WHY DIDN'T THEY SEND FOR ME?
 
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I'm a 'noble son of rest', although we're not admired
We're not lazy as supposed, but, alas, we were born tired
I've lost one eye through seeking work and yet feel so undaunted
I read today in last year's news, 'A sleeping partner wanted'

Chorus: Why didn't they send for me?
Why didn't they send for me?
Sleeping berths are safe and sound
Such a job is seldom found
Just my mark, as right as right could be
Then why, then - why, then - why, then - why then
Didn't they send for me?


The Anti-boozer's Social Club went out in splendid weather
To have their feast of ginger beer and jubilee together
But the caterer made a big mistake, and all the day was wasted
Instead of pop he brought some Scotch, and there it lay, untasted

Chorus: Why didn't they send for me?
Why didn't they send for me?
I possess a chronic thirst
Wouldn't I have had a burst
Just my mark, as right as right could be
Then why, then - why, then - why, then - why then
Didn't they send for me?


The Town of Luton's up-to-date, there man quite in the shade is
Eight or nine girls to each chap, it's a sad case for the ladies
Last Summer they played kiss-in-the-ring, and there the time to smother
There were no boys to kiss at all, so the girls kissed one another.

Chorus: Why didn't they send for me?
Why didn't they send for me?
I'd have charged a bob a kiss
Guaranteed to suit each miss
Just my mark, as right as right could be
Then why, then - why, then - why, then - why then
Didn't they send for me?


The Sultan of Lahoo was gay - A Don Javane stormer
Last week he put in his checks and went to a climate warmer
He'd got about a thousand wives with no one else to share 'em
The widows struck, for divel a man would venture near the harem.

Chorus: Why didn't they send for me?
Why didn't they send for me?
Though at home a wife I've got
I'd have married all the lot
Just my mark, as right as right could be
Then why, then - why, then - why, then - why then
Didn't they send for me?
 
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Written and composed by Pat Rafferty & J. Rolmaz - 1898
Performed by Pat Rafferty (1861-1952)
 
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