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The Ballad of Jack the Ripper
Last updated: 30.04.20
The Ballad of Jack the Ripper has 6 verses of "black humour", as Germans express it, in the Cockney dialect describing the infamous serial killers nocturnal doings in the narrow ill-lit streets of Victorian London. This relatively modern song, © 1974, can be found it Great Cockney Songs Vol. 1 and is the work of Horace Phlange & James Home (lyrics) and Thornton G. Roper (music). It was published by Southern Music Publishing Co. Ltd.
Each verse has memorable lines. My particular favourite is the final verse:
  • Now Jack, e' was a family man what lived wiv 'is old mum.
  • They sat down every night to supper when the day was done.
  • And when his muvver asked him, "Jack, fetch me a piece of tart."
  • 'E said, "D'you want a change this week, or the usual ribs and heart? "
For those not familiar with English slang, tart is not an edible dessert but refers to unvirtuous ladies having low moral values.
When Dr Oliver Rosteck and I teamed up, I thought this "ballad" would be ideal in our repertoire.