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ELIZABETH >From the London Revue "The Wonder Bar" (1930) (Music: Robert Katscher / Lyrics: Rowland Leigh) Elsie Randolph - 1930 Bob & Alf Pearson - 1930 Debroy Somers & His Band - 1930 Ray Noble & The New Mayfair Dance Orch. (vocal: Jack Plant) - 1930 Harry Hudson's Radio Melody Boys (vocal: John Thorne) - 1930 Stan Greening & His Band (Instr.) - 1930 Joe Sargent - 1930 Also recorded by: Carl Brisson; Joe Loss; Humphrey Lyttelton. As recorded by ELSIE RANDOLPH with piano accompaniment by Arthur Young: I've a friend who's in distress now And Elizabeth's her name Do you think you'll ever guess how She met with grief and shame Now, it isn't what you're thinking For she's not that kind at all And it isn't dope or drinking That caused the poor girl's fall My friend Elizabeth's out of temper, out of breath Ever since she found skirts must trail upon the ground She's got a better set of legs than even Mistinguett Now she's got to hide what was once her joy and pride This fad of over-dressing's depressing, distressing And catching men grows harder, their ardour's not so strong My friend Elizabeth's tired of life and prays for death How can she go wrong now that skirts are long (Piano Solo) It's a tune that has no virtue, of the purely chiastic kind (sic) But enough to disconcert you, for it's taken in your mind How the Berlin song is slumming, while Vienna crooks do wrong (sic) They cannot desist from humming this idiotic song Wenn die Elizabeth nicht so schöne Beine hätt' hätt' sie viel mehr Freud' an dem neuen langen Kleid Doch, da sie Beine hat tadellos und kerzengrad tut es ihr so leid um das alte kurze Kleid Das kann man doch verstehen beim Gehen, beim Drehen das kann man jetzt nichts mehr sehen und niemand weiß Bescheid Ja, wenn die Elizabeth nicht so schöne Beine hätt' hätt' sie viel mehr Freud' an dem neuen langen Kleid Ooo ja! ******************* As recorded by JOHN THORNE with Harry Hudson's Radio Melody Boys: My friend Elizabeth's out of temper, out of breath Ever since she found skirts must trail upon the ground She had a better set of legs than even Mistinguett Now she's got to hide what was once her joy and pride Das kann man doch verstehen, beim Gehen, beim Drehen Kann man jetzt nichts mehr sehen und niemand weiß Bescheid Ja, my friend Elizabeth's tired of life and prays for death How can she go wrong now that skirts are long (Musical Interlude) Ja! Ja! Ja!, Nien! Nien! Nein! I scratch your back, you scratch mine Eins, Swei, Drei, Vier, Funf, Sechs Little brown jug, ich liebe dich! ******************* Elisabeth as performed by Max Raabe Men and women represent completely different forms of life. Nevertheless many woman tolerate a male being in their domicile. In the following song, the gentlemen Katscher, Herzceg & Farkas explain the relationship between fashion and woman's anatomy. From 1930: "if it weren't for Elisabeth beautiful legs, she might have appreciated her new long threads. But her legs, too straight, too long, too perfect to surpress, really were so much better in that old short dress" Wenn die Elisabeth nicht so schöne Beine hätt' hätt' sie viel mehr Freud' an dem neuen langen Kleid. Doch, da sie Beine hat, tadellos und kerzengrad, tut es ihr so leid um das alte kurze Kleid. Das kann man doch verstehen, beim Gehen, beim Drehen, kann man jetzt nichts mehr sehen und niemand weiß Bescheid. Ja, wenn die Elisabeth nicht so schöne Beine hätt' hätt' sie viel mehr Freud' an dem neuen langen Kleid. Das kann man doch verstehen, beim Gehen, beim Drehen, kann man jetzt nichts mehr sehen und niemand weiß Bescheid. Ja, wenn die Elisabeth nicht so schöne Beine hätt' hätt' sie viel mehr Freud' an dem neuen langen Kleid. (Transcribed by Mel Priddle, ~KS~, and ~MS~August 2014)

    


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