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[Note 146.0] bar561~The Railway: A poem written to celebrate the opening of the West Somerset Railway is a derivative of this song.

[Note 146.1] King of the Cannibal Islands was a very popular tune is used for 89 entries in the Roud Index.

[Note 146.2] "TWAS on a Monday morning soon, As I lay snoring at Dunoon":- The connection between the steamers and the railway was used for both pleasure (see note 5) and business (see note 11)

[Note 146.3] "To catch the Greenock Railway.":- The Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway was created to provide train services between Greenock and Glasgow and opened on 31 March 1841

[Note 146.4] "The steam was up" :- Means that the engine was at operational pressure; i.e. the ship was ready to depart.

[Note 146.5] "Stood all the Sunday-watering men":- According to Robertson, [ref. The Origins of the Scottish Railway System 1722-1844] the year that the line was opened "the Monday morning trains on the Glasgow to Greenock route were packed with seabathing folk who had gone down to Dunoon on Saturday afternoon". It might also be a reference to the business men mentioned in note 11.

[Note 146.6] "With faces inches five and ten" :- The context suggests that this means with long faces; i.e. downcast or despondent.

[Note 146.7] "Greenock quay" :- Steamboat services began to ply from Greenock Quay in 1812. Greenock Central railway station at Cathcart Street opened in 1841, linking up with Clyde steamer services and providing a fast route from Glasgow to the coast [ref http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenock]

[Note 146.8] "Trying who the race shall win,...all determined to get in!":- suggests that people were jostling for places in a very crowded train

[Note 146.9] "Merchants smiling at each door" :- The railway station was one of the few places that the poor could encounter the rich and earn money as boot-blacks, hawkers, newspaper sellers etc. [Ref. Richards & McKenzie; The Railway Station: A Social History]

[Note 146.10] "Waging a real hot-mutton strife" :- The context suggests that this means a heated argument. More research is required

[Note 146.11] "Your loving husbands can get down, In one short fleeting hour from town":- suggests that the railway was being used in conjunction with the ferries to enable businessmen to commute between their homes in fashionable Dunoon and their offices in Glasgow

[Note 146.12] "street rubinis" :- Giovanni Battista Rubini (7 April 1794 - 3 March 1854) was an Italian tenor, one of the most famous singers in Europe in the 1820s to 1840s. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giovanni_Battista_Rubini]. Singers and other entertainers busking in the streets were a common sight in the mid 19th century.

 

 

 

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