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Catfeet Lyr/Chords Req: Hartleypool / Hartlepool Monkey (61* d) Lyr Add: THE HARTLEPOOL MONKEY 29 Jul 97

It's actually called THE HARTLEPOOL MONKEY, but I couldn't find it in the DT either, so here goes it. ^^ Well, it's up and up in Hartlepool about the time of France,
The Emperor Napoleon was leading all the dance,
When up along the coast came a British man-o-war
And the captain’s own good monkey got washed up on the shore.

CHORUS: Singing old folks, young folks, every man and beast
Have come to see the Frenchie who's landed on the beach.
He's got long arms and a great long tail and he's covered down in hair.
We think that he's a spy, so we'll hang him in the square!

Now the Lord Mayor of Hartlepool was walking down the shore
When he saw this funny thing he'd never seen before.
A-sitting in the sand was a little hairy man,
Clutching a banana in his little hairy hand.

Well the Lord Mayor fetched the Town Clerk who hurried to the shore.
There they found this little man where he had been before.
And a crowd had gathered 'round him 'cause he was the strangest sight
Since the Sporting Club got fired on the previous Friday Night!

Now, Constable Parsons, he hurried to the scene.
He viewed the situation and he licked his pencil clean.
He said, "Causing a disturbance is a serious offence
And every thing you say, it will go down in evidence!”

Well, when this little man spoke, a funny thing was heard,
And Constable parsons couldn't understand a word.
But the reason for his puzzlement the crowd could plainly see:
This little man's a foreigner from far across the sea!

So they hung... hung... this little Frenchie from the gallows in the town
With a rope... rope... around his little necky-weck, and his tail all hanging down
As a warning to Napoleon to make himself a rule
And not to send his little hairy spies to dear old Hartlepool!

Here are some sleeve notes: The song was written in the early sixties by Tee-sider Alan Wilkenson. It's the true story of how, during the Napoleonic wars, the people of Hartlepool tried and hanged a monkey as a French spy.

HTML line breaks added. --JoeClone, 18-Mar-02.

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