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Lyr Add: I Enjoyed It (from Harry Champion)

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Jim Dixon 04 Feb 11 - 11:55 AM
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Subject: Lyr Add: I Enjoyed It (from Harry Champion)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 04 Feb 11 - 11:55 AM

Another old music-hall song which you can hear at The Internet Archive. As usual, I would appreciate your help in filling in the gaps and making any corrections.

I wasn't able to identify the songwriter in this case. The British Library has sheet music for most of the songs that Harry Champion recorded, and although you can't see the sheet music online, you can see the catalogue entry, which gives the songwriters' names—but I couldn't find it for this song.

As sung by Harry Champion, 1922.

1. A pal once gave me a fat cigar,
Says, "Here, sir, you are. Be a la-di-dah."
When I put it under your filthy …
Made our old dustman shout.
My old girl's mother on a whip she got
Said ….
… some bugger like a chimney pot
Till you couldn't see me for smell.

CHORUS: I enjoyed it. I enjoyed it.
I captured a … on one leg
And the old buccaneer he laid an 'ard-boiled egg.
Fireman came for the missus with a knife
… young daughter, I says, "That's right.
It'll save her having a bath tonight."
And I enjoyed it.

2. Went for a style in the old skylark,
Just for a lark like some young spark,
Took the missus with me …
With a nice little how-do-ye-do.
Before we went upon that trip,
She walked out for dinner, wouldn't take my tip.
Presently the boat began to skip,
And … too.

CHORUS: I enjoyed it. I enjoyed it.
The wife said, "The dinner that I had was wrong,
And I don't think it's gonna be mine for long."
Two and six for a dinner in the town.
She went to the side and then looked down.
She lost two and tuppence of her half a crown,
And I enjoyed it.

3. When I was young, I was short and stout,
Like a louse all round about.
Teacher used to call me out.
He saved for a dose of stick.
All through falling asleep, you see,
Teacher made his shot for me.
In about a week or two or three,
I was out two ev'ry three.

CHORUS: And I enjoyed it. I enjoyed it.
He went for me knickers with a rum-dum-dum
As if he was banging on a great big drum.
Teacher's arm it soon began to fail.
You see, I wore a coat of mail.
He was banging at the bottom of an old tin pail.
I enjoyed it.

4. I've had some jobs, but I must agree,
What suited me was the brewery.
Wasn't much money but the beer was free,
And the flavour something grand.
I don't know what it was made of, but
You don't want to worry over that, tut-tut!
Never you could keep my big mouth shut
When a pint was close at hand.

CHORUS: I-I-I enjoyed it. I enjoyed it.
One day I was looking in a great big vat.
I thought I'd like to have a swim in that.
I dived in. I wasn't up the pole.
I mopped and I mopped till, upon my soul,
I was able to crawl through the old bung-hole,
And I enjoyed it.


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