THEY ALL CAME BACK
 
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I have a birthday every year, and sometimes two or three,
I always give a party and a good old roaring spree;
The last was extra jovial, we'd an extra cask of beer,
And as my frieds departed they all gave a rousing cheer.

Chorus: But they all came back, they couldn't stay away,
They'd scarcely turned the corner when I heard them shout, 'Hooray!'
They swore they'd never leave me, they were fairly on my track,
The barrel wasn't empty, so they all came back.

Our landlord put the brokers in, the rent was in arrears,
In fact, I owed a lot of things, the writs came in, in pairs;
The house was full of bailiffs, you couldn't move about,
I borrowed cash and paid the rent, then turned the fellows out.

Chorus: But they all came back, they couldn't stay away,
We began to feel deserted if without them for a day;
They swore they'd never leave me, they were fairly on my track,
I hadn't paid my taxes, so they all came back.

I and a jolly lot of pals, one night felt rather free,
We went into a restaurant and had a little spree;
We order everything they had, the landlord looked dismayed,
And for a lark we thought we'd slope and leave the bill unpaid.

Chorus: But we all went back, we couldn't stay away,
We had a splendid supper and we didn't want to pay;
We all got out and bolted, we were nicely on the track,
The bobbies overtook us, so we all went back.
 
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Written, composed and performed by Lester Barrett
From monologues.co.uk Music Hall Lyrics Collection
 
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