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Lyr Add: Whisky on a Sunday

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WHISKEY ON A SUNDAY or COME DAY, GO DAY


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Mo 28 Jan 99 - 08:18 PM
Don Meixner 28 Jan 99 - 10:18 PM
AndyG 29 Jan 99 - 09:59 AM
Paddy 29 Jan 99 - 03:31 PM
29 Jan 99 - 08:54 PM
Bill Sables (Inactive) 01 Feb 99 - 07:47 PM
02 Feb 99 - 05:35 AM
GUEST,Andy G's version 16 Aug 08 - 10:00 AM
GUEST,Dave MacKenzie 16 Aug 08 - 06:51 PM
Don(Wyziwyg)T 17 Aug 08 - 06:14 PM
Don(Wyziwyg)T 17 Aug 08 - 06:19 PM
Lanfranc 17 Aug 08 - 07:09 PM
Geordie-Peorgie 18 Aug 08 - 03:20 PM
Leadfingers 18 Aug 08 - 03:58 PM
scouse 18 Aug 08 - 05:55 PM
GUEST,Franny 09 Oct 09 - 01:14 PM
GUEST,Franny 09 Oct 09 - 01:16 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: WHISKY ON A SUNDAY
From: Mo
Date: 28 Jan 99 - 08:18 PM

Rather than clutter up the Kid Mudcatteers thread with messages from oldies like me (34 - nearly 35!) here's the lyrics to this songs as I know them - hope it's useful!

Mo

He sits on the corner of Beggar?s Bush
Astride of an old packing case.
And the dolls on the end of the plank are dancing
As he croons with a smile on his face:

CHORUS: Come day, Go day,
Wishing me heart it was Sunday
Drinking buttermilk all the week
And it?s whisky on a Sunday.

His tired old hand on the wooden beam
As the puppets they danced up and down.
A finer show than you ever would see
At the fanciest theatre in town. CHORUS:

Well in 1902 old Seth Davy died
And his songs they were heard no more.
And the three dancing dolls in the dustbin were thrown
And the plank went to mend the back door. CHORUS:

Well if you ever go down by Beggar?s Bush
When the wind?s blowing up from the sea,
You can still hear the songs of old Seth Davy
As he croons to his dancing dolls three. CHORUS: (X 2)


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Subject: RE: Whisky on a Sunday
From: Don Meixner
Date: 28 Jan 99 - 10:18 PM

Mo,

When I sing the the song in my band we sing

" His old withered hands they would beat on the beam, And the puppets would dance up and down."

And I learned the name as "Sed Davy". Can't remember where, but those where the words in a song book I saw.

Either way works, thats the folk process for you.

Don.


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Subject: Lyr Add: WHISKY ON A SUNDAY
From: AndyG
Date: 29 Jan 99 - 09:59 AM

Mo,Dan, Thanks a lot, this is enough to spring open the locked doors in my memory.

Whisky on a Sunday (as I remember it, Liverpool variant)

He sat on the corner of Bevington Bush
Astride an old packing case.
And the dolls on the end of the plank went dancing
As he crooned with a smile on his face:

Chorus:
Come day, Go day,
Wishing me heart for Sunday
Drinking buttermilk all the week
Whisky on a Sunday.

His tired old hands drummed the wooden beam
And the puppet-dolls they danced the gear.
A better show than you had ever seen
At the Pivvy or New Brighton Pier.

Chorus:

Well in 1902 Seth Davy died
And his song was heard no more.
The three dancing dolls in a jower bin ended
And the plank went to mend a back door.

Chorus:

If you ever go down xxx xxx way, *
When the wind whistles up from the sea,
You can still hear the voice of old Seth Davy
As he croons to his dancing dolls three.

Chorus:

* still can't remember this bit!

AndyG


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Subject: RE: Whisky on a Sunday
From: Paddy
Date: 29 Jan 99 - 03:31 PM

AndyG

Would the missing line be

On some stormy night, if you're passing that way
With the wind blowing up from the sea

Paddy


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Subject: Lyr Add: WHISKY ON A SUNDAY
From:
Date: 29 Jan 99 - 08:54 PM

As recorded by Danny Doyle about 27 yrs. ago

CHORUS: Come day, go day, wish in my heart it was Sunday,
Drinking buttermilk all the week,
Whisky on a Sunday.

He sits at the corner of Beggars Bush,
Astride of an old packing case,
And the dolls on the end of the plank they were dancing,
As he crooned with a smile on his face. CHORUS

His tired old hands drummed the wooden beam,
And the puppets they danced up and down,
A far better show than you ever could see,
In the fanciest theatres in town. CHORUS

In 1902 old Seth Davy died,
His songs they were heard no more,
The three dancing dolls in the dustbin were thrown,
And the planks went to mend the back door. CHORUS

On some stormy night if you're passing that way,
With the wind blowing up from the sea,
You may still hear the songs of old Seth Davy,
As he croons to his dancing dolls three.

SING CHORUS TWICE, FADING DURING 2ND.

Blessings
R


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Subject: RE: Whisky on a Sunday
From: Bill Sables (Inactive)
Date: 01 Feb 99 - 07:47 PM

The missing line in Andyg's version which is the version I know is On cold winter nights down old Scotty Road Way It refers to Scotland Road in Liverpool


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Subject: RE: Whisky on a Sunday
From:
Date: 02 Feb 99 - 05:35 AM

Thanks Bill,
That's it.

AndyG


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Subject: RE: Whisky on a Sunday
From: GUEST,Andy G's version
Date: 16 Aug 08 - 10:00 AM

I was taught this very version back in primary school as part of a choir. The final verse as I remembered was:

"On some stormy nights down the Scotty Road way
When the wind travels in from the east
If I just close my eyes I can hear ol' Seth,
Singing to me brothers and me"


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Subject: RE: Whisky on a Sunday
From: GUEST,Dave MacKenzie
Date: 16 Aug 08 - 06:51 PM

As far as I know,the song was written by G Hughes, and the street was Bevington Bush, which is where the Liverpool Sally Army Hostel was sited.


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Subject: RE: Whisky on a Sunday
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T
Date: 17 Aug 08 - 06:14 PM

We got the line as:-

The three dancing dolls in the Jowler's bin ended,
And the plank went to mend a back door.

Don T.


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Subject: RE: Whisky on a Sunday
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T
Date: 17 Aug 08 - 06:19 PM

Also the last verse came as:-

Now on some stormy nights down Scotty Road way,
When the wind whistles in from the sea,
You can still hear the sound of old Seth Davy,
As he croons to his dancing dolls three.

Referring, I think, to the moaning of the onshore wind and likening it to the old man's voice crooning to the dolls. Has a certain appeal for me.

Don T.


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Subject: RE: Whisky on a Sunday
From: Lanfranc
Date: 17 Aug 08 - 07:09 PM

I have sung this song for many years. The big problem with it from my point of view is that it is virtually impossible to have a dancing doll dance to it - leastwise, we've never succeeded, despite having a small collection of them made by my old friend Chris Harvey "Jig Doll Chris".

His site is well worth a visit, especially if you haven't come across dancing jig dolls before.

Alan


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Subject: RE: Whisky on a Sunday
From: Geordie-Peorgie
Date: 18 Aug 08 - 03:20 PM

Big Malc Roberts had a 'jig-doll' which was dressed in the 'regalia' of Victory Morris - Right down to the pewter tankard in its hand!

By the way, 'The Pivvy' as mentioned above was 'The Pavilion Theatre' apparently


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Subject: RE: Whisky on a Sunday
From: Leadfingers
Date: 18 Aug 08 - 03:58 PM

I believe the Chorus was adapted from what Seth Davy actually sang , and WAS extensivelt re written for the currently known song


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Subject: RE: Whisky on a Sunday
From: scouse
Date: 18 Aug 08 - 05:55 PM

His tired old hands drummed wooden beams,
And the Puppet Dolls they danced the gear,
A better show ever than you would see,
At the Tivvie (Tivoli Theatre in New Brighton.) or New Brighton Pier...

Churus....

As Aye,

Phil.


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Subject: RE: Whisky on a Sunday
From: GUEST,Franny
Date: 09 Oct 09 - 01:14 PM

This is a song we sing on summer camps, but I sang it once to a liverpudlian, who reckoned we had the words as close as right to the words she had known

He sat on the corner of Bebbingtin Bus
astride an old packing case
and the dolls on the end of the plank went dancing
as he sang with a smile on his face.

Chorus
Mmm-mmm-mmm-mmm Come day go day
wishing my heart for sunday
Mmm-mmm-mmm drinking buttermilk all the week
whiskey on a sunday

His tired old hand beat the wooden plank
and the dolls they all danced a-gear
a far finer show than you ever did see
at the Pivvy or ?New Brighton Pier

Now in 1902 old Seth Davy died
and his song was heard no more
his three dancing dolls in the jower bin ended
and the plank went to fix the back door

Now on some stormy nights down the Scotty Road way
When the wind's blowing in from the sea
If I just close my eyes I can hear old Seth
Singing to my brothers and me.


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Subject: RE: Whisky on a Sunday
From: GUEST,Franny
Date: 09 Oct 09 - 01:16 PM

correction
He sat on the corner of Bebbington Bush


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Subject: RE: Whisky on a Sunday
From: DonMeixner
Date: 09 Oct 09 - 01:18 PM

I always have felt it needed another middle verse.

Don


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Subject: RE: Whisky on a Sunday
From: banjoman
Date: 10 Oct 09 - 07:11 AM

The Correct place name is BEVINGTON BUSH as anyone from Liverpool will know. There was a pub at the place where Scotland Road (Scotty Road) and (I think) Gt. Howard St diverged. The pub was called the Bevington Bush. The Salvation Army Hostel was nearby and was called Arden House. It was often used for overnight stops by Lorry Drivers as well as the local homeless people. They also ran a cafe there which served up great cheap meals. Sadly its gone the way of progress and the whole are is now the main approaches and connecting roads for the Wallasey Tunnel.
My Grandmother claimed to have seen a black man with dancing dolls in Liverpool around the beginning of the 20th century and when she heard this song immediatley associated it with the character she had seen as a young girl - she would have been about 12 years old in 1900 so it could be the same person.
Hope this info is useful as it indicates that Seth Davey was a real person.


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