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Thread #8688   Message #3994821
Posted By: GUEST,LynnH
01-Jun-19 - 02:14 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Little Johnny England
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Little Johnny England
Since there's no other way it'll get into circulation, here's a version I made up based on a pub sign in Chepstow:

OLd Johnny England aka The Five Alls:

1. Old Johnny England he went a'wandering,
   All alone where the four winds call
   He went a'wandering, tossing up a penny cake
   He went a'wandering all day long
CHORUS: Old Johnny England he went a'wandering
       He went a'wandering all day long.
       He went a'wandering, tossing up a penny cake
       He went a'wandering all day long

2. Private Tommy Atkins was the first one he met with
   Musket on his shoulder on the sentry-go.
   "I'll fight for all, no matter if they're rich or poor"
   "Well you're a friend," says Johnny,"and a good man to know."

3. Outside a church he met the Reverend Clergyman
   Blessing his flock as they took their leave.
   "I pray for all and not just on a sunday:"
   Says Johnny,"You're a good man, in that I do believe."

4. In an office in the city he met with Billy Lawyer
   Studying a brief on a poor man's claim.
   "I believe in justice and so I will plead for all."
   "You're a friend," says Johnny,"that's worthy of the name."

5. And the next one they met with was none but the king himself
   Weighed down with worry and creased with care.
   "I rule all and must try to do it fairly."
   "Come with us," says Johnny,"and our troubles we can share."

6. And when they were together they went to an alehouse
   Their friendship to seal in the proper style.
   "Now Johnny," they said, "tell us what you do?"
   "I must pay for all," Johnny wryly smiled.

If anybody wants to sing this....GREAT!! Credit, if and where necessary, to Lynn H.Wise - I'd be grateful!