Gertcha

Album: Don't Give a Monkeys (1979)
Charted: 20
  • Now there's a word that I don't understand
    I hear it every day from my old man
    It may be Cockney rhyming slang
    It ain't in no school book
    He says it every time that he gets mad
    A regular caution is my old dad
    Rub the old man up the wrong way
    Bet your life you'll hear him say

    Gertcha, cowson, gertcha
    Gertcha

    When the kids are swinging on the gate
    Gertcha
    When the paperboy's half an hour late
    Gertcha
    When the pigeons are pecking at his seed
    Gertcha
    When the barber starts digging up his beans
    Gertcha

    Gertcha, cowson, gertcha
    Barstool preaching
    That's the old man's game

    Now the old man was a Desert Rat
    Khaki shorts and a khaki hat
    How me mother could have fancied that
    I just don't know
    But when the enemy came in sight
    They gave up without a fight
    They rubbed him up the wrong way
    This is what they heard him say

    Gertcha, cowson, gertcha
    Gertcha

    When me rock and roll records wake him up
    Gertcha
    When the Poles knock England out of the cup
    Gertcha
    When the kids are banging on his door
    Gertcha
    When the barman won't serve him any more

    Gertcha, cowson, gertcha
    Bar stool preaching
    He's always been the same

    (piano solo)

    Gertcha, cowson, gertcha
    Gertcha

    When the dog's left a message on the step
    Gertcha
    Lester Piggott, when he lost it by a neck
    Gertcha
    When me brother kicks the toes out of his shoes
    Gertcha
    When the houseflies are flying round his food

    Gertcha, cowson, gertcha
    Bar stool preaching
    He's always been the same

    Gertcha
    Gertcha
    Gertcha
    Gertcha

    Gertcha
    When me mother says he can't go down the pub
    Gertcha
    Sister's boyfriend put his sister up the club
    Gertcha
    When the tomcats, when they're kicking up a din
    Gertcha
    Tottenham Hotspur couldn't get one in
    Gertcha
    When me mother locks him out of the flat
    Gertcha
    When it's raining and he can't find his hat
    Gertcha
    In the mornings when his motorcar won't go
    Gertcha
    Next-door neighbour, when he won't give him a tow
    Gertcha
    Gertcha
    Gertcha
    Gertcha

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