A RISKY THING TO DO
 
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Once I met a friend of mine, he remarked to me
'Come along and see me home, have a cup of tea.
I want you to meet the wife for I've just been wed.'
'If you're going to introduce me to your wife,' I said,

Chorus: 'That's a risky, risky, thing to do, to do
Oh a risky, risky, thing to do, to do
If you love your wife, love her very true
Don't you introduce me or she'll run away from you
Other chaps have done it and they all regret it too
It's a risky, risky thing to do, to do, to do
It's a risky, risky thing to do, to do.


With a lady once I sat at a fancy ball
Everyone were wearing masks, funny faces all
So I whispered later on, 'One thing I would ask
'Ere we part I'd like to see you dear without your mask.'

Chorus: 'Was a risky, risky, thing to do, to do
Oh a risky, risky, thing to do, to do
'Oh do take off your mask,' I began to coo
As you are you look like something I've seen at the Zoo
When she said, 'I've no mask on. That's my face that you can view
Oh a risky, risky thing to do, to do, to do.'
What a risky, risky thing to do, to do.


I was on a sailing ship cruising in the South
A pirate boat came after us showed the cannon's mouth
Scores and scores of loaded shells on the deck we got
What cared I for loaded shells, I collared all the lot

Chorus: 'Was a risky, risky, thing to do, to do
Oh a risky, risky, thing to do, to do
When I saw the shells lyinground the crew
I was not a bit afraid I simply grabbed a few
Then I took the oysters out and made them in a stew
What a risky, risky thing to do, to do, to do
What a risky, risky thing to do, to do.
 
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Written and composed by Tate
Performed by Little Tich (1867-1928)
 
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