The Boy I Love is Up in the Gallery

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"The Boy I Love Is Up in the Gallery"
Song by Nelly Power
Released 1886
Genre Music Hall
Writer George Ware

"The Boy I Love Is Up in the Gallery" is a music hall song written for the music hall star Nelly Power by George Ware in 1885, and made famous by Marie Lloyd. It is unusual in that it places the singer in the actual location of the theatre.

Lyrics[edit]

These are the lyrics in the sheet music published by EMI Music Publishing, London, 1977.

I'm a young girl, and have just come over,

Over from the country where they do things big,
And amongst the boys I've got a lover,
And since I've got a lover, why I don't care a fig.

The boy I love is up in the gallery,
The boy I love is looking now at me,
There he is, can't you see, waving his handkerchief,
As merry as a robin that sings on a tree.

The boy that I love, they call him a cobbler,
But he's not a cobbler, allow me to state.
For Johnny is a tradesman and he works in the Boro'[Note 1]
Where they sole and heel them, whilst you wait.

The boy I love is up in the gallery,
The boy I love is looking now at me,
There he is, can't you see, waving his handkerchief,
As merry as a robin that sings on a tree.

Now, If I were a Duchess and had a lot of money,
I'd give it to the boy that's going to marry me.
But I haven't got a penny, so we'll live on love and kisses,
And be just as happy as the birds on the tree.

The boy I love is up in the gallery,
The boy I love is looking now at me,
There he is, can't you see, waving his handkerchief,
As merry as a robin that sings on a tree.

In popular culture[edit]

The song is heard in the television detective series Cribb during the episode entitled "Abracadaver".

A version of the song using the word "girl" and female pronouns is heard in the movie Different for Girls.

Emma Amos portrayed Marie Lloyd singing the song in the final series of Goodnight Sweetheart. Lloyd is also portrayed singing the song in Edward the Seventh.

The song was sung by Charlene McKenna in the finale of Ripper Street.

Miss Piggy sings this song, accompanied by Rowlf on piano and with the audience joining in, during the UK Spot of the Rich Little episode of The Muppet Show.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The Boro' or Borough (not borough) is presumably Borough Market in Southwark.