THE COSTERS SERENADE
 
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You ain't forgotten yet that night in May
Down at the Welsh 'arp, which is down 'Endon way
You fancied winkles and a pot of tea
'Four- 'alf' I murmured, 'Good enough for me'
'Give me a word of 'ope that I may win'
You prods me gently with the winkle pin
We was as 'appy as could be that day
Down at the Welsh 'arp, which is down 'Endon way.

Chorus: Oh 'Arriet, I'm waiting, waiting for you my dear
Oh 'arriet I'm waiting, waiting alone out here
When that moon shall cease to shine
False will be this 'eart of mine
I'm bound to go on lovin' yer, my dear.


You ain't forgotten 'ow we drove that day
Down to the Welsh 'Arp, in my donkey shay
Folks with a 'chy-ike' shouted 'Ain't they smart?'
You looked a queen, me every inch a Bart
Seemed that the moke was saying 'Do me proud'
Mine is the noblest turn-out in the crowd
Me in my 'pearlies' felt a toff that day
Down at the Welsh 'arp, which is down 'Endon way.

Chorus:

Eight months ago and things is still the same
You're known about 'ere by your maiden name
I'm getting chivied by my pals 'cos' why?
Nightly I warbles 'ere for your reply
Summer 'as gone, and it's freezing now
Still love's a burning in my 'eart I vow
Just as it did that 'appy night in May
Down at the Welsh 'arp, which is down 'Endon way.

Chorus:
 
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Written and composed by Albert Chevalier & John Crook
Performed by Albert Chevalier
 
Albert Chevalier made his music hall debut with this song at the London Pavilion in 1891 after 14 years on the legitimate stage. He was billed to follow Bessie Bellwood, a loud cockney performer who specialised in banter with the audience and he was afraid they would not listen to a plaintive serenade. Instead, he got an ovation: the charm and originality of 'The Coster's Serenade' were appreciated at once.
 
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