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Subject: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: GUEST,Fretted Bloke
Date: 02 May 06 - 02:48 PM

I don't know whether that really qualifies as a musical genre. But there's so many funny English songs that it should. I guess it's because so many excellent British comedians have also been musicians, e.g: Peter Sellars, Spike Milligan, Dudley Moore, Bill Oddie, Eric Idle, Jasper Carrot.

I was wondering if you people could share some funny English song titles if you know any. Here's a few I know ......

Sister Josephine (Jake Thackeray)

Daytrip to Blackpool (Jasper Carrot)

Galaxy Song (Eric Idle)


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: Cats
Date: 02 May 06 - 02:50 PM

Taking My Oyster for Walkies - Bill Oddie


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: GUEST
Date: 02 May 06 - 03:51 PM

Anything by Peter Buckley-Hill!


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: melodeonboy
Date: 02 May 06 - 04:04 PM

Sorry; that's me above. I forgot to sign in!


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 02 May 06 - 06:41 PM

Then of course there is the wonderful combination of Michael Flanders and Donald Swann, some hysterically funny situations and subtle wordplay.

Oddly enough, there was a programme on Radio 4 today about musical comedy and risque content, but at the moment I can't find it on Listen Again.

LTS


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: Mr Fox
Date: 02 May 06 - 06:42 PM

Now the folksinger came from America
To sing at the Albert Hall,
He sang his songs of protest
And fairer shares for all.
He sang how the poor were much too poor
And the rich too rich by far,
Then he drove back to his penthouse
In his brand new Rolls Royce car.

'What a World' - Benny Hill

I'd also nominate 'Bantam Cock' - Jake Thackeray and 'Brother Gorilla' Georges Brassens, translated by Jake Thackeray.


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: Mr Fox
Date: 02 May 06 - 06:43 PM

'Brother Gorilla' Georges Brassens, translated by Jake Thackeray.

Which is a FRENCH funny song. oops!


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: Charmain
Date: 02 May 06 - 07:41 PM

For a more "Trad" angle to this

Rawtenstall Annual Fair
Billy Winker
Signora
John Willie's Horse - and John Willie's Ferret
Johnny Bugger ('scuse language)

- actually most things by the Oldham Tinkers et al...
- Eeee them Lancashire Lads and Lasses must 'ave spent 'alf their lives in stitches


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: EBarnacle
Date: 02 May 06 - 07:42 PM

We parted on the shore by that wonderful WWI era Scotsman, Maledictu, of all times to forget his name.


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: Charmain
Date: 02 May 06 - 07:43 PM

Ooooh - and Lilly the Pink
by...erm...Roger McGough and whatever the band was that he was in - don't know - My Dad used to play it all the time when I was a kid!


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: EBarnacle
Date: 02 May 06 - 07:43 PM

Oh, Yeah, Sir Harry Lauder!


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 02 May 06 - 08:18 PM

"Funny" is an interesting English word when used to refer to humour, as there as so many types - from very subtle, often even cynical and sarcastic, to 'low comedy' (refers to bodily functions!) and all between. There is even 'black comedy' - not racial at all, but the sort of humour where one is not sure whether to throw up or laugh, or do both at the same time! And then there are the 'nonsense songs' - consider Spike Milligan: eg "The Ying Tong Song".

Often though, the more serious the performance (and the performer's attitude), the funnier the result. A lot results from the actual performance, and not just the content.


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: alison
Date: 02 May 06 - 09:06 PM

Charmain - the band was Scaffold

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: Bert
Date: 02 May 06 - 10:22 PM

Just a few for starters

Tom Pierce
Lampton Worm
Ilkley Moor
Thrashing Machine
British Workmans Grave
Old Sow Song
Country Vicar
Cuckoo's Nest
Chandler's Wife
Ballad of Bethnal Green


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: Muttley
Date: 02 May 06 - 11:03 PM

Tommy Steele: What a Mouth
Lonnie Donegan: My Old Man's A Dustman
??????????????: My Boomerang Won't Come Back (Gone blank on his name - but he had apart in that immortal short film "The Plank"

Pretty much anything by Monty Python

or The Goodies and though I didn't always like him - Benny Hill I always felt his humour was just a bit TOO crude in comparison to other British humourists but his songs were usually hilarious.

Let's not forget the stuff done by
Morecambe and Wise or The Two Ronnies

'Nuff Said

Eckyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy THUMP !!!!!!!!!!

Muttley


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 03 May 06 - 01:30 AM

Charlie Drake?

Seamus


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: Sooz
Date: 03 May 06 - 02:51 AM

Can't believe that Leas Barker hasn't had a mention yet.
Or His Worship and the Pig.
Or Bernard Wrigley.
Or Richard Digance.
Or Mike Harding.


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: Bugsy
Date: 03 May 06 - 03:03 AM

Or Miles Whootton, or Derek Brimstone, Or Fred Wedlock, .........


Cheers


Bugsy


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 03 May 06 - 03:07 AM

My Daddy is left wing intellectual - Alex Glasgow
Political Economy - Randy Newman (well its in English!)
Me little stick of Blackpool Rock,
Aunty Maggie's remedy - George Formby

favourite verse
Now in a young lady's bedroom
I went by mistake
My intentions were honest you see
She shouted with laughter, I know what YOU'RE after
Its me Aunty Maggie's remedy!


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: Artful Codger
Date: 03 May 06 - 03:17 AM

Anna Russell?


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: Scrump
Date: 03 May 06 - 05:27 AM

Don't forget the great Adge Cutler: Twice Daily, Thee's Got'n Where Thee Cassn't Back'n Hassn't?, Champion Dung Spreader, Shepton Mallet Matador, etc.

And Clinton Ford: My Baby's Wild About My Old Trombone, He Played His Ukulele As The Ship Went Down, Old Bazaar In Cairo, etc.

Fivepenny Piece: Big Jim, Ee By Gum, I'm Powfagged, etc.

Bernard Wrigley: Black Pud Stud, Buggerlugs Loves Sugar Butty, The Concrete Mixer, etc.

And just about anything by George Formby!


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: Stu
Date: 03 May 06 - 05:45 AM

What about Stanley Holloway?

Sam, Sam, pick up thee musket . . .

Or Ivor Cutler? Rambling Syd Rumpo?


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: Stu
Date: 03 May 06 - 05:46 AM

OK Ivor Cutler was Scottish :)


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 03 May 06 - 06:21 AM

The Hartlepool Monkey
In the boarding house where I live
Passengers are requested
The frog and the Vicar


Most of Don (WYZIWIG) Thompson's repertoire

Spencer the Peugeot
Das Wild Dachshund (both Doug Hudson)

The LLanfairllan(whatever)gogoch song heard at Miskin this year


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: Flash Company
Date: 03 May 06 - 07:43 AM

One which I used to do in my singing days was 'The Ballad of the Outboard-motor Man'. It was written, as I recall , by a guy called Graham Penny from the Southampton area.
It takes the style of a broadside ballad, and included such gems as:-
'The hull was clinker moulded in stout English fibre-glass'.
It was probably the most frequently requested song I did.

FC


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: GUEST,Bruce Baillie
Date: 03 May 06 - 11:18 AM

...and what about 'The Ballad of the Assistant Banana Ripening Manager', 'Haemorroids? I've got piles of 'em', 'The Websters Beer Song', 'I Sorta Wish','Mianus',and others by that chap from Cleckheaton, whatsisname? Bruce something or other?


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: Big Jim from Jackson
Date: 03 May 06 - 11:21 AM

Much of Adge Cutler's and the Wurzels (already mentioned), Fivepenny Piece (already mentioned) stuff, and how about "Dead Dog Scrumpy" by Trevor Crozier? And several of Shag Connors and the Carrot Crunchers' songs are very funny.


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: Hopfolk
Date: 03 May 06 - 12:53 PM

There is a genre that has much humour in it - the bawdy.
Such songs as "Fair maid of Islington", "Nine times a night", "Hole in the Elephant's bottom", "Firelock Style" etc etc.

Good stuff, although sometimes a singaround can get hijacked by silly filk or humourous songs to the exclusion of variety.

CamoJohn


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: Mr Fox
Date: 03 May 06 - 03:46 PM

The Kipper Family - I forgot The Kipper Family.


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: YorkshireYankee
Date: 04 May 06 - 05:13 PM

How 'bout Right Said Fred? (can't believe it hasn't been mentioned yet!)
Some of Cyril Tawney's stuff is funny: Five foot Flirt comes to mind, and On a Monday Morning has at least a couple of very funny lines...
As for trad songs -- there's I Wish They'd Do it Now, Mary Ann (is after me...), Bonny Black Hare, and then there are all the song(s) about the mole catcher/piano tuner/clock repairman and the policeman/banker/whoever's wife -- to name just a few...


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T
Date: 04 May 06 - 05:46 PM

"Most of Don (WYZIWIG) Thompson's repertoire".

Thank you most sincerely R.B.

My favourite "I wish I'd written that" is "The Vicar and the Choirboy" that you sing sometimes. Whose is that?

Don T.


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 04 May 06 - 05:48 PM

'The Ballad of the Outboard-motor Man'
'The Ballad of the Assistant Banana Ripening Manager'

have these been posted in mudcat yet? if not, when.. :-)


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 04 May 06 - 05:56 PM

Alas I don't know - I heard Martin Harris sing it back in the 60s/70s and after a lot of thinking it sort of came floating back to me which may be why I have heard others sing a different tune to it....


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: GUEST,Lanfranc the Cookieless
Date: 04 May 06 - 06:42 PM

Anything by Paddy Roberts (who was South African, but UK Resident) - for example "The Ballad of Bethnal Green" (already mentioned), "The Belle of Barking Creek", "Follow Me", "The Englishman and his Sang Froid", "Tattooed Lady", "The Pie-eyed Piper" etc etc

Keith Marsden's "Wedding Song" and others, no doubt

The "Gladiator Song" that Micca performs at the drop of a hat.

Speaking of dropping hats, "A Song of Patriotic Prejudice" by Flanders & Swann

Numerous parodies written and performed by Derek Craft of "1812" way back when.

All the songs that Miles Wootton wrote and everyone thinks were written by Fred Wedlock.

etc etc

Alan


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 04 May 06 - 07:05 PM

Lanfranc the Cookieless

are you trying to tell me that anything out of Wedlock is good?


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: Bill D
Date: 04 May 06 - 10:54 PM

I just recently discovered Alan Smethurst (The singing postman).."Hev You Gotta Light Bor" , "Oi Can't Git a Nice Loafa Bread", "The Cricket Match" and others.....quite a phenomenon,,


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: Splott Man
Date: 05 May 06 - 03:06 AM

"The LLanfairllan(whatever)gogoch song heard at Miskin this year"

There are 2. If the singer was Snuffy, then it's the Les Barker one. If it was Pat Spoons, then it's Dewi Davies's Mystery Tour by Jack (The Bard) Sully, who has written many a fine funny song (and he's Welsh). Both hilarious.

Splott Man


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: Fidjit
Date: 05 May 06 - 01:52 PM

The ones I put on seem to be missing. Praps Joe is having problems again
Bernard Cribbins

The Hole In The Ground
Right Said Fred (Which was here before)
Winckle Picker's Shoes Blues
Folk Song
Ringing The Engine Bell
One Man Band
Verily
Gossip Calypso
Sea Shanty
"B" Side Blues
(I Don't Like Your) Country Music

Oh and Any Benny Hill too!
Chas


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 05 May 06 - 01:58 PM

It was the one about having to spell it out so the kids would not know where they were going.


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: Lanfranc
Date: 05 May 06 - 02:02 PM

Now I'm recookied, I can explain to those who are not acquainted that Fred Wedlock is/was notorious for giving the impression that his songs were all his own, when Miles Wootton was, in fact, the author of many of them.

Attribute correctly, or be damned!

Alan


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: Bert
Date: 05 May 06 - 05:31 PM

Boiled beef and carrots
Jellied eels
I'm glad we had a nice quiet day.
I live in Trafalgar Square.
If it wasn't for the 'ouses in between.
Pretty Little Polly Perkins.
One of the Ruins that Cromwell knocked about a bit
Oh Mr. Porter.
My Old Man said Follow the van.


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: Scrump
Date: 05 May 06 - 05:32 PM

A few of Jake Thackray's songs have been mentioned, but there are a lot more, e.g. The Widow of Brid, Nurse, The Blacksmith & The Toffee Maker to name but a few.

Where is this thread going? There must be thousands of humorous songs of vrying degrees of "funniness". Have we mentioned enough yet, OP?


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: Bert
Date: 05 May 06 - 06:10 PM

Yer right Scrump, there's On Again, On Again, The Ballad of Billy Kershaw as well.


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: rich-joy
Date: 06 May 06 - 12:18 AM

Joyce Grenfell?
(the list seems a bit light-on for women!)


Cheers! RJ


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: Bugsy
Date: 06 May 06 - 05:54 AM

Bert, don't forget,

All I Want Is A Proper Cup Of Coffee,
They're Moving Father's Grave To Build A Sewer,

and my Dear departed Dad used to sing one about a Coconut Shy, I think it was called "Down Came The Blind" do you remember that one>?


Cheers


Bugsy


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: Snuffy
Date: 06 May 06 - 07:11 AM

And Victoria Wood if we're redressing the shortage of women.


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: jacqui.c
Date: 06 May 06 - 07:32 AM

Gracie Fields - The Biggest Aspidestra In The World and others....

Sheila Hancock - One Last Cigarette


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 06 May 06 - 07:39 AM

I didn't know Victoria Wood was short...


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE BALLAD OF THE OUTBOARD MOTOR MAN
From: Flash Company
Date: 06 May 06 - 07:50 AM

The Ballad of the Outboard Motor Man.

now this is a broadside ballad, and as you know, broadside ballads usually feature lofty sailing ships, bold sea captains, maidens dressing up as men to go to sea, brave cabin boys saving their shipmates from disaster, you all know the kind of thing.
This has most of the elements.......
However, as it was written in the 1960's, there weren't many lofty sailing ships about, so we'll just have to do the best we can with what's available!


The Ballad of the Outboard Motor Man.

Come all you outboard motor men, and list unto me tale,
It's of a bold sea cap-ti-in and how he did set sail,
He bought himself a trusty ship, 'twas known as The Sapphire,
The cost it was one thousand pounds, the purchase it was hire.

It had an outboard motor with the power of horses three,
And bolted on the transom, 'twas plain for all to see,
Full ten foot six from stem to stern, one of the Moorhen class,
The hull was clinker moulded in stout English fibreglass.

The captain had two daughters fair, he bade them 'Stay at home',
But being young and foolish girls, they were inclined to roam,
So they pulled on their Brutus jeans and their rugby shirts so gay,
And went on board the ve-es-sel thus clad in men's array.

They went down to the harbour to take a trial run,
The engine started, off they shot like a bullet from a gun,
The mate cried out 'Oh captain, Sir, I do fear for my life',
But the captain did not heed the mate, 'cos the mate she was his wife

They carried on along their course for half an hour or more,
'Til all at once the engine stopped a hundred yards from shore,
The maidens wept, the mate cried out 'Oh how can we be saved?
I have no wish to pe-e-rish all in these dreadful waves!'

Then up there spoke the captain's son, a lad of only eight,
Saying 'I will bring you safe to shore if you will navigate',
Then boldly he leapt o'er the side, which caused the mate to weep,
But the lad he did not perish for 'twas only one foot deep.

So come all you outboard motor-men, and warning take from me,
Beware of shallow wa-a-ter when first you put to sea,
Save that you have a trusty lad a-serving in your crew,
To bring you safe to ha-ar-bour when you have fouled your screw!

Originally heard from the singing of a guy named Graham Penney (or Payne?)from the Southampton area. A few amendments by yours truly, I only heard it the once so may have taken a few liberties with the words. A'60's time capsule really, anyone remember Brutus Jeans?

FC


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 06 May 06 - 08:14 AM

Et Tu, Brutus?


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: Ron Davies
Date: 06 May 06 - 08:29 AM

Don't forget Kevin's "Marmite" song--specific and universal at the same time--a true classic. And some great contributions I heard at the Anchor--such as "I'm Glad I'm A Middle Bar Singer" (no reason to leave parodies out). And Dave Diamond--he may be on the left side of the Pond, but his songs have the unmistakeable English flair--"Teabags Away" "Lifeboat" and "It's Not What I'd Sing When I'm Sober" (Folksinger's Lament?), to name a few.


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: Bunnahabhain
Date: 06 May 06 - 09:49 AM

Nobody has mentioned the Corries yet! I know they are Scottish, but i don't care....


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: GUEST,Charmain
Date: 10 May 06 - 10:26 AM

Re-discovered this ditty t'other day

When I were a young 'un I lived wi me Granny
And manys the BASHIN' me Granny gave me
She'd dress me up in the quality fashions
And tie a garter below me knee
Have you seen my love, my love, my love
Have you seen my love waiting for me
He wears a red jacket
A pair of green stockin's
A hump on his back
And he's only one knee...

Oldham Tinkers again I think


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: GUEST,Elfcall
Date: 11 May 06 - 03:51 AM

The old AFB's favourite 'Is it Love or Food Poisoning? '

Elfcall


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: Crystal
Date: 11 May 06 - 06:00 AM

Most of my favourites have been mentioned! The Yetties did some funny stuff, so did the Spinners.


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Subject: RE: The Genre of English Funny Songs
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 11 May 06 - 06:37 AM

Actually, I have been doing some serious thought about something troublesome with this thread.

The title, I think needs amendment. Should I just rant and rave about it here, hoping for it to be changed by a passing mudelf, or should I PM someone? And just where should I put, sorry send, my PM to ensure the job is properly done, as rapidly as possible?

You see, I really believe that we have a semantic problem in the title, thus the wrong emphasis is being given to the meaning, so should we not change the title to

"The Genre of English Funny Songs"

???


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: Snuffy
Date: 11 May 06 - 08:52 AM

The Genre of Funny English Songs
The Genre of English Funny Songs
The English Genre of Funny Songs
The Funny Genre of English Songs
The Funny Songs of English Genre
The English Songs of Funny Genre
The Songs of Funny English Genre
.......

I know a song that'll get on yer nerves ......


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: Flash Company
Date: 11 May 06 - 11:30 AM

There is one called 'The Day the Piddletrenthide Jug Band Hit the Charts', I heard it from Bob Morton of the Union Folk, but given the title, it probably originates from The Yetties. I'll post it when I have a bit more time to spare>

FC


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: GUEST,Ken Brock
Date: 11 May 06 - 04:02 PM

Me Husband's Got No Courage In Him


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: Charmain
Date: 11 May 06 - 05:52 PM

Ha Ha cheers Snuffy - that has to be one of the best funny songs in the English language - cos matter how much you sing it and no matter how annoyed the other person gets they actually can't help laughing at you too - the other of course is "I'm Henry the Eighth I am" similar childhood classic to irritate older siblings with - although beatings can ensue if you take it too far...


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: GUEST,Ken Brock
Date: 11 May 06 - 06:11 PM

"Liverpool Lullaby" by Stan Kelly (aka Stan Kelly-Bootle). Recorded by Judy Collins in 1967 on In My Life. It's a straight lullaby until a line late in the song that cracks me up: "and I'll buy your daddy a brewery".


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: SussexCarole
Date: 11 May 06 - 06:21 PM

Songs written by John "Mitch" Mitchell from Worksop - My Proper name is Clarence - Shirley's Sunburnt Spot - The alcotherapist - Senile Skifflers


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: GUEST,Gandamak
Date: 13 May 06 - 06:16 AM

Gents

Saw this notice in passing. I have been looking for the words to The Vicar and the Choirboy for about twenty years when I last heard it. Does anyone have the words or know where I can get them.


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: GUEST,Bentley
Date: 13 May 06 - 05:46 PM

No one has mentioned Peter Sellers.Boo Diddy Boo Diddy Boo Diddy Boo Diddy Goodness Gracious Me.


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: NH Dave
Date: 12 Oct 06 - 02:51 PM

The Wurtsels, both during and after Adge Cutler-
I've got a Combine Harvester (and I'll give you the key)
Dorset is beautiful
and at least 4-5 more records, as well.

And someone mentioned The Yetties, a little more authentic sounding, but still funny.

Dave


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: Scrump
Date: 12 Oct 06 - 03:54 PM

And someone mentioned The Yetties, a little more authentic sounding, but still funny.

Authentic in what way? I think a lot of Adge Cutler's songs are pretty 'authentic' too!


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: CuCullen
Date: 12 Oct 06 - 04:02 PM

Has anyone mentioned the Bonzo Dog DooDa Band?


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 12 Oct 06 - 04:27 PM

Sydney Carter wrote a few funnies - for example "Down Below"

The incompatrable "Cosmotheka" didn't write any songs that I'm aware of, but they brought some crackers back to light.

And don't forget their mates Chaz'n Dave (far more famous, though not in the same league - but pretty good). Here is a rather charming video of their Rabbit (Which come to think of it is very reminscent of Jake Thackray's "On agioan,on again,on again"... Thematically, I mean.


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: alanabit
Date: 12 Oct 06 - 04:53 PM

Nobody has mentioned Jeremy Taylor yet. "Red Velvet Steering Whell Car", "Jobsworth", "Prawns in the Game" and "Liberal Man" have to be in there somewhere.


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: Joe_F
Date: 12 Oct 06 - 09:07 PM

Lumpytums.


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: GUEST,thurg
Date: 12 Oct 06 - 09:44 PM

The old fella (Canadian) used to sing a scrap of some war-time hit, in an affected English accent, and with great emotion:

His medals broke our hearts,
He won them playing darts,
Our Sergeant-Major!


Familiar to anyone?


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: Gurney
Date: 12 Oct 06 - 10:53 PM

My favourite was 'Broken-Hearted-Lover's Stew' performed and possibly written by Benny Hill.


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: Rowan
Date: 13 Oct 06 - 01:51 AM

The Pawnbroker's Song (which I've been trying to find the words for)
Sweeney Todd, the demon barber of Fleet St
and, although it's recitation rather than a song (as far as I've heard,
The ballad of Idwal Slabs

And thanks to whoever it was mentioned Ivor Cutler, whom I've not heard mentioned for years.

Cheers, Rowan


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: Flash Company
Date: 13 Oct 06 - 07:54 AM

The Sergeant Major one sounds familiar, I think I heard it sometime in the past but can't remember where or when. (Hey, that could be a title for a song!)
NH Dave asked me for the tune for 'Outboard Motor Man' and regrettably, I can't help him, (Hell, I only used to sing it!). I know it is 'cod 19th Century', but don't have a clue what it is based on. Has anyone else heard it?

FC


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: Paul Burke
Date: 12 Nov 08 - 10:23 AM

Bugsy: I only just saw your post to this thread re Down Came the Blind. I posted it a few years ago- do you have any more verses?


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: Colin Randall
Date: 12 Nov 08 - 10:48 AM

There's some great wit, and even laugh out loud humour, in a few of Leon Rossleson's songs. The Neighbour's Cat and I Didn't Mean It (if those are the correct titles) spring to mind.

From the last century, the pitman poet Tommy Armstrong's song "Wor Nanny's a Mazer" is very funny, and probably not too deep in North eastern dialect to deter outsiders. The Durham coalfield also inspired a lot of clever, funny material in the late 60s and 70s by Johnny Handle, the Northern Front and one or two others - often applying "pitmatic" language to biblical tales. But those may a bit impenetrable to non mackems & geordies

colin
Salut! Live


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 12 Nov 08 - 11:44 AM

"Liverpool Lullaby" by Stan Kelly (aka Stan Kelly-Bootle). Recorded by Judy Collins in 1967 on In My Life. It's a straight lullaby until a line late in the song that cracks me up: "and I'll buy your daddy a brewery".

I think it deviates from being a lullaby a lot sooner than that.

"Sure you are a mucky kid,
Dirty as a dustbin lid.
And when he hears the things that you did
You'll get a belt from yor Da"

Child cruelty!


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: Bugsy
Date: 13 Nov 08 - 03:05 AM

Paul,

Thanks for that mate, i thought that the song would be lost for me forever.

I only remember the verses you have there plus the beginnings of one that went:

Once we had a donkey, kept it in the yard
One rainy evening it was blowin bloomin hard
...............

And one about a butchers and pork pie shop.

I seem to remember that my dad started the song off with the verse about the donkey

Oh.. how the memory fades............


Cheers

Bugsy


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: Paul Burke
Date: 13 Nov 08 - 03:10 AM

That donkey one was on Niel Inness's Rutland Weekend Television- sung by the Fabulous Bingo Brothers.

Once we had a donkey, kept it in the yard,
One night in the winter, it was blowin' hard,
Muvver said the donkey must be cold in the yard,
Bring it in the kitchen, let it have a warm.

In come the donkey, bit me farver's ear,
Took it for a cabbage leaf and broke the chandelier,
Out went the gas
And then it come alight again
Poor farver's ear,
Donkey took a bite again,
Muvver took a knife for to stick it in the ass,
Stuck it in me farver's 'ead and out went the gas.

Auntie Mary can't get at it,
Muvver's sewn me drawers up.


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: Paul Burke
Date: 13 Nov 08 - 03:50 AM

By the way Bugsy, where are you / your dad from?


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: Colin Randall
Date: 13 Nov 08 - 03:02 PM

Here, repeated from an earlier thread , are the lyrics of Leon Rosselson's song The Neighbours' Cat

1. Those new neighbours, they never mow the lawn.
They're throwing things & rowing, from dawn to bloody dawn.
Their drains are overflowing, and their garden smells of pee,
And dandelions are growing where the roses ought to be.
They've got three cheeky children, but even worse than that,
The terror of the neighbourhood, that devil of a cat.

CHORUS: The cat, the cat, the neighbours' cat.
It's not at all the sort of cat
Who sits contented on a mat.
He's not a cat like that.
He isn't furry, fine or fat.
You wouldn't want to pet or pat
That scraggy, ragged, outsized rat.
The dustbin is his habitat,
The neighbours' cat.

2. Our pussy cats are neutered. they're decent & they're clean.
They keep respectful silence when the hear "God save the Queen."
But this one, he's uncivilised, a spitting infidel,
With his nightly caterwauling and his nasty moggy smell,
Assaulting our azaleas, urinating on our gnomes,
Demolishing our Dahlias, we're not safe in our own homes.

3. He'll claw at our car bonnets, savage dogs & crows.
Spread chaos & subversion everywhere he goes.
And this really makes my blood boil: He's inordinately fond
Of harpooning the prize goldfish in our ornamental pond.
We never catch him at it, cos he's underhand & sly,
But we know who to blame when our prize marrows droop & die. CHORUS

4. He's corrupting our poor darlings and leading them astray,
And causing them to act in a most unnatural way.
Does he get them high on cat mint? 'Cos they wear a silly grin
As they leap in front of lorries in a suicidal spin.
It's a shocking situation. Every morning we emerge
To find another flattened pussy laid out on the verge.

5. An have you heard the latest? Things can't go this way.
Rumour is the neighbours' cat has joined the IRA.
Our house priced are falling. It's time to take a stand.
We've got up a petition. This wild cat must be banned.
Yes, burn him for a traitor, this embodiment of sin,
This ruthless agitator; he's the enemy within. CHORUS


Great song, beautifully delivered by Leon. I think the person posting the lyrics was responsible for correcting Leon's possessive apostrophes

Colin


Salut! Live


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: Bugsy
Date: 13 Nov 08 - 06:15 PM

We were both born in Ramsgate, Kent.

I think my dad would have learned it from his older brothers who would have heard their father singing it. He was a bit of a music hall/pub performer but he died on the Somme when my dad was a few months old.
My dad had a great affection for Music hall songs, especially Flanagan & Allan and Marriott Edgar poetry.

CHeers

Bugsy


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Nov 08 - 02:59 AM

Do the Barron Knights merit a mention?


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: GUEST,Chris Jones
Date: 07 Dec 08 - 07:24 PM

An old Benny Hill song starts:-

Twas market day in the village and the crowd round the stalls was quite dense,
But what caught my eye was a stall pile high - full of musical instruments.
Well up to the stall came this little old man - his clothes all tattered an thin,
And his face came alight when his eyeballs got sight of a bootifull old violin.
So he held it up to the dealer and said "how much is this one then?"
"That's a Stradivarius my son and it'll cost you four pounds ten!"
I can't afford that said the little old man, and a lump come into my throat.
I was feeling quite chuffed so in his hands I did stuff a ten shilling note.
By now a crowd had gathered so I quickly went round with his hat.
When I fifnished I'd found I'd collected five pounds - so I took me ten shillings back.

What comes next???????? Argh!!!!
Sad old me can't sleep thinking about this stupid but funny song?
Please put me out of my misery.
(shoot me!)


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: Brooke
Date: 12 Dec 08 - 05:03 PM

Twas market day in the village
& the crowds ‘round the stalls was quite dense,
but what caught my eye.. ..was a stall piled ‘igh
with musical instruments.
Then up to that stall came a little old man
…. ‘is clothes was all tattered & thin,
but his face came alight ..as ‘is eyeballs caught sight
of a beautiful old violin.
He ‘eld it up to the dealer,
sayin’, “ ’ow much is this one then ?â€쳌
The dealer replied, “That’s a Stradivarius,
…. It’ll cost ya Four pound ten !â€쳌
“I can’t afford that,â€쳌 said the little old man,
and a lump came into my throat;
For him I felt sad … so I gave him what I had -
my only Ten shilling note.
A crowd had all gathered behind us
so I quickly went round with ‘is ‘at.
When I finished I found I’d collected Five Pound
so I took my Ten shilling note back.
Well , we gave to the dealer the money
and this old man, … so shabbily dressed,
picked up the violin, … put it under his chin …
and he played like a man possessed !
He played Fu-gues & cantatas,
and Ora-ta-torios too.
by composers like Johann , Sebastian, Bach,
to mention just a few.
He played waltzes by Strauss and Die Flaudermaus
and ‘Tales from the Vienna Wood’,
and Tchaikovsky’s ‘Piano Concerto’ ….
but he didn’t play that very good …
The crowd were all hushed as the little old man
said “I’ll now play with dexterity
a well known tune .. that may make you all swoon -
‘The Flight of the Bumble Bee’.â€쳌
Well! We’d never ‘eard anything like it
as he played whatever he’d said ,
but when the crowd clapped
something in ‘is ‘eart snapped …
and down he fell … at our feet … dead.
So we gave back the fealer his diddle
( Er … the dealer his fiddle,)
We took back our money , but then
“ No ! no!â€쳌 cried the crowd, in unison loud,
“we’ll bury him , with that vi’lin !â€쳌
So ‘twas then on that cold Tuesd’y mornin’
we laid the old man to his rest,
and we took that old fiddle …
… laid it down on his middle,
and we went away feeling depressed.
But the angels all welcomed the little old man
when he stepped into Heaven that day;
…’till he took up the bow …o’er the strings it did go
and those angels all howled with dismay.
They put their wings over their ears
as “Flight of the Bumble Beeâ€쳌 droned,
Three .. were sure they’d been stung !
six became quite unstrung -
and the other ten thousand all groaned.
The Stradivarius they then took from him
and gave ‘im a ‘arp instead;
He took one look at it .. and then ‘is head scratched it
saying, “By Gumm, I think I must be dead.â€쳌
So if you pass by yonder graveyard
on a cold wintry night you may see
a little old man … with a harp in his hand…
playin’ ‘Flight of the Bumble Bee’.


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: Bainbo
Date: 12 Dec 08 - 05:49 PM

If anybody's still interested, two-and-a-half years after the question was posed in this thread, The Vicar and the Frog was written by Stan Crowther. He has a reputation as a fine songwrter, tarnished only by the fact that he later became Labour MP for Rotherham

The Vicar and The Frog

There once was a very, very holy vicar
And he was a-walking down the street
When he heard a little voice say: "Excuse me, vicar
Help me vicar," the voice did say.
Well, the vicar looked round, but all he could see
Was a tiny frog sitting on the ground.
"Was it you little froggy, was it you who spoke?
Was it you who spoke when I heard that sound?"

"Oh, yes," said the frog, "Oh, help me, vicar
For I'm not really a frog, you see.
I'm a choirboy really, but a wicked fairy
Cast a nasty spell on me.
And the only way that I can be saved
From that evil witch," the little frog said,
"Is for someone to take me and put me in a place
Where a holy man has laid his head."

Well the vicar took him home and he put him on his pillow
And there he lay till the break of day.
And lo and behold, now, a blessed miracle -
The boy was saved I'm glad to say.
For there lay a choirboy in bed with the vicar,
And I hope you think this all makes sense.
For there, My Lord, and members of the jury
Rests the case for the defence.


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: MartinRyan
Date: 13 Dec 08 - 07:45 AM

The excellent Inishowen International Ballad Seminar has always had a very varied attendance from all over the ----- (insert whichever geographical/political term you prefer for that pleasant group of large islands, including Ireland, off the west coast of Europe). One year, for vaguely agricultural reasons related to either BSE or Foot and Mouth disease, the Scots stayed at home and the English turned up! It took a while to realise the impact of the switch. Let's just say that several of the songs cited above made an appearance for the first time, in my experience, at the sessions...

Regards


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: GUEST,Dave Sharp
Date: 22 Oct 15 - 07:45 AM

Re: The Outboard Motor Man

I have a recording somewhere of Graham Penney singing this and have transcribed the lyrics below.
The Outboard Motor Man
        By Graham Penny of the Forecastle folk club Southampton)

Come all you outboard motor men, and a story I'll you tell
'Tis of a bold sea captain who to misfortune fell
A trim and trusty fishing boat he set out to acquire
A hundred guineas was the price, the purchase it was hire

She had an engine stout and strong, with power of horses three
A mounted on the transom, it was plain for all to see
Ten foot she was from stem to stern, one of the moorhen class.
Her hull was clinker moulded of stout English fibreglass

Now the captain had two daughters fair, he bade them stay at home
Which made the maidens' hearts to care for the were inclined to roam
So they put on their Brutus jeans and their rugby shirts so gay
And they went on board the vessel all dressed in man's array

Now they launched her in the harbour close by the Mudeford run
The engine started off the went like a bullet from a gun
Well the mate cried out oh captain sir I do fear for my life
But the captain did not heed the mate, for the mate it was his wife

Well they had not been gone but about one hour, I know it was not more
'Twixt Hengistbury and Christchurch tower one quarter mile offshore
When the engine coughed the engine stopped she would no longer go
Fear not fear not the captain said for to safety we shall row

Then up did speak the captain's son, a lad of barely eight
Well I will pull you to the shore if you will navigate
Thus saying o'er the side he went, which caused the mate to weep
But the lad he did not perish for 'twas only two feet deep

So come all you outboard motor men and take warning now by me
Steer clear of shallow waters when out upon the sea
Except you have a brave bold lad a-serving in your crew
Who'll bring you safe to harbour if you should foul the screw

The Mudeford Run, Hengistbury and Christchurch tower are all on\near the coast in the Christchurch area of southern England


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 22 Oct 15 - 08:12 PM

I don't think there's been a mention of George Formby, though a song he sang, Our Sergeant Major, has been mentioned.

Fame is fleeting. Though not in Lancashire. This case.


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Subject: RE: The Genre of Funny English Songs
From: keberoxu
Date: 16 Jan 18 - 06:19 PM

There is a whole thread about Joyce Grenfell underway at the moment,
and I see she is named here.
This is a genre which has helped many a person forget about their troubles,
including me west of the Atlantic.
(Flanders & Swann especially)


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