WHAT'S TO BE DONE?
 
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When Obadiah, my fiancee, called last Friday night
He gave me such a fright, and Father turned all green and white
'I'm going to join the Navy' then he said to Dad and me
'And I'm going to be a hero like Lord Nelson used to be.'
Then Father said, 'You're going to be a what?
You can bet you're 'bottom dollar' that you're not.'

Refrain: 'Cause what's to become of the ones you leave behind yer?
And if we wants yer where are we going to find yer?
And if Priscilla's lonely, who's to hold her hand?
And who's to buy me baccy and beer and take us down the Strand?
And who's to buy her clothes and powder for her nose?
And Obadiah m'lad let me remind yer
If you fall into the sea, and a shark eats you for tea
Well, what's to become of the ones you leave behind yer?'


Dad takes him to his work each day in sunshine, hail, or rain
He puts him in the train and goes and brings him home again
And if they pass a sailor, Father makes him shut his eyes
And won't allow him near a ship in case the beauty 'guys'
Dad lectures him about the ocean blue
And says, 'The Navy's all right without you.'

Refrain 1: 'Cause what's to become of the ones you leave behind yer?
And if we wants yer where are we going to find yer?
She can't go out alone in the woodlands for a stroll
And who's to stroke her bonny red hair and fix her camisole
And when she goes to bed to rest her weary head
Now Obadiah m'lad let me remind yer
Why there'll be no one about to go and blow the candle out
So what's to become of the ones you leave behind yer?'


Refrain 2: 'Cause what's to become of the ones you leave behind yer?
And if we wants yer where are we going to find yer?
Who's to take us out to the pictures or the play?
And when Priscilla is pining who's to kiss her tears away?
And who's to hold her tight by the garden gate at night?
And Obadiah m'lad let me remind yer
If the Russians shoot you dead
And you come home without your head
Well, what's to become of the ones you leave behind yer?'
 
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Written and composed by Harry Castling
Performed by Lily Morris (1882-1952)
 
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