Mudcat Café message #3834680 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #23959   Message #3834680
Posted By: GUEST,Phil d'Conch
24-Jan-17 - 11:11 PM
Thread Name: Songs about money ($$$$$$$$$$)
Subject: RE: Songs about money ($$$$$$$$$$)
Up in a Balloon

I am a young and rollicking girl
In knowing these facts you will me excuse,
I went to Saratoga springs
To flirt or to marry who ever I chose.
It was there I saw such a charming man,
Who knew very well how to dance the Can Can
He wore in his jacket a beautiful rose
And very soon to me he did propose.

Up in a Balloon
Up in a Balloon
all among the little stars
sailing round the moon,
Up in a Balloon,
Up in a Balloon,
I think't would be a jolly place
to spend the Honeymoon.

The day was set when I was to be
A happy and loving good little wife,
And stop my flirting with young men
To settle down quietly ever in life.
We went to the city a clergy to face,
We found him at home and so stated out case
He said he was busy and should be till noon
Preparing himself for a sail round the moon.


He left me at the clergyman's house
While on city friends he went to call,
He stayed all night and left me alone
And never I thot would come back at all.
I dream't I dwelt in marble halls,
Sailing around and making calls
And if this dream should e'er to pass
O what would become of this Lancashire Lass.


And when at last he came back to me
I knew by his looks he'd been on a spree,
He wanted a license but hadn't the fee
He'd spent all his money and borrowed of me.
I lent him a thousand and away he went,
I waited again till the day was far spent
The clergyman said young miss there's foul play
You've taken your thousand and thrown it away.


As Sung by Miss Elise Holt
of the Elise Holt Burlesque Opera Troupe, Arranged by Harry Birch
New York: White, Smith & Perry, 1869

Might be the first mention of the 'mile high club' on record as well. Years before the Wright brothers and Kitty Hawk (whoever she was.)