EVERY UK NUMBER ONE SONG: ‘Lily the Pink’ – The Scaffold

What was the number one song in the UK on 11th December 1968?

British comedy, poetry and music trio, The Scaffold got to number one for 3 weeks and then again on 8th January 1969 for a further week with Lily the Pink.

A modernisation of the folk song, The Ballad of Lydia Pinkham, this humorous version smacks of drunken, foot stamping singalongs down the pub. Amazingly, it also features on backing vocals Elton John, Tim Rice and Graham Nash of the Hollies and Jack Bruce from Cream on the bass guitar. Also, another fact for you, Scaffold band member Mike McGrear was actually called Peter McCartney. Yes, he was Paul McCartney’s brother. Anyway, the song is lots of fun, especially lyrics. Who knew the best cure for freckles was a sex change.

Lyrics

We’ll drink a drink, a drink
To Lily the Pink, the Pink, the Pink
The savior of the human race
For she invented medicinal compound
Most efficacious in every case
Mr. Freers had sticky out ears
And it made him awful shy
And so they gave him medicinal compound
And now he’s learning how to fly
Robert Tony was known to be bony
He would never eat his meal
And so they gave him medicinal compound
Now they move him round on wheels
We’ll drink a drink, a drink
To Lily the Pink, the Pink, the pink
The savior of the human race
For she invented medicinal compound
Most efficacious in every case
Old Ebenezer thought he was Julius Caesar
And so they put him in a home
Where they gave him medicinal compound
And now he’s emperor of Rome
Johnny Hammer had a terrible st-st-st-st-stammer
He could hardly s-s-say a word
And so they gave him medicinal compound
Now’s he’s seen, but never heard
We’ll drink a drink, a drink
To Lily the Pink, the Pink, the Pink
The savior of the human race
For she invented medicinal compound
Most efficacious in every case
Aunty Milly ran willy-nilly
When her legs they did recede
And so they rubbed on medicinal compound
Now they call her Milly Pede
Jennifer Eccles had terrible freckles
And the boys all called her names
But she changed medicinal compound
Now he joins in all the games
We’ll drink a drink, a drink
To Lily the Pink, the Pink, the Pink
The savior of the human race
For she invented medicinal compound
Most efficacious in every case
Lily the Pink, she turned to drink
She filled up with paraffin inside
And despite her medicinal compound
Sadly pickled Lily died
Up to heaven her soul ascended
All the church bells they did ring
She took with her medicinal compound
Hark the herald angels sing
We’ll drink a drink, a drink
To Lily the Pink, the Pink, the Pink
The savior of the human race
For she invented medicinal compound
Most efficacious in every case

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