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POSTMAN'S 'OLIDAY, THE (Edgar Bateman / Maurice Scott /Eustace Baynes - 1901) As recorded by GUS ELEN: I works just like a nigger and I isn't over strong And I'm mostly on my trotters all the time So I'm glad when Easter Monday or a Whitsun comes along 'Cause a day of perfick rest is really prime So I lately took it easy 'cause I 'ad a day to spare Wiv the wife and kiddies in their Sunday clothes 'Twas a treat to make me mind up for a bit o' country air And the pleasures of a quiet day's repose There was me and the Missus and the 'alf-a-dozen kids Startin' in the morning for the zoo 'Twas a precious way, you know, but we made our minds to go And we took the lot to Epping Forest too To Highgate, Barnet, 'Ampstead, Peckam Rye, At the Crystal Palace made a stay We got weary on our pins and we lost the blooming twins But I'm glad we 'ad a nice quiet day It was grand to see the London smoke from orf the Monument When I'd dragged our pram-ber-lootor to the top As soon as I got up there, to the bottom I was sent 'Cause the Missus let a beef-steak pudden drop And when we reached the Sur-pin-tine, the nipper tumbles in We 'eld 'im upside down a bit to drain And soon as we 'ad scraped the mud from orf his nose and chin Well, blimey, if he don't fall in again There was me and the Missus and the 'alf-a-dozen kids Wiv nuffink in the bottle but the bung But I gave the kids a treat when we got to Newgate Street 'Cause I showed 'em where their uncle 'e were 'ung West 'am, Wanstead, Woolwich, Walthamstow We reached a spot they called St Mary's Cray And then I sez to Ma, "Now you mustn’t go too far 'Cause I finks we've had a nice quiet day" ******************** EXTRA VERSE & CHORUS: The night before, none of us thought o' gettin' into bed 'Cause we'd got all day tomorra for the rest And 'alf the night was taken up in cuttin' meat and bread And in gettin' all the youngsters ready dressed I felt a bit lopsided 'cause I carried all the grub It's surprisin' what a lot the kids can peck And I got a gallon bottle full of porter from the pub 'Cause it balanced all the grub about me neck There was me and the Missus and the 'alf-a dozen-kids Climbin' up the Monument so 'igh Then we played at Jack and Jill when we sampled Greenwich 'ill And we 'ad a run to Chiswick bye and bye Acton, 'Endon, Kilburn, Kensel Green Loaded with the lilac and the may There was blisters on me heel from an 'alf an inch o' steel But I'm glad we 'ad a nice quiet day (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - October 2014)


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