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Thread #82442 Message #1512385
Posted By: Jim Dixon
29-Jun-05 - 08:40 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: I Wonder What It Feels Like to Be Poor
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lord Rothschild said to me...
The song is mentioned in Graham Greene's 1938 novel "Brighton Rock". A generous extract from the novel is given at the publisher's website. Here's the quote:
'Give us another, Lily,' one of them said and she began, 'One night—in an alley—Lord Rothschild said to me.' She never got beyond a few lines. She wanted to laugh too much to give her voice a chance, but she had an inexhaustible memory for ballads. Hale had never heard one of them before. With his glass to his lips he watched her with nostalgia: she was off again on a song which must have dated back to the Australian gold rush.