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Lyr Req: Deacon Brodie (Robin Laing)

Maelgwyn (inactive) 15 Feb 99 - 10:27 PM
Philippa 16 Feb 99 - 07:08 AM
Mo 16 Feb 99 - 07:14 PM
Mo 16 Feb 99 - 07:16 PM
Alan of Australia 17 Feb 99 - 04:47 AM
D. Brodie 17 Feb 99 - 08:55 AM
Maelgwyn (inactive) 21 Feb 99 - 06:12 PM
karen k 21 Feb 99 - 09:07 PM
Philippa 22 Feb 99 - 12:24 PM
The Deacon Himself 23 Feb 99 - 11:18 AM
The Shambles 23 Feb 99 - 01:35 PM
Bobby Bob, Ellan Vannin 23 Feb 99 - 02:59 PM
D.B 25 Feb 99 - 07:23 AM
Maelgwyn (inactive) 25 Feb 99 - 09:11 PM
GUEST 07 Aug 11 - 01:09 PM
meself 07 Aug 11 - 01:22 PM
GUEST,Eliza 07 Aug 11 - 01:40 PM
Jack Campin 08 Aug 11 - 09:57 AM
GUEST,Eliza 08 Aug 11 - 11:08 AM
Dave MacKenzie 08 Aug 11 - 11:12 AM
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Subject: deacon brody
From: Maelgwyn (inactive)
Date: 15 Feb 99 - 10:27 PM

I need help figuring out the rest of the lyrics to the song 'Deacon Brody'. Here's what I've got so far:

Now Brody he was contradicted/ Outside hale but inside wicked/ Buskit?, braw, and dandy/ Ribuld, rough, and randy/ And . . ./ . . . was always handy

Oh the ? and the whig danced a jig/ . . ./ The catched a mouse in the excise house/ And they hangit Deacon Brody/ Brody, Bill Brody/ Somebody should have told ye/ Or were you just perverse?/ Loupin' fences after dark/ You'll ? get snagged by your sark/ And land upon your arse

Now Brody he was fit and feckless/ Fickle, fey, careless, wreckless/ Everybody kens what happens/ To rogues that don't gie tuppence/ So how could you complain/ When you got your ?

Oh the ? and the whig danced a jig, etc.


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Subject: Lyr Add: DUNCAN AND BRADY
From: Philippa
Date: 16 Feb 99 - 07:08 AM

Could that be the origin of DUNCAN AND BRADY ???!
(words pasted in from the databas, approx. Leadbelly version)

Twinkle, twinkle, twinkle, little star
Up comes Brady in a 'lectric car
Got a mean look all 'round his eye
Gonna shoot somebody jus' to see them die

Duncan, Duncan was tending the bar
In walked Brady with a shining star
And Brady says, "Duncan you are under arrest
And Duncan shot a hole in Brady's breast.

Brady, Brady carried a '45,
Said it would shoot half a mile,
Duncan had a '44
That what laid Mr. Brady so low.

Brady fell down on the barroom floor,
"Please Mr. Duncan don' shoot me no more
Women all cryin, ain't it a shame,
Shot King Brady, goin' shoot him again.

"Brady, Brady, Brady, you know you done wrong
Walkin' in the room when the game was goin' on
Knockin down windows, breakin' down the door
Now you lyin' dead on the grocery [barroom] floor.

Women all heard that Brady was dead,
Goes back home and they dresses in red.
Come a snifflin' and a sighin' down the street,
In their big mother hubbards and their stockin' feet.


Sorry I haven't got the song you're actually looking for!


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Subject: RE: deacon brody
From: Mo
Date: 16 Feb 99 - 07:14 PM

No, I think it could have been about Deacon William Brody of old Edinburgh town who, I believe invented some kind of gibbet and got up to all kinds of stuff, including illegitimate children. Dodgy History lesson aside, I've never heard this song, but would love to know the rest of it if anyone know it!

Mo


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Subject: RE: deacon brody
From: Mo
Date: 16 Feb 99 - 07:16 PM

Sorry Phillipa - brain wasn't fully engaged there, of course you knew whereof you spoke! Fool that I am...

Mo


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Subject: RE: deacon brody
From: Alan of Australia
Date: 17 Feb 99 - 04:47 AM

G'day, Wasn't he the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde? He used to be a respectable citizen by day, visiting people as a deacon, but actually spying out the properties which he would rob by night. I'm not sure whether he also used to rob graves at night, selling the bodies to surgeons. Don't think he was really a deacon either.

I believe he eventually died on the gallows he designed which had a trapdoor so that the victim died of a broken neck, not by strangulation.

Cheers,
Alan


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Subject: RE: deacon brody
From: D. Brodie
Date: 17 Feb 99 - 08:55 AM

There's a pub in the centre of Edinburgh named after me and in the Wax Dungeons also in Edinburgh there's a life-size model of me.

The Deacon.


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Subject: RE: deacon brody
From: Maelgwyn (inactive)
Date: 21 Feb 99 - 06:12 PM

anyone?


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Subject: RE: deacon brody
From: karen k
Date: 21 Feb 99 - 09:07 PM

In Edinburgh, the tavern at the corner of the Royal Mile and Lawnmarket is named after William Brodie, a respected cabinet maker, Deacon of Wrights and member of the Town Council. He was also a gambler with a passion for cockfighting who had two mistresses and five illegitimate children to support. In need of money he took to burglary. Through his daytime trade Brodie had access to the keys of many shops and houses. These he duplicated and with them managed to burgle the premises undetected. Suspicions were finally raised after he robbed the Exise Office. He fled the country but was arrested in Amsterdam and brought back to Edinburgh. Despite an eloquent defense by his counsel, Brodie was found guilty and condemned to death. On October 1st, 1788, he was hanged in front of the Old Tolbooth Prison with his accomplice George Smith. The Old Tolbooth Prison stood for over 400 years until it was demolished in 1817.

Source: Ediburgh, A Guide to The Royal Mile and Old Town.


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Subject: RE: deacon brody
From: Philippa
Date: 22 Feb 99 - 12:24 PM

D Brodie - there's even a song named after you. But how does it go???


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Subject: RE: deacon brody
From: The Deacon Himself
Date: 23 Feb 99 - 11:18 AM

Apparently, a band called Goodbye Mr Mackenzie did a song called 'Here comes Deacon Brodie' - could this be what you are looking for ?

http://www.cus.umist.ac.uk/~octopus/mackenzies/html/discog.htm

you might also look at

http://www.netreal.co.uk/music/index.htm

and search for Deacon Brody - you should find a CD by Robert Laing with a song called 'The Loose Noose / Deacon Brodie '

Sorry no lyrics ..

D.B


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Subject: RE: deacon brody
From: The Shambles
Date: 23 Feb 99 - 01:35 PM

Mo

Didn't I see a BBC Scotland TV film with Billy Connolly in the title part?


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Subject: Lyr Add: DEACON BRODIE (Robin Laing)
From: Bobby Bob, Ellan Vannin
Date: 23 Feb 99 - 02:59 PM

The song Robin Laing wrote about Deacon Brodie, is on his 1994 "Walking in Time" CD (Greentrax Recordings, CDTRAX 072). The song is published by Grian Music, but Robin's notes and the lyrics in the accompanying booklet run (using his puntuation in the lyrics):

. . . my short song about Deacon Brodie. Brodie was another colourful character from Edinburgh's past. A man who led a strange double existence and was the inspiration for R.L. Stevenson's Dr Jeckyll & Mr Hyde story.

Brodie ye were contradicit
ootside hale but inside wicked
buskit braw and dandy
ribald rough and randy
and though you loved your Anne
your Jean was always handy

CHORUS the hood and the wig
danced a jig
and the Auld Toon Guard was toady
they catched a moose
in the Excise Hoose
and they hingit Deacon Brodie
Brodie, Bill Brodie
somebody should have told ye
or were ye just perverse?
loupin' fences after dark
ye'll whiles get snaggit by yer sark
and land upon yer erse

Brodie ye were fit an' feckless
fickle, fey, careless, reckless
everybody kens whit happens
sae rogues that don't gie tuppence
so how could you complain
when you got your comeuppance

Shoh slaynt,

Bobby Bob


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Subject: RE: deacon brody
From: D.B
Date: 25 Feb 99 - 07:23 AM

Well done Bobby and Ellan - I hope Maelgwyn is content now !

D.B.


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Subject: RE: deacon brody
From: Maelgwyn (inactive)
Date: 25 Feb 99 - 09:11 PM

I am, thankyou. I wonder if Robin Laing was the same person that I heard sing it. Does he do a spanish version of Sing a Song of Sixpence?


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Subject: RE: deacon brody
From: GUEST
Date: 07 Aug 11 - 01:09 PM

"everybody kens whit happens
sae rogues that don't gie tuppence
so how could you complain"

I'm guessing this should be "tae rogues," whether or not it's also "sae how."

--Nonie


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Subject: RE: deacon brody
From: meself
Date: 07 Aug 11 - 01:22 PM

Stevenson wrote a play about Brodie long before he wrote Jekyll & Hyde. If I remember correctly, as a child, he lived in the former home of Brodie, with much of the master-cabinetmaker's handiwork around him.


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Subject: RE: deacon brody
From: GUEST,Eliza
Date: 07 Aug 11 - 01:40 PM

karen k,
sigh... I've had many a lovely half of McEwans Export (do they still brew it up there? Must ask my sister!) in Deacon Brodie's, up the Royal Mile. Went to Edinburgh Uni, (1960's) and we used to 'do' the whole length of the Mile, drinking in each pub. Ensign Ewart, White Cockade, Covenanters' Tavern, Wee Windaes I seem to remember. Oh happy days... sigh...


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Subject: RE: deacon brody
From: Jack Campin
Date: 08 Aug 11 - 09:57 AM

Maybe somebody could correct the spelling in the thread title? It's always "Brodie".

The Deacon Brodie pub is still there and still rather expensive. The Covenanters is now called The Canon's Gait (after a spell of being called The Blue Blanket). Wee Windaes is a posh restaurant, not a pub now.

It's surprising there were no songs about Brodie from his own time. Not even a fake eve-of-execution broadside.


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Subject: RE: deacon brody
From: GUEST,Eliza
Date: 08 Aug 11 - 11:08 AM

Gracious, Jack Campin, fancy Wee Windaes being a posh restaurant! Can you remember any of the pubs down towards Holyrood? I reckon my memory didn't retain them as I was probably 'fu' by the time we got down there! And what about "Aye, McEwan's, the best buy in beer!" Is it still available up there? (Export, I mean, not Heavy) Even Irn Bru... not alcoholic but delicious! Oh what super times we had...!


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Subject: RE: deacon brody
From: Dave MacKenzie
Date: 08 Aug 11 - 11:12 AM

I remember watching some of the '66 Wprld Cup in Deac's. Isn't there another pub further down the High Street named after him nowadays?


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Subject: RE: deacon brody
From: Jack Campin
Date: 08 Aug 11 - 11:14 AM

McEwans is still common but it's all brewed in Newcastle. I don't think any pubs on the Royal Mile have closed, though a few have been renamed. There are a LOT near the Tron. A walk down the street with Google Street View will remind you.


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Subject: RE: deacon brody
From: GUEST,Eliza
Date: 08 Aug 11 - 11:25 AM

Have just looked at a list on Google, found Jenny Ha, Tolbooth Tavern, White Horse, World's End, Mitre and Jinglin' Geordie. Each name brings it all back. Sigh! (Sorry about this serious thread drift!)


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