H.M.S. Pinafore/Appendix I

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In H.M.S. Pinafore, Gilbert used several of his previous "Bab Ballads" as sources, taking elements from them and working them into dialogue or lyrics of the opera. S. J. Adair Fitz-Gerald writes that H.M.S. Pinafore and "several of the subsequent operas were simply and delightfully the amazingly extravagant Bab Ballads grown up."[1] In this Appendix, we provide the Bab Ballads identified by reliable sources as sources for H.M.S. Pinafore.

Captain Reece[edit]

The Baby's Vengeance[edit]

The Bumboat Woman's Story[edit]

General John[edit]

Lieutenant-Colonel Flare[edit]

Joe Glightly[edit]

Little Oliver[edit]

The list of Bab Ballads is taken from Fitz-Gerald, pp. 35-40.


  1. Fitz-Gerald, p. 35


  • Fitz-Gerald, S. J. Adair (1924). The Story of the Savoy Opera. London: Stanley Paul & Co., Ltd.