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Lyr Req: Sarah, Sarah/A Donkey Cart Built for Two

GUEST,Colin Bargery 01 Mar 07 - 06:37 AM
GUEST,Malcolm Smith 04 May 11 - 07:48 AM
Jim Dixon 05 May 11 - 01:58 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: A Donkey Cart Built for Two
From: GUEST,Colin Bargery
Date: 01 Mar 07 - 06:37 AM

Has anybody heard of a song called 'Sarah Sarah, or a Donkey Cart Built for two" that is a possible ancestor of Daisy Belle otherwise known as A bicycle Made for Two ?

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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: A Donkey Cart Built for Two
From: GUEST,Malcolm Smith
Date: 04 May 11 - 07:48 AM

I am about to put the lyrics in my own blog. In the meantime, the best way to find them is go to the Wikipedia item on "Daisy Bell", then go to the Discussion page. There you will find a link to a broadsheet in the Bodlein Library containing the lyrics. However, there is debate about the exact date of the song. I think it is more likely to be a parody of "Daisy Bell" rather than an ancestor.

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From: Jim Dixon
Date: 05 May 11 - 01:58 PM

I was astonished to learn there really is such a song. It's in the Bodleian collection, on Firth b.28(10a/b), page 5 of 8 which the Bodleian says was published "between 1877 and 1884." That would make it at least 8 years older than DAISY BELL.

Written & Composed by HARRY BEDFORD.
Sung by Kate Carney.
Music Howard & Co. Gt Marlboro, St, London W.

1. I've got such a nice young man,
In other words, my bloke;
He's a chap as anyone could like,
You know can stand a joke.
Each night he pops the question
In a very funny way.
He'll sling his arms around my neck
And these words to me will say:—

CHORUS: Sarah, Sarah, make up your mind now, do.
I shall go fair balmy if I don't get spiced to you.
Come, don't be aggravating.
There's a home for you awaiting,
And you can ride
By my side
In a donkey-cart built for two.

2. I likes him and he likes me, too.
That's very plain to see.
When he wants to go and see the play,
He'll not go without me.
He comes around to my house
And up the stairs he'll shout,
"Sarah, shove your clobber on.
I'm going to take you out." CHORUS

3. When the Derby day comes round,
To Epsom then we ride.
Bill says I looks a picture
When I'm sitting by his side.
I says, "Now chuck your kidding"
When he winks his other eye,
Saying, "Sarah, make your mind up.
Anyone would think you're shy." CHORUS

4. At last I have made up my mind,
And when I see Bill tonight,
I'll tell him to put the bands up;
That will fill him with delight.
And when we are settled down,
Let troubles come what may,
But still I never shall forget
Those words he used to say: CHORUS

Music published for the above Song at 4s will be sent post Free by R. March & Co., St James's Walk, London, E.C., on receipt of 25 stamps.

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