JOHNNY, THE ENGINE DRIVER
 
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Some ladies love the sailors' brave,
That plough the salt salt sea,
While some prefer the soldiers' bold,
That's not the case with me,
I love the valiant driver of
An engine on the line,
And by and by I shall be his,
And he is to be mine.

Chorus: Oh! My Johnny is the driver of a big engine,
On the railway line, oh! he looks so fine,
And on Pancake day he's to be mine,
Is Johnny the engine driver.

My Johnny's eyes are a deep dark black,
And likewise is his hair,
And so'd his face and hands sometimes,
But for that I do not care,
There's not a driver on the line,
So brave and bold as he,
Oh! I am so fond of Johnny, and
My Johnny's fond of me.

Chorus:

When my love starts on a journey,
On the platform there, I stand,
First he makes his engine whistle,
Then to me he'll kiss his hand,
His engine puffs and blows and goes,
And I watch till out of sight,
And then I long to see my love,
Come back again all right.

Chorus:

There's not another man like him,
Can make the engine scream,
And can't he make an awful noise,
When he blows off the steam,
Along the line at light'ning speed,
My Johnny likes to dash,
But lor! I often quake for fear,
He'll someday go to smash!

Chorus:

One day he quietly asked if, I'd,
His 'stoker' be for life,
Or rather, to be plainer, would
I be his darling wife!
So I promised to be his 'tender' half,
And he vowed by 'smoke' and 'steam',
We ne'er should rail but keep in line,
And make life pass like a dream!

Chorus:

 
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Written and composed by G.W. Hunt - 1867
Performed by Annie Adams (1843-1905)
From monologues.co.uk Music Hall Lyrics Collection
 
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