Beethoven (arr.) : O, who sits so sadly : Printable cover page
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Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven (arr.) (1770 - 1827)
Lyrics: T. Toms
"The black joke" had, as a remarkably scabrous song, been in existence for a century by the time Beethoven was commissioned to provide an arrangement. This is one of its last and most implausible appearances as a song, although it continued (and continues) to exist as a regimental march under the name "The sprig of Shillelagh", and as a dance in various morris traditions.
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