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LIVELY (Donegan / Buchanan) Lonnie Donegan - 1960 Now, lively is a funny word It means a lot of things But to the burglar people A hurgent call it brings 'Cause when they're breakin' open safes Or nailin' up mail vans Lively just means scarper, boys To all the different gangs Lively, lively, the night is goin' fast Lively, lively, we've both got murky pasts Lively, lively, don't leave that bloke untied 'Cause if you did, it's a penny to a quid That we'd both end up inside We broke into a spinster's house While she was knelt in prayer She was prayin' for a man What sort she didn't care We had to dive beneath the bed The dust fair made us sneeze "Cor, that was quick," the old girl cried And jumped up orf 'er knees Lively, lively, the night is goin' fast Lively, lively, we've both got murky pasts Lively, lively, don't leave that bloke untied 'Cause if you did, it's a penny to a quid That we'd both end up inside Now, we rehearsed for days and days A smash-and-grab to do "You throw the brick," one bloke said "And I'll leave the grab to you" The brick went through the windah "Now grab," they cried, "and quick" It wasn't till we'd got away I found I'd grabbed our brick Aw, lively, lively 'Ere, I sang this song once at a policemen's dance But I was only singin' for coppers Oh, what a gagster! Whilst on the run once from the law I rushed into a church I mixed with lots of people Just to confuse the search I found meself right up the front The best place I could 'ide I 'ad a fright when some bloke said "Got the ring? Here comes the bride," ooiks! Lively, lively, the night is goin' fast Lively, lively, we've both got murky pasts Lively, lively, don't leave that bloke untied 'Cause if you did, it's a penny to a quid That we'd both end up inside The shop steward of our union Was up before the judge Who sentenced him to eigteen months Our steward lodged a grudge "The maximum is twelve, M'lud" The judge replied, "What rot! You've always wanted time and a half And that's just what you've got" Oh, lively, lively, the night is goin' fast Lively, lively, we've both got murky pasts Lively, lively, don't leave that bloke untied Or if you did, it's a penny to a quid Oh, gor blimey, here comes Hymie (Lah, Lah, tuppence on your jar) (Rosin the bow and here we go) (Good luck then snapper, here comes a copper) I've 'ad some beer, if we run in 'ere We both end up inside (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - September 2015)

    


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