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Thread #14316   Message #122250
Posted By: Malcolm Douglas
08-Oct-99 - 11:44 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Champagne Charlie (from Edward Woodward)
Champagne Charlie

Albert Chevalier comes to mind here, though I certainly recall Stanley Holloway singing it, too. Out of interest, here's an early version, from the Bodleian Library broadside collection.

I've seen a deal of gaiety throughout my noisy life
With all my grand accomplishments, I ne'er could get a wife
The thing I most excel in is the P.R.P.G. game
A noise all night, in bed all day, and swimming in champagne.
For champagne Charlie is my name,
Champagne Charlie is my name,
Good for any game at night, my boys,
Good for any game at night, my boys,
Who'll come and join me in a spree.

The way I gained my title, is by a hobby which I've 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.

From coffee and from supper-room, from Poplar to Pall Mall,
The girls on seeing me exclaim, "Oh! what a champagne swell";
The notion 'tis of every one, if it were not for my name,
And causing so much to be drunk, they'd never make champagne.

Some epicures like burgundy, hock, claret and moselle,
But Moet's vintage only, satisfies this champagne swell.
What matter if to bed I go, and head is muddled thick,
A bottle in the morning, sets me right then very quick.

Perhaps you fancy what I say is nothing else but chaff,
And only does like other songs, to merely raise a laugh;
To prove that I'm not in jest, each man a bottle of cham,
I'll stand fizz round -yes that I will, and stand it- like a lamb.