THE UNDERGROUND RAILWAY
 
Underground Railway
 
T'other night, Mary Jane, my sweetheart, you know,
To Paddington having occasion to go,
Said, 'Bussing is nowadays terribly slow,
Let's go by the underground railway.'
Underground by steam, I'd before never been,
Such strange locomotion being more like a dream,
I said, 'Mary Jane, Oh, lorks, what a game,
Going by the underground railway.'

Chorus: But, oh! if a ride you would have with your bride,
Better take a cab with your girl by your side,
Than steam through a tunnel, black as a funnel,
I mean like the underground railway.

At Farrington Station, we very soon got;
And here we of people found a rare lot,
And crowding for tickets was work precious hot,
To go by the underground railway.
While going thro' the swarm, I was touched on the arm,
By a lady who wore on her face a sweet charm.
'For Baker Street,' she said, 'pray take for me,
A ticket for the underground railway.

Chorus:

The tickets I got, and then took my Jane,
The lady, too, followed down to the train;
But somehow got parted from Jane, what a shame,
As we went by the underground railway.
Yet there by my side, was the young lady fair,
For whom I took ticket, When she said, 'Oh the air,
So stifling, in your arms I must drop,
As we go by the underground railway.

Chorus:

There seemed no mistake, she had fainted away,
And just as if dead, in my arms there she lay;
Till at Baker Street the train made it's stay.
Down in the underground railway.
But scarce I'd got out, when 'allright' porters shout,
And away went the train but, the lights that shot out,
Disclosed Mary Jane, in another's arms plain,
As she went by the underground railway.

Chorus:

So close by my neck, the lady she sticks,
Said I to myself, 'Now, here's a nice fix!'
But my way up the steps, I very soon picks,
With my load from the underground railway.
The air brought her too, when what met my view,
But a swell gent who into a fierce passion flew,
'That's my wife, sir, take that!' and I was floored flat,
At the station of the underground railway.

Chorus:

Then away in a cab, they drove like a shot,
Ere yet from the ground recovered I'd got,
When I found cash and watch, she stripped the whole lot,
As we Went by the underground railway.
I to Paddington went, with vengeance full bent,
To blow up my Jane, if I met her I meant,
She was at the station, in a queer situation,
Crying out 'gainst the underground station.

Chorus:

With the close, stifling air, my Jane had her share,
'Twas no sham on her part, I firmly declare,
For her pocket was picked by the kind fellow there,
While fainting in the underground railway.
And of our little stock, they eased the whole lot,
We'd saved to get wed. when we'd a little more got,
Now, till more is earned, that bliss is adjourned,
Through going by the underground railway.

Chorus:
 
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Written and composed by Watkin Williams - 1863
Performed by Marcus Wilkinson (1827-1892)
From monologues.co.uk Music Hall Lyrics Collection
 
Trivia1
The world's first underground railway was opened in January 1863 between Paddington and Farringdon using gas-lit wooden carriages hauled by steam locomotives. It was hailed as a success, carrying 38,000 passengers on the opening day, borrowing trains from other railways to supplement the service.
Songs were an ideal format to combine everyday ways of life with humorous stories. Although the first underground trains were ventilated they still got very warm and that combined with the fashions of tight corsets meant that ladies frequently fainted in the carriages. In this song a chivalrous gentleman helps a young lady who has collapsed only to discover after she has recovered and left, that she had robbed him

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