The Comic Songster

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The Comic Songster

Post by Kitty » Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:44 pm

Today I found a pretty great song book from 1870 at an antique shop.
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I decided that I'd Google the songs as I went through the book to see if I they were on YouTube or something, as I want to hear their tunes. This is the fifth song in the book called Captain and His Whiskers. This recording is just wonderful, by a man named Hubert Brady from July 18 and 31, 1939. He did pretty well in remembering most of the lyrics. https://youtu.be/6NQBhRr1sk4
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Re: The Comic Songster

Post by donnie » Mon Nov 05, 2018 4:18 pm

What a great find! That recording is interesting as well (though I don't understand how it's humorous, especially). Is the music with the words in your book? For voice only? Voice with piano score?

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Re: The Comic Songster

Post by Kitty » Mon Nov 05, 2018 4:25 pm

donnie wrote:
Mon Nov 05, 2018 4:18 pm
What a great find! That recording is interesting as well (though I don't understand how it's humorous, especially). Is the music with the words in your book? For voice only? Voice with piano score?
The bottom picture in my original post is a photo of the song in the book. All the songs have the music with them.
They included some standards intermingled with the humorous songs, so I'm guessing this one is a standard.
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Re: The Comic Songster

Post by Kitty » Mon Nov 05, 2018 4:32 pm

The next one is Flying Trapeze, otherwise known as The Daring Man on the Flying Trapeze. This has been done quite a few times, including by Eddie Cantor, but I chose this version because it's closest to the song in my book.
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Re: The Comic Songster

Post by Kitty » Mon Nov 05, 2018 4:56 pm

This one doesn't have an audio, but I needed to share this! Very good!
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Re: The Comic Songster

Post by donnie » Mon Nov 05, 2018 7:10 pm

I enjoyed hearing the all of the Flying Trapeze. I didn't realize that song dated back that far. I wonder what "well made as Chang" refers to in verse 2.

The Charming Young Widow is a wild one—interesting ending. :lol:

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Re: The Comic Songster

Post by Kitty » Mon Nov 05, 2018 7:26 pm

donnie wrote:
Mon Nov 05, 2018 7:10 pm
I enjoyed hearing the all of the Flying Trapeze. I didn't realize that song dated back that far.
I'd never heard it at all, but I must admit that even hours later I am still humming that tune!
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I wonder what "well made as Chang" refers to in verse 2.
I'm surprised I didn't notice that before! I was trying to look up all the slang I didn't understand and missed that one.
I'm glad you pointed it out, though, because I learned a new thing! Chang was a Chinese giant, over 8 feet tall. Here are photos. I especially like the fourth one, with his pretty wife sitting fanning herself. https://www.portrait.gov.au/portraits.php?i=both&p=4077

Here is his wiki page. I just noticed he died in 1893 on this date, Nov 5.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhan_Shichai
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The Charming Young Widow is a wild one—interesting ending. :lol:
Isn't this one funny! I was delighted with this story. Totally shocking! :lol:
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Re: The Comic Songster

Post by donnie » Mon Nov 05, 2018 8:12 pm

Thanks for the interesting info on Chang.
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I'd never heard it at all, but I must admit that even hours later I am still humming that tune!
You can see why it was popular—a very catchy tune, not to mention a picturesque subject matter. I wonder if this song became popular as a result of the advent of trapeze acts. Trapeze acts might have been around for a long time, I don't know, but if they were a popular and new sensation at the time, that might explain the subject matter.

Parallel: in the late 1800's, with the new invention of the telephone, there was a rash of comic songs involving the phone. Example—Hello, Ma Baby. People were apparently fascinated and amused at the idea of persons dating or proposing over the phone. :D

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Re: The Comic Songster

Post by Kitty » Mon Nov 05, 2018 8:18 pm

donnie wrote:
Mon Nov 05, 2018 8:12 pm
Parallel: in the late 1800's, with the new invention of the telephone, there was a rash of comic songs involving the phone. Example—Hello, Ma Baby. People were apparently fascinated and amused at the idea of persons dating or proposing over the phone. :D
Wow! Color me a dum-dum but I never realized that I never heard that song in full! I had no idea that was what that song was about! I'm blown away!
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Re: The Comic Songster

Post by Kitty » Mon Nov 05, 2018 8:22 pm

Here is another one, called My Johnny Was A Shoemaker. This version is beautiful and haunting by John Renbourn Group.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yRAi4miyvQ
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