THE SALVAGE MAN
 
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Although our town from fire is free
An idea once occurred to me
I'd join a kind of fire brigade
I'd heard there's money to be made
We are not the regular fire brigade
But fine good boys who have a trade
A noble, gallant, little band
Together we will fall or stand.

Chorus: When the bell begins to ring
We all go tearing about
It takes us just an hour and a half
To get the engine out
But off we go, to answer duty's call
When we get to the fire, the fire's gone out
Or there isn't a fire at all.


A Fireman often sits to dine
With wife and beefsteak pudding fine
The fire-bell rings, what does he do?
He leaves his wife and pudding too
It's no use telling the risks we ran
And what we've done since we began
I don't wish now to make a fuss
But I'm certain you'll hear more of us

Chorus: When the bell begins to ring
We all go tearing about
It takes us just an hour and a half
To get the engine out
But off we go, to answer duty's call
When we get to the fire, the fire's gone out
Or there isn't a fire at all.
 
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Written and composed by Dan Leno & Herbert, J. Darnley - 1899
Performed by Dan Leno (1860-1904)
 
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