FOR A VERY, VERY LONG, LONG TIME
 
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I'll sing a little song to you, I song I haven't sung
For a very, very long, long time
In fact I haven't sung it since the days when I was young
A very, very long, long time
I'll try to make it witty, intellectual, and terse
And let a little joke or two appear in every verse
And when you've heard it through you'll say you haven't heard a worse
For a very, very long, long time.

In this delightful country, when it once begins to rain
Well it rains for a very, very long, long time
The sun will shine an hour or two, and won't appear again
For a very, very long, long time
We're proud of good old Father Thames - at least we try to be
But we do not like those odours that arise so frequently
Reminding one of fish, you know, that haven't seen the sea
For a very, very long, long time.

We haven't heard of Andre and his wonderful balloon
For a very, very long, long time.
If he makes the great discovery, 'twill be the greatest boon
We've had for a very, very long, long time.
But looking at the facts, I think he's either up a tree
Or he and his balloon are at the bottom of the sea
And if they are, I fancy there they both will have to be
For a very, very long, long time.

Old England, so they tell us, has been going down the hill
For a very, very long, long time.
It's been progressing backwards, or been simply standing still
For a very, very long, long time.
But though all foreign nations have that sort of thing to say
Their little tricks on England they are careful not to play
Or they know they'd get a licking such as hasn't come their way
For a very, very long, long time.

This sort of song is easy, I could spin you verses out
For a very, very long, long time.
And give you lots of things for you to think and talk about
For a very, very long, long time.
On every knid of topic there is something to be said
But I haven't time to say it, so I'll finish off instead
By saying, 'Make the most of life, for when you're dead you're dead
For a very, very long, long time.
 
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Performed by Mel B. Spurr (1852-1904)
 
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