COVER IT OVER QUICK JEMIMA
 
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We had a chicken yesterday for dinner, yes, we did
And talk about a strong'n, why it raised the saucepan lid
It popped its head up when the missus went to give a stir
It tried to sing, "The Anchor's Weighed" and so I said to her,

Chorus: Cover it over quick Jemima, cover it over quick
Get the fork and hold it tight
But mind, the bounder wants to bite
Oh, the smell Its getting strong and thick
Now give a tap on the parson's nose
And cover it over quick.


My Jemima's got a lovely wart upon her back
To show it off in evening dress she seems to have a knack
I took her out to dine one day and in the hall I saw
Her low-necked bodice showed the wart, so I commenced to roar,

Chorus: Cover it over quick Jemima, cover it over quick
Put your back against the wall
Fancy showing it in the hall
That young man there with the coat and stick
Is coming to hang his hat on the wart
So cover it over quick.


The missus and myself went out to buy the Sunday's grub
We thought we'd like a gargle, so we popped into a pub
A chap sat by the side of us, he did upon my life
I pointed to the market bag, and shouted to the wife.

Chorus: Cover it over quick Jemima, cover it over quick
Hide the taters and the beans; I can tumble what he means
Can't you see we shall lose them in a tick?
He's having a look at your belly of pork
So cover it over quick.


While working on a scaffold once I tore my corduroys
And soon I was surrounded by a crowd of girls and boys
My missus brought my dinner, nearly had a fit because
I shouted as I showed her what a nasty tear it was.

Chorus: Cover it over quick Jemima, cover it over quick
Put my dinner upon the ground,
While you're making my trousers sound
I'll catch a cold if you're more than half a tick
The dogs will be after my bubble and squeak
So cover it over quick.
 
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Written and composed by Charles Collins & E.A. Shepherd - 1911
Recorded 1911 by Harry Champion (1866-1942)
 
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