HI TIDDLEY HI TI
 
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I've had a fair Bank Holiday
Things with me lately have been gay
First I dodged the tax-collector, then I did the gas-inspector
Then with the lodger my dear wife
Sloped with the children - on my life
So, to end my woe and strife, I thought I'd have a lark
So in half a tick I toddled round, toddled round
And some pals I quickly found, good and sound
Soon our joys and cares we drowned, you be bound
I was so gay I swore I'd pay, and to them made remark,

Chorus: All of you come along with me, I'm for a rare old, fair, old spree
Everybody here's invited, come with me, I'll see you right
All of you come, you must be dry, Hi-tiddley-hi-ti-hi-ti-hi
Come along and wet your eye, for I'm all right.


Down to the West I went with ten
Good solid lasting fasting men
Arm in arm we started strolling, soon the blessed lot were rolling
Dear little girls from near and far
Said, with a smile, 'Ah there you are'
Then I asked them to the bar, as they all looked so dry
There were fourteen girls with golden hair, oh so fair
Twenty cabmen standing there did a stare
All came in to have a share, take their fare
And for the lot upon the spot for drinks I had to cry.

Chorus:

After I'd treated half the town
I tried to borrow half a crown
Asked my pals, but each old crony swore to goodness 'he was stoney
I, being fairly on the job asked a policeman for a bob
But he tapped me on the nob and told me I was tight
Then my pals came round - their tempers rose, came to blows
Some one struck the policeman's nose- such a nose
He called 'Help' as you'll suppose - oh our woes
Then ran us in, and with a grin he shouted with delight.

Chorus: All of you come along with me, you've had a rare old, fair, old spree
Everybody here's invited, join me, and I'll see you righted
All of you come, you must be dry, Hi-tiddley-hi-ti-hi-ti-hi
Come along and wet your eye, for I'm all right.
 
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Written and composed by Thomas Le Brunn & George Le Brunn - 1890
Performed by Charles Godfrey (1851-1900)
 
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