Borrow, Borrow, Borrow.

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Borrow, Borrow, Borrow.

Postby Paul » July 23rd, 2012, 11:02 am

Can anybody help with this title?

I have two songs with the same title: 'Borrow, Borrow, Borrow'

No wonder we find a depression in trade
Since profits are cut up so close
I once saw some sovereigns a fellow had made
At 'Three and a tanner' per gross
He passed a lot off to the public at large
Detectives declared it was funny
And one of them said, as he took him in charge
'What can you expect for your money?'

Chorus: Heigho! it's always so, money is a dreadful thing O!
But an empty purse is a great deal worse, it is - by Jingo!


This song I may tell you before I begin - is borrowed
You'll perhaps say the voice I am singing it in, is borrowed
I've borrowed the tune and I'll borrow your ears
Should I prove fit, I will borrow your cheers
Should I prove pathetic, your briniest tears - I'll borrow.

Refrain: Borrow, Borrow, Borrow,
Only till tomorrow
Then we do not care a jot
If we pay it back or not.

I know that Charles Coborn performed a song with this title.
I know that Harry Dacre wrote and composed a song with this title.

Although I have the words for both songs, I don't possess a recording and have no idea which is which!
Any help would be appreciated.
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Re: Borrow, Borrow, Borrow.

Postby Flavia Vanilla » July 27th, 2012, 4:05 pm

Harry Dacre had his piece published in Birmingham by H. Beresford in 1889. It is stting in the British Library at shelfmark H.1260.m (22). So anyone going to the Library will be able to tell you which of your two songs was the one by Harry Dacre. It might even be performed by Coburn.
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