WE SAVED IT FOR THE LODGER
 
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We have a very nice young man who lodges at our house
He takes things mighty aisy and is as quiet as a mouse
Last week we cooked a chicken, it was only skin and bone
But as to get our teeth in it - 'twas like a paving stone.

Chorus: So we saved it for the lodger - for Hennessey the lodger
He's fond of luxuries, bedad, and hasn't much to say
Though none of us could use it, we didn't want to lose it
So we gave it to the lodger and he had it for his tay!


My wife makes little fancy things to suit the lodger's taste
Such as pickled onion puddings cooked in Micky-Rooney paste
She ordered from the grocer's half a pound of cloves and spice
But the bloomin' villain sent her stuff for killing rats and mice.

Chorus: So we saved it for the lodger - for Hennessey the lodger
He's fond of luxuries, bedad, and hasn't much to say
Though none of us would taste it, sure we didn't want to waste it
So we gave it to the lodger and he had it for his tay!


We've got some decent neighbours who when sober make no noise
I wish, begoora, I could say the same about their boys
The other day the gossoons thought they'd play a little trick
So through our parlour window threw this illigant half-brick.

Chorus: So we saved it for the lodger - for Hennessey the lodger
He's fond of luxuries, bedad, and hasn't much to say
The brick we couldn't use it, but sure we wouldn't lose it
So we saved it for the lodger and he had it for his tay!


My wife's a perfect lady and we seldom disagree
But Yesterday her best she tried to ructions raise with me
Said I 'Machree, we're by ourselves, we'll keep it till tonight
It's elfish when there's only two to waste a splendid fight.'

Chorus: So we saved it for the lodger - for Hennessey the lodger
He's fond of luxuries, bedad, and hasn't much to say
For a fight we both were itchin', as we stood there in the kitchen
So we saved it for the lodger and he had it for his tay!


My brother Mick took very sick through having cracked his head
He fell into a sort of trance, we thought that he was dead
We 'Waked' him like a Lord, and thought he'd gone to brighter lands
But up he woke, worse luck! and left a coffin on our hands.

Chorus: So we saved it for the lodger - for Hennessey the lodger
He's fond of luxuries, bedad, and hasn't much to say
As Mick declined to use it, we didn't want to lose it
So we saved it for the lodger and his funeral's today!
 
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Written and composed by Lester Barrett & Felix McGlennon - 1889
Performed by Lester Barrett (d. 1924)
From monologues.co.uk Music Hall Lyrics Collection
 
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