I HAVEN'T FOR A LONG TIME, NOW
 
Slade Murray
 

I love, I love the good old songs
My mother used to sing,
'Long live our noble Prince of Wales'
'God save our gracious King.'
When in my little bed, I used
To kiss my mother's brow,
But I haven't, (symbol) haven't (symbol)
I haven't for a long time now!

I used to have a sweetheart, once,
A precious little pearl,
Indeed she was, she really was,
A very charming girl.
I sang outside her door each night,
Till her father bought a big bow-wow,
But I haven't, (symbol) haven't (symbol)
I haven't for a long time now!

I used to go horse-racing, once,
At last, I made a book,
Though lots of men took people's coin,
And then would sling their hook;
I paid my losses like a man,
Till I'd lost about a 'thou'
But I haven't, (symbol) haven't (symbol)
I haven't for a long time now!

I am for ever tied up, in
Love's matrimonial hand,
That is to say, I have a wife,
Who holds the upper hand;
I used to make her fear me once,
By kicking up a row,
But I haven't, (symbol) haven't (symbol)
I haven't for a long time now!

I used to wear a diamond pin,
And a lovely pair of studs,
With little pearls and rubies' in
The form of op'ning buds;
I also had a watch and chain,
'Twas eighteen carat I vow,
But I haven't, (symbol) haven't (symbol)
I haven't for a long time now!

I once would argue politics
Along with many a pal,
And all my Tory arguments
Were very Liberal!
When'er I saw the Grand Old Man
I'd raise my hat, and how;
But I haven't, (symbol) haven't (symbol)
I haven't for a long time now!

 
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Written and composed by Joseph Tabrar - 1884
Performed by Slade Murray (1859-1913)
From monologues.co.uk Music Hall Lyrics Collection
 
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