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Lyr/Chords Req: When I'm Cleaning Windows (Formby)

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Subject: George Formby/Washing windows
From: Musicman
Date: 22 Jan 00 - 02:15 PM

Hi there, been asked to find a song, old British Music hall ( I think) sung by George Formby (I think), something about 'washing windows'......

Anybody have any clues????????

thanks


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: George Formby/Washing windows
From: bbc
Date: 22 Jan 00 - 02:25 PM

From Bill Sables on bbc computer; The song you are looking for is " When I'm Cleaning Windows" If no'one gives you the words contact me after 1st Feb when I am back home and I will send them to you. Chers Bill


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: George Formby/Washing windows
From: johnp
Date: 23 Jan 00 - 04:01 AM

Can't find the originals but here is a great parody

windows


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: George Formby/Washing windows
From: Mike Robertson
Date: 23 Jan 00 - 01:03 PM

If you have RealAudio, try this!

-mike-


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Subject: Lyr/Chords Add: WHEN I'M CLEANING WINDOWS (Formby
From: Tony Burns
Date: 23 Jan 00 - 01:20 PM

G A7
I go window cleaning to earn an honest bob;
D7 G
For a nosey parker it's an interesting job.

Now, it's a job that just suits me A window cleaner you would be
If you could see what I can see When I'm cleaning windows

The honey-mooning couples too You should see them bill and coo
You'd be surprised at what they do When I'm cleaning windows

In my profession I work hard But I'll never stop
I'll climb this blinking ladder til I get right to the top

The blushing bride she looks devine The Bridegroom he is doing fine
I'd rather have his job than mine When I'm cleaning windows.

The chamber maid sweet names I call It's a wonder I don't fall
My minds not on my work at all When I'm cleaning windows.

I know a fella, such a swell He has a thirst that I could tell
I've seen him drink his bath as well When I'm cleaning windows.

In my profession ...

Pyjamas lying side by side Ladies nighties I have spied
I've often seen what goes inside When I'm cleaning windows.

Now there's a famous talkie Queen, She looks a flapper on the screen
She's more like eighty than eighteen When I'm cleaning windows

She pulls her hair all down behind Then pulls down her - never mind
And after that pulls down the blind When I'm cleaning windows

In my profession ...

An old maid walks around the floor She's so fed up one day I'm sure
She'll drag me in and lock the door When I'm cleaning windows


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: George Formby/Washing windows
From: Musicman
Date: 23 Jan 00 - 02:04 PM

thanks all, great song.....


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: George Formby/Washing windows
From: GUEST,Mike Billo
Date: 23 Jan 00 - 02:45 PM

In the days when performers made sequels to hit songs, Formby killed two birds with one stone and recorded "Mr. Wu's a Window Cleaner Now", as a sequel to both "When I'm Cleaning Windows", and "Chinese Laundry Blues".

Unfortunately, I heard "Mr. Wu's a Window Cleaner Now" years before I heard "Chinese laundry Blues" or "When I'm Cleaning Windows", so the references made absolutely no sense whatsoever.

In fact, I used to use "Mr. Wu's a Window Cleaner Now" as a catch phrase to describe any non sequitor or bit of surrealism.

I was greatly disapointed to finally hear the two songs that preceded it, and find out that the "Mr. Wu..." actually meant something. Ha! Ha!


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: George Formby/Washing windows
From: GUEST,Mike Billo
Date: 23 Jan 00 - 02:47 PM

Hey! Why am I a "GUEST"? I've been posting on the Mudcat a long time?


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: George Formby/Washing windows
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 23 Jan 00 - 03:17 PM

COOKIE MONSTER got you, it would seem.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: George Formby/Washing windows
From: John in Brisbane
Date: 23 Jan 00 - 06:57 PM

In the UK there's a George Formby Society with quite good MIDis of his songs. I use WinJammer Pro (Shareware) to view the chords from the Rhythm channel.

There's a very good book which provides the scores for a large number of George's songs - including this one. I'll try and get a copy of the score and extract the chords that Formby used. This won't be until end of this week. Regards, John


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: George Formby/Washing windows
From: AndyG
Date: 24 Jan 00 - 07:19 AM

No credit is given on the link to the parody Reinstalling Windows which johnp posted.
The credit should be to Les Barker.

AndyG


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: When I'm Cleaning Windows (Formby)
From: GUEST
Date: 29 Jun 12 - 05:39 AM

MR WUS a window cleaner now starts in b flat minor


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: When I'm Cleaning Windows (Formby)
From: IamNoMan
Date: 12 Nov 14 - 11:23 PM

WHEN I'M CLEANING WINDOWS

George Formby 1936

Now[C]I go window cleaning to [D7]earn an honest bob;
[G7]For a nosey parker it's an interesting [C]job.
[C]Now, it's a job that [C7]just suits me A [F]window cleaner [Cdim]you would be,
If[C] you could see what [C7]I[C6] can [C]see [Cdim]When I'm cleaning [C]windows.

[C]The honey-mooning [C7]couples too [F]You should see them [Cdim]bill and coo,
[C]You'd be surprised at [C7]things [C6]they [C]do, [Cdim]When I'm cleaning [C]windows.
In [E7]my profession I work hard [A7]But I'll never stop,
I'll [D7]climb this blinking ladder til I [G7]get right to the top.

The [C]blushing bride she [C7]looks divine, The [F]Bridegroom he is [Cdim]doing fine,
I'd [C]rather have his [C7]job [C6]than [C]mine When I'm cleaning [C]windows.
[C]The chamber maid sweet [C7]names I call [F]It's a wonder [Cdim]I don't fall
My [C]mind's not on my [C7]work [C6]at [C]all [Cdim]when I'm cleaning [C]windows.

[C]I know a fella, [C7}such a swell He [F] has a thirst it's [Cdim]plain to tell,
I've [C]seen him drink his [C7]bath [C6]as [Cdim]well when I'm cleaning [C]windows.

In [E7]my profession I work hard [A7]But I'll never stop,
I'll [D7]climb this blinking ladder til I [G7]get right to the top.
Py[C]jamas lying [C7]side by side [F]Ladies nighties [Cdim]I have spied
I've [C]often seen what [C7]goes [C6]inside [Cdim]when I'm cleaning [C]windows.

Now [C]there's a famous [C7]talkie Queen, [F]looks a flapper [Cdim]on the screen
She's [C]more like eighty [C7]than [C6]eigh [C]teen [Cdim]When I'm cleaning [C]windows.
She [C]pulls her hair all [C7]down behind [F]Then pulls down her - [Cdim]never mind
And [C]after that pulls [C7]down [C6]the [C]blind [Cdim]When I'm cleaning [C]windows.

In [E7]my profession I work hard [A7]But I'll never stop,
I'll [D7]climb this blinking ladder til I [G7]get right to the top.
An [C]old maid walks a[C7]round the floor,
She's [C]so fed up one [Cdim]day I'm sure,
She'll [C]drag me in and [C7]lock [C6]the [C]door [Cdim]When I'm cleaning [C]windows.

[Cdim]When I'm cleaning [C]windows.

This song first appeared in the movie "Keep Your Seats Please' (1936). Due to its racy lyrics the BBC banned it from the Radio. Queen Mary liked the song and "was not amused". The BBC relinquished its ban. This version is scored for Ukulele, (gCEA), in the key of C. When Formby played it on Banjolele it was in Key of D, (Banjoleles of the period were tuned aDF#B). - TPC


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