Click on arrow to hear the song performed by Derek B. Scott, Professor of Critical Musicology, University of Leeds, to his own piano accompaniment c. 1980.

According to Professor Scott, this is a song from the early days of Tin Pan Alley, the music publishing area of downtown New York that resounded loudly with pianos bashing out the latest popular tunes. The songwriters of this particular ballad had their own publishing business, and wrote pseudonymously so as not to appear crudely self-promoting.


Scott, Derek B. The Singing Bourgeois: Songs of the Victorian Drawing Room and Parlour. 2nd ed. Aldershot, Hampshire; Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2001.

Last modified 10 September 2007