This place a palace of light drawn with shade Of silence and pretence a token of our trade And here you and I lie wreathed in flames All over a life lived by making up new games Of gazes and whispers. I want you to know I still love you Even though we've been dancing on broken glass, Parade all your memories, for the moments we shared Never fade away. I want you to know I still love you When I walk down the memory lane Where the night swears its love to the stars There will be no more tears today, hey hey. We shared a penchant for cyanide praise Fashioned our armours of empathy's malaise And all of that hurt, and all of those words that we said You'd think we poisoned the ground on which we tread But the lining is silver.
The lyrics were written by Chevalier, with music composed by his brother Auguste under the name Charles Ingle.
The song's title refers to an s colloquialism for a partner or friend. The phrase has a of etymologies; two Cockney rhyming slang explanations identify the phrase as coming from "dutch plate" "mate" or "Duchess of Fife" "wife".
As with many music hall songs, the lyrics dealt with poverty and sex differences. When introducing the song, Chevalier would enter dressed as an elderly Cockney man with his elderly partner. They would head towards a workhousewhereupon the porter would separate them under the sex segregation rules.
Chevalier's character would cry out in refusal, "you can't do this to us; we've been together for forty years! Henry Chance Newton described the song as a "famous domestic monologue". Laura Ormiston Chant commented that the song outlined "the finest sentiments of the human heart [ Lewis Carroll said that the song influenced public taste "towards refinement and purity".
In his later career, Chevalier performed a dramatised version of the song. In a segment of Beatles Anthology concerning the Beatles receiving the Order of the British EmpireRingo Starr claims that during their audience with Queen Elizabeth she asked how long the group had been together, he and Paul McCartney spontaneously sang We've been together now for forty years in jest, to the Queen's bemusement.
Song by Albert Chevalier. My Old Dutch. Popular Music in England, Manchester University Press.
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