This post first appeared on October 16, 2010. I thought that it would be a nice companion to the day's posts.
© Joseph Crisalli
The snow was very plentiful
And crumbs were very few
When a weather-beaten sparrow to a mansion window flew
Her eye fell on a golden cage
A sweet love song she heard
Sung by a pet canary there
A handsome yellow bird
He said to her, “Miss Sparrow, I’ve been struck by cupid’s arrow.
Will you share my cage with me?”
She looked up at his castle
With its ribbon and its tassel
And in plaintiff tones said she:
“Goodbye, little yellow bird,
I’d rather brave the cold
On a leafless tree,
Than a prisoner be,
In a cage of gold.”
British composer Clarence Wainwright Murphy, an extremely prolific creator of theatrical and music hall songs, teamed with lyricist W. Hargreave in 1903 to write Little Yellow Bird (also known as Goodbye, Little Yellow Bird). The song is a sentimental tale of the decision to choose freedom over love and a commentary on the classes.
|Angela Lansbury as Sybil Vane in|
The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1945
Turner Home Entertainment
Miss Lansbury, in Murder She Wrote, as Jessica's cousin, Emma, performs the song again. I searched and searched, but could not find a clip of it.