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I Beg Your Leave I beg your leave, kind gentlemen and ladies of renown If you please to give us room, we will sing to you a song If you please to give us room, we will sing to you a song And I'll call on me comrades, I'll call them one by one. Cho: For we're jolly boys, we do no harm, wherever we may go And we've come a pace-egging as you very well do know. And the first that does come in: he is a bloomin'youth He courts all the pretty girls, he always tells them truth He says he'll never deceive 'em, be always kind and true And it's his delight both day and night, the suppin'of strong brew. And the next that does come in: he is a sailor brave He says he's ploughed the ocean and split the briney wave He says he has got gold and he says he has got store He says he'll marry a pretty girl and go to sea no more. And the next that does come in: he is a roving blade You'll find him where the ladies are, for he is such a jade Red, rosy cheeks are his delight, both beautiful and fair And if you want a sweetheart you must go to Overton fair. And the last that does come in: it is Miss Kitty, fair She takes a great delight in the curllng of her hair She has a basket all on her arms, she has no stores put in But it's her delight, both day and night, the suppin'of strong gin. And now you've seen us all: think of us as you'll find If you please to give a trifle, it would be very kind Cheer up your spirits while we drink a glass of beer For we'll sup your health and store your wealth until the very next year. From singing of Cliff Haslam RG
Thanks to Mudcat for the Digital Tradition!