Derek B. Scott, Professor of Critical Musicology, University of Leeds, scanned the text and cover of "My Old Dutch" from a copy in his personal collection, and, using ABBYY FineReader 5 and BBEdit, George P. Landow transcribed it and formatted it. Many thanks to Professor Scott!]

            I've got a pal,
A reg'lar out an' outer,
She's a dear good old gal,
I'll tell yer all about 'er.
It's many years since fust we met,
'Er 'air was then as black as jet,
It's whiter now, but she don't fret,
            Not my old gall

cover of Old Ditch

Chorus. — We've been together now for forty years,
An' it don't seem a day too much,
There ain't a lady livin' in the land
As I'd "swop" for my dear old Dutch.

            I calls 'er Sal,
'Er proper name is Sairer,
An' yer may find a gal
As you'd consider fairer.
She ain't a angel — she can start
A-jawin' till it makes yer smart,
She's just a woman, bless 'er eart,
             Is my old gal! Chorus.

            Sweet fine old gal,
For worlds I wouldn't lose 'er,
She's a dear good old gal,
An' that's what made me choose 'er.
She's stuck to me through thick and thin,
When luck was out, when luck was in,
Ahl wot a wife to me she's been,
             An' wot a pal! Chorus.

            I sees yer Sal —
Yer pretty ribbons sportin'
Many years now, old gal,
Since them young days of courtin'.
I ain't a coward, still I trust
When we've to part, as part we must,
That Death may come and take me fust
            To wait.......... my pal! Chorus.

[R & C0 237]

Related Material


Chevalier, Albert. My Old Dutch: A Cockney Song. London: Reynolds & Co., 1892. Music by Charles Ingle.

Elgar and His World. Program for the Bard Music Festival. Anandale-on-Hudson: Bard College, 2007, pp. 49-50.

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