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What will we do when we have no money - Mary Delaney

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Published on Jul 6, 2016

From the collection From Puck to Appleby available from http://mtrecords.co.uk/mt_rec.htm#puck

"They were well aware which were the ‘old’ songs or, as Mary Delaney called them, "me Daddy’s songs" (although in fact she had very few of his songs, which we were able to verify after meeting him). On several occasions, Mary expressed a strong preference for ‘the old songs’ and, while she could probably have doubled the number of songs she gave us with non-traditional ones, she persistently declined to do so saying that they were not the ones we wanted. She told us on one occasion that she only sang Country & Western songs because "that’s what the lads always ask for in the pub." Having sung from the age of four, Mary picked up songs very quickly, usually after two or three hearings."

"Mary Delaney moved east right across London and even into various flats from time to time in order to give her children a better education. A lovely singer, mother of sixteen children and blind from birth, Mary has an enormous repertoire of outstanding songs and ballads that she has known since childhood, as well as a store of humorous yarns that gave us many hours of pleasure."

What will we do when we’ll have no money?
All true lovers, what will we do then?
Only hawk through the town for a hungry crown,
And we’ll yodel it over again.

What will I do if I’d marry a tinker?
All true lovers, what will we do then?
Only sell a tin can and walk on with me man,
And we’ll yodel it over again.

What will we do if we marry a soldier?
All true lovers, what will we do then?
Only handle his gun and we’ll fight for the fun,
And we’ll yodel it over again.

What will we do if we have a young daughter?
All true lovers, what would we do then?
Only take it in hand and walk on with me man,
And we’ll yodel it over again.

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