The Fishermen Hung The Monkey, O!

Album: not on an album (1855)


  • This ditty dates to 1855 and was written by the comic songwriter/performer Ned Corvan; the lyrics were published in Allan's Illustrated Edition Of Tyneside Songs..., Revised Edition, (1891), pages 419-21.

    Corvan died young in 1865. It remains to be seen if Corvan originated the legend of the Hartlepool Monkey, but the wittiest song on the subject was written by Alan Wilkinson, who was not born until 1955. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England


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