COVENT GARDEN IN THE MORNING
 
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It's now after dark and I'm out for a lark
The pleasure I seek is not harming
With a lady for a mate which will suit first rate
The effect I'm sure will be charming
To a ball we'll go, our graces to show
When the first break of day is dawning
Away with our mates to cool our pates
We'll be off to Covent Garden in the morning.

Chorus: Cherries so red, strawberries ripe
At home, of course, they'll be storming
Never mind the abuse, you have the excuse
You went to Covent Garden in the morning.


Very queer you may feel, your brain may reel
Soda water, Brighton Seltzer, is restoring
A hand very shaky, a head very achy
All these I'm clever at curing
If screw'd over night, in the morning not right
When the first break of day is dawning
Away with our mates to cool our pates
We'll off to Covent Garden in the morning.

Chorus:

Among green turnip tops and red flower pots
You'll find me there in my glory
And to save all strife, take home to my wife
Some fruit, and plum her with a story
To keep things quiet and save a riot
Here's my word - when daggers she's drawing
Away with our mates to cool our pates
We went to Covent Garden in the morning.

Chorus:

I've a friend named Bill, who drives the quill
And all things that are fast he'll fancy
With a sweet little wife to comfort his life
Yet he dearly loves a girl called Nancy
Very often he'll try - but it's all my eye
To get home to his supper, still warming
This excuse he tries, to his wife, he cries
I went to Covent Garden in the morning.

Chorus:

Take the cue from me, and you'll soon see
The words that I speak are truthful
And I'm sure at home they'll ne'er pick a bone
If you only make the journey sweet and fruitful
So, if here you come to see the fun
And stay out till day is dawning
Don't fear the abuse, you have the excuse
You went to Covent Garden in the morning.

Chorus:
 
Trivia1

Alfred or 'The Great' Vance, started his career as a solicitor's clerk in Lincoln's Inn Fields, he then ran his own dancing school and even had his own one man show before turning to the Music Hall stage as one of the 'Lions Comiques'. This song, was an ideal opportunity for him to demonstrate his ability to play the cheerful cockney. By the 19th century, Covent Garden had developed into an area popular with bohemian artists, journalists and writers who frequented its many coffee houses and taverns. In his flamboyant costumes, Vance would have parodied these characters and gently mocked their ways of life.

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Written and composed by J.L. Graydon & Robert Coote - 1873
Performed by Alfred Vance (1838-1888)
 
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