WHERE'S ROSANNA GONE
(The Kiss Behind The Door)
 
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Oh, once I was as gay, as a jolly, young cock-sparrow,
Who's perch'e upon an apple tree or down amongst the corn.
But now, clean thro' my heart, you could drive a huge wheelbarrow,
For my love has left a hole in it, oh, where's Rosanna gone?

Chorus: I shall never kiss my love again, behind the kitchen door,
I shall never squeedge my darling's little finger any more.
And she'll ne'er pinch my funny-bone until it's rather sore,
Oh! where's Rosanna?

I'm sure no other maid could equal my Rosanna,
Without my love this manly form will soon become a wreck;
Of her dad I was afraid, he's a disagreeable tanner,
And he's often promised faithfully, he'd dislocate my neck,

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Of an evening after tea, while her daddy blew his 'bacca,
I'd seek my love, Rosanna, and ask her to share my lot;
But when he found it out, Oh my! how he would whack her,
While I'd jump over the garden wall as tho' I'd just been shot,

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I'd jump'd over the wall one night, in search of sweet Rosanna,
And tho' I gently whistled, my love did not appear;
But my hair stood upright, For out came her dad, the tanner,
Oh, my teeth they rattled like dominoes and my legs doubled up with fear.

Spoken - At the end of our interview I felt convinced that he understood what tanning was and so did I. I also concluded...

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Written and composed by G.W. Hunt
Performed by George Leybourne (1842-1884)
From monologues.co.uk Music Hall Lyrics Collection
 
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