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Thread #82442   Message #1513266
Posted By: GUEST,Bob Coltman
30-Jun-05 - 09:20 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: I Wonder What It Feels Like to Be Poor
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lord Rothschild said to me...
According to references I've found, this was a fairly popular items in the early 20th century London music hall. It has even been cited in a discussion in the Irish Parliament.

Tom Hughes is either its author or its performer, or both.

Note the following, from

Life in the Trenches - Personal Recollections of the First World War by Fred Cox

"Oh I wonder" - 'ee come out dressed in rags –

"Oh I wonders what it feels like to be poor… [repeats same chorus and verse as posted above]

"I see you got the other verses to it. Oh this 'ere man who was at the Palais 'ee's a past master at that. 'Ee used to take it 'orf (sing the song) in a old rag cloth hat, a high hat 'ee used to 'ave, rag coat right down to here, and that. Everybody asked him to sing 'cos, you know (it had) sentiment."

Alas, he does not repeat "the other verses to it!" Nor is it in my copy of "British Music Hall Songs."

By the way, John Roberts (see thread on his surgery) was delving deep into the Music Hall a while back and if he's well enough, he might have this song at his fingertips.

Meanwhile I'm searching Levy, American Memory etc. and will report results if any.