“The Yellow Handkerchief (Flash Company)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1906 (Gardiner coll.)
Keywords: disease love clothes lover floatingverses
Found in: Britain(England(Lond,South))

Description

Singer once loved a young girl who wore a yellow handkerchief. Unfortunately, he kept "flash company", and he is now ruined and destitute; "Like a flower in the garden all my color has gone."

Notes

MacColl and Seeger, for some inexplicable reason, identify their fragement-of-a-fragment with Laws O 37 ("Mary on the Silvery Tide"). Their version is clearly not a unity, but since it has the chorus and form of this song (and the other bits and pieces are too small to identify), here it files.

Including their text "The False-Hearted Lover" is even more of a stretch, but it consists of one verse certainly from this song, one that seems unique, and four floaters; where else do you file it? - RBW

Cross references

Broadsides

Recordings

References

  1. Kennedy 360, "The Yellow Handkerchief" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. MacSeegTrav 32, "The Yellow Handkerchief" (1 text, 1 tune); also 58, "The False-Hearted Lover" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. DT, FLASHCMP* (FALSHART*)
  4. Roud #954
  5. BI, K360