THE WRONG MAN
 
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One night my beau was rather late in calling round for me
And when I heard a loud rat-tat thinks I 'that must be he'
So I rushed to the passage and no chance of courtship missing
All in the dark I kissed him twice, then found that I'd been kissing...

Chorus: The wrong man, the wrong man
Wasn't it awful rum?
The wrong man, the wrong man
Oh Jerusalem
I never was in such a plight before
Pity me if you can
I thought I should fall
I'd given them all
To the wrong, wrong man.


A fellow once for the love of me would sing on our back wall
'What there again, young man' I thought, 'Your cheek shall have a fall'
So I got a pail of water, while he 'neath the window bothered
Then I let go the pailful and I found I'd nearly smothered...

Chorus: The wrong man, the wrong man
Wasn't it awful rum?
The wrong man, the wrong man
Oh Jerusalem
I never was in such a plight before
Pity me if you can
For there on the spot
I emptied the lot
On the wrong, wrong man.


A fellow once called me a 'False deceitful flirt'
I went and told my sweetheart Joe and he was awful hurt
Say I 'He lives at number six' Says Joe 'He'll get a milling'
And when I followed Joe I found him pretty nearly killing...

Chorus: The wrong man, the wrong man
Wasn't it awful rum?
The wrong man, the wrong man
Oh Jerusalem
I never was in such a plight before
Pity me if you can
He was spoiling the clothes
And punching the nose
Of the wrong, wrong man!
 
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Written and composed by J.P. Harrington & George Le Brunn
Performed by Marie Lloyd (1870-1922)
 
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