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Mon, 7 Apr 2003 15:24:39 -0700
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        More words and an explanation from Robert P. Davis
<[log in to unmask]>:                          (pjm)

Again in response to Sherri Butler's inquiry, I regret that my
scholarship was deficient, since, again in Lightwood's "Charles
Dickens and Music," I had overlooked a mention of "Shivery Shakey
Ain't It Cold" in the "List of Songs and Music" referred to by
Dickens. This one is allegedly "sung by the giant Pickelson, known in
the profession as Rinaldo di Vasco, a character introduced to us by
Dr. Marigold:"(Lightwood,p.93)

     'I gave him sixpence (for he was kept as short as he was long)
and he laid it out on two three penn'or[t]hs of gin-and-water, which
so brisked him up that he sang the favourite comic of '"Shivery
Shakey, ain't it cold" op. cit, p.93).

"Shivery Shakey" had a brief but great popularity. The words of the
first verse are given by Lightwood (p. 94):

        Words by J. Beuler        Accompaniment by J. Clinton

                All you who're fond in spite of price
                Of pastry, cream and Jellies nice
                Be cautious how you take an ice
                   Whenever you're overwarm
                A merchant who from India came,
                And Shiverand Shakey was his name,
                A pastrycook's did once entice
                To take a cooling luscious ice,
                The weather, hot enough to kill,
                Kept tempting him to eat, until
                It gave his corpus such a chill
                   He never again felt warm.
                Shiverand Shakey O, O, O,
                Criminy Crikey! Isn't it cold,
                Woo, woo, woo, oo, oo,
                   Behold the man that couldn't get warm.

One verse is more than enough. I could not find "Bow, Wow,Wow," but
wonder if the "Woo, woo, woo" of Shivery Shakey led to some
misperception. Lightwood's quote from "Dr. Marigold" is there.

Bob Davis