ELSIE FROM CHELSEA
 
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Riding one morning, my fare I'd just paid, Oh, what a lovely day
Gave up my seat to a sweet little maid, Oh, what a lovely day
Tho' she was really a stranger to me
Soon in a deep conversation were we
Told me her name was E.L.S.I.E
From C.H.E.L.S.E.A.

Chorus: Elsie from Chelsea, I can think of nobody elsie
But Elsie from Chelsea, nobody elsie for me
Elsie from Chelsea, I can think of nobody elsie
But Elsie from Chelsea, nobody elsie for me.


Said she had nowhere particular to go, Oh, what a lovely day
Taking the hint I was not very slow, Oh, what a gorgeous day
Soon we were gushing as lovers can gush
Told her I loved her, but she answered 'Hush'
Then when I kissed her she said with a blush
'Oh, what a beautiful day.'

Chorus: Elsie from Chelsea, I can think of nobody elsie
But Elsie from Chelsea, nobody elsie for me
Elsie from Chelsea, I can think of nobody elsie
But Elsie from Chelsea, nobody elsie for me.


Went and we supped in a well-known cafe, Oh, what a lovely night
I was bankrupt before we came away, Oh, what a lovely night
P'r'aps you will guess that it ended in strife
Got a black eye and escaped with my life
Nonsense! the end is that she is my wife
We have been married today.

Chorus: Elsie from Chelsea, I can think of nobody elsie
But Elsie from Chelsea, nobody elsie for me
Elsie from Chelsea, I can think of nobody elsie
But Elsie from Chelsea, nobody elsie for me.
 
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Parody was strongly ingrained in Victorian humour and this was expressed in an exaggerated way in Music Hall songs. 'Elsie from Chelsea' is a romantic and sentimental song set in an everyday situation of a tram ride in the city of London. Using locations and characters that audiences could recognise was a popular technique for many writers and performers. Audience participation was also an important aspect in Music Hall entertainment and people were encouraged to jeer and cheer at performers who would shout and sing their humorous retorts.

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Written and composed by Harry Dacre - 1873
Performed by Seymour Hicks (1871-1949)
 
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