No. 14 - Song - Mary - "In Yorkshire"
||Oh, London is really a wonderful town;
It costs a small fortune to buy a new gown.
You must wear tight boots on your poor little feet,
And you must put on gloves to go out in the street!
A hat and some curls on your head you must pin:
Really it seems such a sin!
We've a little more sense in Yorkshire,
We never spend much on our dresses at all,
For there's food to be bought and our wages are small;
And that's why you see us in clogs and a shawl —
Lasses look fine up in Yorkshire!
||The Cockney will say in superior tone
That he reckons he knows all there is to be known.
If he goes on a journey he puts on such airs,
And spends a lot more than it costs him in fares.
He'll tip a chap sixpence to carry his bag,
Simply because it's a fag!
But we never do that in Yorkshire,
A chap takes a ticket, excursion, third-class,
And he won't call a porter, he's not such an ass;
He tips himself sixpence and pockets the brass!
Sixpence is sixpence in Yorkshire!
||In London when paying an afternoon call
You pretty soon feel you're not wanted at all.
They'll say "How d'ye do?" and then hand you some tea
In a cup like a thimble, that's no use to me!
And there you must sit while the stuff's getting cool,
Feeling an absolute fool!
We've a much better way in Yorkshire,
Supposing a friend should be calling on you,
You shout out "Come on, lass, there's tea on the brew!
So sit thysel' down for a proper owd do!"
We can eat a tea up in Yorkshire!
||The girls up in London are all very well,
But they just want to come down to Leeds for a spell.
Their manners are better than ours are, perhaps,
But still they don't know how to manage the chaps.
They'll say if a fellow should squeeze them too tight.
"Sir, you insult me, good night!"
But we never waste words in Yorkshire,
If a young fellow is taking you out,
And you don't like the nonsense he's talking about,
You up with your hand and you give him a clout —
That's what we do up in Yorkshire!
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