In two chapters of Ulysses Bloom recalls how Corny Kelleher is always singing a nonsensical ditty with a burden of "tooraloom, tooraloom." In Circe he sings the chorus himself. This is an actual music hall song, though Bloom (or Joyce) slightly misremembers the refrain, perhaps unconsciously echoing similar syllables in an Irish lullaby. The song was published in 1873 with the title I Vowed that I Never Would Leave Her, or Tootle Tum, Tootle Tum Tay. An earlier version was published in 1862.

John Hunt 2022

Cover of the sheet music of Lloyd's song. Source:

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