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GUEST,Dave Illingworth Lyr Req: Keep Your Hands Off--That's Mine (11) RE: Lyr Req: Keep Your Hands Off--That's Mine 04 Jul 12

This query may have been resolved, in which case my apologies.
I have been singing a version of this song for years, and thought I would revive it tomorrow for two old-folks' gigs. Just googled out of curiosity.
Anyway, this is what I sing:-

Percy lost his heart and married Mabel
They took a trip to the dear old Isle of Wight
Spooning everywhere, couples over there
Going through a tunnel dark as night
Mabel started giggling in the darkness
Oh Percy do stop kissing me, said she
Percy shouted out, Will you shine a light
There's somebody kissing the wife and it isn't me

Keep your hands of she's (that's) mine
Keep your hands off she's (that's) mine
You just be careful what you do
That little bit of fancy work she doesn't belong to you
She's a nice girl I know, and she squeezes absolutely fine
You can do what you like with another fellow's wife
But keep your hands off she's (that's) mine

There may well be other verses.    I learned it from an old BBC LP called NARROW BOATS (I think) which I have long lost. Although not a canal song, it was apparently popular amongst working boatmen, singing in the canalside pubs.

In some venues (eg folk clubs) I have indeed segued it into the Leadbelly song, previously mentioned.

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