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Origins: Who wrote the Mini Cooper song?

Jim I 29 Mar 06 - 06:52 AM
Leadfingers 29 Mar 06 - 07:10 AM
Scotus 29 Mar 06 - 02:04 PM
Herga Kitty 29 Mar 06 - 02:34 PM
Jim I 31 Mar 06 - 09:50 PM
Mick Pearce (MCP) 01 Apr 06 - 01:39 AM
The Fooles Troupe 09 Apr 06 - 11:05 PM
GUEST,Susie 24 Jan 16 - 07:02 AM
GUEST,Guest Mary 09 Oct 17 - 07:16 PM
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Subject: Origins: Who wrote the Mini Cooper son?
From: Jim I
Date: 29 Mar 06 - 06:52 AM

I'm working on sourcing all the songs in my collection and I'm stuck on a few. Does anyone know who wrote the song "I am a Mini Cooper"? Probably mid to late 1960's as that's when I learned it.

Mini Cooper
(tune "Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine"/ "Hot Asphalt"

Oh! Me name is Mini Cooper And I once was white as snow
Till I met a rally driver And a-rallying did go.
He promised me fine trophies, And I got them all 'tis true,
But girls you'll surely pity me When you hear what I've been through.
He took me down a mossy lane So dark I couldn't see
I'll tell you girls there never was A man as fast as he.
He laid me on a grassy bank And gave me such a fright
He examined my suspension With a spanner and a light.

When he saw that I was stalling then, He flew into a rage
For I knew he was trying to get me to A very special stage
He tuned me carburettor up And gave me points a touch
Ah! How could I resist him girls When he slipped in his clutch
Now me back and sides are bent And me bonnets red with rust
Me big ends badly dented And me hydrolastics bust.
I've got no brakes to speak of Aand I'm sure me head is gone
So never go into the forest girls Wwithout your sump guards on.

Jim


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Subject: RE: Origins: Who wrote the Mini Cooper son?
From: Leadfingers
Date: 29 Mar 06 - 07:10 AM

There was discussion on this some time ago - I posted lyrics virtually the same as your back then - Put Mini Cooper in search , you should find whats been said before .
Rumour has it that it was written by Archie Fisher , who apparently used to be a keen Rally driver .


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Subject: RE: Origins: Who wrote the Mini Cooper son?
From: Scotus
Date: 29 Mar 06 - 02:04 PM

Archie was the proud owner of a pair of white overalls with SAAB emblazoned across the back - in which he rallied a mini-cooper - his navigator was Fiona Guinness (yes - that Guinness). On one occasion he wore them to go down Valleyfield colliery with various Fife folkies (including Babs Dickson) and emerged afterwards, literally 'as black as coal'!

I do remember him singing the mini-cooper song more than once. That would be in the mid sixties.

Jack


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Subject: RE: Origins: Who wrote the Mini Cooper son?
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 29 Mar 06 - 02:34 PM

I first heard it sung by Tom Gilfellon, in the late sixties. When he appeared with the High Level Ranters at Herga, including Archie's brother-in-law Colin Ross (Ray Fisher's husband).

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Origins: Who wrote the Mini Cooper song?
From: Jim I
Date: 31 Mar 06 - 09:50 PM

I thought I'd better get this from the horse's mouth so to speak so I e-mailed Archie. He confirmed that he did write this, back in the 60's, although he had all but forgotten it.

BTW is there any reason why the words aren't in the DB?

Jim


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Subject: RE: Origins: Who wrote the Mini Cooper song?
From: Mick Pearce (MCP)
Date: 01 Apr 06 - 01:39 AM

The DT is only updated infrequently (current download version is 2002). Other songs posted remain in the Forum and are gathered for (possible) inclusion in future release of the DT. It's always wise to check the forum for songs you don't find in the DT.

The Ballad of Mini Cooper was posted (by Leadfingers) in Lyr Req: The Ballad of mini Cooper (This is the link now included at the top of this page).


Mick


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Subject: RE: Origins: Who wrote the Mini Cooper song?
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 09 Apr 06 - 11:05 PM


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Subject: RE: Origins: Who wrote the Mini Cooper song?
From: GUEST,Susie
Date: 24 Jan 16 - 07:02 AM

He sang it to me at the Chester Folk Festival in 1979 and told me it was "Minnie Cooper".


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Subject: RE: Origins: Who wrote the Mini Cooper song?
From: GUEST,Guest Mary
Date: 09 Oct 17 - 07:16 PM

Archie Fisher

Woodlands Hotel

Dubdee


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