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No. 24 - Song - Sir Archie and Chorus

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Sir Archie: Sir Archie was a subaltern who sallied to the South,
A sword about his waist, a cigarette inside his mouth;
He got some cuts and scratches,
And was mentioned in despatches,
For he always takes a chance whene'er he sees one.
He left some girls behind him
'Cause he couldn't take them too,
He tried to get permission,
But they thought it wouldn't do.
So he did his share of duty
And returned to home and beauty;
If there is a gallant officer, well, he's one.
Archie! Archie! He's in town again!
The idol of the ladies and the envied of the men.
He doesn't really care a jot
If a girl is dark or fair or what,
For they all look beautiful to Archie.
Chorus: Archie! Archie! He's in town again!
The idol of the ladies and the envied of the men.
He doesn't really care a jot
If a girl is dark or fair or what,
For they all look beautiful to Archie.
   
Sir Archie: When Archie left his native shore such tears were seldom seen;
He said "Good-bye" to Flossie, and he kissed Evangeline,
And he booked a little table
For a tête-à-tête with Mabel,
And he bid farewell to others much in that form.
He told them all they'd never meet again,
What should he do?
But when his ship got home at last,
He booked to Waterloo,
And his feelings tried to smother
When he saw his darling mother
And his other lady friends upon the platform.
Archie! Archie! He's in town again!
The porter gently asked him if he'd like a hansom then;
Said Archie: "That's no use to us,
You'll have to hire an omnibus,
For the girls have come to welcome Archie."
Chorus: Archie! Archie! He's in town again!
The porter gently asked him if he'd like a hansom then;
Said Archie: "That's no use to us,
You'll have to hire an omnibus,
For the girls have come to welcome Archie."
   
Sir Archie: Now Archie wanted clothes and so his tailor went to see,
He slapped him on the back and said:"You don't remember me!"
Said the tailor: "Yes, we do, sir;
We've a small account for you, sir,
And we hope in future that you won't ignore us.
So Archie paid him like a trump
And dressed himself up grand
To see his fair companions
At a theatre in the Strand.
When the ladies saw him seated
All their pretty heads got heated
And this is how they jumbled up the chorus:
Archie, Archie, he's in town again!
He promised that he'd marry me but didn't mention when,
Oh, soldiers are such slimy things,
He'll have to take and buy me things,
And they won't be chocolates from Archie!
Chorus: Archie! Archie! He's in town again!
He promised that he'd marry me but didn't mention when;
Oh, soldiers are such slimy things,
He'll have to take and buy me things,
And they won't be chocolates from Archie!
   
Sir Archie: He takes his recreations in a pleasant sort of way.
He'll always make a fourth at Bridge and knows the way to play;
He can sing a gentle solo,
And can hold his own at Polo,
And the other things an Englishman is made for;
He'll sport the light fantastic
To advantage with the rest,
A Covent Garden Ball will always see him at his best.
He'll invite a little party
Of some damsels bright and hearty
To a box some other silly mug has paid for:
Archie, Archie, beats them at it all!
When taking on the Lancers at a Covent Garden Ball,
You'll find about the hour of four
A tangled mess upon the floor,
And the sportsman underneath is Archie!
Chorus: Archie! Archie! beats them at it all!
When taking on the Lancers at a Covent Garden Ball,
You'll find about the hour of four
A tangled mess upon the floor,
And the sportsman underneath is Archie!

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