Chapter 5 – Badgley’s and Metcalf’s, Beach’s and Brown’s

Carmichael and Cornelius sing a version of an old bawdy song variously known as “Rosemary Lane”, “The Oak and the Ash”, and “Bell Bottomed Trousers” – printed as early as 1780.  Bawdy songs were very popular in the inns, taverns, and clubs of the early 19th century.  The lyrics in this version have been adapted slightly to include the 41st Regiment and the Canadian Fencibles, both stationed in Kingston during the War of 1812.

Cornelius’ toast comes from song 34 of the Bottle Companion.