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No. 4 - Song - Slinks and Chorus of Men

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Slinks: We're a lot of lazy loafers,
Oh! we recognize it's true;
But it isn't that we're idle —
If you knew our point of view.
No! we'd gladly work all day and night,
But we've got no work to do.
Men: But we've got no work to do.
Slinks: We've sometimes nearly got a job,
But it's pass'd on to a pal;
We'd like to do some flirting
But we haven't got a gal!
We'd love to catch a fish,
But there's no fish in the Canal!
Men: No fish in the Canal!
Slinks: We're a lot of lazy loafers,
Yes, of that we're well aware;
We would work for next to nothing,
But we feel it isn't fair.
And if you knew us better,
There's a fact you can't avoid,
There is no one quite as busy
As the lazy unemployed!
Men: We're a lot of lazy loafers,
Yes, of that we're well aware;
We would work for next to nothing,
But we feel it isn't fair.
And if you knew us better,
There's a fact you can't avoid,
There is no one quite as busy
As the lazy unemployed!
   
Slinks: Now one day we really thought
We'd got a job — well, half-a-crown,
From an English toff who turned up
With his motor broken down;
And he gave us all a guilder
If we'd push it through the town.
Men: If we'd push it through the town.
Slinks: I was just a-going to push,
With all the strength I'd ever known,
When the blessed artful motor
Started moving on its own;
And I lost the job, the guilder,
Yes, and half my collarbone!
Men: And half his collarbone!
Slinks: We're a lot of lazy loafers,
Yes, of that we're well aware;
For we haven't got a thing
Except a lot of open air.
But if you knew us better,
There's a fact you can't avoid,
We'd not be half so healthy
If we weren't so unemployed!
Men: We're a lot of lazy loafers,
Yes, of that we're well aware;
For we haven't got a thing
Except a lot of open air.
But if you knew us better,
There's a fact you can't avoid,
We'd not be half so healthy
If we weren't so unemployed!
   
Slinks: Oh, in England, so they tell us,
Nice processions are allowed.
The authorities are kind to them,
And do them mighty proud;
They provide them with policemen,
To protect them from the crowd.
Men: To protect them from the crowd.
Slinks: Then they've got a lovely workhouse,
Just the place for you and me,
Where the guardians are millionaires,
As gen'rous as can be;
And there's hock for lunch, and watercress,
And jam and shrimps for tea!
Men: And jam and shrimps for tea!
Slinks: They're a lot of lazy loafers,
Oh, of that we're well aware;
You can see them with collecting boxes
Marching round a square.
If we only had a bowler,
And a shirt of celluloid,
Into Parliament we'd get
And be for ever unemployed!
Men: They're a lot of lazy loafers,
Oh, of that we're well aware;
You can see them with collecting boxes
Marching round a square.
If we only had a bowler,
And a shirt of celluloid,
Into Parliament we'd get
And be for ever unemployed!

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