THE COMET OF THE WEST
 
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I'm the comet of the West, in the shade I put the rest
All others are my satelites you see
But mooning's not my game, I've won my way to fame
And they all have to stand aside for me

Chorus: Shout boys, shout and lets be jolly
Stand aside and let this swell go past
I like to do the grand with a short cane in my hand
For by jove, you see the comet's come at last.


In Belgravia I shine with this taking way of mine
And if in Rottenn Row I chance to ride
My horse hold up its head as though he proudly said
'The comet comes, you fellows stand aside.'

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At a theatre or a ball, or at supper, one and all
To stand aside for me find it best
For my most impressive way puts them down and seems to say
'Stand aside I am the comet of the West.'

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If by chance I'm at a race, in the stand I get a place
No matter what the crowd or who are there
It will always be my pride that I make them stand aside
There's no resisting my important air.

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Every Green-room do I know 'Hind the scenes I often go
And I always come off better than the rest
The ballet all know me, and each pretty star you see
Is attracted by the comet of the West.

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Though other stars may fall I shine brighter than them all
And the comet's shining splendour is its pride
Your applause then kindly lend for my tale is at an end
The comet of the West comes, stand aside.

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Performed by George Leybourne (1842-1884)
 
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