THE LECTURER
 
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A lecturer you now behold, I'm a man of great renown
Whatever subject I take up, I'm sure to take you down
I've studied thingamy and trig'my, back-slang, back-answer strong
But here I'm going to prove to you that man is built all wrong.

Chorus: We've hollow bones and marrow bones
Also organs one or two
Irregular bones and funny bones
Whelks and muscles just a few
We've trunks and 'ampers
Spinal cords and a pair of lovely feet
But in the nineteenth century now
We find man is not complete.


I'll show you in some pretty words that man's not fit for life
If he were built up differently 'twould end a deal of strife
I'm sure you will agree with me, though man is not a dunce
It's impossible for any man to do twenty things at once.

Chorus: We've hollow bones and marrow bones
Also organs one or two
Irregular bones and funny bones
Whelks and muscles just a few
We've trunks and 'ampers
Spinal cords and a pair of lovely feet
But in the nineteenth century now
We find man is not complete.
 
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Written and composed by Denham E. Harrison/Dan Leno & T.B. Sedgwick
Performed by Dan Leno (1860-1904)
 
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