MINDING IT FOR UNCLE
 
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My Uncle Bob's a gay old spark
And often on the spree
He dearly loves a little lark
And whiskey after tea
He keeps a large pawnbroker's shop
To which I often go
This very suit of clothes I wear
Is not my own, oh no.

Chorus: I'm minding it for Uncle, minding it for Uncle
It's only tit for tat you see
I'm minding it for Uncle, minding it for Uncle
He's often minded things for me.


The Baker's man calls punctually
Each morn at Uncle's door
And leaves a dozen loaves of bread
And sometimes even more
But when he called this morning
I'm very pleased to tell
Not only had he left the bread
But two sweet tarts as well.

Chorus: I'm minding it for Uncle, minding it for Uncle
It's only tit for tat you see
I'm minding it for Uncle, minding it for Uncle
He often minded tarts for me.


This very night - I called around
But Uncle dear was gone
I was sorry - 'cos I wanted
To transact a trifling loan
But as I turned to go away
I with a cry of joy
Discovered on his doorstep
Such a charming baby boy.

Chorus: I'm minding it for Uncle, minding it for Uncle
It's only tit for tat you see
I'm minding it for Uncle, minding it for Uncle
He's often minded one for me.
 
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Performed by Vesta Tilley (1864-1952)
 
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