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Thread #14316   Message #3037374
Posted By: Jim Dixon
21-Nov-10 - 11:45 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Champagne Charlie (from Edward Woodward)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Champagne Charlie (from Edward Woodwa
For Fred O'Callaghan:

From Notes and Queries, 1923, page 359:

There was a song sung at an Infants' School in West End, Hampstead, circa 1890, which commenced:—

I am scolded every day.
How it is I cannot say.
When I reach the school-yard gate,
Some one tells me I am late.

CHORUS: "Tardy scholar" is your name.
You are scolded, who's to blame.
You are scolded, who's to blame, ha! ha! (bis).

During the chorus the children pointed a finger of scorn at an imaginary delinquent. The tune and measure of this chorus was exactly the same as that once popular song called 'Champagne Charlie is my name,' sung many years previously by very different people, and I often wondered whether any of the teachers recollected this curious coincidence.