On Monday, July 13, The New York Public Library will begin to gradually reopen our physical locations, starting with limited grab-and-go service at eight library locations. We hope to reopen more locations soon. Find details about locations, services, and requirements, and learn more about accessing our remote resources.

Library division & collection with this item:

View this item elsewhere:

Only a Bowery boy
Additional title: I was born down on the Bowery between Spring Street and Prince. [first line]
Additional title: I'm only a Bowery boy won't take no bluffs nor a call. [first line of chorus]
Davis, Gussie L., 1863-1899 (Composer)
Ward, Chas. B. (Lyricist)
Ward, Chas. B. (Singer)

American popular songs

Sheet music, 1894

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1894
Place: New York ; London
Publisher: The New York Music Co. ; Chas. Sheard & Co.
Library locations
Music Division
Bowery (New York, N.Y. : Street)
Poor persons -- New York (State) -- New York (N.Y.) -- 1890-1899
Content: Cover includes a photograph of Charles B. Ward with caption: Charles B. Ward, the original Bowery boy.
Content: On cover: A true picture of Bowery life...as sung with great success in John Kernell's McFaddens Elopement Co.
Statement of responsibility: words by Chas. B. Ward ; music by Gussie L. Davis.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 score (6 p.) ; 35 cm.
Type of Resource
Notated music
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 9d60ab40-c58f-012f-2d46-58d385a7bc34
Rights Statement
The New York Public Library believes that this item is in the public domain under the laws of the United States, but did not make a determination as to its copyright status under the copyright laws of other countries. This item may not be in the public domain under the laws of other countries. Though not required, if you want to credit us as the source, please use the following statement, "From The New York Public Library," and provide a link back to the item on our Digital Collections site. Doing so helps us track how our collection is used and helps justify freely releasing even more content in the future.

Item timeline of events

  • 1863: Creator Born
  • 1894: Issued
  • 1899: Creator Died
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2020: Found by you!
  • 2021

MLA Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. "Only a Bowery boy" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1894. http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/510d47de-06b9-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Chicago/Turabian Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. "Only a Bowery boy" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed July 12, 2020. http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/510d47de-06b9-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

APA Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. (1894). Only a Bowery boy Retrieved from http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/510d47de-06b9-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Wikipedia Citation

<ref name=NYPL>{{cite web | url=http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/510d47de-06b9-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99 | title= (notated music) Only a Bowery boy, (1894) |author=Digital Collections, The New York Public Library |accessdate=July 12, 2020 |publisher=The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox, and Tilden Foundations}}</ref>

Only a Bowery boy