YOU DON'T WANT TO KEEP ON SHOWING IT
 
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Now to talk about your wife, I know it is a sin
I don't mind telling you me wife drinks gin
Coloured her nose and it looks such a fright
In the dark you would take it for a moonlight night
One night she had a little too much
So I toddled home to bed
She blew out the light but her nose shone bright
So to Mary Jane I said,

Chorus: 'You don't want to keep on showing it, Mary
You don't want to keep on showing it.'
So under the clothes she poked her nose
In the dark I commenced to doze
Oh, what a fright in the middle of the night
When she started blowing it
It blew me out of bed, so again I said
'You don't want to keep on showing it.'


One day I took her out to Barnet Fair
My word, didn't all the people stare
Spotted her nose, they laughed and said
Gov'nor did you pick it from a strawberry bed
Big wooden ball from a coconut stall
At Mary's nose was shied
They took the old girl for an old Aunt Sal
So again to her I cried,

Chorus: 'You don't want to keep on showing it, Mary
You don't want to keep on showing it.'
So I bunked her up for a donkey ride
Donkey spotted her nose and shied
Fell upon her head when a policeman said
'Love me, ain't you goin' it,
You'd better get yerclothes
For to cover up your nose
'Cos you don't want to keep on showing it.'


Now walking down a lane on a very dark night
Poor Mary's nose was shining bright
Man with a gun was passing by
Shot Mary's nose for a big fire-fly
Bolted again for the railway train
When the guard popped out his head
Shouting danger on the line I said not this time
So again to her I said,

Chorus: 'You don't want to keep on showing it, Mary
You don't want to keep on showing it.'
She hid it again in the railway train
Boys and the girls they were having a game
Oh what a lark in the tunnel in the dark
We were not long in knowing it
For they all begin to shout, 'Put it out! Put it out!
You don't want to keep on showing it.'


A week or two ago now what do you suppose
I got into trouble over Mary's nose
The man and the woman that live next door
In the middle of the night caused a big uproar
They said Mary's nose had been and burnt a hole
Through the wall into their bed
Shouting fire with all their might in the middle of the night
So again to her I said,

Chorus: 'You don't want to keep on showing it, Mary
You don't want to keep on showing it.'
The fireman rushed in the room with his hose
Started pointing it on Mary's nose
She began to scream,her nose began to steam
It'd boil the water you could throw on it.'
And the fireman said, ' It's blistering my leg
And so you don't want to keep on showing it.'
 
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Written and composed by Sealey/Sealey
Recorded 1910 by Harry Champion (1866-1942)
 
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