WATCHING THE TRAINS GO OUT
 
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I live in a village called Slopton-on-Mud
And I'm the dare-devil that's up to no good
There's only two houses, a field and a lane
But I lead a very fast life all the same
I kick up the devil, I paint the town red
I've gone to the dogs through the life that I've led
I must have excitement, I must make a show
So every night down to the station I go.

Chorus: Watching the trains go out
Watching the trains go out
I'm such a wild sort of devil-may-care
Worse than the chaps up in Leicester Square
Slapping my leg with my cane
Letting them know I'm about
I'm only a lad but I'll finish up bad
Through watching the trains go out.


You'll often see me when I'm out for the day
Shouting a cab and then running away
That shows I'm a dare-devil, tho' I'll agree
These desperate things are all telling on me
They try to reform me, that gives me the spike
You know what we medical students are like
I must play the game, for results I don't care
I mean to be jolly, that's why I stand there

Chorus: Watching the trains go out
Watching the trains go out
Swinging my walking stick in my hand
Just like the Johnnies do in the Strand
Wearing my hat on the side
Standing there ruined no doubt
You can ask all the guards, it's not women or cards
It's through watching the trains go out.


Now once in the waiting-room I threw a tin
(It's marvellous how a fast life can begin)
Then rushed to the water fount, making things worse
Drank two cups of water and that was my curse
What care I for ruin, what care I for strife
I mean to continue my terrible life
Through being so full of those gay London ways
It's brought me to ruin, yet I'll end my days.

Chorus: Watching the trains go out
Watching the trains go out
Shouting Hi, Hi, to the folks that I meet
Same as the toffs do in Regent Street
Using bad words now and then
Swearing when Mother's about
But Father says, 'Paul, I don't blame you at all
It's through watching the trains go out.'
 
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Written and composed by William Hargreaves - 1912
Performed by Jack Pleasants (1874-1924)
 
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