Bremen has always been a musical town, with top-notch bands, orchestras, performing troupes. At times, it bubbled over into singing in the streets.
Not always appreciated.
“Ella Ree” is an 1853 ditty by James W Porter & Charles E Stewart/Steuart.
The lyrics are rather morose…. Click the image to display a larger version
The lyrics were altered multiple times, usually to be more optimistic, but even so this Carroll Clark recording from about 1910 is probably a more authentic sound.
Bremen in the 1880s. Click an image to display a larger version