I found a box of paperwork lurking in my office which I think came from my Mums loft.
In it are a number of old musical scores from 1900 onwards in varied condition but all slightly musty.
Now people may say progress has eroded the finer things and back in the day it was all better than now but having read some of the songs from then I can see why kids today would prefer a playstation.
You might think “The bad childs ; SONGS ABOUT BEASTS” might be an early book of musical rebellion and being old as well = KERCHING!
A couple of examples
The Big Baboon - Words by H. BELLOC, Music by GRAHAM PEEL. (Caps lock heros it seems)
The Big Baboon is found upon
The plains of Cariboo:
He goes about with nothing on
(A shocking thing to do).
But if he dressed up respectably
And let his whiskers grow,
How like this Big Baboon would be
To Mister So-and-so!
Hmm, how about this
The Dodo. - Words by H. BELLOC, Music by GRAHAM PEEL. (Stop SHOUTING)
The Dodo used to walk around,
And take the sun and air.
The sun yet warms his native ground—
The Dodo is not there!
The voice which used to squawk and squeak
Is now forever dumb—
Yet may you see his bones and beak
All in the Mu-se-um.
I was also amused by the cover of a tidy version of “Russian song books - songs for a soprano voice” and the second volume at that
“PRICE 3/- NET CASH” - so No Amex or contactless then, just the shillings.
The bit I’m not sure about is what to do with them, they are worth pennies even less with woodworm damage but I have a plan.
They are going into an important looking box and will be hidden in the far corner of the loft eaves with a post it note inside the front cover that will read “Sorry Kids, these are worth **** all, please hide them in your loft for your kids to find in many years to come, Love Dad”
I have looked for a note already in place but none has been found, my mum had a similar sense of humour.