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Lyr Req: Farmer on a Bike (John Crisp)

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Subject: The Singing Postman
From: GUEST,Tim Radford
Date: 14 Mar 06 - 05:58 PM

Does anyone have the words to - (I never seen) A Farmer on a Bike - by The Singing Postman - ie, Allan Smethurst. I cannot find the copy of the words I had.


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Subject: RE: The Singing Postman
From: Mr Happy
Date: 14 Mar 06 - 06:38 PM

The Singeing Postman: would that be Hotmail???


SORRRY!










CUdn't resist!


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Subject: RE: The Singing Postman
From: Mr Happy
Date: 14 Mar 06 - 06:52 PM

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/1084637.stm


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Subject: RE: The Singing Postman
From: Leadfingers
Date: 14 Mar 06 - 07:54 PM

The Anglian Music website lists all of Allan's songs and that aint one of 'em ! I was told about the song - My Old Mum heard it and said I should look out for it , but couldnt remember the singer .
I would be interested in hearing it myself !


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Singing Postman
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 26 Mar 06 - 12:46 AM

Several British web sites that sell used singles list FARMER ON A BIKE, performed by John Crisp. The flip side is EASTERN COUNTIES.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Farmer on a Bike (The Singing Postman?)
From: GUEST,ca1rider345
Date: 27 Mar 06 - 05:04 PM

do any one know if john criap is still singing i last heard of him in the early 80s i think as i can remember his song social security blues. as the 80s was my dole years/as im 43 and norfolk born but i never heard of him since. any one got any information   thanks


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Farmer on a Bike (The Singing Postman?)
From: GUEST,ca1rider345
Date: 27 Mar 06 - 05:08 PM

sorry i mispelled name i mean john crisp


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Farmer on a Bike (The Singing Postman?)
From: Scrump
Date: 07 Sep 06 - 04:16 PM

It should be "Eastern Counties Bus" on the flip side.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Farmer on a Bike (The Singing Postman?)
From: The Sandman
Date: 07 Sep 06 - 06:58 PM

My favourite Smethurst songs are ,my little miss from diss , mind yer head, was the bottom dropped out and Nicotine girl.
did he write one called have you ever seen a rabbit up a tree.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Farmer on a Bike (The Singing Postman
From: GUEST,Jon
Date: 07 Sep 06 - 07:02 PM

"Oi shot a rabbit up a tree"

There is a sound clip on this page


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Subject: Lyr Add: FARMER ON A BIKE (John Crisp)
From: GUEST,Penny Black
Date: 08 Sep 06 - 03:10 PM

FARMER ON A BIKE
Recorded by: John Crisp on Ampersand Music Farm 101


Old Farmer Palmer was on the other day 'bout the price of his sugar-beet drill.
He reckoned he'd found the little green pound don't pay them big red bills.
And though he's got a private yacht, a race horse and three cars,
He always say the farm don't pay. That's how them farmers are.

CHORUS: But I never seen a farmer on a bike,
I never seen a farmer on a bike.
Wherever I've been, no, I never miss a thing,
But I never seen a farmer on a bike.

He do complain about the rain, the green fly or the drought.
He say black spot have ruined his crop but I can't make this out.
I seen him get on a jumbo jet; I seen him on a train;
But that'll be the day I see him biking down the lane. CHORUS

I worked for farmer till I wore my fingers to the bone,
But when I speak of another pound a week, you oughta hear him moan.
And though his combine cost a farm, I'm sure you will agree,
He could dispose of his Volvos and bike around like me. CHORUS


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Farmer on a Bike (The Singing Postman?)
From: The Sandman
Date: 08 Sep 06 - 07:05 PM

thankyou guest jon,I enjoyed those snippets. apparently he was a big jimmy rodgers fan, you can hear it in the guitar, a very underated writer. Ithink.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Farmer on a Bike (The Singing Postman
From: RTim
Date: 08 Sep 06 - 08:35 PM

Thank you Penny Black - whomever you are.
I have been looking for these words for some years.
I learnt it once years ago to sing at a club run by a farmer friend of mine (who has since passed on).
I rememberted the tune but had lost my copy of the words.

Regards - Tim Radford


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Farmer on a Bike (John Crisp)
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Feb 08 - 01:00 PM

where do i go for guitar sheets for all these great old songs


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Farmer on a Bike (John Crisp)
From: folkwaller
Date: 10 Feb 08 - 04:39 PM

I know John Crisp quite well he gave me banjo lessons a few years ago. He still lives in South Norfolk and as far as I know doesn't perform any more. A big loss to the folk scene.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Farmer on a Bike (John Crisp)
From: GUEST,germusa
Date: 24 Sep 08 - 09:33 AM

thank you penny! had been looking for these song lyrics for quite some time for my dad!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Farmer on a Bike (John Crisp)
From: GUEST,Suffolk Miracle
Date: 25 Sep 08 - 05:10 AM

There is a recording of this collected by Neil Lanham from Jack Tarling (I'm almost certain) on Comic Songs of the Stour Valley. I was about to say the late great Jack Tarling, but it is just possible he is still with us, though I reckon he would be well into his nineties. Anyone know for sure?
Also can I plug the work that Neil has done? He gets so much less credit for it than e.g. the Howsons, perhaps because (Jack is an exception)the quality of singer he found was not quite that of Ted Chaplin, Tony Harvey etc. Nevertheless there are some good performers and more importantly he has made a very very thorough job of recording what of the living tradition is still there in Suffolk/Essex.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Farmer on a Bike (John Crisp)
From: GUEST,Janet
Date: 04 Feb 10 - 03:52 PM

Hello,

I have been looking for these lyrics for years. First heard it on local radio and am missing the the first lines before the chorus. Well done.

Janet x


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Farmer on a Bike (John Crisp)
From: Leadfingers
Date: 04 Feb 10 - 06:55 PM

Has any one a recording ?I'd love to have a go , but I dont want to fake a tune to a known Song


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Subject: Lyr Add: FARMER ON A BIKE (John Crisp)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 06 Feb 10 - 04:16 PM

Found on YouTube. I listened, and I was able to make a few corrections:


FARMER ON A BIKE
(John Crisp)

Old farmer Palmer was on the other day 'bout the price of his sugar-beet drill.
He reckoned he found the little green pound don't pay them big red bills,
And though he's got a private yacht, a race horse and three cars,
He always say the farm don't pay. That's how them farmers are.
But...

CHORUS: I never seen a farmer on a bike.
I never seen a farmer on a bike.
Wherever I been, I never miss a thing,
But I never seen a farmer on a bike.

He do complain about the rain, the green fly or the drought.
He say black spot have ruined his crop but I can't make this out.
I seen him get on a jumbo jet. I seen him on a train,
But that'll be the day I see him bikin' down the lane. CHORUS

I worked for Palmer till I wore my fingers to the bone,
But when I speak of another pound a week, you ought to hear him moan.
And though his combine cost the farm, I'm sure you will agree,
He could dispose of his Volvos and bike about like me.
But... CHORUS


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Farmer on a Bike (John Crisp)
From: GUEST,Paul Sibby
Date: 31 Aug 13 - 02:39 PM

I just found this single in my mother's record collection! It was recorded in 1982.Backing musician Pat Brandon.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Farmer on a Bike (John Crisp)
From: Leadfingers
Date: 01 Sep 13 - 05:20 AM

Google is your friend


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