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Thread #11034   Message #3506688
Posted By: Steve Gardham
21-Apr-13 - 01:58 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)
That's an interesting variant, cobber. The reference to 'playing a-lairy' could relate to the playing of a 'ting-a-lairy' i.e., a street organ. But equally 'a-lairy' here could just mean the name of a ball game.