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Lyr Req: The Laughing Song

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Subject: The Laughing Song
From: GUEST,July4thbby
Date: 19 Apr 02 - 02:50 PM

Has anyone ever heard of this song??

I think this is just called The Laughing Song. Starts off "My wife, she up and left me, and I don't know what I'll do.", then the guy starts laughing.

Thanks......


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Laughing Song
From: Mrrzy
Date: 19 Apr 02 - 02:53 PM

NOt this one, I remember something about a laughing monkey hee ha ha ha ha... by Charlie Poole and the North Carolina Ramblers. Not that one, I assume?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Laughing Song
From: Sorcha
Date: 19 Apr 02 - 04:06 PM

Could it be this one?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Laughing Song
From: Stephen L. Rich
Date: 19 Apr 02 - 05:52 PM

Could it be the old music hall tune, "The Laughing Policeman"?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Laughing Song
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 21 Apr 02 - 09:08 AM

I'm afraid there are several songs called "The Laughing Song"

According to AMG,
There is something called "The Laughing Song" performed by ...
1. The Hall Negro Quartette on "Unreleased Radio Programs (1936)" Document CD #5415, 1996;
2. Seven Musical Magpies on "Black Secular Vocal Groups, Vol. 3" Document CD #5604, 1998;
3. Polk Miller & His Old South Quartette on "Earliest Negro Vocal Quartets (1894-1928)" Document CD #5061, 2000.

(AMG also lists several other versions of "The Laughing Song" but the above 3 seemed to me most likely to be called traditional or folk.)

From http://www.garlic.com/~tgracyk/polkmill.htm : Issued as Amberol 390 and later as Blue Amberol 2176, [Polk] Miller's "Laughing Song" had no relation to George W. Johnson's similarly titled releases, other than its use of belly laughs during choruses.

From http://www.spanam.simplenet.com/music.htm : The Laughing Song was actually entitled, "I'm Old But I'm Awfully Tough". The popular name evolved because the chorus consisted only of very infectious laughter. Sung by several different artists, probably the most popular version was by George W. Johnson.

From http://www.uwm.edu/Library/Music/Sheet/jtol.html : (catalog of the sheet music collection at Golda Meir Library, University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee) "The Laughing Song" Auber / Seguin, 1859. (But other sites refer to "The Laughing Song" from Auber's "Manon Lescaut"; arranged by Anne Seguin, so it's probably not what you're looking for.)

Also, a poem by William Blake called "Laughing Song" has been set to music by various composers.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE LAUGHING SONG (George W. Johnson)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 21 Apr 02 - 09:11 AM

Probably not what you're looking for, but perhaps the most famous "Laughing Song":
Copied from http://www.archeophone.com/Resources/Recordings/202.html and corrected by comparing with the sheet music. Punctuation added.

THE LAUGHING SONG
(George W. Johnson, 1894)

As I was coming ‘round the corner, I heard some people say,
“Here comes a dandy darky. Here he comes this way.
His heel is like a snowplow and his mouth is like a trap,
And when he opens it gently you will see a fearful gap.”

CHO: Then I laugh, “Ha ha, ha ha ha ha, ha ha ha ha, ha.”
I couldn't stop my laughing, “Ha ha, ha ha ha ha, ha ha ha ha, ha.
Ha ha, ha ha ha ha, ha ha ha ha, ha.”
I couldn't stop my laughing, “Ha ha, ha ha ha ha, ha.”

They said, “His mother was a Princess. His father was a Prince,
And he'd been the apple of their eye if he hadn't been [a] quince.
He[‘ll] be the King of Africa, in the sweet by and bye.”
And when I heard them say it, why, I laughed until I cried. CHO.

An actor came to see me about a week ago.
He said to me, “Come sing a song down at our little show.”
And when he told me about the scenes, so nice and so complete,
I couldn't stop from laughing from my head down to my feet. CHO.

So now, kind friends, just listen to what I'm going to say.
I've tried my best to please you with my simple little lay.
Now, whether you think it's funny or a quiet bit of chaff,
Why, all I'm going to do is just to give this little laugh. CHO.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Laughing Song
From: July4thbby
Date: 21 Apr 02 - 09:13 AM

Thank all of you for your input. I will check out your leads Jim.

Have a great day


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Laughing Song
From: CapriUni
Date: 21 Apr 02 - 10:24 AM

What a great song, Jim!

More evidence of using laughter as a weapon against oppression... Going in a BS direction, now, but I can't help but wonder if the protesters rallying outside the meetings of the WTO right now wouldn't be more successful if they used more laughs and less rocks in their arsenal...

Where can I find a midi of this, or sheet music?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Laughing Song
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 22 Apr 02 - 12:19 AM

Here is the cover of the sheet music for George W. Johnson's "Laughing Song" Click on a number to see subsequent pages.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Laughing Song
From: masato sakurai
Date: 22 Apr 02 - 07:10 AM

George W. Johnson's recording (released between 1896 and 1902) is HERE (the second in a medley).

~Masato


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Laughing Song
From: Mr Red
Date: 22 Apr 02 - 07:22 AM

The Laughin Policeman - was it sung by Charles Penrose?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Laughing Song
From: CapriUni
Date: 22 Apr 02 - 12:25 PM

Thanks, Jim and Masato!

In the intro to the medley that Masato posted, it's said that his songs promote stereotypical image that the public had of blacks. But I think it's more complicated than that. Certainly, a white person of the time would hear what he wanted to hear, but there is also a strong voice of protest in this song, too. Especially in the lines:

He['ll] be the King of Africa, in the sweet by and bye."
And when I heard them say it, why, I laughed until I cried
.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Laughing Song
From: open mike
Date: 27 Sep 04 - 09:22 AM

The Laughing Song           George W. Johnson         Edison Cylinder 1899
can be heard in the antique records radio show


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Laughing Song
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 28 Sep 04 - 11:17 PM

The Glowing Dial website contains a biography of Cal Stewart (1856 - 1919), an entertainer who portrayed a comical character called Uncle Josh Weathersby. He was famous for comic songs and monologues, and made many recordings. He recorded several "laughing songs." ("Laughing song" seems to be the generic term for any song whose chorus consists mainly of laughter). One was actually called LAUGHING SONG (Berliner 046, 1899). Others were TICKLISH REUBEN (Victor 1637), AND THEN I LAUGHED (Victor 5101) and I LAUGHED AT THE WRONG TIME (Columbia A2923), and I'M OLD BUT I'M AWFULLY TOUGH (1898).

Cal Stewart's recording of I'M OLD BUT I'M AWFULLY TOUGH appears in the collection "1890s, Vol. 1: Wipe Him Off the Land" Archeophone CD 9004, 2001. A sound sample from allmusic plus a quote at the Glowing Dial page gave me this:

The belles they do say
"Uncle Josh-u-way [Joshua],
You're old but you're awfully tough."
Ha-ha-ha, ha-ha-ha, ha-ha-ha, ha!
Ha-ha-ha, ha-ha-ha, ha-ha-ha, ha!
Ha-ha-ha, ha-ha-ha, ha-ha-ha, ha!
I'm old but I'm awfully tough.
Ha-ha-ha...

The Library of Congress American Memory Collection has a field recording of I'M OLD BUT I'M AWFULLY TOUGH made in California in 1939. It consists of only one verse:

Oh, I came to your city this night for to see
A look at your great Union Square.
I came for to ride on your 'lectric streetcars
And to wink at your pretty young girls.
Oh, I'm old but I'm awfully tough, ha-ha!
I'm old but I'm awfully tough;
And the girls they all say in a jolly old way:
"He's old but he's awfully tough."

The Folk Music Index says that TICKLISH REUBEN was also recorded by Uncle Dave Macon under the title SOMETHING'S ALWAYS SURE TO TICKLE ME. It appears on the album "Keep My Skillet Good and Greasy,"

Oh, my name is Ticklish Davy and I came from Tennessee,
Where ev'rything seemed ticklish to me.
I've been tickled by an undershirt, been tickled by a wasp,
I've been tickled by a yaller [yellow] bumblebee.
I was always getting tickled by someone about the house,
So why did....

[I'm tickled in the morning?] I'm tickled in the night,
For something's always sure to tickle me.
Ha-ha ha-ha ha-ha! Ha-ha ha-ha ha-ha!
Ha-ha ha-ha ha-ha ha-ha ha-ha!
Yee, ha-ha ha-ha! Ha-ha ha-ha ha-ha ha!
Ha-ha ha-ha ha-ha ha-ha ha!

Oh, I once did put some pepper [and Tabasco?]....

Wade Mainer also recorded WADE'S LAUGHING SONG.

MY NAME IS TICKLISH REUBEN, performed by The Smyth County Ramblers, appears on the collection " Music From the Lost Provinces: Old Time String Bands 1927-1931," Old Hat CD 1001, 1999.

I once put some snuff in my aunt's tobacco box.
How she acted was a sight [to see?]...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Laughing Song
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 28 Sep 04 - 11:34 PM

Other examples of "laughing songs" already posted in other threads:
THE LAUGHING POLICEMAN
I TICKLED NANCY, from Uncle Dave Macon.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Laughing Song
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 29 Sep 04 - 05:40 AM

One is tempted to mention the famous (not a singing record) Comedy Record with Cecily Courtnege called "Laughing Gas"...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Laughing Song
From: John in Brisbane
Date: 29 Sep 04 - 08:18 AM

Can't remember seeing this thread in the past, but I have a picture in my head from an old movie which was probably based around Laughing Gas. Can't find a photo of Foulestoupe's Cecily Courtnege on the Web, but the man I had in mind was a character actor of the 30's whose appearance reminds me of of an early Doctor Who (pre John Pertwee).

The laughing part of the 'song' actually had music behind it and was to a reasonably strict meter. There was an another character in the scene and they swapped dialogue, the theme being I have some really bad news, followed by a positive outcome from the 'disaster'.

Regards, John


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Laughing Song
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 29 Sep 04 - 11:23 AM

That'll be Dr Who No 1 he was almost on his last acting legs (due to age) when he got the Dr Who job - and my Dysnomia has struck again...

Hartnell?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Laughing Song
From: M.Ted
Date: 29 Sep 04 - 01:06 PM

I hope everyone took the time to check out the "Laughing Song" site that Masato so thoughtfully provided--The recordings are ancient, Johnson originally recorded the Laughing Song in 1891, and it was one of the very first #1 hits ever, and he was the very first recording star--even more amazing,he was born into slavery, around 1846--

Johnson was around fifty when he made these recordings(remember that for the early recordings, before mass production was possible, they recorded cylinders in batches, so he actually recorded each songs hundreds or thousands of times over a period of ten years or so when the song was popular). He was one of the first singers ever recorded, having made tin foil cylinder recordings in 1877--
One of the remarkable things about the recording is that his phrasing is so modern--not the stiff classical phrasing that we associate with the pre-Jazz era recordings, and not even the strongly syncopated phrasings we associate with ragtime--he is subtle conversational--almost what you would hear in a 1940's jazz singer or in one of the contemporary jazz ballad singers--


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Laughing Song
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 30 Sep 04 - 01:24 AM

And thank goodnesw we have such rare recordings to shoot down the ***** who tell us that "they didn't/couldn't it that way"...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Laughing Song
From: GUEST,winterbright
Date: 30 Sep 04 - 06:30 PM

Don't know about The Laughing SONG, but if you can locate a copy of an old 'Okay" 78rpm record called "The Okay Laughing Record" (with a guy trying to play the cornet (?) trumpet (?) with the giggles/guffaws, it's worth the search. One of the funniest recordings ever!


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Subject: Lyr Add: I'M OLD BUT I'M AWFULLY TOUGH
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 03 Oct 04 - 09:29 PM

This archived radio program includes a recording of I'M OLD BUT I'M AWFULLY TOUGH, recorded by Cal Stewart in 1909. (Click to play.) The song begins 00:34:46 from the beginning of the program. Here's my transcription (with a few gaps).

I'M OLD BUT I'M AWFULLY TOUGH

I'm a jolly old fellow from way back in New England
Where apples and peaches and ... do grow
Where the girls they are handsome, the boys they are likewise.
The same I would have you to know.
I came to your city, your sights for to see,
The ... and the great Union Square.
I came for to ride in your 'lectric streetcars
And wink at your pretty girls there.

CHORUS: But I'm old but I'm awfully tough, ha-ha-ha-ha!
Old but I'm awfully tough.
And the belles they do say, "Uncle Joshuway,
You're old but you're awfully tough."
Ha-ha-ha, ha-ha-ha, ha-ha-ha, ha-ha!
Ha-ha-ha, ha-ha-ha, ha-ha-ha, ha-ha!
Ha-ha-ha, ha-ha-ha, ha-ha-ha, ha-ha!
I'm old but I'm awfully tough.
Ha-ha-ha, ha-ha-ha, ha-ha-ha, ha-ha!
Ha-ha-ha, ha-ha-ha, ha-ha-ha, ha-ha!
Ha-ha-ha, ha-ha-ha, ha-ha-ha, ha-ha!
I'm old but I'm awfully tough.

I'm a jolly old fellow from way back in New England,
A jolly old fellow, you see.
I'll play ... but I'll give you the joker
And beat an odd diamond or three.
A jolly old fellow, my age never mellow,
Although I am near seventy-three.
Away with your brokers but give me the joker,
For a jolly old fellow you see. CHORUS


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Subject: Lyr Add: TICKLISH REUBEN (Cal Stewart)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 03 Oct 04 - 10:04 PM

Another episode of the same program includes a recording of TICKLISH REUBEN, recorded by Cal Stewart in 1902. (Click to play.) The song begins 00:45:35 from the beginning of the program. Here's my transcription (with one gap).

TICKLISH REUBEN
(Cal Stewart)

My name is ticklish Reuben from way back in old Vermont,
And ev'rything seems ticklish to me.
I've been tickled by an undershirt, been tickled by a wasp,
I've been tickled by a yellow bumblebee.
I have always got a tickled sort of way about my clothes.
It doesn't really matter where I be.
I am tickled in the morning and I'm tickled in the night.
Something's always sure to tickle me.

CHORUS: Hahahahahahaha! Hahahahahaha!
HAhahaha hahahaha hahahaha hahaha!
I am tickled in the morning and I'm tickled in the night.
Something's always sure to tickle me.
Hahahahahahaha! Hahahahahaha!
Hahahaha hahahaha hahahaha hahaha!
Oh, I'm tickled in the morning and I'm tickled in the night.
Something's always sure to tickle me.

2. Oh, once I put some pepper into Dad's snuffbox,
And the way he acted was a sight to see.
Well, he coughed and he sneezed till I thought he'd have a fit,
And then he took me out to tickle me.
I was always getting tickled by someone about the house,
So why they ... I could never see;
And the apple-butter paddle it is all in splinters now.
Mother wore it out a-ticklin' me. CHORUS


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Laughing Song
From: GUEST,kfb81
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 07:33 PM

Hello! I know where an actual recording of "The Negro Laughing Song" can be found...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Laughing Song
From: GUEST,Clive Pownceby
Date: 21 Feb 08 - 02:56 PM

Visit www.danhicks.net - it might pay off. Album = "Striking It Rich" from 1972 on Blue Thumb & has Dan's "The Laughing Song" recorded by him and his Hot Licks. Every home should have a copy! If I weren't down with a stinking cold right now and unable to apply stylus to vinyl, I'd transcribe it!!!!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Laughing Song
From: GUEST,Steve
Date: 15 Apr 08 - 01:25 PM

I hope I'm not too late...

The Laughing Song

http://www.ualberta.ca/~alevin/music/Brocade-Laughing_Song.mp3


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Subject: ADD: The Laughing Song
From: GUEST,albumlinernotes.com
Date: 17 Sep 08 - 04:31 AM

I have a copy of an Oxford 78 rpm record called Negro Laughing Song - Laughing Song. There is no artist credit. It has the lyrics as above:

THE LAUGHING SONG
(George W. Johnson, 1894)

As I was coming 'round the corner, I heard some people say,
"Here comes a dandy darky. Here he comes this way.
His heel is like a snowplow and his mouth is like a trap,
And when he opens it gently you will see a fearful gap."

CHO: Then I laugh, "Ha ha, ha ha ha ha, ha ha ha ha, ha."
I couldn't stop my laughing, "Ha ha, ha ha ha ha, ha ha ha ha, ha.
Ha ha, ha ha ha ha, ha ha ha ha, ha."
I couldn't stop my laughing, "Ha ha, ha ha ha ha, ha."

They said, "His mother was a Princess. His father was a Prince,
And he'd been the apple of their eye if he hadn't been [a] quince.
He['ll] be the King of Africa, in the sweet by and bye."
And when I heard them say it, why, I laughed until I cried. CHO.

An actor came to see me about a week ago.
He said to me, "Come sing a song down at our little show."
And when he told me about the scenes, so nice and so complete,
I couldn't stop from laughing from my head down to my feet. CHO.

So now, kind friends, just listen to what I'm going to say.
I've tried my best to please you with my simple little lay.
Now, whether you think it's funny or a quiet bit of chaff,
Why, all I'm going to do is just to give this little laugh. CHO.

If you want to hear it, send me an email to: info@albumlinernotes.com


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Laughing Song
From: GUEST,albumlinernotes.com
Date: 04 Oct 08 - 07:00 PM

You can listen to this recording by visiting the site, click below:

http://albumlinernotes.com/Negro_Laughing_Song__78_.html


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Subject: Laughing Gas 78 Record
From: GUEST,Jimmy
Date: 23 Jul 10 - 05:04 PM

Hola Everyone. I have just found this site but don't know if its still up & running lol, as the last entry is Oct'08. But I will take a chance. I am reading DIRK BOGARDE Autobiography - A POSTILLION STRUCK BY LIGHTNING (Panther) He's a fine & gifted writer. On page 123, he says ; we were allowed a special treat and we put on a record called 'Laughing Gas' which was about a man reading a Will and someone turns on the laughing gas and they all start laughing. It was terribly funny and we almost made ourselves ill. Sometimes we used to roll on the floor, it was so funny,      It must be around 1929, he would be 8 yrs old. This made me want to hear it. Can anyone please help. Jimmy


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Laughing Song
From: beeliner
Date: 23 Jul 10 - 07:16 PM

I think that the original poster was confusing two Charlie Poole songs, "My Wife Went Away and She Left Me" and "Monkey on a String".

The former is on Original Recordings, Volume 3, County CD3516 and the latter on Old Time Songs, County CD3501.


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Subject: Lyr Add: LAUGHING SONG (Lamb/Von Tilzer)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 24 Jul 10 - 07:38 PM

From the sheet music at Indiana University:


LAUGHING SONG
From the modern comic opera "The Jolly Baron"
Words by Arthur J. Lamb. Music by Harry Von Tilzer.
New York: Harry Von Tilzer Music Pub. Co., 1903.

1. When a young man discloses
His love and proposes
  To one he is anxious to win,
If she acquiesces,
His fortune he blesses,
  And then Love's illusions begin.
In each fleeting vision,
The prospect's Elysian.
  He dreams but of love night and day.
His friends all will fete him
And congratulate him,
  While he all delighted will say:

CHORUS: Ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha!
Oh, my bosom's expanding in volumes of mirth.
Ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha!
Come and join in my laughter for all you are worth.

LAUGHING CHORUS:
Ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha!
Ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha!
Ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha!
Ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha!
Ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha!
Ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha!
Ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha!
Join my laughter for all you are worth!

2. When these two are united
Awhile, they're delighted,
  And married life's smooth as can be—
Till trouble commences,
And sad consequences
  Bring obstacles twixt he and she.
She'll soon say, "Of course, dear,
I'll take a divorce, dear,"
  And tho' he looks sad for a while,
He'll do some quick thinking,
And quietly winking,
  He'll say to his friends with a smile: CHORUS


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE LAUGHING SONG (Bryan/Von Tilzer)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 24 Jul 10 - 08:06 PM

From the sheet music at Indiana University:


THE LAUGHING SONG
Trio: Lina, Fritz, and Muller.
Words by Vincent Bryan. Music by Harry Von Tilzer.
New York: Harry Von Tilzer Music Pub. Co., 1909.

1. MULLER: There are times you feel silly.
You laugh, willy-nilly,
  Without any reason at all.
At some tale or ditty
That's not bright or witty,
  In spasms of laughter you'll fall.
Ev'ry laugh is contagious.
Sometimes it's outrageous.
  You laugh till you can't get your breath.
Some thought wave mesmeric
Will make you hysteric.
  You laugh yourself nearly to death.

CHORUS. MULLER/LINA: Ha ha ha! Ha ha ha!
It's hysterical laughter you really can't stop!
Ha ha, La! Ha ha ha!
Pretty Lina is laughing at you, you old fop!

LAUGHING CHORUS:
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

2. LINA: When you know why I'm laughing,
You'll soon stop your chaffing.
  You're his daughter's husband, 'tis true.
You married for money,
But won't it be funny
  If that money don't come to you?
You have taken his daughter.
You'll have to support her.
  There's one thing you never foresaw:
Since you've wed Christina,
Her Pa'll marry Lina,
  And I'll be your mother-in-law!


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Subject: Lyr Add: SHE GIVES THEM ALL THE HA! HA! HA!
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 24 Jul 10 - 08:26 PM

From the sheet music at Indiana University:


SHE GIVES THEM ALL THE HA! HA! HA!
Words by Lew Brown. Music by Albert Von Tilzer.
New York: Broadway Music Corporation, 1922.

1. I know a girl about five foot four,
Weighs two hundred pounds or more.
She laughs so hale and hearty,
She breaks up ev'ry party.
The fellows love to call on her because she acts so gay,
But when they speak of love, her laughing drives them all away.

CHORUS: She laughs at me. (Ha! ha! ha! ha!)
She laughs at you. (Ha! ha! ha! ha!)
Laughs at ev'ry one she sees.
She can't stand a hug or squeeze.
She laughs like this. (Ha! ha! ha! ha!)
She laughs like that. (Ha! ha! ha! ha!)
When she starts, she never stops.
She just laughs until she drops.
She says, "Now don't." ("Oh! go away.")
She says, "I won't." ("Now don't I say?")
Oh! she never lets the fellows go too far.
She laughs, ha! ha! ha! ha! ha!
When they ask her for a kiss.
They say, "You're losing lots of love by treating us like this."
She says, "Well, what I never had, I know I'll never miss."
And each time they call, she gives them all the ha! ha! ha! ha! ha!

2. She read a book about eat and grow thin,
Said, "I guess that I'll begin
To live upon a diet.
At least I'm goin' to try it."
She cut out meats and other things, and lost ten pounds, but then
She laughed so much right after that, she gained it back again.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE CRYING AND LAUGHING SONG
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 25 Jul 10 - 11:30 AM

From The London Magazine, or, Gentleman's Monthly Intelligencer, Volume 46 (London: R. Baldwin, 1777), page 430:


THE CRYING AND LAUGHING SONG,
Sung by Mr. Vernon at Vauxhall.
Composed by Mr. Hook.

1. When I wake with painful brow,
Ere the cock begins to crow,
Tossing, tumbling, in my bed,
Aching heart and aching head;
Pond'ring over human ills,
Cruel bailiffs, taylors' bills;
Flush and pam thrown up at loo,*
When these sorrows strike my view,
I cry—
And, to stop the gushing tear,
Wipe it with the pillow-bier.

2. But when sportive ev'ning comes,
Routs, ridottos, balls, and drums,
Casinos here, festinos there,
Mirth and pastime ev'ry where,
Seated by a sprightly lass,
Smiling with the smiling glass;
When these pleasures are my lot,
Taylors, bailiffs, all forgot,
I laugh—
Careless what may then befall,
Thus I shake my sides at all.

3. Then again when I peruse
O'er my tea the morning news,
Dismal tales of plunder'd houses,
Wanton wives and cuckold spouses;
When I read of money lent,
At sixteen and a half per cent,
I cry—
But if, ere the muffin's gone,
Simp'ring enters honest John;
"Sir, Miss Lucy's at the door,
Waiting in a chaise and four,"
Instant vanish all my cares,
Swift I scamper down the stairs
And laugh—
So may this indulgent throng,
Who now smiling grace my song,
Never more cry, "Oh! oh! oh!"
But join with me in, "Ha! ha! ha!"


[* "Loo" is apparently a card game; "flush" and "pam" are two possible hands.]


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE LAUGHING SONG (from 'Der Freyshutz')
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 25 Jul 10 - 11:42 AM

From Davidson's Universal Melodist by George Henry Davidson (London: G. H. Davidson, 1853), page 4:


THE LAUGHING SONG
From the opera of Der Freyshutz; the music by C. M. Von Weber, the words by George Soane, A.B.
Published by Davidson.

1. What's the use of all this thinking,
Till the weary spirit's sinking?
Better passes time by far,
Singing, laughing, ha, ha, ha!

CHORUS: Singing, laughing, ha, ha, ha, ha,
Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha,
Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!
Singing, laughing, singing, laughing!
Better passes time by far,
Singing, laughing, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!

2. When the dream of life is over,
What does wisdom then discover?
That the plan is better far,
Singing, laughing, ha, ha, ha! CHORUS


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE LAUGHING SONG (George F. Root)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 25 Jul 10 - 11:54 AM

From The Triumph edited by George Frederick Root (Chicago: Root & Cady, 1868), page 120:


THE LAUGHING SONG
G. F. Root, from "Sabbath Bell."

Ha, ha, ha! Laughing is contagious, ha, ha, ha!
And sometimes advantageous, ha, ha, ha!
But very careful be, and laugh with caution now,
For wise men laugh but rarely
The reason we'll state fairly
They think it's not becoming
To be found in any funning,
So their laugh is very low,
Oh! ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha,
Ha, ha, ha,
Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha,
Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha,
Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha,
Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha,
Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha,


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Subject: Lyr Add: LAUGHING SONG (from W. M. Irvine)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 25 Jul 10 - 12:09 PM

From The Mercersburg Academy Song Book by William Mann Irvine (Mercersburg, Pa.: W. M. Irvine, 1901), page 4:


LAUGHING SONG

1. When I go out a-courtin' all dressed in my Sunday best,
I have to take the police along, for the girls won't give me rest.

CHORUS: Oh! there's somebody laughing, laughing,
Somebody laughing, laughing,
Somebody laughing at me.
Oh! there's somebody laughing, laughing,
Somebody laughing, laughing,
Somebody laughing at me.

2. My mule's a lively critter, as frisky as a calf,
But when he kicked me on the shins, you should hear the people laugh.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Laughing Song
From: Janie
Date: 25 Jul 10 - 09:16 PM

The webiste for The Cathedrals attributes this to George Younce, but in at least one performance he says some one, (perhaps Glenn Payne?) brought it to him.

The Laughing Song
Author: George Younce.
Copyright: Homeward Bound Music (BMI). Used by Permission.
Album: It's Music Time (1970)
Album: Everything's Alright (1971)

Oh, my name is "Ticklish Reuben" from way down in old Vermont
I've been tickled by almost everything
I've been tickled by a feather, I've been tickled by a wasp
I've been tickled by a yellow bumblebee

Oh, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha
Oh, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha
Oh, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha
Oh, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha

Oh, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha
Oh, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha
Oh, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha
Oh, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha

Oh, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha
Oh, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha
Oh, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha
Oh, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha

That's all, folks!

George Younce, The Laughing Song


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Laughing Song
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Oct 10 - 11:08 PM

hi, can you tell me the link of how to listen to it? i am trying to find a certain one translated in german... thankx


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Laughing Song
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 19 Aug 11 - 01:29 PM

Here's another example of a laughing song: LAFF IT OFF, words and music by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby, ©1924; recorded by Billy Jones & Ernest Hare (The Happiness Boys).


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