WALKING IN THE ZOO
 
Zoo
 
The Stilton, Sir, the cheese - the okay thing to do
On Sunday afternoon - is to toddle in the Zoo
Weekdays may do for 'cads' but not for me and you
So dressed right down the road - we show them who is who

Chorus: The walking in the Zoo, walking in the Zoo
The okay thing on Sunday is walking in the Zoo
Walking in the Zoo, walking in the Zoo
The okay thing on Sunday is walking in the Zoo.


So when there comes to town my pretty cousin Loo
I took her off to spend a Sunday in the Zoo
I showed her the aquarium, the tiger, the Zebu
The elephant, the Eland, that cuss the Kangaroo.

Chorus: That Sunday in the Zoo, that Sunday in the Zoo
It's jolly with a pretty girl walking in the Zoo
Walking in the Zoo, walking in the Zoo
The okay thing on Sunday is walking in the Zoo.


I showed her the swellesses and all the fashions new
Girls with golden tresses, girls with black hair too
Walnut gives the black, Champagne the golden hue
All the beautiful for ever that Madame Rachel knew.

Chorus: Oh the walking in the Zoo, walking in the Zoo
The monkeys put us to the blush on Sunday in the Zoo
Walking in the Zoo, walking in the Zoo
The okay thing on Sunday is walking in the Zoo


So in the monkey house, our going in to woo
Piling up the agony, swearing to be true
Agony indeed! for the cheerful cockatoo
Rudely caught my ear a nip and bit it through and through.

Chorus: Oh that dreadful cockatoo, that awful cockatoo
The horror and the agony that Sunday in the Zoo
Walking in the Zoo, walking in the Zoo
The okay thing on Sunday is walking in the Zoo.


My cousin bolted off without any more ado
And I skidaddled also looking very blue
So, sympathising friends, I bid you all adieu
Don't mention this occurrence if you meet me in the Zoo.

Chorus: The walking in the Zoo, walking in the Zoo
I'm as great a swell as ever on Sunday in the Zoo
Walking in the Zoo, walking in the Zoo
The okay thing on Sunday is walking in the Zoo.
 
Trivia1
It is important not to stereotype Music Hall performers, traditionally they are seen as members of the working classes but this was not always the case. Alfred Vance or 'The Great Vance', as he was known, was from a middle class background. He was part of a group known as the 'Lions Comiques', who were the first great stars of the Music Hall. Their stage personas focused on 'the man about town', and would have been immediately recognisable by the audiences. It has been suggested that the success of this song actually popularised the word 'zoo' in the English language.
Trivia3
 
Performed by Alfred Vance (1839-1888)
Written and composed by Hugh Willoughby Sweny & Alfred Lee - 1871
 
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