All About the Songs Mentioned in Timeless

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.

1 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.

2 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 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.


More like this?

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A Playlist for Max & Bryan in The Sumage Solution

And here’s 10 Songs Behind the Tinkered Starsong Series & Why – The Divine Kpop Playlist (BTS, GOT7, BTOB)

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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


Timeless: Parasol Protectorate Book 5

Timeless Gail Carriger with Egyptian teacup


Alexia Tarabotti, Lady Maccon, has settled into domestic bliss. Of course, being Alexia, such bliss involves integrating werewolves into London High society, living in a vampire’s second best closet, and coping with a precocious toddler who is prone to turning supernatural willy-nilly. Even Ivy Tunstell’s acting troupe’s latest play, disastrous to say the least, cannot put a damper on Alexia’s enjoyment of her new London lifestyle. Until, that is, she receives a summons from Alexandria that cannot be ignored.

With husband, child, and Tunstells in tow, Alexia boards a steamer to cross the Mediterranean. But Egypt may hold more mysteries than even the indomitable Lady Maccon can handle.

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