes - I do a sorta- parody on borken tokens - called "Strange Changes" - same basic premise - sailor at sea for years, girlfriend on shore, fears he is dead - the twist is this complete stranger comes up claiming to be her fiance - though his height, weight, hair and eye colour are all different - so she says - wow , you've changed - let's go to bed.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Parodies of broken token songs
From: GracieK
Date: 09 Dec 05 - 12:51 PM

These are great !!!! Thank you. Special hugs for you Kath.


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Subject: Lyr Add: WILLIE AND NANCY (Les Barker)
From: GUEST,lamarca (broken cookie/token....)
Date: 09 Dec 05 - 05:38 PM

Here's another Les Barker parody, beautifully sung by Leslie Davies on "Oranges and Lemmings", and occasionally sung by me - this is from memory, and the recorded version is different from the version in "Reign of Terrier", so don't accept these words as gospel...

Willie and Nancy

Farewell, my dearest Roger, you're not the man for me,
For you see my name is Nancy, and our love can never be;
No Henry, George or Julian; complete must be the ban
For if your name is Nancy, then Willie is your man.

Adieu, my dearest Roger, for wed we'll never be,
For I must have my Willie - there's no Roger-ing for me -
But, wait a moment, Roger, I just read the wedding clause
That says after we get married, he'll be off to fight the wars.

Stay awhile, dear Roger, wait for me in the shed,
For he's driving to High Germany the day that we get wed...
Well, this is a turn-up, and it dissipates my fears,
He'll give me half a wedding ring, then he'll bugger off for years!


He'll be off to fight the Prussians, he'll ask me to be true;
You must be joking, Willie - I've got better things to do!
He'll expect me to be faithful - what reward does virtue bring?
A Willie with no arms and legs - and only half a ring!

Stay awhile, dear Roger, we'll not bid adieu,
For my Willie's not returning until verse thirty-two.
There'll be no-one waiting when he walks through the door
For we're now in verse five - and there's only one more.


He'll sit down by the fireside, he'll wait for his tea;
He'll be waiting for a long time if he cares to wait for me!
So bring along your fiddle, play a tune and make it Loonnnnggg -
I've been Nanci-mancipated, after centuries of song!

Les Barker, as sung by Leslie Davies and misremembered by ML...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Parodies of broken token songs
From: Snuffy
Date: 10 Dec 05 - 08:08 AM

That's just about exactly the way I misremember it too, Mary.


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Subject: ADD: Broken Bagel (Joanne Davis)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 22 May 10 - 05:28 PM

This song was posted on a thread where it might get lost, so I thought I'd post a copy here:
    Thread #120510   Message #2912145
    Posted By: GUEST,Anne Price
    22-May-10 - 05:09 PM
    Thread Name: Orpington Friday Folk (UK)
    Subject: ADD: Broken Bagel (Joanne Davis)
    Here are the words to the Broken Token song. Be sure to give credit to the songwriter, Joanne Davis

    BROKEN BAGEL
    (Joanne Davis)

    As I walked out on the docks of Brooklyn
    One morning late in May
    I spied a comely maiden whose hair was turning grey
    Oh aging maid come leave your cares
    And walk along with me
    With downcast eyes she quick replied alas it cannot be

    My lover was a sailor lad, his strength would make you pale
    He bought a fresh baked bagel on the day he was to sail
    With his own bare hands he broke it in two
    And gave this half to me
    And bade me swear that I'd be true
    Till he returned from sea

            Ah, maybe he's deceased, maybe he's in jail
            It's been seventeen long years
            And my bagel's getting stale
            But I will not give over, no I will not give in
            I'll clutch this bagel to my heart and wait for him

    Ah foolish maid, you are deceived
    He's using you for sport
    By now he's either drowned or has a wife in every port
    Your bagel's not the only thing that's getting stale I fear
    So leave your cares and come with me
    I promise you good cheer

    My analyst agrees with you, she says I am obsessed
    And suffering from unresolved Oepidal distress
    I've been through EST and Esalen and Scientology too
    But sacred is my pledge to me, so what am I to do?

            Ah, maybe he's deceased....

    No longer could I control myself
    I grasped this maiden fair
    And something hard pressed in on her
    Which caused her great dispair
    I drew it out, she gave a shriek and clasped it hungrily
    For it was the other bagel half and it fitted perfectly

    I am your long lost sailor lad returned from foreign wars
    And no where did I find a bagel half as nice as yours
    Go put it in the oven, love, and try to arouse the yeast
    I'll get some cream cheese and some lox
    And we'll have a wedding feast


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Parodies of broken token songs
From: Joe_F
Date: 22 May 10 - 06:00 PM

Piano Leg
That's the Ticket
Angus Hempstead


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Parodies of broken token songs
From: Art Thieme
Date: 22 May 10 - 10:56 PM

Again, people, you honor me! Thank you.
Art


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Parodies of broken token songs
From: The Doctor
Date: 24 May 10 - 10:18 AM

Following a degree of disbelief at the girl's behaviour in 'The Banks of Claudy' I came up with an extra verse for her to sing at the end of the song.

You must be joking, sunshine, if you think you'll marry me.
If that's your idea of foreplay then you've been too long at sea.
I'm looking for a young man, not some old tarry fright,
And if you're all there is on Claudy Bank I'll come back another night.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Parodies of broken token songs
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 25 Nov 12 - 02:01 PM

Some great songs up there. The late Mike Soar wrote a great parody on 'Banks of Sweet Primroses' about him getting a vasectomy but it's not his token that's broken in it.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Parodies of broken token songs
From: GUEST,Grishka
Date: 25 Nov 12 - 03:58 PM

Thanks, Steve, for refreshing this refreshing thread. Kudos to the authors, including Don Thompson (after seven years - somehow fitting the topic).


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Parodies of broken token songs
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 25 Nov 12 - 05:56 PM

I didn't refresh it! Spooky goings on. Postings being unposted?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Parodies of broken token songs
From: YorkshireYankee
Date: 25 Nov 12 - 10:14 PM

Here's a link to Mike Agranoff's website where you can listen to a clip of his Broken Token song, mentioned early on in the thread.

Once there, click on the "Mike Agranoff Boutique" link (tried to supply it here, but it's set up so that doesn't work).
Then click on the "...Or Would You Rather Get A Job?" CD, and scroll down a bit until you see the "Broken Token" links.

It's a great song -- enjoy!!!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Parodies of broken token songs
From: GUEST,Grishka
Date: 26 Nov 12 - 05:36 AM

I see, Steve. The spook is caused by spammers or trolls who post to random threads, and our "elves" cleaning up. Visitors in the short time in between are normally well advised to refrain from commenting (e.g. "You brainless spammer!"), probably this will be deleted as well.

Here, the elves made an exception, rightly so. Thanks!

It is sad that many of the best Mudcat threads are buried in the haystack, so-to-speak. From time to time Mudcatters request "Like Buttons", or "charts".


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Parodies of broken token songs
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 26 Nov 12 - 10:44 AM

I'd like to see a parody of The Dark-eyed Sailor. Any offers? Ripe for parody.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Parodies of broken token songs
From: Anglogeezer
Date: 26 Nov 12 - 12:11 PM

Here's a good one from 'Harpmolly'

'Wiser Maid thread'

Jake


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE BONNY HEAVY PLOUGH HORSE
From: GUEST,Fantum
Date: 26 Nov 12 - 05:01 PM

There is a slight variation on the theme with Sid Kippers Bonnie heavy ploughorse

The Bonny Heavy Plough Horse

Oh my life it was ruined on that fateful day,
When the cruel recruiting Sergeant came riding this way.
For he's done unto me two things most unkind -
Took away my bonny plough horse; left my husband behind.
For my bonny heavy plough horse to the war she has gone.

Oh I curse those cruel soldiers who tore us apart,
For my husband looks pathetic as he pulls the muck cart;
Why over the seas to fight strangers must they go,
When they could stay home and fight people they know?
But my bonny heavy plough horse, to the war she has gone.

But, now news has come flying of where Dobbin has gone;
She fought at Balaclava with Cardigan on.
She charged like a plough horse, with a plough horse's knack -
Half a league onward, then half a league back.
Oh my bonny heavy plough horse, to the war she has gone.

On that field of battle up and down she did prance,
Till the enemy din't know whether to retreat or advance,
They threw down their arms, they moaned and they groaned,
Crying "If you won't fight fair, well, then we're going home".
And my bonny heavy plough horse, the war she has won.

Today a battle worn plough horse came over the heath,
With an old broken token held firm in her teeth;
With tears I did greet her, my joy I can't tell;
Of course she's not Dobbin, but she'll do just as well.
For a bonny heavy plough horse, from the war has come home.

I use it regular with slight variations I hope Sid will not disapprove

Fantum


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Parodies of broken token songs
From: Snuffy
Date: 30 Nov 12 - 09:24 AM

I don't know of any parody of The Dark-eyed Sailor, but here's a possible subject.

Back in 2005, in the midst of the Trafalgar bi-centenary celebrations I was performing TDES and in one chorus accidentally sang "one-eyed sailor"

Horatio & Emma, anyone?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Parodies of broken token songs
From: GUEST
Date: 30 Nov 12 - 01:57 PM

Les Barker 'The Trains of Waterloo' That's a classic
Illygilly


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Parodies of broken token songs
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 30 Nov 12 - 03:31 PM

Righto, that's a start. Who said communal composition was dead?

Fair Emma and her One-eyed Sailor

No need to alter first verse.

It's of a comely young lady fair was walking out to take the air
She met a sailor all in her way and so I paid attention, and so I paid attention to hear what they might say.

He said, 'Young lady, why walk alone, the night is coming the day is gone.
She answered him while the tears did fall, 'It's for my sweetheart sailor, it's for my sweetheart sailor has proved my downfall. (We're not calling him one-eyed yet as that can be a later feature) ...................

'Half Nelson' ought to feature somewhere. There's a challenge.


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