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

With Some Introductory Chapters On Old Ballads And Ballad Makers - online book.

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There was a spice of mischief in the words which took."
Weatherly, in response to my appeal for some information as to his share in the making of this humorous and long-lived ditty, sends me the following amusing contribution :—
" It may scarcely be credited, but when I first began writing songs no programme ever included anything approaching a humorous song, except perhaps the evergreen 'Simon the Cellarer.' Then I dared, and wrote ' The Three Old Maids of Lee.' When I suggested to Santley that he should sing it, his merry eye looked grave as he replied—
' Sing that, my Weatherly ? No ! No ! No !'
Nevertheless, with Roeckel's characteristic set­ting it made a very big success."
The next name of the quartet is that of J. L. Molloy. The list of Molloy's popular songs is so enormous that it is not possible to do more than mention a very small proportion of them, and of these the following may be con­sidered fairly representative: "The Carnival," "The Clang of the Wooden Shoon," " Darby and Joan," "Dresden China," "The King's Highway," "The Lads in Red," "The Little Tin Soldier," "London Bridge," "Love's Old
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