NOW WE SHA'N'T BE LONG
 
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Today I went straight home from work,
As oft I've done before,
Instead of my wife meeting me,
As usual, at the door.
There stood the fat, old monthly nurse,
All smiling and serene,
Said she, 'You'd Better take a walk.'
Said I, 'God save the Queen!'

Chorus: 'Now we sha'n’t be long,
Now we sha’n't be long;
Very shortly I can see,
Other increase in the family
I've had so much of it,
I know I can't be wrong,
The nuse is about, she ordered me out,
So now we sha'n't be long.

For years I have been going to move,
But haven't done it yet,
For places where you pay no rent
Are very hard to get.
At last it looks like coming off
For being short of tin,
They've gone and cut the water off
And put the brokers in.

Chorus: So now we sha'n’t be long,
Now we shan’t be long;
All the family got the hump
To-morrow we're off to the bloomin' 'lump'
I've had so much of it,
I know I can't be wrong,
They’ve collared our sticks, left us with nix,
So now we sha’n’t be long!

I'm shortly going to lose a pal
I’m very much afraid,
For just on seven years has he
Been courting one sweet maid;
He hasn’t said a word to me,
Nor are they married yet,
But yesterday they both went out
And bought a bassinette.

Chorus: So now we sha’n't be long,
Now we sha’n’t be long;
When sweethearts buy a bassinette,
Well, they mean business, you can bet.
I’ve seen so much of it,
I know I can't be wrong
Buying a cart's a very good start,
So now we sha’n’t be long!

Beneath my bedroom window stood
A fellow and a miss,
For two ours e'd been struggling
For just one little kiss.
Said he, 'Then must I leave you thus?'
Said she, 'Oh, I dunno!'
Then he said, 'Darlin !' she said, 'Dear!'
Says I to myself. 'Hello!'

Chorus: 'Now we sha'n’t be long,
Now we sha’n't be long;
One in the morning, all alone,
Having a barney all on their own.
I’ve seen so much of it,
I know I can’t be wrong,
‘Darling' - 'Dear’ - nobody near...
Now we sha’n’t be long!'

 
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Written and composed by T.W. Connor - 1896
Performed by Herbert Campbell (1844-1904)
Performed by George Beauchamp (1863-1901)
Performed by Deane Charles (1866-1910)
From monologues.co.uk Music Hall Lyrics Collection
 
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