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.
Alexander Baron - London, England