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I TOOK MY HARP TO A PARTY (Noel Gay / Desmond Carter) Gracie Fields Also recorded by : Billy Cotton. Christmas is coming, Christmas is coming Christmas is coming again. But that never thrills me, the thought of it chills me I tell you it fills me with pain. It makes me remember a Christmas gone by, When I was extremely upset A night in December, an evening that I, Would very much rather forget For I took me harp to a party But nobody asked me to play, The others were jolly and hearty But I wasn't feeling so gay. They might have said, "Play us a tune we can sing." But somehow I don't think they noticed the thing. I took me harp to a party But nobody asked me to play So... I took the darned thing away! They asked Mrs. Morgan to play her mouth-organ And somebody else did a dance They Let Mrs. Carter perform a sonata But I wasn't given a chance. A north country person called Sandy McPherson Played bagpipes and took off his coat. While both the Miss Fawcetts bust out of their corsets In trying to take a top note. But I took me harp to a party Nobody asked me to play, The others were jolly and hearty But I wasn't feeling so gay. I felt so ashamed at not striking a note That I tried to hide the thing under me coat I took me harp to a party But nobody asked me to play So... I took the darned thing away! They sang "Home Sweet Home" and "The Banks of Loch Lomond" And "All the King's Horses" and "Trees" While nephews and nieces kept playing their pieces And spreading their jam on the keys. A daughter called Lena, played her concertina We all played ridiculous games, 'Til old Mr. Dwyer, set his whiskers on fire And a fire engine played on the flames. But I took me harp to a party But nobody asked me to play So... I took the darned thing away! (Transcribed by Bill Huntley - December 2004)

    


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