The Songs in Timeless (Parasol Protectorate Special Extras)

A little DVD extra moment for you, Gentle Reader, on this gray Monday morning.

There are two songs mentioned in Timeless I thought, perhaps, you’d enjoy knowing a little more about them.

From the train departure from London scene . . .
The Tunstell’s troupe had already struck up a rousing chorus of Shine Your Buttons with Brasso, an extremely bawdy tune entirely ill-suited to the first class compartment of the Morning Express to Southampton.

And from the Steamer travels sequence . . .
Sometimes one or two of the actors would join them to play the piano. Either Prudence or her mother might pause in their respective activities to listen, Lady Maccon sometimes driven to glare in disapproval when songs strayed too far toward the Old Tattoo Lady and the like.

Since these are sung for fun by actors, I chose slightly rude offerings from my days at the Dickens Fair. Although I am aware the dates are probably off, particularly for the Tattoo Lady, I went with them anyway, because, well, I like them.

Shine Your Buttons with Brasso
You can listen to a sample of the tune as I know it here, under Brasso sung by Brass Farthing.

And here’s a youtube of the boys at the Maker Faire in steampunk garb.

The Old Tattoo Lady is a little more obscure. I tried to find a good sample but Brass Farthing hasn’t released it (although they occasionally do a version at Dickens, feel free to request it) and Hard Times is defunked. There is a Kingston Trio YouTube version but it’s very nambypamby.

Book News:
Updated information on my Europe tour specifically some dates and times in England and Barcelona.

Quote of the Day:
“Tell me what you read and I’ll tell you who you are” is true enough, but I’d know you better if you told me what you reread.
~ François Mauriac

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