THE WIVES OF COMMERCIAL TRAVELLERS
 
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Who are the greatest heroes in the world
They're not in the army. They're not in the Air Force
Not the man who drives an engine or a racing motor car
Listen to me I'll tell you who the greatest heroes are.

Chorus 1: They're the wives of Commercial travellers
Heroines all, How do we fall
Don't I know, you bet your life I'm right
Don't we sleep alone on a cold and frosty night
Right from Monday up till Friday
We talk to ourselves to stop from yawning
Then our husbands make it a point to be home for the Sunday joint
Then go off away again on Monday morning.


Chorus 2: It's the wives of Commercial travellers
Faithful and kind, pity the blind
Don't I know, we ought to get a prize
What do we get for years and years, nothing but lies and lies
Right from Monday up till Friday
We talk to ourselves to stop from yawning
If it wasn't for duty's call, they wouldn't come home at all
Then go off away again on Monday morning.


I've been married now for many a day
To Billy a traveller in ladies underwear
He gets lots of experience he's so much on his own
But who is it sorts his samples out the day that he gets home.

Chorus 1: Why the wives of Commercial travellers
Faithful and true, lonesome and blue
He tells me a tale, I'm supposed to roar
He doesn't know I've heard it from the traveller next door
Right from Monday up till Friday
We talk to ourselves to stop from yawning
Now the cat has gone that way, comes home for an hour to stay
Then goes off away again on Monday morning.


Chorus 2: It's the wives of Commercial travellers
Always at home, so much alone
Two weeks ago I nearly died with fright
Another Commercial traveller travelled in at night
Right from Monday up till Friday
We talk to ourselves to stop from yawning
When the week-end's coming in on goes me crepe de chin
But it's back to flannelette on Monday morning.
 
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Written and composed by Flannigan
Performed by Lily Morris (1882-1952)
 
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