PECULIAR
 
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The title of the song which I am now about to sing
Is peculiar, most peculiar!
Some like it, others don't; but all agree about one thing,
It's peculiar, most peculiar!
I'm anxious the composer of the tune should have his due
So in the strictest confidence I don't mind telling you
The melody's an old one and he's dished it up as new,
That's peculiar, most peculiar!

I'm told that for a baritone the voice that I possess
Is peculiar, most peculiar!
One fact on those that hear me sing I manage to impress,
It's peculiar, most peculiar!
The compass, too, is limited, which makes it bad for me;
I only have one real note and that's a tenor 'C'.
I very often dash at it and land upon a 'B'
That's peculiar, most peculiar!

My wife's a dear good soul, but then her temper you must know
Is peculiar, most peculiar!
When anything annoys her and she fairly lets it go,
It's peculiar, most peculiar!
I came home late, 'My dear,'said I, 'excuse this strange delay,
Been arguing on politics with Jones across the way'
'With Jones'quoth she, 'he's here sir!''Oh! was all that I could say
That's peculiar, most peculiar!

My early reminiscences of singing comic songs,
Are peculiar, most peculiar!
My sister played the comb, and Pa conducted with the tongs,
'Twas peculiar, most peculiar!
To all the Penny Readings in the neighbourhood I went,
They pelted me with eggs, no doubt 'twas very kindly meant,
It's many years ago but I remember that the scent
Was peculiar, most peculiar!

Some time ago I ventured on a journey in a train,
'Twas peculiar, most peculiar!
Through all the third class carriages I sought a seat in vain.
'Twas peculiar, most peculiar!
I'd almost reached my station when a too officious guard
Jump'd in, I had no money, so I handed him a card.
Said he 'I've taken six like this, I don't want to be hard,
It's peculiar, most peculiar!

A lady friend of mine had the most lovely golden hair,
'Twas peculiar, most peculiar!
She said she'd dye it auburn I said, 'Maiden have a care.'
That's peculiar, most peculiar!
She bought some patent hair wash which had full directions how
To redden it until she dare not venture near a cow;
She tried it on her hair and well, the colour of it now
Is peculiar, most peculiar!

I acted in a drama and I didn't know my part,
That's peculiar, most peculiar!
My friends said, 'Your idea, sir, of the histrionic art
Is peculiar, most peculiar!
You play a savage villain and you smile with fiendish glee,'
That's right enough but once on board the lugger I am free.
And then to smoke a cigarette three twenty one B.C.
Is peculiar, most peculiar!

I'm living at an eating house not very far away,
It's peculiar, most peculiar!
Few lodgers ever dream of stopping more than half a day,
It's peculiar, most peculiar!
The food resembling prices that you pay is never great,
The Mutton Beef, and Rabbit Pie are seldom 'up to date'.
And oh! the Fricassee de veau at four-pence a large plate
Is peculiar, most peculiar!
 
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Written and composed by Albert Chevalier & Charles Ingle - 1891
Performed by Albert Chevalier (1861-1923)
 
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