I’m Henry VIII ๐ŸŽถ

On 28 June 1965 a song recorded by Herman’s Hermits (English beat rock and pop group), the single “I’m Henry VIII, I Am”. became a US hit dethroning “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”. Despite that success, the single was not released in the UK.

The song is one of the shortest to top the Billboard singles chart and contains only the chorus and none of the three verses of the original. This was a 1910 British music hall song “I’m Henery the Eighth, I Am” traditionally sung in a Cockney accent. It contained three verses and the chorus, but the Herman’s Hermitsโ€™ rendition had just the chorus, repeated three times (“second verse, same as the first”).
It seems that the band only knew those lines where the man (Henery has become Henry) explains that he has married the widow next door, who has been married seven times before and each of the previous husband’s names was also Henry.
The song is a pun, playing on the fact that Henry VIII had six wives.

I’m Henry the eighth I am
Henry the eighth I am, I am
I got married to the widow next door
She’s been married seven times before
And every one was an Henry (Henry)
She wouldn’t have a Willy or a Sam (no Sam)
I’m her eighth old man, I’m Henry
Henry the eighth I am

Second verse same as the first

I’m Henry the eighth I am
Henry the eighth I am, I am
I got married to the widow next door
She’s been married seven times before
And every one was an Henry (Henry)
She wouldn’t have a Willy or a Sam (no Sam)
I’m her eighth old man, I’m Henry
Henry the eighth I am

I’m Henry the eighth I am
Henry the eighth I am, I am
I got married to the widow next door
She’s been married seven times before
And every one was an Henry (Henry)
She wouldn’t have a Willy or a Sam (no Sam)
I’m her eighth old man, I’m Henry
Henry the eighth I am

H-E-N-R-Y
Henry (Henry)
Henry (Henry)
Henry the eighth I am, I am
Henry the eighth I am
Yeah!


Sono Enrico lโ€™ottavo
Enrico lโ€™ottavo io sono,
mi sono sposato con la vedova della porta accanto,
che รจ stata sposata sette volte prima,
e ognuno era un Enrico
non aveva mai avito nรฉ un Willie nรฉ un Sam
Sono il suo ottavo marito , sono Enrico,
Enrico lโ€™ottavo io sono

Secondo verso, uguale al primo

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66 thoughts on “I’m Henry VIII ๐ŸŽถ

  1. I had no heard this song before! You said it was an old Music Hall song and, now that I know that, I can hear the age to the song despite the modern remake ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thank you for sharing this!

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  2. I absolutely LOVE that song! I heard it the first time after I moved to the US after growing up in the UK. I laughed my head off and killed the replay button!

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    1. I found them on Wikisource:
      (Alternate lyrics in parentheses are as recorded by Harry Champion.)

      You don’t know who you’re lookin’ at, now have a (/just you) look at me
      I’m a bit of a nob I am, belong to royaltee
      I’ll tell you how it came (/got) about: I married Widow Burch
      And I was King of England when I toddled (/we doddered) out of (/the) church
      Outside, the people started shoutin’ “Hip-hooray”
      Said I “Get (/Go) down upon your knees (/knee) it’s Coronation Day!”

      CHORUS:
      I’m Henery the Eighth, I am
      Henery the Eighth I am, I am
      I got married to the widow next door
      She’d been married seven times before
      Everyone was a Henery
      She wouldn’t have a Willie or a Sam
      I’m her eighth old man named Henery
      Henery the Eighth I am

      I left the Duke of Cumberland, a pub up in the town
      Soon with one or two moochers (/monarchs) I was holding up the (/me) crown
      Seated on (/I sat upon) the bucket that the carmen think (/what the common call) their own
      Surrounded by my (/me) subjects, I was sitting on the throne
      Out (/Up) came the potman, saying “Go on home (/he said “Now get off) to bed”
      Said I “Now say another word and off’ll go your head!”

      CHORUS

      Now at the waxwork exhibition not so long ago
      I was sitting among the kings, I made a lovely show
      To good old Queen Elizabeth, I shouted “Wotcher Liz!”
      While people poked my ribs and said “I wonder who this is?”
      One said “It’s Charley Peace!” and then I got the spike
      I shouted “Show yer ignorance!” as waxy as you like

      CHORUS

      The undertaker called and to the wife I heard him say
      “Have you got any orders mum? We’re very slack today
      I picked up number seven for ya, for the Golden Gate
      Let’s have a pound upon account of Henery the eighth”
      Oh, when he measured me with half a yard of string
      I dropped upon me marrow bones and sang “God Save the King!”

      CHORUS

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  3. Carina.
    Ciao Luisa. Di Enrico Ottavo(almeno attribuita a lui) suono “green leaves”. Per altri green fields, per altri ancora green sleeves, titolo meno poetico e bucolico legato come sai alla storia (meglio leggenda, aneddoto) sulla…camicia a lunghe maniche verdi della Bolena su cui il re le avrebbe dedicato la musica.
    Ma forse la musica รจ piรน antica, e foglie verdi va meglio
    Scrivo dall’ospedale, col cell.
    Buona notte Luisa ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. grandioso! Musica un po’ country e un po’ folk ๐Ÿ™‚ ..e nel sottofondo la gente in delirio ๐Ÿ™‚ Che allegri ๐Ÿ™‚
    Buonanotte amica mia, a domani ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  5. HA HA LUISA THAT NUTTY SONG WOULD DRIVE ME CRAZY AS A TEENAGER, IT WAS ON THE RADIO ALL THE TIME ,I TAUGHT IT TO MY BABY BROTHER, HE WAS ABOUT 2 YRS OLD . ME THE KID & THE RADIO OVER AN OVER UNTIL MY MOTHER YELLED ( SHUT THE HELL UP) !!!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ‘ฟ๐ŸŽถ

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      1. OH BY THE WAY THAT BABY IS NOW WAITING ON MY FRONT PORCH FOR ME WANTS TO TAKE US FOR A RIDE THROUGH THE COUNTRY SIDE IN HIS 1966 RED CAR CONVERTIBLE BARRACUDA BUT DRIVES LIKE A MANIAC AND ITS 95 DECREES OUTSIDE๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™

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      2. That Baby now it’s 57 years old has three grown daughters two failed marriages has five grandchildren he was a bodybuilder gorgeous looking man unfortunately became an alcoholic and a drug addict lost over 5 million dollars in American money went through many homes beautiful homes , had a Rich, good life first wife was a banker second wife was a pharmacist they couldn’t take the cheating ,now the handsome looks are gone definitely the money is gone but he’s still very proud. the alcohol the nicotine the prescription drugs the illicit drugs have taken a toll on him , was doing well at different times it’s sad to see the little baby that threw up on my shoulder change so much .. I changed his diapers and gave him baths when I was 10 years old .. This is something that I’ve touched on in my blog many times when a mother treats one child different than the others ,and gives that one child everything and DOESN’T make it accountable you’re not doing that child any favors you’re hurting the others but you’re putting one on a pedestal not good . this is the baby that I changed his diapers, but I’m trying to get along with him now we’re both older . LUISA you have two sons sometimes you see the difference but I’m sure you treat them equally and that’s a good thing. love you hun๐Ÿ˜˜

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      3. I have always tried, and I’m still trying, to treat him in the same way, but I realize that each of the two, looking from their own point of view, can consider the other the favorite. I hope I haven’t been too wrong with them. Lots of love ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ’“๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ’“๐Ÿ˜˜

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