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Lyr Req: The Diamond King (Scott/Mills, 1895)

GUEST,Tom Murphy 04 Oct 02 - 03:08 PM
Sorcha 05 Oct 02 - 10:30 AM
Joe Offer 22 Nov 04 - 11:26 PM
Bill Hahn//\\ 23 Nov 04 - 07:58 PM
Jim Dixon 25 Nov 04 - 06:32 PM
Jim Dixon 17 May 11 - 12:36 AM
Charley Noble 17 May 11 - 07:29 AM
GUEST,Tom Murphy 12 Mar 12 - 10:38 PM
Acme 13 Mar 12 - 01:07 AM
Acme 13 Mar 12 - 01:44 AM
Acme 16 Mar 12 - 01:16 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Boer war song Kimberly diamond mine
From: GUEST,Tom Murphy
Date: 04 Oct 02 - 03:08 PM

My grandfather sang a song to me in the late 60's about the Kimberly Diamond mines he had passed by during the Boer War. Does anyone know anything else about the song and the remaining lyrics?

I've just returned from Kimberly, the place where diamonds grow,
And mister________ _________ is me style.
I'll buy up all the racing yachts and then I'll buy the earth,
And I ain't a bit particular what the price is,
For I'm the diamond king and the ladies like my style.
They can't resist my smile. I kill at half a mile.
O those diamonds! I'll dazzle them everywhere.
I'm a regular Barnie Bernatta. I'm a real live millionaire.

Thanks in advance.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Boer war song Kimberly diamond mine
From: Sorcha
Date: 05 Oct 02 - 10:30 AM

Can't find a blessed thing about this. Help!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Boer war song Kimberly diamond mine
From: Joe Offer
Date: 22 Nov 04 - 11:26 PM

Sounds like an interesting song. Can we find it?
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Boer war song Kimberly diamond mine
From: Bill Hahn//\\
Date: 23 Nov 04 - 07:58 PM

Probably not the song you are seeking. There is a song by Marais/Miranda---Train to Kimberley.    Not about diamonds as I recall, merely about the place and the train.

Bill Hahn


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Boer war song Kimberly diamond mine
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 25 Nov 04 - 06:32 PM

The name in the song is probably Barney Barnato. Click the link to see an article in which he is mentioned. From there you can follow the links to more information about the Kimberley area and the diamond mines. I didn't see anything there about a song, however.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Boer war song Kimberley diamond mine
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 17 May 11 - 12:36 AM

Oxford University has the sheet music, described thus:

THE DIAMOND KING, or, A REAL LIVE MILLIONAIRE: a skit suggested by the Barney Barnato craze
Words by Bennett Scott; music by A. J. Mills; sung by D. J. McCarthy
London: Francis, Day & Hunter, ©1895.

First line: I've just arriv'd from Kimberley.
First line of chorus: I'm the di'mond king.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Boer war song Kimberley diamond mine
From: Charley Noble
Date: 17 May 11 - 07:29 AM

Jim-

That citation certainly looks like a hot lead.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Diamond King (Scott/Mills, 1895)
From: GUEST,Tom Murphy
Date: 12 Mar 12 - 10:38 PM

Jim, I think you have nailed it. I just can't seem to find the site on Oxford University.
Thanks


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Diamond King (Scott/Mills, 1895)
From: Acme
Date: 13 Mar 12 - 01:07 AM

Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads: The allegro Catalogue of Ballads

I searched the music broadsides in several ways (author, performer, subject, keywords, etc.) and don't find mention. But sheet music could end up in so many different types of collections.

B.I. Barnato, a memoir (1897) is a Google book online. Scanned at the NY Public Library and looks downloadable.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Diamond King (Scott/Mills, 1895)
From: Acme
Date: 13 Mar 12 - 01:44 AM

Ah! Went back to the general library catalog (SOLO) and found it.

Location: Bodleian Library
call number: Mus. 5c c.19 (158)
Type: Music/closed stack
Barcode: N13726468
Item type: score
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I saved a citation for it to the Mudcat facebook page. I have a screen capture I'll see if I can upload that for you, the details portion of the record. You should be able to see it here

This isn't a full-text citation, this is what you need when you walk in the door to ask someone to go get it for you or take you to look at it. Or perhaps an accommodating library exchange program will get a copy of it through Interlibrary Loan?


SRS


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Diamond King (Scott/Mills, 1895)
From: Acme
Date: 16 Mar 12 - 01:16 AM

Bringing this back to the top, in case interested parties didn't notice the pages linked to. The links should be durable (I hope).

SRS


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