Champagne Charlie

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Melody - Alfred Lee, 1868; Seq. by Werner Tomaschewski
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George Leybourne

I’ve seen a deal of gaiety through out my noisy life
With all my grand accomplishments I ne’er could get a wife,
The thing I most excel in is the P. R. F. G. game,
A noise all night in bed all day, and swimming in Champagne.
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|: For Champagne Charlie is my name, :|
|: Good for any game at night, my boys, :|
|: Champagne Charlie is my name, :|
Good for any game at night, boys,
Who’ll come and join me in a spree.

2. The way I gain’d my title’s by a hobby which I’ve got,
Of never letting others pay, however long the shot,
Who ever drinks at my expense are treated all the same;
From Dukes and Lords to Cabmen down, I make them drink Champagne.
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3. From Coffee and from supper rooms, from Poplar to Pall Mall,
The girls on seeing me exclaim “Oh! what a Champagne swell!”
The notion ’tis of ev’ry one, if ´twere not for my name,
And causing so much to be drunk, they’d never make Champagne.
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4. Some epicures like Burgundy, Hock, Claret, and Moselle,
But Moet’s Vintage only satisfies this Champagne swell;
What matter if to bed I go, and head is muddled thick,
A bottle in the morning sets me right then very quick.
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5. Perhaps you fancy what I say is nothing else but chaff,
And only done, like other songs, to merely raise a laugh;
To prove that I am not in jest each man a bottle of Cham
I’ll stand fizz round - yes that I will, and stand it - like a lamb.
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