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Thread #132203   Message #2988939
Posted By: Joe Offer
17-Sep-10 - 05:43 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: The March of Intellect (Oliver Goldsmith?
Subject: RE: The March of Intellect lyrics anybody?
The earliest online source I found was The Port folio, dated 1810, which cites its source as Blackwood's Magazine.

In More Irish Street Ballads (1965), O'Lochlainn claims this as his greatest literary 'find.' O'Lochlainn says he found the song "in one of a number of crudely printed song books issued in Dublin in the first decade of the last century." O'Lochlainn attributes the song to Goldsmith because the language and humor parallel that of Goldsmith in other works.

But no, O'Lochlainn did not find a copy of these lyrics signed by Goldsmith.

See also the thread titled The March of Intellect in the Butchering Line, a completely different song.

The tune (from O Lochlainn) is also used for "The Night Before Larry Was Stretched."

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Here's the Traditional Ballad Index entry on this song. I'm glad to see that the Ballad Index also has reservations about O Lochlainn's attribution of the song to Goldsmith: