"Don't Dilly Dally on the Way" (also known as "The Cock Linnet Song" or "My Old Man Said Follow the Van") is a song written in 1919 by Charles Collins (1874–1923) and Fred W. Leigh (1871-1924). Both men were prolific song-writers, having written many songs individually or with several different co-writers, and occasionally together. Collins co-wrote other favourites such as "Any Old Iron" and "Boiled Beef And Carrots", while Leigh co-wrote "Waiting at the Church" (sung by Vesta Victoria) and "The Galloping Major" among others. However "Don't Dilly Dally on the Way" is probably their most famous creation. The song was first introduced in the music halls by Marie Lloyd (1870-1922), although this was late in her career and various personal and health problems were starting to take their toll on the singer. However many other artists adopted the song and it became a firm favourite in the music halls and beyond.
Our sheet music for "Don't Dilly Dally on the Way" has been arranged by Jim Paterson in a simple way true to the music hall traditions. However the audio files use a saxophone sound instead of the voice part, or download the piano/vocal sheet music complete with lyrics from the links in the left-hand menu (which also provides midi and mp3 downloads).