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Posted By: EagleWing
05-Jan-05 - 06:53 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: cockney rhyming slang songs
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: cockney rhyming slang songs
Pavane says "Yes - but for how long? The Cockney accent has changed substantially since the days of Dickens, when one of its features was the exchange of V and W (e.g. werry instead of very)."

Hence the Parody "Villikins and his Dinah" from the original William and Dinah (The original was so awful, apparently, that the parody lived on after the original was forgotten).

Harking back to "Tottie" -
"In me east and west Dan Cupid shot a dart and left it there" is the version I learnt. Also "sunny south" & "Henry Meville" is what my source has.

Frank L.