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Re: [ARSCLIST] Can You Identify This Tune? [78-l] [ARSCLIST]

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From: "Aaron Z Snyder" <aaron@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
> I have no information regarding the tune. All I have is a comment on the
> "lyrics". My only previous exposure to these verses was a variant which
> published in "fact:" magazine, circa 1965. The magazine was one of the
> successful ventures by Ralph Ginzburg, who was better known at the time
> his legal troubles over distribution by the US Postal System of his
> "Eros". That was the same period in which poor Lenny Bruce was being
> persecuted for his so-called obscenities which he used on the stage. The
> "good old days" were anything but!
> The variant of the lyrics in question was published in an article about
> lavatory graffiti, and that was my only exposure to Sam prior to this
> posting. I had no idea that Sam had actually made it to recorded media! I
> suspect that ARSC-member Bill Schurk knows everything there is about this
> song (I was bowled over by his encyclopedic knowledge of such things at
> year's ARSC convention.). He certainly would be a good starting-point for
> your inquiry.
Well, back in my younger days (yes, Virginia, I was once young!) we used to
know dozens of these ribald ballads...which, in a sense, were TRUE folk
(handed down by oral tradition, and anonymously, since no one dare claim
I further added to my collection by hanging out with various drunks and ski
bums during my stay in Garmisch. I probably know a few dozen, but there
to be little demand for such melodies these days (seems like there ought to
be a web site devoted to such ephemera, but I have yet to find it!).
A few of my favourites (titles are as I knew 'em):
An Engineer Told Me Before He Died
Ay Ay Yi Yi (same song as "Rhymes" but different chorus, unexpurgated--
repeats as many limericks as the participants know)
Four and Twenty Virgins
Gonna Tie My P***r To a Tree (tune of "Come Ti Yi Yippie Yippie Ay)
My God, How the Money Rolls In
The Night Before Christmas (lewd version) (forgot some of this one!)
The Wild West Show
While the Train Is In the Station (tune of "Humoresque")
and one I have never found is "Seven Old Ladies (Were Locked In the
Steven C. Barr

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