THEY'RE BEGINNING TO NOTICE ME
 
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I never care to mingle with the vulgar throng, not me!
By nature I'm intended for refined society;
I make a point of dressing in the latest style, you know,
And ramble through the places that the titled people go.

Chorus: They're beginning to notice me! They're beginning to notice me!
I raised my hat to the Duke, today,
His grace was looking the opposite way,
So I sauntered across to the marquis, a very old friend, you see,
He gave me the end of his cigar! They're beginning to notice me.

I'm awfully fond of ballet girls!
I think they're bally fine!
They've got some up in town just now,
I wish each one was mine.
Each night I go to watch them from
My own particular stall;
But ah! I fear my fatal features
Fascinate them all. For...

Chorus: They're beginning to notice me! They're beginning to notice me!
They come on the stage and at me they point,
And say to each other, 'Ah, that's the joint!'
And when I go round to the stage-door they're as nice as they can be,
They borrow my bobs and half-a-crowns! They're beginning to notice me!

You all know Lady Tiptop's house;
I'm often ther to dine.
The housemaid and the cook, you see,
Are dear old friends of mine.
Before they took to feeding me,
My ribs were sticking out,
They hardly knew when I was there;
But now I've grown so stout. For...

Chorus: They're beginning to notice me! They're beginning to notice me!
My clothes were awfully loose at first;
But the seams have lately begun to burst,
The cook and Matilda, the housemaid, they giggle and laugh with glee,
They've kindly offered to patch me up! They're beginning to notice me!

I've tried to clear our yard of cats,
But, hang me, if I can!
Though lately I've been working on
A somewhat novel plan.
Concealed within the fowl-house, I've
Been waiting every night;
But somehow both the husband birds,
They hardly think it right!

Chorus: They're beginning to notice me! They're beginning to notice me!
Their glances go through me like daggers and knives;
They think I've designs on their various wives.
And the way they look at the ladies, well, it's perfectly plain to see
I've sort of upset their domestic peace! They're beginning to notice me!

 
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Written and composed by Fred Murray & Fred Leigh - 1899
Performed by George Robey (1869-1954)
From monologues.co.uk Music Hall Lyrics Collection
 
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