IT ISN'T THE FIRST TIME
 
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My special point is modesty, I'm not a bit conceited
Down the road tonight by crowds of people I've been greeted
Someone said, 'It's him! Three cheers for Nansen! move your jaws.'
They took me for a big pot, but I ain't stuck up because,

Chorus: It isn't the first time, it isn't the first time
The very, very same thing occurred, my word
It's about a fortnight since I was taken for the Prince
And not the first time, the second or the third.


At two o' clock one morn I found myself in some p'lice-station
With the Sergeant arguing on laws of gravitation?
He got wild and said, 'I've made myself an ass I'm sure,'
I said, 'Well, if you have, you needn't shout about it for,

Chorus: It isn't the first time, it isn't the first time
The very, very same thing occurred, my word
When he said, 'You'll stay all night in the cells,' I said, 'All right
It ain't the first time, the second or the third.'


Fancy me, with all my brains, a-going spooney
On a girl, I did though, and got married like a luny
When we came home from the church I said, 'Now don't be shy
We're married now,' she said, 'I know, do you take me for a pie?'

Chorus: It isn't the first time, it isn't the first time
The very, very same thing occurred, my word
When you see my tribe of kids, you will bet your boots to quids
It ain't the first time, the second or the third.


There seems to be a craze just now for little bits of China
The Russians and the Germans thought that nothing could be finer
So off they scrambled to the East their little bags to pack
But much to their surprise they found old John Bull on their track.

Chorus: It isn't the first time, it isn't the first time
The very, very same thing occurred, my word
If they go one step too far, they will hear from our papa
For not the first time, the second or the third.
 
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Written and composed by Harry Leighton - 1898
Performed by Harry Freeman (1858-1922)
 
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