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Thread #102462   Message #2369697
Posted By: GUEST,James
19-Jun-08 - 07:42 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: 'A handsome man stepped under the transom
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'A handsome man stepped under the tra
The version my Dad used to Sing (before alzheimer's)

THE LADY IN RED

'Twas a cold winter's evening.
The guests were all leaving.
O'Leary was closing the bar,
When he turned and he said
To a lady in red,
"Get out! You can't stay where you are."

She wept a sad tear
In her bucket of beer
As she thought of the cold night ahead,
When a gentleman dapper
Stepped out of the clapper*,
And these are the words that he said:

Her mother never told her
What every young girl should know,
About the ways of city boys
And how they come and go.

Age has taken her beauty,
And sin has left its sad scar,
Remember your mothers and sisters, **boys,
And let her sleep under the bar!

*(I think that "clapper" was slang for "phone booth", derived from a bell's clapper, which would ring when the phone was dialed. I don't think crapper ("toilet") is correct. I like "a gentleman handsome stepped over the transom", but that's not how my father sang it. He used "clapper."

**here, I seem to remember "lads" instead of "boys"