“Little Annie Rooney”


"A winning way, a pleasant smile, Dressed so neat but quite in style... Has little Annie Rooney... She's my sweetheart, I'm her beau; Soon we'll marry, never to part, Little Annie Rooney is my sweetheart." The singer looks forward to life with Annie


Michael Nolan was an obscure music hall performer; Annie Rooney is reported to have been his niece, and to have been three years old when this song was written.

According to James J. Geller, this song was a huge commercial success, but brought no compensation to Nolan, who swore off writing songs as a result. - RBW

Broadside Bodleian Harding B 18(577) attributes music to George Le Brun. The 1889 sheet music was published in Boston by White-Smith; the American Memory LOC notes list George Le Brunn as the arranger [cover only, call number Music #572 no. 20 at Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library, Duke University]. - BS


  • Bodleian, Firth b.28(8a/b) View 3 of 8, "Little Annie Rooney", R. March and Co. (London), 1877-1884; also Harding B 11(2154), Harding B 18(577), "Little Annie Rooney"


  1. Randolph 774, "Little Annie Rooney" (1 text)
  2. Geller-Famous, pp. 45-47, "Little Annie Rooney" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Fuld-WFM, pp. 333-334, "Little Annie Rooney"
  4. Roud #4822
  5. BI, R774


Alternate titles: “Little Annie Roonie”
Author: Michael Nolan
Earliest date: before 1885 (broadside, Bodleian Firth b.28(8a/b) View 3 of 8)
Keywords: love marriage home
Found in: US(So)