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No. 2 - Song - Laski - "As Happy as a King."

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Laski: A King's a man who has to do
Whatever his Ministers tell him to;
If he does nothing the whole day long,
It's clear that the King can do no wrong.
He can read the papers too, no doubt,
With the bits about himself black'd out,
Or rest for a while on a gilded chair,
When he's look'd to see if a bomb is there.
Girls: A bomb is there!
Men: A bomb is there!
Laski: At Court it's an ev'ryday affair!
For a monarch should
Be a doll of wood,
On a ministerial string;
When we pull the cord
Our sov'reign lord
Is happy as a King, King, King!
Chorus: For a monarch should
Be a doll of wood,
On a ministerial string;
When we pull the cord
Our sov'reign lord
Is happy as a King, King, King.
   
Laski: When dinner comes, it's the rule in force
That the Cabinet looks at ev'ry course,
And before a plate for the King is placed
The whole of the Cabinet have to taste.
While the monarch toys with a coy sardine
The Ministers sample the soup tureen,
And taste so well that it may befall
That the King never gets any soup at all!
Girls: No soup at all!
Men: No soup at all!
Laski: Or they sometimes leave him a force-meat ball!
If a monarch's mug
Should contain a drug
That a sudden death would bring,
He has but to get
A new Cabinet,
As happy as a King, King, King!
Chorus: If a monarch's mug
Should contain a drug
That a sudden death would bring,
He has but to get
A new Cabinet,
Laski: As happy as a King,
All: King, King.


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