HERE WE COME GATHERING FLATS AND JAYS
 
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When a bank holiday is near, the girls come out on Sunday
And look about to find a mug, to take them out on Monday
All all their saucy fal-the-dals, how they wink the naughty gals
With their bits of lace so gay, they find a mash and seem to say,

Chorus: 'Here we come gathering flats and jays,
Flats and jays, flats and jays
Here we come out with our taking ways and nobody gives a warning
But next night if you want a lark, want a lark, after dark
The lady flies and you realise, it's a cold and frosty morning.

Oh, what a gathering near the 'Cri' when hours are small and early
Fellows you'll see 'em at one a.m. whose walk is very curly
In the gutters some will lie, then the bobbies sternly cry
'Move on there' - they give a glance - 'Bill, bring up the ambulance.'

Chorus: 'Here we come gathering flats and jays,
Flats and jays, flats and jays
Here we come out with our taking ways and nobody gives a warning
If you can tip 'em, they'll see you home, see you home, see you home
If you can't - well - in the old stone cell, it's a cold and frosty morning

The Draper's shops are full of sales, the 'remnants' they are making
With scissors - and they're jumping on the goods 'shop soiled' they're faking
Open the doors - in rush the fair, push and tear each others hair
Just a lot of rubbish to buy while shopwalkers gaily cry,

Chorus: 'Here we come gathering flats and jays,
Flats and jays, flats and jays
Here we come out with our taking ways and nobody gives a warning
'What can I do for you? What's the next, and the next, and the next
But man. poor lamb, at the bills says, -well, it's a cold and frosty morning.

 
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Written and composed by E. W. Rogers - 1907
 
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