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Thread #46733   Message #3092588
Posted By: Jim Dixon
10-Feb-11 - 01:45 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Everybody Knows Me in My Old Brown Hat
Subject: ADD: Everybody Knows Me in My Old Brown Hat
You can hear this song at YouTube. (It is the second of 2 songs in that "video."). For the following transcription, I started with the lyrics posted by Long Firm Freddie, and then changed them where necessary to make them agree with my hearing of the recording. As a result, it's nearly complete.


EV'RYBODY KNOWS ME IN MY OLD BROWN HAT*
(Lyrics and Music by Fred Leigh & Charles Collins, 1920)
As recorded by Harry Champion

1. Down our street, my neighbours are a nice lot, especially when I'm out of doors.
They all treat me with a great respect, but they never say, "What's yours?"
If I walk into a public house, they say, "Look out! He's here!"
They grab their pots and glasses, shouting, "Danger! Mind yer beer!"

Ev'rybody knows me in me old brown hat
That I wear upon me pim-pim-pimple.
Only cost me a tanner down the cut,
But it looks all right on me little wooden nut.
Oh, I say! What do you think of that?
The landlord got one ... in the pot,
So I had it in me old brown hat.

2. One day, all gay, I was at the races, having such a fair old spree.
I put my best behaviour on, the king stood next to me.
Me old gal got excited when the crowd began to cheer.
"What's up?" says she. "Good God!" said I. "Why, don't you know, old dear?"

Everybody knows me in me old brown hat
That I wear upon me pim-pim-pimple.
Only cost me a tanner down the cut,
But it looks all right on me little wooden nut.
Oh, I say! What do you think of that?
I said to the king, "It's a very funny thing,
But they know me in me old brown hat."

3. Last year, oh, dear! Down beside the seaside, Everybody laughed at me.
They crowded on the promenade when I dived in the sea.
A policeman said, "Your bathing drawers are far too long, my friend."
I said, "just ask the ladies, please, for to watch my other end."

'Cause everybody knows me in me little brown hat
That I wear upon me pim-pim-pimple.
Only cost me a tanner down the cut,
But it looks all right on me little wooden nut.
Oh, I say! Don't you ... of that?
While I'm in the sea, ladies won't be lookin' at me,
They'll be lookin' at me old brown hat.

4. Oh, lor! I shan't forget my wedding morning, got an hour off from work.
I went to church as lively as an undertaker's clerk.
The parson said, "The funeral takes place this afternoon."
I said, "Don't bury me until I've had my honeymoon!"

'Cause everybody knows me in me old brown hat
That I wear upon me pim-pim-pimple.
Only cost me a tanner down the cut,
But it looks all right on me little wooden nut.
Oh, I say! ...
In the bedroom tonight, you will see a funny sight,
For you'll see me in me old brown hat.

[* The sheet music has EV'RYBODY... but the recording has EVERYBODY....]