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Thread #94023   Message #1815708
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
21-Aug-06 - 10:30 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Don't Send My Boy to Prison (and parodies
Subject: RE: Can you NAME THIS TUNE ??-Dont Send my boy...
Probably ten thousand verses put to that very simple melody.

Is there beer in heaven, the dying logger said?- or something to that effect.

Billy Williams (1877-1915), 'The Man in the Velvet Suit' (album title), was an Australian who moved to the London music hall. He recorded "hundreds of records" from ca. 1907-1914. Some have been re-mastered and issued by Australia's Browning-Williams Collection. I would think this would be better quality than the one offered by Empress, but it does not have "Don't Send My Boy to Prison."
Michael Kilgarriff (see previous post, the book published by Oxford)lists the song as one of Billy Bennett's. It is not listed for Billy Williams.