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Lyr Req: Only a half-a-crown / Fifty Cents

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FIFTY CENTS


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Joe Offer 21 Jan 99 - 03:55 PM
Ian Kirk (inactive) 21 Jan 99 - 05:23 PM
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Subject: 'Only a half-a-crown'
From: D_hand@hotmail.com
Date: 21 Jan 99 - 11:43 AM

Jimmy O'Dea (I think) use to sing this - also heard Paddy Crosby do it. Anyone know the full lyrics?

I brought Miss Linda Lee To see a fancy ball The ticket i bought was two and sixpence I thought that was all But when she asked for supper You might have knocked me down For all the money I had in the world Was only a half-a-crown.


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Subject: Lyr Add: HALF A CROWN
From: Frank Maher
Date: 21 Jan 99 - 01:37 PM

I took my girl to a fancy ball. It was a social hop.
We stayed all night until the break of light, waiting for the music to stop.
Into a restaurant we went, the finest on the street.
She said she wasn't hungry, but this is what she eat:

A dozen raw potato slaw, a chicken and a roast,
Asparagrass and apple sauce, with soft-shell crab on toast,
An Irish stew and dumplings too. Her appetite made me frown.
When she called for pie, I thought I’d die, when I had but a half a crown.

You bet I wasn't hungry. I didn't care to eat.
I've got money in my clothes; the best, they can't be beat.
She took things so easy, you'd think I owned a bank.
She said she wasn't thirsty, but this is what she drank:

A glass of ale, a gin cocktail. It made me shake with fear.
A ginger pop with rum on top, and then a jug of beer,
A whisky stein, a glass of wine. She sure could drink it down.
When she called for more, I fell on the floor, for I had but a half a crown.

You bet I wasn't hungry. I didn't care to eat,
Expecting any moment to be kicked out in the street.
She said she'd bring her friends around someday and we'd have fun.
When I showed the man my two and six, this is what he done:

He smashed my nose. He tore my clothes. He hit me on the head,
Grabbed me by the collar then 'till I was nearly dead.
He caught me where my pants hung loose. He turned me upside down.
Take my advice. Don’t try it twice, when you've got but a half a crown.

Annoying superfluous capitalization deleted. --JoeClone, 21-Apr-02.


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Subject: RE: 'Only a half-a-crown
From: Joe Offer
Date: 21 Jan 99 - 03:55 PM

Aaaaargh! This is going to bug me for days! I heard this song (or a variation) within the last few days, but I can't remember where I heard it. Maybe it was on a cassette Liam's Brother sent me, but I don't know that for sure. I won't be able to sleep until I find that recording again. Ah, it's frustrating.
Good song, though. Know of any recordings, other than the one I won't be able to find? Are there other variations of this song?
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: 'Only a half-a-crown@
From: Ian Kirk (inactive)
Date: 21 Jan 99 - 05:23 PM

Tune! Tune!. Good song I need the tune. Anybody know it?

Ian


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE ONE HALF CROWN
From: John Moulden
Date: 21 Jan 99 - 05:52 PM

This version of the one half crown from the late Sam Dorrens, Coleraine, Northern Ireland:


The One Half Crown

Oh I took Miss McGinty unto a fancy ball;
For ticket I paid two and six, I thought that was all
But when she shouted "Supper!" you might have knocked me down;
For all the money in the world I had was only half a crown.

Now the girl had a wonderful appetite for this what she ate:
An oyster raw, a lobster claw, a turkey leg and breast,
Ham and tongue for a girl so young; such a cargo she put down;
I fell on the floor when she asked for more; I'd just the one half crown.

To me it was a settler, I was but a silly lad,
When she said she would like to have a drink as her appetite was bad
And underneath her overcoat, she must have had a tank
Or a second handed brewery for this is what she drank.

A bottle of Bass and a good stiff glass of brandy to begin
And she drunk a lot o' whiskey hot and a dose of rum and gin
Guinness's stout she poured about, a hogshead halfway down
I fell on the floor when she asked for more, I'd just the one half crown.

Hey the people stared and the waiter glared to see her shift such stuff
When she says "Ochone, oh take me home, I think I've had enough."
I reached the waiter my half crown, says "I'll be owing you the rest"
When he altered the size of my two eyes and jumped upon my chest.

He gave me a kick in the small of the back and he shook me into fits
He tore my clothes and broke my nose, smashed me up in bits
I was hammered and licked and bruised and kicked and chased all round the town
I was all swelled up like a poisoned pup and I lost my good half crown.

From Sam Dorrens: Morning of 6th May 1980

John Moulden


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Subject: RE: 'Only a half-a-crown@
From: D_hand@hotmail.com
Date: 22 Jan 99 - 04:36 AM

Thank-you all for your replies - most helpful


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Subject: RE: 'Only a half-a-crown@
From: Joe Offer
Date: 22 Jan 99 - 06:05 AM

I think the version I heard was from the US, and the money was "only fifty cents." I still haven't found it, and I don't see it in the database. Liam's Brother was my only hope, and he says he doesn't recall the song. Can anybody help?
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: 'Only a half-a-crown@
From: Frank Maher
Date: 22 Jan 99 - 07:47 AM

Hi Joe... You'll find the Words under."Pretty Little Dear" Song Info Jan.20/99


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Subject: Lyr Add: I HAD BUT FIFTY CENTS
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 16 Feb 02 - 02:17 AM

Two American versions from the Max Hunter Folk Song Collection, which also sheet music, midi files, and a sound files of the original field recordings.

I HAD BUT FIFTY CENTS
Cat. #0347 (MFH #274)
As sung by Mrs. Pearl Brewer in Pocahontas, Arkansas on May 27, 1959

I took my girl to a fancy ball
I thought we'd have some fun
I'll tell you guys, to my surprise
This is what she done
I took her into a cafetery
To give her a treat
She said, she wasn't hungry
But this is what she eat
A dozen raws, a plate of slaw
Chicken and some shrimp
She called for pie, I thought I'd die
For I had but fifty cents

VERSE 2
She stepped up to the fountain
Before that I could think
She said, she wasn't thirsty
But this is what she drank
A bottle of pop with rum on top
Coffee and some tea
Ginger ale, I sure looked pale
For this was killing me
She said, she'd bring her family around
And we would have some fun
I handed him the fifty cents
An' this is what he done
He mashed my nose, he tore my clothes
He rolled me in the floor
He give me the prize of two black eyes
An' kicked me out at the door
He took me where my clothes hung loose
An' threw me over the fence
Take my advice and don't buy twice
When you got but fifty cents

I HAD BUT FIFTY CENTS
Cat. #0687 (MFH #274) –
As sung by Max Hunter, Springfield, Missouri on February 9, 1969

VERSE 1
I took my girl to a dance one night
Was a social hop
We danced until the lights went out
An' the music had to stop
I took her to a restaurant
The finest in the state
She said she wasn't hungry
But this is what she ate
A dozen raw, a plate of slaw
A chicken and a roast
Some applesass, and aparagrass
Soft-shell crabs on toast
A box of stew, and cracker too
Her appetite was immense
When she asked for pie
I thought I'd die
For I had but fifty cents

VERSE 2
She said she wasn't hungry
And didn't care to eat
But I've got money in my clothes
To bet she can't be beat
She took it in so cozy
She had an awful tank
She said she wasn't thirsty
But this is what she drank
A whiskey skin, a glass of gin
Which made me shake with fear
A ginger pop, with rum on top
A schooner then of beer
A glass of ale, a gin cocktail
She should have had more sense
When she called for more
I fell on the floor
For I had fifty cents

VERSE 3
Of course I wasn't hungry
And didn't care to eat
Expecting every moment
To be kicked out in the street
She said she'd fetch her family 'round
Some night, an' we'd have fun
When I gave the man fifty cents
This is what he done
He tore my clothes
He smashed my nose
He hit me in the jaw
He gave me a prize
Of a two black eyes
And with me swept the floor
He took me o'er the fence
Take my advice,
Don't try it twice
If you've got but fifty cents


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Subject: Lyr Add: FIFTY CENTS (Mortimer, Lewis)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 16 Feb 02 - 02:19 AM

And this is probably the source they all sprang from:

From the Library of Congress American Memory Collection - my transcription from the sheet music:

FIFTY CENTS
(Words, Billy Mortimer. Music, Dan Lewis, 1881.)

I took my girl to a fancy ball. It was a social hop.
We stayed until the folks went out and the music it did stop.
Then to a restaurant we went, the best one on the street.
She said she was not hungry, but this is what she eat:
A dozen raw, a plate of slaw, a chicken and a roast,
Some sparrow grass with apple sass, and soft-shell crabs on toast,
A big box stew with crackers, too. Her hunger was immense.
When she called for pie, I thought I'd die, for I had but fifty cents.

She said so sweet that she was not well and did not care to eat.
Now I have money in my clothes that says she can't be beat.
I asked her what she'd have to drink. She's got an awful tank.
She said she was not thirsty, but this is what she drank:
A glass of gin, a whiskey skin. It made me shake with fear.
Some ginger-pop with rum on top, a schooner, then, of beer,
A glass of ale, a gin cocktail. She ought to have had more sense.
When she called for more, I dropped on the floor, for I had but fifty cents.

I told her that my head did ache and I did not care to eat,
Expecting every moment to get kicked into the street.
She said she'd bring her fam'ly round some day and have some fun.
I gave the clerk the fifty cents and this is what he done:
He smashed my nose and tore my clothes and hit me in the jaw.
He put my eyes in mourning deep and with me swept the floor.
He grabbed me where my pants were loose and kicked me o'er the fence.
Take my advice: don't try it twice when you have but fifty cents.

[There is a similar version in DigiTrad..]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: HALF CROWN COIN
From: masato sakurai
Date: 16 Feb 02 - 03:07 AM

There's a related song titled "The Original fifty cents" by Sam Devere, published in 1885. CLICK HERE.

~Masato


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE ORIGINAL FIFTY CENTS
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 02 May 05 - 08:58 AM

From The Library of Congress American Memory Collection :

THE ORIGINAL FIFTY CENTS
Sam Devere, 1885.

1. If you could only see the gal I took to a fancy ball!
You could span around her little waist, so neat and very small.
I thought about two oysters sure would fill her up complete,
Such a dainty delicate little thing, but this is what she eat:
    A dozen raw with a plate of slaw and a fancy Boston roast,
    A big box stew with crackers too and a soft crab on toast.
    Then next she tried some oysters fried. Her appetite was immense.
    When she yelled for pie, I thought I'd die, for I had but fifty cents.
2. Then after putting all this away, she smiled so very sweet.
She said she wasn't hungry a bit. She wished that she could eat.
For a little gal, you bet your life, she had a terrible tank.
She was only a little thirsty, too, but this is what she drank:
    Brandy and gum and a big hot rum and a schooner of lager beer.
    Three whisky skins and a couple of gins did quickly disappear.
    With a bottle of ale and a gin cocktail, she astonished all the gents.
    I fell on the floor when she called for more, for I had but fifty cents.
3. To finish it up, this delicate girl cleaned out an ice-cream can.
She said, "Oh, Sam, I'll tell mama, you're such a real nice man!"
She said she'd bring her sisters along next time she went for fun.
When I showed the man my fifty cents, why, this is what he done:
    He broke my nose. He tore my clothes. He shook me out of breath.
    I took the prize for two black eyes. He clubbed me half to death,
    Gave me no chance but made me dance and he fired me over the fence.
    Take my advice: don't try it twice, when you've got but fifty cents.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Only a half-a-crown / Fifty Cents
From: MartinRyan
Date: 02 May 05 - 10:29 AM

Tom Crean, of The (Irish) Press Gang sings a "half-crown" version of this regularly.

Regards

p.s. Joe: Which means that it is perfectly possible that Liam's Brother DID have a version on tape from one of many sessions he and Tom have shared!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Only a half-a-crown / Fifty Cents
From: The Walrus
Date: 02 May 05 - 10:55 AM

Is it worth mentioning that, until the "revaluation" of the pound just after WWII, there were (nominally) four US Dollars to the pound,
thus Half a crown and 50 cents were the same amount.

I'll get my coat.

Walrus


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Subject: Lyr Add: HALF A CROWN
From: GUEST,Jerry
Date: 17 Sep 06 - 11:33 PM

My father in law, Mort Kelleher, passed away 9/13/06, he was a great man with a heart of gold, he had a fantastic tenor voice and an Irish brogue and loved to sing. He used to sing this song and since the day he passed I wanted to hear the lyrics. I just searched it on the net and found this forum and just wanted to say thanks to Frank Maher that posted the lyrics almost exactly as Mort sang them, edited a bit and pasted below. Frank, you made me very happy during a very sad time.

I took my girl to a fancy ball. It was a social hop.
We stayed all night till the break of light. The music had to stop.
Then we went to a restaurant, the finest on the street.
She said she wasn't hungry, but this is what she eat:
A dozen raw, potato slaw, a chicken and a roast,
Asparagrass and apple sauce, with soft-shell crab on toast,
An Irish stew and dumplings too. Her appetite made me frown.
When she called for pie, I thought I'd die, for I had but a half a crown.

You bet I wasn't hungry. I didn't care to eat.
I've got fancy clothes, the best; they can't be beat.
She took things so easy, you'd think I owned a bank.
She said she wasn't thirsty, but this is what she drank:
A glass of ale, a gin cocktail. It made me shake with fear.
A ginger pop with rum on top, and then a jug of beer,
A whisky stein, a glass of wine. She sure could drink it down.
When she called for more, I fell on the floor, for I had but a half a crown.

You bet I wasn't hungry. I didn't care to eat,
Expecting any moment to be kicked out in the street.
She said she'd bring her friends around someday and we'd have fun.
When I showed the man my two and six, this is what he done:
He smashed my nose. He tore my clothes. He hit me on the head,
He shook me by the collar then till I was nearly dead.
He caught me where my pants hung loose. He turned me upside down.
Take my advice. Don't try it twice, when you've got but a half a crown.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Only a half-a-crown / Fifty Cents
From: GUEST,Louie Bluie
Date: 09 Nov 06 - 07:48 PM

Does anyone have the chords for this? I know it sounds simple but I just can't figure the changes. Any help appreciated.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Only a half-a-crown / Fifty Cents
From: GUEST,Monty Stambler
Date: 14 Aug 07 - 09:22 AM

R. Crumb recorded a wonderful version of this on his album R. Crumb and the Cheap Suit Serenaders


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Only a half-a-crown / Fifty Cents
From: NormanD
Date: 14 Aug 07 - 09:38 AM

I've a rocking R&B version of this by Louis Jordan with the Chris Barber Band which he must have recorded over in the UK in the early 1960s. He says, in his spoken introduction, it's "about a guy who only had fifty cents, or half-a-crown", so he covers all currency angles.

Please PM me if anyone wants an MP3.

Norman


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Only a half-a-crown / Fifty Cents
From: Susanne (skw)
Date: 14 Aug 07 - 06:54 PM

Iain MacKintosh recorded a Scottish version on 'Standing Room Only' (1986). At live gigs he used to introduce it by saying, "Hamish [Imlach] found this one in a book and gave it to me, and I Scottified it." The tune he used was 'Brochan Lom', as far as I can tell.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Only a half-a-crown / Fifty Cents
From: GUEST,Mark O'Callaghan
Date: 05 Nov 07 - 05:35 PM

NormanD, if you are able to e-mail me an MPG of Half A Crown I would be extremely grateful. It was a song that my late father (RIP) used to sing and my sister managed to write down a few versus but having found this thread I now have all the lyrics but have spent a long time trying to get a recording.

Many thanks in anticipation.

Regards


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Only a half-a-crown / Fifty Cents
From: GUEST,Mark O'Callaghan
Date: 05 Nov 07 - 05:36 PM

Sorry, I meant to leave an e-mail address for you which is ocall@ntlworld.com

regards


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Only a half-a-crown / Fifty Cents
From: GutBucketeer
Date: 06 Nov 07 - 04:56 PM

Here are the R Crumb chords:

That's what it sounds like:

Play the B7-chord in the 4th fret
like the G#7 in "HOME"


C B7 G7    C B7 G7

C
I wish that you could see the girl
                  G7
I took to a fancy ball,

you could span around her little waist,
                C
so neat and very small.


I thought about two oysters sure
                     G7
would fill her up complete,

such a dainty, delicate little thing,
                      C
but this is what she'd eat:

               *
. . .


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Subject: Lyr Add: FIFTY CENTS
From: GUEST
Date: 29 Jun 08 - 08:39 AM

My grandfather used to sing this to me.

I took my girl out to a ball, it was a fancy hop
We danced until the people left, the music it did stop
I took her to a restaurant, the best one on the street
She said she wasn't thirsty, but this is what she eat.

A plate of slaw, a cabbage raw, a chicken and a roast
Asparagrass and applesass and soft-shelled crabs on toast
Oyster stew and crackers, too, her appetite was immense,
But I thought I'd die when she asked for pie cuz I had but fifty cents.

She took it in so easy, she had an awful tank
She said she wasn't thirsty, but this is what she drank

A whiskey skin, a glass of gin, a schooner full of beer
A glass of pop, with rum on top that made me shake with fear
A gin cocktail, a glass of ale, I'd thought she'd have more sense
But I fell on the floor when she asked for more cuz I had but fifty cents

She said she'd bring her family 'round and we'd have lots of fun.
I showed the waiter my fifty cents, and this is what he done.

He punched my nose, he tore my clothes and threw me on the floor
He made me a prize of a couple black eyes, and with me swept the floor
He kicked me where my pants hung loose, and threw me over the fence
Take my advice, don't try it twice, when you have but fifty cents!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Only a half-a-crown / Fifty Cents
From: GUEST,Pat
Date: 16 Nov 08 - 07:53 AM

Remember??


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Only a half-a-crown / Fifty Cents
From: GUEST,Gary W
Date: 01 Jan 09 - 02:54 PM

Can anyone send me an mp3 of this song? Thanks.

Gary

gmwns@aol.com


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Only a half-a-crown / Fifty Cents
From: NormanD
Date: 01 Jan 09 - 03:48 PM

It's on its way - version by Louis Jordan & Chris Barber band.


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Subject: Lyr Add: WHEN I HAD BUT FIFTY CENTS (Binkley Bros.
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 27 Jan 17 - 08:03 AM

WHEN I HAD BUT FIFTY CENTS
As recorded by Binkley Brothers Dixie Clodhoppers, 1928.

I took my girl to a fancy ball; it was a social hop.
We stayed all night until the break of daylight, just waitin' for the music to stop.
We went into a restaurant, the finest on the street.
She said she was not hung-a-ry, but this is what she eat:

A dozen raw, a plate of slaw, a chicken and a roast,
A pair of doves with applesauce, a soft-shell crab on toast,
A big barbecue, and crackers too; her appetite was immense.
When she called for pie, I thought I would die, for I had but fifty cents.

You bet I wasn't hungry; I didn't care to eat.
I've got money in my clothes to bet she can't be beat.
I thought if she ate that way all the time, she'd surely break a bank.
She said she was not thirsty, but this is what she drank:

A glass of ale, a gin cocktail—it made me shake with fear—
A ginger pop with rum on top, and then a schooner of beer,
A whiskey skin, a glass of gin; she should have had more sense.
When she called for more, I fell on the floor, for I had but fifty cents.

You bet I wasn't hungry; I didn't care to eat,
Expecting ev'ry moment to be kicked out in the street.
She said she'd bring her friends around some day and we'd have fun.
I showed the man my fifty cents and this is what he done:

He mashed my nose; he tore my clothes; he hit me on my jaw.
He grabbed me by my collar then and slammed me out the door.
He caught me where my clothes were loose, he kicked me through the fence.
Take my advice: don't try it twice when you got but fifty cents.


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