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Origins: Who was the 'Five Foot Flirt'?

02 Jul 12 - 03:22 PM (#3370876)
Subject: Origins: Who was the 'Five Foot Flirt'?
From: GUEST,Just Curious

Does anyone know who Cyril Tawney's 'Five Foot Flirt' was inspired by?


02 Jul 12 - 03:42 PM (#3370893)
Subject: RE: Origins: Who was the 'Five Foot Flirt'?
From: Reinhard

According to the biography on Cyril Tawney's website, he wrote "Five Foot Flirt" in 1950 as a British counterpart to Red Ingle's American hit "Cigareets and Whiskey and Wild, Wild Women".


02 Jul 12 - 03:44 PM (#3370894)
Subject: RE: Origins: Who was the 'Five Foot Flirt'?
From: John MacKenzie

I believe it was written as a spoof West Country, C&W song. Don't know that it was based on anything except them syrupy songs, like Honey, by Bobby Goldsboro.


02 Jul 12 - 11:11 PM (#3371079)
Subject: RE: Origins: Who was the 'Five Foot Flirt'?
From: GUEST,Stim

Good trick to base it on something that came along nearly 20 years later, John MacKenzie.


03 Jul 12 - 12:09 AM (#3371086)
Subject: DT Correction: Five Foot Flirt
From: Joe Offer

I listened to the Cyril Tawney recording on the Navy Cuts album and came up with a few corrections. Any others?

FIVE FOOT FLIRT
(Cyril Tawney)

Now don't say Jim Johnson weren't with 'ee last night
I heard him as plain as could be
I was crossing the mound when I heard a strange sound
Down by the sycamore tree
I thought perhaps a cow had got stuck in the mud
And pulled out her foot with a moo
But I'm satisfied now that that noise weren't a cow
It was Jim kissing you

    CHORUS
    You're my five foot flirt in the robes of an angel
    You better had leave I alone
    Why, the way you're acting, it nearly unnerves I
    The thing that preserves I is my joviality
    Though I've got troubles as thick as the stubble
    It's you that's the worst of 'em all
    Get out of me track and if you want to come back
    You can crawl, crawl, crawl.

Remember what happened last Saturday night
The air was so peaceful and still
Like a bolt from the blue came a hullabaloo
A growling and a cackling so shrill
It came to me head as I crawled from me bed
There's a fox at me chickens, that's true
I crept out in me socks and bumped into the fox
It was Jim kissing you
CHORUS

Now what's your excuse for last Sunday in church
It fair turned the poor vicar grey
While the organist was rendering, "Lead Kindly Light"
Jim Johnson kept pumping away
Then all of a sudden the organ stopped short
The vicar got into a stew
When he went round behind tell me what did he find
He found Jim kissing you
CHORUS


Written by Cyril Tawney of the West Country
Recorded by John Roberts and Tony Barrand on "Mellow with Ale from the Horn"
Copyright Dick James Music, Ltd.
@love @humor @infidelity
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TUNE FILE: FLIRT5FT
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03 Jul 12 - 02:59 AM (#3371127)
Subject: RE: Origins: Who was the 'Five Foot Flirt'?
From: GUEST,Howard Jones

I believe it's "You'm a five foot flirt..." West Country dialect.


03 Jul 12 - 03:47 AM (#3371138)
Subject: RE: Origins: Who was the 'Five Foot Flirt'?
From: SPB-Cooperator

I must did out my copy of In Port and loo at the sleeve
notes


03 Jul 12 - 04:54 AM (#3371159)
Subject: RE: Origins: Who was the 'Five Foot Flirt'?
From: Big Al Whittle

I believe it was inspired by Pete Shutler in drag.


03 Jul 12 - 04:57 AM (#3371161)
Subject: RE: Origins: Who was the 'Five Foot Flirt'?
From: John MacKenzie

I did say "like Honey", it's an example, not a direct comparison. Please try to keep up lad.