Old Song, WWII or earlier

Sun Sep 29, 2013 1:23 pm

I recall parts of a song from long ago. Virtually every song ever recorded is on the Internet-- but searches turn up nothing on this one. The song apparently is about a thrifty fellow who has a spendthrift woman in his life. One line goes: "Momma, momma, momma, you'll make a pauper out of me. You went home in a taxicab, I took the subway train."
Anyone with a clue as to the title and where one might find it online? Who recorded it?

Re: Old Song, WWII or earlier

Tue Oct 01, 2013 6:36 pm

I too was unsuccessful in finding any reference to such lyrics. :? :?

Re: Old Song, WWII or earlier

Tue Oct 01, 2013 7:40 pm

Same here, tried a few times .. came up with some weird stuff but not the tune you were looking for... :(

Re: Old Song, WWII or earlier

Tue Oct 01, 2013 7:58 pm

That was a tough one to find. This it?
http://www.lyrics.net/lyric/15592239

Re: Old Song, WWII or earlier

Tue Oct 01, 2013 8:38 pm

:applause: Welcome home Jim :big smile: well done :{_}:

Re: Old Song, WWII or earlier

Wed Oct 02, 2013 11:01 am


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTJFy9TW_Eg
Jim is a great detective!

Re: Old Song, WWII or earlier

Wed Oct 02, 2013 5:21 pm

I am grateful to learn of this song by Cole. Never heard it before. It does have the same basic premise and a few of the same words. I often watched his TV show. The song I am seeking predates Cole by several, perhaps many, years. The one I have in mind might be called a "fast foxtrot" or "quickstep". Maybe a big band song. But I know nothing about music.

Re: Old Song, WWII or earlier

Wed Oct 02, 2013 5:49 pm

The lyrics are too similar for it to be coincidence. The wikipedia page on this song also crosses to MIldred Bailey. I am not familiar with her, but it appears that her recordings mostly date to the 1930s. Cole evidently released it in 1942, so it was likely a rearranged cover of the Bailey recording. Perhaps you are recalling the Mildred Bailey version of the same song.

Re: Old Song, WWII or earlier

Wed Oct 02, 2013 7:43 pm

The vocalist was a male and the tempo of the song was quite brisk. I have one other possibility to locate some information.

Re: Old Song, WWII or earlier

Thu Oct 03, 2013 7:24 pm

Today I went through the stack of 78s that remain from the jukebox castoffs. The record was not there. So it probably was broken more than 50 years ago. Prior to and during the early part of WWII, my father ran a cafe. The jukebox used 78 rpm records. As records were removed from the machine, the old ones were often given to my father. Often the center hole was wobbled out oversize or the record was simply worn out. Over the years, many of them were broken as they were mishandled or dropped. As best I recall, the song in question was on one of those records.
Thanks for all your efforts. The search will continue if and when new ideas come to mind.

Re: Old Song, WWII or earlier

Thu Oct 03, 2013 7:28 pm

Other songs are here.

http://www.authentichistory.com/1930-19 ... index.html

Re: Old Song, WWII or earlier

Thu Oct 03, 2013 7:47 pm

You might try looking here: http://archive.org/details/78rpm

They have a very large collection of old 78 recordings (including Mildred Bailey; if that was the singer.) Here: http://archive.org/search.php?query=mil ... udio_music

There is a lot of music, but you might enjoy listening your way to finding it :)

Re: Old Song, WWII or earlier

Thu Oct 03, 2013 10:04 pm

I am trying to remember the name of the fella that recorded "The Old Master Painter" .. it was a 78 that I had years and years ago but I still remember it. "The old master painter from the far away hills, painted the violets and the daffodils" I is going to take advantage of that resource.

Re: Old Song, WWII or earlier

Fri Oct 04, 2013 5:32 pm

There were multiple artists who did that one. Vaughn Monroe and Bob Crosby (Bing's brother) plus others.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khHc1vsRdjw

Re: Old Song, WWII or earlier

Fri Oct 04, 2013 11:07 pm

Nope, not Vaughn Monroe. I have several of his recordings but his is not the version I am most fond of. It was recorded sometime in the 20's or very early 30's. My Grandparents had the 78 ... they were married in 1930.

I like musical mysteries :big smile: