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Lyr Req: Uncle Joe's Mint Balls

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HOP UP, MY LADIES
UNCLE JOE
UNCLE JOE'S "HAIL COLUMBIA"


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Subject: Uncle Joe's Mint Balls
From: Melbert
Date: 11 Jan 00 - 07:38 PM

Anyone have the lyrics for this song? Believe it was written by Mike Harding and recorded by Houghton Weavers.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Uncle Joe's Mint Balls
From: Llanfair
Date: 12 Jan 00 - 04:01 AM

I haven't got the words, I'm afraid, but I used to see Mike performing this. I also used to love Uncle Joe's Mint balls, until they started wrapping them individually and they lost some of their magic.
Hey Ho.
Bron.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Uncle Joe's Mint Balls
From: Ringer
Date: 12 Jan 00 - 04:30 AM

I can remember the chorus:

Uncle Joe's mintballs keep you all aglow (eey-up)
Give one to your Grannie and watch the bugger go.
Away with coughs and sneezes, take a few in hand;
Suck 'em and see, and you'll agree they're the best in all the land.

But no knowlege of the verses, I'm afraid


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Uncle Joe's Mint Balls
From: Banjer
Date: 12 Jan 00 - 07:31 AM

I've been good as long I can....

No, I've not heard of Uncle Joe's Mint Balls, but I did hear of a feller over in the next county that claimed he had Chocolate Covered Nuts....

I know, shame on me!!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Uncle Joe's Mint Balls
From: Llanfair
Date: 12 Jan 00 - 11:57 AM

So much for YOUR new century resolution!!!!! UJMB's are WONDERFUL. Bron.


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Subject: Lyr Add: UNCLE JOE'S MINT BALLS
From: Melbert
Date: 12 Jan 00 - 02:51 PM

It's OK, guys! Thanks anyway but I found them! If anyone's interested, here they are:

Now there's a place in Wigan, a place you all should know:
A busy little factory where things are all the go.
They don't make Jakes or Eccles cakes or things to stick on walls,
But night and day they work away at Uncle Joe's Mint Balls.

CHORUS: Uncle Joe's mint balls keep you all aglow.
Give 'em to your granny and watch the beggar go.
Away with coughs and sniffles! keep a few in hand.
Suck 'em and see, and you'll agree
They're the best in all the land.

Me Dad has always wanted curly hair on his bald head.
"Suck an Uncle Joe's Mint Ball." That's what the doctor said.
So he got an Uncle Joe's Mint Ball and sucked it all night long.
When he got up next morning he had hair all over his tongue. CHORUS

Me Uncle Albert's passed away from ale upon the brain.
The doctors said he was dead and would never walk again.
So they gave the corpse an Uncle Joe's and then stood back aghast.
Cos the corpse jumped up and ran t'pub and spent the insurance brass. CHORUS

Me granny said me grandad 'e were getting' old and slow,
And fire in grandad's boiler 'ad gone out long ago.
So 'e got an Uncle Joe's Mint Ball, sucked it all night.
But his hot breath singed her vest and set the bed alight. CHORUS

We 'ad a pigeon. It were bald and couldn't fly too fast.
Never won places; in the races, always come in last.
Though it were bald, no feathers at all, it won a race one day.
We gave it an Uncle Joe's Mint Ball and it ran all t'bloody way. CHORUS

I had a girl, 'er name was May. In passion she was lackin'.
Fed 'er with whisky to make 'er frisky. Still wouldn't get crackin'.
So I gave 'er an Uncle Joe's Mint Ball to get 'er aglow.
Now she combs the streets of Wigan looking for Uncle Joe. CHORUS

We gave some to the coalman's 'orse as it stood in the road.
It gave a cough and beggared off with its cart and load.
It ran on to the racecourse going like a bird.
Covered the track with nutty slack and come first, second and third. CHORUS


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Uncle Joe's Mint Balls
From: Bugsy
Date: 12 Jan 00 - 10:56 PM

Mike Hardin - a great racontour and a very funny man. I heard a rumour that he was coming out of retirement and doing a few low key gigs. Can anyone shed any light on the matter.

Cheers

Bugsy


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Uncle Joe's Mint Balls
From: AndyG
Date: 13 Jan 00 - 05:03 AM

For them as wants to look...

The Unofficial Uncle Joe's Pages

Click to display


Please don't use embedded images at Mudcat.
Thanks.
-Joe Offer-


The Official Uncle Joe's Pages

AndyG


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Uncle Joe's Mint Balls
From: Llanfair
Date: 13 Jan 00 - 05:12 AM

That's great, Andy!!! They are still not the same wrapped!!! Mike has been presenting Folk on 2 on the radio on Wednesday nights, I think. Hwyl, Bron.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Uncle Joe's Mint Balls
From: Nogs
Date: 13 Jan 00 - 12:12 PM

So, where can I get ahold of the tune (he asks hopefully)?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Uncle Joe's Mint Balls
From: MMario
Date: 01 Apr 03 - 09:28 AM

tune???


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Uncle Joe's Mint Balls
From: Bernard
Date: 01 Apr 03 - 01:06 PM

The tune is, as near as dammit, 'My Old Man's A Dustman'!!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Uncle Joe's Mint Balls
From: MMario
Date: 01 Apr 03 - 01:24 PM

That's another one no one has posted.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Uncle Joe's Mint Balls
From: W y s i w y G !
Date: 01 Apr 03 - 02:32 PM

Spose it would work as a recitation till we have a tune.... oh we have so MANY dish to pass suppers at our church.... I'll say that's what I'm bringing next time I'm asked..... Mmario you'll come bail me outta Anglican jail wontcha???

~S~


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Subject: Tune Add: My Old Man's A Dustman
From: Snuffy
Date: 01 Apr 03 - 05:44 PM

Here ya go, Mario

X: 143
T:My Old Man's A Dustman
M:4/4
L:1/8
Q:100
K:A
A,B,|
C2C2 C2B,A,|D2E2 E2zD|CB,A,2 B,2B,2|A,4 z2A,B,|
C2CC C2B,A,|D2E2 E2zD|CB,A,2 B,2B,2|A,4 z2E2 |
F2E2 E2A2 |E2C2 D2EE|F2E2   C2E2 |B,4 z2A,B,|
C2C2 C2B,A,|D2E2 E2zD|C2A,A, B,2B,2|A,4 z2    ||


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Uncle Joe's Mint Balls
From: MMario
Date: 02 Apr 03 - 08:47 AM

snuffy - Thank you!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Uncle Joe's Mint Balls
From: Bernard
Date: 02 Apr 03 - 05:25 PM

That's not the 'My Old Man's A Dustman' I remember the late Lonnie Donegan singing!

Back in a few minutes...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Uncle Joe's Mint Balls
From: GUEST,Benbow
Date: 02 Apr 03 - 05:35 PM

My bro used to smuggle Uncle Joes down to the midlands for winter football matches and yes they did set you all aglow !!

Shame the team werent on them too !!!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Uncle Joe's Mint Balls
From: Bernard
Date: 02 Apr 03 - 05:54 PM

T:Uncle Joe's Mintballs
M:4/4
L:1/8
Q:100
K:G
d|BBBBBB2B|BBcBA3A|AAAAAAAd|dcA^AB3d|
BBBBBBBB|GGABc3c|dddddddd/2d/2|dcBAG2d2|
B2B2BBB2|BBcBA4|AAAAAA2d|dcA^AB3d|
BBBBBB3|GGABc4|d/2d/2ed2ded^f/2e/2|dcBAG2D2|
E2^F2G2D2|E2^F|

This is the first verse, followed by the chorus, with the 'dah dah dah' bit which follows the chorus, and is repeated until the singer remembers the next verse.

I've been doing this song for around thirty years... I usually chuck a few Uncle Joe's around the audience before we start singing! Yes - at least one ends up in someone's beer!

It's not very easy to represent in notation, as the words vary slightly (even between performances!), so this is a rough guide as to how the tune goes. It's up to you to figure out how the words fit!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Uncle Joe's Mint Balls
From: Snuffy
Date: 02 Apr 03 - 06:36 PM

Sorry Mario- just pulled it out of the files without checking. That's the tune to Adieu Sweet Lovely Nancy (and I use it for My Old Man's A Dustman at singarounds).

The tune Bernard posted is close to the real MOMAD tune. I'll see if I can do it tomorrow night.

WassaiL! V


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Uncle Joe's Mint Balls
From: Mr Happy
Date: 02 Apr 03 - 07:38 PM

LOL! y'all MOMAD to tune Lovely Nanxy- Brill!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Uncle Joe's Mint Balls
From: Joan from Wigan
Date: 03 Apr 03 - 02:21 AM

There's a verse missing from those above! (well, maybe several, 'cause it's the sort of song that's got thousands of verses) The last verse goes:

The RSPCA have bought six tons of Uncle Joe's
To give to all the animules to keep 'em all aglow
Our budgie now is six foot tall, the cat is eight foot three
And all the poor brass monkeys are happy as can be

For non-UK friends who may not know what the RSPCA is, it's the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Joan


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Uncle Joe's Mint Balls
From: BUTTERFLY
Date: 03 Apr 03 - 02:57 AM

I was under the impression that "Uncle Joe's Mint Balls" were mythical, but that Mike Harding in his introduction to the song UJMB on a vinyl album (which I have somewhere) referred to "Fisherman's Friend", a cough sweet made by Lofthouse of Fleetwood, Lancashire. Ironically I have become acquainted with the latter over the last few months in an attempt to counter a cough/catarrh which I have had since early December 20002 (and still have).

If anyone can confirm that Uncle Joe's Mint Balls exist in real life (and did so before Mike Harding released his song) I would be interested. Perhaps it is a case of life imitating art, and someone started producing Uncle Joe's Mint Balls in response to the song. I am reminded of a television advert for "Yellow Pages", in which an aging (but fictitious) author ("J.P. Hartley") eventually tracks down a copy of a book "Fly Fishing" by one J.P. Hartley. However I think an enterprising publisher later got in on the act and released a real book called Fly Fishing" by "J.P. Hartley" (ghost written by someone else of course!).

I think in the verse about the coalman's horse in UJMB, MH sings "It gave a cough then buggered (not beggared) off.." This would fit in with Mike's frequent use of this colourful expression! I also thought that it was "Give them to your granny and watch the bugger go" (even though this word is generally applied to males) though I could be wrong about the latter.

I also think the tune, though not absolutely identical to Lonnie Donegan's "My Old Man's a Dustman" must be based on it.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Uncle Joe's Mint Balls
From: GUEST,IanN
Date: 03 Apr 03 - 04:08 AM

Uncle Joe's Mintballs definately do exist. They are made in Wigan, Lancashire, England.

In case you're interested, if you get the train up the west coast main line and shortly after you pull out of Wigan look to the right you will see the end of a row of shops adorned with a large painted advert for the afore mentioned products.

I remember hearing this song years ago & I'd completely forgotten about it. It's a cracker.

Can anyone supply some suitable guitar chords for the MOMAD tune?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Uncle Joe's Mint Balls
From: Bernard
Date: 03 Apr 03 - 02:24 PM

O ye of little faith!

Wm. Santus website


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Uncle Joe's Mint Balls
From: Snuffy
Date: 03 Apr 03 - 05:03 PM

Here's the REAL tune for MOMAD - as you see, very close to UJMB. Sorry about the previous cockup.

X: 251
T:My Old Man's A Dustman
M:4/4
L:1/16
Q:300
C:Donegan/Buchanan/Thorne
D:Pye Nixa 7N 15256 March 1960 (A-side)
K:G
d2|B2B2 B3B B2B4
w:Oh my old man's a dust-man.
B2|B3B c2B2 A6
w:He wears a dust-man's hat.
A2|A2A2 A2A2 A2A4
w:He wears gor-bli-mey trou-sers
dd|d2cc B2A2 G6
w:And he lives in a coun-cil flat.
d2|B2B2 B2B2 B2B4
w:He looks a pro-per na-na
BB|G2G2 A2B2 c6
w:In his great big hob-nail boots
^c2|d2dd d2d2 d2d2 d2
w:He has such a job to pull them off
dd|d2c2 B2A2 G6
w:That he call them dai-sy roots
d2|B2B2 B2B2 B2B4
w:Some folks give tips at Christ-mas
B2|BB3 c2B2 A6
w:And some of them for-get
A2|A2A2 A2A2 A2A4
w:So when he takes their bins out
d2|d2c2 B2A2 G6
w:He leaves some on the step
d2|B2B2 B2B2 B2B4
w:Now one old bloke got nas-ty
B2|G2G2 A2B2 c6
w:And to the coun-cil wrote
^c2|d2d2 d2d2 d2d2d3
w:Next time my old man went round there
d|d2c2 B2A2 G4
w:He punched him up the throat
D4|E4   F4   G4
w:Dah dah dah dah
D4|E4   F4|
w:Dah dah dah

WassaiL! V


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Uncle Joe's Mint Balls
From: Joan from Wigan
Date: 04 Apr 03 - 02:13 PM

The words and music score for Uncle Joe's Mint Balls can be found here: http://www.uncle-joes.com/lyrics.htm

Joan


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Uncle Joe's Mint Balls
From: Micca
Date: 04 Apr 03 - 02:29 PM

and MOMAD fits the tune of "The British Grenadiers" seamlessly Therfore UJMBs should also!!


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