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Thread #84257 Message #1556079
Posted By: Jim Dixon
04-Sep-05 - 04:50 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: When There Isn't a Girl About
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: when there isn't a girl about
The various-artists album "Stepping Up," Topic CD #752, 2004, contains a medley of WHEN THERE ISN'T A GIRL ABOUT/PEGGY WOOD/LOOKING FOR A PARTNER performed by The Leeds Band. The album seems to be all English country dance tunes without lyrics. It's also performed by Reg Hall on "English Country Music," Topic LP #296, 1965. I wasn't able to find out whether that version has lyrics.
Authorship is credited to C Collins and H Castling.
Billy Williams made an early recording of WHEN THERE ISN'T A GIRL ABOUT, between 1906 and 1914; and so did Harry Fay. More recently, there was a recording by Chas & Dave on "Christmas Jamboree Rag."
It's in a songbook called "Feldman's Album of Song Memories, No. 1" where the date given is 1906.
Somehow I doubt that the original words correspond to those posted above, but I could be wrong, of course.