GIVE IT TO FATHER
 
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Since I was a kiddie so high the pater used to say
Always study your parents, Georgie, let them be first always
That maxim I have kept in view and last year by the sea
A nice big buxom country girl one morning smiled at me
My pal young Johnny Jones was there and shouted in my ear
'That's just the very girl for you' But I replied, 'No fear!'

Chorus: Give her to Father, Give her to Father
Parents should be first you know
I've been taught and so
Give her to Father, give her to Father
There's a fatter one just behind
So give that one to Father.'


Yesterday I went for a walk, the pater went with me
We popped into a restaurant and ordered eggs for tea
The waiter said, 'We've only one, of eggs we're quite run out'
Said Pa to me, 'You have it George, and I will go without'
The waiter brought that 'fresh' egg in
I heard it coming - Oh
Sing me to sleep! I opened it
Then quickly shouted Whoa.

Chorus: Give it to Father, Give it to Father
Parents should be first you know
I've been taught and so
Give it to Father, give it to Father
I don't want it to fly at me
So hand it on to Pa.'


Pa and I, when Ma was away, to see the sights did go
Pa got frisky, on ginger ale, and over went the show
He took his coat off in the Strand, and so of course did I
When up came fourteen policemen - then the fur began to fly
The magistrate next day to me said, 'What have you been at?
I'm going to give you fourteen days' But I said, 'Don't do that,

Chorus: Give it to Father, Give it to Father
Parents should be first you know
I've been taught and so
Give it to Father, give it to Father
He's been wanting a rest for years
So hand it on to Pa.'


Just a week since several friends came to our house to tea
I sat down in the kitchen with our housemaid on my knee (Oh)
Upstairs they had such a lovely tea - the sweetstuff, Oh what
But I enjoyed myself all right with my 'sweetstuff' below
The Mater shouted out to me, 'Where are you Georgie dear?
Come up and have some pastry' But I shouted out, 'No fear!

Chorus: Give it to Father, Give it to Father
Parents should be first you know
I've been taught and so
Give it to Father, give it to Father
I've a nice bit of 'pastry' here
So give that one to Pa.'
 
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Written by Worton David/Bert Lee & Kenneth Lyle - 1909
Performed by Vesta Tilley (1864-1952)
 
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