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Thread #140894 Message #3240960
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
18-Oct-11 - 05:15 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)
As posted by guest Steve G., neither Bennett nor Lanchester could have performed the song before 1900. Adding to Steve G's post, Kilgarriff notes that "M. Wilson Disher declared the original unprintable though not without literary merit, and that his memories of the song 'belong to the Grey Brigade of London volunteers after the South African War' (Victorian Song. 46)."
He also notes that a version was published in Bawdy Ballads (MSL.) and lists the song as 'anon.'
It doesn't sound like a soldier's song, and probably was from at a music hall or saloon performance, but nothing definite so far.
Not in Fuld.