F. T. Nettleingham’s excellent intoduction to Tommy’s Tunes (1917) explains the necessity for bowdlerisation, and for the exclusion of some songs:
Soldier readers of this work will appreciate to what extent I have purged some of their favourites, and will appreciate all the more the reason I found it impossible to present even a purged version of such songs as are mentioned in the next paragraph.
With such songs as “Miralto Me Re,” ” Kafoosalem, the harlot of Jerusalem,” and ” B. Bill the Sailor,” it is worth placing on record for all time their titles, though I doubt very much whether their rhyming lines will ever find a rest in the British Museum.
Kafoosalem and Bollocky Bill are old acquaintances, of whom I am rather fond. But who or what is “Miralto Me Re”? Any suggestions would be gratefully welcomed.