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LILY OF LAGUNA, THE (Leslie Stuart - 1898) Eugene Stratton - 1911 Jack Hylton & His Orch. - 1929 G.H. Elliott - 1930 Jimmy Carlton - 1930 Harry Roy & His Mayfair Hotel Orch. - 1934 G.H. Elliott (feat. in the film "Those Were The Days") - 1934 Dudley Rolph (feat. in the film "Lily Of Laguna") - 1938 Tom E. Finglass (feat. in the film "You Will Remember") - 1940 Bing Crosby & Mary Martin - 1941 Errol Flynn (feat. in the film "Lilacs In The Spring") - 1954 Frank Weir, His Chorus & Orch. - 1955 Alan Ainsworth & His Orch. (Instr.) - 1958 Stanley Black, His Piano & Orch. - 1958 The Adams Singers - 1959 Stanley Holloway - 1960 The Chipmunks - 1960 Victor Silvester & His Orch. (vocal: Rita Williams Singers) - 1960 Jimmy Shand - 1961 Tessie O'Shea - 1964 Kim Cordell - 1964 Black & White Minstrels - 1971 Sonya Hedenbratt - 1971 (Swedish title "En Liten Visselsang") Martin Crosbie - 1975 The Mike Stewart Singers - 1976 John Inman - 1978 Also recorded by: Whispering Jack Smith; Foster Richardson; Kit Keen; Charlie Kunx; Ray McVay; Russ Conway; Winifred Atwell; The Geoff Love Banjos; Les Baxter; Mrs. Mills; Dick James; Danny La Rue; Reginald Dixon; Billy Cotton & His Band; Billy Desmond ......... and others. ORIGINAL LYRICS: It's de same old tale of a palpatatin' niggar Ev'ry time, ev'ry time It's de same old trouble of a coon Dat wants to be married very soon It's de same old heart dat is longing for it's lady Ev'ry time, yes, ev'ry time But not de same gal, not de same gal She is ma Lily, ma Lily, ma Lily gal She goes ev'ry sundown, yes, ev'ry sundown Callin' in de cattle up de mountain I go 'kase she wants me, yes, 'kase she wants me Help her do de callin' and de countin' She plays her music To call de lone lambs dat roam above But I'm de black sheep and I'm waitin' For de signal of ma little lady love. She's my lady love She is my dove, my baby love She's no gal for sitting down to dream She's the only queen Laguna knows I know she likes me I know she likes me, becase she says so She is ma Lily of Laguna She is ma Lily and ma rose When I first met Lil it was down at old Laguna At de dance, de oder night So she says: "Say, ah'm curious for to know When ye leave here de way yer goin' to go 'Kase a wants to see who de lady is dat claims ye All way home, way home tonight" I says, "I've no gal, never had one" And den ma Lily, ma Lily, ma Lily gal She says, "Kern't believe ye, ah kern't believe ye Else I'd like to have ye shaperoon me Dad says he'll escorcht me, says he'll escorcht me But it's mighty easy for to lose him Since then each sundown I wander down here and roam around Until I know ma little lady wants me Till I hear de music ob de signal sound She's my lady love She is my dove, my baby love She's no gal for sitting down to dream She's the only queen Laguna knows I know she likes me I know she likes me, becase she says so She is ma Lily of Laguna She is ma Lily and ma rose She is ma Lily of Laguna She is ma Lily and ma rose ******************* As re-written by Ted Fio Rito and Paul Francis Webster, and recorded by BING CROSBY and MARY MARTIN: BING: There used to be a gal named Lily MARY: Lily from Laguna BING: She met a sailor boy named Willie MARY: And they sailed away on a schooner (BING: To catch a tuna) BING: Now, all night long and most of the day MARY: You can hear a lucky little laddie say BING: Oh, she's my lady love My only queen, my lady dove When I bring a ring around to Rose It's a secret all Laguna knows I know she loves me, I know she loves me (MARY: How d'ya know?) Because she said so (MARY: Hmm) She is my Lily of Laguna My only Lily and my rose MARY: By the trolley stop That's where I meet my lollipop When he tips his little sailor hat I can feel my heart go pitty-pat I know he loves me, I know he loves me (BING: How d'you know?) Because he said so (BING: Did I say that?) And everybody in Laguna (BING: I talk too much!) Knows I'm his Lily and his rose (Instrumental Break) BING: You're my chickadee MARY: Your dicky-bird BING: My bumblebee MARY: Oh, what fun, beneath the silver birch BING: Stealing kisses on the old back perch MARY: I know he loves me BING: I know she loves me (How d'ya know?) MARY: Well, didn't I say so BING: You are my Lily of Laguna BOTH: My only Lily and my rose (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - February 2017)

    


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