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Lyr Req: Wilberforce, Get Off That Horse

23 Mar 04 - 02:22 AM (#1143554)
Subject: Lyr Req: Wilberforce, get off that horse
From: SueB

My dad used to sing this -

Well, I hate to repeat
but I must have meat
for my 'taters and my gravy
So Wilberforce
Get off that horse
and bring him in to lunch

Oh a leg for me
and a loin for you
we can even cook the saddle too
So don't say nay (neigh?)
and ride away
as if you never knew me


Where the heck did this come from? And what's the rest?

Suzanne


23 Mar 04 - 01:22 PM (#1144010)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Wilberforce, get off that horse
From: Sorcha

This was a 1945 recording by FREDDIE "SCHNICKELFRITZ" FISHER & HIS ORCHESTRA. I didn't find the words, sorry.


23 Mar 04 - 04:59 PM (#1144222)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Wilberforce, get off that horse
From: Mark Ross

I learned it from Kenny Hall, the great mandolin player and repository of old time music 30 years ago or so in California. If you asked where that song was from Kenny would point in the direction of stacks of 78's and say something to the effect of "3 feet up that second stack." By the way he was blind, also played fiddle and guitar, and was virtually a walking library of old time music styles, including Italian and Portugese tunes.

Mark Ross


24 Mar 04 - 01:07 AM (#1144521)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Wilberforce, get off that horse
From: musicmick

I heard that on a 78 rpm record. I think that the other side was "Allright Louie, Drop That Gun".


24 Mar 04 - 02:08 AM (#1144541)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Wilberforce, get off that horse
From: SueB

You all never cease to amaze me. I have no doubt that in a matter of hours someone will have remembered all the lyrics, too, and be able to tell me what key it was in. Thanks!


24 Mar 04 - 06:03 AM (#1144662)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Wilberforce, get off that horse
From: GUEST,Phil

Don't know the lyrics but you can find an excellent version on CD by a band called the Corner Boys from Cork -featuring Mick Daly. He's also in a band called Any Old Time if that helps with searching.

Phil


25 Mar 04 - 10:01 AM (#1145770)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Wilberforce, get off that horse
From: Jim Dixon

Believe it or don't, there are several CDs available of Freddie Fisher and His Schnickelfritz Band. Click here. One of them, "On the Air #1," includes WILBERFORCE GET OFF THAT HORSE.


25 Mar 04 - 12:46 PM (#1145944)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Wilberforce, get off that horse
From: SueB

Thanks, Jim. My dad died in '96. I think I'll order a copy of "On the Air #1" for Mom for Mother's Day. Much appreciated - Suzanne


26 Sep 09 - 06:37 PM (#2732105)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Wilberforce, get off that horse
From: GUEST,Laura

My mother sang, "We'll barbeque the saddle too"


26 Sep 09 - 10:33 PM (#2732191)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Wilberforce, get off that horse
From: Joe Offer

Can anybody post the lyrics?

-Joe-


27 Sep 09 - 07:25 PM (#2732758)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Wilberforce, get off that horse
From: GUEST,leeneia

Samuel Wilberforce was an English bishop who opposed Darwin and evolution. Wikepedia tells us:

He was killed on 19 July 1873, by the shock of a fall from his horse near Dorking, Surrey. Huxley reportedly commented that Wilberforce's brains had at last come into contact with reality, and the result had been fatal.
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I believe there could be a linking between 'Wilberforce' and 'horse' which lasted long enough in folk memory to lead to this silly song.


27 Sep 09 - 10:57 PM (#2732870)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Wilberforce, get off that horse
From: Stewie

The 'Corner Boys' mentioned above by Phil is not a group, but the name of an album. This particular group of Cork musicians who play old-timey and bluegrass are called the Lee Valley String Band.

The track on their 'Corner Boys' album on the Corner House label is titled 'Wilbur Forbes'. Below is my transcription - there's no much to it. The first part of line 3 could be something different from my surmise.

WILBUR FORBES

Long instrumental intro

I love to eat so I must have meat for my taters and my gravy
Wilbur Forbes, get off that horse and bring him in for lunch
And I have ?   and skins and things, enough to feed the navy
Wilbur Forbes, get off that horse and bring him in for lunch

My hospitality (horsespitality) I offers to ya,
So don't say nay (neigh) and run away
As if I never knew ya
A loin for me, a groin for you
We'll barbecue the saddle too
Wilbur Forbes, get off that horse and bring him in for lunch

Instrumental

Repeat both stanzas above

Instrumental

Repeat second stanza

Oh Wilbur Forbes, oh Wilbur Forbes,
Oh Wilbur Forbes, oh Wilbur Forbes
Get off that horse and bring him in for lunch


The missing word in stanza 1 sounds like 'quims' which could be right given the 'loin' and 'groin' and 'feeding the navy'. Maybe it's a brothel. Just a thought.

--Stewie.


29 Sep 09 - 02:44 PM (#2734338)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Wilberforce, get off that horse
From: Jim Dixon

The Library of Congress catalog of copyright entries lists:

WILBERFORCE GET OFF THAT HORSE AND BRING HIM IN FOR LUNCH
Words & melody by Freddie Fisher & Billy Austin
New York: Northern Music Corp., 1943.

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78discography.com says WILBERFORCE GET OFF THAT HORSE was recorded by Freddie Fisher & His Orchestra as a single with PISTOL PACKIN' MAMA in 1943 on the Decca label.


20 Jun 10 - 11:42 AM (#2931475)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Wilberforce, Get Off That Horse
From: GUEST

My 80-something sister has asked me to find the complete lyrics to "Wilberforce Get Off That Horse" for her.

She says the line is, "I've had beans and beans and beans, enough to feed the Navy," which makes sense. This record came out in 1943 during World War II (with its accompanying rationing of meat). My sister was in high school at the time of the song's release.

I've been checking back on this thread for several months, hoping that someone else has the complete lyrics.


26 Jun 10 - 01:16 PM (#2935171)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Wilberforce, Get Off That Horse
From: Jim Dixon

I found this quote at another forum:

Now I've had beans and beans and beans, enough to feed the Navy,
So Wilberforce, get off that horse, and bring him in for lunch.
A loin for me, a groin for you, we'll even eat the saddle too.


21 Jan 11 - 04:25 AM (#3079201)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Wilberforce, Get Off That Horse
From: GUEST

It was enough to "RUN" the Navy which was famous for beans

Gabby Hayse did a cover on it


20 Feb 15 - 11:01 PM (#3688406)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Wilberforce, Get Off That Horse
From: GUEST

My dad sang this song, too, and I have a 78 record of it. It is the flip side of Pistol Packin' Mama.


21 Feb 15 - 11:38 AM (#3688505)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Wilberforce, Get Off That Horse
From: GUEST,#

http://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=156352#3686680

That is a related thread.


10 Dec 15 - 10:06 AM (#3757385)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Wilberforce, Get Off That Horse
From: GUEST

My Grandpa Antoni taught me this song...He and my Uncle Bud used to sing it and laugh hysterically when I was learning it....

Wilberforce Get off Your Horse, And Bring Him In For Lunch

Oh, I like to eat
But I must have meat
With my taters and my gravy
So wilberforce
Get off your horse
And bring him in for lun


My "horsepitality" I offers to ya
So don't say Nay and run away
as if I never knew ya

Wilberforce, Oh, Wilberforce
Get off your horse
And bring him in for lunch !


Now, I've et beans an' beans an' beans
Enough ta run the Navy
So Wilberforce, get off your horse
And bring him in for lunch


A loin for me
A loin for you
We'll Barbecue the saddle too !


Oh Wilberforce, get off your horse
And bring him in for lunch!
Wilberforce, Oh, Wilberforce
Get off your horse
And bring him in for lunch !


17 Dec 16 - 10:34 PM (#3827161)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Wilberforce, Get Off That Horse
From: GUEST,The Captain

A friends mother and her aunts and uncles also had lyrics that they sang in the 40's.but not what is written above.I can only remember the odd bit. like "i saw her cousin ,jack off on the train" oh Wilber ......or ".....I saw her cun -try cousin do the same " oh Wilber.... in the 70's we would go to my friends and her mom would bring out the ukulele and we would all sing .other songs as well that she new. a good time it was.


19 Dec 16 - 06:20 PM (#3827474)
Subject: Lyr Add: WILBERFORCE, GET OFF THAT HORSE!
From: Jim Dixon

Someone uploaded it to YouTube since the first time this thread went around. It enabled me to get this transcription:


WILBERFORCE, GET OFF THAT HORSE!
Words and music by Freddie Fisher & Billy Austin.
As recorded by Freddie "Schnickelfritz" Fisher and His Orchestra, 1943.

Oh, I like to eat but I must have meat with my taters and my gravy.
Oh, Wilberforce, get off that horse and bring him in for lunch.

Now I've had beans and beans and beans, enough to run the navy,
So Wilberforce, get off that horse and bring him in for lunch.

My horspitality I offers to ya,
So don't say nay and ride away as if I never knew ya.

A loin for me, a groin for you; we'll barbecue the saddle, too.
Wilberforce, get off that horse and bring him in for lunch.

Wilberforce (Wilberforce), Wilberforce (Wilberforce),
Get off that horse and bring him in for lunch.

[Instrumental break]

Wilberforce (Wilberforce), Wilberforce (Wilberforce),
Get off that horse and bring him in for lunch.