THE MILLINGTARY BAND
or 'Clang, Clang His Cymbals Went'
 
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I'm agoing to tell the Public of the way that I've been served,
And I also wish to ax'em if they think it's been deserved;
How a girl called Mary loved me, promised me 'er 'eart and 'and,
Then left me for a feller 'oom she thought was much more grand;
'Cos he played upon the cymbals in a Millingtary Band.

Chorus: Clang, clang, his cymbals went, his cymbals went, his cymbals went,
Didn't he think himself a gent, as he walked amidst his band.

I'd called in quite promiscus like to 'ave a cup of tea,
'Twas hearlier than usual, I dare say 'alf past three;
I was heatin' of a muffin, when my love 'eld up 'er 'and,
'Ush, 'ark!, said she, dear, don't you 'ear a Millingtary Band:
Ho! see that darling feller there, don't he now look grand,

Chorus:

You may guess my great astoundishment to 'ear 'er talking thus,
And of the beastly cymbal feller making such a fuss;
Mary, said I, with a severeishness that I could not withstand,
I'm sorry you take such hinterest in a Millingtary Band:
'Cos fellers dress'd in unicorns you always think looks grand.

Chorus:

'Er 'ouse this band passed hevery day, while we were at our tea,
Then to the winder she would rush, the cymbal man to see,
Till at last one day he glanced at 'er and to 'er kissed is 'and,
Then in my hears it seemed to me his cymbals louder clanged,
But soon 'twas gone, and so was he, and the Millingtary Band.

Chorus:

For a month I 'ad to leave 'er, hin the country I'd a job,
And little thought that hany one my 'appiness would rob;
When I return'd and 'eard the noos, sir, I could scarcely stand,
She'd skedaddled with the cymbal man in the Millingtary Band:
He'd given 'er 'is 'eart and cymbals, in exchange for 'er 'eart and 'and,

My peace of minds for ever fled, if I meet that man my love 'as wed,
I'll clang 'is cymbals on 'is 'ead, as he walks amidst 'is band.

Chorus:

 
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Written and composed by Arthur Lloyd - 1873
Performed by Arthur Lloyd (1840-1904)
From monologues.co.uk Music Hall Lyrics Collection
 
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