SALUTE MY BICYCLE!
 
Salute-Bicycle
 
You see I wear The Rat'nal Dress,
Well how do you like me? eh, boys?
It fits me nicely, more or less,
A little tasy! eh. boys?
When on my 'bike' I make a stir,
Girls cry, 'My word!'
Men cry, 'Oo-er!'
And in this garb they scarce can tell,
Whether I'm a boy or 'gell'.

Chorus: The fellows all 'chike',
When they see me on my 'bike',
But I'm as cool as any icicle;
They can chaff me all they like,
But I never get the 'spike',
I only say, 'Salute my bicycle!'

If I got down to drink, like men,
It 'ud look a bit sultry, eh boys?
I'll bet i'd have an audience then,
And look a bit saucy, eh boys?
But there's one thing makes me perspire,
That's when I go and 'bust my tyre',
And people give me looks that freeze
When I'm walking home in these!

Chorus: The fellows all 'chike',
When they see me on my 'bike',
But I'm as cool as any icicle;
As I fly the boys all shout,
'Does your mother know you're out?'
I only say, 'Salute my bicycle!'

You've seen me riding in the streets,
Well, how do you like me, eh, boys?
The way I use my hands and feet's
A little bit tricky, eh, boys?
But oft I feel my anger rise,
Through hearing vulgar people's cries;
I sometimes wish myself in rags
When the boys shout, 'What cher, bags?'

Chorus: The fellows all 'chike',
When they see me on my 'bike',
But I'm as cool as any icicle;
Then some spooney cove says this,
'Marie, I should Like a kiss!',
But I only say, 'Salute my bicycle!'

 
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Written and composed by J.P. Harrington & Geo. Le Brunn - 1895
Performed by Marie Lloyd (1870-1922)
From monologues.co.uk Music Hall Lyrics Collection
 
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