Two Little Girls in Blue
[Charles Graham, 1893]
This music hall favourite was recorded by the dance band Flowers and Frolics with June Tabor singing on their 1976 LP on the Free Reed label, Bees on Horseback. It was included in 2002 on the Free Reed 3CD anthology This Label is Not Removable.
June Tabor sings Two Little Girls in Blue
An old man gazed at a photograph in a locket he'd worn for years,
His nephew then asked him the reason why this locket had caused him tears,
“Come listen,” he said, “and I'll tell you, lad, a story that's strange but true:
Your father and I at the school one day met two little girls in blue.”
Chorus (repeated after each verse):
“Two little girls in blue, lad, two little girls in blue.
They were sisters, we were brothers, and learned to love them true.
One little girl in blue, lad, stole your father's heart,
Became your mother, I married the other, and now we are ripped apart.”
“The years rolled on and these girls grew up, one became my wife.
I thought her unfaithful; we quarrelled, lad, and parted that night for life.
My fancy of jealousy wronged a heart, a heart that was brave and true,
For two better girls never lived than they, those two girls in blue.”
See also the Mudcat Café thread Lyr Req: Two Little Girls in Blue (C Graham, 1893).