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No. 4: Song (Bunn, with Chorus)

Music by Arthur Sullivan

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Bunn.
If you wish to appear as an Irish type
(Presuming, that is, you are not one),
You'll stick the stem of a stumpy pipe
In your hat-band, if you've got one.
Then no doubt you're aware you must colour your hair
An impossible shade of red;
While a cudgel you'll twist with a turn of your wrist,
Being careful to duck your head -
Or your own shillelagh unhappily may accidentally knock you down
With a fearful crack on the comical back of your typical Irish crown!
If you manage instead of the back of your head to belabour the floor like that -
And shout "Whirroo," bedad, you'll do! You're the popular type of Pat!
Chorus.
Or your own shillelagh unhappily may accidentally knock you down
With a fearful crack on the comical back of your typical Irish crown!
If you manage instead of the back of your head to belabour the floor like that -
And shout "Whirroo," bedad, you'll do! You're the popular type of Pat!

Bunn.
For the innocent joys of a ball or wake
You probably foster a passion,
For all such things I can undertake
To teach the latest fashion.
First you kiss a colleen, then imbibe some potheen,
Then your coat on the floor you'll trail,
And invite the best man in the room if he can To tread on its tattered tail -
With a big shillelagh some truculent neighbour will probably knock you down
With a frightful fearful crack on the comical back of your typical Irish crown!
At a ball or a wake it's yourself that'll take little notice of that at all!
It's used you'll get to the strict etiquette of a typical Irish ball!
Chorus.
Or your own shillelagh unhappily may accidentally knock you down
With a fearful crack on the comical back of your typical Irish crown!
If you manage instead of the back of your head to belabour the floor like that -
And shout "Whirroo," bedad, you'll do! You're the popular type of Pat!

DANCE.

Walter Passmore as Bunn with Ethel Beech (left) and Lulu Evans as Nora (right)

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