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Lyr Add: The Wife, the Lodger, and I

Jim Dixon 18 Aug 04 - 10:20 PM
Charley Noble 19 Aug 04 - 05:12 PM
pavane 09 Sep 08 - 02:38 AM
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Subject: Lyr Add: THE WIFE THE LODGER AND I
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 18 Aug 04 - 10:20 PM

This is apparently a British music-hall song, one of very few in the Levy Collection.

Transcribed from the sheet music here. I'm unfamiliar with some of the slang used here, marked with "(?)". I would appreciate any clarifications.

THE WIFE, THE LODGER AND I; OR I CHALLENGED HIM TO—
Harry Wincott & Harry Leighton, 1902.
"Sung with the Greatest Possible Success by Tom Woottwell."

We've got a lodger staying with us. An artful cuss is he.
My old woman and me, through him can never agree.
She says, "He's just as clever as you, although he never brags.
I'll bet ten 'quid' to a policeman's kid, the lodger can do your 'daggs'." (?)

1. So the wife and I one night, when I'd turned out the light,
Said she to me, "If you'll agree, we'll challenge this chap to fight."
So he pulled off his coat, pulled off his "I'm afloat." (?)
He gave me one on the "hot cross bun," (?) and busted my "old bass note." (?)

2. The wife said, "Oh, you're beat. You can't stand on your feet."
Said she to me, "If you'll agree, we'll challenge him now to eat."
He started very well, but goodness, what a sell!
Two joints we got. He ate the lot, and swallowed the plates as well.

3. The wife began to stare. "We're ruined, I declare."
Said she to me, "If you'll agree, we'll challenge him now to swear."
He only said one word. One word was all we heard.
I've looked in many a dictionary but never could find the word.

4. The wife said, "Look here, Jim. To get the best of him,
Just take this swell to some canal and challenge him now to swim."
Well, he pulled off his "trucks" (?) when my old woman "rucks." (?)
He'd swum a yard; she said, "Hold hard! He's poisoning all the ducks." (?)

5. But still we didn't grieve. We'd one thing up our sleeve.
Said she to me, "If you'll agree, we'll challenge him now to thieve."
He started to rehearse. He nearly made me curse.
He "pinched" my watch and glass of Scotch, then went for the old girl's purse.

6. The wife said, "What d'ye think? He's done me for my chink. (?)
At mopping booze, you couldn't lose. Let's challenge him now to drink."
He drank ten quarts at first. I really thought he'd burst.
He drank the last, and then he asked for something to quench his thirst.

7. The wife said, "This ain't bliss. We must give him a miss. (?)
Said she to me, "If you'll agree, we'll challenge him now to kiss."
He started kissing slow, but when he did let go,
"Upon my sav," (?) said she, "we'll have it over again, what 'O.' "

8. Said I, "Enough! He's won. But now I have begun.
I'll lick him yet, you have a bet. I'll challenge him now to run."
He didn't want two hints. He fairly made me wince.
Well, strike me blue! The wife ran too, and they haven't been heard of since.

And it's too much trouble, it's too much trouble,
It's too much trouble for me to fetch them back.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Wife, the Lodger, and I
From: Charley Noble
Date: 19 Aug 04 - 05:12 PM

Never ran across this little jewel!

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Wife, the Lodger, and I
From: pavane
Date: 09 Sep 08 - 02:38 AM

Doesn't look like much rhyming slang though, perhaps just a few items.

Maybe this line, but not items I have seen before:
He gave me one on the "hot cross bun," (?) and busted my "old bass note." (?)


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