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    Hello fellow seasonistas.

    Here is my take on the classic song ' Everybody Wants to be a Cat' - If ever there were some cool jazz cat slang then it is in this song. recorded straight onto the iPhone as we are moving so no real access to my fancy microphones etc.

    On this tune I am playing the new (to me) Eastman EU60 Archtop Ukulele. It has a pickup system but I am just playing it acoustically. I have been after on of these rare ukes forever and finally managed to get one this summer, moved from a couple of states in the USand then to Denmark before it ended up in the UK with the help of several good friends. Eastman only produced these for a couple of years so you can't get them from new anymore, however mine doesn't look like it was ever played before I got it.

    Enjoy.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tootler View Post
    I suspect most Brits on here will know it. It's an expression that I've heard and used most of my life. I'll see if I can find out more about its origins. I have a theory but it could be wildly wrong.
    I was wildly wrong. No one knows the exact origins of the phrase but the earliest recording in print is from Pennsylvania in the 1890s with 'onion' in the singular. It seems to have become common in the 1920s USA together with a number of other similar phrases involving vegetables.

    Interestingly there is a parallel French phrase "c'est mes oignions" which basically means "it's none of your business" and seems to have originated about the same time.

    So origin uncertain, but most likely N. Eastern USA late 19th century.

    If Alan wasn't familiar with it, maybe it didn't spread much beyond it's origin region in N. Amrica but it certainly crossed the pond as it was quite common here, though you don't hear it used as much these days.
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    Fascinating! Nothing to do with French onion sellers, then?
    "The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place." George Bernard Shaw

    "Just remember, if we get caught ... you're deaf and I don't speak English."

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    Eric Bogle Silly Slang song.
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    I hope this makes the cut. Leon Redbone did it better than anyone. Great week, Christopher!

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    This song is totally Jive talking to me.



    I used to think that it was just nonsense words, but apparently it is slang...
    Floogie = Floosie
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    I just can't manage a Cab Calloway today, vocally. Here's an obscure favorite, written by Paul McCartney.

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    Hello Randy above -And in a splash of synchronicity I was reminded of this song when looking through Randy's youtubes last week.A Frank Zappa with some self invented words / slang.From the great 70's album Overnite Sensation.Here's Camarillo Brillo.

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    Ali Bali Ali Bali Bee by Hamish Imlach
    Last edited by wee_ginga_yin; 08-30-2019 at 11:03 PM.
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    paoriginal




    Lyrics

    Cookin a snag on the barbie
    Stubbie in your hand
    Watchin the ankle bitters
    Tryin to cross the hot beach sand

    A gatherin of the rellies
    On a ripper summer day
    The kids make it over the hot sand
    Now the bindies block their way

    Kids finally made it back to the mob
    Sausage sanger in their hand
    They won’t forget their flip flops
    Next time they cross that sand

    Time for a game of cricket
    With an esky for the stumps
    Bowler verse the batter
    Of course grandpa is the ump

    Uncle Bob hits a lofted smash
    His young fella dives for the catch
    Takes it clean as a whistle
    But lands right in a bindi patch

    Oldies snooze in their camp chairs
    Kids bat on til it’s too dark to play
    A gatherin of the rellies
    On a ripper summer day

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