The Heaviest of Swells
If Ever I Cease To Love
Published: Hopwood & Crew - January 1871
Music: George Leybourne
Lyrics: George Leybourne
If Ever I Cease To Love – With its nonsense verse and political comments on Victorian income tax and even the Royal Family, this song has lasted down the years, when, through a convoluted route, involving a British burlesque dancer and a Grand Duke, became the anthem of the annual New Orleans Mardi Gras parade.
More details are given in The Heaviest of Swells Vol I.