Sally In Our Alley
DESCRIPTION: Johnny loves Sally. His master beats him when he stops working to be with her. On Sunday he leaves church early to be with her. When his apprenticeship is over they will marry and leave the alley with its unfriendly neighbors
AUTHOR: Henry Carey (1687-1743 per Wikipedia) (source: see Notes)
EARLIEST DATE: 1783 (Ritson); reportedly written 1718
KEYWORDS: poverty courting love marriage work nonballad apprentice boss
REFERENCES (4 citations):
WolfAmericanSongSheets, #2056A, p. 138, "Sally In Our Alley" (2 references)
ADDITIONAL: Joseph Ritson, Select Collection of English Songs (London, 1783), Vol. I, #40 pp. 212-214, "Sally in Our Alley (1 text)
The Ulverston New Poetical Miscellany: Containing a Selection of the Most Fashionable Songs, with Many Originals, Not Inserted in Ashburner's Vocal and Poetic Repository, G. Ashburner, Ulverston, 1812 (available on Google Books), p. 111, "Sally in Our Alley" (1 text)
Bodleian, Johnson Ballads fol. 101, "Sally in our Alley" ( Of all the girls that are so smart ), Laurie and Whittle (London), 1805; also Johnson Ballads fol. 371 View 1 of 2, Firth b.25(177), Harding B 11(3405), 2806 c.16(102), 2806 b.10(4), "Sally in our Alley"
LOCSinging, as112160, "Sally in our Alley", J. Andrews (New York), 1853-1859; also as112180, "Sally in our Alley"
cf. "Pretty Sally's Answer" (characters)
What Tho' I Am a Country Lass (Scott-EnglishSB, pp. 10-11)
Sally in our Alley [parody, "But of all ye songsters in ye land, There's none like Faranelli"] (Scott-EnglishSB, pp. 36-37)
NOTES: Broadside LOCSinging as112160: J. Andrews dating per Studying Nineteenth-Century Popular Song by Paul Charosh in American Music, Winter 1997, Vol 15.4, Table 1, available at FindArticles site. - BS
According to Ebsworth Henry Carey wrote "Sally in Our Alley" in 1738 [J Woodfall Ebsworth, The Roxburghe Ballads, (Hertford, 1896 ("Digitized by Google")), Vol. VIII Part 1 [Part 23], p. 415] - BS
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