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Lyr Add: He's Dead But He Won't Lie Down

Jim Dixon 03 Mar 11 - 09:23 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: HE'S DEAD BUT HE WON'T LIE DOWN
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 03 Mar 11 - 09:23 PM

From the original 1932 recording at YouTube:


HE'S DEAD BUT HE WON'T LIE DOWN
Words and music by Will E. Haines, Maurice Beresford, Jimmy Harper.
From the film "Looking on the Bright Side," 1932.
As sung by Gracie Fields.

My sister's young man is a hundred and three.
Yes, a hundred and three is he;
And he's real cold-storage meat
From his head right to his feet.
He's dead but he won't lie down.

Now she's his Juliet and he's her Romeo,
Though his real name is Septimus Brown.
From his soul romance has fled,
Still she likes his old bald head.
He's dead but he won't lie down.

He won't (He won't)
Lie down. (Lie down)
He's dead but he won't lie down.

At a picture show once, full of passion and love,
He said, "Be Mrs. Septimus Brown."
And although he'd got the cramp,
He said, "Vamp me, darling. Vamp!"
He's dead but he won't lie down.

Now Septimus Brown has a large family.
It's the biggest one for miles around.
He's had children by the score,
But he means to have some more.
He's dead but he won't lie down.

He won't (He won't)
Lie down. (Lie down)
He's dead but he won't lie down.

He played in the final for the football cup.
He's the finest center forward in town.
He just scored the winning goal,
Then went out to draw the dole.
He's dead but he won't lie down.

On his funeral day he was many miles away
Drinking doubles in the Rose and Crown,
Undertakers had to wait
'Cause he'd quite forgot the date.
He's dead but he won't lie down.

[Another recording from 1938 "with orchestra under the direction of Victor Young" has this new verse:]

Now late last night in the old cemet'ry,
With all the pretty tombstones round,
Sister said, "Oh, do behave!" (Giggle)
Then they both fell in their grave.
He's dead but he won't lie down.


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