STORY OF A CLOTHES LINE
 
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In a small back garden hangs an old clothes line
Supported by a small clothes prop
And every Monday morning wet or fine
The washing hangs out upon that line
And it tells a silent story for those who'd care to know
How a bachelor used to own the house
As the clothes line used to show.

Chorus: And there used to be just one pair of stockings
Dangling in the breeze upon the line
They'd come out regularly every week wet or fine
There was nothing strange about those covers/stockings
Tho' they weren't like yours or mine
But they tell a tale I vow
For he fell in love, and now
There's another pair of stockings on the line.


Now that small back garden with that old clothes line
It grew a deal morepicturesque
For every Monday morning you could see
A lot ofnew lace and lingerie
Can you read the silent story
Or could out peep inside
For a pair of embroidered join'd the greys
And they dangled side by side.

Chorus: And there used to be just two pair of stockings
Dangling in the breeze upon the line
They'd come out regularly every week wet or fine
There was nothing strange about those covers/stockings
Tho' they weren't like yours or mine
One day they had a row
So she sent for mother and now
There's another pair of stockings on the line.


Tho' the years have vanished yet that old clothes line
Supported by the same small prop
Still tells its story every Monday morn
But it's burden grows harder tobe borne
For that extra pairs of stockings would never go away
But they've added some smaller sizes now
Oh, it's quite usual they say.

Chorus: And there used to be just ten pairs of stockings
Dangling in the breeze upon the line
They'd come out regularly every week wet or fine
There was nothing strange about those covers
Tho' they weren't like yours or mine
But if the progress doesn't stop, they'll require another prop
For there's another pair of stockings on the line.
 
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Written and composed by Frank Clifford Harris & James W. Tate
Performed by Marie Lloyd (1870-1922)
Recorded 1907 by Alice Lloyd (1873-1949)
 
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