• Song:

    The Lodger

  • Artist:

    Jake Thackray

  • Album:

    HMV Easy - Jake Thackra...

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My landlady had three lovely daughters.
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They used to come and make my bed each day
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They used to come and clean my living quarters,
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But their mother made quite sure they didn't stay.
There was Mary: she seemed chary;
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There was Helen: she seemed well and truly sceptical 
about my qualities;
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There was Julie: she was truly well-proportioned, but her 
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Caution Brought exhaustion on my aching arteries.

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But I was wrong: they weren't at all impervious
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To the possibilities of high romance -
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And I sensed a certain girlish nerviness
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In the way they folded my pyjama pants.
And I was right, for late one night
Sweet little Mary, like a fairy,
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As I lay sleeping, came a-creeping to my side.
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She was mine: it was divine - but we were doomed, for very soon
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Into the room came sister Helen, and she cried:

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"Mary, go to bed!" Off Mary went.
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"Now, young man," Helen said, "for your punishment,
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"We mustn't have a fight, we mustn't make a row:
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"Turn off the light - it's my turn now!"

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Well, after all, I'm young and relatively vigorous,
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And though I still protest my innocence,
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By temperament I'm strictly un-polygamous,
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And if I sinned, I sinned in self-defence.
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Nevertheless I must confess I wouldn't miss that 
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sort of bliss And when it ended I was rendered comatose.
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When, loud and clear, very near, in my ear a loud 
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voice spoke  And I was awoken from my post-coital doze.

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"Helen, go to bed!" Helen went away.
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"Now, young man," Julie said, "you will have to pay!
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"You've blighted Helen's charms, filched her purity.
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"Open up your arms - come and filch me!"

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I was amazed, and really rather tired;
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I thought I'd given all that I could give.
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A little kip was all that I desired,
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But I'm British, so my upper lip was stiff.
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She was chaotic, idiotic, quite exotic and ecstatic,
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Acrobatic and emphatically fine.
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All to no good, for when I could open my eyes, to my 
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surprise I found her mother looking into mine.

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"Julie, go to bed!" Julie left the scene.
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"Now listen, Ma," I said, "I know the old routine.
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"I'll do what you like, but I shall be vexed
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"And I'll bloody well go on strike if Grandma's next!"
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