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When Father Papered The Parlour (Robert Weston) videos
#1783: YouTube video by threelegsoman ©2011
~ Used with permission ~

Our parlour needed papering and Pa said it was waste
To call a paperhanger in, and so, he made some paste;
He bought some rolls of paper, got a ladder and a brush,
And with me mother's nightgown on, at it he made a rush.

When Father papered the parlour, you couldn't see him for paste,
Dabbing it here! Dabbing it there! Paste and paper everywhere;
Mother was stuck to the ceiling, the children stuck to the floor,
I never knew a family so stuck up before.

The pattern was 'Blue Roses' with its leaves red, white, and brown,
He'd stuck it wrong way up, and now we all walk upside down;
And when he trimm'd the edging off the paper with the shears,
The cat got underneath it, and Dad cut off both its ears.

When Father papered the parlour, you couldn't see him for paste,
Dabbing it here! Dabbing it there! Paste and paper everywhere;
Mother was stuck to the ceiling, the children stuck to the floor,
I never knew a family so stuck up before.

Soon Dad fell down the stairs and dropp'd his paperhanger's can
On little Henrietta sitting there with her young man;
The paste stuck them together, as we thought t'would be for life,
We had to fetch the parson in to make them man and wife.

When Father papered the parlour, you couldn't see him for paste,
Dabbing it here! Dabbing it there! Paste and paper everywhere;
Mother was stuck to the ceiling, the children stuck to the floor,
I never knew a family so stuck up before.

We're never going to move away from that house anymore,
For Father's gone and stuck the chairs and table to the floor;
We can't find our piano, though it's broad and rather tall,
We think that it's behind the paper Pa stuck on the wall.

When Father papered the parlour, you couldn't see him for paste,
Dabbing it here! Dabbing it there! Paste and paper everywhere;
Mother was stuck to the ceiling, the children stuck to the floor,
I never knew a family so stuck up before.

Now, Father's sticking in the pub, through treading in the paste,
And all the family's so upset, they've all gone pasty-faced;
While Pa says now that Ma has spread the news from north to south,
He wishes he had dropped a blob of paste in Mother's mouth.

####.... Robert Patrick Weston [1878-1936] Melody: Fred J Barnes [d.1917] (©1910 Francis, Day, & Hunter, Ltd) ....####
A variant was rewritten and arranged by Don Fudge of Anchors Aweigh (Performing rights administered by SOCAN) and recorded by Anchors Aweigh of Rocky Harbour, NL (Time On The Bay, trk#4, 2005, produced by Louis McDonald, Rocky Harbour, NL).

See more songs by Anchors Aweigh.

The video above features an excellent 12-string guitar performance of a variant by Tony Archibald from Port St Mary on the Isle of Man.

The video below features a performance of a variant by David Jones, an American singer of folk and music hall songs, accompanied by Jerry Epstein at the piano.


#440: YouTube video by DavidJonesSinger ©2008
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