Mudcat Café message #758453 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #50004   Message #758453
Posted By: Malcolm Douglas
01-Aug-02 - 09:46 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Lady Mary / Palace Grand / The Sad Song
Subject: RE: Lady Mary / Palace Grand / The Sad Song
"pre-17th c. roots in Irish or Scottish songs": with respect, no way. If anyone can come up with even a 19th century text, I'll buy them a drink; 17th century would merit an entire night at the pub. I think I'm pretty safe there; and if it has European origins at all, they are far more likely to be English, late 19th century, and composed by a jobbing songwriter. The language and the tune are both typical of the Victorian parlour balld, as I've said; and I'm not backing down on that until someone proves me wrong!