ON THESE DARK NIGHTS
 
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I've noticed a lot of spooney girls
Now all the lights are low
To take your evening blow, into the park you go
It starts to rain and you haven't a gamp
The benches, too, are rather cold and damp.

Chorus 1: On these dark nights, you've got to be careful how you go
On these dark nights when they turn out the lights
You've got your boy in his uniform
And you only laugh at the rain and storm
Well, there's something to squeeze and keep you warm
On these dark nights.


Chorus 2: On these dark nights, you've got to be careful how you go
On these dark nights when they turn out the lights
He nurses you on his lap of course
Then the keeper says, 'You must have a sauce'
When you ride a cock-horse to Banbury Cross
On these dark nights.


Your hubby will mind the baby, dear
When you go out to play
As home again you stray, you're nervous all the way
But someone's at the gate as you draw nigh
'I'm glad you've come to meet me, Jack,' you sigh.

Chorus 1: On these dark nights, you've got to be careful how you go
On these dark nights when they turn out the lights
It's not your hubby you're clinging to
But a constable, and you feel quite blue
When a bristley chin is tickling you
On these dark nights.


Churus 2: On these dark nights, you've got to be careful how you go
On these dark nights when they turn out the lights
Now married men who roll home at four
There'll be lots of trouble for you in store
When you're putting your key in the wrong street door
On these dark nights.


The fellow outside the Picture Show
In uniform so bright
Will shout with all his might, 'A big programme, tonight.'
We've got one picture that will give you starts
'A woman's broken vow' in seven parts.

Chorus 1: On these dark nights, you've got to be careful how you go
On these dark nights when they turn out the lights
With pictures gay and some pictures sad
You must bring your girl to the Show, my lad
And sixpennorth of that is not so bad
On these dark nights.


Chorus 2: On these dark nights, you've got to be careful how you go
On these dark nights when they turn out the lights
We've Charlie Chaplin upon the street
You must put your girl in a cosy seat
She'll be tickled to death with Charlie's feet
On these dark nights.
 
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Written and composed by A.J. Mills & Bennett Scott - 1916
Performed by Fred Barnes (1884-1938)
 
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