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dwditty 28 May 00 - 05:52 AM
GUEST,CrazyEddie 28 May 00 - 07:20 AM
mick56 29 May 00 - 12:24 AM
Chanteyranger 29 May 00 - 05:00 AM
GUEST,LWatso 29 May 00 - 09:09 AM
Giac 29 May 00 - 11:15 AM
GUEST,Jill 29 May 00 - 02:28 PM
Chanteyranger 30 May 00 - 01:27 AM
GUEST,brm@televar.com 31 May 00 - 12:20 AM
MsMoon 31 May 00 - 10:35 PM
Mbo 31 May 00 - 10:44 PM
TerriM 01 Jun 00 - 10:35 AM
GUEST,ohwilliedear@yahoo.com 01 Jun 00 - 01:55 PM
Victoria H. 02 Jun 00 - 12:32 AM
alison 02 Jun 00 - 04:09 AM
alison 02 Jun 00 - 04:18 AM
Robo 03 Jun 00 - 12:07 AM
Art Thieme 08 Jun 00 - 09:32 PM
DougR 08 Jun 00 - 11:36 PM
GUEST,LU/U 09 Jun 00 - 03:32 PM
Pene Azul 09 Jun 00 - 03:46 PM
Susanne (skw) 19 Jan 02 - 06:32 PM
Mr Happy 11 Sep 09 - 10:52 AM
Acorn4 11 Sep 09 - 12:09 PM
MGM·Lion 11 Sep 09 - 01:44 PM
john f weldon 11 Sep 09 - 02:43 PM
Peace 11 Sep 09 - 02:48 PM
MGM·Lion 12 Sep 09 - 08:07 AM
GUEST,Ken Brock 12 Sep 09 - 08:46 AM
Gweltas 12 Sep 09 - 10:43 PM
GUEST,Beth Landau 12 Sep 09 - 10:59 PM
MGM·Lion 13 Sep 09 - 03:34 AM
MGM·Lion 13 Sep 09 - 05:22 AM
Little Hawk 13 Sep 09 - 05:57 AM
frogprince 13 Sep 09 - 03:16 PM
MGM·Lion 13 Sep 09 - 03:24 PM
john f weldon 13 Sep 09 - 03:27 PM
Allen in Oz 13 Sep 09 - 06:13 PM
sing4peace 14 Sep 09 - 11:20 AM
Mr Happy 15 Sep 09 - 10:53 AM
Dave Roberts 13 Jan 10 - 02:58 AM
GUEST,Bob L 13 Jan 10 - 08:06 AM
Acorn4 13 Jan 10 - 09:42 AM
MGM·Lion 13 Jan 10 - 09:48 AM
Dave the Gnome 13 Jan 10 - 09:53 AM
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Subject: Lyr Add: LITTLE GREEN BUTTONS (Fred Koller)
From: dwditty
Date: 28 May 00 - 05:52 AM

One of my favorites

Little Green Buttons by Fred Koller - one of his songs with the recurring theme about various attepmts to save relationships:

Little Green Buttons

The honeymoon ended a decade ago
Now if he still loves her he don't say so
So she's takin' her blues to the house of tattoos
Gettin' little green buttons on her bithday suit

Chorus

She put little green buttons all in a row
From her face to the place they ain't ever gonna show
Might sound crazy, but it sure looks cute
She put little green buttons on her birthday suit

She had supper in the oven when he came home
Now he's snorin' on the sofa to the late, late, show
It was ten days later before he knew>br> About the little green buttons on her birthday suit

Chorus

But now she's livin' in a house of love
She's got his attention, he can't get enough
He spends every evening trying to undo
Those little green buttons on her bithday suit

Chorus


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Subject: RE: The funniest song you have ever heard!
From: GUEST,CrazyEddie
Date: 28 May 00 - 07:20 AM

Billy Connely's parody of "Two Little Boys" is pretty good, but I have to mention Peter Buckley Hill. He used to play at Cambridge Filk Festival, (and lots of other places I guess) His songs included "Sausages are Better Than Sex" "Torn Between Two Plovers" "Vlad The Impaler" and "Alphonso the Flying Haddock"

The condor flew over the mountains, And snarled at the birds below saying, "Just watch it OK, I'm a big bird of prey, And You lot had better start praying.

Then he stopped in mid swoop with surprise, As a flat-fish flew right past his eyes: He flies to the aid of all birds in distress, from his secret under-sea paddock. It isn't a bird, it isn't a plane, it's Alphonso the flying haddock.


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Subject: RE: The funniest song you have ever heard!
From: mick56
Date: 29 May 00 - 12:24 AM

my canary has circle`s under it`s eye`s. by ..... captin matchbox whoopee band.


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Subject: RE: The funniest song you have ever heard!
From: Chanteyranger
Date: 29 May 00 - 05:00 AM

Tom Lehrer's "The Vatican Rag." Seed's Christmas choice a close second.


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Subject: RE: The funniest song you have ever heard!
From: GUEST,LWatso
Date: 29 May 00 - 09:09 AM

I saw a reference earlier to the Arrogant Worms. I love all their tunes, but my special favourite is "Rippy, The Gator". Here's the chorus: Rippy the gator goes chomp, chomp, chomp Rippy the gator goes chomp, chomp, chomp Passing the time By ending childrens' lives Down at the bottom of the swamp, swamp, swamp.


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Subject: RE: The funniest song you have ever heard!
From: Giac
Date: 29 May 00 - 11:15 AM

Any of the Gene Autry 78s that were sold from "under"
the counter at your local record store.

A "Pistol-Packin' Pappa," parody for instance.
Mr. Autry wore a white hat, but he wrote some
"risky" songs for his time. They'd hardly get a grin
now, but they were hilarious at the time. It's been
40+ years since I've heard them, so can't remember any more titles.

and

"Porky Pig Singing B-b-b-blue Christmas," locally done
and played on an area radio station every Christmas
and done by, I believe, Seymour Swine.


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Subject: RE: The funniest song you have ever heard!
From: GUEST,Jill
Date: 29 May 00 - 02:28 PM

Funniest song to me is "Oh! Oh! Oh! Oh! Doctor!" by Ted Snyder and Irving Berlin. What woman hasn't had a sexual fantasy about a handsome doctor? And in this song, the doctor is only too willing to fulfill the dream. I crack up every time I sing it. It's esp. funny considering the prim and proper Victorian-Edwardian era in which it was written. Definitely a song ahead of its time.


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Subject: RE: The funniest song you have ever heard!
From: Chanteyranger
Date: 30 May 00 - 01:27 AM

How could I forget - Dave Van Ronk was commisioned to write a song for New Jersey's bicentennial. He came out with one with the lyrics only being the names of NJ cities and towns. I mean, EVERY word in the song was a place name. Brilliant and hilarious!


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Subject: RE: The funniest song you have ever heard!
From: GUEST,brm@televar.com
Date: 31 May 00 - 12:20 AM

WE need help finding the words to an old song that has the words "stop kickin my dog around, even if he is a hound, you gotta stop kickin my dog around. We would appricate all the help we can get....thanks,


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Subject: RE: The funniest song you have ever heard!
From: MsMoon
Date: 31 May 00 - 10:35 PM

A friend of mine does a song called "The Alcohol of Fame" whenever a drunk gets too obnoxious. I don't know if it's in the db, but it's a great one.

2nds on Seamus Kennedy's "Old MacDonald's Deformed Farm." VERY un-pc, but brings tears of mirth to your eyes. I once played it for friends as we drove down I-95 and we actually had to pull over, lest we run off the road, we were laughing so hard.

I am never allowed to leave a campfire these days without playing Dan Bern's "Jerusalem". It doesn't SEEM funny, but there's a section that I can't get through without finally breaking down in laughter...


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Subject: RE: The funniest song you have ever heard!
From: Mbo
Date: 31 May 00 - 10:44 PM

Hey Timbrel, "Alcohol of Fame" is by The Wood Brothers. A classic song...I haven't heard it in 5 years, used to be a family favorite!

--Mbo


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Subject: Lyr Add: DOPE SMOKING RAG
From: TerriM
Date: 01 Jun 00 - 10:35 AM

My husband Steve's "Dope smoking Rag" is my current favourite
This morning I woke up to say
I'm not gonna smake any dope today
It's time for me to give my lungs a rest
I threw the windows open wide
and flush with pride as I decide
To put my resolution to the test

By lunchtime I'm craving
It's a good job I was saving
Those roaches from the ashtrays of my past
I may not be too quick to see
the effect this stuff is having on me
But I do know how to make a good thing last

So pass me the papers and the cigarettes
Virtues are desirable but they don't make very good pets
So I'll loosen off my necktie and stifle regrets

There's more on the same theme, done in a shit-kicking country voice, makes me laugh like a drain!


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Subject: RE: The funniest song you have ever heard!
From: GUEST,ohwilliedear@yahoo.com
Date: 01 Jun 00 - 01:55 PM

In the Ghetto Elvis Presley

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahha


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Subject: RE: The funniest song you have ever heard!
From: Victoria H.
Date: 02 Jun 00 - 12:32 AM

"The Devil and the Bailiff", Eric Bogle's "Bob Dylan Song",and Ian Robb's take on an great Stan Rogers song, (Barrett's Privateers) called "Garnett's Homemade Beer" !


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Subject: RE: The funniest song you have ever heard!
From: alison
Date: 02 Jun 00 - 04:09 AM

Victoria Wood's "let's do it.....

Seamus Kennedy's "Old Macdonald" is a scream.....

and one along the lines of "Here come the vikings.... hurdy-gurdy-hurdy-gurdy... blood curdling scream......" only heard once but never forgotten.....

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: The funniest song you have ever heard!
From: alison
Date: 02 Jun 00 - 04:18 AM

I jsut found them on the net... here's Victoria Wood's

alternative tango

and The Ballad of Barry and Freda (let's do it)

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: The funniest song you have ever heard!
From: Robo
Date: 03 Jun 00 - 12:07 AM

Appreciate the Zappas, really do, and the Lehrers, the Prines, Goodmans and Paxtons, but we're a mile down this list and Loudon Wainwright III's nowhere to be found? Hello . . . ?


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Subject: RE: The funniest song you have ever heard!
From: Art Thieme
Date: 08 Jun 00 - 09:32 PM

The answer to this querie, for me, must be the song that answers the question, "Why are Eskimo's scrotums so huge?"----but given the absolutely stupid and moronic topics of threads here at Mudcat in recent months, I do suspect this topic has probably been thoroughly looked into.

Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: The funniest song you have ever heard!
From: DougR
Date: 08 Jun 00 - 11:36 PM

"Don't Pet the Dog," gets my vote.


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Subject: RE: The funniest song you have ever heard!
From: GUEST,LU/U
Date: 09 Jun 00 - 03:32 PM

"Not Nice To Fool Mother Nature" I forget the artist's name but I heard it and taped it off Dr. Demento in the early '80's.


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Subject: RE: The funniest song you have ever heard!
From: Pene Azul
Date: 09 Jun 00 - 03:46 PM

Looks like it's time to continue this one.
It's getting too long for some folks to load.

Please post to The funniest song you have ever heard II.

---Please Do Not Post More Here---


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Subject: RE: The funniest song you have ever heard!
From: Susanne (skw)
Date: 19 Jan 02 - 06:32 PM

Just for the record: SS Shieldall (see posting by Stewart, 26 May 00) is credited to John Murphy on the album 'Unity Creates Strength' (1972). I haven't worked out the verses so far. If I eventually do I'll post them elsewhere. And now, PLEASE GO ON POSTING TO THE NEW THREAD!


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Subject: RE: The funniest song you have ever heard!
From: Mr Happy
Date: 11 Sep 09 - 10:52 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kn9YiF3gPAM


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Subject: RE: The funniest song you have ever heard!
From: Acorn4
Date: 11 Sep 09 - 12:09 PM

Verry funny song, but I was slightly distracted by the fact that Ms Wood's voice has started to sound like June Tabor in places.


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Subject: RE: The funniest song you have ever heard!
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 11 Sep 09 - 01:44 PM

Trouble is, so many different SORTS of funny song - Spike Jones ["Chloe'} ; music-hall ["I asked Johnny Jones"; "4-Horse Sharrybang"];
folk {"The Devil & the Feathery Wife", "The Tailor in the Teachest";"Butter&Cheese&All"; "The Brown Girl"] ... ah me; think I'll just go & sing right thru Chevy Chase & go back to bed ...


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Subject: RE: The funniest song you have ever heard!
From: john f weldon
Date: 11 Sep 09 - 02:43 PM

Mysterious subjunctification & funny....
"Red Kimono" Peter & Lou Berryman

Poignant & funny...
"Homelessness" P&L B again

Gets better as it gets more outdated & politically incorrect....
"Mad Dogs & Englishmen" by Noel Coward

Nasty funny
"My Object All Sublime" or "I've got a little list" (G&S)

But if you want to appeal to your inner idiot...
"I took my gal to the baseball game" (Trad)


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Subject: RE: The funniest song you have ever heard!
From: Peace
Date: 11 Sep 09 - 02:48 PM

"Little Brown Shack Out Back" by Billy Ed Wheeler.


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Subject: RE: The funniest song you have ever heard!
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 12 Sep 09 - 08:07 AM

... or maybe it's TheFriarInTheWell

... or maybe it's just the *idea* of JohnnyTodd getting to be known
    to one&all as TheZCarsTune....

          Ho hum - back2bed


                Ah — got it!   
      
         ♫♫ SLEEP·SWEETER - BOURNVITA ♫♫


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Subject: RE: The funniest song you have ever heard!
From: GUEST,Ken Brock
Date: 12 Sep 09 - 08:46 AM

The Tom Lehrer revue Tomfoolery (which incidentally right now has 3 productions - in St Louis MO, Portland OR and DeKalb IL), has a 1-2-3 punch in the second act that can't be beat with "Smut", "Oedipus Rex" and "Masochism Tango".

And I just about fell out of bed laughing the first time I heard his "Vatican Rag" on the radio, back in 1968.

My all-time pick for funniest recording would have to be the Stan Freberg (with Daws Butler) cover of the Platters' "The Great Pretender", where the jazz pianist does not want to play that "klink klink" stuff.


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Subject: RE: The funniest song you have ever heard!
From: Gweltas
Date: 12 Sep 09 - 10:43 PM

Try "The Politician's Song" written by Mudcat's own Chordstrangler, AKA Mickey MacConnell. It is a hoot !!

"The Dog In The Microwave" a parody to the tune of "The Lincolnshire Poacher" is also most entertaining.


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Subject: RE: The funniest song you have ever heard!
From: GUEST,Beth Landau
Date: 12 Sep 09 - 10:59 PM

The entire collection on Andy Breckman's Don't Get Killed album is worth a listen.


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Subject: RE: The funniest song you have ever heard!
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 13 Sep 09 - 03:34 AM

Having just added it to the Well·Done·England thread — it has to be Football Crazy -

followed, for no partic reason except I just found myself singing it over breakfast, by The Day We Went To Rothesay-O


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Subject: RE: The funniest song you have ever heard!
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 13 Sep 09 - 05:22 AM

... plus, in different genre, Coward's Mad·Dogs·&·Englishmen


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Subject: RE: The funniest song you have ever heard!
From: Little Hawk
Date: 13 Sep 09 - 05:57 AM

Sister Josephine - Jake Thakray (plus many others by him too)

He's Nobody's Moggie Now - Eric Bogle

I'll add to that that some of Bob Dylan's early talking blues stuff was quite funny, specially when it first came out and you heard it with fresh ears, so to speak. Then too, he has some hilarious deadpan lines in certain songs such as: "I hear you got a new boyfriend, no I never seen him before...I saw makin' love to him...you forgot to close the garage door." Damn funny, in my opinion. The line in there about the hat "you know, it balances on your head just like a mattress balances on a bottle of wine" is pretty droll too.

And then there's Paul Anka's "Havin' My Baby"....utterly frickin' hilarious, though I don't think he intended it that way. ;-D

Regarding the Eric Bogle song about not bein' "willin' to play Bob Dylan"....well, it's quite amusing when Bogle does it, yes...but I absolutely love to play Bob Dylan. So I can forgive Eric Bogle, because it's his song and all...but do I need to hear other people singing it? Naw... I think they're just a tad jealous of Bob at some level, whether they will ever admit it to themselves or anyone else.

I went to a folk club in southern Ontario that's run by a bunch of pretentious sods who think the sun rises and sets on them because they all have Scottish or Irish accents, beards, and a repertoire strictly from that exclusive UK/Ireland background, and the president of the club sang that Eric Bogle song, much delighting himself and his cronies. I went on right after him and I sang a Bob Dylan song for them. ;-D Considerably better than they could do it too, I think, assuming they would ever deign to stoop that low.


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Subject: RE: The funniest song you have ever heard!
From: frogprince
Date: 13 Sep 09 - 03:16 PM

Just heard a new one for my list last night; John Flynn's children's song, "A Manatee Sneezed on Me"; a very innocent story-in-song of what actually happened to one of his kids, and a hoot.


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Subject: RE: The funniest song you have ever heard!
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 13 Sep 09 - 03:24 PM

Flanders & Swann must be up there with a claim too - probably 'Twas on a Monday morning'. & which of Tom Lehrer's takes top place?


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Subject: RE: The funniest song you have ever heard!
From: john f weldon
Date: 13 Sep 09 - 03:27 PM

Just discovered this...

alphabet


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Subject: RE: The funniest song you have ever heard!
From: Allen in Oz
Date: 13 Sep 09 - 06:13 PM

" Ernie" by Benny Hill

AD


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Subject: RE: The funniest song you have ever heard!
From: sing4peace
Date: 14 Sep 09 - 11:20 AM

Almost anything by Lou and Peter Berryman. Especially "A Chat With Your Mother".

Joyce


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Subject: RE: The funniest song you have ever heard!
From: Mr Happy
Date: 15 Sep 09 - 10:53 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nNGlaiVypU


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Subject: RE: The funniest song you have ever heard!
From: Dave Roberts
Date: 13 Jan 10 - 02:58 AM

I agree with a lot of the above, particularly: 'Sister Josephine' and loads of other Jake Thackray songs.
Also practically anything by Flanders and Swann.
And Victoria Wood's 'Let's Do It' ('beat me on the bottom with the Woman's Weekly' - a classic line).
But Mr Happy should not be so modest.
As mentioned in a previous thread, we were all highly tickled at Bull Bay last August with his somewhat eccentric version of 'Old MacDonald Had A Farm'.


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Subject: RE: The funniest song you have ever heard!
From: GUEST,Bob L
Date: 13 Jan 10 - 08:06 AM

Once upon a time I encountered the duo Mechanical Horsetrough, whose songs were alternately indelicate in the extreme or libellous about Watney's Red Barrel, occasionally both, and their style fell very much into the "not a dry knicker in the house" category. It took me 25 years to track down the words of "Teddy Bears' Raveup", now shown at http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=62712 (sorry, can't get the clicky engine to work).

Still one of my favourites, along with others mentioned in this thread.


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Subject: RE: The funniest song you have ever heard!
From: Acorn4
Date: 13 Jan 10 - 09:42 AM

I know his humour is completely out of vogue, but to me "The Old Fiddler" by Benny Hill has to be one of the funniest ever.


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Subject: RE: The funniest song you have ever heard!
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 13 Jan 10 - 09:48 AM

So does his Pepys' Diary — "Lord Clarendon walks swiftly on, But naughty Samuel peeps..."


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Subject: RE: The funniest song you have ever heard!
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 13 Jan 10 - 09:53 AM

The vicar and the frog always sets me off even though I know what is coming.

DeG


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Subject: RE: The funniest song you have ever heard!
From: RoyH (Burl)
Date: 22 Feb 10 - 12:27 PM

Hello Callie (21 Dec 1999) I don't think Manura Manyah is trad. I think it was written by Matt McGinn.(but I could be wrong) Burl.


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Subject: RE: The funniest song you have ever heard!
From: GUEST
Date: 24 Feb 10 - 05:39 AM

Tom Paxton could turn them out and so can Fascinating Aida check them out on Youtube


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Subject: RE: The funniest song you have ever heard!
From: GUEST,frithagrey
Date: 24 Mar 10 - 03:19 PM

"Have a Little Priest" from Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street. You don't even have to watch the whole musical, I've played just this song for friends who have never heard of it and they fall on the floor every time.


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Subject: RE: The funniest song you have ever heard!
From: GUEST,JonR
Date: 25 Mar 10 - 11:49 AM

I go with Jake Thackeray's performance of Brother Gorilla (written by George Brassens).
I saw him do it live about 35 years ago (my band were supporting him), and still remember the penultimate verse word for word:

"Now the gorilla is very proficient
In the role of a paramour
But his mental equipment's deficient
And his eyesight's exceedingly poor.
With a paleolithic leer
He gave the old lady a miss
And grabbing the judge by the ear
Gave him an introductory kiss"

As ever with JT, his morose, urbane, cultivated expression, courageous resistance to corpsing, and biting precision of delivery gave the lyrics a power they can lack on the page. (The triumphant yet restrained sneer as he spat out the "introductory kiss" phrase.)
I was practically on the floor with stunned admiration at this point of the song - struggling not to collapse in case I missed the next finely honed gem.


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Subject: RE: The funniest song you have ever heard!
From: frogprince
Date: 27 Mar 10 - 11:02 PM

I Just heard a live cover performance of this for the first time tonight; I really think the group, Bill Bynum and Company, perform it better than Carll, but gotta give him credit for writting it. She Left Me For Jesus


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