At six o'clock on Sunday night I first met Percy Brown
At seven o'clock you see, he was making love to me
At eight o'clock he took me home to see his ma and pa
“Because his ma and pa” he said, were most particular
As I stood in the parlour wondering what they'd think of me
I heard somebody giggling, then in marched the family.

Chorus: Percy's mother fixed me with a look
Such a funny look, read me like a book
Percy's father walked round me
Then the dog on the mat began to bark, bow, wow, wow, wow
All the kids came peeping through the door
Through the parlour door, then they all began to roar
Oh Jerusalem, come and see
What Percy's picked up in the park.

His little brother said I wonder if the thing's alive
And then he took a pin and, of course, he stuck it in
Then his Uncle Jeremiah said, “This takes a bun
What funny things you do see when you haven't got a gun”
The young man lodger came and looked at me and said “Dear, dear
What curious little insects fly about this time of year.”

Written and composed by Joe Burley & Harry Castling - 1912
Performed by Vesta Victoria (1874-1951)
Performed by Ella Retford (1886-1962)
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