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Thread #133259   Message #3022526
Posted By: Roger the Skiffler
03-Nov-10 - 11:13 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Doctor's Daughter (Lonnie Donegan)
Subject: Lyr Req: DOCTOR'S DAUGHTER (Lonnie Donegan)
This is obviously an Americanised version of the one Jim quoted. Liner notes claim origin is unknown.
Transcribed from CD "The Folk Album…plus" by Lonnie Donegan. I've not given "going" as "gonna" etc. It may not be 100% accurate but it does make (sort of) sense. Done in the talking blues style


My name is Jack & to hear folk talk, well I done pretty good.
Let me tell you about my courting days when I had hair on my head (?)
See, I loved this mean old doctor's girl
He was about the worst old grump in the world
One day he grabbed me with eyes wild
"No poor boy's going to marry my child"
So I set to a-robbing to get me some cash
I came on some robbers a-brewing some corn mash
They said "Young man you'll have to hang ,
If you don't tie up with us robbing gang
So I stole the golden lining from the clouds in the sky
I stole the horse from Jesse James as he came riding by
I stole Paul Bunyan's Ox, Babe Blue (?)
I stole everything that you know
Then I bought myself a little VW and went riding home

But when old Doc seen I was rich he cried
And he turned round and said I'd lied
About all that stealing, and the rest (?)
He allowed he'd try me a little test
He said he wasn't about to admit he was beat
So if I come over there and steal the sheet
From under him, his wife and his cat
While they was sleeping on it, It was proof of that
Well I was young and foolish and I said I'd try
And next night when the moon was riding high
I made me a dummy with a wooden head
And I snuck up to the window next to Doc's bed
I heard them three snoring like a buzzing aeroplane
I hoisted that dummy and broke out the window pane
Doc grabbed his rifle, took his aim and fired a mighty sound
I groaned dropped the dummy, spreading sawdust (?) all around
Doc swore and cussed when the body fell
"Now look what you done, we'll go to jail
If you don't bury Jack with his hat and all
?So we can escape arm of the law"?
When Doc went into the barn to get him a spade
I groaned and grumbled through the window shade
"You better take the sheet off the bed, I guess
Hand it here so's I can clear up this mess"
A few minutes later I heard Doc laugh
"Hey, that's a block of wood I shot in half"
But his old woman said from the kitchen door
"Well, what do you want the bedsheet for?"
[she knew]
They both knew I had fooled them, so sadly they did speak
That their girl they'd have to let marry Jack next Sunday week
I know they searched the whole night through until the misty dawn
They never found their darling
I'd done swiped her and had gone
I'd done swiped her and had gone

I hope you don't want all the tracks from the "Bear Family Pye in the Sky" set transcribed! I don't have that set but I've got most of his work on LP. CD or cassette except some of the worst comedy numbers.