WHERE ARE THEY?
 
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Britain's going to the dogs, my lads,
The Empire's starting to decay;
Just like the Romans in the days gone by,
We might even fade away;
We want the Boys of the Bulldog Breed,
We want the lads who can take the lead!

Where are the Boys of the Old Brigade,
Where are they? Where are they?
Shoulder to shoulder and blade to blade,
Where are they? Where are they?
Where's Lloyd George and Asquith, too,
Are they standing in a queue,
On the dole the same as you?
I ask you! Where are they?
Where are the Drakes of the Rolling Main?
Where are they? Where are they?
Where are the boys who walloped Spain,
Where are they? Where are they?
Where are our men who'd like to face,
The sea-dogs of old Raleigh's race,
Or back Sam Isaacs for a ‘plaice?'
I ask you! Where are they?

Nelson's standing on his Monument,
Nelson's looking up the Strand;
Searching there and in Trafalgar Square,
Nelson cannot understand;
He shouts down to the crowds below,
‘Tell me something that I want to know.'

Where are the Girls with the Modest Ways,
Where are they? Where are they?
Where are the Girls who still wear beads,
Where are they? Where are they?
They walk about in garments rare,
They wear their Wolseys under there,
They wear their Wolseys underwear?
I ask you! Where are they?

Where are the Bloods of the Days of Old,
Where are they? Where are they?
Where are the Yeomen brave and bold,
Where are they? Where are they?
Where are the men who'll hold their rights,
Like Old King Arthur and his Knights,
And go to bed in iron tights?
I ask you! Where are they?

Where are the Boys of the Old Brigade,
Where are they? Where are they?
Where are the lads who can get more trade,
Where are they? Where are they?
Where are the chaps who'll take a board,
An old tin can and a piece of cord,
And sell it like old Henry Ford?
I ask you! Where are they?
 
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Written and composed by Kenneth Western & George Western - 1926
Performed by Gwen Farrar (1899-1944)
 
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