George Leybourne - THE DARING YOUNG MAN ON THE FLYING TRAPEZE

First performance: 26/04/2006


Coverinfo

Bruce performed the song 3 times :

2006-04-26 - CONVENTION HALL, ASBURY PARK, NJ
Final public rehearsal show for the upcoming tour. "The Daring Young Man On The Flying Trapeze" closes the set

2006-06-25 - PNC BANK ARTS CENTER, HOLMDEL, NJ
Tour premiere of "The Daring Young Man On The Flying Trapeze" for the final U.S. tour. 
 
2006-11-12 - WEMBLEY ARENA, LONDON, ENGLAND
European debut of "The Daring Young Man On The Flying Trapeze".  
 
 
  

Songinfo

"The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze", originally published under the title "The Flying Trapeze" and also known as "The Man on the Flying Trapeze", is a 19th-century popular song about a flying trapeze circusperformer, Jules Léotard. The song was first published in 1867, with words written by the British lyricist and singer George Leybourne, music by Gaston Lyle, and arrangement by Alfred Lee. The lyrics were based on the phenomenal success of trapezeartist Jules Léotard, for whom the one-piece dancer's garment was named.
 
 
 
 
    

Other cover versions

Bruce on the artist

Bruce on the song :
 
"This is sort of the other song that explains what we´re trying to do, what, what we´re, not what we´re trying to do but what we´re doing alright...."

Lyrics

Once I was happy but now I'm forlorn
Like an old coat that is tattered and torn
Left in this wide world to fret and to mourn
Betrayed by a maid in her teens

The girl that I loved she was handsome
I tried all I knew her to please
But I could not please her one quarter so well
Like that man upon the trapeze

He'd fly through the air with the greatest of ease
A daring young man on the flying trapeze
His movements were graceful, all girls be could please
And my love he purloined away

This young man by name was "Signor Bona Slang"
Tall, big, and handsome as well made as Chang
Wherever he appeared the hall loudly rang
With ovation from all people there

He smiled from the bar on the people below
And one night he smiled on my love
She winked back at him and she shouted "Bravo!"
As he hung by his nose up above

He'd fly through the air with the greatest of ease
A daring young man on the flying trapeze
His movements were graceful, all girls be could please
And my love he purloined away

Her father and mother were both on my side
And very hard tried to make her my own bride
Her father he sighed, and her mother she cried
To see her throw herself away

It was all no avail, she went there every night
And would throw him bouquets on the stage
Which caused him to meet her, how he ran me down
To tell you would take a whole page

He'd fly through the air with the greatest of ease
A daring young man on the flying trapeze
His movements were graceful, all girls be could please
And my love he purloined away

One night I as usual went to her dear home
Found there her father and mother alone
I asked for my love, and soon they made known
To my horror, that she'd run away

She'd packed up her box and eloped in the night
With him with the greatest of ease
From two stories high, he had lowered her down
To the ground on his flying trapeze

He'd fly through the air with the greatest of ease
A daring young man on the flying trapeze
His movements were graceful, all girls be could please
And my love he purloined away

Some months after this I went to a hall
Was greatly surprised to see on the wall
A bill in red letters, which did my heart gall
That she was appearing with him

He taught her gymnastics and dressed her in tights
To help him to live at his ease
And made her assume a masculine name
And now she goes on the trapeze

She floats through the air with the greatest of ease
You'd think her a man on the flying trapeze
She does all the work while he takes his ease
And that's what's become of my love