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Thread #36629   Message #2841828
Posted By: GUEST
17-Feb-10 - 08:25 AM
Thread Name: Back of Bus Songs
Subject: RE: Back of Bus Songs
What a feast of reading!
I thought of answers to so many questions as I trolled through, but every one has been answered. Even the words to the alternate hymn 'Build on the rock' ... except the version I was taught had a minor variation or two.
My family [circa 1940's] always went out for a Sunday afternoon drive, and when my Dad was in a relaxed mood he would tunelessly sing a huge variety of silly songs. Apparently, when HE was a child at school [born 1907], on Friday afternoons each student had to do a 'turn' such as play an instrument or sing or recite. Dad had no musical skills whatsoever, but he HAD to perform. He did a little research on old Vaudeville songs, which were 'naughty but nice' and would stand up and sing them absolutely flat, with usually one constant note. He became very popular.
Unfortunately, we never managed to get him to write down all the words, but I can remember parts of some of the songs. Some had dozens of verses, and are lost.
I was fortunate enough to find some tonight, in a search which led me to this interesting Site.
Thanks for all the entertainment.
What was I searching for?
Songs like 'Swim Sam' and 'Played my concertina' [successful ... even to a soundtrack!]
'Ro-tiddly-ho', 'As I was looking back to see if ...' 'Oh she was so good and so kind to me ...' and numerous others [unsuccessful yet]

Thanks for the Memories.
Ah! Nostalgia! Half the fun of remembering is the rearranging.

Sally Forth