Madeira M'Dear (From At the Drop of a Hat) Recorded by The Limel

Posted by Mike Smith on Thu, 03/13/03 - 10:24:01.
In Reply to Renegade OLGA

To Whom It May Concern:
I have been searching the internet for several months trying to find the GUITAR CHORDS for a song composed by the
British writing team of "Michael Flanders & Donald Swann." The titled of the song is "Have Some Madeira M'Dear."
The song is from Flanders & Swann's musical review "At The Drop Of A Hat" which I believe dates from the mid-fifities.
The only performance of the song I have ever heard was on a recording by the folk trio "The Limeliters." The Album
the song was featured on was entitled "Tonight - In Person, The Limeliters (Live)" On that album, the title of the song
was listed as "Maderia M'Dear (From At the Drop of a Hat)." That album dated from the early 60s. It is the guitar chords
and their placement relative to the lyrics that the Limeliters used on that recording that I am in search of. FYI - I have
found the lyrics on several sights but none have included the guitar chords. Many thanks to anyone out there in cyber
land who can help me with my quest for both the lyrics and the guitar chords to this song.
Regards, Mike Smith

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Re: Madeira M'Dear (From At the Drop of a Hat) Recorded by The Limeliters

Hi,

I have a casette tape copy of the Limelighters Maderia M'dear and relish every opportunity I have to listen to it. However, the Limelighters version IS Not the first one I ever heard. That honor goes to the late Tony Randall (Felix on the Odd Couple TV show) whom I saw on TV many years ago, dressed up like a dirty old man, and singing the song. It was a HOOT and I highly recommend it to anyone who may be able to track down the performance. For what it's worth, this would have been on ABC, CBS, or NBC and probably in the 1970's. Good luck...

Paul

Re: Madeira M'Dear (From At the Drop of a Hat) Recorded by The Limeliters

: To Whom It May Concern:
: I have been searching the internet for several months trying to find the GUITAR CHORDS for a song composed by the
: British writing team of "Michael Flanders & Donald Swann." The titled of the song is "Have Some Madeira M'Dear."
: The song is from Flanders & Swann's musical review "At The Drop Of A Hat" which I believe dates from the mid-fifities.
: The only performance of the song I have ever heard was on a recording by the folk trio "The Limeliters." The Album
: the song was featured on was entitled "Tonight - In Person, The Limeliters (Live)" On that album, the title of the song
: was listed as "Maderia M'Dear (From At the Drop of a Hat)." That album dated from the early 60s. It is the guitar chords
: and their placement relative to the lyrics that the Limeliters used on that recording that I am in search of. FYI - I have
: found the lyrics on several sights but none have included the guitar chords. Many thanks to anyone out there in cyber
: land who can help me with my quest for both the lyrics and the guitar chords to this song.
: Regards, Mike Smith

Re: Madeira M'Dear (From At the Drop of a Hat) Recorded by The L

Here you go:

Have Some Madeira, M'Dear (Waltz)

G
She was young, she was pure, she was new, she was nice
D
She was fair, she was sweet seventeen
C G Em
He was old, he was vile, and no stranger to vice
A D
He was base, he was bad, he was mean
G C
He had slyly inveigled her up to his flat
Am D
To view his collection of stamps
G C G Em
And he said as he hastened to put out the cat
C D
The wine, his cigar and the lamps

G D
Have some madeira, m'dear, You really have nothing to fear
C G Em
I'm not trying to tempt you, that wouldn't be right
A D
You shouldn't drink spirits at this time of night
G
Have some madeira, m'dear
D
It's really much nicer than beer
C G Em
I don't care for sherry, one cannot drink stout
A D
And port is a wine I can well do without
G C G Em
It's simply a case of chacun a son gout
C D G
Have some madeira, m'dear

G
Unaware of the wiles of the snake-in-the-grass
D
And the fate of the maiden who topes
C G Em
She lowered her standards by raising her glass
A D
Her courage, her eyes and his hopes
G C Am D
She sipped it, she drank it, she drained it, she did, He promptly refilled it again

G C G Em
And he said as he secretly carved one more notch
C D
On the butt of his gold-headed cane

G D
Have some madeira, m'dear, I've got a small cask of it here
C G Em
And once it's been opened, you know it won't keep
A D
Do finish it up, it will help you to sleep
G D
Have some madeira, m'dear, it's really an excellent year
C G Em
Now if it were gin, you'd be wrong to say yes
A D
The evil gin does would be hard to assess
G C G Em
Besides it's inclined to affect me prowess
C D G
Have some madeira, m'dear

G
Then there flashed through her mind what her mother had said
D
With her antepenultimate breath
C G Em
"Oh my child, should you look on the wine that is red
A D
Be prepared for a fate worse than death"
G C
She let go her glass with a shrill little cry
Am D
Crash! tinkle! it fell to the floor
G C G Em
When he asked, "What in Heaven?" she made no reply
C D
Up her mind, and a dash for the door

G D
Have some madeira, m'dear, rang out down the hall loud and clear
C G Em
A tremulous cry that was filled with despair
A D
As she paused to take breath in the cool midnight air
G D
Have some madeira, m'dear, the words seemed to ring in her ear
C G Em
Until the next morning, she woke up in bed
A D
With a smile on her lips and an ache in her head
G C G Em
And a beard in her ear lobe that tickled and said
C D G
Have some madeira, m'dear

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