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Subject: Social Life & Love

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Nobody Coming To Marry Me

A song melody from the John Buttrey manuscript. (Notes on sheet music) John Buttrey was a military musician in the Brititsh army who seems to have settled in the Peterborough area. His massive manuscript (close to 1000 tunes) dates roughly from the time ...

Peggy Gordon - LaRena Clark

LOVE DENIED - LOVE MISPLACED - In most other versions of this song, the singer is wooing Peggy and wrings several melodramatic verses out of the fact that she won't have him. In LaRena's take on the song it's a dialogue, in which Peggy makes it clear that...

Rattle On The Stovepipe

This song was collected from LaRena Clark by Edith Fowke in the early 1960s. It is a collection of what seem like "floating folk lyrics" with a curious kitchen party chorus. (I'm guessing at the date) This ditty is probably LaRena's most "covered" song. ...

Rifle Boys (The) - LaRena Clark

This is LaRena's recorded version of an early 19th century British broadside ballad the goes by the same title or as "Lancashire Lads". This variant has been localized to Canada. ("nineteen cents a day") I choose to think that the Canadian singers of thi...

Roving Shantyboy (The)

Recorded by LaRena Clark (1904-1999) on her 1979 lp "Canada At Turn of The Sod". A mild song of seduction from the points of view of a "shantyboy" and the girl he leaves behind. Curiously, the narrative voice passes from him to her two thirds of the way t...

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