THE FORTY THIEVES
 
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When the sun has set in the sink
We smoke and drink and drink and smoke
And smoke and drink at night
When policemen sleep from our mountain home we gaily creep
We sally forth when all is still to sally and kill
And kill and slay, and slay and kill
We laugh Ha Ha, and we laugh He He
We laugh He He, and we laugh Ha Ha.

Chorus: For I'm the captain of the forty thieves
They're rorty and they're haughty and they're naughty
They're a bounding band of bold bad bounders
Yes, and I'm the big bounder of the forty.

When the morn awakes
We eat our macarvous and cakes
We sally forth to take our bath
If the snow's not frozen in our path
But frozen it is always so
So without our bath we always have to go
We laugh Ha Ha, and we laugh He He
We laugh He He, and we laugh Ha Ha.

Chorus:

When we fight we're brave and bold
That's when our foe is grey and old
But when there's more than one about
You can bet your life we don't come out
We stay in bed till all is still
And sleep and dream of all the foes we'd like to kill
We laugh Ha Ha, and we laugh He He
We laugh He He, and we laugh Ha Ha.

Chorus:

 
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Performed by Dan Leno (1860-1904)
Performed by Sam Cowell (1820-1864)
From monologues.co.uk Music Hall Lyrics Collection
 
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