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Lyr Req: Robin Redbreast (from Harry Champion)

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Jim Dixon 08 Feb 11 - 09:26 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Robin Redbreast (from Harry Champion)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 08 Feb 11 - 09:26 PM

I would appreciate any help in fixing any errors or missing words in the following transcription.

From the recording found at YouTube:
(It is the first of 2 songs in that "video.")


ROBIN REDBREAST
As recorded by Harry Champion, 1910

1. Have you ever seen a robin sitting on a tree?
My old girl will have it that is what I ought to be,
Because I wear a red vest the colour of my nose.
It used to be a chest protector. Goodness, how it grows!
I'm all there when I'm strolling up the west.
The girls all come and tickle me and they rub me on the chest.
They make a reg'lar fuss of me and say I look a don.
I always get in trouble every time I put it on.

CHORUS: But I never get the knock when the boys cry, "Cock, cock-cock-cock, cock robin!"
In my old red vest, I mean to cut a shine.
Walking up the street, they call me danger on the line.
And the more they call me robin redbreast,
I'll wear it longer still.
I will have a red waistcoat, I will.
I will, I will, I will, I will, I will.

2. Well, it comes in very handy, so I've heard the missus say.
She hangs it in the garden 'cause it keeps the cats away.
When she goes to bed at night, she hangs it on the bed.
She likes to warm her feet against the lovely glowing red.
One foggy night I saw a building all alight.
Policeman he came running up to me with all his might.
Saw me red; a fire alarm is what he did require.
Right below before my face he started shouting, "Fire!" CHORUS

3. Some funny things have happened. I could tell you on the bright.
Standing at the corner of a street the other night,
Waiting for a bus as I intended going south,
A fellow came along and he popped a letter in my mouth.
"I'm no letter box," I said. "Remember that!"
Just as he was grinning at me like a Cheshire cat.
A postman he came on the scene barely up the pole.
Dropped his bag and stuck his key right in me buttonhole. CHORUS


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Robin Redbreast (from Harry Champion)
From: GUEST,Jon Mac
Date: 17 Nov 11 - 12:38 PM

V1 : Goodness how it gLows
v2 :Last lines:
He saw mw red - a fire alarm that's what he did require
So he punched me face, pulled me nose - and started shouting fire

The wife and I went walking, down a country lane
We had a row because I had me waistcoat on again
And as we both was arguing a bull was coming by
he looked at me then looked again and winked his other eye
His tail goes up as he makes a dash for me
My old girl for safety went dodging round a tree
Suddenly it come to me I must save me life
So I took me waistcoat off and I popped it on the wife!

The above is the third verse - though I'm uncertain about the fourth line - I have a little memory blank there. Uncertain of my original source - but it was probably the sheet music


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Robin Redbreast (from Harry Champion)
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Aug 14 - 05:29 AM

Verse 3 - 'on the bright' should be 'honour bright'. It means 'On my honour'. See also Florrie Ford's song Now you've got your khaki on'.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Robin Redbreast (from Harry Champion)
From: GUEST,#
Date: 05 Aug 14 - 05:33 AM

From

http://monologues.co.uk/musichall/Songs-R/Robin-Redbreast.htm


ROBIN REDBREAST

Have you ever seen a robin sitting on a tree?
My old gal will have it that is what I ought to be
Because I wear a red vest the colour of me nose.
It used to be a chest protector, goodness how it grows!
I'm all there when I'm strolling up the west;
The girls they come and tickle me and they stroke me on the chest
They make a reg'lar fuss of me and say I look a don.
I always get in trouble every time I put it on.

Chorus: But I never get the knock when the boys cry 'Cock
Cock cock cock! Cock Robin!'
In me old red vest I mean to cut a shine.
Walkin' up the street they call me 'Danger-on-the Line',
And the more they call me Robin Redbreast,
I'll wear it longer still.
I will have a red waistcoat, I will!
I will! I will! I will! I will! I will!

Well it comes in very handy so I've heard the Missus say;
She hangs it in the garden for to keep the cats away.
When she goes to bed at night she hangs it on the bed;
She likes to warm her feet against the lovely glowing red.
One foggy night I saw a building all alight;
A p'liceman he came running up to me with all his might.
Saw my red, a fire alarm was what he did require;
He punched my face, and pulled my nose and started shouting 'Fire!'

Chorus:

Some funny things have happened
I can tell you. What a fright!
Standing at the corner of a street the other night,
Waiting for a bus as I intended goin' south,
A fellow came along and he popped a letter in me mouth.
'I'm no letter-box,' I said. 'Remember that,'
Just as he was grinning at me like a Cheshire cat.
A postman 'e come on the scene, fairly up the pole,
He dropped his bag and stuck his key right in me buttonhole.

Chorus:

Once I took the missus for a ramble down a lane,
We had a row because I had the waistcoat on again.
While we both were arguing, a bull was coming by,
He saw the red, he looked at me and winked his other eye.
His tail went up and as he made a dash at me,
My old gal, for safety she was dodging round a tree.
Suddenly I thought of something - I must save my life,
I went and took my waistcoat off and popped it on the wife.

Chorus:


Performed by Harry Champion (1865-1942)
From monologues.co.uk Music Hall Lyrics Collection


I'm aware that isn't what you asked for. It may however help with lyrics difficulty to hear.


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