MY HAT'S A BROWN 'UN
 
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Why is it people gaze at me and whisper, 'Who's that swell?'
They take me for a Prince or Duke, that fact I know quite well
Why for my singing do I get so much of your applause
Why do they pay me fifty pounds a night? well, it's because,

Chorus: My hat's a brown 'un, a brown 'un, a brown 'un
My hat's a brown 'un, and don't I look a toff.


The Prince of Wales and I are pals as thick as thick can be
He often asks me round, you know, to have a winkle tea
The Queen invites me to her place whene'er she comes to town
Because you know she always had a liking for poor Brown, and

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With England's great Archbishop to a Sunday school I went
They asked me to address the kids, of course I gave consent
I said, 'Now children, sing a hymn,' and loudly read it out
But to my very great surprise they all commenced to shout,

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I went to central Africa where cannibals abound
And felt afraid, when hundreds of the natives came around
They painted me vermillion, and they all fell down and bowed
They took me for a god, and I quite paralized the crowd, because,

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The ladies all from near and far are sighing for my hand
I cause a perfect riot if I wander down the strand
A millionairess haunts me, though she's lovers by the score
She's sworn she'll marry me - and why? well as I've said before,

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The pompous German Emperor has visited our land
And so our Mayor and Sherrif too have gained some honours grand
Gus Harris has been made a Knight, the Mayor a Baronet
But I, friends, shall be made a Duke, and why? well don't forget,

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Once with some friends, I toddled out, we spent a lot of tin
Got rather drunk, and later on a bobby ran us in
My pals were fined two pounds apiece for drunkeness but I
Got off scot-free with perfect ease, you know the reason why,

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Words and music by E.W. Rogers - 1891
Performed by George Robey (1869-1954)
 
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