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Thread #25490   Message #299221
Posted By: GUEST,Ruth Bygrave
17-Sep-00 - 09:35 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Begging Song (M Carthy, D Swarbrick)
Subject: Lyr Add: BEGGING SONG (M Carthy, D Swarbrick)
(All right, I'm a Picky Sad Person, but one line in particular gave your previous correspondent trouble. This is correct as far as I can make it by listening again)

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BEGGING SONG
(new lyrics by Martin Carthy/Dave Swarbrick)

Of all the trades in England, the beggin' is the best
For when a beggar's tired, he can lay him down and rest

And a-beggin' I will go-o-o
And a-beggin' I will go

I got on the train at Carlisle, they kicked me out at Crewe
I slept on every paving-stone from there to Waterloo

I got breakfast off the Embankment, I got my lunch and tea
And only the finest cardboard made a home that was fit for me

We sit on the stair at Leicester Square from seven o'clock till ten
Then round the back of the Connaught House for dinner from out of a bin

I can rest when I am tired and I heed no master's bell
Yer man 'ould be daft to be a king when beggars live so well!

The law came down to see us, they came down three together
They put out the fire, they left us there. Oh Lord how we did shiver!

I am a Victorian value, I'm Enterprise Poverty
Completely invisible to the state and a joy to Mrs T!

Of all the trades in England the beggin' is the best
For when a beggar's tired, he can lay him down and rest

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