'I have been trying for ages to find the lyrics and music to an old Music Hall song Mamie May....not Maggie....It was sung by G H Elliott, I wonder if you can help. I recently bought a CD with it on but cannot understand some of the words and I'm not clever enough to learn the tune without the "dots".
So writes a recent visitor to Footlight Notes but I can't reply to him direct because his message arrived without a return address. My answer is therefore as follows:
G. H. Elliott was by no means alone in singing and recording this song. Lil Hawthorne recorded it in London as early as 1904 and you will find various song sheets of it featuring the photographs of a number of different singers. As regards the words, you are in luck because one of the singers in question - Carrie Moore - happened to be Australian. The National Library of Australia has scanned its copy, which you'll find by clicking 'thumbnails' when you arrive at this link. JC