THE PICCADILLY JOHNNY WITH THE LITTLE GLASS EYE
 
Piccadilly Johnny
 
The set of boys I chum with are the best-known set down town
And in that set a noted chap is young Algernon Brown
He's just come into heaps of coin, he doesn't know what he's worth
And all the ladies say that he is the nicest boy on earth.

Chorus: He's very well known is Algy, to the ladies on the stage
Such a jolly good chap is Algy, just now he's all the rage
And a jolly good favourite Algy, with the barmaids at the 'Cri'
He's very well known is Algy,
As the Piccadilly Johnny with the little glass eye.

He'll drive a girl to Richmond as some other Johnnies do
He buys perhaps a diamond ring, a watch and bracelet too
Girls say they'll never leave him, and they keep their word and don't
And while his cash holds out, you bet your Sunday hat they won't.

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He goes to all the Theatres, where he knows the Coryphées
He takes them out to supper, also buys them large bouquets
They call him “Algy Darling” to his face, the usual way
But when they chat behind the scenes poor Algy's called a 'Jay.'

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Performed by Vesta Tilley (1864-1952)
Written and composed by Harry B. Norris 1895
 
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