THE CHEAP EXCURSION TRAIN
 
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Puff, puff, puff, puff goes the engine, now we're starting off again
For a day out in the country by a cheap excursion train
Chaps and girls sit in the corners, all's as cosy as can be
Some have seats and others haven't, some are glad to take a knee
Doors a-banging - banjos twanging to the latest song
Ladies smoking - fellows joking - 'Now we shan't be long.'

Chorus: Now we're off again, on a cheap excursion train
Any amount of chaps and gals, all in their Sunday falderals
Singing a lively song, 'Life on the ocean main'
Going away for a lively day by the cheap excursion train.

Then there's Bertie, with his eye-glass
Thinks the company really is beastly, bally, awfully vulgar
With its songs and sandwiches, just imagine Bertie's horror
When a lady shouts out quick ' 'Ere I say - you with the winder
Hold my baby, 'arf a tick.'
Some reciting - others fighting, swearing all the way
Babies squalling - porters bawling- there's a peaceful day.

Chorus: Now we're off again, on a cheap excursion train
Any amount of chaps and gals, all in their Sunday falderals
Singing a lively song, 'Life on the ocean main'
Going away for a lively day by the cheap excursion train.


Now we've got into a tunnel, all's as lively as can be
'Keep your hands out of my pockets.' 'Who's that tickling my knee?'
'You leave off, you, Bill! I know you- I can tell you by your squeeze'
'Leave off -do! Oh mother, mother. Porter turn the lights up please.'
Lights are gleaming - girls cease screaming- they once more look gay
Gay, but rumpled - hats all crumpled - what a tunnel, eh?

Chorus: Now we're off again, on a cheap excursion train
Any amount of chaps and gals, all in their Sunday falderals
Singing a lively song, 'Life on the ocean main'
Going away for a lively day by the cheap excursion train.
 
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Written and composed by J. P. Harrington
 

Performed by Lillie Langtry (1877-1965). She was known as 'Baby Langtry' as a child singer on the halls and in pantomime. Her early song success was 'Romping In The Playground' and she later became known as 'The Electric Spark'. She died in 1965 at the age of eighty-eight.

Not to be confused with Mrs. Lillie Langtry (1852-1929) 'The Jersey Lily' (1853-1929) an american-born actress of the legitimate theatre.

 
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