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The first two lines of this ballad read: 'You see before you an Irish gossoon, / From Castleblaney to this town I came,'. It is to be sung to the 'Original' tune, which suggests that people were already familiar with both the song and tune. Priced at one penny, copies were available from the Poet's Box, 80 London Street, Glasgow.
This ballad begins: 'Two jolly old Topers once sat at an inn, / Discussing the merits of Brandy and Gin'. The sheet was published by R. McIntosh of 96 King Street, Calton, which is in Glasgow.
Verse 1: 'Let ilk drouthie neighbour that likes a wee drap, / Rejoice o' the gill-stoup, and laugh o'er the cup, / Let them boast o' their fiddle, and crack o' their sang, / But the Tee-total job's been a guid thing for me. / Let them boaet &c.' 'llk' means 'each', 'drouthie' means 'thirsty' and a 'gill-stoup' is a tumbler or pitcher that holds one gill of fluid.
Verse 1 begins: 'Come fill up your Glasses, / And drink your toast round'. It was published by James Lindsay of 9 King Street, Glasgow, and there is a woodcut depiction of a windmill and grand house included at the top of the sheet.
Terrible fate that awaits English pirates such as Captain Thomas Green
This report and ballad begins: 'A Seasonable Advice, / TO ALL / who encline to go in Pirrating ; / DRAWN FROM / What has happ'ned to Captain Green, / as it were from his ovvn mouth, / One of that rank. / To the tune of, to the weaver if ye go, &c.' The name of the publisher is not included.
The Bible Valued by the Little Wanderers. Founded on Fact
Verse 1: 'Two little boys, whose pallid looks / Bespoke them worn with care, / Came to a house in Haddington, / And ask'd for lodgings there.' The name of the publisher is not included and the sheet is not dated.
The Bonnie Lasses' Answer
Verse 1: 'Farewell to Glasgow, / Likewise to Lanarkshire, / And Farewell my dearest parents, / For I'llne'er see you mair; / For the want of pocket money, / And for the want of cash, / Makes mony a bonny laddie / To leave his bonny lass.' The broadside was published by James Lindsay of King Street in Gasgow. It is not dated.
The Grass Will Grow Again
This ballad begins: 'Let your motto ne'er be strow, / For singhing always gives me pain, / Clouds and steams will rise to-morrow, / And the grass will grow again.' It was written and sung by Harry Linn and could be purchased from the Poet's Box, 182 Overgate, Dundee.
The King! God Bless Him, Merrily Pass, Scots, Come O'er the Border and Tell Me Love, Where Shall We Meet
The first ballad begins: 'A goblet of Burgundy, fill, fill, for me / Give those who prefer it, champagne'.
The second ballad begins: 'MERRILY pass the glass around, / We'll spend a night of glee'.
The third ballad begins: 'March! March! Ettrick and Teviotdale, / Why, the de'il, dinnar ye march forward in order?'
The fourth ballad begins: 'Say, shall we meet when the sun is glowing, / Down by the streamlet softly flowing'.
There's A Corner For You At My Fireside Still
This ballad begins: 'One day while walking down the street, an old pal I did meet, / I scarcely would have known him, for he looked so ill and weak, / And as he grasped me by the hand, these words to me he said - / Dear Jim, I don't know what to do, for all I love are dead.' A note below the title states that this ballad was 'Written by D. Milligan, sung T. Ball, of Dundee', and that 'Copies of this can be had at the Pox Box, Overgat, Dundee'.
There's Whisky in the Jar
Verse 1: 'I'm a bold Irish hero, who never yet was daunted, / In the courting of a pretty girl I very seldom wanted, / In the courting of a pretty girl I own it was my folly, / I would venture my life for you, my pretty Molly.' Chorus: 'Mush a ring a do a da, fal lal da do da addy, / Mush a ring a do a da, there's whisky in the jar.' This broadside was printed by the Poet's Box, 80 London Street, Glasgow, on 'Saturday morning, Dec. 16, 1871'.
They Were There
This ballad begins: 'I'm a very absent-minded man, / I'll have you understand, / I might be looking for a thing, / And have it in my hand'. Below the title we are told that 'This popular song can always be had at the Poet's Box, OVERGATE, DUNDEE'.
They're a' teasing me
Verse 1: 'O' wha is he I love sae well? / who has my heart an a' / O wha is he, 'tis sair to tell, / he's o'er the seas awa,. / There's Charlie, he's a sodger lad. / and Davie blythe is he; / And Willie in his tartan plaid, / they're a' a' teasing me.' The address of the publisher has been obscured on this broadside, although an advertisement for another of its publications, 'The Ball-Room Companion', has been left intact.
Things I'd like to see
This ballad begins: 'Come all you good people wherever you be / Of high and low station and every degree, / If you'll pay attention and listen to me - / I'll tell you a few things I'd like to see.'
Thinking of Home
This ballad begins: 'Many a night, from the silent deck, / Have I gaz'd on the stars above, / And I've looked abroad o'er the tranquil sea / Till my heart was filled with love. / Thinking of home, and the dear ones there, Till I felt the tear-drops flow; / Breathing in slience a fervent pray'r / For the friends of long ago.' It was to be sung to an 'Original' tune, was priced at one penny, and was published on Saturday, 25th September 1869 by the Poet's Box in Glasgow.
Those Wedding Bells Shall Not Ring Out, The Flight of Ages, Sing Again that Sweet Refrain, and Just as the Sun Went Down
The first ballad begins: 'A sexton stood one Sabbath eve within a belfry grand, / Awaiting signal from the church with bell-rope in his hand'. The second ballad begins: 'I heard a song, a tender song, / 'Twas sung for me alone'.The third ballad begins: 'A music hall was crowded in a city o'er the sea, / Brilliant lights were flashing everywhere'. The fourth ballad begins: 'After the din of the battle's roar, / Just at the close of day'.
Thy Voice Is Near
This ballad begins: 'Thy voice is near me in my dreams, / In accents sweet and low, / Telling of happiness and love, / In days long, long ago.' A note below the title states that 'Copies of this very popular song can always be had in the Poet's Box', and that the ballad should be sung to an original tune. The sheet was printed on the Saturday morning of November 27th, 1869, and cost one penny.
Tid Is On Me Now
Verse 1 begins: 'It was on a Monday morning, / In the spring time of the year'. Published by James Lindsay from 9 King Street, Glasgow, this sheet also incorporates an illustration of a pretty basket of wild flowers above the title. This helps to enhance the mood of the ballad. 'Tid' is the Scots word for mood.
Timely Hint to Anatomical Practitioners and their Associates - the Resurrectionists
Verse 1 begins: 'What is our land at last come to? / Our ancestors would weep'. This song was written by Wag Phil to the tune 'MacPherson's Farewell'. There is a small introduction to the piece and a woodcut of 'Jamie', a Burke and Hare victim. This illustration could be bought from W. Smith of 3 Bristo Port, Edinburgh. The Editor talks about himself but does not give his names. There are also no publication details included.
Verse 1 begins: ' In June, when broom an' bloom was seen, / An' brackens waved fu' fresh an' green.'
Tis But A Little Faded Flower
This ballad begins: 'Tis but a little faded flower, / But oh, how fondly dear, / 'Twill bring me back one golden hour, / Through many, through many a weary year'. Below the title we are told that 'This popular song can always be had at 80 London Street, Glasgow', which was the address of the Poet's Box. A further note states that the ballad was to be sung to an original air, while a footnote identifies the publication date as Saturday the 29th of January, 1887.
Tis But A Little Faded Flower
This ballad begins: 'Tis but a little faded flower, / But oh, how fondly dear, / 'Twill bring me back one golden hour, / Through many, through many a weary year'. Below the title we are told that 'This popular song can always be had at the Poet's Box 182 OVERGATE, DUNDEE'.
Tis Hard to Give the Hand where the Heart can Never Be
Verse 1: 'Tho' I mingle in the throng / Of the happy and the gay, / From the mirth of dance and song / I would fain be far away; / For I love to use no wile, / And can but deem it sin, / That the brow should wear a smile / When the soul is sad within. / Tho' a parent's stern command / Claims obedience from me, / O, 'tis hard to give the hand / Where the heart can never be.' This song was published by the Poet's Box. The town or city is not specified, but it was probably published in Dundee.
To J*** C***** A Southron
Verse 1 begins: 'HOW sair a task wi' Doubt to wrestle! / Sax hours I've had your kind Epistle, / An' done nocht syne but fidge an' fisle / About the matter'. The ballad was written by J*** A*******. The sheet was published by J. and R. Childs of Bungay, Suffolk, on the 9th May 1822.
Toby Brad or Funking the Cobbler, and Sweet Rose of Yarrow
The first ballad begins: 'There once was a cobbler by name Toby Brad, / Though he lived in a stall yet he didn't live bad, / with a tol de rol lol, &c.' There are no publication details on the sheet.
Tommy's Got the Money
Verse 1: 'I never wis so happy the days o' my life, / It no' because that I hav' got a ducky o' a wife; / It's a' because ma' uncle deed tae mak' the matter clear, / An' left me - a fortin' o' twa hunner pounds a year.' This broadside was published by William Shephard at the Poet's Box in Dundee. The 'words and patter' were written by Alex Melville, the music was by Sam Tute and the song was 'sung with great success' by W.F. Frame.
Toon of Arbroath
Verse 1: 'Although far frae hame and the blooming heather, / Thousands of miles across the deep sea, / At night, when I'm weary, my mind loves to wander / To the scenes of my boyhood, so dear unto me.' This sheet was published by the Poet's Box at 10 Hunter Street in Dundee, but is not dated.
Town Officer's Lament
This ballad begins: 'I Pray draw near and you shall hear / For what I lost my Coat Man, / It was my Lenity, not Invy, / Nor Rigitness I wot Man.' The text preceeding it reads: 'R------- P------'s Complaint of his hard Fate, / OR THE / Town Officer's Lament for the Loss of his Coat. / To the Tune of the bonny Boat Man.' A woodcut has been included to make the sheet a more attractive purchase.
Trade's Release: or, Courage to the Scotch-Indian-Company
This ballad begins: 'Come, rouse up your Heads, Come rouse up anon! / Think of the / Wisdom of old Solomon, / And heartily Joyn with our own Paterson, / To fetch Home INDIAN treasures'. Below the title, it is stated that this new song is sung to the tune of 'The Turks are all Confounded'.
Tragedy of Sir James the Rose
Verse 1: 'Of all the Scottish northern chiefs, / Of high and mightty name, / The bravest was Sir James the Rose, / A knight of meikle fame.' This ballad was published on 23rd January 1869 by the Poet's Box, London Street, Glasgow, priced one penny.