She Was Poor but She Was Honest: Nice, Naughty and Nourishing Songs of the London Music Hall and Pubs

She Was Poor but She Was Honest: Nice, Naughty and Nourishing Songs of the London Music Hall and Pubs

Derek Lamb FW08707 / FW 8707

Musician Derek Lamb (1936–2005) pays tribute to the English Music Hall tradition in this collection of 18 songs—parodies, ballads, and “colorful” pub songs. According to the liner notes, written by Lamb, Music Hall was introduced to London in the 1840s and became the British working class’ main entertainment until the end of World War I. Lamb sings and plays three different stringed instruments on the recording: guitar, violin, and banjo. Among the tracks is one titled “Sweeny Todd the Barber,” about the infamous (likely fictional) barber of Fleet Street who was later the subject of plays, other songs, and a Broadway musical. Liner notes from this 1962 recording provide background information and lyrics to each selection.

Year Released 1962
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1962 Folkways Records
Genre(s) Celtic; World
Country(s) United Kingdom
Instrument(s) Banjo; Guitar; Violin
Language(s) English
Subject(s) Bawdy songs; Love songs; Music--British Isles; Protest songs; Spoken word; Theater; Wit and humor

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101 She Was Poor But She Was Honest Derek Lamb 3:38
102 The Money Rolls In (A Pub Song) Derek Lamb 1:21
103 Pickled Onions / Don't Cry Daddy / The Winkle Song (medley) Derek Lamb 1:51
104 Roll-Tiddly-Ole Derek Lamb 1:43
105 Pretty Polly Perkins of Paddington Green Derek Lamb 2:45
106 Botany Bay Derek Lamb 2:17
107 The Hole in the Elephants Bottom Derek Lamb 1:18
108 The Landlady's Daughter / Slap Dab / Nine Inch Nails / My Daughter's Wedding Day / The Poor Young Girl (medley) Derek Lamb 3:00
109 Villikins and his Dinah Derek Lamb 3:03
110 Sweeny Todd the Barber Derek Lamb 4:06
111 Barsted King of England Derek Lamb 2:44
112 The Old Baby Farmer Derek Lamb 2:35
113 I Don't Want to Play in Your Yard / They're Moving Grandpa's Grave to Build a Sewer / Thirty Years Ago Today / Two Lovely Black Eyes (medley) Derek Lamb 3:03
114 Do It No More Derek Lamb 1:56
115 The End of My Old Cigar Derek Lamb 1:41
116 The Little Shirt My Mother Made for Me Derek Lamb 1:19
117 My Ma's a Millionaire / Wise Men Say / You are a Marvel / Any Old Iron / Henry the VIII I Am (medley) Derek Lamb 1:26
118 The Miner's Dream of Home Derek Lamb 0:44
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