Other Songsters


SONGSTERS AND SONGBOOKS

 

AUSTRALIAN SONGS PUBLISHED IN OTHER SONGSTERS

SOME EARLY RECOLLECTIONS OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA
H Ford. 1895
A songster sized narrative on early colonial life.
The writer mentions Dr Young’s ‘Revenge’ and quotes:

  • ‘From distant climes, over wide-spread seas we come’
  • ‘What a paradise he must have lived in before he came to deserted, God-forsaken Australia, it must indeed have flowed with milk and honey, a land of Cockagne (very likely) where the ducks flew over ready-roasted though the air, and the houses were made of all kinds of sweetmeats, wine flowed like water, and discord had never existed.’
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    Parodies on Song of Australia Song of Australia There is a land where Summer skies

    784.8 J
    JOE SALTER
    Imperial Songster 104

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    Woolloomooloo ‘Pat Curran’s catchy hit’ Near Sydney Town there’s a place of renown, Words Herbert Rule

    This song has been collected a number of times signifying it passed into the oral tradition. I taped Mrs Susan Colley singing a wonderful version in 1973 and it can be heard in the NLA collection.

    SILVER SONGSTERS
    These are a rare and early series published independently and distributed by J Alberts who also advertised in this series. The first publication was titled ‘Tom Dawson’s Silver Songster Vol1’ and dated 1899 however another Vol 1 Silver Songster seems to appear dated 1908 however it is a smaller sized songster. It is a different collection.

    Songster No. 10 carries a J Albert & Son advertisement announcing the arrival of ‘300,000 mouth organs, ex SS ‘Celtic King’ in brass, nickel or celluloid moulded’. The advertisement also announced the arrival of more autoharps.

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    Is The Old Home Still The Same? There is a grey haired mother waiting for a message from her boy, Silver Songster No 1 1908
    Words and music A Mosley
    Published Deane & Son, 496 George St. Sydney.

    UNIVERSAL SONGSTER 1825
    A 3-volume hardback set of books, texts only, with popular ‘songs of the people’.

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    The Ballad Seller Here are catches, songs and glees,
    Street Cry Coffee Hot! Coffee Hot!
    The Transport The sails are spread, the anchor’s weighed,

    784.3/E Emmet.
    J EMMMET’S SONGS
    A songster titled ‘Emmet’s Songs’
    Published by Cole’s Book Arcade dated 1877 Published Adelaide. (Advertiser Office)
    Songster sized. Pink cover.
    “As sung by him in his world-renowned character ‘Fritz’

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    Schneider, How You Vas? Oh! What a delight, by Day and night
    Shonnie Vas a Nice Young Man Ven I go to milk de goats, Shonnie comes along de mountain road,
    Sauer Kraut Recipe Now of you only listen to vot I speag aboud
    De Bologna Sausage Boy I vas a Bologna sausage boy, dat come from old dear Faderland
    Climb Up! Clim Up! Oh! Don’t you see me now, I vas a mountain guide,
    De Vater Cress Girl Hello! People, oh-ee-oo, don’t you vant sone water cress?
    Valking on De Espalade I know a liddle Deutscher, his name vas Wilhelm Strauss about St Kilda

    SONG sheet “the Gold Digger’s Song’

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    Pull Away Cheerily Pull away cheerily. Slow or wearily, rocking your cradles boys fast to and fro Words Harry Lee