The Hartlepool Monkey

Album: Travelling The Tees (1971)
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  • It happened in old Hartlepool about the time of France
    The Emperor Napoleon was leading us a dance
    Sailing down the coast came a British man of war
    The captain's pet monkey was washed upon the shore

    The Lord Mayor of Hartlepool was walking on the shore
    When he came across a funny site he'd never seen before
    There was this little fellow sitting on the sand
    Holding up a 'nana in his tiny 'airy hand

    Chorus

    Old folks, young folks, every one and each
    Come and see the Frenchie that's landed on the beach
    He's got long arms and great long tail, he's covered all in hair
    We think that he's a spy so we'll hang him in the square

    The Lord Mayor told the town clerk who hurried to the shore
    There was a little man where he had been before
    Now a crowd had gathered round because it was the funniest sight
    Since the timber yard had burnt down the previous Friday night

    Chorus

    Then Constable Parsons he comes upon the scene
    He takes out his note book and he licks his pencil clean
    Causing a disturbance is a serious offence
    Anything you say may be used in evidence
    Chorus

    But when that little man spoke a funny thing was heard
    Constable Parsons couldn't understand a word
    The reason for his puzzlement, the clerk could plainly see
    The little man's a foreigner from way across the sea

    The little man's a spy the angry crowd did roar
    Sent by Napoleon to our native shore
    So they grabbed that little fellow by his long hairy tail
    Gave him to the copper who put him in the jail

    Chorus

    They hung that little fellow from a gallows in the town
    A rope all round his neck, his tail all hanging down
    A lesson to Napoleon to make himself a rule
    Not to send his hairy spies to old Hartlepool

    Old folks, young folks, every one and each
    Come and see the Frenchie that's landed on the beach
    He's got long arms and great long tail, he's covered all in hair
    We thought he was a spy so we've hung him in the square Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

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