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Posted By: pavane
05-Jan-05 - 02:48 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: cockney rhyming slang songs
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: cockney rhyming slang songs
Yes - but for how long? The Cockney accent has changed substantially since the days of Dickens, when one of its features was the exchange of V and W (e.g. werry instead of very). There are cockney songs of this style in broadsides of the era - see All around my hat, which starts:

"All around my hat I Vear a green Villow"
and then mentions "Wegitables"

Incidentally, I don't know how old Rhyming Slang actually is, but I have scoured the Bodleian collection without, so far, finding a single example in any song. Does anyone have an earliest recorded date?