No, it was a teddy-boy band.
I don't know that ballad, but here's another, as much as I can remember
"There was blood on the saddle
and blood on the ground
and a great big puddle
of blood all around.
A poor lonesome cowboy
was shot by his brother..."
Which brings to mind "Oh Maryland My Maryland," the state song, to the tune
of "Oh Tannenbaum." Here's a couple of lines from the first stanza:
"Avenge the patriotic gore
that drenched the streets
Take that, Brits!
At 03:12 AM 9/26/2001 +0100, you wrote:
>> I need some help with this one, which sticks in my brain like
>> well-masticated bubble gum. And I'm aware that I'll probably be meddling
>> with someone's fondest adolescent memories. A thing popular in Britain c.
>> 1962 called, I think, "Come Outside." Nominated for the list.
>Rings bells with me, Mark, so it must have been playing when I was young --
>wasn't it by one of those girl bands?
>My nomination would be, "They're coming to take me away ha ha". Again from
>the early sixties.
>But while we're on pop esoterica, and this was, I think, from an America
>song, cowboy ballady. I remember absolutely nothing about it except the
>line(s) [which seem to be prepared to stick in my head forever]:
>If my gun won't take your evil life,
>Well then my bowie knife will. [pronounced "wull"]
>There's something archetypal about that.
>Just googled this for Mark: Wendy Richard
>In 1962, at age 15, Ms. Richard was picked to record a pop music song with
>the well-known British artist Mike Sarne. The song, Come Outside appeared on
>the British pop charts in mid-May of '62, eventually reaching No. 1, and
>staying on the charts for a total of 19 weeks.
>Now lets see if google works for mine ...
>Na, no luck on that bowie knife ... Searcher, solve thyself.
>On the other hand:
>They're coming to take me away, ha-haaa!!
>They're coming to take me away, ho-ho, hee-hee, ha-haaa
>To the funny farm. Where life is beautiful all the time and I'll be
>happy to see those nice young men in their clean white coats and they're
>coming to take me away, ha-haaa!!!!!
>Napoleon XIV (real name: Jerry Samuels) - They're Coming To Take Me Away,
>Actually, the web seems to be positively +crawling+ with the lyrics to this.
>But no bowie knifes.