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Songs About Lawyers or the Law

Ron Davies 22 Apr 11 - 07:35 AM
Fkoll 22 Apr 11 - 06:58 AM
GUEST,henryp 25 Mar 11 - 09:01 AM
katlaughing 24 Mar 11 - 06:18 PM
GUEST,JAM 24 Mar 11 - 04:53 PM
GUEST,Seonaid 24 Mar 11 - 04:07 PM
Bounty Hound 24 Mar 11 - 03:40 PM
GUEST,OLD TIMER 23 Mar 11 - 04:10 PM
Bev and Jerry 22 Mar 11 - 11:25 PM
GUEST,Guest 22 Mar 11 - 01:55 PM
Dad Perkins 22 Mar 11 - 01:20 PM
Dad Perkins 22 Mar 11 - 01:17 PM
GUEST,Guest 21 Mar 11 - 07:00 PM
GUEST,Jim Knowledge 18 Mar 11 - 02:22 PM
MGM·Lion 18 Mar 11 - 09:20 AM
Richard Bridge 26 Jul 07 - 12:27 PM
Rapparee 26 Jul 07 - 09:15 AM
Mr Red 26 Jul 07 - 07:58 AM
GUEST,Chris 26 Jul 07 - 07:18 AM
GUEST,Chris 26 Jul 07 - 07:15 AM
Genie 26 Jul 07 - 02:36 AM
GUEST,Jim Carroll 25 Jul 07 - 03:52 AM
GUEST,Black Hawk on works PC 25 Jul 07 - 03:02 AM
Amos 25 Jul 07 - 12:54 AM
Jim Dixon 25 Jul 07 - 12:31 AM
PennyBlack 20 Oct 04 - 08:22 PM
Richard Bridge 20 Oct 04 - 06:03 PM
Folkster 20 Oct 04 - 05:57 PM
GUEST,Clara 20 Oct 04 - 05:30 PM
John in Brisbane 20 Oct 04 - 07:24 AM
Joe_F 19 Oct 04 - 11:09 PM
GUEST,steve 19 Oct 04 - 09:38 AM
Mr Red 10 Jan 02 - 10:23 AM
Little Hawk 09 Jan 02 - 05:48 PM
Charley Noble 09 Jan 02 - 05:18 PM
mack/misophist 09 Jan 02 - 11:33 AM
Mark Cohen 09 Jan 02 - 01:19 AM
Mark Cohen 08 Jan 02 - 11:40 PM
Gaffer 08 Jan 02 - 08:22 PM
GUEST,Gaffer 08 Jan 02 - 08:05 PM
GUEST,Gaffer 08 Jan 02 - 08:03 PM
Herga Kitty 08 Jan 02 - 07:49 PM
GUEST,Desdemona 08 Jan 02 - 06:34 PM
Susanne (skw) 08 Jan 02 - 06:30 PM
Ebbie 08 Jan 02 - 01:10 PM
Mark Cohen 08 Jan 02 - 04:34 AM
Dan Schatz 08 Jan 02 - 01:42 AM
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Subject: RE: Songs About Lawyers or the Law
From: Ron Davies
Date: 22 Apr 11 - 07:35 AM

It's a bit amazing that it's been left out, but I don't think I "Pretty Boy Floyd" mentioned--"...Some will rob you with a fountain pen."


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Subject: RE: Songs About Lawyers or the Law
From: Fkoll
Date: 22 Apr 11 - 06:58 AM

Circumstantial Evidence recoded by Jerry Lee Lewis
I Get The Picture. Recorded by Keith Whiley


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Subject: RE: Songs About Lawyers or the Law
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 25 Mar 11 - 09:01 AM

A 17th century protest against the enclosure of common land in England;

The law locks up the man or woman
Who steals the goose from off the common
But leaves the greater villain loose
Who steals the common from off the goose.

The law demands that we atone
When we take things we do not own
But leaves the lords and ladies fine
Who take things that are yours and mine.

The poor and wretched don't escape
If they conspire the law to break;
This must be so but they endure
Those who conspire to make the law.

The law locks up the man or woman
Who steals the goose from off the common
And geese will still a common lack
Till they go and steal it back.

John Clare also wrote many verses opposing enclosure;

There once were lanes in nature's freedom dropt,
There once were paths that every valley wound -
Enclosure came, and every path was stopt;
Each tyrant fixed his sign where paths were found,
To hint a trespass now who crossed the ground:
Justice is made to speak as they command;
The high road now must be each stinted bound:
Enclosure, thou'rt curse upon the land,
And tasteless was the wretch who thy existence planned.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Lawyers or the Law
From: katlaughing
Date: 24 Mar 11 - 06:18 PM

This one didn't show up in a search within this thread:

Video and lyrics from HERE

I FOUGHT THE LAW
The Bobby Fuller Four
(Sonny Curtis)

(A') Breakin' rocks in the ... hot sun
I Fought the Law and the ... law won
I Fought the Law and the ... law won
I needed money, 'cause I ... had none
I Fought the Law and the ... law won
I Fought the Law and the ... law won

I left my baby and I feel so bad
I guess my race is run
Well, she's the best girl ... I've ever had
I Fought the Law and the ... law won
I Fought the Law and the ... law won

(Instrumental Break)

Robbin' people with a . . . SIX gun
I Fought the Law and the ... law won
I Fought the Law and the ... law won

I miss my baby and the ... good fun
I Fought the Law and the ... law won
I Fought the Law and the ... law won

I left my baby and I feel so bad
I guess my race is run
But, she's the best girl ... I've ever had
I Fought the Law and the ... law won
I Fought the Law and the ... law won

lyrics submitted by The Wordman
lyrics corrected by Brad on 23-01-2007


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Subject: RE: Songs About Lawyers or the Law
From: GUEST,JAM
Date: 24 Mar 11 - 04:53 PM

A 1920 (1919?) song is Snoops the Lawyer. Google it up for recordings and You Tube.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Lawyers or the Law
From: GUEST,Seonaid
Date: 24 Mar 11 - 04:07 PM

The Beers Family recorded a song called, I believe, "A Farmer Boy For Me," in which the girl compares her lad of the land to various less attractive professionals. One verse runs,

"I would not marry a lawyer man;
He tells too many lies.
I'd rather work with my farmer boy
Beneath the open skies."

Sorry 'bout that!

(P.S. -- I edit law books in my spare time; bless you all....)


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Subject: RE: Songs About Lawyers or the Law
From: Bounty Hound
Date: 24 Mar 11 - 03:40 PM

It's been mentioned earlier in this thread, but that was in 2004!

Chuck Brodsky, 'Talk to my Lawyer'

Had the pleasure of meeting Chuck backstage at Shrewsbury last year, lovely man, and thoroughly engaging performer.

John


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Subject: RE: Songs About Lawyers or the Law
From: GUEST,OLD TIMER
Date: 23 Mar 11 - 04:10 PM

Any one mention Woody Gutheries" Philadelphia Lawyer"


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Subject: RE: Songs About Lawyers or the Law
From: Bev and Jerry
Date: 22 Mar 11 - 11:25 PM

From "The Universal Songster", London, Grorge Routledge & Sons. Date unkonwn. Acquired by the Cleveland Public Library in 1907 and collected from there by us in 1989. Letters under the lyrics indicate the tune we made up for it but it's no better than the tune you can make up!

HE WHO MATCHES A LAWYER HAS ONLY ONE MORE


A lawyer, quite famous for making a bill,
G C   C      C    E   C    E    F G    A G

And who in good living delighted
F       E    D   C    C B   C   D G

To dinner one day, with a hearty good will,
F    E   D   C    C    B    C D   E   F       G

Was by a rich client invited;
F      E F G    C D E D C

But he charged six-and-eightpence for going to dine,
C    D   E          D   C    D      E      F    E D   C   D

Which the client he paid, though no ninny;
G       F    E   D C   D       E       F   E E

And, in turn, charged the lawyer for dinner and wine,
C      D E       D         C    D   E F    E D    C    D

One a crown and the other a guinea!
G    G G       D    E   F E   D C   C

cho:

But gossips, you know, have a saying in store,
C    F    F    F      F       G    A G   G G    E

He who matches a lawyer has only one more.
G   G      G    D E F   E    D   C C D    C

The lawyer he paid it, and took a receipt,
While the client stared at him with wonder;
But gave to his friends, with the produce, a treat,
Though the lawyer soon made him knock under,
That his client sold wine, information he laid,
Without license; and , in spite of his storming,
The client a good thumping penalty paid,
And the lawyer got half for informing.

Bev and Jerry


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Subject: RE: Songs About Lawyers or the Law
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 22 Mar 11 - 01:55 PM

There is always "When Lawyers Take Viagra They Get Taller" by the Canadian duo Bowser and Blue. I believe they have it posted on youtube.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Lawyers or the Law
From: Dad Perkins
Date: 22 Mar 11 - 01:20 PM

also 'Lilly of the West' as sung by Dylan at least, has a pretty lengthy trial sequence toward the end. It's a murder ballad and it's on the covers record 'Dylan' which is an oft' overlooked gem.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Lawyers or the Law
From: Dad Perkins
Date: 22 Mar 11 - 01:17 PM

'Lawyers Guns and Money' by Warren Zevon of course.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Lawyers or the Law
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 21 Mar 11 - 07:00 PM

The Don McLean song is called Respectable and it's from his first album, called Tapestry. Excellent song, excellent album.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Lawyers or the Law
From: GUEST,Jim Knowledge
Date: 18 Mar 11 - 02:22 PM

I `ad this "brief" in my cab the other day. `e was done up in his black gown and his wig, all fraying and grey, was a bit cock-eyed on `is napper. `e looked like `e just lost a case and `ad the damages awarded against `im.
I said, " Whassup Judge?. Was it Jury-one, you-nil?"
`e said , "Nah Jim. It`s all them on that Mudcat thread about lawyers and the law. Not a good word about us from anyone."
I said, "Well, you bring it all down on your own `ead. That case the other day, f`rinstance. A bill of £9000 for some jobsworth just to open the letters. You`re `aving a laugh."
`e said, "Seems fair to me. If `e brought an action against the practise for Repetetive Strain Injury w`ed be up the Swanee!!"

Whaddam I Like??


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Subject: RE: Songs About Lawyers or the Law
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 18 Mar 11 - 09:20 AM

"Adieu to all judges and juries,
Justice & Old Bailey too..."


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Subject: RE: Songs About Lawyers or the Law
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 26 Jul 07 - 12:27 PM

About time we had one about a good lawyer.....

Pencil sharpening time.....


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Subject: Lyr Add: ONE MILLION LAWYERS (Tom Paxton)
From: Rapparee
Date: 26 Jul 07 - 09:15 AM

Oh, fer...how can anyone forget?

ONE MILLION LAWYERS
by Tom Paxton

Humankind has survived some disasters, I'm sure.
Like locusts and flash floods and flu.
There's never a moment when we've been secure
From the ills that the flesh is heir to.
If it isn't a war, it's some gruesome disease.
If it isn't disease, then it's war.
But there's worse still to come, and I'm asking you please
How the world's gonna take any more?

(CHORUS:)

In ten years we're gonna have one million lawyers,
One million lawyers, one million lawyers.
In ten years we're gonna have one million lawyers.
How much can a poor nation stand?

The world shook with dread of Atilla the Hun
As he conquered with fire and steel,
And Genghis and Kubla and all of the Kahns
Ground a groaning world under the heel.
Disaster, disaster, so what else is new?
We've suffered the worst and then some.
So I'm sorry to tell you, my suffering friends,
Of the terrible scourge still to come.

(CHORUS)

(BREAK:)

Oh, a suffering world cries for mercy
As far as the eye can see.
Lawyers around every bend in the road,
Laywers in every tree,
Lawyers in restaurants, lawyers in clubs,
Lawyers behind every door,
Behind windows and potted plants, shade trees and shrubs,
Lawyers on pogo sticks, lawyers in politics!

(CHORUS)

In spring there's tornadoes and rampaging floods,
In summer it's heat stroke and draught.
There's Ivy League football to ruin the fall,
It's a terrible scourge, without doubt.
There are blizzards to batter the shivering plain.
There are dust storms that strike, but far worse
Is the threat of disaster to shrivel the brain,
It's the threat of implacable curse.

In ten years we're gonna have one million lawyers,
One million lawyers, one million lawyers.
In ten years we're gonna have one million lawyers.
How much can a poor nation stand?
How much can a poor nation stand?


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Subject: RE: Songs About Lawyers or the Law
From: Mr Red
Date: 26 Jul 07 - 07:58 AM

I wrote one - you may not like it.

I will post when I am home.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Lawyers or the Law
From: GUEST,Chris
Date: 26 Jul 07 - 07:18 AM

(Whoops - hit the wrong key)!!

Coope Boyes & Simpsons "Funny Old World" is a scathing sideswipe at the British justice system.   Another one of theirs, Rufford Park Poachers, also brings a courtroom trial into the song.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Lawyers or the Law
From: GUEST,Chris
Date: 26 Jul 07 - 07:15 AM


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Subject: RE: Songs About Lawyers or the Law
From: Genie
Date: 26 Jul 07 - 02:36 AM

Then there's the line in "The Lady Came From Baltimore" that goes

"The lady's name was Susan Moore,
Her daddy worked the law.
She didn't know that I was poor,
Lived outside the law."


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Subject: RE: Songs About Lawyers or the Law
From: GUEST,Jim Carroll
Date: 25 Jul 07 - 03:52 AM

A London broadside ballad called 'The Lawyer's Lament For Charing Cross', which begins:
'Undone, undone, the lawyers cry as they march up and down,
We know not the way to Westminster now Charing Cross is down.

So fare thee well old Charing Cross, fare thee well old stump,
Thou wert a thing put up by a king and so pulled down by The Rump.'

Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: Songs About Lawyers or the Law
From: GUEST,Black Hawk on works PC
Date: 25 Jul 07 - 03:02 AM

Got a song somewhere called 'Aint no lawyers in heaven' but am at work so will search for it later.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Lawyers or the Law
From: Amos
Date: 25 Jul 07 - 12:54 AM

ANd let us not forget :The Very Unfortunate Man" about the poor lawyer who married without getting a warranty deed.


A


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Subject: RE: Songs About Lawyers or the Law
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 25 Jul 07 - 12:31 AM

Here's MY ATTORNEY BERNIE by Dave Frishberg.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE LAWSUIT
From: PennyBlack
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 08:22 PM

THE LAWSUIT


Two farmers met at a fair and between 'em bought a cow,
They both wanted to take it 'ome, but couldn't agree somehow.
They met a Lawyer on the way, who tried to square the case,
And how they carried on that day, you'd say t'was a disgrace.


One Farmer pulled it's head and the other one pulled it's tail,
And over it they had a jolly row, hello,
And both to law they went, and all their money spent,
Whilst the Lawyer kept a milking of the cow, cow, cow,
Whilst the Lawyer kept a milking of the cow.



Said Brown unto the Lawyer, "Just list to what I say,
We bought the cow between us, Jones had no money to pay.
He said 'He'd give me an I.O.U.' but I didn't think that was straight,
If you tell me how to keep the cow, I'll give you six and eight."

--chorus--


Said Farmer Jones, "Now make no bones, that cow belongs to me
We bought the cow between us, but I first the cow did see,
Brown knows we made a bargain, and now he wants to row,
But I mean to fight, with all my might, till he gives me half that cow."

--chorus--


So, Brown and Jones to law they went and what with fees and costs,
They at each other cursed and swore, till all their money was lost.
The Judge at last dismissed the case, and costs would not allow,
I'm sorry to say, that neither could pay, so the Lawyer kept the cow.

--chorus--




seen Pictures, Jokes and statues on the same topic but we've never been able to trace the song origin.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Lawyers or the Law
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 06:03 PM

Plenty folky lawyers. Me to start with. Some would say that was plenty anyway.

Robin Bynoe, at Charles Russell, London (flute, whistle).
A morris woman at Maidstone Borough Council
A couple of other members of the Performer Lawyer Group (do a google)

And I know a VP of legal affairs at Paramount who is a flatpicker.

But does anyone know a folksong in which a lawyer is a hero?

Or is a lawyer never a hero until you need one?


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Subject: RE: Songs About Lawyers or the Law
From: Folkster
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 05:57 PM

For something modern and whimsical check out Chuck Brodsky's "Talk to my Lawyer,"


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Subject: RE: Songs About Lawyers or the Law
From: GUEST,Clara
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 05:30 PM

Great stuff! I was looking for similar songs myself being a law student who loves folk. Had already found the lawyer outwitted.

Bennet Zurofsky...... does your firm have training contracts? nudge nudge wink wink. Going crazy trying to find one, and have never met another folky lawyer.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Lawyers or the Law
From: John in Brisbane
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 07:24 AM

Was told by our corporate counsel that there's a new Japanese restaurant specifically targeting the legal profession - it's called 'SOSUMI'.

John


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Subject: RE: Songs About Lawyers or the Law
From: Joe_F
Date: 19 Oct 04 - 11:09 PM

The verse in the Alice books, including "You are old, father William", has in fact been set to music many times.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Lawyers or the Law
From: GUEST,steve
Date: 19 Oct 04 - 09:38 AM

I have a song out there called "lullaby for lawyers". However it does not view lawyers in an altogether favourable light. Check out:
lullaby for lawyers
Steve.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Lawyers or the Law
From: Mr Red
Date: 10 Jan 02 - 10:23 AM

Black Velvet Band and Jim Jones mention Judges

ever hear the one about the two farmers arguing over a cow, one pulling the horns and the other tugging on the tail. The lawyer is sitting on the milking stool squeezing the teats.
I think that originated as a cartoon in Punch a long while back but I've seen several versions including one cast in brass. Should be carved in stone methinks.


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Subject: Lyr Add: LAWYERS IN LOVE (Jackson Browne)
From: Little Hawk
Date: 09 Jan 02 - 05:48 PM

The Jackson Browne song was a beauty, and suited the time (1983) perfectly. Reagan was arming enthusiastically for Armageddon, with full faith in "the rapture", and Russia was 6 years away from either a final and suicidal war...or the peaceful collapse of the Communist system. Fortunately, Gorbachev was neither stupid nor insane...

LAWYERS IN LOVE

I can't keep up with what's been going on.
I think my heart must just be slowing down.
Among the human beings in their designer jeans,
Am I the only one who hears the screams,
And the strangled cries of lawyers in love?

God sends his spaceships to America, the beautiful.
They land at six o'clock and there we are, the dutiful,
Eating from TV trays, tuned into to Happy Days,
Waiting for World War III while Jesus slaves
To the mating calls of lawyers in love.

Last night I watched the news from Washington, the capitol.
The Russians escaped while we weren't watching them, like Russians will.
Now we've got all this room. We’ve even got the moon,
And I hear the U.S.S.R. will be open soon,
As vacation land for lawyers in love.

(c) 1983 Night Kitchen Music ASCAP, by Jackson Browne


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Subject: RE: Songs About Lawyers or the Law
From: Charley Noble
Date: 09 Jan 02 - 05:18 PM

Well, I'm scrapping the bottom of the barral but that's where you find this kind of verse. Some time ago in a former life, I composed this new verse for "When Jones' Ale Was New."

The next came in was an attorney,
Who'd returned from an arduous journey,
Who'd returned from an arduous journey,
For to join in the jovial crew;
He'd traveled the whole wide world around,
He'd searched through cities, he'd searched through towns,
There was no justice to be found,
When Jones's Ale was new, me boys,
When Jones's Ale was new!


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Subject: RE: Songs About Lawyers or the Law
From: mack/misophist
Date: 09 Jan 02 - 11:33 AM

I don't think I saw THE BLACK VELVET BAND mentioned above. It's about being transported to Van Dieman's Land for unwittingly receiving stolen goods. HUAC was mentioned, however. The only HUAC song I know of is HOUSE UNAMERICAN ACTIVIES BLUES DREAM by Richard Farina who was Joan Baez's brother-in-law.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Lawyers or the Law
From: Mark Cohen
Date: 09 Jan 02 - 01:19 AM

Y'all know there was supposed to be one of those little grinning faces after that...right?


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Subject: RE: Songs About Lawyers or the Law
From: Mark Cohen
Date: 08 Jan 02 - 11:40 PM

In other words, a remarkable anomaly!

Aloha,
Mark


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Subject: RE: Songs About Lawyers or the Law
From: Gaffer
Date: 08 Jan 02 - 08:22 PM

My cookie's back! The Wild Colonial Boy robbed Judge MacEvoy - at least part of the motive for this dreadful criminal act was that His Worship was unfortunate enough to rhyme with "Wild", "Colonial" or "Boy". In the "Dublin Jack of all trades" version I have, yer man became, in Green Street, not only a lawyer but "an honest lawyer" at that!


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Subject: RE: Songs About Lawyers or the Law
From: GUEST,Gaffer
Date: 08 Jan 02 - 08:05 PM

Hey - I'm a guest again - summat must have cooked my cookie!


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Subject: RE: Songs About Lawyers or the Law
From: GUEST,Gaffer
Date: 08 Jan 02 - 08:03 PM

The judge is the good guy in "Maggie May" - sends the thieving tart off to New South Wales. It is interesting to note that in general, folk song in England and Ireland tends to favour the criminal only if the victim is not a sailor! (Generalisations are always widely inaccurate but it's much quicker to make one and wait for the uproar than to keep your mouth shut until you've done all the research!)


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Subject: Lyr Add: POOR NELL AND THE CHIMNEY SWEEP
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 08 Jan 02 - 07:49 PM

Sharp, no 221, collected from Captain Lewis, Minehead, August 1905: (about taking the law into your own hands, really):

POOR NELL AND THE CHIMNEY SWEEP

It’s of a wealthy lawyer, in Southwark he did dwell.
He had a handsome housekeeper and she was called Nell.
He hugged and kissed her o’er and o’er, as I for truth do tell,
Till her apron grew too short before, saying “Oh, poor Nell!”

It happened on a certain night as they were lying in bed,
She wept, she wailed, she wrung her hands and furthermore she said:
“My virgin rose you stole away. Oh, wed me, Sir,” said she,
“Or I like unto other poor girls say, ‘Oh, poor me!’ ”

He took her by the lily-white hand and said, “My own sweetheart,
Since you and I together have met, I hope we never shall part;
And if ever I offer to break my vow, as sure as hell is hell,
I hope the devil will fetch me, and carry me to his cell.”

So then with joys and pleasing toys they passed away the time
Till seven months were gone and past, and two left out of nine.
He turned her out of his service quite, as I for truth do tell.
All for the sake of a lady bright, he left poor Nell.

One day as she was all alone, lamenting her sad fate,
A curious frolic came in her head, which made her laugh outright.
Says she, “I’ll dress myself as any devil in Hell.
I’ll wait some night for his coming home, saying ‘Oh, poor Nell!’ ”

She straight to a chimney sweeper went and there a bargain made,
All for to have his sweeping clothes and furthermore she said,
“If thou for me my counsel keep, here’s a guinea I’ll give to thee;
And let thy little sweeping boy to go along with me.”

She straightway learned the boy his tale, these words to him did say:
“If thou wilt act thy part right well, here is a crown for thee.”
With a pair of ram’s horns on her head, in a lonesome place stood she,
And as for black the sweeping boy sat under a tree.

Between the hours of twelve and one, as you for truth shall hear,
This lawyer he came trudging home from the courting of his dear.
In stepping o’er to shun the dirt, as I for truth do tell,
She nimbly caught him by the skirts, crying “Oh, poor Nell!”

And with a doleful hollow voice these words to him did say:
“According to the promise you made, I’m come to take you away.
You must away along with me down to my gloomy cell,
Or else tomorrow by break of day you wed poor Nell.”

With this, the little sweeping boy set fire to a train
Which wrapt and cracked about his legs, and made him roar amain.
“Oh, master devil! Spare me now, and mark what I do tell:
Tomorrow by the break of day, I’ll wed poor Nell.”

“See that you do,” the devil he said, “and mark well what I say:
You see my little devil sitting under yonder tree?
And if ever you offer to break your vow, as sure as hell is hell,
That little devil shall fetch you and carry you to his cell.”

The lawyer he went home in a most dreadful fright,
And early the next morning as soon as it was light,
With staring eyes and trembling limbs, he looked most wondrous pale.
He went to her with a humble voice: “Good morning, dear Nell.”

With kisses and with compliments, he gained her consent,
And having got the licence, unto the church they went.
There he made her his lawful bride, as I for truth do tell,
And ever since lived a happy life, saying, “Oh, brave Nell!”

She never told nor friend nor foe the project she had played,
Till nine months were gone and past, and she’d been put to bed.
She told it to her gossipers, which pleased them right well.
The husband laughed, and smiling said, “Well done, brave Nell!”


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Subject: RE: Songs About Lawyers or the Law
From: GUEST,Desdemona
Date: 08 Jan 02 - 06:34 PM

I'm put in mind of a favourite verse:

"You are old," said the youth, "and your jaws are too weak For anything tougher than suet; Yet you finished the goose, with the bones and the beak -- Pray, how did you manage to do it?"

"In my youth," said his father, "I took to the law, And argued each case with my wife; And the muscular strength, which it gave to my jaw, Has lasted the rest of my life."


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Subject: RE: Songs About Lawyers or the Law
From: Susanne (skw)
Date: 08 Jan 02 - 06:30 PM

There is also Brian McNeill's Any Mick'll Do about the British judiciary system and its attitude to the Irish (e.g. Guildford Four, Birmingham Six). Well, actually about racism all over the world.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Lawyers or the Law
From: Ebbie
Date: 08 Jan 02 - 01:10 PM

"The judge said, Son, what is your alibi? For if you were somewheres else, then you don't have to die."

Kind of a reach, I guess, but it's the only one I can think of- and it implies an upstanding, non-corrupt judge.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Lawyers or the Law
From: Mark Cohen
Date: 08 Jan 02 - 04:34 AM

It's not exactly flattering, but in Charlie King's "Two Good Arms", about the Sacco and Vanzetti case:

Who will remember Judge Webster Thayer
One hand on the gavel, the other resting on his chair
Who will remember the hateful words he said
Speaking to the living in the language of the dead

Don't worry, Bennett, we doctors don't do all that well in folk songs, either!

Aloha,
Mark


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Subject: RE: Songs About Lawyers or the Law
From: Dan Schatz
Date: 08 Jan 02 - 01:42 AM

The ballad "Hiram Hubbard" talks about Hubbards execution and about him not being guilty, but I don't know of a version that goes into much detail about the trial. (The version I know does talk about his making out a will, though - perhaps he had an attorney's assistance for that?)

Also - one that portrays lawyers in a positive light, although briefly: "Mommas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys" (Let 'em be doctors and lawyers and such.)

Gordon Bok sings "Broken Down Squatter" which talks about the bigwigs being brought to the bankruptcy court.

The Young Tradition recorde a ballad called Ratcliffe Highway which talks about a court martial and sentencing.

The Unitarian Universalist hymnal has a hymn with the word "notwithstanding" in it. Does that count?

Dan


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Subject: RE: Songs About Lawyers or the Law
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 07 Jan 02 - 09:59 PM

Bennett- a Digitrad search for @law* --- the @ indicates a keyword and the * is a wildcard taking care of "law", "lawyer" and "lawyers" in one swell foop---results in 19 hits.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Lawyers or the Law
From: Deda
Date: 07 Jan 02 - 04:45 PM

Another famous G&S song makes reference to the law:

When I was a lad I served a term
As office boy to an attorney's firm
I washed the windows and I swept the floor
And I polished up the handle on the big front door

He polished up the handle on the big front door

I polished the handle so carefully
That now I am the leader of the Queen's navy.

He polished the handle so carefully
That now he is the leader of the Queen's navy!

There were several more verses about how this clerk who had never been to sea came to run the navy -- ridiculing the actual Naval commander of the time. Only very tangentially about lawyers.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Lawyers or the Law
From: GUEST,LynnT
Date: 07 Jan 02 - 11:34 AM

There's a madrigal called "Two Lawyers" sung by Clam Chowder: on completing a law case on opposing sides, the two lawyers saunter off to lunch together. The client of the first lawyer is shocked to see this, but the client of the other replies that it shouldn't be surprising, for two lawyers are like a pair of shears: they never cut each other, just what lies between.

Sorry I haven't more details, but the image is a nice one.

Lynn


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