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Posted By: Steve Gardham
03-Sep-12 - 02:11 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: One Two Three O'Lairy (Count Basie, 1940)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One Two Three O'Lairy (Count Basie, 1940)
50s Hull, Yorks, 2-ball rhyme

1, 2, 3, a lera
I saw sister Sarah
Sittin' on a pumpalera
eating chocolate babies.

I have a vague recollection that a pumpalera was the local word for a pouffe.

The derivation of olairy could be related to the name from the street organ player of pre-war Britain called the ting-o-lairy man.