DON'T STOP MY 'ARF A PINT OF BEER
 
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Now I'm a chap what's moderate in all I 'ave to drink
And if that's wrong, well, tell me what is right
'Cos if you says it's wrong, well then, you're just like Lizzie Ann
When I proposed to her one Sunday night
It was after closing time, she'd come to take me 'ome
And her words, they made me think of suicide
When she said, 'If we got spliced, you must not drink beer again'
I went down on my marrow-bones and cried

Chorus: 'Don't stop my 'arf a pint of beer
It's the only fing what's keepin' me alive
I don't mind yer stoppin' my coffee and my tea
But 'arf a pint of beer a day is medicine to me
I shan't want no other luxuries
Such as champagne or whiskey, never fear
If yer want to see me 'appy and contented all my life
Don't stop my 'arf a pint of beer'


Now I'm a funny fellow especially when I'm ill
And I was bad about this time last year
I told the wife I'd stay in bed, she'd not to make a fuss
But just bring me a pipe and glass o' beer
She brought the doctor in as well, and when he saw the drink he said,
'Throw it out, 'cos it will do 'im 'arm'
And when he said she'd 'ave to feed me on new milk and eggs
I shouted from my bed in great alarm.

Chorus: 'Don't stop my 'arf a pint of beer
It's the only fing what's keepin' me alive
I don't mind yer stoppin' my coffee and my tea
But 'arf a pint of beer a day is medicine to me
I don't want no bloomin' milk or eggs
And to buy them I'll find it very dear
If yer want to see me get out of bed alive and well
Don't stop my 'arf a pint of beer'


Your 'umble once got into trouble with the police
Which brought me notoriety and fame
A kind and simple gentleman asked me to change a cheque
Which bore a high and mighty big pot's name
I got the gentleman the cash, your 'umble got a stretch
And soon into the prison I was led
But when the warders told me 'twas a temperance hotel
I turned round to the gov'nor and I said

Chorus: 'Don't stop my 'arf a pint of beer
It's the only fing what's keepin' me alive
I don't mind losing the skilly and the tea
But 'arf a pint of beer a day is medicine to me
I shan't want no other luxuries
And I shan't want no wages while I'm here
I don't mind the five years, I can do it on my head
Don't stop my 'arf a pint of beer'.
 
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Performed by Gus Elen (1862-1940)
 
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