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Louie Roy 16 Nov 00 - 11:34 PM
Harold W 17 Nov 00 - 12:32 AM
GUEST,Fibula Mattock 17 Nov 00 - 06:43 AM
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Subject: show me the way to go home
From: desertrat@lvcm.com
Date: 28 Feb 99 - 01:46 AM

Looking for lyrics to a song heard in the movie "Jaws". It starts.. "show me the way to go home. I'm tired and I want to go to bed. I had a little drink about an hour ago and it's gone right to my head. Where ever I may roam, by land or sea or foam....

Please e-mail at above Thanks,Pat


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Subject: RE: show me the way to go home
From: Barbara
Date: 28 Feb 99 - 01:53 AM

You've got just about all of it, Pat. Only thing missing is "...you'll always find me singing this song
Show me the way to go,
show me the way to go,
show me the way to go home."


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Subject: RE: show me the way to go home
From:
Date: 28 Feb 99 - 09:17 AM

This page has words for a set of verses.

link

Don't suppose anybody knows the tune?

jeffs


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Subject: RE: show me the way to go home
From: Ferrara
Date: 28 Feb 99 - 10:36 AM

Yeah, Jeff, my parents, cousins, aunts and uncles sang it all the time. Never knew there were more verses. I'll type tune into NWC but we're already struggling with converting a tune to miditext. (It worked once!) But I can e-mail you a MIDI file if I don't get the ABCMUS file.

Or if you live anywhere near the DC area, you could call and I'll sing it to you over the phone! - Just E-mail for the phone #.


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Subject: RE: show me the way to go home
From: Barbara
Date: 28 Feb 99 - 11:27 AM

Rita, did your family also sing the version that went "Direct me to my domecile, I'm fatigued and I wish to retire..."?


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Subject: RE: show me the way to go home
From: Barbara
Date: 28 Feb 99 - 11:29 AM

Guess I shoulda looked at the link, first, huh? Duh.


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Subject: Lyr Add: INDICATE THE WAY TO MY ABODE
From: Sandy Paton
Date: 28 Feb 99 - 01:46 PM

Caroline sings it thusly:

Indicate the way to my abode,
I'm fatigued and wish to retire.
I imbibed some alcohol sixty minutes ago
And it went right to my cerebellum.
Wherever I may perambulate,
Over terra firma, aqua, or oceanic vapors,
You will always hear me crooning this tune,
Indicate the way to my abode.

Oberlin College, circa 1952.


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Subject: RE: show me the way to go home
From: Susan of DT
Date: 28 Feb 99 - 03:25 PM

I thought it was "habitual abode"


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Subject: Lyr Add: SHOW ME THE WAY TO GO HOME (parody)
From: Alan of Australia
Date: 01 Mar 99 - 05:19 AM

G'day,
An Aussie version:-

Show me the way to go home
Said the blonde on Bondi Beach
I lost my bikini 'bout an hour ago
And it floated out of reach
All that I have on
Is sand and sea and foam
So give me a page of the Saturday's "AGE"
And show me the way to go home.

Cheers,
Alan


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Subject: Lyr Add: SHOW ME THE WAY TO GO HOME (parody)
From: Cap't Bob
Date: 01 Mar 99 - 06:10 PM

In the Navy back in the 50's we used to sing it this way:

Indicate the way to my boat,
I'm fatigued and wish to retire.
I indulged sixty minutes ago
And it went right to my cerebello.
Wherever I may perambulate,
Over land or, or sea or atmospheric vapors,
You will always hear me crooning this melody,
Indicate the way to my boat.


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Subject: RE: show me the way to go home
From: Alan of Australia
Date: 16 Nov 00 - 08:37 AM

G'day,
Thanks to John in Brisbane the tune for "Show Me The Way To Go Home" can be found here at the Mudcat MIDI site.

Cheers,
Alan


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Subject: RE: show me the way to go home
From: paddymac
Date: 16 Nov 00 - 09:08 AM

Amazing! Who woulda thunk it? I went to the DT , just as sure as sure could be, that this old chestnut would be there, but if it is, I couldn't find it.

Joe Bro, PLEASE be sure to harvest this one.

I tried the link posted by Anony above, but couldn't get anywhere with it.


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Subject: RE: show me the way to go home
From: DougR
Date: 16 Nov 00 - 12:05 PM

That song was a favorite "campfire" song when I was growing up in the 40s.

Anyone know anything about the origin of it?

DougR


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Subject: RE: show me the way to go home
From: Louie Roy
Date: 16 Nov 00 - 11:34 PM

Show me the way to go home has a lot of history and it is associated to songs that were published in 1823 and in 1867 although it wasn't written until 1926.It does have 4 verses and a chorus and I have danced to it many many times.I do have all the words to these three songs but to put them on mudcat I have trouble because if you are going to post something you should be able to do it, so if someone wants to sing it,it is not all in a story form.I know there is a way to post a tune in verses but like I said I lack this knowledge. If someone want to share this knowledge with me I'll be glad to supply the lyrics and the history plus the authors.any help availble Louie Roy


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Subject: RE: show me the way to go home
From: Harold W
Date: 17 Nov 00 - 12:32 AM

My Father used to sing this song in Swedish. I never learned Swedish. Does anyone know the words in Swedish?


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Subject: Lyr Add: SHOW ME THE WAY TO GO HOME (with response
From: GUEST,Fibula Mattock
Date: 17 Nov 00 - 06:43 AM

No, no Swedish, sorry, just variations on a theme (spoken bits in brackets):

Show me the way to go home (Where d'you live?)
I'm tired and I wanna go to bed (Who with?)
Had a little drink about an hour ago
And it's gone right too my head (What head?)
No matter where I roam (Where's Rome?)
Over land or sea or foam
You will always hear me singing this song (Sing it!)
Show me the way to go home.


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Subject: RE: show me the way to go home
From: GUEST,late 'n short
Date: 17 Nov 00 - 04:12 PM

This is one of the first songs I learned from my Dad. Can anyone provide the chords?

Thanks

Dan


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Subject: RE: show me the way to go home
From: Susan from California
Date: 17 Nov 00 - 10:50 PM

When I was in High School, we sang this one all the time, but with a weird variation "...on land or sea or atmospheric pressure..."

Sort of shows where my head was when I was 16 ...


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Subject: Lyr Add: SHOW ME THE WAY TO GO HOME (parody)
From: Morticia
Date: 18 Nov 00 - 09:29 AM

The version we sing is ever so slightly different again,

Indicate the direction to my abode
I'm fatigued and I wish to retire
I had a small libation 60 minutes ago
And it's gone right to my cerebral cortex
No matter where I perambulate
On land or sea or effervescent liquid
You will always hear me humming this melody
Indicate the direction to my abode

I wonder how many versions there are and if they are indicative of country where sung or some other factor?


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Subject: RE: show me the way to go home
From: GUEST
Date: 09 Apr 01 - 12:12 AM

I think you can also find it in one of the Reader's Digest Song Treasuries- music and words and history- those are good songbooks. My parents and their WW2 friends sang it alot, so I think it was a WW2 era song.


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Subject: Lyr Add: SHOW ME THE WAY TO GO HOME
From: Louie Roy
Date: 13 May 01 - 04:07 PM

Joe, this is the history of SHOW ME THE WAY TO GO HOME and it was handed down to me from my great grand dad through my grand dad through my dad and I grew up with dancing to SHOW ME THE WAY TO GO HOME at the barn dances all through the 1930s and the 1940s and even into the 1950s that were held nearly every Saturday night somewhere in the country in Northern Idaho. In 1823 HOME SWEET HOME was written by John Howard Paine and the music was written by Sir Henry R Bishop. This tune was the closing tune at all barn dances in West Virginia until 1867 when GOOD NIGHT LADIES was written. I don't have the artist. Then the closing tune at the dances was HOME SWEET HOME followed by GOOD NIGHT LADIES. In 1926 Irving King wrote SHOW ME THE WAY TO GO HOME. From that day forth the closing tunes were HOME SWEET HOME, GOOD NIGHT LADIES and then SHOW ME THE WAY TO GO HOME.


1. When I'm happy, when I'm happy, singing all the while,
I don't need nobody then to show me how to smile.
When I've been out on a spree, toddling down the street,
With this melody everyone I greet:

CHORUS: O, show me the way to go home. I'm tired and I want to go to bed.
I had a little drink about an hour ago and it all went to my head.
Wherever I may roam, on land or sea or foam,
You can always hear me singing this song: Show me the way to go home.

2. Buying drinks, a lot of gents gathered in a small swell café.
A Scotchman who had quite a few was feeling rather gay.
He kept drinking with each guy as the hours fled.
When it comes his time to buy, he stands up and said: CHORUS

3. Old King Cole was a merry old soul, and a merry old soul was he.
He called for his pipe and he called for his wine, and he called for his fiddlers three.
When they'd had a high old time, all the whole night through,
What was it that King Cole said and all the fiddlers too? CHORUS


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Subject: RE: show me the way to go home
From: Charley Noble
Date: 13 May 01 - 05:04 PM

Very nice!


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Subject: Lyr Add: SHOW ME THE WAY TO GO HOME (parody)
From: Song Dog
Date: 13 May 01 - 05:10 PM

Oh indicate the way to my abode.
Im fatigued and I wish to retire.
I sipped a little beverage sixty minutes ago,
And it went right to my cerebellum
Wherever I perambulate,
On land or sea or atmospheric pressure,
You may always hear me harmonize this melody,
Indicate the way to my abode.

We called this, the "Highbrow" version.


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Subject: RE: show me the way to go home
From: GUEST
Date: 14 May 01 - 03:37 PM

Morticia , you wrote that with a straight face , you are kidding right? gone right to my cerebral cortex. hehehe


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Subject: Lyr Add: SHOW ME THE WAY TO GO HOME (parody)
From: AndyG
Date: 15 May 01 - 11:14 AM

I learned it thusly --

Indicate the way to my abode,
I'm fatigued and wish for restoration.
I supped a little liquor sixty minutes ago
And it's percolated through to my cranium. (K-rain-ee-um)
No matter where I perambulate,
O'er land, or sea, or effervescent liquid,
You will always discover me perusing on this melody,
Indicate the way to my abode.

AndyG


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Subject: RE: show me the way to go home
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 13 Sep 01 - 11:15 PM

Other threads in the Forum

Jaws' Drinking Song
 

Jaws Drinking Song


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Subject: Lyr Add: SHOW ME THE WAY TO GO HOME (parody)
From: GUEST,Sonja
Date: 14 Sep 01 - 12:18 AM

Garrison Keillor's "Prairie Home Companion Songbook" has several versions. This one is a composite of one I heard in college and new lines I made up when I could not recall those.
Sonja

The version we sing is ever so slightly different again,

Indicate the direction of my residence,
I'm fatigued and I desire to retire.
I imbibed a small quantity approximately 60 minutes ago
And it travelled right to my cerebellum.
No matter where I perambulate
On terra firma or the ocean or effervescence,
You will ever perceive me incanting this melody,
"Indicate the direction to my residence.


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Subject: Lyr Add: SHOW ME THE WAY TO GO HOME (parody)
From: GUEST,Sonja
Date: 14 Sep 01 - 12:21 AM

OOps! An error. [The point is not to use any of the original nouns or verbs or adjectives intact.]

Indicate the direction of my residence,
I'm fatigued and I desire to retire.
I imbibed a small quantity approximately 60 minutes ago
And it travelled directly to my cerebellum.
Wherever I may perambulate
On terra firma or the ocean or effervescence,
You will ever perceive me incanting this melody,
"Indicate the direction to my residence."


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Subject: RE: show me the way to go home
From: masato sakurai
Date: 13 Oct 02 - 07:23 AM

Show Me The Way To Go Home -- California Ramblers [Realaudio]

Show Me The Way To Go Home -- Tennessee Happy Boys [Realaudio]

Both are from HERE.

~Masato


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Subject: RE: show me the way to go home
From: Joe_F
Date: 13 Oct 02 - 06:40 PM

By some, the ending used to be delayed as follows:

...You will always hear me singing this song:
Nobody knows
How dry I am,
And nobody knows how to
Show me the way to go home.


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Subject: RE: show me the way to go home
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 13 Oct 02 - 06:53 PM

Someone, back in '99, posted a URL to find a fuller version, other verses. It's not active any more. Does anyone know another source of the rest of the verses?

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: show me the way to go home
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 13 Oct 02 - 06:57 PM

Here's yet another version of the "wordy" translation, which is preferable in my not so humble opinion:

Indicate the route to my abode;
I'm fatigued and desire to retire.
I imbibed a small libation sixty minutes ago,
And it proceeded directly to my cerebellum.
Wheresoever I perambulate,
On soil or liquid or atmospheric vapor,
You'll perpetually perceive me intoning this melody:
Indicate the route to my abode!

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: show me the way to go home
From: Genie
Date: 14 Oct 02 - 12:45 AM

Well, I do really like the "I imbibed a small libation" part, Dave.

Genie


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Subject: RE: show me the way to go home
From: Schantieman
Date: 14 Oct 02 - 03:59 AM

Indicate the direction of my habitual abode
I am fatigued and desirous of recuperative restoration
I indulged in a small beverage approximately sixty minutes ago
And it's directly entered my cranium/the place that keeps my ears apart
Irrespective of the whereabouts of my perambulations
Over land or sea or effervescent border
You will constantly detect me crooning this melody
Indicate the direction of my abode

As a kid, travelling by car (usually home from grandparents)we used to sing the original version, taught by my father. I'll have to ask him where he learned it.


Steve


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Subject: RE: show me the way to go home
From: Kaleea
Date: 15 Oct 02 - 02:13 AM

I learned this song from an alzheimers' resident in a nursing home when I was an activities director. The lyrics are not due to the alzheimers', but rather it was just the way the lady, who had a terrific sensse of humor, always sang it.

Home me the way to go show!
I'm barred & I want to go to Ted.
I had a little hour about a drink ago,
& it went right to my head.
No matter where I roam,
on land or sea or foam,
You can always hear me a-singin this song:
Home me the way to go show!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Show Me the Way to Go Home
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 24 Nov 08 - 11:19 PM

RedHotJazz.com has playable recordings of SHOW ME THE WAY TO GO HOME by these bands:

The California Ramblers, 1925.

Harry Reser and His Orchestra, 1925.

Tommy Christian and His Orchestra, 1925.

Unfortunately, they only sing the chorus, not the verses. (You can, however, hear snatches of other songs such as HOME SWEET HOME, HOW DRY I AM, etc., between choruses.)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Show Me the Way to Go Home
From: Rowan
Date: 25 Nov 08 - 05:22 PM

In a YMCA camp (Buxton, Christmas 1949) I learned the following in the "official" singing sessions

Oh show me the way to go home
I'm tired and I want to go to bed
I had a little drink about an hour ago
and it's gone right to my head
Wherever I may roam
on land or sea or foam
you will always hear me singing this song
show me the way to go home.

Followed by a second verse, similar to several above, but with variations

Oh indicate the route to my abode
I'm fatigued and desire to retire
I imbibed some refreshment sixty minutes ago
and it's done right to my cerebellum
wherever I may perambulate
on land or sea or agitated water
you will always hear me humming this melody
indicate the route to my abode.

In the unofficial singing sessions a third verse was learned, similar to Alan's, but with a more Victorian (Oz) flavour

Oh show me the way to go home
said the blonde on St Kilda beach
I lost my togs about an hour ago
and they've floated out of reach
so all I have on now
is sand and sea and foam
so hand me a page of the Sporting Globe *
and show me the way to go home.

At the main Session Bar at the National Folk Festival (every Easter in Canberra) you will probably hear it sung with the 'original' verse repeated as a chorus and reprise.

* a Thursday evening tabloid, printed on coloured newsprint, with only sporting info in it.

Cheers, Rowan


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Show Me the Way to Go Home
From: GUEST,sam in australia
Date: 06 Sep 09 - 07:15 AM

my dad taught us this song as young kids this is how he taught it to us.
verse 1
show me the way to go home
I'm tired and I wanna go to bed
I had a little drink about an hour ago
and it went right to my head
wherever I may go
over land or sea or foam
you will always hear me singing this song
show me the way to go home
verse 2
(sing faster)
Indicate the route to my habitual abode
I'm fatigued and I desire to retire
I had a little beverage sixty minutes ago
and it went right to my cerabellum
wherever I perambulate
terra firma or h20
you will always hear me crooning this rhapsody
indicate the route to my habitual abode


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Show Me the Way to Go Home
From: GUEST,David D in Australia
Date: 08 Oct 09 - 04:06 AM

My mother taught me this version, which flows when sung
Indicate the route of my abode,
I'm fatigued and i desire to retire.
I had a short snork sixty minutes ago,
and its gone right to my cerebellum,
where ever i may meanander,
on land or sea or aggitated waters,
you can always hear me chanting this a melody
Indicate the route of my abode


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Subject: Origins: Show Me the Way to Go Home
From: IanC
Date: 08 Oct 09 - 09:52 AM

As Louie Roy says above, the version of "Show Me The Way To Go Home" (or at least the lyrics) appears to have been written by Irving King (who also wrote "The More We Are Together") in or before 1925, when it was published. From Wikipedia ...

Irving King was a pseudonym used in the 1920s and 1930s by the British songwriting team of James Campbell and Reginald Connelly. Primarily lyricists, they generally worked in collaboration with composers.

It appears that they wrote both lyrics and melody in this case, though ...

The song was written on a train journey from London where both James Campbell and Reginald Connelly were travelling. They were tired from the trip and had a few drinks during the journey, hence the lyrics.

It appears that the song was pretty popular straightaway. It was recorded by Ella Sheilds(1879-1952) and by Wendell Hall(1886-1969), for the Brunswick label, in 1925, the year of its publication.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Show Me the Way to Go Home
From: GUEST,Bob Coltman
Date: 09 Oct 09 - 04:41 PM

I learned it, Dartmouth c. 1956, as:

Delineate the road to my abode,
I'm fatigued and I desire to retire,
I imbibed a small infusion sixty minutes ago,
And it went right to my cerebellum,
Regardless to what terminus I perambulate,
Terra firma, aqua vita, or alcoholic beverages,
You will invariably detect me chanting this air:
Delineate the road to my abode.

Whereupon my brain being on jitters, I was guilty of worse:

Steer me in the direction of my domicile,
I tire of the vertical, I incline to recline,
I have not in my possession any cartographic replica
Illustrating routes to my beloved place of residence,
Perchance an individual among you,
Endowed by his creator with inordinately sympathetic
Sentiments will not be loath to indicate the exit and
Steer me in the direction of my domicile.

Whew! Confession eases the mind. Bob

So ... instruct me how to wend my way chez moi,
By some means not unbefitting an exhausted individual
Unused to venturing upon the homeward path
While intoxicating substances are damaging his cranium,
Though chances are I may be discovered perdu
At unheard-of distances from the familial hearthstone,
I will nevertheless entertain you with encores of this hit smash:
Instruct me how to wend my way chez moi.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Show Me the Way to Go Home
From: GUEST,Hugh, He who Knoweth
Date: 15 Apr 10 - 07:19 AM

In Primary School we sung it;

Indicate the Road to my Abode,
I'm fatigued and desire to repose,
I had a light refreshment 60 minutes ago,
And it's gone right to my cerebellum,
Wherever I may perambulate,
Over land or sea or agitated water
You will always hear me singing this melody
Indicate the Road to my abode


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Show Me the Way to Go Home
From: GUEST,Jorgia
Date: 21 Jun 10 - 08:53 AM

My mom taught me this song when I was little sorry about spelling mistakes i'm only 11 and I don't understand most the words anyway but please take the time to read it as I have read every other idea and none are the same as this version,

(In a cockney accent)

Show me the way to go home I'm tired and i wanna go to bed I had a little drink about an hour ago And it's gone right to my head No matter where I roam Over land or sea or foam You will always hear me singing this song Show me the way to go home

(In a posh London accent)

Indicate the way to my bode I'm fatigued and I wish to retire I had a little bevy 60 minutes ago And it's proceeded right to my cranium No matter where I prutrubitate Over land or sea or atmospheric pressure You will always hear me chanting this melody Indicate the way to my bode

From Jorgia xx (On My Boring Day Off School) (13:51) (Monday 21st June 2010)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Show Me the Way to Go Home
From: meself
Date: 21 Jun 10 - 12:29 PM

"prutrubitate"? Ya gotta love it!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Show Me the Way to Go Home
From: meself
Date: 21 Jun 10 - 12:35 PM

(Thanks, Jorgia!)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Show Me the Way to Go Home
From: Rusty Dobro
Date: 21 Jun 10 - 03:48 PM

Wow! So many versions!
When I started playing in pubs about five years ago, I hadn't heard anything but the 'straight' original version, and put this together:

Indicate the route to my habitual abode,
I'm excessively fatigued and I need to take repose,
Some sixty minutes ago I took an alcoholic libation,
And it's seriously affected my cranial efficiency,
Regardless of where I perambulate,
O'er terra firma, aquatic expanse or watery particulate,
You'll invariably encounter me performing this refrain,
Indicate the route to my abode.

Not so different from some of the above!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Show Me the Way to Go Home
From: GUEST,Gordon
Date: 24 Sep 11 - 11:44 PM

My mother-in-law Lizzie had a completely different take on the second verse - she sang about "what came next"... I have never found nor heard it sung anywhere else. Would be great if someone could revive it:

V2:
I showed him the way to go home,
And I showed him the way to go to bed,
I showed him where I was tattooed,
From the tips of my toes to my head.
I had the all clear on my back,
And the ship sailing over the foam.
When he asked for more, I opened the door,
And showed him the way to go home

(then a final chorus)

Thanks for all the memories Lizzie...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Show Me the Way to Go Home
From: GUEST,From my grandma
Date: 12 Oct 12 - 09:01 PM

Oh show me the way to go home, I am fatigued and desire to retire.
Oh I had a little snort about an hour ago and went straight to my cere-bellum- aedllica
Oh wherever I may roam over Sara Ferra H20
You will always find me chanting this melody,
please direct me to habitual abode.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Show Me the Way to Go Home
From: Joe Offer
Date: 28 Jul 15 - 03:27 AM

So, I got a personal message from a Young Person, asking me for ABC notation for "Show Me the Way to Go Home." I looked through lots of songbooks, but couldn't find the dots for the song. I think I learned it in Boy Scouts in about 7th grade, about 1960. I can't think of how many times I've sung that song.

I was amazed to find a Frank Crumit recording of the song from 1926 (attributed to Irving King [see above], published in 1925):

And then I found a recording by the Andrews Sisters that's just terrific:

And for a more modern interpretation, here's Emerson, Lake, and Palmer:

But I couldn't find this song in a songbook. Can anybody help me with that?

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Origins: Show Me the Way to Go Home
From: GUEST,Grishka
Date: 28 Jul 15 - 08:55 AM

Software-generated conversion from a MIDI from ingeb.org, notably starting with the "verse" part "When I'm happy" etc.:

X:1
T:showmeth
I:linebreak $
M:C
L:1/8
Q:1/4=145
K:G
B2B2B2B2| c2c2c2c2| B2B2A2G2| A8 | B2B2B2B2| c2c2c2c2| B2B2A2A2| G8 | F2F2G2G2| A2F2A4| % 10
B2B2^c2c2| A8 | F2F2G2G2| A2F2A4| B2B2^c2A2| d8 |:B2B^A BAB2| G6 B2| c2cB cBcc | % 19
B6 G2| B^ABA BABA | B2B2G2BG | B2A2AB3| A6 B2| B2B2B2B2| G6 B2| c2c2c2c2| B6 GA | % 28
B2B2B2B2| B^AB2G4| =A2AG BGA2| G8:|]

A scan of the "self-published" original sheet music would be interesting. Rhythm? Accompaniment?


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Subject: RE: Origins: Show Me the Way to Go Home
From: Vixen
Date: 28 Jul 15 - 09:41 AM

Mudcats are the BEST--

Many thanks to Joe and Grishka!

V


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Subject: RE: Origins: Show Me the Way to Go Home
From: GUEST,Joseph Scott
Date: 15 May 16 - 03:25 AM

Version of "Show Me The Way To Go Home" in E. C. Perrow's notes, probably from about 1909. (See "E. C. Perrow original manuscripts online" thread.) Not included in Perrow's 1910s multipart article.

"Show me the way to go home, 'Babe.'
Show me the way to go home
I been drunk for the last six months
Show me the way to go home"


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Subject: RE: Origins: Show Me the Way to Go Home
From: meself
Date: 15 Jan 17 - 10:58 PM

My (tee-total) mother has a verse or bridge or something of about four lines; something about "I'm as drunk as Billy-be-damned"; I keep forgetting to ask her about it. Ring a bell with anyone?


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Subject: RE: Origins: Show Me the Way to Go Home
From: Helen
Date: 16 Jan 17 - 01:31 PM

Hi all,

Thanks for this thread. My parents used to sing this song sometimes. I have never, ever heard the funny variations on the song.

We used to have a funny plastic ashtray with a comical man hanging on to a lamp post, looking very inebriated. I think the caption on it was Show Me the Way to Go Home. I remember that we used to sing the song when we saw it.

The Frank Crumit recording shows that it is a good ukulele song, and would be good for a sing-along with uke players.

Thanks for the memories of this song.

Helen


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Subject: RE: Origins: Show Me the Way to Go Home
From: Helen
Date: 16 Jan 17 - 01:37 PM

Ooops! Wrong!!

The ash tray said:

"Oh, what a beautiful evenin'!!"

I think we used to sing that song too when we looked at the ashtray, but the one I remember singing was SMTWTGH.

I don't know where we got it from, and I think it is here somewhere from when we cleared out my dear departed Dad's house, but I wouldn't sell it even for $AU45. It's a treasured memory from my childhood.

Helen


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Subject: RE: Origins: Show Me the Way to Go Home
From: Long Firm Freddie
Date: 17 Jan 17 - 10:45 AM

There's seemingly another version of the song of which a copy of the sheet music is available on Tredwell's Music site.

The narrative says this:

Show Me the Way to Go Home, Margaret B. Toohey and Harold W. Bradley, sheet music, out of print, rare, deleted, vintage, discontinued, collectible

1925 Harold W. Bradley

The discovery of this sheet provides proof to contradict the popular notion that this song was written by a British song writing team. Toohey and Bradley were actually musicians, who lived, performed and composed here in our city of Winnipeg. For decades, Margaret Toohey actually ran a music shop, The Music Exchange, in direct competition to Tredwell's.....closing her doors in 1965. The fact that the lyrics to our version are quite tame in comparison to the more commonly sung, bawdy version, lends credence to the notion that the Brits simply changed a few lyrics and called the song their own.

The mystery lies in the fact that nobody in Winnipeg knows the ties of Toohey and Bradley to this song. It begs the question: "In light of the huge international success of this song, why didn't Toohey and Bradley contest their ownership through public disclosure and/or lawsuit?"

We have placed a whopping price tag on this sheet until we can unearth evidence that this song was not written by our fellow Winnipeggers


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Subject: RE: Origins: Show Me the Way to Go Home
From: Long Firm Freddie
Date: 17 Jan 17 - 10:48 AM

Darn it, where did my blickie go?

I had to make and mend the link as it was seemingly too long for the blickie maker.

Here it is in full:

https://www.tredwellsmusic.com/show-me-the-way-to-go-home-margaret-b-toohey-and-harold-w-bradley-sheet-music-out-of-print-rare-deleted-vintage-discontinued-collectible

LFF


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Subject: RE: Origins: Show Me the Way to Go Home
From: Shimmering
Date: 17 Jan 17 - 11:12 AM

Someone upthread 16 years ago asked about this in Swedish. Well I too remember hearing people sing this in Swedish when I lived in Sweden.

Here's the text to Visa mig hur man går hem as recorded by Lasse Lönndahl och Towa Carson ...

Visa mig hur man går hem
Jag känner att jag måste gå i säng
Jag tog en liten drink för knappt en halvtimme sen
Å av yrseln fick en släng

Oh strunta i var jag bor
Och hjälp mig hem till min mor
När ni hör mig sjunga denna glada refräng
Visa mig hur man går hem

Visa mig hur man går hem
Jag känner att jag måste gå i säng
Försökte röka pipa för en halvtimme sen
Å av yrseln fick en släng

Oh strunta i var jag bor
Och hjälp mig hem till min mor
När ni hör mig sjunga denna glada refräng
Visa mig hur man går hem

Visa mig hur man går hem
Jag känner att jag måste gå i säng
Jag åkte karusell för knappt en halvtimme sen
Å av yrseln fick en släng

Oh strunta i var jag bor
Och hjälp mig hem till min mor
När ni hör mig sjunga denna glada refräng
Visa mig hur man går hem

Visa mig hur man går hem
Jag känner att jag måste gå i säng
Jag tog en liten drink för knappt en halvtimme sen
Å av yrseln fick en släng

Oh strunta i vart jag bor
Och hjälp mig hem till min mor
När ni hör mig sjunga denna glada refräng
Visa mig hur man går hem


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Subject: RE: Origins: Show Me the Way to Go Home
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 17 Jan 17 - 08:58 PM

Truman Capote captures an eligant momement between two souls, sixty years difference, in his short-story, "A Christmas Memory."

The song, "Show me the Way" is pivotal to its plot.

"My friend waltzes round the stove, the hem of her poor calico skirt pinched between her fingers as though it were a party dress: Show me the way to go home, she sings, her tennis shoes squeaking on the floor. Show me the way to go home."

Sincerely,
Gargoyle

If you are not familiar with the story and song....I suggest you access a copy, it is CC...and bring out a dry hankie.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Show Me the Way to Go Home
From: Gavin Paterson
Date: 22 Jan 17 - 12:50 PM

There is another version of this song. It's on The Clancy Brothers LP of the same name from 1972. This album has never had a digital re-issue and is not very well known these days. Their version has the 'No matter where I roam' lines but not the 'I'm tired and I want to go to bed' section. And they credit I. King (as above) as the writer.

I've never heard this version anywhere else (but I have recorded it myself). Anyone know of this version?

Show Me The Way
1
I have watched the days melt and fade away
Ten thousand times or more
And I have drawn ten thousand conclusions
In the sand along the shore

Chorus
No matter where I roam
over land or sea or foam   
You will always hear me singing that song
Show me the way to go home.

2
I've waited in the sun and listened to everyone
of the questions that you pose
And I have found the answers
In the petals of a rose

3
I've watched you come and go,
and learned enough to know
There's nothing left to see
And in my time I've loved a girl
And I known that she loved me

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKDfHbe61PI


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Subject: RE: Origins: Show Me the Way to Go Home
From: Helen
Date: 22 Jan 17 - 02:00 PM

LFF's blickie


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Subject: RE: Origins: Show Me the Way to Go Home
From: Helen
Date: 22 Jan 17 - 03:06 PM

Thanks Gargoyle. You're a treasure! :-)

I have to confess that that is the first story by Truman Capote I have ever read. I like it.

Truman Capote: A Christmas Memory

Helen


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Subject: RE: Origins: Show Me the Way to Go Home
From: Long Firm Freddie
Date: 23 Jan 17 - 04:29 AM

Hi Helen.

The blickie maker truncates the link over a certain number of characters, it seems (only goes up to the first d of deleted in the URL) - hence the page not found result.

LFF


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Subject: RE: Origins: Show Me the Way to Go Home
From: Helen
Date: 23 Jan 17 - 05:22 AM

LFF,

Sorry, I didn't check if the link went to the right page. Oh well, back to the drawing board.

Helen


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Subject: RE: Origins: Show Me the Way to Go Home
From: Long Firm Freddie
Date: 23 Jan 17 - 06:35 AM

No worries, Helen. It seems the maximum length allowed for a link id is 128 characters - usually enough, but not this time. I guess it would be easy enough for the powers that be to fix unless over-long links might clog things up.

LFF


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Subject: RE: Origins: Show Me the Way to Go Home
From: GUEST,June
Date: 21 May 17 - 04:01 AM

We used to sing this at school and the alternative version , its interesting how it differs with so many people

Indicate the way to my abode
I'm fatigued and I want to go to sleep
I had and alcoholic beverage sixty minutes ago
And it's gone right to the top of my anatomy
No matter where I perambulate
Over land or sea or asmopheric pressure
You will always hear me chanting this melody
Indicate the way to my abode


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Subject: Lyr Add: SHOW ME THE WAY TO GO HOME (Irving King)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 02 Aug 18 - 11:56 AM

Finally! We have definitive lyrics from the sheet music!

You can see the sheet music at the website of Baylor University.


SHOW ME THE WAY TO GO HOME
Words and music by Irving King,* ©1925.

1. When I'm happy, when I'm happy, singing all the while,
I don't need nobody then to show me how to smile.
When I've been out on a spree, toddling down the street,
With this little melody everyone I greet:

CHORUS: Show me the way to go home.
I'm tired and I want to go to bed.
I had a little drink about an hour ago,
And it's gone right to my head.
Wherever I may roam,
On land, or sea, or foam,
You can always hear me singing this song:
Show me the way to go home.

2. Old King Cole was a merry old soul, and a merry old soul was he.
He called for his wine and he called for his pipe and he called for his fiddlers three.
When they'd had a high old time, all the whole night through,
What was it that King Cole said and his fiddlers too? CHORUS

EXTRA VERSES:

1. Miss Fitzsimmon went in swimmin' early one summer morn.
She took a dip and she heard a rip and she knew her suit was torn.
She stayed till the change of tide took the water out.
When no longer she could hide, she began to shout: CHORUS

2. At a ball game where they all came just to see Babe Ruth swat,
The bases three were full and he stepped out to take a shot.
Three balls and two strikes he heard; on the next, he fouled.
Then the guy who stood on third cleared his throat and howled: CHORUS

3. My friend Jack went to the track and a big bankroll he bet.
He bet upon a horse named Don and the darn thing's running yet.
He was forty miles from town as the pigeons fly.
He put his last dollar down and began to cry: CHORUS

4. Mamie Flynn went riding in a stranger's motor car.
He tried to kiss this charming miss, but he never got that far.
She hit him an awful smack; they were ten miles out,
And as she was walking back, he could hear her shout: CHORUS

5. Mister Wright came home one night quite unexpectedly,
And in his house, he caught his spouse with her affinity.
As the husband's gun was pressed to his rival's head,
He said: "Make your last request" and the stranger said: CHORUS

6. Mister Devil to the level came from down below.
The first night he went up to see the Ziegfeld Follies show.
When the dollies danced about dressed so scantily,
He got up and shouted out: "It's too hot for me!" CHORUS

7. Buying drinks, a lot of ginks gathered in a swell cafe.
A Scotchman who had quite a few was feeling rather gay.
He kept drinking with each guy as the hours fled.
When it came his time to buy, he stepped up and said: CHORUS

8. Jack McCann once took a man up in his aeroplane.
He looped the loop, then made a swoop and looped the loop again.
His friend paled and mopped his brow; then the flyer cried:
"What else can I show you now?" and his friend replied: CHORUS


* Wikipedia says "Irving King" is the pseudonym of the English songwriting team James Campbell and Reginald Connelly.

Note there is internal rhyme in most of the verses. The rhyme scheme goes:
–a –a –b
–c –c –b
–d –e
–d –e


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