“The Girl in Portland Street”


Sailor meets a girl and they go about courting/seducing each other. Refrain of "Fal-de-lol-day" throughout. This has some of the anatomical progression verses of "Yo Ho, Yo Ho." Harlow's version ends with the sailor discovering the girl has a cork leg.


Harlow says that the first refrain of this was often whistled rather than sung. - SL


  1. Harlow, pp. 70-71, "A Fal-De-Lal-Day" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Hugill, pp. 54-55, "The Girl In Portland Street" (1 text, 1 tune) [AbEd, pp. 50-51]
  3. Roud #9162
  4. BI, Hugi054


Alternate titles: “Fol-de-lol-day”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1961 (Hugill)
Keywords: shanty bawdy humorous
Found in: US Britain