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The Bricklayer's Lament (The Sick Note)-on BBC

13 Aug 12 - 09:36 AM (#3389575)
Subject: The Bricklayer's Lament (The Sick Note)
From: Marje

The Bricklayer's Lament (aka The Sick Note, and Why Paddy's Not at Work Today)has been dicussed here in various threads over the years.

It was the subject of a BBC Radio 4 programme this week. This relates how Gerard Hoffnung came across the story, examines its possible origins (he didn't write it himself as I had thought), and concludes with Hoffnung telling the tale to the Oxford Union. It can be found on iPlayer here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01lsqk6/The_Bricklayers_Lament/ at least for UK listneners, or there is currently a direct link to it from the BBC Home Page.

Marje


13 Aug 12 - 10:29 AM (#3389596)
Subject: RE: The Bricklayer's Lament (The Sick Note)
From: katlaughing

tHAT WAS wonderful tks!


13 Aug 12 - 10:34 AM (#3389599)
Subject: RE: The Bricklayer's Lament (The Sick Note)
From: Leadfingers

Everybody and his brother seem to have sung this over the years , I just wish , who ever you stole it from , that you could credit Pat Cooksey as the man who turned it into a song .


13 Aug 12 - 10:42 AM (#3389602)
Subject: RE: The Bricklayer's Lament (The Sick Note)
From: Dave MacKenzie

Great programme. I didn't realise Hoffnung died so young.


14 Aug 12 - 06:20 AM (#3389953)
Subject: RE: The Bricklayer's Lament (The Sick Note)
From: GUEST,Damien.

Hoffnung's version brilliant, after listening to this again have to admire Pat Cooksey's talent in turning the story into a nine verse song, which despite being sung by every man and his dog has certainly stood the test of time.


14 Aug 12 - 07:41 AM (#3389973)
Subject: RE: The Bricklayer's Lament (The Sick Note)
From: Dave Hanson

Pat Cooksey did a brilliant job with it, Hoffnung didn't claim to written it, from listening to him, he seems to me to be a master of the understatement, as was Marriott Edgar.

Dave H


14 Aug 12 - 11:49 AM (#3390070)
Subject: RE: The Bricklayer's Lament (The Sick Note)
From: Q (Frank Staplin)

This thread has a comment on its origin from Pat Cooksey; 2316:

Origins: Why Paddy

Quite a few threads on this song.