I've just had a letter to say I'm engaged, to play in a pantomime
The part I've to play is the Principal Boy, so I'm in for a glorious time
The panto's Dick Whittingtpn-I'm Dirty Dick
The fellow who once rode to York
The manager says I must get a good song
About which the public -will talk
So I chartered an author to write me a song
And this is the chorus he sent me along

I wanted a song about the sea, something with a nice breezy melody, but I couldn't do it so I did the next best thing. I got a man to write me about things that are in the sea, such as fish - fish. I got Sam Isaacs. He's written me a very nice fish chorus. It goes something like this...

She sells seashells on the seashore-the shells she sells are seashells, I'm sure
For if she sells seashells on the seashore, then I'm sure she sells seashore shells

Bit tricky, isn't it?

I like it, you know. I think it's a very excellent number, and I like it.

Who are you, Sir?

I'm the manager of the pantomime, at which you're engaged.

I think it's a very, very excellent number indeed, and I insist on you singing it in the pantomime. As I said before I like it.

I should think you're very fond of anything you like, aren't you, Sir?

Well, do you know, I'm so fond of that song that I rather think that I know it myself already.

Oh. Would you like to try?

Well, I'll have a try. What's the first line of it again?

I don't know, I've forgotten it.

I have it. She sells seashells on the seashore.
The shells she sells are seashells, I'm sure, foooooooooor...

Be careful! Be careful!


Excuse me, Sir, excuse me, Sir, would you lik to try and harmonise with me?
Well, I'll have a try, with pleasure...
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Written and composed by Terry Sullivan & Harry Gifford
Performed by Wilkie Bard (1874-1944)
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