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Lyr Req: Cushie/Cushy/Coushy Buttercup

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CUSHIE BUTTERFIELD
PRETTY POLLY PERKINS OF PADDINGTON GREEN


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Subject: Lyr Req: Cushie/Cushy/Coushy Buttercup
From: Joybell
Date: 09 May 06 - 07:07 AM

Thought they'd be so easy to find. Searched everywhere. Can anyone help me please? Cheers, Joy


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cushie/Cushy/Coushy Buttercup
From: webfolk
Date: 09 May 06 - 07:08 AM

cos you need to look for cushy butterfield
geoff - bit on the side


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cushie/Cushy/Coushy Buttercup
From: Joybell
Date: 09 May 06 - 07:14 AM

Wow! 1 minute. Thanks webfolk. Must have got my head in a muddle thinking about "Cushie" as the pet name for cow and "Buttercup" likewise.
Cheers, Joy


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cushie/Cushy/Coushy Buttercup
From: Joybell
Date: 09 May 06 - 07:26 AM

Now that I've made this connection -- wrong as it was. I think I'll re-write it as a love song to a cow. I'm after one of those. "Buttercup" sings just as well. Cheers, Joy


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cushie/Cushy/Coushy Buttercup
From: pavane
Date: 09 May 06 - 09:07 AM

Believe it was originally a parody (Polly Perkins of Paddington Green)_


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cushie/Cushy/Coushy Buttercup
From: Charley Noble
Date: 09 May 06 - 10:10 AM

Joy-

There already is one bovine reference, I believe, to Cushie's breastworks!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble, who hears echoes of the chorus from 40 years ago


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cushie/Cushy/Coushy Buttercup
From: *#1 PEASANT*
Date: 09 May 06 - 11:56 AM

She is right here!

Great song by Geordy Ridley- author of Blaydon Races the National Anthem of Gordey Land

http://www.geocities.com/matalzi/priests2.html#Cushie

Cushie Butterfield-and she likes her beer!


Conrad


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cushie/Cushy/Coushy Buttercup
From: Joybell
Date: 09 May 06 - 06:46 PM

Ah! Yes Charley. There are other references to cows and a bull too aren't there. The Cushie name must have been another cow joke.
I reckon it's about 40 years ago I first heard that chorus too.

Thanks for that link *#1PEASANT Conrad. Some good songs there.

Just goes to show how much you can learn by making a silly mistake.
Cheers, Joy


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cushie/Cushy/Coushy Buttercup
From: Gurney
Date: 10 May 06 - 03:59 AM

I don't know about any love-songs about cows, but there's a lament.
It starts:

I've just given birth to a heifer,
and of pride and of milk I am full,
but it's sad to relate
that my lactical state
was not brought about by a bull!

And then there is Tom Lehrer's 'Hunting Song.'

Ah, memories.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cushie/Cushy/Coushy Buttercup
From: Tootler
Date: 10 May 06 - 11:16 AM

Discussion on authorship of Cushie Butterfield here

Words in DT here


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about English Cows
From: Joybell
Date: 10 May 06 - 07:42 PM

Thanks, Tootler. I did look it all up once I had the right name.
Gurney -- Thanks. I'll put a temporary question out about cow songs.   

What I'm after is songs about cows for a Pantomime. Need to be English cows because of the setting. I've been through the DT -- but just in case there's any more someone can come up with -- I thought I'd make good use of this thread.

Cheers, Joy


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cushie/Cushy/Coushy Buttercup
From: Snuffy
Date: 11 May 06 - 08:08 AM

Search for cow, coo, kye, kine, etc etc

BONNY AT MORN

The sheep's in the meadows,
The kye's in the corn,
Thou's ower lang in thy bed,
Bonny at morn.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cushie/Cushy/Coushy Buttercup
From: Charley Noble
Date: 11 May 06 - 09:02 AM

I just realized that I've been misinterpreting this line:

Her brows in a morning would "spyen" a young cow

"spyen" - to dry up a cow's milk

Lord knows what further damage I've done to this song in the years that I've been singing it.

I am udderly devastated...

Charles Noble


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cushie/Cushy/Coushy Buttercup
From: TheBigPinkLad
Date: 11 May 06 - 01:32 PM

Love song to a cow (from memory):

Amazingly Agnes by Stackridge circa 1972

She was fond of Renoir
And tasting Spanish wine
Looking after children
She memorised every line
Hanging up her stocking
For Santa Claus to sign
Oh, how I wish she cold be mine
Once I ... did ...

Handcuff my ankles to Number 10 Downing Street
Claiming I was Winston Churchill
This mild schizophrenia
Makes my chances leaner
Of sharing her shed.

Frequently admonished
For losing every job
I was feeling weary
My legs about to drop.
Then I saw her mother in law
Displayed in a butcher's shop
Oh, how my weakened heart did throb
Once I ... did ...

Swallow three volumes of encyclopaedia
Spouting such vast erudition
This wild bibliomania
Just makes my head vainer
And lessens my chances.

Sometimes there are moments
When fate treats us so cruel
Lamenting in the pig sty
I sat down on my stoo-el
Agnes, you're the nices cow
This side of Timbuktu;
Why was I born to be a mule?
Not even a bull?
Now Agnes I feel such a foo-el

La, la, la, la, la-la foo-el
La, la, la, la, la-la foo-el
La, la, la, la, la-la foo-el
La, la, la, la, la-la foo-el
La, la, la, la, la-la foooooooooo-el!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cushie/Cushy/Coushy Buttercup
From: Joybell
Date: 11 May 06 - 06:20 PM

Thanks everyone. And thanks Snuffy. I'll look into the other names for coos Haven't done that yet.
I'm working on a little ballet number for Daisy and cute little milk-maid girls, and Dame Trott, using "Well met Pretty Maid". Cheers, Joy


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cushie/Cushy/Coushy Buttercup
From: Flash Company
Date: 12 May 06 - 10:26 AM

Hi Joy, Do you never rest?
I did this during the BSE scare in the UK. It is not Wholly original, the inspiration and most of the first verse came from Tommy Handley just after WW2.

There was an old farmer he had a mad cow,
Moo,Moo, Tickety -boo,
The milk came condensed in a can-
Can, neither can I,
Maria's the name on the can.
The bull his name was Dan,
And he was Maria's old man-
Man, fanakerpan,
Maria's the name on the can.

When this mad cow went out on the grass,
Grass,grass, it fell on it's ass,
It's brain was as soft as a flan-
Flan, so we had a plan,
We sold it to McDonalds man,
He sold it on a bun,
'cos that's what he does for his fun-
Fun, Diddley dun,
You can have it with fries on the side!

Needless to say, I don't eat burgers

Brian Q


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cushie/Cushy/Coushy Buttercup
From: TheBigPinkLad
Date: 12 May 06 - 12:19 PM

Here's an original story about cows you may use, Joybell (if it's suitable ... it takes about 15 minutes to read aloud). The Firewitch


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cushie/Cushy/Coushy Buttercup
From: Joybell
Date: 12 May 06 - 06:39 PM

Thank you Big Pink Lad. That's great.
The cast will enjoy reading it even if we can't use it. Many of them are also in a writers' group and enjoy stories from friends.

Brian, How I wish you could have seen us a few weeks back. The Death Scene was so sad. The audience sat stunned even after the curtain came down. We'd all risen up from under the coloured leaves by then, called back by the reading of "Sherwood" by Alfred Noyes -- and by Robin Hood's horn.
Thank you for your continued interest.

Rest? How can I rest? There are wild things going on in my head. AND I have friends willing to play with me.
Cheers, Joy


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cushie/Cushy/Coushy Buttercup
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 13 May 06 - 01:51 AM

Cushie cush is what my granfer used to say, to get the cows moving, usually towards the milking parlour. We never had one called Buttercup and all the bulls were called Billy.

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LTS


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cushie/Cushy/Coushy Buttercup
From: Charley Noble
Date: 13 May 06 - 09:11 AM

LTS-

Odd cow call. We always called "Come, Bos!" which I never understood, or even thought about, until I hit Latin in secondary school.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Cows+daisy+india=Krishna and Panto cow?
From: Joybell
Date: 13 May 06 - 07:21 PM

Thanks, Charley and Liz. I love to hear about the old customs in England. The farmyard names don't seem to have come over here. Except, of course, in Pantomimes. Must ask my New Zealand dairy-farmer neighbour. I have an American husband to fill me in on American ones. He was a Latin scholar once too so that's handy.

I've been looking at daisies and cows. The flowers decorating cows in India are often daisy-type ones. Of course daisies are common. Chaucer seems to have been the one who spread the "day's eye" idea. In some old cultures cows carried the sun on their horns.

What I'm aiming at is India+cow+daisy+gypsies+spread-to-England = Joy using Krishna in a Pantomime. My sense of tradition will only allow that if I can make a plausible connection. Cheers, Joy


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cushie/Cushy/Coushy Buttercup
From: Flash Company
Date: 14 May 06 - 04:21 AM

Joy.. Childhood memory of an old, sad,sad,sad poem called something like 'Mary called the cattle home' or maybe 'Across the sands of Dee' could be of some use to you. I'll see if I can find it if you don't already have it.

Brian


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cushie/Cushy/Coushy Buttercup
From: Joybell
Date: 15 May 06 - 08:05 PM

I'd like to take a look at that, Brian. I haven't heard it. It sounds like the kind of song I'd like anyway. Thank you. Regards, Joy


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Subject: RE: Add Across the Sands of Dee - Poem
From: Joybell
Date: 15 May 06 - 08:27 PM

OK Brian. Found it. It's a poem. It's indeed lovely.
"The Sands of Dee" by Charles Kinsley

O Mary, go and call the cattle home,
    And call the cattle home,
    And call the cattle home,
    Across the sands of Dee.'
The western wind was wild and dark with foam,
    And all alone went she.

The western tide crept up along the sand,
    And o'er and o'er the sand,
    And round and round the sand,
    As far as eye could see.
The rolling mist came down and hid the land:
    And never home came she.

'O is it weed, or fish, or floating hair—
    A tress of golden hair,
    A drownèd maiden's hair,
    Above the nets at sea?'
Was never salmon yet that shone so fair
    Among the stakes of Dee.

They row'd her in across the rolling foam,
    The cruel crawling foam,
    The cruel hungry foam,
    To her grave beside the sea.
But still the boatmen hear her call the cattle home,
    Across the sands of Dee.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cushie/Cushy/Coushy Buttercup
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 17 May 06 - 10:31 PM

Don't you mean Kingsley?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cushie/Cushy/Coushy Buttercup
From: Terry K
Date: 18 May 06 - 04:29 AM

See also the "High Tide on the Coast of Lincolnshire" with the haunting line "Cusha, cusha, cusha calling ...." - much too long to cut 'n paste, but you will find it HERE

cheers, Terry


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cushie/Cushy/Coushy Buttercup
From: Flash Company
Date: 18 May 06 - 10:50 AM

Hello Joy, Yes thats the one.
Indian connection is an interesting thought, I believe some Indian mystics keep a cow and the way to gain access to their prophecies is to bring food for the cow. Read it somewhere, but can't remember where.

Brian Q


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cushie/Cushy/Coushy Buttercup
From: Sue the Borderer
Date: 18 May 06 - 11:27 AM

Roy Clinging has a CD with lots of songs from and about Cheshire on it. He uses a beautiful, haunting tune for 'The Sands of Dee'. I think he may well have written the tune. (I can find out more if you want)

From the sublime to the ridiculous - there is also 'The Horny Bull' sung to the tune of Old MacDonald had a farm.

Sue


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cushie/Cushy/Coushy Buttercup
From: Flash Company
Date: 19 May 06 - 05:00 AM

Sue... The Sands of Dee set to music sounds just lovely as an idea.
Oh, and there is nothing ridiculous about Horny Bulls, ask any cow, they will tell you!
Ridiculous is when the bull arrives as a test-tube!

Brian Q


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