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Lyrics for "Is 'E an Aussie, Is 'E Lizzie?" / "Is he an Aussie, Is he Lizzie?", by Mr Flotsam and Mr Jetsam (1920's/1930's England)

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Lyrics for "Is 'E an Aussie, Is 'E Lizzie?" / "Is he an Aussie, Is he Lizzie?", by Mr Flotsam and Mr Jetsam (1920's/1930's England):

Front album cover for Mr Flotsam and Mr Jetsam album . . Back album cover for Mr Flotsam and Mr Jetsam album

  • Background on Mr Flotsam and Mr Jetsam
    • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr._Flotsam_and_Mr._Jetsam
    • http://www.sterlingtimes.org/music_themes12.htm

    • "There used to be, in the 1920s, '30s and '40s, a venerable duo called Flotsam and Jetsam. Jetsam was Malcolm McEachern, a New-Zealander with one of the finest bass voices ever (his voice was so powerful it was reputed to have shattered more than one mechanical microphone until they moved him back to sing alongside the usual brass band accompanists). Flotsam was B C Hilliam, a Brit. Hilliam wrote the songs, played the piano and sang a strained tenor; McEachern sang a bass obligato and chuckled when necessary. They were the forerunners of Flanders and Swann. McEachern also sang some Handel and operatic stuff, but he and Hilliam were far better known as Flotsam and Jetsam and were loved for their popular songs, most of which were witty and quite melodious. Both of them died in the 1940s (possibly the 1950s). If you search for 'Flotsam...' in the databases of most of the Net's CD shops you will uncover not only two CDs released by Pearl/Flapper of the the two gents I have described above but also about 5 CDs released by a heavy metal group that goes under the same name. As I'm not a heavy metal fan I can't tell you if the heavy metal Flotsam and Jetsam are still current or have broken up."

  • Thanks to Des in 2004 for bringing up the topic and Anne in 4th Jan 2008 for marching orders to track this down.

  • From: "Des"
    To:  lachlan@melbpc.org.au 
    Subject: Song lyrics "Is he an Aussie?"
    Date: Thu, 24 Jun 2004 22:06:04 +1000
    
    Lachlan,
    
    I turn to you in my desperation. 
    
    Can you help me with the lyrics to:"Is he an Aussie . . . ?"
    
    It was brilliantly recorded by Barry Humphries & John Ewart about 1980
    in, I think, the film "The Picture Show Man".
    
    The song was definitely around in the 40's; and was recorded in the 30's
    in a fruity baritone. 
    
    Some of the words are:
    "Is he an Aussie
    Is he, is he,
    Is he an Aussie is he, eh?
    Is it because
    He is an Aussie
    That he makes you dizzy, 
    Lizzie?"
    
    Like many immortal lyrics, they're very basic!
    
    Can you please help me?
    
    Des
    

  • To: lc@bluehaze.com.au
    Subject: lyrics to is he an aussie
    Date: Sat, 5 Jan 2008 13:27:26 +1100
    From: annie g  
    
    hiya
    
    someone asked on your website about the lyrics of "Is he an Aussie, is
    he, Lizzie?"
    Yours weren't quite right, as least they weren't the way my grandfather
    used to sing it.
    
    This is the chorus that Pop taught me when I was a kid.
    
    Is he an Aussie, is he Lizzie?
    Is he an Aussie, Lizzie, eh?
    Is it because he is an Aussie
    That he makes you dizzy, Lizzie?
    Has he jazzy ways and does he
    Make you go all fuzzy wuzzy?
    Got you dizzy, has he Lizzie?
    Is he an Aussie, Lizzie, eh?"
    
    cheers
    anne
    

  • From: "Jean 
    To: "'Lachlan Cranswick'" [lachlanc@magma.ca]
    Subject: Re: "He being well-born, lived  in Mel-bourne"
    Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2008 12:28:13 +1100
    
    Hello Lachlan,
    
    There used to be a 3LO breakfast announcer, Peter Evans, who was famous for
    being grumpy.  That song was a particular favourite of his.  3LO (now called
    774) just occasionally play it.
    http://www.crossbandradio.com/3lo/evans.html
    
    Cheers, Jean
    

  • From: anne 
    Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2008 11:50:11 +1100
    To: Lachlan Cranswick [lachlanc@magma.ca]
    
    Thanks Lachlan.
    
    It was like hearing my Pop all over again, thanks.
    I obviously got the "is he Lizzie" in the wrong order, so sorry, but 
    I'm sure that's how Pop sang it.
    
    all the best
    anne
    

"Is 'E an Aussie, Is 'E Lizzie?" by Mr Flotsam and Mr Jetsam (1920's/1930's England)

Is 'E an Aussie, Is 'E Lizzie?

Learn how Lizzie met an Aussie
Told her girlfriend Mary-Anne
 "Mary-Anne I've met a man who says he's an Austray-ee-an"
 "Falling for him have your Lizzie?"
Lizzie blushing shook her head
Said Mary-Anne "don't think you can fool me" and then she said:


 "Is he an Aussie, Lizzie, is he?
  Is he an Aussie, Lizzie, eh?
  Is it 'cos he is an Aussie that he keeps you busy Lizzie?
  'as he jazzy ways and does he make you go all fuzzy wuzzy?
  Got you dizzy, has he Lizzie?
  Is he an Aussie, Lizzie, eh?"

Is he an Aussie, Lizzie, is he?
Is he an Aussie, Lizzie, eh?
Is it because he is an Aussie that he keeps you busy Lizzie?
Has he jazzy ways and does he make you go all fuzzy wuzzy?
Got you dizzy, has he Lizzie?
Is he an Aussie, Lizzie, eh?"

 "Seems this digger likes my figure"
Lizzie then told Mary-Anne
 "Likes my ways and claims to think-U'm what these Aussies call fair-dinkum"
 "Throws a fond eye, talks of Bondi
 And he's tried to kiss me twice 
 When I said 'No' he said 'Good-oh'"
 Said Mary-Anne "How nice"

Is he an Aussie, Lizzie, is he?
Is he an Aussie, Lizzie, eh?
Is it because he is an Aussie that he keeps you busy Lizzie?
Has he jazzy ways and does he make you go all fuzzy wuzzy?
Got you dizzy, has he Lizzie?
Is he an Aussie, Lizzie, eh?"

Soon this wonder from Down Under
Got himself right down to biz
Lost no time in coaxing Liz
To promise that she would be his

He being well-born, lived in Mel-bourne
So they sailed at once for there
Poor Mary-Anne without a man
Repeats this maiden's prayer:

 "Is he an Aussie, Lizzie, is he?
  Is he an Aussie, Lizzie, eh?
  Is it because he is an Aussie that he keeps you busy Lizzie?
  Has he jazzy ways and does he make you go all fuzzy wuzzy?
  Got you dizzy, has he Lizzie?
  Is he an Aussie, Lizzie, eh?"

(he's a bonza bloke)

Is he an Aussie, Lizzie, is he?
Is he an Aussie, Lizzie, eh?
Is it because he is an Aussie that he keeps you busy Lizzie?
Has he jazzy ways and does he make you go all fuzzy wuzzy?
Got you dizzy, has he Lizzie?
Is he an Aussie, Lizzie, eh?"

Is he an Aussie, Lizzie, is he?

Is he an Aussie, Lizzie, is he?

Is he 

Is he an Aussie, Lizzie, is he?

Is he an Aussie, Lizzie, is he, eh?


Little Betty Bouncer by Mr Flotsam and Mr Jetsam (1920's/1930's England)

Little Betty Bouncer

Little Betty Bouncer is kind to her people
And a nice girl, more or less
But at present, no joke, she's causing her folks no end of deep destress
For she's quite mad about a man she's never met
And it's all though an innocent crystal-set

Little Miss Bouncer loves an announcer down at the BBC
She doesn't know his name
But how she rejoices
When she hears that voice of voices

Absolutely tireless
Sitting at the wireless
Poor little Miss B
It's the man who announces
With such a lot of passion in it
"The Daventry shipping forecast will follow in a minute"
Little Miss Bouncer loves an announcer down at the BBC

She almost passes right away the silly little clown
Whenever he announces that the station's closing down
Your would think from her behaviour when he mentions oscillation
That there wasn't any difference between that and osculations

His voice must be perculiar, for the other afternoon
He spoke of Mr Jetson and she fell into a swoon
Another night she went around and tore her flax and dresses
Because he hadn't mentioned her among the S O S's

When she came to, the sentimental kid
Cound't stand it any longer, and what do you think she did?
Little Miss Bouncer wrote to the announcer down at the BBC
The answer she received is worth reciting 
By return of post in plain handwriting

All address and dated, this is what it stated
Dear little Miss B.
"Here's a picture of my babies
 And the eldest is the laddy
 And you may like to know is the image of his daddy
 To Dear Miss Bouncer from the wife of the announcer
 Down at the BBC"


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