SINCE I HAD A GO AT MY DUMB-BELLS
 
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Once I was so very weak
Sometimes I was twice a week
But since I've had dumb-bell exercise
I'm as strong as any lion
I've got muscles 'ard as iron
I'm so strong I'm chased about with flies.

Chorus: Since I've had a go at my dumb-bells
When I do a midnight flit
I carry on my head the pianner and the bed
The missus knows she's safe when I lift 'er on deck
With the top of the table in my teeth
And my dumb-bells round my neck.


When I bathed at Margate Reach
I stood posing on the beach
And all the girls looked at me saucer eyed
Ladies fair in costly silks
Saw my muscles and bought me whelks
Saying, Sandow, please push back the tide.

Chorus: Since I've had a go at my dumb-bells
When I'm in the sea
The girls say, Hip hooray, he's stronger every day
And when the missus comes I hop all round the sands
With a terrible weight upon my mind
And my dumb-bells in my hands.
 
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Performed by George Formby Sr. (1877-1921)
 
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