WHO PAID THE RENT FOR MRS RIP VAN WINKLE
 
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Oh, oh, many years ago,
Lived the wife of happy Rip Van Winkle,
One day, she drove old Rip away,
As the little stars began to twinkle.
All that he had, he had under his hat,
And she was glad to see him go,
So, over the hills he went,
Left her without a cent,
One thing I'm anxious to know:

Chorus: Who paid the rent for Missus Rip Van Winkle,
When Rip Van Winkle went away?
And while he slept for twenty years,
Who was it kissed away her tears?
She had no friends in the place,
Had no-one to embrace,
But the landlord always saw her,
With a smile on her face,
Who paid the rent for Missus Rip Van Winkle,
When Rip Van Winkle went away?

Oh, oh, many years ago, Napoleon crossed,
The Alps one day in Winter,
Oh, oh, history tells us so,
Julius Ceasar stepped upon a splinter,
Miss Cleopatra she knew how to love,
She put a Mark on Anthony,
So I've searched in history,
To clear the mystery,
One thing that's worrying me:

Chorus:

 
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Written and composed by Alfred Bryant & Fred Fischer - 1914
Performed by Marie Lloyd (1870-1922)
Performed by Ella Retford (1886-1962)
From monologues.co.uk Music Hall Lyrics Collection
 
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