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Posted By: GUEST,henryp
12-Oct-14 - 09:44 AM
Thread Name: fifties popsongs that started as folk
Subject: RE: fifties popsongs that started as folk
The Quartermaster's Stores was popular in the skiffle craze of the fifties.

There are snakes, snakes, snakes Big as garden rakes,
In the store! In the store!
There are snakes, snakes, snakes, Big as garden rakes,
In the Quartermaster's store.

My eyes are dim I cannot see
I have not brought my specs with me
I have not brought my specs with me

It's a British WW2 song, a parody of the hymn "There is Power in the Blood";

There is power, power, Wonder working power,
In the blood, Of the Lamb!
There is power, power, Wonder working power,
In the precious blood of the Lamb.

The text and tune were both written Lewis Edgar Jones at a camp meeting at Mountain Lake Park, MD. It was first printed in Songs of Praise and Victory, compiled at Philadelphia, PA, in 1899 for the Pepper Publishing Co. by Gilmour and William James Kirkpatrick. (Source; Hymn of the Day)

The Shadows had all played in skiffle groups. Hank B Marvin and Bruce Welch had been in a skiffle group at school, while Jet Harris and Tony Meehan had played in The Vipers. Quatermasster's Stores became the B side of Apache by The Shadows. Norrie Paramor had wanted it to be the A side, but his daughters preferred Apache. The record was released in July 1960 - and The Shadows became an instrumental group.

Does anyone remember Quatermass and the Pit?