WHO'S THAT A-CALLING?
 
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A poet interrogated once, 'Who's that a calling?'
The question was worthy of a dunce_ Who's that calling so sweet?
Still I repeat in this short lay_Who's that a calling'
As you rise from your couch each noon day_ Who's that calling so sweet?
'Old clo'_ any old hats? I'll buy 'em'

Chorus: Who's that a calling? - 'Rock oil'
Who's that a calling? - 'Meat, cats' and dogs' meat'
Who's that calling so sweet? - 'Coals, shilling a hundred.'
Who's that a-calling? - 'Hare skin, rabbit skin.'
Who's that a-calling? - 'All a blowing and a growing, ha'p'ny plant musk.'
Who's that calling? - (Fine large shrimps') - so sweet?


To lure you away at eventide_ Who's that a calling?
To keep you from your own fireside_ Who's that calling so sweet?
Afar from domestic paths you roam_ Who's that a calling?
Then as you and daybreak both reach home_ Who's that calling so sweet?
'Milk-0h-0h'

Chorus: Who's that a calling? - Cock a doodle do_'Sweep'
Who's that a calling? - 'You drunken beast.'
Who's that calling so sweet? - 'This is a pretty time to come home, isn't it?'
Who's that a-calling? - Mew, meeuw.
Who's that a-calling? - 'Now, are you coming up to bed or not?'
Who's that calling? - ('Oh do mind your cold feet!')_ so sweet.

A bus man's life is a busy one_Who's that a calling?
He wanders oft on his daily run_Who's that calling so sweet?
He hears shrill cries and whistles too_ Who's that a calling?
And pointed remarks from the men in blue_Who's that calling so sweet
'Higher up_ Bayswater'


Chorus: Who's that a calling? - 'R'yal Oak, Archer Street, Bayswater'
Who's that a calling? - 'Off side down'
Who's that calling so sweet? - 'Now then, yaller, where are you coming to?'
Who's that a-calling? - 'Take it 'ome'
Who's that a-calling? - 'Why don't you bring your mother out with you?'
Who's that calling? - (Full inside, Bill') - so sweet?


A nasty institution's rent_Who's that a calling?
To pay's not always convenient_ Who's that calling so sweet?
If you owe six terms affairs look blue_ Who's that a calling?
And on the morn the next is due_ Who's that calling so sweet?
Rat, tat, tat, tat.

Chorus: Who's that a calling? - 'Is your Mother in dear?'
Who's that a calling? - 'No, has she left the rent?'
Who's that calling so sweet? - 'Then tell her I'll put the brokers in tomorrow'
Who's that a-calling? - 'Ria, has he gone?'
Who's that a-calling? - 'All right, then I come out from under the bed.'
Who's that calling so sweet?
 
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Performed by Arthur Roberts (1852-1933)
 
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