SIDNEY'S IN CIVVIES, AGAIN
 
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I just met dear old Sidney. What you don't remember Sidney?
Oh, you must remember Sid, of course you do.
Sidney, you'll remember, had his week off in September
But he hasn't had one for a year or two.
He's been across the channel dressed in Khaki not in flannel
And now all the troubles over and he's free
Instead of killing Bosches , he's beats all your Hagues and Foches
For he's killing all the nice girls by the sea.

Chorus: Sidney's in civvies again. Sidney's home once more
He's done fighting on the far off shore
But he does the skillies on the seaside Prom
But he's still got military ways, though he's on a skirt campaign
On the Pier he mobilises every little miss
He takes them for a route march and salutes them with a kiss
But when his best girl comes along he hollers, 'Shun. Dismiss!'
Sidney's in civvies again.


As down the Prom he wanders, all the money Sidney squanders
Sidney's got some private money by the way
Yes, he's got private money, as a private and it's funny
Sidney's paid a fortune at a bob a day
He'll tell his seaside cousins he's had motor cars in dozens
Oh the motor cars he's had good gracious me
But the Maudies and the Flossies never guess his cars were lorries
That he had to drive when in the MTC.

Chorus: Sidney's in civvies again. Sidney's home once more
He's done fighting on the far off shore
But he loves the skillies on the seaside Prom
He's still got military ways, though he's on a skirt campaign
He squeezes a little girlie in his dugout by the sea
And if she has a shapely waist he'll squeeze it carefully
But if he should hear something snap, he'll know that it's TB
Sidney's in civvies again.


Chorus: Sidney's in civvies again. Sidney's home once more
He's done fighting on the far off shore
But he loves the skillies on the seaside Prom
He's still got military ways, though he's on a skirt campaign
Some say that he's a swanker and a trouper NUT
Beneath his coat he wears a DCM and grand VC
And on his knee tonight he hopes to have a VAD
'Cos Sidney's in civvies again.
 
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Performed by Vesta Tilley (1864-1952)
 
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