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Posted By: Steve Parkes
23-May-03 - 03:29 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: While the Rich Man Rides By in His ...
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: fwd: help identify music hall song
"The Pearl Diver" puts me in mind of that 50s movie "Underwater", which is fairly unmemorable except for the wonderful theme tune "Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White" by Prez Prado. I someties play it on the mandolin, but it acks something ...

You'd have to take care wth "Diver" and "Flowers" not to get mawkish. I've always found that most audiences will take a sentimental song at face value, if you take care not to send it up. Of course, with "Poor", you have to send it up; it might work as a serious song, but I think it's far too well-known as a comic song. I've done "Father, Dear Father" and "The Miner's Dream of Home" and the like in the past, and they've gone down well; but I could never get "The Gipsy's Warning" across.