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Origin: Canoodle-Doodle + Somebody's Waiting

Anita Best 19 Jan 97 - 07:03 AM
Jim Dixon 24 May 11 - 07:34 AM
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Subject: RE: Looking for origins of these music hall songs
From: Anita Best
Date: 19 Jan 97 - 07:03 AM

Hello folks,

I am looking for some information on 2 songs currently in oral circulation in Newfoundland outport tradition.

CANOODLE-DOODLE: Sounds like a British Music Hall number. Goes like this:

I've never been so deep in love as what I am now
I haven't slept for weeks and weeks, I don't know what to do
It's Carrie MacIntosh the bonny wee lassie I adore...etc. etc.

The chorus goes:

I'm goin' to marry-arry
Sweet little Carrie-arrie
On the fifth, the twenty-fifth of Janu-anu-anuary
Once we canoodle-doodle
Right fol the doodle-oodle
On the fifth, the twenty-fifth of January-O.

The other one is called SOMEBODY'S WAITING. It's about a guy named Jack who is laughed at for leaving a pub too early--he takes his buddies back and shows them his "sweetheart" who is patiently waiting at home. It's his mother. The chorus goes:

There's somebody waiting for me
Someone who loves me I know
Someone who's wondering where I can be
Or what can be keeping me so
Somebody's heart is sad
Waiting so anxiously
There's a light burning bright in the window tonight
And there's somebody waiting for me.

I'd be grateful for any clues.

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Subject: RE: Origin: Canoodle-Doodle + Somebody's Waiting
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 24 May 11 - 07:34 AM

The first song might be CANOODLE-OODLE-OO. The British Library has the sheet music, published in 1904 by Francis, Day & Hunter. The sheet music has the notation "Written by Swaff" but the catalogue entry says "by E D'hermann, pseud."

The second song is definitely SOMEBODY'S WAITING FOR ME by Andrew B. Sterling & Harry Von Tilzer. The lyrics have been posted in another thread, with a link to the sheet music.

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