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The toy monkey
Additional title: "Click! click" said the monkey on a stick, "never in a shop I'll stay!" [first line of chorus]
Additional title: Fresh from the paintpot, a monkey on a stick posed in the window of a shop. [first line]
Additional title: Geisha. Toy monkey. [uniform title]
Additional title: I'll wish him a polite good-day. [alternative title]
Greenbank, Harry (Lyricist)
Monckton, Lionel (1861-1924) (Composer)

American popular songs.

Sheet music, 1896

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1896
Date Issued: 1896
Place Term: Boston ; [etc.]
Publisher: White-Smith Music Pub. Co.
Library locations
Music Division
Characters and characteristics
Toys -- 1890-1899
Upper class -- England -- 1800-1899
Humorous songs
Sheet music
Content : Former owner's signature on cover at top right [cut off; illegible].

Content : Verso of title page contains the title "I'll wish him a polite good-day" with texts of two verses and choruses.

Content : Pages 6-7 contain dance music for solo piano.

Content : Summary: A toy monkey wanders out of a store to see society, but they ignore him. Trying to return he gets damaged; the storemen try to fix him but in vain.

Content : On cover: Sung by Miss Letty and dance from teh Japanese muical play The geisha.

Statement of Responsibility: Words by Harry Greenbank ; music by Lionel Monckton.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 score (6 p.) ; 32 cm.
Type of Resource
Notated music
UUID: b2523010-c591-012f-712b-58d385a7bc34

Item timeline of events

  • 1896: Issued
  • 2015: Digitized
  • 2015: Found by you!
  • 2016

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Music Division, The New York Public Library. "The toy monkey" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1896 - 1896.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. "The toy monkey" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed November 25, 2015.

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The toy monkey