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Choppin' with Lizzie

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Toerag
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0 posted 09-21-1999 08:49 AM       View Profile for Toerag   Email Toerag   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Toerag

My brother was friends with Chad Mitchell, a folk singer who led the "Chad Mitchell" trio back in the 60's.....My brother was involved with a guy named Mike Brown, and from a production number done in 1952, they together with Chad Mitchell wrote a poem, then it was turned into this song....thought it was good for a laugh....

"One very exciting area of folk idiom and folk music has always been the hatchet murders in Massachusetts. This quaint bit of suburban living can best be explained through poetry put to song;

Elizabeth Borden took an ax
And gave her mother forty whacks,
When the job was nicely done
She gave her father forty one!

Yesterday in old Fall River, Mr. Andrew Borden died,
And he got his daughter Lizzie on a charge of homicide.
Some folks say she didn't do it, and others say she did,
But they all agree Miss Lizzie B. was a problem sort of kid.

'Cuz ya can't chop your poppa up in Massachusetts
Not even if it's planned as a surprise,
No you can't chop your poppa up in Massachusetts,
You know how neighbors love to criticize.

She got him on the sofa where he'd gone to take a snooze,
And I hope he went to heaven' cuz he wasn't wearin' shoes,
Lizzie kinda rearranged him with a hatchet, so they say,
And then she got her mother in that same old fashioned way,

But you can't chop your momma up in Massachusetts,
Not even if you're tired of her cuisine,
No, you can't chop your momma up in Massachusetts,
You know it's almost sure to cause a scene.

Well, they really kept her hoppin' on that busy afternoon,
With both down and upstairs choppin while she hummed a ragtime tune,
They really made her hustle and when all was said and done,
She'd removed her mother's bustle when she wasn't wearin' one.

Oh, you can't chop your Momma up in Massachusetts,
And then blame all the damage on the mice,
No you can't chop your Momma up in Massachusetts,
That kind of thing just isn't very nice.

Now, it wasn't done for pleasure and it wasn't done for spite,
And it wasn't done because the lady wasn't bright,
She'd always done the slightest thing that mom and dad had bid,
They said, "Lizzie cut it out!" so that's exactly what she did.

But you can't chop your poppa up in Massachusetts,
And then get dressed and go out for a walk,
No, you can't chop your poppa up in Massachusetts,
Massachusetts is a far cry from New York.

Shut the door, bolt and latch it!
Here comes Lizzie with a brand new hatchet!
Such a snob I heard it said,
She met her pa and cut him dead!
Jump like a fish, jump like a porpoise,
All join hands in a habeas corpus!!!!

[This message has been edited by Toerag (edited 09-21-1999).]
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suthern
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1 posted 09-21-1999 09:24 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

I think every kid has skipped rope chanting the deeds of Lizzie Borden (morbid lil critters, aren't we? LOL) This is great... I'll be laughing at myself all day... every time I catch myself humming "can't chop your poppa!" *G* Thanks for sharing this, Toe!!!
WhtDove
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2 posted 09-21-1999 09:38 AM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

Well Toe, you're showing your age again, hehe. I have never heard of this, guess I'm showing mine too! Quite interesting it was. Thanks for sharing it buddy!
Toerag
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3 posted 09-21-1999 09:51 AM       View Profile for Toerag   Email Toerag   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Toerag

Dovie...no...I'm showing my "brother's" age....LOL..I just have a copy of the poetry used for the song...
suthern
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4 posted 09-21-1999 10:06 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

ROFL @ showing your brother's age.... might as well... you're showing his talent! LOL
WhtDove
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5 posted 09-21-1999 12:23 PM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

Ok you two. Good one Suthern! LOL
Pepper
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6 posted 09-21-1999 02:54 PM       View Profile for Pepper   Email Pepper   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Pepper

I do remember the Chad Mitchell Trio...and I thoroughly enjoyed this Toerag...........

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7 posted 09-21-1999 03:11 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Very good job, Toe! and I'm old enough to know!
Nan
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8 posted 09-21-1999 09:21 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Ya know, I've lived in Massachusetts all my life (and I'm pleased to see it spelled properly) and I've even taught in Fall River (about 20 miles from Cape Cod) - But I've never seen Lizzie's house - although I hear it's still there - sort of a shrine, I guess????
LOL - I am really good friends with the guy who did the saxophone solo in Patti Page's "If you're fond of sand dunes and salty air - quaint little villages here and there, you're sure to fall in love with 'Old Cape Cod'"...
Does that count???.....
 
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