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Steve Parkes Lyr Req: On the Beach at Portobello (Matt McGinn) (7) RE: Lyr Req: On the Beach at Portobello (Matt McGinn) 20 Feb 13


Pat, this is the version I had years ago from Barrie Roberts (who knew Matt). The first & last verse go to the minor part of Come back to Sorrento, and the rest go to the second part of the major-ish part.

On the beach at Portobello,
Our Maggie fell in with a fellow.
His hair was black and his teeth were yellow,
Down by the Portobello pier.

He was balding, he was hen-toed,
Singing 'Come back to Sorrento',
Made her feel quite sentimento,
Down by the Portobello pier.

His shoes were worn down to the upper,
But he bough her a big pie supper.
She thought he was trying to get ... acquainted,
Down by the Portobello pier.

Told her that his name was Larry,
Axed [asked] her if she'd like to marry:
She said, "Yes -- Tom, Dick or Harry!"
Down by the Portobello pier.

It's anight shall I remembra,
Though 'twas ten years last Novembra
Our Maggie caught the train to Embra [Edinburgh!]
And a bus to the Portobello pier.

On the beach at Portobello,
Our Maggie fell in with a fellow.
His hair was black and his teeth were yellow,
Down by the Portobello pier.

This is Spike Milligan's 'Return to Sorrento (2nd Class)':
I must go down to the sea again,
To the lonely sea and the sky:
I left my vest and socks there --
I wonder if they're dry?


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