I'D BETTER CALL AGAIN NEXT WEEK
 
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I took a job as broker's man, and once I had to roam
Up half a dozen flights of stairs to mind somebody's home
The husband came out with a gun, and said, 'Now, what's the row?'
I answered, 'I'm the broker's man, but really, I think now,

Chorus: 'I'd better call again next week
Next week, week, week, week, week
Sorry I came unawares
Please don't throw me down the stairs
I'm afraid you'll hurt me, I'm tender so to speak
And as you might want a target,
Why, I'd better call again next week.


I once was in the Fire Brigade and wore a helmet bright
One evening I was busy at an oil shop all alight
A loving pair were spooning in the first floor, over head
Theyn took no notice of the smoke - I winked my eye and said,

Chorus: 'I'd better call again next week
Next week, week, week, week, week
Hope you won't think I'm a liar
Underneath you there's a fire
And I've come to save you
From danger, so to speak
But I see you're newly married, so
I'd better call again next week.


I lately got acquainted with a scientific gent
And called on him one day to see a new experiment
But when he started playing with a pound of dynamite
I made my way towards the door and said, in tones polite,

Chorus: 'I'd better call again next week
Next week, week, week, week, week
I'll bid you good afternoon
If that stuff goes off too soon
I shall be an angel across the golden streak
And if I should meet my landlord, oh
I'd better call again next week.


Now, once upon a time, I had to leave my wife at home
And for a year or two I sailed upon the angry foam
I came home unexpectedly and quietly crept inside
I peeped around our parlour door, beheld the wife, and cried

Chorus: 'I'd better call again next week
Next week, week, week, week, week
Another man was there to tea
My wife Jane sat on his knee
'Go on with your spooning'
I whispered mild and meek
'I'm only your fond husband, so
I'd better call again next week.
 
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Written and composed by A.J. Mills & Albert Perry - 1900
Performed by Harry Freeman (1858-1922)
 
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