“Riding on the Tramway”


The singer sees a lady "looking out of a window at the New Tramway" The cost is only two pence. He gets on and sat next to her. He asks her to marry, she agrees, they marry and, he says, "we'll soon have fresh conductors on the New Tramway"


Leyden: The horse-drawn Belfast Tramway system was opened in 1872. Unlike the horse-omnibuses, it ran smoothly on a metal track. "A journey in such a horse tram was much smoother, faster and quieter than that in a horse-omnibus jolting its way through cobbled streets."

Broadside Bodleian Firth c.16(155): "sung with immense success by Hyram Travers." - BS


  • Bodleian, Firth c.16(155)[some words illegible] , "Riding on the Tramway" ("It was on one summer's evening, not very long ago"), T. Pearson (Manchester), 1850-1899; also Firth c.26(5)[some words illegible] , "Riding on the Tramway"


  • Robert Cinnamond, "The Horse Tramway" (on IRRCinnamond01) (fragment; only the chorus and one verse)


  1. Leyden 15, "The New Tramway" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #6988
  3. BI, Leyd015


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 19C (broadside, Bodleian Firth c.16(155))
Found in: Ireland