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No. 24: SONG (Sergeant & Chorus)

"When a felon's not engaged in his employment"

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Walter Passmore as the
Sergeant of Police
1900
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Sergeant.
When a felon's not engaged in his employment –
Police.
His employment,
Sergeant.
Or maturing his felonious little plans –
Police.
Little plans,
Sergeant.
His capacity for innocent enjoyment –
Police.
'Cent enjoyment
Sergeant.
Is just as great as any honest man's –
Police.
Honest man's.

Sergeant.
Our feelings we with difficulty smother –
Police.
'Culty smother,
Sergeant.
When constabulary duty's to be done –
Police.
To be done.
Sergeant.
Ah, take one consideration with another –
Police.
With another,
Sergeant.
A policeman's lot is not a happy one.
Police.
Ah!
Sergeant & Police.
When constabulary duty's to be done, to be done,
A policeman's lot is not a happy one, happy one.

Sergeant.
When the enterprising burglar's not a-burgling –
Police.
Not a-burgling.
Sergeant.
When the cut-throat isn't occupied in crime –
Police.
'Pied in crime,
Sergeant.
He loves to hear the little brook a-gurgling –
Police.
Brook a-gurgling,
Sergeant.
And listen to the merry village chime –
Police.
Village chime.
Leo Sheffield as the Sergeant of Police
1920s
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Sergeant.
When the coster's finished jumping on his mother –
Police.
On his mother,
Sergeant.
He loves to lie a-basking in the sun –
Police.
In the sun.
Sergeant.
Ah, take one consideration with another –
Police.
With another,
Sergeant.
A policeman's lot is not a happy one.
Police.
Ah!
Sergeant & Police.
When constabulary duty's to be done, to be done,
A policeman's lot is not a happy one, happy one.

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