I MET HER AT ST. KILDA
 
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On the shore of Hobson's Bay, I was strolling along, one day,
When I reached St. Kilda, I met my Matilda,
'Neath a dainty parasol, she was walking by the sea,
Oh, I thought I wise but her goo-goo eyes,
Oh, they fair goo-goosled me.

Chorus: I met her at St. Kilda, my beautiful Matilda,
My love got so very, very hot, oh, it absolutely grilled her,
Boys shouted in St. Kilda, Oh, have mercy on Matilda
And every time I kissed her on the back yard wall,
Oh, I thought I should have killed her.

When we strolled there by the spray, what a kleiner, I heard them say,
There comes our Matilda, along with Brown the builder,
We sat down on the beach and I took the dainty hand,
Of this dearest of dears and poured love in her ears,
Whilst she filled my mouth with sand.

Chorus: I met her at St. Kilda, my beautiful Matilda,
My love got so very, very hot, oh, it absolutely grilled her,
Boys shouted in St. Kilda, Oh, have mercy on Matilda
And every time I kissed her on the back yard wall,
Oh, I thought I should have killed her.

But I found that I'd been had, my Victorian plum was bad,
I thought she was well born, as she came from Melbourne,
Here's the wedding ring I bought for her finger but for spite,
As we'll never get wed, I shall pawn it instead,
And I'll drown myself tonight.

Chorus: I met her at St. Kilda, my beautiful Matilda,
My love got so very, very hot, oh, it absolutely grilled her,
Boys shouted in St. Kilda, Oh, have mercy on Matilda
When her husband came along with her six kids,
Oh, I thought I should have killed her.
 
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Written and composed by Weston, Barnes & Castling
Performed by Billy Williams (1877-1915)
From monologues.co.uk Music Hall Lyrics Collection
 
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