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Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
18-Oct-11 - 06:38 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)
Vance Randolph says: "Usually performed in exaggerated (Cockney) accent to its heavily rubato British tune, "It's the Syme the Whole World Over," Leisy, pp. 95-95. As is seldom recognized, this famous music-hall travesty (which has a bawdy parody of its own, in England, "She was Standing on the Bridge at Midnight"), is intended as a take-off on the almost equally lachrymose "The Gypsy's Warning," of which the author is unknown- prpbably on purpose, though the copyright was claimed in the name of DD. S. Holmes- first published "with music arranged by Henry A Coord" in 1864. This is given in Randolph's Ozark Folksongs, No. 743A (ed. Norm Cohen, 1982) pp. 525-26, with the tune, and with lines of a pathos too heart-rending to quote.
Randolph notes: "The famous Cherry Sisters from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, who convulsed Broadway in 1896, sang the song as part of their soul-stirring dramatic sketch entitled "The Gypsy's Warning," Coard's tune is even more languorous and hysterical than the rather muted one now used, but both feature the same wild, sudden upward vocal swoops at the least .....expected places ..... by way of extravagent cockney or hillbilly pathos and unconscious humor."
Randolph makes these comments with his pseudonymous Big Joe Clipper, pp, 286-288, 1992, Roll Me in Your Arms, Volume I, Folksongs and Music; University of Arkansas Press.
I will post the text later.
Gargoyle, thread 51881, gave the texts of "The Gypsy Warning" included by Randolph in Ozark Folksongs, vol. 4, no. 743, pp. 219-222.
Tune reg The Gypsy's Warning