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She Was Poor but She Was Honest: Nice, Naughty and Nourishing Songs of the London Music Hall and Pubs

She Was Poor but She Was Honest: Nice, Naughty and Nourishing Songs of the London Music Hall and Pubs

Musician Derek Lamb (1936–2005) pays tribute to the English Music Hall tradition in this collection of 18 songs—parodies, ballads, and “colorful” pub songs. According to the liner notes, written by Lamb, Music Hall was introduced to London in the 1840s and became the British working class’ main entertainment until the end of World War I. Lamb sings and plays three different stringed instruments on the recording: guitar, violin, and banjo. Among the tracks is one titled “Sweeny Todd the Barber,” about the infamous (likely fictional) barber of Fleet Street who was later the subject of plays, other songs, and a Broadway musical. Liner notes from this 1962 recording provide background information and lyrics to each selection.

Track Listing

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She Was Poor But She Was Honest Derek Lamb 3:38
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The Money Rolls In (A Pub Song) Derek Lamb 1:21
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Pickled Onions / Don't Cry Daddy / The Winkle Song (medley) Derek Lamb 1:51
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Roll-Tiddly-Ole Derek Lamb 1:43
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Pretty Polly Perkins of Paddington Green Derek Lamb 2:45
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Botany Bay Derek Lamb 2:17
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The Hole in the Elephants Bottom Derek Lamb 1:18
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The Landlady's Daughter / Slap Dab / Nine Inch Nails / My Daughter's Wedding Day / The Poor Young Girl (medley) Derek Lamb 3:00
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Villikins and his Dinah Derek Lamb 3:03
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Sweeny Todd the Barber Derek Lamb 4:06
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Barsted King of England Derek Lamb 2:44
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The Old Baby Farmer Derek Lamb 2:35
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I Don't Want to Play in Your Yard / They're Moving Grandpa's Grave to Build a Sewer / Thirty Years Ago Today / Two Lovely Black Eyes (medley) Derek Lamb 3:03
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Do It No More Derek Lamb 1:56
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The End of My Old Cigar Derek Lamb 1:41
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The Little Shirt My Mother Made for Me Derek Lamb 1:19
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My Ma's a Millionaire / Wise Men Say / You are a Marvel / Any Old Iron / Henry the VIII I Am (medley) Derek Lamb 1:26
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The Miner's Dream of Home Derek Lamb 0:44
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