Australian Melodist


SONGSTERS AND SONGBOOKS

 

AUSTRALIAN SONGS PUBLISHED IN THE AUSTRALIAN MELODIST SONGSTERS


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AUSTRALIAN MELODIST SONGSTERS

Containing the most popular songs as sung at the theatres and concert halls by the several minstrel troupes which have visited the colonies.
Bound as three hardcover volumes containing issues 1-18
Not dated, circa 1870-80s.
Published by the Australian Journal and J. Massima of Melbourne.
Issues 20/21 were a later deposit at the Mitchell Library however they have been misplaced.

This series of songsters is particularly interesting as they contain some surprising selections including many songs not previously thought to have entered our musical world. For example ‘Dame Durden’ an English rural song popular in Australia through the recordings of the British traditional singers, the Copper Family, and Hot Corn, a typical American ‘old timey’ and bluegrass favourite. There are also some several songs that have been ‘collected’ in Australia including two recorded from Simon McDonald and featured on the wattle NLA reissue of Traditional Singers and Musicians of Victoria.

Note: I have * all titles with an Australian connection.

SONGS in VOLUME 1 TUNE FIRST LINE COMMENT
Dear mother, I have come home to die
The picture on the wall
Babylon is falling
Marching through Georgia
Come into the garden Maude
Battle cry of Freedom
When Johnny comes marching home   *
Tramp, tramp, tramp  *
I’m lonely since my mother died
Break it gently to my mother
The flying trapeze
Fashionable Fred (Tomahawking Fred)  * Tomahawking Fred/Tambaroora Ted etc) Of me you may have read, I’m Fashionable Fred Obviously this was the origin of the bush skite song that entered the Australia bush tradition. A fascinating song journey from London city swell to boastful Lachlan River shearer. Interesting to see how the words got twisted around and around and back again. Of course, the most important aspect is that this song travelled the bush. I collected a bush version in 1973 from Joe Watson .
SONGS in VOLUME 2 TUNE FIRST LINE COMMENT
Gentle Annie    *
Write a letter home to mother
Under the weeping willow tree
Under the willow she is sleeping
Charge of the light brigade
Star spangled banner
The minstrel boy
Scots, wha hae w’i’ Wallace bled
There’s many a slip betwixt the cup and the lip
Goodbye Nelly dear
SONGS in VOLUME 3 TUNE FIRST LINE COMMENT
The hurdy gurdy lad
Act on the square, boys   *
The tailor and the crow
Stonewall Jackson
Dublin bay
Widow Malone
St Patrick was a gentleman
The death of nelson   *
Low Backed car
Norah, the pride of Kildare
Molly Bawn   *
Exile of Erin
Crookshen Lawn
Ten Little Lovers (Parody)
SONGS in VOLUME 4 TUNE FIRST LINE COMMENT
The Waggoner
I am one of the good old time
The rare ould Irish Gentleman
On board the kangaroo   *
Watercress’s   *
Annie Laurie
The Wonderful Crocodile   *
Sweet Jenny on the Moor   * One morn for recreation, as I strayed by the seaside
My Native land so green
Paddy Malone
Speculation   *
The Calico Printer’s Clerk   * In Manchester, that city
Of cotton, twist, and twills,
Guy Fawkes
The Handsome Page
SONGS in VOLUME 5 TUNE FIRST LINE COMMENT
Woodman spare that tree
Never push a man when he’s down the hill
The Drum Major
Moet and Chandon
Ye mariners of England
Kit The Cobbler
Lannigan’s Ball
She Sleeps Beneath The Daises on the Hill
Trap! Trap!
The Monkey’s Courtship
Caller herrin’
Banks of Allan Water
SONGS in VOLUME 6 TUNE FIRST LINE COMMENT
I’d Choose To Be A Daisy   *
Bonnie Dundee   *
Hard Times Come Again No More
I Found It WAS Only A Dream
There Was A jolly Miller   *
Up A Tree
Brigham Young
It’s Not The Miles we Travel, but The Pace That kills
SONGS in VOLUME 7 TUNE FIRST LINE COMMENT
Balaclava
Biddy Magee
The Harp That Once Through Tara’s halls
Tom Bowling
The Cork Leg
The Poacher
The Army & The navy   *
Villikens and his Dinah   *
To The west! To The land Of The Free   *
A Man’s A Man For All That
Jock O’Hazeldon
The Bould Sojer Boy
Huntingtower
The Irish emigrant   *
Laird of Cockpen
SONGS in VOLUME 8 TUNE FIRST LINE COMMENT
The Blighted Gardener
My Yella Girl
General Jinks
Bold Fisherman
Tooral-ooral-ooral-lee   *
Cheer Boys Cheer   *
If I Were Lord mayor
The hallelujah Band
The Roast beef Of Old England   *
Old Bob Ridley
Ben Bolt   *
God Save The Queen
Rule Britannia
Johnny, I Hardly Knew You   *
Some Girls Do
Bay of Biscay
A pilgrim of Love   *
SONGS in VOLUME 9 TUNE FIRST LINE COMMENT
The Blighter’s Husband
Paddle your own Canoe   *
The Sailor’s Grave   *
Whiskey Drink Divine
Shannon bells
Garryowen
SONGS in VOLUME 10 TUNE FIRST LINE COMMENT
Ten Thousand Miles Away * Singing oh for a brave and gallant barque, Sung by Miss MAGGIE MOORE and BILLY EMEREON
Rosin the Beau   *
Dame Durden
The Beggar
Billy Barlow   *
Paddy’s wedding
Hearts of Oak
My Mary Ann.
SONGS in VOLUME 11 TUNE FIRST LINE COMMENT
Silver Threads
Gypsy’s warning
Song of the haymakers
Mrs McLaughlin’s Party
Cherry Ripe
Little Willie’s Grave
SONGS in VOLUME 12 TUNE FIRST LINE COMMENT
The Little Old Log Cabin In The Lane
Mulligan’s Guards
Don’t Put The Poor Working man Down
Johnny Sands
Shan van Vaugh
The Cricketer
‘Tis Nice To Do The Block   *
Saur Kraut   *
Walking on the Esplanade   *
Bologna Sausage Boy   *
The watercress   *
Shonnie Was a Nice Young man   *
Billy Stutters
SONGS in VOLUME 13 TUNE FIRST LINE COMMENT
The Grandfather’s Clock   *
McSorley’s Twins
Nancy lee   *
The Old Man’s Drunk Again
Bound To Be a Row   *
Sammy Stammer The Stuttering Stammer
So early In The Morning   *
The Spider and the Fly
Carry Me Back To Old Virginny
See That My Grave Is kept Clean
SONGS in VOLUME 14 TUNE FIRST LINE COMMENT
All ‘Round My hat   *
Bryan O’lynn (has no coat to put on)   *
Noah’s Ark
When Jones Ale Was New   *
Come landlord Fill The Flowing Bowl   *
SONGS in VOLUME 15 TUNE FIRST LINE COMMENT
Eighteen pence   *
The Parson and The Clerk   *
Our Jacks Come Home today   *
The Country Carrier’s Cart
SONGS in VOLUME 16 TUNE FIRST LINE COMMENT
Down Went The captain   *
Mrs Hooligan’s Christmas cake
Three Young men
SONGS in VOLUME 17 TUNE FIRST LINE COMMENT
Ship that never returned   *
Botany bay   *
Two bad Mutton Pies
Hot Corn (banjo song)
The Maid and The Magpie
SONGS in VOLUME 18 TUNE FIRST LINE COMMENT
Castles in the air   *
Poor Old Dad (Parody)
The Farmer’s boy