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Thread #62702   Message #1014948
Posted By: Charley Noble
08-Sep-03 - 04:25 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Mister Noah (Nina & Frederik)
Subject: Lyr Add: RETALIATORY EVICTION DITTY
Once again there is a housing eviction parody for this ditty which made it into the best 100 songs collected for my draft Housing Songbook. According to my notes:

"This particular song should bring smiles to the most hard-nosed landlord. Oddly enough, it was composed by Ann Arbor Tenants Union members Dale Cohen and Hugh McGuinness, with some additional polishing by myself. It just goes to prove that not all songs in this collection are of redeeming social value."

(Written by Dale Cohen and Hugh McGuinness
As adapted by Charles Ipcar, 1981
Tune: traditional "Mr. Noah")

RETALIATORY EVICTION DITTY

(Written by Dale Cohen and Hugh McGuinness
As adapted by Charles Ipcar, 1981
Tune: traditional "Mr. Noah")

Oh, Mr. Landlord!
Oh, Mr. Landlord!
Can you fix the roof,
'Cause it leaks real bad?
I'm getting mighty wet
And getting mighty mad!

Chorus:

Doodle-ee-doo, doodle-ee-doo,
Doodle-ee, doodle-ee, doodle-ee, doodle-ee-do!

Oh, no, I can't, sir;
Oh, no I can't, sir;
I can't fix the leak'
'Cause I haven't got the time;
Just use a bucket;
It won't cost me a dime. (CHO)

Well, go to the Devil, sir!
Well, go to the Devil, sir!
I'll call the inspector
And withhold my rent;
I may get wet
But you won't get a cent. (CHO)

Now, young fella,
Now, young fella,
That's all damn bluff;
I don't like such sass;
If you don't pay the rent,
You'll be out on your ass! (CHO)

Cordially,
Landlady's Daughter, not to be confused with Charley Noble