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Thread #140894 Message #3239946
Posted By: MartinRyan
16-Oct-11 - 06:23 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: She Was Poor (Same The Whole World Over)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: She Was Poor (Same The Whole World Over)
Maurice Willson Disher (great name!) in a 1955 book called Victorian Song: from Dive to Drawing Room says the following:
"Rather than bowderlize I omit obscenity. My respect for the authentic is shocked by texts of "She Was Poor but She Was Honest" which would have their readers believe they are enjoying the worst. The original, which possessed literary merit as a burlesque of poetic solemnity, is unprintable. My memories of it belong to the Grey Brigade of London volunteers after the South African War, memories which helped me to enjoy an inspired spy story of a thousand secret Germans disguised as a British regimental reunion who gave themselves away: when they sang they sang."