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Lyr Add: While I Was Licking My Stamp (Champion)

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Jim Dixon 30 Jan 11 - 01:58 PM
Dead Horse 30 Jan 11 - 06:56 PM
Charley Noble 30 Jan 11 - 07:56 PM
freebornman 14 Mar 11 - 10:44 PM
GUEST,joolz 06 Oct 12 - 08:22 PM
Sandra in Sydney 06 Oct 12 - 10:32 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: WHILE I WAS LICKING MY STAMP (Champion)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 30 Jan 11 - 01:58 PM

I thought I'd try posting as many music-hall songs as I can find, if they haven't already been posted.

You can hear this recording at YouTube.

My transcription has a few gaps and uncertainties. Please help fix them.


WHILE I WAS LICKING MY STAMP
Words, Willie Wye. Music, Harry Champion. © 1913.
As sung by Harry Champion

1. I went looking for work one day. Wherever I chanced to look,
The first thing that they askéd for was my insurance book.
I was sent to clean the windows. The lady said to me,
"Before you start upon the job, your book I'll have to see."
I started sticking me stamp on. When I put out my tongue,
The lady thought I wanted a kiss, so up the stairs she run.
Her husband came with a knob on a stick. He said I was a champ(?).
He landed me one on my dub-a-dub-dum while I was licking my stamp.

2. One day feeling a bit run down, a doctor I went to see.
He looked at my insurance book before he looked at me.
He popped some medicine down me throat; he thought I was a tramp.
He says, "The medicine makes you work; now don't forget your stamp."
I started sticking me stamp on as up the street I ran.
As I was running along the street, a ... (?) saw me tongue.
He tossed me into a china shop. I thought I'd got the cramp,
For there I sat on a china cat while I was licking me stamp.

3. Every Monday a brand-new stamp inside my book I stick.
I always have to have a drink before me tongue will lick.
Last week I had to buy some scotch. Inside a tram I got.
Before me tongue got properly moist, I had to drink the lot.
I started sticking me stamp on as I sat in the tram.
One old girl with a wooden leg said, "Aye, come here, young man.
Who are you making faces at?" then sloshed me with her gamp(?).
There was I with her leg in me eye while I was licking me stamp.

4. Monday mornings I take for lunch a bit of cold meat with me.
By morning it was thick with mould when I woke up, you see.
I wrapped my lid in me handkerchief just like a silly Turk.
I put the pants on inside out, then off I rushed to work.
I started sticking me stamp on as I rushed in the fog.
By accident I went into a house that kept a dog.
He gave me a bite. I shouted with fright, "Will somebody bring a lamp?
Perhaps me lunch it was havin' a munch while I was lickin' me stamp."


[Can anyone explain how these stamp-books worked? I assume this was before the National Health Service, and it was some form of health insurance. Was it government-sponsored or subsidized, or purely private?]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: While I Was Licking My Stamp (Champion)
From: Dead Horse
Date: 30 Jan 11 - 06:56 PM

Her husband came with a knob on a stick. He said I was a SCAMP

As I was running along the street, a MAD BULL saw me tongue.

Gamp is right. Its a name for an umbrella.
No idea about the stamps. I aint that old :-)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: While I Was Licking My Stamp (Champion)
From: Charley Noble
Date: 30 Jan 11 - 07:56 PM

Intriguing.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: While I Was Licking My Stamp (Champion)
From: freebornman
Date: 14 Mar 11 - 10:44 PM

Thanks for these lyrics I've been trying to hunt them down..
As for the stamps it's just an old fashioned term for the money you pay in national insurance contributions. When it was first introduced in 1911, people would go to the post office and literally buy a stamp by way of paying their contributions, they would then show those 'stamps' as proof when claiming any benefits.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: While I Was Licking My Stamp (Champion)
From: GUEST,joolz
Date: 06 Oct 12 - 08:22 PM

Also, the last verse seems to be like this:

4. Monday mornings I take for lunch a bit of cold meat with me.
One morning it was black with fog when I went out, you see.
I wrapped my meat in me handkerchief just like a silly Turk.
I put my pants on inside out, so off I rushed to work.
I started sticking me stamp on as I rushed through the fog.
By accident I rushed into a house that kept a dog.
He gave me a bite. I shouted with fright, "Will somebody bring a lamp?
Perhaps me lunch it was havin' a munch while I was lickin' me stamp."

j


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: While I Was Licking My Stamp (Champion)
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 06 Oct 12 - 10:32 PM

a wonderfully silly song!


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