Thursday, July 9, 2009

Happy Songs

We have set of books, Popular music, in which a most entertaining list of song titles appears. In volume 1900-1919, on page 292 we have: Pig Latin Love; Piking the Pike (A reference to the St Louis Fair Midway. What did you think it meant?); The Ping Pong Song; Pink Lady Waltz ; Pinkerton Detective Man; and the euphoniously named Pinky Panky Poo. They sound enormously cheerful. Even Pinkerton Detective Man is a novelty romance song. Where was the angst? If you're feeling angst-ish, these books are fun to browse for a chipper hour or two. Browse because they live at the Central Library and they don't check out. But they enjoy visitors.

Photo: The Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music

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