Who Was Chiswick Flo?
And who was the young cordwangler that loved her so?
This is one for all the comedy aficionados, radio enthusiasts and / or Kenneth Williams / Rambling Syd Rumpo fans in W4 - who was Chiswick Flo?
Williams performed the song under the guise of folk singer Rambling Syd Rumpo in the radio comedy series Round the Horne.
The sketches generally began with a short discourse on the nature of the song which would inexorably follow thus earning Rambling Syd Rumpo a place in radio history with masterpieces of suggestiveness and double-entendre.
The songs themselves pushed and extended boundaries of acceptable sexual innuendo way beyond the narrow confines of a Sunday lunchtime radio slot, using nonsense (or little-known) words like 'moolies' and 'nadgers' in suggestive contexts.
In the Ballad of The Woggler’s Mooly [sung to the tune of ‘My Darling Clementine’] Kenneth Williams writes of a young cordwangler Joe who loved a bogler’s daughter called Chiswick Flo.
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The Ballad of The Woggler's Mooly by Kenneth Williams
Joe, he was a young cordwangler,
May 21, 2008