Arthur Lloyd's 'I Vowed That I Never Would Leave Her'
Above - Arthur Lloyd's 'I Vowed That I Never Would Leave Her'
Above - Arthur Lloyd's 'I Vowed That I Never Would Leave Her' - Courtesy Colin McIntyre
A visitor to the site, Aida Yared, whose website www.JoyceImages.com features the work of James Joyce's 'Ulysses', has informed me that the book contains references to the Arthur Lloyd song 'I Vow'd That I Never Would Leave Her'
Aida writes: 'One of the characters, Corny Kelleher, is humming "tooraloom" whenever he appears in the book. In the chapter Circe we get a few lines from his song "I vowed that I never would leave her, She turned out a cruel deceiver. With my tooraloom tooraloom tooraloom tooraloom." The source of the song had thus far eluded Joyce scholars.' Aida Yared.
I can confirm that Arthur's song and the song in 'Ulysses' are one and the same, see Lyrics below, and I have since discovered that Arthur Lloyd's 'Not for Joe'and 'Three Acres and a Cow' are also mentioned by name in 'Ulysses. (M .L.)
Lyrics of 'I Vowed That I Never Would Leave Her'
Please look on this warrior bold,
Tho' I vow'd that I never would leave her,
Now I met this girl first in the Park,
Lyrics and Song Sheet Courtesy Peter Charlton
Since writing the above I have now been informed that Arthur Lloyd's song 'I Vowed That I Never Would Leave Her' was published in a book of George Christy's songs at an earlier date, 1862, with the name 'Bootle-Tum, Tootle-Tum Tay' so should be attributed to him originally. The book was called George Christy's 'Essence of Old Kentucky and contained many of his songs - The full text of the book can be found here and the lyrics of Christy's song are transcribed below.
BOOTLE-TUM, TOOTLE-TUM TAY.
As sung by the Christys.
I Will now then my troubles unfold,
Tho' I vowed that I never would leave her,
Now I met his cook first in the park,
Tho' I vowed, etc.
Sarah Jane was a frisky young maid,
Tho' I vowed, etc
"Mister Dutchman," says I, "this looks queer,
Though I vowed, etc
"Now," said he, "vy to you interfere,
Though I vowed, etc.
That she loved me I firmly believed,
Combs his head with a three-legged stool, sirs,
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