I NEVER GO EAST OF TEMPLE BAR
 
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I'm Fred Fitzfaddle Fitzurse Lollipop
My style's tiptop, some call me fop
And I've my card with a crest at the top
And my motto is 'La de Dah'
I was born and bred, and still live West
There dined and dressed, and all the rest
And tho' I have many times been pressed
I have never passed Temple Bar.

Spoken - Temple Bar is the landmark between the cream of Society and the skim milk of the city.

Chorus: I never go East of Temple Bar
Of Temple Bar, of Temple Bar
I'll stick to St James's and Belgraviar
And never go East of Temple.


I heard in the city folks oft go smash
Tho' they've lots of cash, that they can flash
But they get it by trade and all such trash
And I know what tradesmen are
They are awful bores at the West I know
They plague one so, if a bill you owe
And that is one reason I won't go
To the east of Temple Bar.

Spoken - I've honoured tailors by showing off their clothes for years and then they want me to pay them.

Chorus:

My blood they oft tell me is blue
'Twixt me and you that isn't true
For I know very well it's a crimson hue
I found out in a spar
It wasn't the blow that hurt my pride
With rage I cried, and could have died
To think that the fellow who tanned my hide
Lived East of Temple Bar.

Chorus:
 
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Performed by Harry Rickards (1841-1911)
 
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