A Century Of Ballads 1810-1910, Their Composers & Singers

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COMPOSERS OF SULLIVAN'S DAY 177
by Mary Davies, and caught the public fancy immediately:—
O-hoi-ye-ho ! Ho-ye-ho ! Who's for the ferry?
(The briar's in bud, and the sun going- down :) It's late as it is and I haven't a penny,
And how shall I get me to Twickenham town ?
There was quite a rage for " river songs " just at this time, and to this category belong Milton Wellings's "At the Ferry" and "The Old Lock," words by Weatherly. Two other Weatherly lyrics set by Wellings were " Turnham Toll" and "The world went very well then," both very popular songs. "Golden Love' was another successful song by this composer, but it was his "Some Day" that had the biggest vogue.
Wellings used to tell the story of the circum­stances under which this song was composed. He had left his wife yachting in the Isle of Wight and was travelling up to London by train, when, happening to buy an evening paper, he saw the announcement of a yachting accident off Cowes. He immediately wired to his friends in the Isle of Wight for news and went home to await the answer. While pacing restlessly up and down the room he caught sight of some words by Hugh Conway which were lying on the table. Hoping to relieve his anxiety of mind, he sat down to the piano, and in a flash the whole song came to him. When the telegram
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