WE ARE, WE ARE, WE ARE
 
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I claim your kind attention just to tell you in a song
About a happy family t'which I myself belong
Who always keeps their spirits up to ninety in the shade
I think we are about as warm as families are made
There's 'Fan' and 'Loo' for merriment are fairly on the job
And then there's brother Robert too (for short we call him Bob)
And Jane's a gal you all should see and then there's Ma and Pa
Oh we are a merry family, we are, we are, we are.

Chorus: Fanny plays the honey-pots, Loo's the gal to skip
Bob's the finest whistler that ever cocked a lip
Jane can play a tune or two upon the gay guitar
Oh, we are such a merry family, we are, we are, we are.


Although our ancient family can boast a royal descent
We often leave the brokers in to square the quarter's rent
But Jane's so fascinating like, she's got a happy knack
Of flirting with the broker, while the goods go out the back
And Ma will crack some funny jokes, while Bob'll sit beneath
And whistle till you'd really think he'd blow away his teeth
Then Jane'll treat him to a tune, upon her light guitar
Oh, we are a merry family, we are, we are, we are.

Chorus:

We used to take in lodgers just to give the girls a chance
To get a chap who'd take them to the theatre or a dance
But Pa would get upon the spree and often in the morn
They'd wake and find their waistcoats and other things in pawn
Or else he'd borrow coin of them and when they had no more
He'd quietly give them notice just to ease them off the door
And the gals would say you naughty boys how dare you go so far
Oh, we are a merry family, we are, we are, we are.

Chorus:

Now poverty is not a crime as everybody knows
And we're not over burdened with too many suits of clothes
So once a week we stay in bed and think it jolly fun
To bow to circumstances while the washing's being done
So if you mean to visit us of fun we promise lots
Fan shall show you how to play the game of honey-pots
Bob shall whistle, Loo shall skip, so shall Ma and Pa
Oh, we are a merry family, we are, we are, we are.

Chorus:
 
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Performed by Arthur Roberts (1852-1933)
 
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