COCKNEY BILL OF LONDON TOWN
 
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If you ever meet an Irishman 'e'll wear a bit o' green
And 'e'll shout out: 'My name's Reilly.'
There's Taffy and the Scots will talk of Wales and Aberdeen,
Well we all respect them highly.
But you love to see a man who's proud
of the place that gave 'im birth.
I'm a Cockney so, wherever I go, I shout for all I'm worth.
At Shoreditch was the little school at which
For a penny a week hooray
It was knocked into me head that to be Cockney bred
Was a glorious thing to say.

And so now...

Chorus: Pat is proud 'e's Irish; Taffy's proud 'e's Welsh.
Jock is proud that 'e's a Scot. Jolly good luck to all the lot.
I'm proud I'm a Cockney, Proud of me name Bill Brown,
Proud of the finest city in the world, London town.

Give me London for the faggots and the 'alf-a-yards o' tripe
And the two-eyed steak, the kipper.
In the little country villages they keep 'em till they're ripe
For the poor old London skipper.
Oh the fish and the 'tater shops are grand
So are Cockney saveloys
While a decent meal from a bit of jellied eel
Is one of London's joys.
That's why at the trick you'll 'ear the cry
From America o'er the sea
You will 'ear the millionaire
Demanding there 'Is 'Arris's sausages.

While I think...

Chorus:

London's got the Bank of England in it, ev'rybody knows
And it's never yet been busted.
There's four thousand million in it, that's enough to beat our foes,
To beat them we are trusted.
Oh the Cockney son will take 'is gun
For the land 'e loves so dear,
And 'e'll give the Hun a little bit of fun
Where 'e keeps 'is lager beer.
Rough and tough, made of proper sort of stuff,
Fightin' they enjoy.
One of the bravest under fire
Was V.C. Dwyer, a good old Cockney boy. *

Chorus:

 
* 'V.C.' Dwyer, almost certainly refers to Victoria Cross recipient Edward Dwyer, who was killed in action a few weeks before Harry Champion recorded this song. - Dr. Peter Shaw.
 
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Performed by Harry Champion (1865-1942)
From monologues.co.uk Music Hall Lyrics Collection
 
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