Old Grimy

 
Performed by:
Fred Banks
Recorded in:
Oldstead
Recorded on:
28/01/2007
Recorded by:
Mark Ellison
Genre:
Humour
Keywords:
Farm animals
 

Archival information

TYG:
4
Key:
C
Time Signature:
4/4
Roud id:
764
Laws id:
Master title:
Old Grimy
Places Cited:

Lyrics

1
Awd Grimy were a queer awd chap,
'E's deed, 'e'll dee no moor:
'E used to wear an awd frock cooat
A-buttoned down afoor.

Chorus
Awd grimy were a queer awd chap,
'E's deed, 'e'll dee no moor.
Noo can ye sing another verse
Diff'rent ti t' yan afoor?

2
Awd grimy bowt a load o' bricks
To build 'is chimney higher,
Ti keep 'is neighbours' cats an' dogs
Frae slickin' out the fire.

3
Awd Grimy 'ad a lahtle pig
An' it were double jointed;
'E aimed to mackin' pork on it
But 'e was disappointed.

4
Why do these bugs torment me so?
Ah nivver did 'em 'arm:
The' come ti me when Ah'm asleep,
Aye thousands in a swarm.

5
There was a bug amang this lot,
The' called 'im Great Big Joe;
'E 'ad two rows o' double teeth
Upon 'is bottom jaw.

6
A squirrel is a funny bod,
'E wears a bushy tail;
Ya day 'e teeuk awd Grimy's coat
An' hung it on a rail.

7
Awd Grimy's great big bug was stuffed
An' put upon a shelf,
An' if ye want another verse
Ye can mack it up yerself.

Fred preceded his version with the following note; 'It's a song that's been sung in Kilburn for probably a hundred years or more. We don't know when it originated, but it's not an original version because people made a lot of it up as they went on. It's just one of the old nonsense rhymes that was sung at Kilburn Feast in July every year in the pub, and at other times when people felt like it, so this is a version from the early 1900s sung in dialect. Other versions'll be on the go, perhaps quite many of them, but this is my version.'

Archival information

TYG:
4
Key:
C
Time Signature:
4/4
Roud id:
764
Laws id:
Master title:
Old Grimy
Places Cited: