THE COSTER'S LINNET
 
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You've all heard of Liza's wedding
How she married my pal Bill
I was at the church and heard her
Speak those magic words 'I Will'
When I saw her getting married
I thought I should go insane
When she chucked me up for him
My heart was broke with grief and pain
Once I had a moke and barrow
And connection next to none
But I took to drink and sold them
Ev'ry thing but this has gone.

It's only a simple linnet
Tho' for years it has been my 'pard'
Tho' now we must part, it's breaking my heart
To sell him it seems very hard
He's woke me first thing in the morning
When out on my rounds I'd to start
It's a saying that's true, tho' it's not very new
'The best of old friends must part.'

All went well till three months later
Bill came home and found a note
'I have left you for another'
Were the cruel words she wrote
Well, I've known her from a baby
Long before she learned to talk
When she was a doll in 'pinnies'
I would teach her how to walk
Oft she'd come and feed my linnet
Make my little home look smart
Now, alas, there's nothing in it
With my old pal I must part.

It's only a simple linnet
Tho' for years it has been my 'pard'
Tho' now we must part, it's breaking my heart
To sell him it seems very hard
He's woke me first thing in the morning
When out on my rounds I'd to start
It's a saying that's true, tho' it's not very new
'The best of old friends must part.'

Late last night we saw poor Liza
Gazing through the window pane
'Bill,' she cried, 'Forgive me, take me
To your heart and home again'
'Bill,' I pleaded, 'Overlook it,
Take her back lad if you can.'
'No,' he cried, 'I'd sooner die first,
Though a coster I'm a man.'
Then my linnet started singing
Like a voice from up above
Through that they're once more together
Happy in each other's love.

It's only a simple linnet
Tho' for years it has been my 'pard'
Tho' now we must part, it's breaking my heart
To sell him it seems very hard
He's woke me first thing in the morning
When out on my rounds I'd to start
It's a saying that's true, tho' it's not very new
'The best of old friends must part'.
 
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Performed by Charles Seel (d. 1903)
 
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