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Posted By: GUEST,henryp
23-Oct-14 - 08:08 AM
Thread Name: fifties popsongs that started as folk
Subject: RE: fifties popsongs that started as folk
Seth Davy/Whiskey on a Sunday

Hum; mm mm mm mm Come day, go day
Wish in me heart for Sunday
Hum; mm mm mm mm Drinking buttermilk all the week
Whiskey on a Sunday.

Glyn Hughes of Liverpool, England [1932-1972]

Notes by Matthew Edwards on Mudcat: Glyn Hughes was a folk singer in Liverpool in the late 50's and 60's who died quite young, and it seems that he wrote this song after hearing stories about Seth Davy from older people. Glyn Hughes recorded the song for Fritz Spiegl about 1959. (Information from Fritz Spiegl's Liverpool Street Songs and Broadside Ballads published by the Scouse Press as Liverpool Packet No 1)

Popularised by The Spinners and a hit for Danny Doyle in 1968, when it remained at No. 1 in the Irish charts for 10 weeks.

The chorus is adapted from Come Day, Go Day, or Massa is a Stingy Man, sung by Dan Emmett (18151904), an American songwriter, entertainer, and founder of the first troupe of the blackface minstrel tradition.

Oh, massa is a stingy man,
And all his neighbors knows it.
He keeps good whiskey in his house,
An neber says, here goes it.

Sing come day, go day,
God send Sunday,
We'll drink whiskey all de week,
And buttermilk o' Sunday.