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Posted By: Hrothgar
07-May-02 - 06:17 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Irish Maltese / Brothers St. John
Subject: ADD: Irish Maltese (The Brothers St. John)
No 105 in Tawney's book "Grey Funnel Lines." He gives it as trad, and whether it had any music hall background I wouldn't know.

The Brothers St John

Two Irish Maltese,
We come from the island of Gozo.
The first time we met, it was down in Valett..
We are two Irish Maltese.

We're the twins, ringa linga ling,
We're the twins, ringa linga ling,
We're the brothers St John and you know where we're from,
When we're out
There's no doubt
We're so much alike in our figure and height.
As we stroll along on the prom
The bass band plays tiddly-om-pom.
They say as we pass, "There go two blades of grass,"
Me and my brother St John.

In the summertime, you know,
To the seaside we go,
Where the air is so fresh and so bracing.
We sing and we shout when there's no one about,
Me and my brother St John.

"Grey Funnel Lines - Traditional Song and Verse of the Royal Navy 1900-1970;" Cyril Tawney; Routledge & Kegan Paul, London. Copyright 1987 Cyril Tawney. ISBN 0-7102-1270-4

It's on Tawney's tape "Round the Buoy." If you can't get it in the shops, you can probably get it direct from Cyril.