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Old 18 Apr 2012, 10:28 PM   #356055 / #1
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Default Old songs I remember from my youth

Michal Stanley: Rosewood Biters

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Neil Young: Heart of Gold

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Rod Stewart: Maggie Mae

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Led Zeppelin: Stairway to Heaven

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Jethro Tull: The Teacher

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Uriah Heep: Easy Living

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Deep Purple: Smoke on the water.

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Old 18 Apr 2012, 10:52 PM   #356069 / #2
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justme, this is so weird!

I wanted to post something on a thread about old songs I remembered, logged on to sc while thinking the last thread on this theme was too old to revive - and found you'd started a new one just at the right time!

However, the particular song I have in mind is one I heard from my mother, not a well-known musician.

It's a Welsh traditional song (though in English) which I'd completely forgotten about till I spotted a reference on a wiki article:-

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Crawshay Bailey (1789 – 9 January, 1872) was an English industrialist who became one of the great iron-masters of Wales.
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Crawshay Bailey had an Engine
It was always needin' mendin'
And dependin' on its power
It could do four miles an hour
Did you ever saw
Did you ever saw
Did you ever saw
Such a funny thing before?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crawshay_Bailey

My mother sang different verses which she picked up as a student of a Welsh University in the 1940s.

I can't remember the verses she sang, but the chorus went:-

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Was you ever saw
Was you ever saw
Was you ever saw
Such a funny thing before
the grammar being Welsh English rather than Mainstream English.

There a several versions on you tube, but in all of these the grammar has been changed to the non-rhyming:-

Quote:
Did you ever see
Did you ever see
Did you ever see
Such a funny thing before.
I don't think I'd heard a version for over forty years.

Anyone else know it?

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Old 19 Apr 2012, 05:37 PM   #356396 / #3
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I'm a youngin but I grew up in a house full of music lovers so I had tons of great music played around me. I especially enjoyed the 50's & 60's my older sisters use to play.



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Old 19 Apr 2012, 11:10 PM   #356476 / #4
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justme, this is so weird!

I wanted to post something on a thread about old songs I remembered, logged on to sc while thinking the last thread on this theme was too old to revive - and found you'd started a new one just at the right time!

However, the particular song I have in mind is one I heard from my mother, not a well-known musician.

It's a Welsh traditional song (though in English) which I'd completely forgotten about till I spotted a reference on a wiki article:-

Quote:
Crawshay Bailey (1789 – 9 January, 1872) was an English industrialist who became one of the great iron-masters of Wales.
Quote:
Crawshay Bailey had an Engine
It was always needin' mendin'
And dependin' on its power
It could do four miles an hour
Did you ever saw
Did you ever saw
Did you ever saw
Such a funny thing before?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crawshay_Bailey

My mother sang different verses which she picked up as a student of a Welsh University in the 1940s.

I can't remember the verses she sang, but the chorus went:-

Quote:
Was you ever saw
Was you ever saw
Was you ever saw
Such a funny thing before
the grammar being Welsh English rather than Mainstream English.

There a several versions on you tube, but in all of these the grammar has been changed to the non-rhyming:-

Quote:
Did you ever see
Did you ever see
Did you ever see
Such a funny thing before.
I don't think I'd heard a version for over forty years.

Anyone else know it?

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This was a song often sung at a somewhat disreputable late night drinking establishment that I frequented in my youth, with verses including

'Oh I have an uncle Matthew
and his job was cleaning statues
'till one day while cleaning Venus
He fell down and broke his elbow
Was you ever saw etc'

David
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Old 19 Apr 2012, 11:17 PM   #356479 / #5
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I also remember our mother singing 'Goodnight Irene'.

Where she can have picked that up I do not know. I don't remember her being familiar with the works of Leadbelly, nor can I think where she could have picked up on the various 1950 versions.

Could it have been sung in the valleys in the 30s?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goodnight,_Irene

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Old 20 Apr 2012, 06:53 AM   #356609 / #6
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^ ^ ^

As I've mentioned to you before, I don't recall Mum singing Goodnight Irene at all.

You wiki link shows the song to have been a major hit by several performers in 1950. I'm guessing that Mum picked it up on the radio around that time and I can imagine her using the chorus to coax her babies to sleep. Since I was the youngest I would have no memories of her doing so - also the song may have waned in popularity by that time.

But perhaps Mum had already come across it from an earlier version. She had a wide repertoire of songs from various sources, though she often only knew the first verse and the chorus.

My eldest child was difficult to settle at night and also had a major car obsession. When Mum visited she would get him off to sleep by repetitively singing:-

Grandpa's car has got four wheels
Four wheels has Grandpa's car


to the tune of Mary's Boy Child.
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Old 20 Apr 2012, 07:35 AM   #356623 / #7
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Uncle Matthew and his statue reminds me of:

To market, to market went my brother Jim
Where somebody threw a tomato at him
Tomatoes are soft and they don't hurt the skin
But this one was different, 't'was wrapped in a tin
(Get away, get away
It's a jolly fine song and I'll sing it all day)


- which, in principle, one did limited only by the scatological imagination of the group.

But as for my mother I can only remember her singing about fishes "who swam right over the dam" or the bliss to be found if "you grow up to be a pig" (or would you rather swing on a star...).
I assume these were the equivelent to the top ten when she was growing up.........

catch a song before you're seven and it's yours for life.
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Old 20 Apr 2012, 07:48 AM   #356626 / #8
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I met her in a club down in North Soho
Where you drink champagne and it tastes just like cherry cola

She walked up to me and she asked me to dance.
I asked her name and in a dark brown voice she said, "Lola"
Well, I'm not the world's most physical guy,
But when she squeezed me tight she nearly broke my spine
Oh my Lola,
Well, I'm not dumb but I can't understand
Why she walk like a woman but talk like a man
Oh my Lola.

Well, we drank champagne and danced all night,
Under electric candlelight,
She picked me up and sat me on her knee,
And said, "Little boy won't you come home with me?"
Well, I'm not the world's most passionate guy,
But when I looked in her eyes, Well I almost fell
for my Lola,

I pushed her away. I walked to the door.
I fell to the floor. I got down on my knees.
I looked at her, and she at me. Well that's the way that I want it to stay.
And I always want it to be that way for my Lola.
Lo lo lo lo Lola.

Girls will be boys, and boys will be girls.
It's a mixed up, muddled up, shook up world,
Except for Lola.

Well I left home just a week before,
And I've never ever kissed a woman before,
But Lola smiled and took me by the hand,
And said, "Little boy, gonna make you a man."
Well I'm not the world's most masculine man,
But I know what I am and I'm glad I'm a man,
And so is Lola.
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Old 20 Apr 2012, 11:00 AM   #356669 / #9
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.... [Cosher Bailey] .....
This was a song often sung at a somewhat disreputable late night drinking establishment that I frequented in my youth, with verses including

'Oh I have an uncle Matthew
and his job was cleaning statues
'till one day while cleaning Venus
He fell down and broke his elbow
Was you ever saw etc'

David
Apparently it had its origins in an old Welsh folk song called Hob y Deri Dando, sung here as a sea shanty.

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http://mudcat.org/ has a few threads about this - one contributor says:-

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Interesting how the song diverges & recombines & expands from a Welsh love song (or two) to a chantey, a political song, a satirical song (Cosher Bailey), to a bawdy rugby song. A lot of work to get out of one song.
and another one:-

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"Cosher Bailey" is a living song, and new topical verses are being added, many spontanouusly in sing arounds.
http://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=48142

I see this as a neat demonstration of meme evolution.

Like you I'm sure I've heard this song outside our home, though I can't recall specific occasions. Mum's version had, I think, verses topical to her University days. Strangely I seem to recollect her voice and the tune as she sang it but not the words of the verses.

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Old 22 Apr 2012, 07:31 AM   #357385 / #10
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