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Thread #155643   Message #3663196
Posted By: Joe Offer
23-Sep-14 - 10:42 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Down-a-Down (Matt McGinn)
Subject: Lyr Add: DOWN-A-DOWN (Matt McGinn)
Here's a song I came across on a Pete Seeger concert album the other day. I think Pete sings one more verse about taking off his clothes real quick, but it's not in the album notes. Anybody know that verse?

DOWN-A-DOWN
(Matt McGinn)

Here's a song for one and all/Down-a-down and down-a-down
Here's a song for one and all/With a down
Here`s a song for one and all About a man just two feet tall
With a down, derry, derry, derry, down, down.

He met a dame on Blythswood Square/Down-a-down and down-a-down
He met a dame on Blythswood Square/With a down
He met a dame on Blythswood Square/and she was forty, fat and fair
With a down, derry, derry, derry, down, down.

She says to him with tender smile/Down-a-?down and down-a-down
She says to him with tender smile/With a down
She says to him with tender smile/"Would you be free for a wee short while?"
With a down, derry, derry, derry, down, down.

His evil mind began to roam/Down-a-?down and down-a-down
His evil mind began to roam/With a down
His evil mind began to roam/When she said, "Dearie, come on home."
With a down, derry, derry, derry, down, down.

She showed him to her room and said/Down-a-down and down-a-down
She showed him to her room and said/With a down
She showed him to her room and said/"Put all your clothes upon that bed."
With a down, derry, derry, derry, down, down.

She said, "I'll be right back in a tick"/Down-a-?down and down-a-down
She said, "I'll be right back in a tick"/With a down
She said, "I'll be right back in a tick"/The wee man threw his clothes off quick
With a down, derry, derry, derry, down, down.

She brought her seven children in/Down-a-down and down-a-down
She brought her seven children in/With a down
She brought her seven children in/Said, "See that ruckle of bone and skin."/
With a down, derry, derry, derry, down, down.

Said she, destroying all his courage/Down-a-down and down-a-down
Said she, destroying all his courage/With a down
Said she, destroying all his courage/"That's what you get when you don't eat porridge!"
With a down, derry, derry. derry, down, down.

As sung by Pete Seeger on "Sing-a-long"

Pete's notes:
Down-a-Down
Matt McGinn's widow sent me the words of the next song, which to a traditional melody. Matt was a wonderful, short, scrawny fellow, always rhyming and joking, like Woody. I sang this in Newcastle-on-Tyne a few months after his death, and a shout came from the audience, "Matt McGinn lives!"

You know there's so many different kinds of songs in the world and we are now mixing them all up and entangling them. We forget that sometimes it's best not to tangle things too much. Heres a song that's not supposed to have any harmony whatsoever. It's actually some words Matt McGinn put together'. A wonderful songwriter who is dead now. An old, old tune.