Champagne Charlie

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Champagne Charlie
by George Leybourne


I've seen a deal of gaiety throughout 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. For

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Champagne Charlie is my name...... Champagne Charlie is my name......
Good for any game at night, my boys, good for any game at night, my boys,
Champagne Charlie is my name...... Champagne Charlie is my name......
Good for any game at night, boys, who'll come & join me in a spree.

The way I gaind my title's by a hobby which I've got,
Of never letting others pay, however long the shot
Whoever drinks at my expense are treated all the same;
From Dukes and Lords to Cabmen down I make them drink Champagne. For

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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. For

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Some epicures like Burgundy, Hock, Claret and Moselle,
But Möet'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. For

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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, & stand it—like a Lamb.

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This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.