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Lyr Req/Add: Ballad of Bethnal Green (P Roberts)

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Nigel Parsons 04 Mar 13 - 05:24 PM
GUEST,jim bainbridge 24 Feb 13 - 12:34 PM
GUEST,Tom L 02 Apr 10 - 02:10 PM
GUEST,Tom Lewis 02 Apr 10 - 02:05 PM
GUEST,Moriarty the dentist 16 May 09 - 08:24 PM
TRUBRIT 10 Apr 08 - 02:05 PM
GUEST,Ray 10 Apr 08 - 04:31 AM
Gurney 09 Apr 08 - 04:39 PM
GUEST,Silvertonsiren 08 Apr 08 - 08:20 AM
GUEST,Jenny 24 Nov 07 - 11:55 AM
GUEST,Chris Murray 08 Jul 07 - 06:09 PM
Celtaddict 08 Jul 07 - 05:50 PM
AJR 04 Mar 07 - 07:05 PM
Sandra in Sydney 04 Mar 07 - 01:01 AM
TRUBRIT 04 Mar 07 - 12:13 AM
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Nigel Parsons 13 Jul 03 - 11:31 AM
John in Brisbane 19 Dec 00 - 11:58 PM
GUEST,Malcolm Smith 18 Dec 00 - 06:03 AM
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Joe Offer 13 Dec 00 - 08:31 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: WHY DID IT ALL BEGIN? (Paddy Roberts)
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 04 Mar 13 - 05:24 PM

WHY DID IT ALL BEGIN
Paddy Roberts

Why did it all begin?
Why did I get in this mess I'm in?
I guess I'm in the stew.
You're awful snooty with me, my beauty,
And I'm awful tired of you.
Look what is on my plate.
Why must I suffer this dreadful fate,
This awful state I'm in?
Lumbered with you dear, my whole life through, dear,
Oh why did it all begin?

We'd done a little drinking,
And the pair of us were stinking.
And our first embrace was underneath the table.
It was really rather thrilling,
You were ready, you were willing,
And I very soon discovered you were able.
But now that I'm on the spot,
'Spose I deserve ev'ry thing I've got.
This sotted clot was I,
But I'll bet a nicker I'm through with liquor,
From now 'til the day I die.

Why did I have to fall?
Guess I intended to have a ball,
But now it's all in vain.
Oh what a night, had the ball alright, yes,
Got me a ball and chain.
You'll find you're not so choosy
When you get a little woozy,
And on top of that the lights were pretty shaded.
It wasn't 'til the morning,
When the sun came up at dawning,
That I found my little rose was rather faded.
Then, without any doubt,
You pulled a fast one and caught me out,
You poured me out a gin.
And I had to sign on the dotted line.
Oh, why did it all begin?
Tell me, Why did it all begin?


Transcribed from "Paddy Roberts tries again"
NP


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ballad of Bethnal Green (Paddy Roberts)
From: GUEST,jim bainbridge
Date: 24 Feb 13 - 12:34 PM

For me, another of Paddy Roberts' little gems was in French, and to the unlikely !! tune of 'A wee Deoch and Doris-

'Bonsoir ma cherie, comment allez-vous?'
'Je suis tres bien, merci beaucoup'
'Etes-vous fiancee?' 'Ca fait rien'
'Voulez-vous promenade avec moi ce soir?'
'Oui oui'
'Combien?'


sorry about the lack of accents- don't know how to do that but you can see that all those daytrips to Boulogne have paid off...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ballad of Bethnal Green (Paddy Roberts)
From: GUEST,Tom L
Date: 02 Apr 10 - 02:10 PM

THE BALLAD OF BETHNAL GREEN.
(Paddy Roberts)
I tell the tale of a jealous male and a maid of sweet sixteen.
She was blonde and dumb and she lived with her Mum on the fringe of Bethnal Green.
She worked all week for a rich old Greek for her Pa was on the Dole.
And her one delight was a Friday night when she had a little rock and roll.
CHORUS: With my rit fal dal to my titty fal dal to my itty bitty fal dal day.
Then one fine day in the month of may she found her big romance.
He was tall and sleek with a scar on his cheek and a pair of Drainpipe pants.
She thought with you I could be so true through all the years to come.
For she loved the Gay Abandoned way he chewed his chewing gum. CHORUS.
It went quite well because he fell for all his girlish charms
but he had some doubts when he found her out in someone else arms.
Then he said, look here you know my dear this is going a bit too far,
then he turned quite white and sloshed her right in the middle of her cha cha cha. CHORUS.
He was brought before a man of the law who said this will not do.
I have had enough of the kind of stuff I gets from the likes of you.
And was he peeved when he received a longish time in clink.
In a fit of pique she married the Greek and now she's dressed in mink. CHORUS.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ballad of Bethnal Green (Paddy Roberts)
From: GUEST,Tom Lewis
Date: 02 Apr 10 - 02:05 PM

It went quite well because she fell for all his boyish charm
but she had some doubts when she found him out in someone else arms
Then she said look here you know my dear this is going a bit too far
then she turned quite white and he sloshed her right in the middle of her cha cha cha.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ballad of Bethnal Green (Paddy Roberts)
From: GUEST,Moriarty the dentist
Date: 16 May 09 - 08:24 PM

For the princely sum of 79p you can download the track ( or £7.99 for the entire album) from the itunes store.
Just search 'Paddy Roberts'.

My memories of Douglas Hastie singing the song around a BB campfire are re-kindled.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ballad of Bethnal Green (Paddy Robert
From: TRUBRIT
Date: 10 Apr 08 - 02:05 PM

The Belle of Barking Creek was a good one -- don't know the rest.....except of course Ballad of Bethnal Green which was hugely popular...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ballad of Bethnal Green (Paddy Robert
From: GUEST,Ray
Date: 10 Apr 08 - 04:31 AM

Just in case anyone is still interested - The Ballad of Bethnal Green was released on a Decca EP (DFE6584) "Strictly For Grown-ups" and first published in 1959. The other songs were - L'anglais avec son sang-froid, Follow Me and Love isn't what it used to be. This was followed in 1960 by (DFE6641) "Paddy Roberts Strikes Again" - with the songs The belle of Barking Creek, I love Mary, Tattooed Lady and Why did it all begin.
Ray


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ballad of Bethnal Green (Paddy Roberts)
From: Gurney
Date: 09 Apr 08 - 04:39 PM

There you go, Silversiren. Look at the 'lyric add' posting.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ballad of Bethnal Green (Paddy Roberts)
From: GUEST,Silvertonsiren
Date: 08 Apr 08 - 08:20 AM

Can anyone provide the full lyrics for Belle of Barking Creek?
Thanks!


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Subject: RE:Lyrics of the Belle of Barking Creejk)
From: GUEST,Jenny
Date: 24 Nov 07 - 11:55 AM

to Andy G

I distinctly recall that the line was "her age had been a steady 21 since 1942" At the time (1963) I worked out that she was 42. That was the only line I could recall and I was reminded because I just turned 60 and someone described it as "the 39th anniversary of my 21st birthday"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ballad of Bethnal Green (Paddy Roberts)
From: GUEST,Chris Murray
Date: 08 Jul 07 - 06:09 PM

There are several Paddy Roberts' CDs on sale at Amazon.co.uk

I'm a lifelong fan.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ballad of Bethnal Green (Paddy Robert
From: Celtaddict
Date: 08 Jul 07 - 05:50 PM

I have heard bits of 'Lavender Cowboy' off and on for years and am glad to see words.
One question though:
I have heard another verse (maybe more). There was some mention of his purse. And at some point the sheriff and a posse were after him (for stealing the strawberry gin?) and there was something about the sheriff saying "I'll getcha!" and the lavender cowboy saying, "Ooo, I'll letcha!" Was this perhaps added by someone else along the way?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ballad of Bethnal Green (Paddy Roberts)
From: AJR
Date: 04 Mar 07 - 07:05 PM

if anyone wants details of the other Bethnal Gtreen" (The blind beggar's dauhter of Bednal Green" as I noticed someone asking, I can supply this having resarched its history.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ballad of Bethnal Green (Paddy Robert
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 04 Mar 07 - 01:01 AM

I wonder what happenned to John in Brisbane's books. I hope they went to a good home.

..................

From: John in Brisbane - PM
Date: 19 Dec 00 - 11:58 PM

I bought the two Paddy Roberts books 'Strictly For Grown Ups' and 'Paddy Roberts Tries Again'. Also advertised is a third LP 'Paddy Roberts Strikes Again' (presumably it also had a printed song album associated with it). UK publisher was Essex Music.

I'll attempt to fill in the lyric blanks and notate the tunes sometime after Christmas. If too much time elapses please PM me if you need anything more specifically.

Regards, John


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ballad of Bethnal Green (Paddy Roberts)
From: TRUBRIT
Date: 04 Mar 07 - 12:13 AM

An English mudcatter visited Sinsull (Barry - I think) and he and I reminisced about the song 'Ballad of Bethnal Green' - when he went back to England this dear man found the words and sent them to me and I have sung it since........great stuff


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Still looking for Ballad of Bethnal Green
From: GUEST,sonja
Date: 02 May 05 - 01:52 AM

. . . . . She was blonde and dumb and lived with her Mum on the fringe of Bethnal Green


Looking over all the other submissions, I think that about does it. Looks like you gottem all now.


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Subject: RE: Still looking for Ballad of Bethnal Green
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 07 Sep 03 - 02:09 PM

Slight variation to Andy G's quote of "The Belle of Barking Creek"
I remember (from the EP version) the verse:
"And all day long she wheels her barrow
And behaves like a good girl ought
And she'll only stray from the straight and narrow
When the fleet is home in port"

as:
"And every day she wheels her barrow
Selling whelks and winkles by the Court*/Quart*
And she only strays from the straight and narrow
When the fleet is home in port."

*(unsure, probably quart),and her trade is reminiscent of one Molly Malone!

Nigel


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Subject: RE: Still looking for Ballad of Bethnal Green
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 23 Jul 03 - 04:04 AM

"I get" NOT "BY Gad"
As posted alredyd by AndyG (where are they now...)in 1999...the correct words.
By one of those spooky coincidences I was singing it (in my head) while on my daily walk yesterday (the forest rangers have requested I don't sing out loud, too many deer are throwing themselves in front of traffic).

RtS
(formerly RtZ)


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Subject: RE: Still looking for Ballad of Bethnal Green
From: GUEST
Date: 22 Jul 03 - 04:25 PM

Dear All,

About 40 years when we bought our first record player (mono of course) having very few records, we borrowed several from a neighbour, one was I think an "EP" (extended play", like a longish single, played I think at 45 rpm) by Paddy Roberts. As well as the Ballad of Bethnal Green (words below according to my memory, a little different from those suggested above, with uncertain words in square brackets) I can remember "The Englishman with his Sang Froid", "Love Isn't what it used to be" and "When I was a Little Wolf Cub and You Were a Brownie" (Thase may not have been the exact titles). Indeed I could probably if pushed remember large bits of the others and certainly the tunes. Not that I thought the tunes or words were out of this world, but as someone (?Noel Coward) once said "How extraordinary is the potency of cheap music" (or similar)!

THE BALLAD OF BETHNAL GREEN


I tell the tale of a jealous male and a maid of sweet sixteen.
She was blonde and dumb and she lived with her Mum on the fringe of Bethnal Green.
She worked all week for a rich old Greek for her dad was on the Dole.
And her one delight was a Friday night when she had a little rock and roll.

CHORUS: To my rit fal dal to my titty fal dal to my itty bitty fal dal day
To my rit fal dal to my titty fal dal to my itty bitty fal dal day.

Then one fine day in the month of May she found her big romance.
He was dark and sleek with a scar on his cheek and a pair of Drainpipe pants.
And she thought "With you I could be so true through all the years to come."
For she loved the Gay Abandoned way he chewed his chewing gum. CHORUS.

It started well because he fell for all her girlish charms
[But he had some doubt] when he caught her out in someone else's arms
He said "Look here, you know my dear, this is going a bit too far"
Then he went quite white and he sloshed her right in the middle of her cha cha cha.
CHORUS.

He went before a man of the law who said "This will not do.
I've had enough of this sort of stuff, By Gad, from the likes of you.
And was she peeved when he received a longish term in clink.
In a fit of pique she married the Greek and now she's dressed in mink.

CHORUS


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Subject: RE: Still looking for Ballad of Bethnal Green
From: cobber
Date: 19 Jul 03 - 10:29 AM

The Ballad of Bethnal Green was on an album called the World of British Comedy and it also included a song in similar vein by Marty Feldman. Most of the rest was sketches by people like Peter Cook and Dudley Moore. I think I've still got it. I'll see if I can look it out and maybe make an MP3 of the track.


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Subject: RE: Still looking for Ballad of Bethnal Green
From: Gurney
Date: 14 Jul 03 - 02:38 AM

Late into this one, as usual.
I have the LP 'Paddy Roberts Tries again", with the Dennis Wilson Octet, which has the following tracks:
S1
1/ Let me introduce the boys. (Musical introduction, obviously)
2/ I gave my love a cherry.
3/ You're a square
4/ We've never had it so good
5/ I wanna go home
6/ The belle of Barking Creek
7/ Why did it all begin
S2
1/ An awful lot of bull
2/ I love Mary
3/ The pie-eyed piper
4/ Tattooed lady
5/ We've got to thank Columbus
6/ Whats all this fuss about love

It is Decca Record Co London # LK 4358 1960


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Subject: RE: Still looking for Ballad of Bethnal Green
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 13 Jul 03 - 11:31 AM

WHY DID IT ALL BEGIN
Paddy Roberts (fom memory)

Why did it all begin?
How did I get in this mess I'm in?
I guess I'm in the stew,
Cos you're awful snooty with me my beauty,
And I'm awful tired of you.

We'd done a little drinking,
And the pair of us were stinking
And our first embrace was underneath the table
It was really rather thrilling,
You were ready, you were willing,
And I very soon discovered you were able

Why did I have to fall?
Guess I intended to have a ball,
But now It's all in vain,
Lumbered with you, dear,
My whole life through dear,
Oh, Why did it all begin?

We had done a little drinking
And the pair of us were stinking,
And on top of that the lights were pretty shaded.
It was't 'til the morning
When the sun came up at dawning
That I found my little rose was rather faded.
Then, without any doubt,
You pulled a fast one and caught me out,
You poured me out a gin.
And I had to sign on the dotted line
Oh why did it all begin?

Look what is on my plate
How did I get in this awful state?
This dreadful state I'm in
Lumbered with you, dear,
My whole life through dear,
Oh, Why did it all begin?
Tell me, Why did it all begin?!


(Taken from memory, with assistance from Malcolm Smith's notes above)

Nigel


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Subject: RE: Still looking for Ballad of Bethnal Green
From: John in Brisbane
Date: 19 Dec 00 - 11:58 PM

I bought the two Paddy Roberts books 'Strictly For Grown Ups' and 'Paddy Roberts Tries Again'. Also advertised is a third LP 'Paddy Roberts Strikes Again' (presumably it also had a printed song album associated with it). UK publisher was Essex Music.

I'll attempt to fill in the lyric blanks and notate the tunes sometime after Christmas. If too much time elapses please PM me if you need anything more specifically.

Regards, John


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Subject: Lyr Add: TATTOOED LADY (Paddy Roberts)
From: GUEST,Malcolm Smith
Date: 18 Dec 00 - 06:03 AM

Some fragments from memory, apologies if someone has posted better versions and I've failed to spot them.

Dreary biographical note: my cousins in Southend were big Paddy Roberts fans c. 1960, and I can remember my acute embarrassment as my mother, with me in tow, discussed with the man in the record shop whether this would be suitable material for the eleven year old me.
We ended up buying an EP.

TATTOOED LADY
(Paddy Roberts)

Oh, I was a bit of a lad, I admit.
My past was a trifle shady,
Until in the end I went right round the bend
And married a tattooed lady.

I immediately saw there were pictures galore
Round ev'ry available corner.
As I studied her frame very soon I became
An expert in flora and fauna.

On the back of each knee was a small chimpanzee.
On her thigh was a Knight of the Garter,
And just for a laugh, they had put on her calf
Eight bars of the Moonlight Sonata.

One evening I found as I ambled around,
I was feeling an absolute Charlie,
'Cause I couldn't be sure if the sketch on her jaw,
Was Picasso or Salvador Dali.

Some things I found out I just won't talk about;
I find it's inclined to embarrass.
But I give you my word, though it may sound absurd,
It was just like the Louvre in Paris.

On one of her feet you are liable to meet
A master of hounds in his habit,
And right round her waist in impeccable taste
Was a python devouring a rabbit.

I loved all the ships on one side of her hips,
The view in Peru on the other,
But I was struck dumb when I found on her tum,
A caricature of her Mother.

For this was much more than a man can endure,
Though I made the most earnest endeavor,
So I scuffled away, and I’m happy to say,
It was tat-a-tattoo forever,
Tat-a-tattoo forever,
Tat-a-tattoo forever.


Malcolm Smith

HTML line breaks added --JoeClone, 8-Jan-02.


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Subject: RE: Still looking for Ballad of Bethnal Green
From: John in Brisbane
Date: 18 Dec 00 - 01:09 AM

I posted the following to a similar thread.

I've come across two thin volumes for sale of Paddy Roberts songs including Barking Creek and Tattooed Lady. They are quite frankly very expensive for what they are and I'm loathe to buy them just to post the lyrics and tunes for the DT. Does anyone else have these please that I might be able to draw upon at some time in the future?

Regards, John


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Subject: RE: Still looking for Ballad of Bethnal Green
From: John in Brisbane
Date: 18 Dec 00 - 01:07 AM

Refresh.


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Subject: RE: Still looking for Ballad of Bethnal Green
From: Joe Offer
Date: 13 Dec 00 - 08:31 PM

Now I have, Snuffy. Spent all afternoon on them. great stuff.
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Still looking for Ballad of Bethnal Green
From: Snuffy
Date: 17 Jul 00 - 07:32 PM

Refresh.

Joe, have you harvested these?


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Subject: RE: Still looking for Ballad of Bethnal Green
From: Folkbloke
Date: 29 Jul 99 - 06:23 AM

O.K. Andy Thanks. I've waited this long, another couple of weeks won't hurt. By the way, I am in Hove, Sussex. If you are ever coming down this way let me know. There's a couple of pints waiting here with your name on. Cheers, Adrian. (folkbloke)


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Subject: RE: Still looking for Ballad of Bethnal Green
From: AndyG
Date: 29 Jul 99 - 05:02 AM

A copy can be done but not immediately I'm afraid. As I said earlier the album is in Manchester whilst I'm in Cambridge. The recording I've got was made in Manchester, is almost drowned by background hiss and is also very quiet. I'll have to get the album back to Cambridge to make a better recording but this won't happen for a couple of weeks yet.

AndyG


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Subject: RE: Still looking for Ballad of Bethnal Green
From: Roger the zimmer
Date: 29 Jul 99 - 03:47 AM

AndyG,
You're what my friends in South London would call a diamond geezer! Many thanks for the transcriptions, I can now recall the ones I knew at the time. Some of them I never knew, must have been banned from the radio! RtZ


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Subject: RE: Still looking for Ballad of Bethnal Green
From: Bert
Date: 28 Jul 99 - 04:14 PM

WHen you've finished with the tadpoles Folkbloke, would you send them along to Dick?


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Subject: RE: Still looking for Ballad of Bethnal Green
From: Folkbloke
Date: 28 Jul 99 - 04:03 PM

Dear Andy G, Well done and thanks. Brilliant. I don't know how you did it but I owe you one. You say you have a tape of the album. Any chance of running a copyand snail mailing it to me so I can get the dots down? If you can, E-mail me on folkbloke@cwcom.net and let me know. Also let me know where to send the cash for a tape. Thanks again, Adrian (folkbloke)


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Subject: RE: Still looking for Ballad of Bethnal Green
From: Bert
Date: 28 Jul 99 - 03:11 PM

Is it just me or can anyone else see a similarity to Noel Coward in this stuff?
Bert.


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Subject: Add: FOLLOW ME & LOVE ISN'T WHAT IT USED TO BE^^
From: AndyG
Date: 28 Jul 99 - 02:07 PM

FOLLOW ME
(Paddy Roberts)

When I was a little Wolf-cub and you were a Brownie
We always remembered our good turn each day
First it was your turn and then it was my turn
And life was so wonderful and carefree and gay

Follow me, follow me.
Tonight is the night of the jamboree

When I was a little Wolf-cub and you were a Brownie
We learned all the regulations of which there were lots
We wandered into the clover and tried them all over
And you did your semaphore while I did my knots

Follow me, follow me.
How's about that for a change of key?

When I was a little Wolf-cub and you were a Brownie
We did everything a Wolf-cub and Brownie should do
I wanted to be a Boy Scout so's I could salute you
With three fingers vertical instead of just two

Follow me, follow me.
We'll go to the grotto
We'll get slightly blotto
To hell with the motto
Just follow me ^^


LOVE ISN'T WHAT IT USED TO BE
(Paddy Roberts)

Love isn't what it used to be,
No sirree, no sirree:
No shrinking violets too scared to say yes,
No leading up to a gentle caress,
Just grab a handful and damn the finesse.
Love isn't what it used to be

Love's getting really up to date,
And the kids think it's great.
No, "Pray unhand me, I'd rather be dead."
No asking Papa permission to wed.
It's just, "Hiya, Honey," and hop into bed.
Love isn't what it used to be

It's quite apparent that a parent
Is a dear old-fashioned thing.
He'll brood for days on a liason
That hasn't got a wedding ring.

But now it's a different cup of tea.
Love is gay, love is free.
Marry on Monday and with no remorse
Set out on Tuesday to get a divorce,
Then find another, on Wednesday of course.
Love isn't what it used to be.

They used to do their minuetting
In a manner most genteel,
But now it's you there with your petting.
It's like a blinking five-course meal.

Yes, love used to be just like champagne.
Now it's gone down the drain,
So don't give them flowers to put round their necks.
What good are flowers? They'd rather have cheques.
To hell with the romance! Let's start on the sex.
Love isn't what it used to,
Love isn't what it used to,
Love isn't what it used to be.

The Englishman (with his usual bloody cold)

Now the Englishman is noted for his sang-froid
Which translated means his usual bloody cold
And he loves his pipe and slippers
And the missus and the nippers
And he's happy simply growing old
And he never says a word if he can help it
That's why people say he's always full of plegm
He's quite unmoved by atom-bombs and rockets to the sun
He never speaks to strangers for it simply isn't done
But when cricket starts, his fury's uncontrolled
The Englishman with his usual bloody cold

Now the Englishman could not be called romantic
His technique is not particularly good
All the French and the Italians
Chase their women round like stallions
But the Englishman's a suet-pud
And the slightest demonstration of affection
He regards as being rather infra dig
He says the way the French behave is absolutely nuts
He'd like to try it really, but he hasn't got the guts
He's scared to death the neighbours might be told
The Englishman with his usual bloody cold

Now the Englishman has lots of little foibles
And some of them are really past belief
For he's still of the opinion
That the folk in each dominion
All regard him as the big white chief
But in spite of all his curious delusions
Underneath it all he has a heart of gold
And when the Armageddon comes and all the world is dust
And men will come to judgement as we know they surely must
He'll be there with his umbrella neatly rolled
The Englishman with his usual bloody cold

^^

AndyG


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Subject: RE: Still looking for Ballad of Bethnal Green
From: AndyG
Date: 28 Jul 99 - 11:00 AM

For Adults Only, track list:
I didn't take notes when I made the recording, sorry

The Ballad Of Bethnal Green
Follow Me
?? this track is a song about love and drinking
Poor Little Country Girl
The Big DJ
I Love Mary
Why Did It All Begin

The Belle Of Barking Creek
The Tattooed Lady (Not Lydia)
Don't Upset the Little Kiddiwinks
Love Isn't What it Used to Be

The Lavender Cowboy
?? The Englishman (with his usual bloody cold)
What's All This Fuss About Love

?? = I can't remember the title.

AndyG


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE BALLAD OF BETHNAL GREEN (P Roberts)^^
From: AndyG
Date: 28 Jul 99 - 10:03 AM

THE BALLAD OF BETHNAL GREEN
Paddy Roberts

1. I tell the tale of a jealous male and a maid of sweet sixteen.
She was blonde and dumb and she lived with her mum on the fringe of Bethnal Green.
She worked all week for a rich old Greek, for her dad was on the dole,
And her one delight was a Friday night when she had a little rock and roll.

CHORUS: To my rit-fal-lal, to my titty-fal-lal,
To my itty-bitty fal-dal-day.
To my rit-fal-lal, to my titty-fal-lal,
To my itty-bitty fal-dal-day.


2. Then one fine day in the month of May, she found her big romance.
He was dark and sleek with a scar on his cheek and a pair of drainpipe pants.
And she thought: "With you I could be so true through all the years to come,"
For she loved the gay abandoned way he chewed his chewing-gum. CHORUS

3. It started well because he fell for all her girlish charms,
But he had some doubt when he caught her out in someone else's arms.
He said, "Look here: you know, my dear, this is going a bit to far."
Then he went quite white and he sloshed her right in the middle of her cha-cha-cha.

4. He went before a man of the law who said, "This will not do.
I've had enough of the sort of stuff I get from the likes of you."
And was she peeved when he received a longish term in clink.
In a fit of pique, she married the Greek and now she's dressed in mink. CHORUS


NB No chorus between verses 3 & 4 on the recording

AndyG ^^


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Subject: RE: Still looking for Ballad of Bethnal Green
From: Bert
Date: 28 Jul 99 - 09:56 AM

I want to make it quite clear to you all that the stoker WASN'T ME.

Bert.


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Subject: RE: Still looking for Ballad of Bethnal Green
From: Roger the zimmer
Date: 28 Jul 99 - 09:47 AM

AndyG
Many thanks for coming up trumps again
tara a bit Roger


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Subject: LyrAdd: LAVENDER COWBOY & BELLE OF BARKING CREEK^^
From: AndyG
Date: 28 Jul 99 - 09:21 AM

THE LAVENDER COWBOY
(Paddy Roberts)

Yippee-yi, yippee-yay
Yippee-yi, yippee-yo, yippee-yay
Which sounds rather silly,
But every hillbilly,
Spends half his life singing that way

He was just a lavender cowboy
With only three hairs on his chest
And he rode on a filly
Called Daffy-down-dilly
The prettiest horse in the west

Every morning they went out together
While the others looked on in dismay
For he'd round up the cattle
A-riding sidesaddle
Because he preferred it that way

He was just a lavender cowboy
Who committed a terrrible sin
He went out on a bender
And slugged a bartender
And stole all the strawberry gin

So the posse was sent out to find him
To bring him back dead or alive
And they knew as they went
They were hot on the scent
By the smell of Chanel Number Five

And they found him a-lying unconcious
With blood running all down his chin
'Til they looked a bit closer
And what do you know sir
They found it was strawberry gin

So they shot the lavender cowboy
And they said, as they laid him to rest
"You'll be happier now boy.
You can't be a cowboy
With only three hairs on your chest." ^^

THE BELLE OF BARKING CREEK
(Paddy Roberts)

Oh woe is me, and alas, alack!
A tear rolls down my cheek
As I tell the story of Nelly Clack,
The Belle of Barking Creek.

Her hair is yellow as the morning sun
Except where the black shows through,
And her age has been a steady twenty-one
Since nineteen-forty-two.

And ev'ry day she wheels her barrow
Selling whelks and winkles by the quart,
And she'll only stray from the straight and narrow
When the fleet is home in port.

For a sailor-boy she cannot resist;
Her mind and her knees grow weak,
And every matelot for miles has kissed
The Belle of Barking Creek.

One lovely evening when the moon was new
She stood by the garden gate.
While idly wond'ring what to do,
Poor Nelly met her fate.

A great big stoker by the name of Bert
Had come into town that day,
And he said "Cor blimey, what a piece of skirt!"
And carried her away.

And she darned his socks and she fried his bacon
And she scarcely paused for breath,
And very soon she was overtaken
By a fate that is worse than death.

Then he said, "I'm going but I'll soon be back.
I'll write to you ev'ry week."
But I know darn well that Nelly Clack
Is up the Barking Creek.

^^

AndyG


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Subject: RE: Still looking for Ballad of Bethnal Green
From: AndyG
Date: 28 Jul 99 - 09:20 AM

I now have a tape of the album For Adults Only
The content is most definitely NOT P.C.
Read on in the light of that warning :)

AndyG


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Subject: RE: Still looking for Ballad of Bethnal Green
From: Tim Jaques tjaques@netcom.ca
Date: 25 Jul 99 - 03:49 PM

The traditional ballad of Bethnal Green is the one involving the blind beggar and his pretty daughter. That's the only one of which I have knowledge.


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Subject: RE: Still looking for Ballad of Bethnal Green
From: Mike Jackson
Date: 25 Jul 99 - 03:28 AM

Okay so I'm still getting used to this chat thing.

George's version of the lyrics differ severally from my

I tell the tale of a jealous male

She was blond and and dumb and she with her Mum on the fringe of Bethnal Green

It went quite well because he fell because he fell for all her girlish charms but he wasn't so sure when he caught her out in someone else's arms

I think it was 'her cha cha cha'

The 'cha cha cha' a sort of nudge nudge wink wink euphemism for some un-named naughty part of her.

Having commented on the lyrical variations, there seem to be several recordings of the song and at least one version of the 'Strictly for Grown-ups' album with songs like Lavendar Cowboy and the Boy Scout Song censored

Regards Mike


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Subject: RE: Still looking for Ballad of Bethnal Green
From: Folkbloke
Date: 24 Jul 99 - 12:21 PM

Thanks George, do you have any more of Paddy's Songs? "Lavender Cowboy" "When I was a Boy Scout & you were a Brownie" etc? Also again, anyone with records or music books of Paddy Roberts songs let me know. Folkbloke


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Subject: RE: Still looking for Ballad of Bethnal Green
From: George
Date: 24 Jul 99 - 05:07 AM

I tell a tale of a jealous male
And a maid of sweet sixteen
She was blonde and dumb and she lived with her Mum
On the fringe of Bethnal Green
She worked all week for a rich old Greek
For her Dad was on the dole.
And her one delight was a Friday night
When she had a little rock and roll.
CHO.

Well all went well because he fell
For all her girlish charms
Until one fine night when he caught her right
In some-one else’s arms
He said, "Look here, you know my dear,
This is going just a bit to far.”
And he went quite white and he slapped her right
In the middle of the cha cha cha
CHO.

He went before a man of the law who
Said, "this will not do. I've had enough
Of this sort of stuff as I'm getting from
The likes of you.”
And was she peeved when he received
A longish term in clink.
In a fit of pique she married the Greek
And now she's dressed in mink^^

HTML line breaks added --JoeClone, 8-Jan-02.


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Subject: RE: Still looking for Ballad of Bethnal Green
From: Legal Eagle
Date: 23 Jul 99 - 06:41 PM

1. Yes, that's the Portuguese one and I'm sure I remember Paddy Roberts singing it. When I say "I'm sure" I mean of course that I'm not.

2. We have Brimmo for the millennium at our club. Must make sure he does it.


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Subject: RE: Still looking for Ballad of Bethnal Green
From: Folkbloke
Date: 23 Jul 99 - 11:25 AM

Hi Everyone, Thanks for all your help so far. I hope soon to get a copy of the "Strictly for Grown-ups" book. If any of you find any of his records and want to sell them, let me know and if they are within my price range I will be glad to take them off your hands. folkbloke@cwcom.net


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Subject: RE: Still looking for Ballad of Bethnal Green
From: peter bugden - bugden@primus.com.au
Date: 20 Jul 99 - 03:00 AM

re the request on Portuguese(Martin Ryan)

the song is called "She Loved a Portuguese" and was written by one P.Cosgill. I have it recorded live in UK by Derek Brimstone in 1974. You can contact him on email at: brimo1@cmail.com I hope this helps.


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Subject: RE: Still looking for Ballad of Bethnal Green
From: Roger the zimmer
Date: 19 Jul 99 - 03:59 AM

Now I know why I am still married after nearly 30 years !SHE remembers having an EP of Paddy Roberts, alas, long since swiped, she suspects, by a former roommate. However, being MUCH younger than me(as she always tells people), she has remembered more fragments:
Love isn't what it used to be
No siree
No asking papa permission to wed Love...

It's quite apparent that a parent
Is a dear old fashioned thing
He'll dwell for days on a liaison
That hasn't got a wedding ring
Love..

No shrinking violet too scared to say "Yes"
It's just grab a handfull and damn the finesse

And the wolf cub song:
When I was a wolf cub and you were a brownie
We always remembered our good turn each day
First it was your turn and then it was my turn
And life was so wonderful and carefree and gay
Follow me, follow me, tonight is the night of the Jamboree

When I was a wolf cub and you were a brownie
We did all the things a wolf cub and brownie should do
I wanted to be a Boy Scout so I could salute you
With three fingers vertical instead of just two
Follow me...

We'll go to the grotto and get slightly blotto
To hell with the motto
Just follow me.

Still some gaps to fill, but it's growing gradually!


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Subject: RE: Still looking for Ballad of Bethnal Green
From: Folkbloke
Date: 14 Jul 99 - 06:36 PM

Will check into all those, Thanks folks. Keep it coming. The great thing would be to get in conyact with some of his family. I would love to produce a tribute show about Paddy and his work. Look forward to your postings. Adrian. (folkbloke@cwcom.net).


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