You have probably heard of our School-Room Bazaar
Which is held for the poor of the Parish
Where the odour of sanctity keeps it afar
From the vulgar, suggestive or garish
Charming ladies preside over various stalls
And their beauty I own's an attraction
A society actress, a girl from the Halls
To give tone to the Sunday school faction.
Refrain: We're quite aware these people are employed upon the stage
We rather court the presence of a star
For when Charity's the moral
We should never pick a quarrel
And we tolerate them all at our bazaar.
My dear brother the Curate who labours with me
Opportunity observes to the needy
At a guinea a cup we have coffee or tea
And a cake that's decidedly 'seedy'
Oh, we've no end of fun at our School-Room Bazaar
We of course taboo spirituous liquor
At our Cafe 'Chantant' smoke a chocolate cigar
And hear 'Old Kent Road' sung by the Vicar.
Refrain: Of course, we couldn't tolerate such songs upon the stage
We take the compositions as they are
Though at times we may abuse them
Our surroundings will excuse them
And they're quite a big success at our Bazaar.
We've a programme that literally twinkles with stars
I am told it obscures the Pavilion
We have sherbet and pineapple served at the bars
We so well know the taste of the million
There are oranges, filberts, and Turkish Delight
And vanilla and strawberry ices
At the race game our Vicar amazes us quite
For he offers phenomenal prizes.
|Written and composed by Albert Chevalier/Brian Daly & Bond Andrews - 1895|
|Performed by Albert Chevalier (1861-1923)|