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REES SCOTT ARCHIVE

Dai Rees ‘Songs My Father Taught Me’

RSA: G2 – July 2018


Dai Rees ‘Songs My Father Taught Me’

RSA-PHO-00001 - Frederick William Henry Rees, holding one of his children

REES SCOTT ARCHIVE PUBLICATION RSA: G1


First published in Great Britain in 2018 by the Rees Scott Archive 24 Merlins Avenue Haverfordwest Pembrokeshire SA61 1JS

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Contents

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Introduction

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Track Listings

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Track One

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Introduction

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Track Two

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The Miner’s Dream of Home Don’t go down in the mine, Dad The Little House upon the Hill My House is Liberty Hall My Old Shako The Trumpeter

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I want to go to my Daddy(?) The Mansions of Aching Hearts - A Bird in a Gilded Cage - If Those Lips Could Only Speak! Two Little Girls in Blue The End of the Road Little Alabama Coon Ma Curly-headed Babby The Galloping Major Old Father Thames (Keep Rolling Along)

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References

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Annex A: Rees Scott Archive Reference Structure

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Introduction During his childhood, David Alan Rees, known to all as Dai, was taught a number of songs by his father, Frederick William Henry Rees.

A couple of them, he taught his own children, and one, ‘The Galloping Major’ has gone on to entertain Dai and Eileen’s grandchildren. In 2006, in his 75th year, Dai got to grips with computer technology and recorded elements of the songs his father taught him. Most of the recordings are snippets of the songs, sometimes just the chorus. This publication provides web links so you can hear the tracks for yourselves, and also records the snippets Dai sings, alongside the complete lyrics, where I have been able to source the full details. Dai recorded three tracks, the first an introduction, the second contains 6 songs, the third track, 8 songs. The three tracks total 15 minutes 48 seconds. One of the tracks, ‘Little Alabama Coon’ (1893), written by Hattie Starr, an American songwriter popular in the late 19th and early 20th century, was a popular hit of its day – and featured in the Broadway Theatre’s ‘Aladdin Jr’ run in 18951 . However, it is clearly a track of its time and unlikely to be regarded as suitable material to be played today. However, it was a published piece of music, and it would be wrong, from an historical perspective, to remove it from this record of the songs taught to Dai Rees. So enjoy the tracks and this publication, as an historic record of the songs a father taught his children in the 1930’s and 1940’s.

Barry Rees July 2018

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Track Listing Track One

Introduction

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The Miner’s Dream of Home Don’t go down in the mine, Dad The Little House upon the Hill My House is Liberty Hall My Old Shako The Trumpeter

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I want to go to my Daddy(?) The Mansions of Aching Hearts - A Bird in a Gilded Cage - If Those Lips Could Only Speak! Two Little Girls in Blue The End of the Road Little Alabama Coon Ma Curly-headed Babby The Galloping Major Old Father Thames (Keep Rolling Along)

The three tracks can be played on the Rees Scott Archive website: https://www.reesscottarchive.org.uk/index.php/audio-files/rsa-aud-0001-dai-rees-songs-my-fathertaught-me/

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Track One Introduction Dai Rees introduces the song tracks as follows: “My Father, Frederick William Henry Rees, was born 114 years ago on 17th December 1892, in Pontypridd, South Wales. As a child I would often listen to my Father singing, and learn some, if not all, of the songs he sang. Some were popular songs of his youth, and can still very occasionally be heard. Others I have never heard, except as sung by him. All I fear are in danger of being lost forever. Now, in my 75th year, I would like to pass on to my family, the songs that my Father taught me. My voice is no longer very good, but if you can forgive the occasional flat note and listen to these old songs, you may one day find yourself singing them, and in doing so, provide a direct link, to my father, Frederick William Henry Rees.” Dai recorded these songs in 2006 in his ‘75th year’, so after 30th July 2006, his 74th birthday, and also when his father would have been born ‘114 years ago’. So it appears Dai record these tracks in late December 2006.

Dai Rees on his 75th Birthday, 30th July 2007 (Photo Sarah Roberts – nee Rees)

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Track Two The Miner’s Dream of Home / Don’t go down in the mine, Dad / The Little House upon the Hill / My House is Liberty Hall / My Old Shako / The Trumpeter

The Miner’s Dream of Home

Image: New York Public Library Digital Collections 2

The Miner’s Dream of Home was written and composed by Will Goodwin (music) and Leo Dryden (lyrics), in 1891. Leo Dryden sang it in the Music Hall and recorded it on August 27, 1898 on a Berliner cylinder E2013.3 Dai’s recording is, apart from the first line, the chorus of the song: Last night, as I slumbered, I had a strange dream I saw England's valleys and dells And I listened with joy, as I did when a boy To the sound of the old village bells The lamp was burning brightly 'Twas a night that should banish all sin For the bells were ringing the old year out And the New Year in.

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The Miner’s Dream of Home - Full Lyrics4: It is ten weary years since I left England's shore In a far distant country to roam How I long to return to my own native land To my friends and the old folks at home Last night, as I slumbered, I had a strange dream One that seemed to bring distant friends near I dreamt of old England, the land of my birth To the heart of her sons ever dear Chorus: I saw the old homestead and faces I love I saw England's valleys and dells I listened with joy, as I did when a boy To the sound of the old village bells The log was burning brightly 'Twas a night that should banish all sin For the bells were ringing the old year out And the New Year in While the joyous bells rang, swift I wended my way To the cot where I lived as a boy And I looked in the window, yes! There by the fire Sat my parents! my heart filled with joy The tears trickled fast down my bronzed, furrowed check As I gazed on my Mother so dear I knew in my heart she was raising a prayer For the boy whom she dreamt not was near - Chorus: At the door of the cottage we met face to face 'Twas the first time for ten weary years Soon the past was forgotten, we stood hand in hand Father, Mother, and wanderer in tears Once more in the fireplace the oak log burns bright And I promised no more would I roam As I sat in the old vacant chair by the hearth And I sang the dear song 'Home sweet home' - Chorus:

There are a number of recordings available online: Columbia Dramatic Players' version, from around 1935: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWmyVSFPqpg Kate Rusby sang an abbreviated version of The Miner's Dream of Home in 2008 on her Christmas CD Sweet Bells: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hBbMDpiJuY

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Don't Go Down in the Mine, Dad

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Don't Go Down in the Mine, Dad, subtitled A little Child’s Dream, was composed by Robert Donnelly and Will Geddes and published in 1910 by the Lawrence Wright Music Company of London. According to the website http://www.folkarchive.de , when “not finding any story on the song's background, I enlisted the aid of Lionel McColvin of London's Central Music Library. He, in turn, ascertained that the song was apparently suggested by the great 1907 mining disaster at St. Genard in South Wales.”6 However, I cannot find any reference to a mining disaster in such a place.

Dai’s recording is from the first verse and the chorus of the song: A miner was leaving his home for his work, When he heard his little boy scream; “Dear Daddy don't go down the mine today For I've had such an awful dream; I dreamt that the pit was all on fire, And men struggled hard for their lives; The scene it then changed, and the top of the Was surrounded by sweethearts and wives Go tell my dream to your mates Dad For as sure as the stars that shine Something is going to happen today, Dear Daddy don’t go down the mine"

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Don't Go Down in the Mine, Dad – Full Lyrics7: A miner was leaving his home for his work, When he heard his little child scream; He went to his bedside, his little white face, "Oh, Daddy, I've had such a dream; I dreamt that I saw the pit all afire, And men struggled hard for their lives; The scene it then changed, and the top of the mine Was surrounded by sweethearts and wives." Don't go down in the mine, Dad, Dreams very often come true; Daddy, you know it would break my heart If anything happened to you; Just go and tell my dream to'your mates, And as true as the stars that shine, Something is going to happen today, Dear Daddy, don't go down the mine! The miner, a man with a heart good and kind, Stood by the side of his son; He said, "It's my living, I can't stay away, For duty, my lad, must be done." The little one look'd up, and sadly he said, "Oh, please stay today with me, Dad!" But as the brave miner went forth, to his work, He heard this appeal from his lad: Whilst waiting his turn with his mates to descend, He could not banish his fears, He return'd home again to his wife and his child, Those words seem'd to ring through his ears, And, ere the day ended, the pit was on fire, When a score of brave men lost their lives; He thank'd God above for the dream his child had, As once more the little one cries: There are a number of recordings available online: "Don't go down the Mine Dad " Sung by James Hudson C 1908: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfJPnJi16gs Don't Go Down In The Mine Dad, sung by Stanley Kirkby 1880-1949. Zonophone, Cat No. 342, 19/10/10: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxyWZOXN4o8

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The Little House Upon The Hill

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The Little House Upon The Hill was composed by Ballard MacDonald, Joe Goodwin and Harry Puck in 1915 and published by Shapiro, Bernstein and Co., 224 West 47th Street, New York City.

Dai’s recording is the chorus of the song: There's a light that's burning in the window Of a little house upon the hill, And the light will burn, And a heart will yearn, And it always will till I return, For there's only one mother, And I know she’ll be waiting still, And she'll always keep the light a burning in the window of the house upon the hill.

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The Little House Upon The Hill – Full Lyrics9: I feel oh! so lonely tonight, I feel all alone, I'm just starving for a sight Of my old Kentucky home, I can see my mother old and gray, I can hear the whippoor will, I can see a light for me In the window of the house upon the hill: I've seen many wonderful sights, Wand'ring on my way, But I've spent such lonesome nights, And been weary thru the day, I'm just longing for a mother's love, And I know she longs for me, Can't erase her loving face, It's the sight of all sights I want to see: Chorus: There's a light that's burning in the window Of a little house upon the hill, And the light will burn, And a heart will yearn, And it always will till I return, For there's only one mother, I know she's waiting still, And she'll always keep the light a burning in the window of the house upon the hill. There are a number of recordings available online: A recording on a wax cylinder by Manuel Romain & Chorus: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8Fze9eu9a8 James F. Harrison & James Reed - The Little House Upon The Hill (1915): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMddT0YRyMY

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My House is Liberty Hall No image yet found for this song

My House is Liberty Hall was written and composed by Harry Castling, and published on 6th February 1912, by Francis, Day & Hunter. London.10

Dai’s recording of the song covers the chorus, with a few tweaks: My house is Liberty Hall You’re welcome whenever you call All I’ve got you can share I’m the king of the castle there All dressed in velvet or rags No matter at all I’ll be there each day At the door to say Welcome to Liberty Hall

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My House is Liberty Hall – Full Lyrics11

Why don’t you call to see me? Said a man to another one day; Why has our friendship severer’d? Tell me the reason pray! How can I call? Said “Shabby Genteel, “Better for me my rags to conceal Nobody wants me to call” he cried. Taking his hand the other replied,

When you were rich and prosp’rous We were friends, and as friends we’ll remain. Friendship to me’s more precious Than gold or a grand domain. Were I in your place, needy and low, You’d say the same to me, comrade, I know. Old friends they say are better than new, That’s why old comrade I say to you,

Chorus: “My House is Liberty Hall, You’re welcome whenever you call. All I’ve got you can share, I’m the king of the castle there. Whether in velvet or rags, Don’t worry at all. I’m at home each day, At the door to say, Welcome to Liberty Hall”

I have been unable to find any recordings available online.

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My Old Shako

A shako is a tall, cylindrical military cap, usually with a visor, and sometimes tapered at the top. It is usually adorned with some kind of ornamental badge on the front, and often has a feather, plume, or pompom attached at the top. This version is a French naval Shako, in the Musée de la Marine, Paris. Probably Naval Infantry, around 1829. Image: Rees Scott Archive This image is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 France license. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:MuseeMarineShakoMarine.jpg )

My Old Shako was written by Francis Barron (lyrics) and Henry Trotère (music) and published by Boosey & Co, 295 Regent Street, London, 1907

Dai’s recording of the song covers the first two verses fairly well: I mind the day, my old shako, When first you graced my head; My saddle and my sabretasche, My spurs and jacket red. I mind a dainty little lass Whose cheeks were all a-glow, When first she took a kiss from me Beneath my old shako! When first she took a kiss from me Beneath my old shako!

I mind the day my old shako, When once you saved my plate. That was in my saddle days, Way back in forty-eight; My bridle arm was hanging loose, My steed not far to go, ‘Twas then I thank’d my lucky stars I wore my old shako. ‘Twas then I thank’d my lucky stars I wore my old shako.

Heigh-ho! Many a year ago, We rode along together, you and I, my old shako. Faith! We turned the heads of half the pretty girls we used to know, Ten, twenty, thirty, forty, fifty years ago!

Heigh-ho! Many a year ago, We rode along together, you and I, my old shako. Faith! We didn’t care a button if the odds were on the foe, Ten, twenty, thirty, forty, fifty years ago!

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My Old Shako – Full Lyrics12: I mind the day, my old shako, When first you graced my head; What time I wore my sabretasche, My spurs and jacket red. I mind a dainty little lass Whose cheeks were all a-glow, When first she took a kiss from me Beneath my old shako! Heigh-ho! Many a year ago, We rode along together, you and I, my old shako. Faith! We turned the heads of half the pretty girls we used to know, Ten, twenty, thirty, forty, fifty years ago! I recollect my old shako, How once you saved my pate. Egad! ‘Twas in my maiden fight, Way back in fifty-eight; When bridle arm was hanging loose, And my head looked fair to go, ‘Twas then I thank’d my lucky stars I wore an old shako. Heigh-ho! Many a year ago, We took our scars together, you and I, my old shako. Faith! We didn’t care a button if the odds were on the foe, Ten, twenty, thirty, forty, fifty years ago! I’m waiting now, my old shako, The Call to Bivouac; Where every beggar answers ‘Roll,’ But never-a-one comes back. Then let this be my epitaph, Whene’er they lay me low, “Here lies a jolly Light Dragoon, Who loved his old shako!” Heigh-ho! Hail, rain or snow Here’s a health to all the pretty girls we used to know! And here’s to every soldier-man who wore an old shako, Ten, twenty, thirty, forty, fifty years ago!

There are a number of recordings available online: 3590 Edison Blue Amberol recording of Peter Dawson singing My Old Shako. 1918 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POGkbu09nYA Jupiter Record No 0102 " My Old Shako" sung by Mr Charles Knowles C 1924 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OjDETdZmaU

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The Trumpeter

Image: National Library of Australia13

The Trumpeter was written by J Francis Barron (lyrics) and J Airlie Dix (music) published by Boosey and Co, London in 1904.

Dai’s recording of the song covers the complete verses fairly well, with just some minor tweaking, and the addition of an extra line on each verse: Trumpeter, what are you sounding now? (Is it the call I'm seeking?) "Can’t mistake the call," said the Trumpeter tall, "When my trumpet starts a-speakin'. I'm rousin' 'em up; I'm wakin' 'em up, The tents are astir in the valley, For there's no more sleep with the sun's first peep, For I'm soundin' the old 'Reveille!'" “Rise Up” said the Trumpeter tall. Trumpeter, what are you sounding now? (Is it the call I'm seeking?) "Can't mistake the call," said the Trumpeter tall, "When my trumpet starts a-speakin'. I'm urgin' 'em on, They're gallopin' on, There's a drummin' of hoofs like thunder. There's a madd'nin' shout as the sabres flash out, For I'm sounding the 'Charge' no wonder." “And it’s Hell” said the Trumpeter tall.

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Trumpeter, what are you sounding now? (Is it the call I'm seeking?) "Lucky for you if you hear it at all For my trumpet's but softly speakin', I'm callin' them home! Come home! Come home! Tread light o'er the dead in the valley, They are lyin' around face down to the ground, And they don't hear me sound the 'Rally'. But they'll hear it again in a glad refrain, When Gabriel sounds the last 'Rally'. Yes, they'll hear it again in a glad refrain, When Gabriel sounds the last 'Rally'."

The Trumpeter – Full Lyrics14: Trumpeter, what are you sounding now? (Is it the call I'm seeking?) "You'll know the call," said the Trumpeter tall, "When my trumpet goes a-speakin'. I'm rousin' 'em up; I'm wakin' 'em up, The tents are astir in the valley, And there's no more sleep with the sun's first peep, For I'm soundin' the old 'Reveille!'" Trumpeter, what are you sounding now? (Is it the call I'm seeking?) "Can't mistake the call," said the Trumpeter tall, "When my trumpet goes a-speakin'. I'm urgin' 'em on, They're scamperin' on, There's a drummin' of hoofs like thunder. There's a madd'nin' shout as the sabres flash out, For I'm sounding the 'Charge' no wonder." Trumpeter, what are you sounding now? (Is it the call I'm seeking?) "Lucky for you if you hear it at all For my trumpet's but faint in speakin', I'm callin' 'em home! Come home! Come home! Tread light o'er the dead in the valley, Who are lyin' around face down to the ground, And they can't hear me sound the 'Rally'. But they'll hear it again in a grand refrain, When Gabriel sounds the last 'Rally'." There are a number of other recordings available online: 78 RPM - Peter Dawson - The Trumpeter (1929) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7H0uFHx8i6U IGOR GORIN SINGS - THE TRUMPETER -Airlie Dix- 1945 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBhYnEpmjjA

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Track Three I want to go to my Daddy(?) / The Mansions of Aching Hearts - A Bird in a Gilded Cage - If Those Lips Could Only Speak! / Two Little Girls in Blue / The End of the Road / Little Alabama Coon / Ma Curly-headed Babby / The Galloping Major / Old Father Thames (Keep Rolling Along)

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I want to go to my Daddy(?) No image yet found for this song

I have not yet identified what song these lyrics are from, or even the correct title of the song.

Dai’s recording of the song: Outside a railway station, scarce a month ago, The train it was fast filling with brave soldiers for the war. A Sergeant he stood standing, on the platform for a while, A little lad came up to him and murmured with a smile, “I want to go to my Daddy, please take me with you Sir. He’s fighting in France so they say, and that’s why I want to go there. Mother is always weary, never smiles as she used to do, So if you’re going to war Mr Soldier, I want you to take me too”.

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The Mansions of Aching Hearts / A Bird in a Gilded Cage / If Those Lips Could Only Speak!

Image: John Hopkins University15

Image: John Hopkins University16 Image: www.notendownload.com17

This track, which was assumed was a single song, is actually a mash-up of three separate songs: The Mansion of Aching Hearts was written by Arthur J. Lamb (lyrics) and Harry Von Tilzer (music) and published by Harry Von Tilzer Music Publishing Co , New York in 1902. This was a follow up song to A Bird in a Gilded Cage. A Bird in a Gilded Cage was also written by Arthur J. Lamb (lyrics) and Harry Von Tilzer (music) published by Shapiro, Remick and Company, New York in 1900. If Those Lips Could Only Speak! was written and composed by Charles Ridgewell and Will Godwin and published by Francis, Day & Hunter, London in 1906 Dai’s recording of the ‘song’ gives the first verse of The Mansion of Aching Hearts and then the chorus from A Bird in a Gilded Cage, followed by two verses from If Those Lips Could Only Speak! : The last dance was over, the music had ceased And the dancers were leaving the floor A few men were saying their last goodbyes To the beautiful belle of the ball Along by the window a youth sadly strayed His heart she had stolen away And then as he gazed at her beautiful face He was startled to hear someone say "She's only a bird in a gilded cage, A beautiful sight to see. You may think she's happy and free from care, She's not, though she seems to be. It’s sad when you think of her wasted life For youth cannot mate with age; And her beauty was sold

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for an old man's gold, She's a bird in a gilded cage." He stood in a beautiful mansion Surrounded by riches untold He gazed at a beautiful picture That hung in a frame of gold ‘Twas a picture of a Lady So beautiful young and fair As he gazed at that life-like picture He murmured in sad despair “If those lips could only speak, If those eyes could only see, If those beautiful golden tresses, Were her in reality. Could I only take your hand As I did when you took my name, But it’s only a beautiful picture, In a beautiful golden frame” The Mansion of Aching Hearts – Full Lyrics18: The last dance was over, the music had ceased And the dancers were leaving the hall A few men were saying their last goodbyes To the beautiful belle of the ball Alone by the window a youth sadly stands His heart she had stolen away And just as he gazed on her beautiful face He was startled to hear someone say She lives in a mansion of aching hearts She's one of a restless throng The diamonds that glitter around her throat They speak both of sorrow and song The smile on her face is only a mask And many the tear that starts For sadder it seems when of mother she dreams In the mansion of aching hearts Alone by the fireside, a man sadly looks At a picture that hangs on the wall He has never forgotten the sad sweet face Of the beautiful belle of the ball He's reading her letter My picture I send, I have loved you But only in vain Oh try to forget that we ever have met.

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A Bird in a Gilded Cage – Full Lyrics19: The ballroom was filled with fashion's throng, It shone with a thousand lights; And there was a woman who passed along, The fairest of all the sights. A girl to her lover then softly sighed, "There's riches at her command." "But she married for wealth, not for love," he cried! "Though she lives in a mansion grand."

Refrain: "She's only a bird in a gilded cage, A beautiful sight to see. You may think she's happy and free from care, She's not, though she seems to be. 'Tis sad when you think of her wasted life For youth cannot mate with age; And her beauty was sold for an old man's gold, She's a bird in a gilded cage."

The beautiful woman surveyed the scene Her flatterers by the score Her gems were the purest, her gown divine So what could a woman want more But memory brings back the face of a lad Whose love she had turned aside But happiness cannot be bought with gold Although she's a rich man's bride. I stood in a churchyard just at eve, When sunset adorned the west; And looked at the people who'd come to grieve For loved ones now laid at rest. A tall marble monument marked the grave Of one who'd been fashion's queen; And I thought, "She is happier here at rest, Than to have people say when seen: " If Those Lips Could Only Speak – Full Lyrics20: He stood in a beautiful mansion Surrounded by riches untold As he gazed at a beautiful picture That hung in a frame of gold Was a picture of a lady So beautiful young and fair To this beautiful lifelike picture He murmured in sad despair

Chorus: If those lips could only speak If those eyes could only see If those beautiful golden tresses Were here in reality Could I only take your hand As I did when you took my name But it's only a beautiful picture In a beautiful golden frame

With all his great powers and his riches, He knows he can never replace One thing in the mansion that's absent His wife's tender smiling face And each time he sees her picture These same words he'll always say "All my wealth I would freely forfeit And toil for you night and day"

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He stood there and gazed on that picture And slumbering forgetting all pain For there in that mansion of fancy She stood by his side again His lips then softly murmured The name of his once sweet bride With his eyes fixed on that picture He awoke from his sleep and he cried

There are a number of recordings available online of each of the three songs: Harry Macdonough sings "The Mansion Of Aching Hearts" on Victor 1415, recorded in 1902. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9UG2RYBJV0 "The Mansion Of Aching Hearts" is sung by the baritone J. W. Myers on a Columbia cylinder issued in 1902. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZkDJVqzkLk "A Bird in a Gilded Cage" 1900 cylinder (song by Arthur J. Lamb and Harry Von Tilzer) Lambert https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkc9f-5ZW-k A bird in a gilded cage - Florrie Forde https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22UP9xLL-jM Foster & Allen - If Those Lips Could Only Speak https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnJ1G4wyaUM 'An evening with Ann Breen' on Play Records ABV1/ C 1025 – If Those Lips Could Only Speak https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8un6BSO-BY

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Two Little Girls in Blue

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Two Little Girls in Blue was written by Charles Graham (lyrics and music) published by W Paxton, 19 Oxford Street, London in 1893.

Dai’s recording of the song just covers the chorus: Two little girls in blue, lad, Two little girls in blue. They were sisters, we were brothers And learned to love the two. One little girl in blue, lad, Who won your father's heart, She became your mother. I married the other, But now we have drifted apart.

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Two Little Girls in Blue – Full Lyrics22: An old man gazed on a photograph in the locket he'd worn for years, His nephew then asked him the reason why that picture had caused him tears; Come, listen, he said, I will tell you, lad, a story that's strange but trueYour father and I at the school one day met two little girls in blue. Refrain. Two little girls in blue, lad, two little girls in blue; They were sisters, we were brothers, and learned to love the two; And one little girl in blue, lad, who won your father's heart, Became your mother; I married the other, but we have drifted apart. That picture is one of those girls, he said, and to me she was once a wife; I thought her unfaithful, we quarrelled, lad, and parted that night for life; My fancy of jealousy wronged a heart, a heart that was good and true. For two better girls never lived than they, those two little girls in blue. There are a number of recordings available online: Two Little Girls In Blue – Sung by Gerald Adams & The Variety Singers 1912 (Regal record number G20749) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yn36MHFnptc Slim Dusty Sings Two Little Girls In Blue https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycO-aZlAz4c

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The End of the Road

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The End of the Road was written and composed by William Dillon and Harry Lauder and published by Francis Day & Hunter, 138-140 Charing Cross Road, London in 1924. This song was reportedly written by Sir Harry Lauder shortly after his son was killed in action in World War I.24 Birmingham City FC fans sing this song during their matches.25

Dai’s recording of the song covers a version of the chorus: Keep right on to the end of the road, Keep right on to the end, Tho' the road be long, let your heart be strong, Keep right on round the bend. Tho' you're tired and weary still struggle on, Till you come to your happy abode, Where those you love and are dreaming of Will be there at the end of the road.

The End of the Road – Full Lyrics26: Ev'ry road thro' life is a long, long road, Fill'd with joys and sorrows too, As you journey on how your heart will yearn For the things most dear to you. With wealth and love 'tis so, But onward we must go.

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Chorus: Keep right on to the end of the road, Keep right on to the end, Tho' the way be long, let your heart be strong, Keep right on round the bend. Tho' you're tired and weary still journey on, Till you come to your happy abode, Where all the love you've been dreaming of Will be there at the end of the road. With a big stout heart to a long steep hill, We may get there with a smile, With a good kind thought and an end in view, We may cut short many a mile. So let courage ev'ry day Be your guiding star alway. The End of the Road – Full Lyrics as sung by Birmingham City fans today27: Verse One: As you go through life it's a long, long road There'll be joys and sorrows too As we journey on we will sing this song For the boys in Royal Blue. We're often partisan - la la la We will journey on - la la la Chorus: Keep right on to the end of the road Keep right on to the end Though the way be long let your heart beat strong Keep right on to the end Though you're tired and weary Still journey on 'til you come to your happy abode With all our love we'll be dreaming of We'll be there at the end of the road. Birmingham, Birmingham. There are a number of recordings available online: Sir Harry Lauder 'Keep Right On To The End Of The Road' 1926 78 RPM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbM86eiczAg Kenneth McKellar - Keep Right On To The End Of The Road https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJMzaIsoR04 Keep Right On To The End Of The Road - Birmingham City https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aCmjbpQfVE

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Little Alabama Coon

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Little Alabama Coon was written and composed by Hattie Starr and published by Willis Woodward & Co, New York in 1893. The song was sung by Miss Frankie M Raymond in the Broadway Theatre production of ‘Aladdin, Jr – A Tale of a Wonderful Lamp’, which opened on 8th April 1895 and closed on 18th May 1895, after 48 performances.29 Miss Raymond played ‘Chee Kee’ Aladdin's sister.

Dai’s recording of the song covers parts of a verse and the chorus: Go to sleep my little picaninny Underneath the silvery southern moon Hush-a-bye lull-a-bye Mama’s little Baby Mama’s little Alabama Coon Oh! they took me down to the cotton field And I rolled and I tumbled in the sun Daddy picked the cotton, Mammie watched me grow And this is the song she sang Go to sleep my little picaninny Underneath the silvery southern moon Hush-a-bye lull-a-bye Mama’s little Baby Mama’s little Alabama Coon

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Little Alabama Coon – Full Lyrics30: Ah's mama's li'l Alabama coon And ah ain't been born very long Ah's remember one big round moon Ah's member singin’ one sweet song When they took me down to the cotton field There I tumbled and I rolled in the sun Daddy picking cotton; mama watch me grow This was the old song she sung Lilac trees are bloomin’ in the garden by the gate Mammy's at her little cabin door Curly headed picanniny comin’ home so late Cryin’ cuz his little heart is sore All the children play around With skins so white and fair None of them with him would ever play So mammy in her lap, took that weeping little chap And crooned him in her kind old way Why don't you play in your own backyard Never mind what the white chile do Nobody ever would want to play With a little black coon like you Go out and play as long as you please But Honey don’t you cry so hard Go out and jump on the high board fence But stay in your own backyard Go to sleep my little picanniny Brer fox catch you if ya don't Slumber on the bosom of your ol' mama Jinny Mama goin to swap yo if you don't Ah-loo-ah-loo-ah-looah-loo-ah-loo Underneath the sunny southern moon Lullabye, Rockabye Mama's li'l baby Mama's li'l Alabama Coon There are a number of recordings available online: 1905: Ada Jones - Little Alabama Coon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRSj1xCgjSI Rosa Ponselle - Little Alabama Coon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOWuerPPEcQ

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Ma Curly-headed Babby

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Ma Curly-Headed Babby was written and composed by George H Clutsam and published by Boosey & Co, New York in 1900. The song was sung by Paul Robeson on Conifer CMSCD 011, from the film 'Big Fella' (1937).

Dai’s recording of the song covers just a version of the chorus: Oh tura lura lura lulla bye bye Does you want the moon to play with Or the stars to run away with? They'll come if you don't cry. Oh tura lura lura lulla bye bye In your mammy's arms be creepin' And soon you'll be a-sleepin' tura lura lura lura lulla bye.

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Ma Curly-Headed Babby – Full Lyrics32: Oh, my baby, my curly-headed baby, We'll sit below da sky and sing a song To the moo- oo-oo oo-oon. Oh, my baby, my little darkie baby, Your daddy's in da cotton field, Workin' for the fo- oo-oo oo-od. So, la-la la-la la-la lullaby-by. Does ya want da moon to play wid? All da stars to run away wid? They'll come if you you don't cry. So, la-la la-la la-la lullaby-by. In da mammy's arms be creepin', An' soon you'll be a-sleepin'. Laa-laa la-la la-la la-la lullaby. Oh, my baby, my curly-headed baby, I'll dance you fast asleep and love you so As I si- ii-ii ii-ing. Oh, my baby, my little darkie baby, Jus' tuck your head like little bird, Below its mammy's wi- ii-ii ii-ing. So, la-la la-la la-la lullaby-by. Does ya want da moon to play wid? All da stars to run away wid? They'll come if you you don't cry. So, la-la la-la la-la lullaby-by. In da mammy's arms be creepin', An' soon you'll be a-sleepin'. Laa-laa la-la la-la la-la lullaby.

There are a number of recordings available online: Paul Robeson singing "Ma Curly-headed Baby" on HMV record No.B4309. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKi3-w1pE2E Elsa Stenning - My Curly Headed Baby (1938) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PstKomJhkZI

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The Galloping Major

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The Galloping Major was written and composed by Fred W Leigh & George Bastow and published by Francis Day & Hunter Ltd in 1906. Dai’s recording of the song covers just a version of the chorus: Galloping, galloping, galloping, galloping riding on his charger Galloping, galloping, galloping, galloping proud as an Indian Rajah All the girls declare he’s a gay old stager Hey, hey, clear the way here comes the galloping major. The Galloping Major – Full Lyrics34 When I was in the army I was a cavalryman you know And whenever I went on parade A magnificent picture I made Through my galloping here And my galloping there This ridiculous habit I got And I'm hanged if I don't think I'm galloping now Whether up in the saddle or not And the people they stare at me so For it matters not where I go, It's

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Chorus: Bumpety, bumpety, bumpety, bump as if I was riding my charger Bumpety, bumpety, bumpety, bump as proud as an Indian Rajah All the girls declare that I'm a gay old stager Hey, hey, clear the way here comes the galloping major. Last year I thought I'd treat myself To a holiday by the sea So I went, and my quarters I fixed Then I found that the bathing was mixed So I galloped away to a bathing machine In the busiest part of the day And I soon felt at home with the girls in the water And joined in their frivolous play They were beautiful creatures but lor' How they giggled as soon as they saw, me Chorus: I always was a ladies man And a favourite with the sex Well, I called upon one Yesterday Though I won't give the lady away She started to talk of my army career And was quite interested you see But I got rather tired so we talked about her Which was more interesting to me And she said I'd been taking some wine For as soon as we sat down to dine, I went, Chorus: There are a number of recordings available online: The galloping major - Stanley Kirkby https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9SBHbErvbI Flanagan and Allen - The Galloping Major https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fWeBZTfrQI

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Old Father Thames (Keep Rolling Along)

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Old Father Thames (Keeps Rolling Along) was written and composed by Raymond Wallace and Betsy O'Hogan and published by Lawrence Wright Music Co. Ltd., London in 1933. Dai’s recording of the song covers just three versus of the song, in a slightly different order to the original lyrics: High in the hills, down in the dales Wherever the end may be Old Father Thames keeps rolling along Down to the mighty sea He doesn’t seem to worry Doesn't care for fortune's fame He’s never seems to hurry But he gets there just the same What does he know, what does he care Nothing for you or me Old Father Thames keeps rolling along Down to the mighty sea

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Old Father Thames (Keeps Rolling Along) – Full Lyrics36 1 - There's some folks who always worry And some folks who never care But in this world of rush and hurry It matters neither here nor there

2 - Be steady and realistic Don't hanker for gold or gems Be carefree and optimistic Like Old Father Thames

3 - High in the hills, down in the dales Happy and fancy free Old Father Thames keeps rolling along Down to the mighty sea

4 - What does he know, what does he care Nothing for you or me Old Father Thames keeps rolling along Down to the mighty sea

5 - He never seems to worry Doesn't care for fortune's fame He never seems to hurry But he gets there just the same

6 - Kingdoms my come, kingdoms may go Whatever the end may be Old Father Thames keeps rolling along Down to the mighty sea

7 - The best way, a heaven blessed way Just try to be always kind It doesn't matter what the rest say You're bound to leave them far behind

8 - It's your job to do your duty Be faithful to all your friends For England and home and beauty Like Old Father Thames

9 - High in the hills, down in the dales Happy and fancy free Old Father Thames keeps rolling along Down to the mighty sea

10 - What does he know, what does he care Nothing for you or me Old Father Thames keeps rolling along Down to the mighty sea

11 - He never seems to worry Doesn't care for fortune's fame He never seems to hurry But he gets there just the same

12 - Kingdoms my come, kingdoms may go Whatever the end may be Old Father Thames keeps rolling along Down to the mighty sea

There are a number of recordings available online:

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References 1 https://www.ibdb.com/broadway-production/aladdin-jr-503985 2 Music Division, The New York Public Library. "The miner's dream of home" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed July 7, 2018. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47dd-edca-a3d9-e040e00a18064a99 3 https://mainlynorfolk.info/john.kirkpatrick/songs/theminersdreamofhome.html Accessed 7 July 2018 4 http://www.traditionalmusic.co.uk/songster/34-the-miners-dream-of-home.htm Accessed 15 July 2018 5 https://www.sheetmusicwarehouse.co.uk/20th-century-songs-d/dont-go-down-in-the-mine-dad-a-littlechilds-dream-as-sung-by-j-h/ Accessed 7 July 2018 6 http://www.folkarchive.de/dontgo.html Accessed 7 July 2018 7 https://lyricsplayground.com/alpha/songs/d/dontgodownintheminedad.html Accessed 15 July 2018 8 https://www.sheetmusicwarehouse.co.uk/20th-century-songs-t/the-little-house-upon-the-hill-for-pianoand-voice-featuring-bessie-wynn/ Accessed 7 July 2018 9 https://www.lyricsplayground.com/alpha/songs/t/thelittlehouseuponthehill.html Accessed 15 July 2018 10 https://archive.org/stream/catalogofcopyrig2620libr/catalogofcopyrig2620libr_djvu.txt Accessed 15 July 2018 11 Castling, Harry. 1912 My House is Liberty Hall, Francis, Day & Hunter, London. Lyrics obtained from British Library – Catalogue reference: BLL01004259291 12 Trotère, H and Francis Barron. 1902, My Old Shako, Boosey & Co, London. Copy in Rees Scott Archive 13 Dix, J. Airlie & Barron, J. Francis. 1904, The trumpeter song W.H. Paling, Sydney. Accessed 10 July 2018 http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-164876472 14 http://www.lieder.net/lieder/get_text.html?TextId=2214 Accessed 15 July 2018 14 Von Tilzer, Harry & Lamb, Arthur J. 1902, The Mansion of Aching Hearts, Harry Von Tilzer Music Publishing Co, New York Accessed 14 July 2018 http://levysheetmusic.mse.jhu.edu/collection/148/052 16 Von Tilzer, Harry & Lamb, Arthur J. 1900, A Bird in a Gilded Cage Shapiro, Remick and Company, New York Accessed 11 July 2018 http://levysheetmusic.mse.jhu.edu/collection/145/081 17 Ridgewell, Charles & Will Godwin. 1906, If Those Lips Could Only Speak! Francis, Day & Hunter, London Accessed 14 July 2018 http://www.notendownload.com/8/dpshop/__If%20Those%20Lips%20Could%20Only%20Speak%20%20Wi ll%20Godwin__fbd-24445_99.99.99.99.html 18 https://www.lyricsvault.net/php/artist.php?s=45953 Accessed 15 July 2018 19 https://monologues.co.uk/musichall/Songs-O/Only-A-Bird-In-A-Gilded-Cage.htm Accessed 15 July 2018 20 https://lyricsplayground.com/alpha/songs/i/ifthoselipscouldonlyspeak.html Accessed 15 July 2018 21 Graham, Charles. 1893, Two Little Girls in Blue W. Paxton, London. Accessed 14 July 2018 https://www.sheetmusicwarehouse.co.uk/victorian-illustrated-covers/two-little-girls-in-blue-song-forpiano-and-voice-paxton-edition-no-919/ 22 http://www.allthelyrics.com/lyrics/arthur_francis/two_little_girls_in_blue-lyrics-1153243.html Accessed 15 July 2018 23 Lauder, Harry & Dillon, William. 1924, The End of the Road Francis Day & Hunter Ltd, London Accessed 14 July 2018 https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/HARRY-LAUDER-THE-END-OF-THE-ROAD-SHEET-MUSIC-HALL-1924SCOTTISH-COMEDY-/311898423743 24 http://www.rampantscotland.com/songs/blsongs_end.htm Accessed 14 July 2018 25 https://www.bcfc.com/club-and-fans/club/history/club-anthem/ Accessed 14 July 2018 26 http://www.rampantscotland.com/songs/blsongs_end.htm Accessed 15 July 2018 27 https://www.bcfc.com/club-and-fans/club/history/club-anthem/ Accessed 14 July 2018 28 Music Division, The New York Public Library. "Little Alabama coon" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed July 14, 2018. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47dd-f40b-a3d9-e040e00a18064a99 29 https://www.ibdb.com/broadway-production/aladdin-jr-503985 30 https://lyricsplayground.com/alpha/songs/m/mamaslittlealabamacoon.html Accessed 15 July 2018 31 Music Division, The New York Public Library. "Ma curly headed babby" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed July 14, 2018. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47df-ede8-a3d9-e040e00a18064a99

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32 http://sweetslyrics.com/835923.Paul%20Robeson%20-%20Ma%20Curly-Headed%20Baby.html Accessed 16 July 2018 33 Leigh, Fred W and Bastow, George. 1906, The Galloping Major Francis Day & Hunter Ltd, London Accessed 16 July 2018 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Galloping_Major_(song) 34 https://monologues.co.uk/musichall/Songs-G/Galloping-Major.htm Accessed 16 July 2018 35 Wallace, Raymond and O’Hogan, Betsy. 1933, Old Father Thames (keeps Rolling Along) Lawrence Wright Music Co. Ltd., London. Accessed 16 July 2018 https://www.sheetmusicwarehouse.co.uk/20th-centurysongs-o/old-father-thames-keeps-rolling-along-song-in-the-key-of-b-flat-for-low/ 36 https://lyricsplayground.com/alpha/songs/o/oldfatherthames.html Accessed 16 July 2018

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Annex A Rees Scott Archive Reference Structure Each Rees Scott Archive reference follows the format RSA-XXX-NNNN. The ‘RSA’ just indicates the Rees Scott Archive, the ‘XXX’ a three-letter category code and the ‘NNNN’ a sequential number for the record category. Where a particular record is made up of several separate items, the individual items may be further referenced by a numerical indicator: RSA-XXX-NNNN-N The record categories are: ART AUD BMD CEN CER COR DIA DIR EDU IND JUD LET MAG MAP MED MIG MIL NEW NSL OBJ OCC ORA OTR PAR PCD PHO RES TRA VID WEB WIL

Articles Audio / Voice Recording BMD - Other Records (not GRO certificates or parish records) Census Record Certificate - GRO BMD certificates: Correspondence Diary Directory Documents Education Index Records Judicial Letters Magazine or Book Record Map Image Medical Migration / Passenger Records Military Record Newspapers National Service Letters Object Occupation Oral History Transcriptions Other Parish Record Post Cards Photograph Residence Travel Video Web pages Will / Probate Records

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Current Rees Scott Archive Publications Rees Scott Archive publications are published in three series: Red Series: Transcriptions / Edits of Diaries or Letters Blue Series: Biographies or Research Notes of Individuals / Families Green Series: Catalogues of Documents Red Series RSA R1:

Dai Rees: Articles for NAG / IOG 1966 - 1969

RSA R2:

NAG Newsletters 1954 - 1968

RSA R3:

IOG Newsletters 1974 - 1976

Blue Series RSA B1:

Are Arthur Edward Jones and Arthur Edward Rees the same man, and did Pop marry his niece?

Green Series RSA G1:

Dai Rees – Songs My Father Taught Me


REES SCOTT ARCHIVE

Profile for Rees Scott Archive

RSA G1 Dai Rees - Songs My Father Taught Me  

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