I'M SETTING THE VILLAGE ON FIRE
 
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In the village they've always thought I was so quiet
Till lately they've had such a sell
With my dare-devil ways I've been causing a riot
Since I came out of my shell
It's the wild blood I've got in my veins I suppose
Why today I've been out a bought a suit of clothes.

Chorus: And I'm setting the village on fire
Setting the village on fire
Getting the family name into disgrace
Into disgrace by going the pace
Today I spent three pence on wine
And then had a bike out on hire
And I've just broke a window and had a small port
And I'm setting the village on fire.


It's marvellous lately the game I've been playing
With gambling and stopping out late
And I don't care a hang when I hear them all saying
'He'll go to the dogs, sure as fate'
The parson said, 'Young man, this conduct you'll rue
You know not what you're doing.' I said, 'Yes I do.'

Chorus: And I'm setting the village on fire
Setting the village on fire
He says I shall rue it but that's bally rot
I don't care a jot, I'm a regular what, what
He said to me. 'Young man this life
Is bound to bring you in the mire
And you're setting examples' I said 'You're another
And I'm setting the village on fire.'


And all the girls in the village I'm mashing
They've all gone clear dotty on me
I suppose they all love me because I'm so dashing
And love to go out on the spree
One girl looked at my clothes and said, 'What
Are you setting fashion?' I said, 'No I am not'

Chorus: And I'm setting the village on fire
Setting the village on fire
The old gossips say I'm a devil-ma care
A devil-ma-care, but what do I care
Why, tonight I've been out with the lads
And to show them I'm a high flyer
I've smoked a cigar till I made myself sick
And I'm setting the village on fire.


I know the p'lice force is watching my movements
They've heard I'm a terrible case
They know that once I'm in wine, I'm a terror
And a dangerous fellow to face
I'm sowing my wild oats and don't care a straw
And I never think twice about breaking the law.

Chorus: And I'm setting the village on fire
Setting the village on fire
I know they call me a devil-ma care
A devil-ma care, but what do I care?
A bookie just came up to me and said
'What are you backing Squire?'
I said, 'Here's a bob, I don't care how I plunge'
For I'm setting the village on fire.
 
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Written, composed and performed by Billy Merson (1881-1947)
 
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