Sheet Music: Pretty Polly Perkins of Paddington Green

TitlePretty Polly Perkins of Paddington Green
Alternate titlesCushie Butterfield
Polly Perkins of Abington Green
ComposerTraditional English
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyD major
Time signature3/4
Tempo168 BPM
Performance time0:25
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2014-08-06
Last updated2014-08-06
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Wednesday 6 August 2014

Tune of the Day: Pretty Polly Perkins of Paddington Green

Traditional English tune

This song was composed by the London music hall and broadside songwriter Harry Clifton, and first published in 1864. Most of Clifton's songs adapted their tunes from old folk songs, and it is possible that a folk tune is also the origin of the tune for “Polly”. In particular, some see a resemblance to “Nightingales Sing”, also known as “The Bold Grenadier”.

The famous Tyneside Music Hall song “Cushie Butterfield” (sung even today at Newcastle United matches) is sung to the same tune as “Polly”, and is a parody of “Polly”.

Thanks to Ronald for suggesting this tune!