Dark Girl Dressed in Blue, The
DESCRIPTION: The singer meets a "dark girl dressed in blue" on a stagecoach. She fools him into paying her fare. They go to a bar. She hands him a banknote to pay their bill. She leaves; he is arrested for passing a bad bill. He is freed but forced to pay the bill
AUTHOR: Harry Clifton?
EARLIEST DATE: 1868 (sheet music)
KEYWORDS: money courting trick clothes
FOUND IN: US(So)
REFERENCES (4 citations):
Randolph 388, "The Dark Girl Dressed in Blue" (1 text plus a fragment)
Spaeth-ReadWeep, pp. 76-78, "The Dark Girl Dressed in Blue" (1 text, 1 tune)
JHJohnson, pp. 47-49, "The Dark Girl Dressed in Blue" (1 text)
WolfAmericanSongSheets, #424, p. 28, "The Dark Girl Dressed in Blue" (1 reference)
ST R388 (Full)
NLScotland, L.C.Fol.178.A.2(073), "The Dark Girl Dressed in Blue," unknown, c. 1860; also RB.m.168(133)
NOTES [108 words]: The authorship here is an interesting question. It is not unlikely that the American versions derive from Harry Clifton, who was apparently the source of the 1868 sheet music. This was sung by Tony Pastor.
But then there is the Scottish broadside, dated 1850-1870. It is undeniably the same song (same plot, same chorus, many of the same words). But it is set in Glasgow rather than New York, the vehicle is an omnibus rather than a stagecoach, etc. More significant, the woman is caught in the end, with a "reversible dress." Original or derivative? I could argue for either; each text has parts which appear to have been excised from the other. - RBW
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