Original Local Song


 

BILLY BARLOW

 

The following, obviously topical song, was published in the Barry O’Neil Songster, 1855.

 

BILLY BARLOW – ORIGINAL LOCAL SONG

 

Here’s Billy Barlow come before you once more,
‘Exactly the same as you’ve seen him before;
For, although it seems Strange’, ’tis a fad, you must know,
The world contains only one Billy Barlow.

 

Oh! oh! raggedy, oh!
Completely unique is Mister Barlow.

 

When I deigned to come out at my Sovereign’s command,
‘Twas to take the high office of Judge in this land;
But soon I found out the job was “no go,”
” Second fiddle” won’t do for Billy Barlow.

 

Oh! oh! raggedy, oh!
They’ll find nothing “puisne” in William Barlow.

 

Bob Low t’other day sent a letter to me,
“We can’t find a Gov’nor to suit us,” says he;
“If you’d like the billet, why, just let us know,
And we’ll give the appointment to Misier Barlow.”

Oh! oh! raggedy, oh!
What think you of ” Governor William Barlow?”

 

‘Twill be running for me to bear in the Street,
“There’s the Governor,” whiskered by people I meet;
But still, it would sound confoundedly low,
After the title of Billy Barlow.

Oh! oh! raggedy, oh!
The nobler of titles is Billy Barlow.

 

If a large requisition is laid at my feet,
I may be induced to accept of a seat,
For the new Council-chamber—and should it be so,
You’II hear of the “Hon’rable William Barlow.”

Oh! oh! raggedy, oh!
They’ll make a Col. Sec. of Billy Barlow.

 

If you wish me yourselves to represent you,
I can tell you one thing which I’d like you to do—
Just call at my mansion tomorrow, and show
A qualification for Billy Barlow.

Oh! oh! raggedy, oh!
The man for your money is Mister Barlow.

 

And now my good fellows, ere I say goodbye,
I’ve a favour to ask you – betwixt you and I –
When you go hame tonight, let nobody know,
That you’ve seen the remarkable Mister Barlow.

Oh! oh! raggedy, oh!
Keep it dark about seeing ‘great Billy Barlow.”

 

For the ladies – God bless ‘em – won’t let me alone,
Their attentions have worn me clean down to the bone;
Each fair one is longing to get for her beau,
The modern Adonis, young Billy Barlow.

Oh! oh! raggedy, oh!
He’s the pet of the ladies in Mr. Barlow.