YOU COULDN'T TELL T'OTHER FROM WHICH
 
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I'll introduce myself to you as John_John Bates, although
Allow me to inform you that I'm more my brother Joe
Somehow we've got awfully mixed, that's where the strife begins
We can't tell which is who, in fact we only know we're twins.

Chorus: Who is which, and which is who, we're both alike as pins
We know we're John and Joseph, and are Billy Bates's twins
But which am I, and which is he, is what I want to know
Am I the one who's name is Jack, or am I brother Joe.


It's singular we're single tho' one's married you must know
But which it is we cannot tell, we only know it's Joe
My wife, I should say his_well_ ours has living been alone
E'er since the day she married, for she don't know which to own.

Chorus: Who is which, and which is who, we're both alike as pins
We know we're John and Joseph, and are Billy Bates's twins
But which am I, and which is he, is what I want to know
Am I the one who's name is Jack, or am I brother Joe.


I've often heard that when a twin this mortal coil resigns
His brother soon will shift as well for after him he pines
What stuff, if Joe my brother went, to join his chums below
D'you think I'd go and pine for him? I answer 'Not for Joe.'

Chorus: Who is which, and which is who, we're both alike as pins
We know we're John and Joseph, and are Billy Bates's twins
But which am I, and which is he, is what I want to know
Am I the one who's name is Jack, or am I brother Joe.
 
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Written and composed by Kate Royle - 1887
Performed by James Fawn (1850-1923)
From monologues.co.uk Music Hall Lyrics Collection
 
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