TWIDDLY WINK
 
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Timothy Brown at Brighton - gay? Well, no.
Pockets are rather light an'funds are low.
But coming along towards him, girl in pink
Generously accords him the ghost of a twiddly wink.
In a flash, what a joke! He's forgotten he's 'earts of oak! *

Chorus: I wonder why. I wonder why.
Now is it the wink - the twiddly wink -
The wink of her old glad eye?
What does it mean? Don't know. Do you?
Still it's wonderful what a wonderful lot
The twiddly wink will do!


Jolly old pals together, nice old chaps,
Talking about the weather? Huh.' well yes, p'r'aps.
"Where is the bit of stuff, sir, you met last year?"
"Hang it all, that's enough. Do you want the old woman to hear?
Hold your row, have a drink. Then they give the Freemason's wink!

Chorus: I wonder why, I wonder why.
Now is it the wink - the twiddly wink -
The wink of her old glad eye?
What doe it mean? Don't know. Do you?
Still it's wonderful what a wonderful lot
The twiddly wink can do!


I have begun to wonder recently
Why l am so misunderstood, poor me.
If with a simple wink I greet some friend,
Somebody's bound to think I mean something I didn't intend.
Well, it's wrong, it's a shame, and you probably think the same.

Chorus: I wonder why, I wonder why.
Now is it the wink - the twiddly wink -
The wink of me old glad eye?
What does it mean? Don't know. Do you?
Still it's wonderful what a wonderful lot
Me twiddly wink can do!


* Hearts of Oak = Stony Broke
 
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Written and composed by Fred W. Leigh & Orlando Powell
Performed by Marie Lloyd (1870-1922)
 
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