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Dick's Among The Gutta

Mitchell Library, Glasgow Collection

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Dick's Among The Gutta

"Dick's Among The Gutta", a song preserved in a scrapbook entitled Old Glasgow Street Songs etc, 1850 which is held at the Mitchell Library.

This is a song about a man who loses his girl to a "Champagne Charlie" who (it transpires) is a mere cobbler. The title refers to the fact that the girl in the song worked in James Dick's factory, which made rubberised soles for shoes from gutta-percha. The Glasgow word for gym shoes, "gutties", is derived from the name of this material.

Reference: GC 398.5 GLA

Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Libraries Information and Learning

Keywords:
boot makers, Champagne Charlies, cobblers, courting, Dick's Among The Gutta, folks songs, Glasgow Green, gutta-percha, lyrics, Old Glasgow Street Songs etc, 1850, poetry, romance, rubberised soles, shoe makers, shoes, street songs



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