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Lyr Req: Bridgeport by the Sea (Vaughn deLeath)

17 Aug 97 - 07:06 PM (#10588)
Subject: lyr: Beautiful Bridgeport by the Sea
From: green@scsu.ctstateu.edu

I would like lyrics (and tune if possible) to the song about Bridgeport, Connecticut. It des- cribed a time when the city was known as Park City and was quite beautiful. any help would be much appreciated.


19 Aug 97 - 02:44 AM (#10725)
Subject: RE: lyr: Beautiful Bridgeport by the Sea
From: Charlie Baum

The one rhyme I remember is:
    You can bet you very last penny but
    I will never leave Connecticut
    And that Bridgeport by the sea.

The only place I've ever heard it is on WPKN-FM (located, not surprisingly in Bridgeport).


14 Mar 06 - 10:33 PM (#1693942)
Subject: RE: lyr: Beautiful Bridgeport by the Sea
From: Charlie Baum

refresh--

Anyone know the rest of the lyrics to this?

--Charlie Baum


14 Mar 06 - 11:28 PM (#1693969)
Subject: RE: lyr: Beautiful Bridgeport by the Sea
From: Peace

It was done an a CD by Tom Callinan.


Google

Tom Callinan:Connecticut Grown

Ordering info available there.


15 Mar 06 - 12:04 PM (#1694111)
Subject: RE: lyr: Beautiful Bridgeport by the Sea
From: Jerry Rasmussen

Beautiful Bridgeport is definitely a faint memory. We live a ten minute drive from there. There's not much beauty left anymore. I'ts like many old industrial cities in New England.. ambandoned buildings, high crime and drug use... The good news is thalt there are many dedicated people who are trying to lift the city out of the ashes. It will be a daunting task and take many years, but I've seen other NewEngland cities that seemed dead come back to life.

Downtown Derby where we live looks like one of the worst sections of Bridgeport. But, there are development plans underway and it will be a beautiful city when they're done. The scale of the project is very different... we have a six block square area to re-do, and much of it is still in decent shape. Bridgeport has fifty times as much work to do.

Would the words to Fair Baltimore, that beautiful City do?

Jerry


15 Mar 06 - 12:47 PM (#1694161)
Subject: RE: lyr: Beautiful Bridgeport by the Sea
From: Charlie Baum

I know the words to "Baltimore, the beautiful city," but it's not an acceptable substitute. The authors of "The Baltimore Fire" (associated with Charlie Poole, dealing with the fire of February, 1904) don't have clever rhymes for "centennial" and "Connecticut".

"Bridgeport by the Sea" is by Vaughan DeLeath, [possibly Vaughn deLeath] circa 1936, and was written for the centennial of the city (which was created from parts of Stratford and Fairfield and incorporated in 1836).

Jerry--I've always found downtown Derby charming, in an odd ramshackle way. But I grew up in Trumbull.

--Charlie Baum


15 Mar 06 - 10:10 PM (#1694744)
Subject: RE: lyr: Beautiful Bridgeport by the Sea
From: GUEST,Joe_F

From my journal, 22 December 1972:

It took 1 h to get out of Manhattan. A little black boy next to me wanted to be reassured of every step of the way to Bridgeport (are we in the Bronx? in Connecticut?) & as we passed into that dreary town delightedly pointed out, from the vantage of the Turnpike, every street & hamburger joint of Home.

--- Joe Fineman    joe_f@verizon.net

||: Don't Run Away from a Fight married Don't Walk Away from a Mess. :||


18 Mar 06 - 03:41 PM (#1697121)
Subject: RE: lyr: Beautiful Bridgeport by the Sea
From: Jim Dixon

BRIDGEPORT BY THE SEA was originally recorded by Vaughn deLeath in 1936. Tom Callinan wrote a second verse to it and sang it on his 2001 album "Connecticut Grown." That's all the information I was able to find.


27 Dec 06 - 01:31 AM (#1919713)
Subject: RE: lyr: Beautiful Bridgeport by the Sea
From: GUEST,Guest

Now and again, a scratchy old copy is played over WFMU internet radio. Go to WFMU.org, click Search Central and then click the name or title (i think bridgeport, not beautiful). the DJ is Dave the Spazz.


29 Jul 08 - 02:23 PM (#2400511)
Subject: Lyr Add: BRIDGEPORT BY THE SEA (Vaughn deLeath)
From: Charlie Baum

Thanks to the last message, I was able to find a Real-Audio archive recording of Vaughn DeLeath singing "Bridgeport by the Sea" on Dave the Spazz's playlists, and transcribed the following from that recording:


BRIDGEPORT BY THE SEA
Vaughn DeLeath


Some folks think the sun shines brightest
In a far-off tropic clime
But for mine I'll take New England
Winter spring or summertime
I know my fervor won't grow less
For Bridgeport is my port of happiness

Bridgeport by the sea
That's where I'll always want to be
Where the great ships go sailing by
Where there's always a smiling sky

Bridgeport by the sea
Is home sweet home to me
Though we have a great centennial
My devotion is perennial
For my Bridgeport by the sea

Lovely parks where the kids can play
Or slack around at the beach all day

Bridgeport by the sea
Fair home of industry
You can bet your bottom penny but
I will never leave Connecticut
And my Bridgeport by the sea



--Charlie Baum


31 May 11 - 07:44 AM (#3163038)
Subject: News About "Bridgeport by the Sea" tune update
From: GUEST,Jeffrey Williams

For a new, updated version, with reworked lyrics, of the old "Bridgeport By The Sea" tune, visit www.bridgeport-by-the-sea.com


24 Oct 11 - 02:32 PM (#3244062)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Bridgeport by the Sea (Vaughn deLeath)
From: Charlie Baum

Thanks to my cousin-in-law Rindy who was looking for the song, I discovered a great YouTube of "Bridgeport by the Sea," illustrated with old post cards: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=baL2YqDYsFg.

--Charlie Baum


27 Oct 11 - 07:06 PM (#3245874)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Bridgeport by the Sea (Vaughn deLeath)
From: Jim Dixon

Charlie Baum: That's a fine job of transcribing, but I hear one word differently:

"Or splash around at the beach all day"