Great Long Strumming Thing

June 16, 2008 8:29 PM

Part of my project to record old songs I wrote. This one probably dates back to 2000, and it rather naughty. Recorded with ukulele accompaniment.


I met her at a fairground;
Her great beauty did I see.
But what could I offer her?
O ugly, wretched me!
I am not a handsome man,
I do not work or sing.
The only thing that I could offer her
Was my great long strumming thing.

She introduced me to her girlfriends
And we agreed to meet for tea,
But I forgot the biscuits I'd bought
O stupid, thoughtless me!
I felt quite like a fool then,
As no cookies did I bring.
The only thing that would give them joy
Was my great long strumming thing.

We met then with her mother
And with her sisters three.
They peered then down their noses
And did not think much of me.
I did not have a dime to my name
And had not worked since spring,
And the only thing that impressed them
Was my great long strumming thing.

I took her to the garden
And dropped down on my knee
And begged her then to be my bride
And asked her to marry me.
I don't want to wed, she said,
And I don't want no ring.
All I want is another look
At your great long strumming thing!

posted by Astro Zombie (5 comments total)

Well I laughed, at least. I love your voice and the off-kilter whistling. So nice with the uke.
posted by uncleozzy at 5:52 AM on June 17, 2008

I actually really like this. It's got an authentically folky vibe (in an American folk sort of way), and if played in a British folk sort of way would surely be a favourite at pubs and (dare I say) Renaissance fairs. I would love to hear or see this done with theorbo, which is the longest strumming thing I can think of.

Well done. Keep 'em coming.
posted by Pallas Athena at 8:54 PM on June 17, 2008

I like this quite a bit. I had it on in the background while reading something else, and when it ended I thought - I'm gonna listen again. And I did. I'm off to listen to some more of yours.
posted by ORthey at 11:15 AM on June 18, 2008

Way to go Astro! I love your vocal expression on this and the whistling puts it right over the top.
posted by snsranch at 3:11 PM on June 20, 2008

Hey, a tune not as Sailor! Nice normal voice :)
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