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    Nils Gustaf Lindgren Guest

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    Hello,
    I beg your pardon - in these days of spam and trollish behaviour it mayu be
    playing with fire bringing something so utterly off topic to this group,
    but, as a thread this spring showed, many here have an interest in music of
    all sorts so ... here goes:
    For a while I have ried to find out a song I remember from my foolish youth.
    It was very distinct, I could hum it for you - it was a sort of nonsense
    text based on "This old Man" (you know, "with a nick nack, paddywhack, give
    a dog a bone") - the tune however was a bouncy up-beat style which could
    have been Georgie Fame or Allan Price (but isn't as it is in none of their
    respective discographies). Also, the old man in question apparently took to
    the bottle and "got so drunk, he never went home" (here is a tenuous
    connection to the group, even if noone here would ever get that inebriated).
    Anybody who remembers? In this case, google-san-wa anata-no tomodashi-desu
    is wrong, Google gives no hints except two later recordings, one in a rap
    style, and of course the kid's metal Rockasaurus Rex.
    TIA
    Cheers
    Nils



  2. #2
    DaleW Guest

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    On Jul 28, 11:02*am, "Nils Gustaf Lindgren"
    <nils.lindg...@NOTAVALIDADRESS.se> wrote:
    > Hello,
    > I beg your pardon - in these days of spam and trollish behaviour it mayu be
    > playing with fire bringing something so utterly off topic to this group,
    > but, as a thread this spring showed, many here have an interest in music of
    > all sorts so ... here goes:
    > For a while I have ried to find out a song I remember from my foolish youth.
    > It was very distinct, I could hum it for you - it was a sort of nonsense
    > text based on "This old Man" (you know, "with a nick nack, paddywhack, give
    > a dog a bone") - the tune however was a bouncy up-beat style which could
    > have been Georgie Fame or Allan Price (but isn't as it is in none of their
    > respective discographies). Also, the old man in question apparently took to
    > the bottle and "got so drunk, he never went home" (here is a tenuous
    > connection to the group, even if noone here would ever get that inebriated).
    > Anybody who remembers? In this case, google-san-wa anata-no tomodashi-desu
    > is wrong, Google gives no hints except two later recordings, one in a rap
    > style, and of course the kid's metal Rockasaurus Rex.
    > TIA
    > Cheers
    > Nils


    certainly in my mind it's acceptable for a long time poster to
    occasionally post an OT post. I'm just sorry I have no clue to help
    you.

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    JT Guest

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    > Anybody who remembers? In this case, google-san-wa anata-no tomodashi-desu
    > is wrong, Google gives no hints except two later recordings, one in a rap
    > style, and of course the kid's metal Rockasaurus Rex.

    certainly in my mind it's acceptable for a long time poster to
    occasionally post an OT post

    .. I'm just sorry I have no clue to help
    you.

    try you tube

    JT


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    Nils Gustaf Lindgren Guest

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    > try you tube

    Did. No luck. Only Korn and Rockasaurus Rex plus 50s recordings w Mitch
    Mitchell. (



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    Joseph Coulter Guest

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    On Wed, 29 Jul 2009 11:29:40 GMT, "Nils Gustaf Lindgren"
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >> try you tube

    >
    >Did. No luck. Only Korn and Rockasaurus Rex plus 50s recordings w Mitch
    >Mitchell. (
    >

    HOw about Bill Cosby "Little Od Man"? Realizing that if I am totally
    wrong on this one as well as the resto in Quebic, I need to go back to
    trivia school.

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    Nils Gustaf Lindgren Guest

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    Thanks, but no. I think the tune I refer to is somewhat later, and closer to
    the This old man formula (with various nicks, nacks, and paddywhacks).



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    Dee Dovey Guest

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    "Nils Gustaf Lindgren" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:PJWbm.10593$[email protected]..
    > Thanks, but no. I think the tune I refer to is somewhat later, and closer
    > to the This old man formula (with various nicks, nacks, and paddywhacks).
    >


    What country are you in and what year are you referring to?

    I, of course, remember the song ... paddywhacks -- was that Australian?

    Geez, those weren't the days!
    Dee Dee



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    Nils Gustaf Lindgren Guest

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    Hello
    I am in Sweden. The year I believe was back in the early to mid 70s. I
    remember hearing it on radio and taping it (yes kids, we used them tape
    recorders back in those days, not casettes but reels of tape).
    The tune was sort of bouncy and you could dance to it. I picked it out on
    guitar, in fact, in those days I picked out three versions of the song on
    guitar. One was the "normal", like, you know, Mitch Mitchell, with a
    childrens choir("The childrens' marching song"). The second was played by a
    hillbilly band in "sawmill" which is sort of a modal tuning on 5-string
    banjo - think "Pretty Polly". And then, there was this. With a singer who
    sounded a lot like Allen Price (or possibly Georgi Fame), backed up by a
    band in the chorus while he himself rambled about the old man who stumbled
    and got so drunk, he never got home ...
    The original is English, I believe, but it was first collected by Cecil
    Sharpe, in the US, in 1906. Cecil Sharpe was a collector of old folk songs
    and ballads, trying to get find the roots to English folk music by looking
    in the US, where he conjectured they would still be remembered even though
    forgotten in England.
    Cheers
    Nils



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    Dee Dovey Guest

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    "Nils Gustaf Lindgren" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:Rqicm.10602$[email protected]..
    > Hello
    > I am in Sweden. The year I believe was back in the early to mid 70s. I
    > remember hearing it on radio and taping it (yes kids, we used them tape
    > recorders back in those days, not casettes but reels of tape).
    > The tune was sort of bouncy and you could dance to it. I picked it out on
    > guitar, in fact, in those days I picked out three versions of the song on
    > guitar. One was the "normal", like, you know, Mitch Mitchell, with a
    > childrens choir("The childrens' marching song"). The second was played by
    > a hillbilly band in "sawmill" which is sort of a modal tuning on 5-string
    > banjo - think "Pretty Polly". And then, there was this. With a singer who
    > sounded a lot like Allen Price (or possibly Georgi Fame), backed up by a
    > band in the chorus while he himself rambled about the old man who stumbled
    > and got so drunk, he never got home ...
    > The original is English, I believe, but it was first collected by Cecil
    > Sharpe, in the US, in 1906. Cecil Sharpe was a collector of old folk songs
    > and ballads, trying to get find the roots to English folk music by looking
    > in the US, where he conjectured they would still be remembered even though
    > forgotten in England.
    > Cheers
    > Nils



    Did you disregard these?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCdCeo3fxOI

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qp_pxM-NWOg

    Dee Dee



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    Nils Gustaf Lindgren Guest

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    > Did you disregard these?
    >
    > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCdCeo3fxOI
    >
    > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qp_pxM-NWOg
    >
    > Dee Dee


    Funn-EE. Never thought of Bellman as R&B singer ...

    Cheers

    Nils



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    Dee Dovey Guest

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    "Nils Gustaf Lindgren" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:5Ovcm.10608$[email protected]..
    >> Did you disregard these?
    >>
    >> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCdCeo3fxOI
    >>
    >> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qp_pxM-NWOg
    >>
    >> Dee Dee

    >
    > Funn-EE. Never thought of Bellman as R&B singer ...
    >
    > Cheers
    >
    > Nils


    Were either of these the song you were looking for?
    Dee Dee



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    Nils Gustaf Lindgren Guest

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    > Were either of these the song you were looking for?
    > Dee Dee


    Oh dear. I thought you were pulling my leg.
    No, they re not. The songs of Bellman are (I think) still taught, at least
    the less rowdy ones, in kid school, nd not considered very rythm and blues
    ....
    It is true that Old man Noa did get drunk, at least according to Genesis,
    but nick nack paddywhack does not figure in "Gubben Noa" ...
    Cheers
    Nils



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    Anders TÝrneskog Guest

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    "Nils Gustaf Lindgren" <[email protected]> skrev i melding
    news:3uRcm.10620$[email protected]..
    Hi Nils
    Not this one?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojFoOJ2s_GM

    or was it Cyril Stapleton? (hardly :-)

    Have you tried other search engines than Google?
    I landed upon this http://www.ibiblio.org/folkindex/t05.htm listing a number
    of artists under 'The Old Man'

    hth
    Anders




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