I'D A DIVIL OF A TIME LAST NIGHT
 
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You've heard of Mephistopheles the gentleman with the poker
And the nice long tail who tickles them up below.
Well, at the fancy ball I masqueraded as Lucifer,
For I've always been, a bit of a devil, you know.
Dressed in a suit of red I looked a regular mister Satan,
Beg your pardon, Mephistopheles.
And while they all did the lancers I leapt right amongst the dancers
And they all went down upon their bended knees.

Chorus: All through being Mephistopheles, at the fancy ball.
All the men went, 'Oh! Oh! Oh!'
He's come to take us with him, down below.'
I kissed all the lovely ladies, I gave them all a surprise.
All through being Mephistopheles
I'd a Divil of a time last night.

I hailed a taxi driver but he looked at my Satan make-up,
And he said, 'Not me, I'm not going there tonight!'
I found a policeman, fast asleep, I shook him saying, 'Wake Up!'
And he yelled, 'Oh Gee!' and fell in a fit with a fright.
When I reached home at last the man with a morning jug of water
Dropped his pan and climbed the gutter-spout
My landlady started crying, 'Mister Satan,' she kept saying,
'If you want my young man lodger, sir, he's out!'

Chorus: All through being Mephistopheles, at the fancy ball.
All the men went, 'Oh!Oh! Oh!'
He's come to take us with him, down below.'
One chap shouted from the ballroom, 'I'll go, with great delight.'
If you promise me there's no-one singing rag-time, there.
I'd a Divil of a time last night.

 
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Performed by Whit Cunliffe (1876-1966)
From monologues.co.uk Music Hall Lyrics Collection
 
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