YOU'LL HAVE TO NAME THE DAY
 
Rose Sullivan
 

Hold your whist, while I tell what's happened to me,
It's the queerest thing ever you heard;
I was walking alone, by myself, do you see?
Fairly dying of love, on my word;
When sweet Katie Connor I met by the style,
'Och! the top of the morning.' says I.
But she'd only a pout for my tenerest smile,
And she cried, 'Arrah! let me pass by.'

Chorus: 'But there's only room for one and the stile is hard to get over;
It's no use pushing, you can't get by, for here I mean to stay.
Never more I'll be a rollicking, restless rover;
Oh, Katie, my love, by the powers above, you'll have to name the day.'

Then I stuck out my arms like a crazy scarecrow,
As to dodge me she cunningly sought,
But said I, 'No, you don'y, Mistress Kate, oh no!
This morning you're cleverly caught!'
Then I saw her eyes twinkle just one roguish bit,
And her cheeks grew a beautiful red;
Sure, I thought at that time for a throne she was fit,
And my heart gave a thump as I said,

Chorus:

Then she wheedled and coaxed me and sure, that was nice,
But I placed one arm round her trim waist,
Saying, 'Katie, my darling, I'll yield in a trice,
If you'll let me those cherry lips taste.'
Well I kissed, not once, but a dozen times o'er,
Och! the way that she blushed was a sight,
Then she smiled and sure, now, I shan't say any more;
But my hopes and my fears were set right.

Chorus: 'But there's only room for one and the stile is hard to get over;
It's no use pushing, you can't get by, for here I mean to stay.
Never more I'll be a rollicking, restless rover;
For Katie, my love, by the powers above, there had to name the day.'

 
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Written and composed by Harry Adams & J.M. Harrison
Performed by Rose Sullivan (1863-1895)
From monologues.co.uk Music Hall Lyrics Collection
 
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