Fragments


 

BILLY BARLOW – FRAGMENTS

 

Joy located three Billy Barlow song references in New Zealand newspaper archives but, to date, no verses. (reference http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast)

Black Billy Barlow
Billy Barlow’s Dream
New Billy Barlow

In an email 2008 Joy mentioned a Mr Harry Jackson — 1857.  Jackson seems to have run a pub in Dunedin and he played the Billy Barlow character and sang topical versions of his song.  Here’s Jackson using topical references about a local election:

Tom Murphy he says, having silenced these brawlers
Carbuncle Jack is surrounded by crawlers
Oh dear me it’s sad and a terrible go
I’ll lend him a — trap says Billy Barlow.

If you have additional songs or fragments to add to this collection please forward them to wfahey@bigpond.net.au

Let’s keep Billy Barlow spinning!

– Warren Fahey 2008