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Alan B Project and Lyr Req: The Kipper Family (74* d) Lyr Add: ALIVE ALIVE O - AWAY DAY etc (Kipper Fam) 05 Apr 99

Found them!

After much searching, here are the other Kipper Family renditions I have. I think they were recorded at Sidmouth (where else?) not long before the sad departure of Henry Kipper. Until I cam to transcribe them I did not realise it, but I think the first verse of Alive Alive O is missing. Can anyone complete?

I also seem to remember they introduced the set (courtesy of Folk on two) by describing their recent visit to Hong Kong, where they were introduced to the audience with their name translated into Chinese - The Smoked Fish Dynasty!

As I enjoy them I have written approximately verbatim the preamble to each song. If it works you'll also be able to discover who said/sang what. Also as another contributor has said, the tune are the ones we know from the tradition, only slightly mangled to fit!

Both - black

Sid - blue

Henry - red


Alan B


Alive Alive O


She rambles the lanes With cures for chilblains

With plasters for corns

And drivers for piles

She'll sell you a spanner Or tune your pianner

Put lead in your pencil, and sing all the while:


Alive Alive o

Alive Alive o

Singing Kippers & bloaters

Alive Alive Oh


Although I did court her, Beseeched & besought her

That all come to naught for she never replied

But them oh what folly, she fell off her trolley

And as she lay dying, these last words she sighed:



Now she has departed, this girl so stout hearted


Each night in Mundesley they say without fail

Her ghost wheels her trolley, with a cry melancholy

Singing kippers & bloaters, A closing down sale


Down sale theyer!


Sailor, sailor, won't you marry me?

I tell you what we're gonna do now, a song about a sailor. Any sailors in tonight? (silence) That's alright then, we'll be alright with this one

You know about sailors, that they spend a lot of time going to sea.

Well, of course they spent more time on the old days, with the sails & that, that was a lot slower

That right so after these sailors had been at sea for munce & munce, wi no alcohol, and no women, what did they do when they got back (pause). What did they do when they got back on shore, they went straight in the nearest pub.

They used to drink themselves silly. And when they was silly enough they used to go off and find themselves a woman, and that's what this song's all about:

Tell them about the chorus

Oh yes, its got a bit of a chorus, rather an unusual chorus cos, instead of coming after the verse, it come before the verse

Its more difficult that way, cos, if it come after the verse you know that, when the verse come to and end, that's when the chorus start. But with this one you have to work out when the verse is going to start, so you can do the chorus

It a simple chorus, it go "Oh"

It start with the chorus, so I'll start you. I'll count you in: One, two, one two three :


Sailor, sailor, will you marry me, with you smile so sunny Jim

Oh no nice girl I cannot marry you, for I have no teeth to put in

So off she went, to her grandfather's glass, and fished out some teeth , of the very highest class

And the sailor put them in


Sailor, sailor, will you marry me, with your rambling, rolling gait

Oh no nice girl I cannot marry you, for I'm one leg short of a set

So off she went, to her grandfather's table, and cut off a leg that was very, very stable

And the sailor screwed it in


Sailor, sailor, will you marry me, with your pigtail down your back

Oh no nice girl I cannot marry you, for its hair on my head that I lack

So off she went, to her grandfather's chest, and plucked him some hair of the very very best

And the sailor stuck it on


Sailor, sailor, will you marry me, with your sparkling eyes so jocular

Oh no nice girl I cannot marry you, for you see I am strictly monocular

She went to the marbles her grandfather'd lost, and brought him a bullseye of the very very best

And the sailor stuck it in


Sailor, sailor, will you marry me, with your great big marlin spike (pause)

Oh yes nice girl I'll surely marry you, for your just the kind of thing that I like.

So off they went to her grandfather's cradle, and there she discovered that this seaman was quite able

And the sailor put it in


The disabled seaman theyer

We'll do one more just to finish you off with, then you'd better have a little lie down hadn't you, father?

I think I could do with a little lie down, yes

I'll see what I can arrange in that department for myself too I think!

Away day

(Gaude te)

We thought we do it cos we've seen that Alastair A Anderson around from that magazine thing. Cos they don't call it folk music any more, its Roots music,

We3've been very influenced by that, but we've got a bit of a problem, cos to get on really well with the roots music, you got to sing in a foreign language, really, and father & I are a bit stuck in that department, are we.

So we asked our vicar, the vicar of St Just, we asked him what foreign languages he knew, and he said, well there's always Latin

This is what they call a Latin Motel. I don't know why

That's right, a Latin Motel. Course, being in Latin, we don't understand a word of it, but if there are any Latin people in here tonight, and they'd like to tell us what its all about, we'd be pleased, wouldn't we father

Oh yes

Its an old Latin motel, called Away day


Away day, away day, loco in transit

Omnibus, St pancreas, away day

Away day, away day, loco in transit

Omnibus, St pancreas, away day

(Pause for laughter)

I dunt know, must be one of them latin jokes you hear about

1 Cleopatra virginae, terra incognito

in loc parentis

caesar mutlio calcutta


2 Troyalus et Cressida, con Homo erectus

Strangulated hernia, coitus interruptus


3 Romulus et Remus, in flagrante delicto

Honi soit qui mal y pense, Harry Belafontee


3 Gina Lollobrigida, Osteo Arthritis

In vino veritas, Peter Dominicus


4 Non compos mentis, continuo ad nauseam

Ad lib, et cetera, quod erat demonstrandum

CH repeat

Away day theyer!


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