Don't Dilly Dally On The Way

Album: Music Hall Classics (1918)


  • Also known as "The Cock Linnet Song" and "My Old Man Said Follow The Van", this humorous music hall number about doing a moonlight flit was a big hit for Marie Lloyd. The sheet music "Don't Dilly Dally on the Way. (The 'COCK LINNET' Song.)" is credited written by Charles Collins and Fred W. Leigh, and is copyright 1919 by B. Feldman of London. Marie introduced this number in 1918, in the twilight of her career. On stage she performed it dressed as an old woman wrapped in a shawl and carrying a bird in a cage, presumably not a live one. Although it became one of her best known songs, she did not actually record it. Marie Lloyd died in October 1922 aged only fifty-two, but the song remained popular and was recorded by Lily Morris, among others. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England
  • Miss Piggy performed this on Episode 211 of The Muppet Show. Her version was the first track on the Muppet Show Music Hall EP, which reached #19 in the UK singles charts in 1979.
  • "Cock Linnet" is cockney rhyming slang for minute and to "dilly dally" means to linger.

Comments: 2

  • Cockney from East EndCock linnet isn’t rhyming slang for minute it’s a male bird she’s carrying called a linnet.
  • Zabadak from London, EnglandSo, who was the first to record it then?
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