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Lyr Req: The Thing-Ummy-Bob (Arthur Askey)

02 Feb 03 - 05:07 PM (#880851)
Subject: Lyr Req: Thingummybob
From: Sophie

I've been searching for a couple of years now for the lyrics to this song, which I think came out of World War II - it might even have been World War I. I'm pretty certain it was recorded by Cosmotheka but although I've found references to it on Google, I haven't actually found the lyrics. I can't find any references to it anywhere on Mudcat either. The last line goes something like

"...and it's the girl who makes the thing that holds the oil that oils the string that works the thingummybob that's going to win the war"

Has anyone got any ideas?

BTW I'm new to Mudcat so this is all a bit scary but I'm sure I'll get the hang of it!

Sophie


02 Feb 03 - 05:27 PM (#880860)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Thingummybob
From: GUEST,MCP

It's an Arthur Askey song from WWII and I thought I had this somewhere but can't seemt to lay my hands on it just now. I'll have a better look later.

Mick


02 Feb 03 - 05:42 PM (#880875)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Thingummybob
From: Allan C.

For whatever help it may be, the term is usually spelled, " thingamabob". I have heard this song too; but can't remember any more than what you have posted.

Welcome to the Mudcat, Sophie!


02 Feb 03 - 05:44 PM (#880877)
Subject: Lyr Add: THE THINGUMMY-BOB (from Gracie Fields)
From: GUEST,MCP

Here's what I have. The word in italics is from where I can't read my own writing!

Mick


THE THINGUMMY-BOB

You've heard of Florence Nightingale, Grace Darling and the rest
You've all seen Greta Garbo and our bashful(?) friend Mae West
But there's a little lady I want you all to meet
She's working on munitions and she lives just down the street.
She can't pretend to be a great celebrity
But still she's most important in her way
The job she has to do may not sound much to you
But all the same I'm very proud to say.

She's the girl that makes the thing
That drills the hole that hold the spring
That drives the rod that turns the knob
That works the thingummybob
She's the girl that makes the thing
That hold the oil that oils the ring
That takes the shank that moves the crank
That works the thingummybob.
It's a ticklish sort of job making a thing for a thingummybob
Especially when you don't know what it's for.
But it's the girl that makes the thing
That drills the hole that holds the spring
That works the thingummybob that makes the engine roar
But it's the girl that makes the thing
That holds the oil that oils the ring
That makes the thingummybob that's going to win the war.

She's not what you would call a heroine
I don't suppose you'll ever hear her name
But though she'll never boast of her important post
She strikes a blow for Britannia just the same.


02 Feb 03 - 08:00 PM (#880979)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Thingummybob
From: GUEST,Mark Dowding

I've got a recording of Gracie Fields doing this song as well as the Arthur (Ay thang yew) Askey version.

"You Must Remember This" Conifer records CDHD 265/6 if you're into songs from the war period.

The italic word above is BOSOM

"You've all seen Greta Garbo and our bosom friend Mae West"

(I understand Mae West had a large chest hence she also had a lifejacket named after her)

The first line in the second verse should be:

"She's not what you would call a heroine at all"

and the last line should be:

"She strikes a blow for freedom just the same."

A great song written by Heneker & Thompson probably around 1942

David Heneker, M.B.E., born in Southsea on 31 March 1906, is remembered for his songs and lyrics for Half A Sixpence (1963), after H.G. Wells' 'Kipps' but this was by no means his only stage show. For some of them like Jorrocks (1966) and Popkiss (1972) he wrote all the lyrics and music; for others like Expresso Bongo (1958), Make Me an Offer (1959), The Art of Living (1960), Charlie Girl (1965) and Phil the Fluter (1969) he had assistance though usually with lyrics rather than the music. He composed many "separate" songs as well: Girls in Khaki, Only Fools, There Goes My Dream and The Thing-ummy-Bob. In this field he was known to collaborate, One Exciting Night being written with John Turner and Walter Ridley, She's in Love with a Soldier with Noel Gay. Heneker came late to the musical world as he served as a regular army officer between 1925 and 1948.

Hope this helps

Cheers

Mark


03 Feb 03 - 03:40 AM (#881127)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Thingummybob
From: Sophie

That's fantastic - thanks all.

I'll have a hunt around and see if I can find either of the recordings Mark mentioned. I can remember the tune for the chorus but not the verses; it's many years since I heard it.

Cheers,
Sophie


03 Feb 03 - 05:00 AM (#881155)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Thingummybob
From: GUEST,MCP

Mark - thanks for the help. bosom is what I should have had (I was confused by a descender from the line above in my writing - It's a transcription copy and rough, and it looks as if I never made a fair copy). Arthur must have sang Britain (not Britannia as I incorrectly copied above)in the last line of my recording; I don't think I'd have got that wrong in the transcription.

Mick


03 Feb 03 - 05:56 AM (#881176)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Thingummybob
From: Steve Parkes

Sophie, it was recorded by Cosmotheka. It was featured in their WWII-songs radio series, of which the name has suddenly escaped me. I'm sure it came up in another thread ages ago ... I'll see if I can track it down and let you know.

Steve


03 Feb 03 - 06:07 AM (#881179)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Thingummybob
From: Steve Parkes

Can't find it! Is something wrong with Mudcat's serach engine? it doesn't even find things I know are in here!

Steve


03 Feb 03 - 07:24 AM (#881204)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Thingummybob
From: GUEST,Mark Dowding

The name of the Cosmotheka WW2 songs radio show was "Keep smiling through"


03 Feb 03 - 08:03 AM (#881225)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Thingummybob
From: GUEST

This is the CD produce by Emporio records that featured songs from the Cosmotheka show

Keep Smiling Through - Cosmotheka
Emporio EMPRCD509
1994

Track Listings
1. Smiling through
2. Wish me luck as you wave me goodbye
3. I love to sit with Sophie in the shelter
4. I did what I could with my gas mask
5. Whitehall warriors
6. Lili Marlene
7. D day dodgers
8. Roll me over
9. We'll meet again
10. Follow the white line
11. I get along without you very well
12. Hey little hen
13. Dig dig dig to victory
14. They're all under the counter
15. I'm gonna get lit up (when the lights go on in London)
16. Knees up Mother Brown
17. Medley

I think this CD is now out of print but "Thingummybob" isn't on it anyway.

This is also the title of the tape that I've got with Arthur Askey's version on although as someone taped it for me I haven't got the details of it.

I've got quite a few tapes and CDs of wartime songs (including one with someone singing "Who do you think you are kidding Mr Hitler" - totally anachronistic as it wasn't written until 1968!)They came out when anniversaries of the war were looming - you have to look out for them. I was surprised nobody brought a record out of the songs that were featured on Dad's Army - or did they?

Sophie - If you want a copy of Arthur or Gracie's version, drop me an email with your details and I'll send you a tape of them.

mark@markdowding.co.uk

Cheers

Mark


03 Feb 03 - 09:58 AM (#881296)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Thingummybob
From: Steve Parkes

Gosh -- you're right, Mark! Shows how long it's been since I played it. I've got the sheet music somewhere, but don't ask me where ... if it wants to be found, it will show itself, and I'll see if I can post it here.

Steve


04 Feb 03 - 03:17 AM (#882039)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Thingummybob
From: Steve Parkes

Nope ... doesn't want to be found. I'll keep looking.


04 Feb 03 - 03:35 AM (#882043)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Thingummybob
From: GUEST,Mark Dowding

Sophie - The tape's in the post for you


04 Feb 03 - 05:36 AM (#882084)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Thingummybob
From: Dave Bryant

The forum search facility is not working at the moment see this thread.


04 Feb 03 - 04:12 PM (#882548)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Thingummybob
From: Sophie

Mark, that's brilliant, thanks. I look forward to receiving it.

I've been searching for this song for so long I never thought I'd find it, but you lot came up with the goods within 24 hours. I'm really impressed and very happy to have joined the Mudcat community.

Mudcat rocks! (or should that be Mudcat folks?)


20 Oct 03 - 07:59 PM (#1038675)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Thingummybob - WWII Worker's song
From: GUEST,Martinorbidans@msn.com

THanks for the words to the thingamabob. I sang it on a few concerts and needed the words for a special event in a week or so. Living in Cairo its not the sort of thing thats easy to find! However I can manage the tune. If anyone wants it I could find a way of writing it to send. THanks again


24 May 04 - 04:21 PM (#1193059)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Thingummybob - WWII Worker's song
From: GUEST,Ray

Have a look at :-
http://lyricsplayground.com/alpha/songs/t/thethingummybob.shtml

This website was very recently (May 2004 ) posted in reply to a request on a Rootsweb Mailing List.

Ray
N.Z.


26 May 04 - 10:35 AM (#1194167)
Subject: Lyr Add: THE THING-UMMY-BOB (Arthur Askey)
From: Jim Dixon

Copied http://lyricsplayground.com/alpha/songs/t/thethingummybob.shtml
(But I moved some of the line breaks to emphasize the rhyme.)

THE THING-UMMY-BOB (THAT'S GONNA WIN THE WAR)
^^ (Written by David Heneker & Gordon Thompson, 1942)

Arthur Askey
Gracie Fields

SPOKEN: You've heard of Florence Nightingale, Grace Darling and the rest.
You've all seen Greta Garbo and her bosom friend, Mae West;
But there's a little lady I want you all to meet.
She's working on munitions and she lives just down the street.

She can't pretend to be a great celebrity,
But still, she's most important in her way.
The job she has to do may not seem like much to you,
But all the same, I'm very proud to say:

SUNG: She's the girl that makes the thing
That drills the hole that holds the spring
That drives the rod that turns the knob
That works the thing-ummy-bob.
She's the girl that makes the thing
That holds the oil that oils the ring
That takes the shank that moves the crank
That works the thing-ummy-bob.

It's a ticklish sort of job
Making a thing for a thing-ummy-bob,
Especially when you don't know what it's for;
But it's the girl that makes the thing
That drills the hole that holds the spring
That works the thing-ummy-bob that makes the engines roar;
And it's the girl that makes the thing
That holds the oil that oils the ring
That works the thing-ummy-bob that's going to win the war.

SPOKEN: She's not what you would call a heroine at all.
I don't suppose you'll even know her name;
And though she'll never boast of her important post,
She strikes a blow for Britain just the same.

(REPEAT THE SUNG PORTION ABOVE.)

I thank you.

*****

VARIATION AS RECORDED BY GRACIE FIELDS:


SPOKEN: I can't pretend to be a great celebrity,
But still, I'm quite important in me way.
The job I have to do may not sound much to you,
But all the same, I'm very proud to say:

SUNG: I'm the girl that makes the thing
That drills the hole that holds the ring
That drives the rod that turns the knob
That works the thing-ummy-bob
I'm the girl that makes the thing
That holds the oil that oils the ring
That takes the shank that moves the crank
That works the thing-ummy-bob.

It's a ticklish sort of job
Making a thing for a thing-ummy-bob,
Especially when you don't know what it's for;
But it's the girl that makes the thing
That drills the hole that holds the ring
That makes the thing-ummy-bob that makes the engines roar;
And it's the girl that makes the thing
That holds the oil that oils the ring
That makes the thing-ummy-bob that's going to win the war.

SPOKEN: I'm not what you would call a heroine, at all.
I don't suppose you'd even know me name.
But though I'll never boast of my important post,
I'll strike a blow for freedom just the same.

(MUSIC)
That works the thing-ummy-bob
(MUSIC)
That works the thing-ummy-bob

It's a ticklish sort of job
Making a thing for a thing-ummy-bob,
Especially when you don't know what it's for;
But it's the girl that makes the thing
That drills the hole that holds the ring
That makes the thing-ummy-bob that makes the engines roar;
And it's the girl that makes the thing
That holds the oil that oils the ring
That makes the thing-ummy-bob that's going to win the war.

It is an' all.


26 May 04 - 10:49 AM (#1194180)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Thingummybob - WWII Worker's song
From: Steve Parkes

A bijou correctionette to that: it should be "our bosom friend may West". I spotted it on the original website, but I couldn't be bothered to tell them.

I'd have been singing this for ages, but I can never get the chorus right!

Stevep


04 Sep 04 - 10:21 AM (#1264160)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Thingummybob - WWII Worker's song
From: GUEST,Frank's Elbow

Toshiba used it for an advert in 1988. I'm shocked how little they changed. Just "especially when you FIND OUT what it's for" and "it's the girl that etc, etc, that works the thingummybob that's going to make some more".

I don't know how much intended irony there is in the fact that the girl in question, in the advert, is Japanese.


08 Mar 05 - 01:53 PM (#1429884)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Thingummybob - WWII Worker's song
From: GUEST,g_d_edwards@hotmail.com

I play in the Westinghouse Concert Orchestra and we are performing a VE Day Concert in May that will include a number of war time songs including "the Thing-ummy-bob". (Our orchestra has been around since WW2 and performed on Workers' Playtime - we aim to recreate at least some of the programme that the orchestra played back then!). Although our talented MD has managed to produce orchestral parts for us by listening to a sound track and transcibing the music, we haven't been able to find a copy of the original sheet music. Does any one know where we might get a copy of the score, or parts?

GE

Orchestra link = http://www.wco.org.uk./


09 Mar 05 - 04:16 AM (#1430319)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Thingummybob - WWII Worker's song
From: The Walrus

GUEST,g_d_edwards@hotmail.com,

"...Does any one know where we might get a copy of the score, or parts? ..."

Have you trie EMI Music? They bought up rancis, Day & Hunter and so *should* have their back catalogue (although whether they can be bothered to help is another matter).


"...I play in the Westinghouse Concert Orchestra and we are performing a VE Day Concert in May that will include a number of war time songs including "the Thing-ummy-bob"..."

One point to remember, if you are reproducing a 'working hours' type show (the type played over factory speakers to keep up morale) please remember that "Deep in the Heart of Texas" is a banned song (the clapping meant production losses).

Regards

Tom


03 May 05 - 08:31 AM (#1476921)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Thingummybob - WWII Worker's song
From: GUEST,g_d_edwards@hotmail.com

Thanks Tom. It appears that our ever resourceful Musical Director has tracked down a score! If anyone is interested and lives near Chippenham (Wiltshire UK), the concert is on Sunday 8 May 2005 at 1500. Details can be found on the WCO website (www.wco.org.co.uk). Thanks.

GE


31 Jul 05 - 11:15 AM (#1532061)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Thingummybob - WWII Worker's song
From: GUEST,diogenes

http://music.kelkoo.co.uk/b/a/cpc_150701_ps_711221_gs_15811204.html


SEE NO.35 for thingummybob song

Songs and music of world war II

Release info :
Released :
01/05/1999

Label :
Past Perfect

Genre :
Pop

Catalogue no :
PPMC 78136

Available format :
MC Set , CD Set



Track listing :


1 : Girl who loves a soldier
27 : Cash for your trash

2 : Run rabbit run
28 : Don't sit under the apple tree

3 : In the mood
29 : White cliffs of Dover

4 : We're gonna hang out the washing on the Siegfried line
30 : Bombardier song

5 : Where does poor pa go in the black out
31 : When the roses bloom again

6 : Berlin or bust
32 : Der fuhrer's face

7 : We'll meet again
33 : I don't want to walk without you

8 : Imagine me in the maginot line
34 : This is worth fighting for

9 : Wish me luck
35 : Thingummybob

10 : They can't black out the moon
36 : Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition

11 : Please leave my butter alone
37 : You'll never know

12 : It's a lovely day tomorrow
38 : Commando patrol

13 : I fell in love with an airman
39 : Don't let's be beastly to the Germans

14 : There'll come another day
40 : I'm gonna get lit up

15 : Deepest shelter in town
41 : I'm saving a dime

16 : Bless 'em all
42 : Coming in on a wing and a prayer

17 : Last time I saw Paris
43 : I left my heart at the stage door canteen

18 : Oh what a surprise for the duce
44 : Victory polka

19 : King is still in London
45 : Cleanin' my rifle (and dreamin' of you)

20 : Oh how he misses his missus
46 : Till all our prayers are answered

21 : Could you please oblige us with a bren gun
47 : Lilli Marlene

22 : Victory roll
48 : They're either too young or too old

23 : Grand old man
49 : I'll be seeing you

24 : Mister Brown of London town
50 : I'm gonna see my baby

25 : That lovely weekend
51 : I'm gonna love that guy

26 : There'll always be England


13 Aug 06 - 01:56 AM (#1808555)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Thingummybob - WWII Worker's song
From: GUEST,Kat

I actually have the song, sung by Arthur Askey.

If you'd like it, email me at squeeblekins@gmail.com and I'll forward it on.

~K@


20 Oct 06 - 06:44 AM (#1864019)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Thingummybob - WWII Worker's song
From: GUEST

I have a copy of the Arthur Askey version as an MP3 file if anyone wants it email me on jcdoran@btinternet.com and I'll forward it on.


13 Jan 07 - 04:30 AM (#1935077)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Thingummybob - WWII Worker's song
From: GUEST,Sue

Hi there, do you still want these lyrics? If you do, let me know and I think I can find them and type them out.


08 Apr 08 - 02:11 AM (#2309803)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Thingummybob - WWII Worker's song
From: GUEST,Guest Lynn

Hi all,
i don't suppose anyone has a copy or knows where i can get a copy of Number 11 from the list above

"11 : Please leave my butter alone"

its for a special suprise for my son, who loves that song, but we are a little unsure who sings it?
Many Thanks
Lynn.


08 Apr 08 - 02:48 AM (#2309816)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Thingummybob - WWII Worker's song
From: Mark Dowding

A few people have sung it including Gracie Fields, Elsie Carlisle, and 'Gert & Daisy' (Elsie & Doris Waters)
Recordings are available:
Here
http://www.musichallcds.com/var19_page.htm
and
http://www.pastperfect.com/Era/1930s-Music/p36.aspx

I found these words written by Lana Smith on the BBC WW2 memories site

Chorus:
Everybody pinches my butter,
They won't leave my butter alone,
And nothing is better than butter,
For keeping the old man at home.
Everybody says I'm old-fashioned
To sit on the things that are rationed.
You can pinch all my ham,
And my plum and apple jam,
But please leave my butter alone.

Verse:
I've got a nice friendly face,
I think you'll agree,
But folk are always popping in to have a cuppa tea,
You may think I'm old-fashioned,
When I argue and shout,
But it's not wars and politics I worry about.

Cheers
Mark


08 Apr 08 - 05:43 AM (#2309875)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Thingummybob - WWII Worker's song
From: GUEST,Ralphie

Well, thats well wierd.
Only yesterday, I was trawling through the bin liner that contains my DAT collection (mainly unlabelled!) from my previous life, and I came across one tape in particular.
Cosmotheka, recorded at Sidmouth 1998.
And, it includes Thingummybob (However it's spelt)
Had completely forgotten that I'd done it.
So, at least there is a version of it, safe and well on my hard drive!
Regards Ralphie


09 Apr 08 - 03:53 PM (#2311386)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Thingummybob - WWII Worker's song
From: Steve Parkes

"Butter" was recorded by Gert & Daisy -- Elsie & Doris Waters.


02 Sep 09 - 09:38 PM (#2715091)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Thingummybob - WWII Worker's song
From: GUEST,Bill

Its a little late, I know, but this song is on youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDagUr0tLJk

and

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xrfbKTG_xE


26 Jul 11 - 07:42 AM (#3195685)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Thing-Ummy-Bob (That's Going to Win..
From: GUEST,Katie B

Hello!

I have found this thread via searching online for 'The Thingummy-bob' Sheet music, I am desperately trying to track down a copy of the sheet music for this song, would anyone here be able to help?

I would be eternally grateful!


Many thanks,
Katie x


26 Jul 11 - 05:23 PM (#3196139)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Thing-Ummy-Bob (That's Going to Win..
From: Jim Dixon

The following libraries have sheet music for THE THING-UMMY-BOB:

Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio
The National Library of Australia, Canberra

It's also in a book called "Sing with Gracie Fields" ([New York] : Robbins Music Corp., ©1943.) Click here for a list of libraries that have it. You will need to enter your location to find the library nearest you.


14 Oct 12 - 08:36 AM (#3419597)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Thing-Ummy-Bob (That's Going to Win..
From: GUEST,dragon3476

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xrfbKTG_xE

Gracie Fields Thing-Ummy-Bob(Thats Going To Win The War)


24 Oct 13 - 08:15 PM (#3569773)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Thing-Ummy-Bob (That's Going to Win..
From: GUEST,Emily-

Is there any way anyone could help me? I am desperately trying to find how to contact the copyright holders of this song so that I can legally use it for a Christmas USO show I am writing, and I would love to use this, and would be happy to pay reasonable royalties to use it, I just need to know who to contact. If any one knows and could please help me, I've been searching everywhere.    Please email me at Emrelove@aol.com

Thank you so much in advance! I want to go about this completely legally, and don't want to use something without permission.