CHAMPAGNE CHARLIE
 
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I’ve seen a deal of gaiety throughout my noisy life
With all my grand accomplishments I never could get a wife
The thing I most excel in is the P.R.F.G. game *
A noise at night, in bed all day, and swimming in Champagne.

Chorus: Champagne Charlie is my name
Champagne drinking is my game
Good for any game at night my boys
Good for any game at night my boys
For Champagne Charlie is my name
Champagne Charlie is my name
Good for any game at night my boys
Who’ll come and join me in a spree?


The way I earned my title thro’ a hobby I have got
Of never letting others pay however long the shot
Whoever drinks at my expense are treated all the same
From Dukes and Lords, to cabmen down, I make them drink champagne.

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From Coffee and from Supper Rooms, from poplar to Pall Mall
The girls on seeing me exclaim, “Oh what a champagne swell”
The notion ‘tis of everyone if ‘twere no for my name
And causing so much to be drunk, they’d never make Champagne.

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Some epicures like Burgundy, Hock, Claret and Moselle
But Moet’s vintage only satisfies this Champagne swell
What matter if to bed I go dull head and muddle thick
A bottle in the morning sets me right then very quick.

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Perhaps you fancy what I say is nothing else but chaff
And only put into this song to raise a little laugh
To prove that I’m in jest each man a bottle of cham
I’ll stand fizz round yes that I will and stand it like a lamb.

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* P.R.F.G. The most convincing explanation, I've come across, for this line was at Mudcat.org.

'Private Rooms For Gentlemen'
'The earliest music halls (c. 1840s to 60s), which had more of the character of barrooms than theatres, were normally attached to pubs, which had often acquired adjoining houses so as to build a big supper-room style hall across the united back land.

This meant that the front building tended to be an agglomeration of linked houses with a warren of rooms and passages. The publican had plenty of scope to let rooms for private functions, masonics and so on - and to provide... 'private rooms for gentlemen' where a music hall patron with coin to spare could retire with a companion for a quiet meal tete-a-tete, with reasonable certainty that there would be no interruption while the peace was preserved.

Arrangements of this kind have led to a common supposition that most early music halls were thinly disguised brothels. They were not. Prostitutes were evident in all music halls and some of the earliest of them certainly had friendly arrangements with neighbouring knocking shops, but no proprietor who had spent a great deal of money in building a hall, employing staff and engaging stage talent would have imperilled his licence by going down this path. 'Private rooms for gentlemen' may have been places of assignation and no doubt many an item of clothing was disturbed after supper, but the key word was 'private'.'

 
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Written and composed by George Leybourne & Alfred Lee - 1867
Performed by George Leybourne (1842-1884
From monologues.co.uk Music Hall Lyrics Collection
 
George Leybourne
 
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