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Thread #59456   Message #2420572
Posted By: Jim Dixon
23-Aug-08 - 05:52 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: (She Was Just) A Sailor's Sweetheart
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: (She Was Just) A Sailor's Sweetheart
I Googled for "at the home of Madge Malone" and found this at another forum:The person who posted it said he learned the words from a piano roll. Note the subtle changes. The text has been expurgated. I guess the publishers wanted to avoid the scene of kids gathered around the piano asking, "Mom, why was she barred from the Navy Yard?" And "positively" has been changed to "absolutely," which reinforces my interpretation of the original.

And it just dawned on me: "broke in Hartford" is a pun on "broken-hearted." That joke is relatively clean, so they left it in.

Here's a view of the sheet music cover.

I also learned that (coincidentally, I assume) MADGE MALONE is the name of a tune by Turlough O'Carolan.