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Re: Monday is washing day, tuesday is ?

Posted by SteveC on October 28, 2003 at 05:55:13:

In Reply to: Re: Monday is washing day, tuesday is ? posted by Scotty on March 11, 2003 at 16:48:49:

On 6 May 1966, the record "2 Day's Monday" (ref R5443) was released in the UK on the Parlophone label. This was the first single from The Scaffold, and it was produced by George Martin of Beatles production fame.

The Scaffold were 3 Liverpudlian artists who came together in the height of sixties Liverpool-mania to write and/or record a variety of off-the-wall material, including a lot of children's stuff, "Thank U Very Much" and their famous anthem, "Lily The Pink", featuring Jack Bruce (Cream), Graham Nash (Hollies and Crosby Stills & Nash), and the pre-Elton John, Reg Dwight.

The trio consisted of:
- John Gorman, who subsequently continued in British TV, most notably with Christ Tarrant and Sally James in the groundbreaking children's Saturday morning show "Tiswas";
- Roger McGough, the true poet of the group, who continues to write, publish and perform his own material;
- Mike McGear, who changed his name to avoid accusations of trading on his brother's fame. His real name is McCartney, and yes, he is Paul's brother. He pursued a subsequent career as a photographer.

There seem to be a number of variants of this traditional children's song, which is used to teach days of the week by means of music and repetition. Some versions use different foods for different days. The Scaffold's version drew on the traditional North of England words based partly on daily activities, partly on food.

The verses were:

Today's Monday, today's Monday
Monday is washing day
Is ev'rybody happy?
You bet your life we are.

Today's Tuesday, today's Tuesday
Tuesday's soup,
Monday is washing day
Is ev'rybody happy?
You bet your life we are.
etc.

Wednesday's roast beef
Thursday's shepherds pie
Friday's fish
Saturday's payday
Sunday's church

As each day is added, the previous days are repeated in reverse order until all 7 days of the week have been covered.

Today's Sunday, today's Sunday
Sunday's church
Saturday's payday
Friday's fish
Thursday's shepherds pie
Wednesday's roast beef
Tuesday's soup,
Monday is washing day
Is ev'rybody happy?
You bet your life we are.




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