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WHERE DOES POOR PA GO IN THE BLACKOUT? Norman Long - 1940 The War has provided some problems That have worried us all quite a lot How can we live when the price of our food Is fourteen and thruppence a box But the thing that worries me And the whole darn family Is where can poor Pa go in the blackout Where can poor Pa go at nights He can't find his way to his favourite club He can't find his pals 'cause he can't find the pub So, where does poor Pa go in the blackout He stays home and glares at the kids He grumbles at Mother, she grumbles at him And says, "Well, go out, I'm not keeping you in" So, Father goes out in the blackout Although it is pouring with rain And just as he gets out, then off goes the siren So he comes right home again Where can poor Pa go in the blackout Where can poor Pa go at nights There aren't any pools and he doesn't play Nap His coat's in the tool shed, he can't find his cap So, what does Pa do in the blackout He stays home and mopes by the fire He can't spend his money and Mother knows that She takes it all from him to buy a new hat So, Father he curses the blackout And says it will drive him insane He pops his head out and then off goes a siren So he pops it back again We know where the flies go in Winter We've all known that old one for years And most of our lads have by now found the daughter Of Mam'selle from Armentieres But there's one thing must remain So I ask you once again What can poor Pa do in the blackout What can poor Pa do at nights If he gets to the pub, well, it's tenpence a pint It costs him at least thirty bob to get tight So, what does Pa do in the blackout He just sits at home and looks glum He started on fretwork, he painted the bath But Mother sat in it, we didn't arf laugh And Father was out in the blackout And Mother screamed out with the pain And as soon as he heard it, he thought 'twas the siren So he rushed right home again Where can poor Pa go in the blackout Where can poor Pa go at night His pals are all stuck in their homes just like him They cannot get out, so they gotta stop in So what can poor Pa do in the blackout He says that it's driving him mad He puts on the wireless and what does he get Just Haw-Haw and Boo-Hoo, and they're pretty wet So he tries to go out in the blackout But he goes and falls right down a drain He limps back to Mother and she tells him he's drunk And so he limps right out again (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - March 2016)

    


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