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By Dean Randall

"With Her Head Tucked Underneath Her Arm"

Greetings all,  Perhaps our British friends can help me with this one.
(Thank goodness for international subscribers!)

The Music Hall song "Anne Boleyn" -- "With 'er' ead tucked underneath
'er arm she waaaaaalks the bloody taaaaoooowaaah..." At least that's
how it sounded when my father sang it.

At any rate, you may know it as "The Ballad of Anne Boleyn", "The Ghost
of Anne Boleyn", just "Anne Boleyn", or even as "With 'Er 'Ead Tucked
Underneath 'Er Arm".

I have managed to find the lyrics on the Internet, but would dearly
love to find either the sheet music or a music roll.  Heck, I'd
even settle for a cassette recording; I'm a reasonable ear player!

I remember the melody to the chorus, but not the verse.  It's been
better than 45 years since I listened to my father sing it and probably
even longer than that since I've heard it sung by anyone who could
carry a tune without a wheelbarrow.  ;-)

Can anyone assist?  Obviously I want to pay for the sheet music, roll,
cassette, whatever.

Yours hopefully,

Dean Randall

 [ Editor's note:
 [ Also a favourite of mine which I, too, learned at my father's knee!
 [ The title page data says:
 [ With her Head Tucked Underneath her Arm (Anne Boleyn)
 [   A Humorous Monologue
 [   words by R. P. Weston and Bert Lee
 [   Music by Harris Weston
 [   Copyright 1934 by Francis, Day & Hunter, Ltd. (UK)
 [ The original British recording is a masterpiece (I wish I could
 [ remember the artist's name); Rudy Vallee subsequently recorded the
 [ song for the American audience in the late '30s.  Didn't "The
 [ Limelighters" also make a recording?  I have a MIDI file which I'll
 [ ask Jody to place at the MMD web site.
 [ -- Robbie

(Message sent Mon 7 Sep 1998, 08:20:02 GMT, from time zone GMT-0700.)

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