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"The Four Presents" is a song from the albums Big Red Car and Here Comes the Big Red Car.

Origins

Music

Songwriting

The song came from a folk song called "The Riddle Song", which is a lullaby.

Adaptation

Production

Songwriting

1995 Recording

Anthony and Greg do the vocals and Gerry do the backing vocals. Murray plays the bass, Anthony plays the acoustic guitar, Jeff plays the accordion, and Greg plays the vibraslap.

=2014 Recording

Anthony and Lachy do the lead and backing vocals along with Simon and Emma. Alex plays the bass, Anthony plays the acoustic guitar, Murray plays the mandolin, George plays the bouzouki, Lachy plays the piano, Jeff plays the organ, and Simon and Emma play the tambourines.

Song Credits

1995 Version

2014 Version

Musicians

1995 Version

  • Vocals - Anthony Field, Greg Page
  • Backing Vocals - Gerry Brady
  • Acoustic Guitar - Anthony Field
  • Bass - Murray Cook
  • Accordion - Jeff Fatt
  • Vibraslap - Greg Page

2014 Version

Listen

11 The Four Presents

Song Lyrics

I have four sisters beyond the sea

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And they each sent a present to me

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The first sent a chicken without 'ere a bone

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The second sent a cherry without 'ere a stone

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The third sent a book which no man could read

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The fourth sent a blanket without 'ere a thread

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How can there be a chicken without 'ere a bone?

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How can there be a cherry without 'ere a stone?

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How can there be a book which no one could read?

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How can there be a blanket without 'ere a thread?

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When the chicken's in the eggshell, there is no bone

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When the cherry's in the bud, there is no stone

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When the book's in the press, it cannot be read

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When the blanket's on the fleece, there is no thread

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Video Appearances

Album Appearances

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