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Just wond'ring

The Pirates of Penzance page calls this selection "Poor wand'ring one"; this page says "Poor Wandering One". Anybody know which it should be? -- Danny@fandom (talk) 19:41, October 15, 2009 (UTC)

BMI says Poor Wandering One. —Scott (talk) 22:50, October 15, 2009 (UTC)
So do some G&S sites, but a scan of a 19th century vocal score shows "wand'ring" in the lyrics, although the song title itself isn't mentioned on the page or in the table of contents. I'm sure Nate can help us figure this out. -- Ken (talk) 01:38, October 16, 2009 (UTC)
Ken is correct that most Libretti don't title the song. It is just listed as "Song – Mabel" within the context of the pages. And depending on the edition/adaptation you are using, it is spelled either way. Doing a quick scan of CDs, I found five listed as Poor Wand'ring One vs. one listing as Poor Wandering One. Likewise for websites, the wand'ring was just a little over 50% of what I was scanning (opera companies, history pages, etc.) I wrote it as Poor Wand'ring One for the Pirates page. I've always known the song as "Poor Wand'ring One", and considered "Poor Wandering One" the modern (correctly spelled) way of presenting it, but honestly I think most playbills (if they do act breakdowns) list it in the 19th century "Poor Wond'ring One". I'm not sure how Scott searched it on BMI, but I came up with both "Poor Wand'ring One" (it leaves out the apostrophe) AND "Poor Wandring One". The BMI work number is 1189438 for Wand'ring, 6292735 for Wandering. So basically all this leads me to say, there is no correct answer. Although, I feel it should be redirected to "Poor Wand'ring One". -- Nate (talk) 03:38, October 16, 2009 (UTC)
It does sound more like "wand'ring" when it's sung. If it's not clear which is "correct", then I agree with Nate on "Wandr'ing". -- Danny@fandom (talk) 17:08, October 16, 2009 (UTC)
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