KNOCKING AT EVERY DOOR
 
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Poor young Mister Brown, with his wife, came upto town,
For their wedding day, for the honeymoon he,
Hired an apartment nearby Bloomsbury.
But, soon he whispered, Nellie, I must leave you for a while,
So, he kissed and went out on business and after many a mile,
He'd forgotten the number, forgotten the street.
So he said to a policeman, who stood on his beat...

Chorus: 'I've been knocking at every door, ringing on every bell,
Trying to find the furnished room where I left, my little Nell.
I left her on her own while I went out on business,
I've got a honeymoon, waiting for me,
But I don't know where it is!'

A crowd soon gathered round and some fun they found with Brown,
Said one, 'Did she have rice on her clothes?
Confetti as well, from her head to her toes?'
Said Brown, 'You must have seen her, oh take me to her please,
So they, for a laugh, said he needed the path to a girl on a young soldier's knees.
The soldier said, 'What's up? Do you want a pint?
Said Brown, 'If I don't find what I want, I might!'

Chorus: 'I've been knocking at every door, ringing on every bell,
Trying to find the furnished room where I left, my little Nell.
I left her on her own while I went out on business,
I've got a honeymoon, waiting for me,
But I don't know where it is!'

Next morn, at break of day, he shouted, 'Hip Hooray!'
For there was the house and in two minutes he,
Ran upto his bedroom exclaiming with glee,
'How peacefully she's sleeping, I'm a happy married man
Ah, but pinned to the bed, was a note in black lead
'I've gone back with your mother!' it ran.
'To stay out the first night, you must be a brute!'
In anger he smashed up, the home with his boot.

Chorus: 'I've been knocking at every door, ringing on every bell,
Trying to find the furnished room where I left, my little Nell.
I left her on her own while I went out on business,
I've got a honeymoon, waiting for me,
But I don't know where it is!'

 
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Written and composed by R.P. Weston - 1910
Performed by Whit Cunliffe (1876-1966)
From monologues.co.uk Music Hall Lyrics Collection
 
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