My parents used to say I'd got a voice
Though other folk have called it other names
They sent me to a singing class, I had to learn the scales
You see, I'm rather 'fishy' in my aims
I've learned the scales, I know how much I weigh
But one note I can't reach without a prop
I sing 'Aha's' like Patti and the opera singers do
But I give in when I get near the top.

Chorus: Ah! Ah! Ah! Ah! - !
I really can't reach that top note
Ah! Ah! Ah! Ah! - !
It seems to stick right in my throat
Ah! Ah! Ah! Ah! - !
My poor old voice won't reach so far
So will someone kindly sing it for me,
Ah! Ah! Ah! Ah!...

Some notes of mine are really not so bad
I make the statement, though I know it's a bit rash
But that note at the top is not a bit of use to me
Would someone like to change it into cash?
My voice was once a tenor, years ago
I warbled in the choir and made a hit
My voice was once a 'tenor' then a 'fiver' then a quid
I think at present it's a threepe'nny bit.


They tell me Tetrazzini sings a bit
She's got a voice that goes right up to C
But I don't worry about her, and if it comes to that
I don't suppose she worries about me
I sang before the Prince of Wales last night
And my top note with rapture filled his cup
I sang three songs, and he sat there and never moved
He was annoyed when _ someone woke him up.

Written and composed by Worton David & George Arthurs
Recorded 1910 by Wilkie Bard (1874-1944)
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