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Thread #143062   Message #3969064
Posted By: Mick Pearce (MCP)
31-Dec-18 - 11:44 AM
Thread Name: Man in the Moon - old song?
Subject: RE: Man in the Moon - old song?
And another copy eorge Ford's comic collection of favourite songs, as sung by G. Ford, at the various public places of amusement, published LONDON, Pattie, 31, Paternoster Row E.C. . Dated as 18--

Text is substantially the same as in the Everybodys Songbook, though in this version he leads a gay life (not queer), goes moonaying about (not mooning), and uses the dog star to bait the Polar Bear (not Great Bear). (There are other differences, these just struck me reading it!).

Kilgarriff gives George Ford as 1812?-72? But the BL catalogue lists a Man In The Moon by George Ford with first line "There's a man above all", which suggests it might be a different song, despite what's in the songster. Of course it could be just his name on it, the front page singles out only 4 of the songs he sang, though the book does say as sung by G.Ford at various places of public Amusement.

Kilgarriff also lists a Man In The Moon as being in the repertoire of Sadie Jerome, 1876-1950. This brought to sheet music for The Man In The Moon, published 1909, given as words Sadie Jerome, music G.Motherwell, although another index says cover says attributed to George Auld. No idea about this one!

Sadly The Man In The Moon is a popular title, there are many in the BL catalogue, and many in the various sheet music archives!