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Thread #102055   Message #2307867
Posted By: Azizi
05-Apr-08 - 07:13 PM
Thread Name: Folklore: Play Ground Hand Jives
Subject: RE: Folklore: Play Ground Hand Jives
A poster on this website Streets Of Cairo, Tem42; Jan 15 2003 shares a number of examples of In The Land of France"; "There's A Place On Mars" etc, similar to those already provided on this thread

However, what is intriguing is that Tem42 provides some information about the origin of the melody and the source song that was used for those children's rhymes.

In case that website becomes unavailable, for the sake of folkloric information sharing and study, I'm going to quote post the words of that source song along with Yem42's comments about it.

"Sol Bloom claimed to have been the first to set down the melody*, as the theme to the 'Cairo' section of the Chicago World's Columbian Exposition of 1893. The melody has been used in a number of compositions, but perhaps the best known lyric is Streets Of Cairo, or The Poor Little Country Maid, written by James Thornton (1895). His wife, Bonnie Thornton, helped boost its popularity by singing it on the vaudeville stage. Here are Thornton's lyrics:

I will sing you a song,
And it won't be very long,
'Bout a maiden sweet,
And she never would do wrong,
Ev'ryone said she was pretty,
She was not long in the city,
All alone, oh, what a pity,
Poor little maid.

She never saw the streets of Cairo,
On the Midway she had never strayed,
She never saw the kutchy, kutchy,
Poor little country maid.

She went out one night,
Did this innocent divine,
With a nice young man,
Who invited her to dine,
Now he's sorry that he met her,
And he never will forget her,
In the future he'll know better,
Poor little maid.


She was engaged,
As a picture for to pose,
To appear each night,
In abbreviated clothes,
All the dudes were in a flurry,
For to catch her they did hurry,
One who caught her now is sorry,
Poor little maid.


She was much fairer far than Trilby,
Lots of more men sorry will be,
If they don't try to keep way from this
Poor little country maid.

* It may have much older roots; see and for more info. "


[Unfortunately, that link no long works as of the date of this posting]

Does anyone know more information about this "Streets of Cairo" song?