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No. 29 - Song - Spirit and Chorus - "In the Strand."
Lyrics by Adrian Ross

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Spirit: Some people may talk of taking a walk,
About in the gay Boulevard,
But I know a street that nothing can beat,
You won't have to look very far!
Mayfair and Pall Mall are all very well
But when I've an hour at command
I throw out my chest like one of the best
and go for a walk in the Strand.
As I stroll along anywhere in the good old Strand,
With the passing throng, Oh!
I tell you we feel just grand!
When the news-boys stand
and they shout in the dear old Strand — 
"Five-o'clock! special star!
'Ere you are! 'Ere you are!
The atrocity in the Strand!"
Chorus: As we stroll along anywhere in the good old Strand,
With the passing throng, Oh!
We tell you we feel just grand!
When the news-boys stand
and they shout in the dear old Strand.
Spirit: "Awful scene, Drury Lane,
Pantomime by 'All Caine!"
All: All the news in the good old Strand!
   
Spirit: If you have a taste that's classic and chaste
For goddesses virgin and Greek,
You'll see Mister Asche who cuts quite a dash,
His knees are so sweetly antique!
But if your heart yearns for music hall turns,
And humour that's rather more rich,
You'll find their abode just over the road
With Gus and the Follies and Tich!
At the tuneful Tiv.
I drop in from the good old Strand,
For the show they give
Is the sort that I understand!
I know all that band
Who appear in the dear old Strand — 
But our sweet Marie Lloyd
Must be elsewhere employ'd
For she's not in the good old Strand,
Chorus: At the tuneful Tiv.
We drop in from the good old Strand,
For the show they give
Is the sort that we understand!
We know all that band
Who appear in the dear old Strand.
Spirit: But Marie shouts outside,
"Hallo boys! I'm a bride!"
All: As she drives in the good old Strand!
   
Spirit: And if you would gaze on musical plays,
There's lots of variety there,
Each month pretty well, they get a new Belle
To ring in the peal of Mayfair!
You'll notice a score of cars at the door,
Or more as a general rule,
To take off one girl to marry an earl,
And bring back another from school!
When you're on the boards
At a house in the good old Strand,
All the House of Lords
Come and offer their heart and hand!
For their motors stand
All the way down the dear old Strand — 
The nobility kneel
At the feet of Camille
As she Gibsons along the Strand!
Chorus: When you're on the boards
At a house in the good old Strand,
All the House of Lords
Come and offer their heart and hand!
For their motors stand
All the way down the dear old Strand.
Spirit: And I bet we shall get
Billie Burke in Debrett
All: When she's playing along the Strand!

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