I BEGAN TO RUN
 
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You can tell by the way I'm developed
That an athlete bold am I
For a ten mile running championship
One time I had a try
The pistol banged, and from their marks
Flew all the racing cracks
I stood quite still, but when I saw
The people turn their backs.

Chorus: I began to run - to run,
Then for a change did a gallop
I gathered the prizes under my arm
And then I began to run.


I'm a half-back when I play at football
I can shoot goals with my head
I'm a half-back when I start the game
When I finish I'm half dead
While playing for the 'Villa' once
A forward dashed at me
And when he'd broken every bone
In my anatomy,

Chorus: I began to run - to run,
Then for a change I did a gallop
I swallowed the ball and his boot and all
And then I began to run.


When I look at a girl, it's all over
For she can't resist my glance
And last night about ten yards ahead
I saw a girl by chance
I hurried to the fair one's side
And tried to tell the tale
I had no thought of leaving
But when she removed her veil,

Chorus: I began to run - to run,
Then for a change I did a gallop
I covered the place she said was her face
And then I began to run.


I once went out seeking for treasure
In a far off savage land
And before very long I was captured there
By cannibals in a band
The savage chief he welcomed me
With quite a hungry look
He grabbed a pan, and when I heard
Him shouting for the cook

Chorus: I began to run - to run,
Then for a change I did a gallop
He told the troop I'd do for soup
And then I began to run.


While strolling round somebody's farmyard
To a big hen-coup I strayed
And when I left somebody's hen-coup
I'd a lot of the eggs they'd laid
I placed the eggs for safety in
My trousers pocket quick
I walked off slow, but when the farmer
landed me a kick,

Chorus: I began to run - to run,
Then for a change I did a gallop
I felt the eggs all down my legs
And then I began to run.
 
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Written and composed by C.W. Murphy & Dan Lipton - 1908
Performed by George Formby Snr. (1875-1921)
 
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