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Lyr Req: Cook's Friend Emily

07 Nov 09 - 08:40 AM (#2761460)
Subject: Lyr Req: Cook's Friend Emily
From: GUEST,Kate

It starts like this:

The Postman, The Paperboy, Piano Tuner too, they all come the front way like visitors do.

But Cook's friend Emily who's 'fraid of getting fat, Pops in the backway.....


09 Nov 09 - 09:06 AM (#2762706)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cook's Friend Emily
From: Jim Dixon

I found a brief quote in a memoir, which doesn't add much to what you've already posted:

The post man, the paper boy, the piano tuner too,
They all come the front way like visitors do,
But cook's friend Emily who's 'fraid of growing f...a...t,
Pops in the back way...pops in the back way and has a little chat.


20 Jul 10 - 02:55 AM (#2948086)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cook's Friend Emily
From: GUEST

The postman the paper boy and piano tuner tuner too
all come the front way like visitors do
But cook friend Emily from no 23
pops in the back way to have a cup of tea


01 Apr 11 - 12:35 PM (#3126319)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cook's Friend Emily
From: GUEST,Sharon Court

I remember a bit of this song, we used to sing it at school,

Nice Doctor Nicholson, Auntys come to stay
All come to see us by the front doorway
But cooks friend Emily with buckles on her shoes
Pops in the back way, (da da d-da da)Pops in the back way
and tells us all the news


08 Jul 11 - 06:57 PM (#3184005)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cook's Friend Emily
From: GUEST

The postman, the paperboy, the piano tuner too,
They all come the front way like visitors do.
But Cook's friend Emily, who's afraid of growing tall,
Pops in the back way and has herself a ball.


11 Jul 11 - 01:34 PM (#3185544)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cook's Friend Emily
From: Jim Dixon

A search of Google Books indicates that COOK'S FRIEND EMILY is at least mentioned in the book They Can Make Music by Philip Bailey (London: Oxford University Press, 1973).

It might have more information, or even complete music and lyrics, but I can't tell, because Google doesn't let me see the pages.

If you follow the link you might find the book in a library near you.


20 Nov 11 - 10:48 AM (#3260414)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cook's Friend Emily
From: GUEST

It's called "Callers" I have the sheet music somewhere but can't find it for composer. I think it was a grade one or two singing piece.


01 Dec 11 - 09:26 PM (#3267062)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cook's Friend Emily
From: Jim Dixon

Several web sites mention a song called CALLERS, words by Caryl Brahms, music by Arthur Benjamin. Sheet music "for unison voices and piano" was published by Boosey & Hawkes, 1949.

The words to CALLERS were apparently taken from a book "The Moon on My Left" by Caryl Brahms (London: V. Gollancz, 1930), 84 pages, classified as "Fiction, Juvenile audience."

However, I have been unable to find any quotes from the song, so I am unable to confirm that it's the right song.


27 Apr 12 - 11:18 PM (#3344260)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cook's Friend Emily
From: GUEST

Old Miss Maple and young Miss Moore
Both come to visit at the great front door
But Cook's friend Emily, with buckles on her shoes
Pops in the back way to tell us all the news.


11 Jun 12 - 05:52 PM (#3362246)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cook's Friend Emily
From: GUEST,another guest

I too just thought of this song, when the piano tuner came knocking at the door! I sang it as a boy soprano somewhere in the late 60s with my church choir as part of a novelty night of music. I think we changed the words a bit to match parishioners, because I don't remember "Cook's friend Emily" but rather "our friend Mrs Smith" who was the church secretary! I would love to find the sheet music, or at least a bit more info on it, such as all the lyrics.


18 Jul 12 - 07:50 AM (#3378234)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cook's Friend Emily
From: GUEST

Old Mrs Mulberry, young Miss Moore
Both come ringing at the great front door
But Cook's friend Emily with buckles on her shoes
Pops in the back way and tells her all the news


27 Oct 12 - 05:02 PM (#3427007)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cook's Friend Emily
From: GUEST

Sang this in England almost 50 years ago. Fun to see all the variety of lyrics!


27 Oct 12 - 09:37 PM (#3427117)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cook's Friend Emily
From: Artful Codger

Since so many of you have sung this, perhaps one of you kind souls would post a tune. Or you can send a home-recorded MP3 or scan of the dots to codger at witloose com and I'll take care of posting the tune.


28 Oct 12 - 02:25 PM (#3427354)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cook's Friend Emily
From: Mick Pearce (MCP)

I too sang this at school, but can only remember the tune for the last two lines. And as guest Sharon Court showed above there was a 1 bar instrumental bit after the first half of the penultimate line; it repeated the tune of the first half of the line.

Mick


30 Dec 12 - 05:46 PM (#3459285)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cook's Friend Emily
From: GUEST

my mother sang this ditty in school, back in the islands. Jamaica. I think its origin is British. she sang it to us as children. funny!!!


03 Feb 13 - 10:27 AM (#3475248)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cook's Friend Emily
From: GUEST,Peter

I recall, from school in Pocklington, we sang these words:

The postman, the paper boy and young Miss Claw
All stood ringing at the great front door.
But cook's friend, Emily, who's 'fraid of growing f...a...t...
Pops in the back way and has a little chat.

I may be wrong but the words are stuck in my mind with the accompanying tune for those lines only!


23 Jul 13 - 10:30 PM (#3541023)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cook's Friend Emily
From: GUEST,Nigel

I sang this song in a primary school in Grove, Berkshire, England in the late 1960s. At least once a week an older blind man would play the piano and taught us this song. I recall him saying that he wrote it. This might explain why he made us sing it over and over. I never liked the song much, he taught us many more interesting songs, but the bloody song stuck in my head forever.

It was "pops in the back way to tell us all the news" ...


11 Apr 14 - 03:33 PM (#3617691)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cook's Friend Emily
From: GUEST,Lorroy

The postman, the paperboy, piano tuner too
All come the front way like visitors do
But cooks friend Emily who's fraid of growing fat
Pops in the backway and has a little chat.

Old mrs mulberry, young miss moore
Both come to see us by the great front door
But cooks friend Emily from number 23
Pops in the backway and has a cup of tea.

Nice dr. Nicholson, aunty's come to stay
Both come to see by the front door way,
But cooks friend Emily with buckles on her shoes
Pops in the back way, pops in the back way
And tells us all the news.


22 May 14 - 04:46 AM (#3627606)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cook's Friend Emily
From: GUEST,george speller

BBC schools broadcast probably Singing Together about 1958.


23 Dec 14 - 02:30 AM (#3687980)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cook's Friend Emily
From: GUEST,Ian Stockdale

I have fond memories of singing this as a choirboy.. to entertain some elderly people in a community centre in around 72 - 74 we sang traditional hymns etc and the odd novelty song such as this.
I havent heard it since then. can anyone direct me to a recording of this please ?


24 Feb 15 - 08:48 AM (#3689367)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cook's Friend Emily
From: GUEST,Highland Lassie

The sheet music for "Callers" is available from musicroom.com


17 Mar 17 - 01:58 PM (#3845382)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cook's Friend Emily
From: GUEST,Catbells

In the 50s there were 2 BBC radio music programmes for junior schools. On Monday there was "Singing Together" and there was one on Thursdays which had a little more music theory to it as well as just singing. I can't remember its name. "Cook's Friend Emily" I'm fairly sure was one of the Thursday songs around 1957. There were 3 verses very much as Lorroy has put, except I think it was "Nice Dr Nelson." A couple of years ago a young music teacher friend of mine told me about this funny, old-fashioned song he was doing doing with juniors. He was amazed when I sang it to him!


01 Aug 17 - 10:06 AM (#3869403)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cook's Friend Emily
From: GUEST

My dad was headmaster at Montbelle Junior and Infants School, William Morley Lloyd, in New Eltham, South London and he loved to hear the school children practice this outside his office in the school hall during their music lessons and he came home and taught it to me and it became a firm family favourite to sing in the car.....ahhh sweet happy times


14 Dec 17 - 06:12 AM (#3893915)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cook's Friend Emily
From: GUEST,Adrian Tinker

I sang this at the Mrs Sunderland competition in Huddersfield Town Hall circa 1965.


17 Dec 17 - 03:15 PM (#3894397)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cook's Friend Emily
From: GUEST, Judith hirst

Have always lovrc this song from my junior school days 1966/1970. Just singing the. First verse again and decidec to check the internet for a reference. Very pleased to have found others who lI’ve it,
I’m s teacher and we don’t teach children lovely old songs anymore. We’re losing do much. Bit ffir me it’s my childhood remembered.


25 May 20 - 04:23 PM (#4055147)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cook's Friend Emily
From: GUEST

I learned this song in elementary school classroom in the 60s. As a class we sat around the old piano and Mr Hutchenson our teacher would play.The song came over the BBC radio as we were govern by England.


14 Jan 21 - 05:42 AM (#4087873)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cook's Friend Emily
From: GUEST,John McLellan

The postman, the paperboy, the piano tuner too. They all come the front way like visitors do. But cook's friend Emily (who's afraid of getting fat) pops in the back way and has a little chat.

Thank you to Mrs Clare Cook, our music teacher at Pilgrims Hatch Primary school in Essex who taught me this. A delightful little song we sang in class during the mid 1960s. I could not remember any more of the words so it was fun to tap them into Google and find this page.

Seeing another entry here, I also remember a large speaker being placed on the teacher's desk as we tuned into the BBC broadcast 'Singing Together' with William Appleby. Marvellous!