SINCE OUR MOTHER'S BEEN A LADY
 
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Poor old Dad was out of work for nearly twenty years
Till he started on the job he'd had before
To Mother then said he, 'A lady you will be
You needn't do the washing any more.'
She doesn't have to bother now to light the 'copper' fire
All through the two bob bag-wash Mother's able to retire.

Chorus: Since our Mother's been a Lady
A lady like she never was before
She's finished, it's a cert, washing father's Sunday shirt
She'll never turn the mangle any more
Now Mother she can stay in bed on washing day
She don't seem to mind it
For all the washing to the laundry's done
In the bag wash now you will find it.


Mother used to have to send for soda starch and blue
And wash all day with Lux and Sunlight Soap
Instead of rubbing clothes to pictures now she goes
Her luck's in now, she says and we all hope
That poor old dad won't get the sack, for if he does I'm sure
She'll have to wash herself, won't be a lady any more

Chorus: Since our Mother's been a Lady
A lady like she never was before
She's finished, it's a cert, washing father's Sunday shirt
She'll never turn the mangle any more
Now Mother sits in state, drinks gin to celebrate
She don't seem to mind it
For all the washing to the laundry's done
In the bag wash now you will find it.


Chorus: Since our Mother's been a Lady
A lady like she never was before
She's finished, it's a cert, washing father's Sunday shirt
She'll never turn the mangle any more
No waiting for the dole and fourteen pounds of coal
She don't seem to mind it
For all the washing to the laundry's done
In the bag wash now you'll find it.
 
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Written and composed by Walsh
Performed by Lily Morris (1882-1952)
 
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