IT WENT - WENT QUICK!
 
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Once on a time it came to pass that I was out one day
Walking along down Oxford Street in a thoughtful sort of way
I was absolutely stony broke, brimful of sorrow's cup
Till I saw a sixpence on the ground, as I stooped to pick it up.

Chorus: It went! it went! vanished in a tick
Before I reached the tempting thing
A bad boy pulled it with a string
Abracadabra! Presto fly!
It went - went quick!


I fell in love with a maiden fair with peach bloom on her skin
Of course I used to take her out until she took me in
'Twas her complexion won my heart, a lovely pink and white
It lasted, well, through the wedding day, but when it came to night

Chorus: It went! it went! vanished in a tick
I thought that bloom would last for weeks
But when I kissed her blooming cheeks
Abracadabra! Presto fly!
It went - went quick!


I'd been tucking a half-crown hot lunch into me
Then I went out for a shilling sail upon the briny sea
The mighty waves, like mountains, caused our craft to rock a lot
I began to think of my dinner, and I said, 'Waste not, want not!'

Chorus: It went! it went! vanished in a tick
'Heave ho' they cried, 'The shore's in sight.'
'Heave ho' I heaved with all my might!
Abracadabra! Presto fly!
It went - went quick!


I went out to a party in a dress suit hired that night
It fitted me all over alike and the buttons were not tight
I felt them going one by one as I commenced to dance
Till at last I found there was only left one button on my pants

Chorus: It went! it went! vanished in a tick
I heard a 'click' - I felt it go
I just had time to say 'Hullo'
Abracadabra! Presto fly!
It went - went quick!
 
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Performed by Little Tich (1867-1928)
 
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