George Formby Song-book: Tan-Tan Tivvy Tally-Ho-1938
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Tan-Tan Tivvy Tally-Ho-1938
  Regal Zonophone MR2925 LeClerq

D'ya ken John Peel with his coat so grey,
He was a huntsman so they say.
Now I'm going to tell you one and all of a hunt we had at Teddicombe Hall.
First in the field with the hunt that year we started off with a huntsman's cheer
I was in charge of the huntsmans beer, Tan Tan Tivvy Tally Ho.

Sharp on the stroke of nine we went, an hour in a lavender field we spent
That put the dogs right off the scent, Tan Tan Tivvy Tally Ho.
Tally Ho, then the horn began to blow, and away we start to go
With a hi gee up and a hi gee whoa.
At the head of the field was Major Snell, hed hired a horse from the Tram Hotel
The horse wouldnt go till he rang his bell, Tan Tan Tivvy Tally Ho.

Old Farmer Gray who is eighty-eight, he took a leap at a five barred gate
He landed on a spot where I can't state, Tan Tan Tivvy Tally Ho.
A lady remarked as she joined the group, "The tail of the fox I hope to scoop
'Cause I'm very fond of foxtail soup". Tan Tan Tivvy Tally Ho.

Up and down, we were bobbing up and down, I was next to Mrs. Brown
Who was shouting, "What ho, she bumps He Ho."
The hounds are away through a hedge of thorn,
But where is the blast of the huntsman's horn"
He was too busy blasting the coat hed torn, Tan Tan Tivvy Tally Ho.

A local policemen I confess, joined in the hunt and as you can guess
He wanted the fox's name and address, Tan Tan Tivvy Tally Ho.
Johnson's gee gee went on strike, he left him there and began to hike
He finished the hunt on an old pushbike, Tan Tan Tivvy Tally Ho.

"To the kill" someone shouted "to the kill" and as we got up the hill
All the hounds had got was an old scarecrow.
The dogs were keen and deserving praise,
They followed the fox down various ways
For eleven more months and ten more days, Tan Tan Tivvy Tally Ho.

Now those who are fond of a huntsman's call
Must come to the hunt down Teddicombe Hall.
Bring your own Yoicks and your Tally Tally Ho, and a hunting we will go.
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