H.M.S. Pinafore/Appendix I

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 ReeceEdit

The Baby's VengeanceEdit

The Bumboat Woman's StoryEdit

General JohnEdit

Lieutenant-Colonel FlareEdit

Joe GlightlyEdit

Little OliverEdit

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.