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No. 17 - Trio - Gus, Archie and Gigg

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Gus: Oh, memory's a funny thing indeed,
It's often very feeble and uncertain;
Archie: When incidents occur
Over which you would prefer
In the future, so to speak, to draw a curtain.
Gigg: If creditors for settlement you press,
One needn't stop to listen to their chatter!
Just tell them you regret
That you can't recall their debt,
For your mind is quite a blank upon the matter.
Gus: It's blank,
Archie: Blank,
Gigg: Absolutely blank!
All: Look them in the face
With an expression that is frank.
It's convenient to find,
On occasions, that your mind
Gus: Is blank,
Archie: Blank,
Gigg: Absolutely blank!
   
Gigg: Suppose I live in town, and one fine day
I hail a hansom cabby outside my gate;
Gus: And then request the man,
Just as quickly as he can,
Say, to drive you all the way from there to Highgate.
Archie: He does his best your orders to obey,
He knows the journey's worth a lot of money;
Gigg: But when he puts me down,
And I hand him half-a-crown,
The expression on his face is rather funny.
Gus: It's blank,
Archie: Blank,
Gigg: Absolutely blank!
All: Cabby's very sorry that you called him off the rank;
Oh, he makes a lot of noise,
And the language he employs
Gus: Is blank,
Archie: Blank,
Gigg: Absolutely blank!
   
Gus: In racing, or in betting on a horse,
You may not take the interest that heaps take,
Archie: But all the same, you may
Be prevail'd upon one day
Just to enter for a harmless little sweepstake;
Gigg: You hope to draw the favourite, of course,
You're told there's really nothing that can lick it;
Archie: But when the draw takes place,
On the day before the race,
You are shocked to find on looking at your ticket,
Gus: It's blank,
Archie: Blank,
Gigg: Absolutely blank.
All: Still, you feel you've only got your wretched luck to thank,
There are prizes, one or two,
But the number drawn by you
Gus: Is blank,
Archie: Blank,
All: Absolutely blank.
   
Archie: Perhaps you're one of those who long to show
The Drama is in need of much improvement
Gus: Of a theatre then, may be,
You become the sole lessee,
And resolve to be the leader of the movement.
Gigg: You wouldn't stage a comedy, oh, no!
Or even melodrama that's excitin';
The play that you rehearse
Is a tragedy in verse —
Well, you know the sort of verse some poets write in.
Gus: It's blank,
Archie: Blank,
Gigg: Absolutely blank.
All: Certainly it won't improve your balance at the bank.
When the piece has run a bit,
Stalls and gallery and pit
Gus: Are blank,
Archie: Blank,
All: Absolutely blank.

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