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No. 18 - Song - Quiller and Constables - "On the track."

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Quiller: If the awful instigator
Or the dreadful perpetrator
Of a horrid crime you're seeking for to ferret out,
The detective who disguises,
Whistles, hists and theorizes
is the one who sets the greatest stock of merit out!
On a fellow's nose a soot-print,
In the sand a tiny foot-print,
Strand of hair, a broken twig are clues most black.
And if any such you find,
Why you can safely bear in mind
That you are very close, so close up on the track.
So close,
Constables: Upon the track.
Quiller: So close,
Constables: Upon the track.
All: We're on the track.
Quiller: We're on the track,
All: We're on the track,
Quiller: We're on the track,
All: We're on the track,
Quiller: We're close up on the trail;
We'll land our man in jail,
Oh, yes, we're on the track,
All: We're on the track.
   
Quiller: If a wretch in anguish utter
Steals a slice of bread, no butter,
'Cause he's starving and of pie he hasn't got any,
He has time for deep repentance
For the justice of the sentence
Gives him twenty years in that far bay call'd Botany!
It is surely far more healthy
For the tolerably wealthy
To appropriate, embezzle and conceal;
For Dame Justice sits and grieves
At never calling people thieves
Who do not really need the things,
The things they steal.
The things
Constables: They never need
Quiller: To steal
Constables: They never need
All: The things they steal.
Quiller: We're on the track,
All: We're on the track,
Quiller: We're on the track,
All: We're on the track,
Quiller: If cash one does not lack;
A kleptomaniac
Is he who does not need
All: the things they steal.
We're on the track!

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