SWEATY BETTY'S

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There really was a chip shop known as Sweaty Betty's on the corner of Hallgarth and Church Street when I was a student there in the 70's.  She'll either be 130 years old now or she'll have gone to that Great Codfather in the sky.

 

Sweaty Woman With the greasy top

Sweaty Woman At the old chip shop

Sweaty Woman

I watched your perspiration drip

Into the fat that fries the chips.

 

Sweaty Betty That was her nick-name

Sweaty Betty Of Durham fame

Sweaty Betty

Please just grant me this one wish

Don’t drip sweat onto my fish.

 

Sweaty Betty, oh my God

She was such a mucky sod

Dirty hands while frying cod while smoking

Sweaty Betty, please oh please

Wear a cap to catch the fleas

Falling in the mushy peas (I’m joking)

 

I can just see you

Through this greasy fog

The sweat is streaming

Down your fizzog.

 

Sweaty Betty With the greasy top

Sweaty Betty At the old chip shop

Sweaty Betty

I watched your perspiration drip

Into the fat that fries the chips.

 

Sweaty Betty shouting “Oi”

Out the back to husband Roy

“Fetch us out more saveloy and beans”

Sweaty Betty, two bozz eyes

Everything she always fries

From pickled eggs to Pukka Pies and beans.

Sweaty Betty That was her nick-name

Sweaty Betty Of Durham fame

Sweaty Betty

At the end of Hallgarth Street

The shop that smelled like sweaty feet.

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John Coopey

Wed 13th Oct 2021 18:13

Ah, I see, Stephen. I think “saveloy” is intrinsically funny rather (as Ken Dodd) discovered “k” sounds are. “Knickers, knackers, knockers, missus”.

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Stephen Gospage

Wed 13th Oct 2021 16:16

Not as such, John. I vaguely remember his notorious (and very funny) song with the first verse ending 'and a juicy saveloy'. Edited out of the repeat, I believe. Looking but can't find it on line.

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John Coopey

Wed 13th Oct 2021 15:04

There still is a chippy opposite the Walmgate barbican, Greg. Don't know if it's called Jimmy's though. We had one in my home town of Hucknall called Joe McGann's. We kids thought we were dead clever calling it Joe Mucky 'Ands.

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Greg Freeman

Wed 13th Oct 2021 10:21

Jimmy's Fish Bar opposite Walmgate Bar in York. Close to the Rose and Crown, and its huge jukebox. Late 70s.

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John Coopey

Tue 12th Oct 2021 22:30

I didn’t know that, Stephen. You mean Julian Clary did one about Sweaty Woman? Surely not Sweaty Betty? He can’t be old enough to remember her.
And thanks for the Likes, Holden, Tom, Stephen A, Pete and Hobo.

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Stephen Gospage

Tue 12th Oct 2021 17:14

Memorably used by Julian Clary on Radio 4's Loose Ends if I remember.

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John Coopey

Mon 11th Oct 2021 22:05

Thanks, Stephen. “Roy” is a contrivance to rhyme with the lovely-sounding “saveloy”.

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Stephen Gospage

Mon 11th Oct 2021 21:41

This is brilliant, John. Was the husband really called Roy, or did you slip the reference in? I've seen several photos of Royals looking angry while eating - Prince Andrew and that Woking pizza comes to mind.....

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