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Italian Girl, or The Brigand's Daughter
This ballad begins: 'There's a lovely little madin that I ever shall adore, / In Italy, that bright and sunny land, / My life would be a pleasure and I would ask for nothing more.' It was published and distributed by the Poet's Box of 182 Overgate, Dundee.
Jack and the Bear-skin
This ballad begins: 'A sailor and his lass / Sat o'er their parting glass, / For the tar had volunteered to go to sea, / At the sailing signal flying, / The lovely lass was sighing, / And said:- "I fear you never will come back to me.' The text preceeding it reads: 'A song for the fleet called Jack and the Bear-skin / AIR - "The deeds of Napoleon".'
Verse 1: 'When Jack had pulled the oar, and the boat was gone, / Aud the lassie on the shore with her head hanging down, / The tears stood in her eyes and her bosom heaving sighs, / Farewell, my dear, she dries, with your trousers on.' The sheet was published in January 1855, by the Glasgow Poet's Box, and sold for a penny.
Verse 1: 'Far awa' frae bonnie Scotland, / I have often spent my time, / By the mountains, lakes, and valleys, / In some distant foreign clime. / There I'd sit and sometimes ponder. / 'Midst their bright and varied scenes; / But my thoughts would always wander / To the hame o' Jeanie Deans.' The note 'Music at JAS. S. KERR'S, 314 Paisley Rd., Glasgow' is included under the title.
Verse 1: 'At a railway station, / Upon the Brighton line, / I first met my Jemima, / Why should I call her mine? / Her hair was light, her eyes were bright / Her dress a morning gown, / A trav'ling box stood by her side, / And on it Jemima Brown.' This ballad was to be sung to an 'Original' tune and was priced at one penny. It was published on Saturday, 28th October 1865 by the Poet's Box, probably in Glasgow.
Verse 1: 'I met four chaps yon birks amang, / Wi' hinging lugs and faces lang, / And I speered at nei'bour Bauldy Strang, / Wha are yon we see; / Quo' he, ilk cream-faced pawky chiel / Thinks himsel' cunning as the diel / And here they've come awa to steal / Jenny's Bawbee.' The name of the publisher is not included and the sheet is not dated. A 'bawbee' was a 'halfpenny' and a 'birk' was 'a smart youth'.
Jessie at the Railway Bar
This light-hearted broadside begins: ''Twas at the Brighton Station, / In pursuit of my vocation, / I saw a tall and handsome girl / Behind the railway bar; / I heard some call her Jessie, / Perhaps 'twas Mister Pond, the lessee, / And her diamond eyes were twinkling / Just like the evening star.' This sheet is dated Saturday the 26th April, 1884, and was priced at one penny.
Jessy the Flower of Dumblain
Verse 1: 'The sun had gane down o'er the lofty Benlomond, / And left the red clouds to preside o'er the scene, / While lanely I strayed, in a calm simmer gloaming, / To muse on sweet Jessy, the flower o' Dumblain. / How sweet is the brier, wi' its saft folding blossom, / An' sweet is the birk, wi' its mantle o' green, / Yet sweeter an' fairer, an' dear to my bosom, / Is lovely young Jessy, the flower o' Dumblain.'
This ballad begins: 'As I went out one morning clear down by yon river side, / I overheard a fair maid, the tears rolling down did glide, / This is a cold and stormy night, these words I heard her say / My lover is on the ocean wide bound for America.' It was published by James Lindsay of 11 King Street, Glasgow, and probably sold for one penny.
Verse 1: 'Ye gentle muses that's nice in number, / I pray assist me to I explain, / The fate of love it has so induced me, / And by it's wounds my poor heart is slain.' This sheet was published by R. MacIntosh of 96 King Street, Calton, Glasgow. The woodcut at the top of the sheet shows a street entertainer playing musical instruments and making two puppets dance.
Verse 1: 'Ye gentle muses that's nine in number, / I pray assist me to I explain, / The fate of love it has so induced me, / And by it's wounds my poor heart is slain.' This broadside was published by Robert McIntosh of 9 King Street, Calton, in Glasgow. It is not dated.
Verse 1: 'My love still I think I sae her once more; / But, alas! she has left me her loss to deplore, / My own little Kathleen, my poor little Kathleen, O.' This broadside was published by W.R. Walker of Royal Arcade, Newcastle, and sold by B. Stewart of Botchergate, Carlisle.
This ballad begins: 'You ask what makes this darkie weep, / Why he like othsrs was not gay, / What makes the tears flow down his cheek / From early morn till close of day.' The text preceeding it reads: 'PRICE ONE PENNY / This Popular Song can always be had the Poet's Box, 182 OVERGATE, DUNDEE.'
Lady's Version of Pretty Little Nell the Farmer's Daughter
Verse 1: Now I am not a fast young lady, / Nor do I lead a fashionable life, / For my father is a farmer / In a village down in Fife, / And I am his only daughter, / And he calls me pretty Nell, / And I am often seen with a pitcher, / Drawing water from the well.' The sheet does not contain any publication details, but a note beneath the title states that the song was 'Written and Composed expressly for Miss NELL MOONEY, by Mr James A. Kerr, Edinburgh.'
Lass o' Ballochmyle
This ballad begins: 'Fair is the morn in flowery May, / And sweet is night in autumn mild, / When roving through the garden gay, / Or wandering in the lonely wild; / But woman, nature's darling child, / There all her charms she does compile; / Even there her other works are foiled / By the bonnie lass o' Ballochmyle.' This ballad was published at 192 Overgate, Dundee, probably by the Poet's Box. It was to be sung to an 'original' tune, and was priced one penny.
Lass o' Glenshea
This ballad begins: 'On a bonny day when the heather was blooming, / And the silent hill humm'd with the sair laden bee; / I met a fair maiden as homeward I was riding, / A herding her sheep on the hills o' Glenshea.'
Lass o' Gowrie
Verse 1 begins: 'Twas on a summer's afternoon, / A wee before the sun gied down'. The woodcut above the title depicts a very finely dressed couple holding hands beside a tree. This song was written by Lady Carolina Nairne, but was originally published under a pseudonym.
Life and Tragical End of Alaster Mackalaster and A New Song
Verse 1: 'INTO a place in Argileshire / called Campbeltoun by Name, / One Alaster Mackalaster / Who once lived in the same.' This should be sung 'To the tune of, Captain Johnston's Lament'. The full heading of the broadside reads: 'AN ACCOUNT of the Life and tragical End of Alaster Mackalaster, [w]ho was hanged at Aberdeen the 31st of May, 1723'.
Life, Sufferings, and Death of Janet Fleming
This narrative begins: 'Daughter of a respectable Farmer near Dunse who was seduced by a profligate young Nobleman - - brought to Edinburgh, and kept in the greatest splendour [f]or sometime and then cruelly deserted and thrown upon the town'. A bedside-mourning woodcut has been included in the middle of the page to heighten the drama.
Liggar Lady and Arthur's Seat
The first ballad begins: 'I Will away, and I will not tarry, / I will away with a Sojer Laddy, / I'll mount my Baggage and make it ready, / I will away with a Sojer Laddy.'The text preceeding it reads: 'THE / LIGGAR LADY, / OR, THE / LADIES LOVE / TO A / SOLDIER. / To the Tune, of Mount the Baggage, &c.'
Lily of the Vale
This ballad begins: 'Come, flow'ret, come hither, thy sweets shall not wither, / Unsheltered here beneath the chilling gale; / d mem'ries they waken of scenes now forsaken, / And her we called our lily of the vale.' A note below the title states that 'Copies of this favourite song can only be had in the POET'S BOX', and that the ballad should be sung to an original air. The sheet was printed on Saturday March 2nd, 1867, and cost one penny.
Verse 1: 'Young Beigham was a noble Lord, / A noble lord of high degree, / he got himself on board a ship, / some foreign countries for to see. / He sailed east he sailed west, / till he came to Turkey, / Till he was taken and put in prison, / Till of his life he grew quite weary.'
Loss of the Princess Alice and The Parrot and the Old Arm Chair
This broadside contains two ballads. The first ballad begins: 'How many thousands have found a grave / aneath the ever rolling wave, / And day by day the list we swell, / Another loss we have to tell.' A note below the title states that this ballad should be sung to a tune called 'Sailor's Grave'. Although the sheet is not dated, the topic of the first ballad suggests it was published around September 1878.
This broadside begins: 'A LOVE LETTER, Sent to a Young Lady in this Neighbourhood.' The letter begins: 'My dear Miss Miller, The great love and tenderness I have hitherto experienced for you increases every day'. The reply begins: 'Sir, The uniform tendency of your behaviour from the earliest period of our acquaintance has inspired me'. The correspondence is between a Mr G. Lindsay and Miss Mary Miller, and the broadside was published by Henry.
This sheet begins: 'Hast thou no pity for my woes? / Dost thou at me turn up thy nose? / I'll make my declaration first, / So read straight forward and be curst'. This sheet was published by Menzies of the Lawnmarket, Edinburgh.
This love letter begins: 'Hast thou no pity for my woes? / Dost thou at me turn up thy nose? / I'll make my declaration first, / So read straight forward and be curst, / But if your heart to me incline, / Oh! Jump o'er every other line!'. This broadside was published by Menzies of Edinburgh, and probably sold for one penny.
Love-letter from a British Soldier, at Present in Holland, to his Sweetheart in this City
This broadside letter begins: 'My Dearest Mary, / RELIEVED for a moment from the din of arms, with pleasure unutterable, my love, I dedicate that moment to thee; what signifies the fatigues I undergo, and the dangers I daily encounter, -- they seem a pleasure to me, when I reflect, that I do so for the sake of my bonny bonny Mary.' The letter is signed with the initials, 'J.T.', while the sheet was published by Thomas Duncan of the Saltmarket, Glasgow.
This ballad begins: 'As I walked out one evening in the month of May, / The flowers they were springing the lambs did sport and play; / I heard a couple talking, as they walked hand in hand; / For to hear their conversation I eagerly did stand.' There are no publication details given, but this is one of two songs - printed by James Lindsay - on this sheet.
The first verse begins: 'When first I saw sweet Peggy, / 'Twas on a market day, / A low-backed car she drove, and sat / Upon a truss of hay!' This broadside was published by the Poet's Box, most likely in Glasgow, and is dated April 1878. It was to be sung to the 'Original' tune, which suggests people were already familiar with both the song and melody.
Verse 1: 'Come all you Lowland lovers, and listen to my song, / A sad and dismal story, I will not keep you long; / Concerning a poor unhappy girl, distracted in her mind, / All for a brisk young sailor, no comfort can she find.' This broadside does not carry the name of its publisher, nor the place or date of publication.