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Lyr Req: Hooligan's Mule (Lester Barett)

Bryn Pugh 15 Oct 09 - 10:51 AM
Jim Dixon 18 Oct 09 - 10:35 PM
Bryn Pugh 19 Oct 09 - 11:16 AM
Jim Dixon 20 Oct 09 - 06:27 PM
GUEST,# 07 Apr 21 - 10:31 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: 'Patsy Houlihan's Mule'
From: Bryn Pugh
Date: 15 Oct 09 - 10:51 AM

I am after the lyric to what I think might have been a music hall song, Patsy Houlihan's Mule. There follows what I have so far :

There's thunder in the atmosphere, there's murder in the air

Since Pat Houlihan (NB might be "hooligan") last Thursday bought a mule down at the fair ;

And when he tried it in the shafts, it kicked the cart to bits -

It chewed up all the harness and it gave the neighbours fits.

Chorus (??) O, Hooligan !

If ever you buy a mule again !

You ought to be shot, you're off your dot,

You are a silly fool.

It's kicked the top of the steeple off -

It's killed a dozen policemen off -

And if you want to die quick, just get a kick

From Patsy Hooligan's mule.

Love it !!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Patsy Houlihan's Mule'
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 18 Oct 09 - 10:35 PM

The British Library has the sheet music:

HOOLIGAN'S MULE
Written and composed by Lester Barett
London: Francis, Day & Hunter [1897]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Patsy Houlihan's Mule'
From: Bryn Pugh
Date: 19 Oct 09 - 11:16 AM

Got an address, please, Jim ?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Patsy Houlihan's Mule'
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 20 Oct 09 - 06:27 PM

Here's where I found the information:

British Library Integrated Catalogue.

On that page, click "Search the Integrated Catalogue".

On the next page, put "hooligan's mule" into the search box.
Under "Search by" select "Word from title".
After "Exact phrase?" select "Yes".
Click "Go".
That brings up exactly one result.

Is that what you wanted?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Hooligan's Mule (Lester Barett) BINGO
From: GUEST,#
Date: 07 Apr 21 - 10:31 PM

HOOLIGAN'S MULE

There's murder in the atmosphere,
There's earthquakes in the air;
Pat Hooligan, last Thursday,
Bought a mule down at the fair.
When he tried to put it in the shafts,
It smashed the cart to bits.
It chewed up all the harness,
And gave all the neighbours fits.

Chorus: Oh, Hooligan, if ever you buy a mule a-gin,
You ought to be shot, you've gone off your dot,
You are a stupid fool.
It's killed a lot of people off,
Kicked the top of the steeple off;
If you want to die quick, just get a kick,
From Patsy Hooligan's mule.

They tried their best to coax the brute,
Inside the stable door,
They coaxed it with a crow-bar,
Till the poor old mule was sore;
Then Hogan said that kindness
To and animal was best;
He commenced to stroke the mule and now,
Hogan's gone to rest.

Chorus:

He chewed up all the tramway lines,
He smashed in all the roofs;
He killed a dozen p'licemen
With his eighty one tonne hoofs.
We held a public meeting
Down at Micky Doolan's school,
To discuus the best and safest way
To kill that murdering mule.

Chorus:

Written, composed and performed by Lester Barrett (d. 1924) - 1897
From monologues.co.uk Music Hall Lyrics Collection


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