George Formby Song-book: Grandad's Flannelette Nightshirt-1939
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Grandad's Flannelette Nightshirt-1939
  Regal Zonophone MR3301 Formby/Latta

Now in our family we've got an heirloom.
They handed it to me a year ago.
It's been in our possession since Grandad was a lad.
Ill tell you what it is and then you'll know.
It's my Grandad's Flannelette nightshirt

In it I was christened one day
Down at the church they were in a whirl,
No one seemed to know if I were boy or girl.
They'd had one or two and ee they were in mess
But it's all right said the preacher rather curt.
I've been and had a quiz and I've found out what it is
By his Grandad's Flannelette shirt lordy lordy, his Grandad's Flannelette shirt.

In my Grandad's Flannelette nightshirt
I got married one day.
In the train my bride gave a shout,
"Ee what is that you are pulling out?"
I said, "It's old fashioned and it's tattered and torn
But I've brought it honeymooning with me Gert"
When she said, "What is it dear?" I whispered in her ear
"It's my Grandad's Flannelette shirt lordy lordy, my Grandad's Flannelette shirt."

The other day I got an invitation to go and join a nudist colony
And as the life is healthy and in the open air I trotted off as happy as can be.
With my Grandad's Flannelette nightshirt I walked up to the door.
Someone said, "Now don't make a fuss, just take off your clothes and you'll be like us."
I was bashful so I stayed by myself, for with the girls I didn't want to flirt
But when I fell asleep they all came and had a peep
At my Grandad's Flannelette shirt lordy lordy, my Grandad's Flannelette shirt.

Optional verse  from film

In eighteen ten grandfather joined the army, to fight Napoleon across the sea.
You've heard about the battle they had at Waterloo, but what was it that brought us victory
Why my Grandad's Flannelette nightshirt it saved old England that day
Bonaparte said "We are undone" even Josephine put her gasmask on.
He shot down our colours and captured our flag, but we are not downhearted its a cert,
For flying in the gale everyone could see the tail
Of my Grandad's Flannelette shirt lordy lordy, My Grandad's Flannelette shirt.
Grandad's Flannelette Nightshirt-1939 (Thanks to Colin Stephenson UK, for chords)

[C] Now in our fam[G7]ily we've got an [C] heirloom.[C7
They [F] handed it to [Cdim] me a year [C] ago.
It's [C] been in our [E7] possession since [Am] Grandad was a lad.
I`ll [G] tell you what it [D7] is and then you'll [G] know.
[G7] It's my [C] Grandad's Flannelette [Cdim] night[Cshirt
In it [F] I was [Cdim] christened one [C] day

Down [G7] at the church they [C] were in a [Am] whirl,
[G] No one seemed to know if I were [D7] boy or [G7] girl. Dm
[G7] They'd [C] had one or two and ee they [Cdim] were in [C] mess
But it's [F] all right said the preacher rather [E7] curt.
I've [F] been and had a [Cdim] quiz and I've [C] found out what it [A7] is
By his [D7] Grandad's [G7] Flannelette [C] shirt lordy [A7] lordy, his 
[D7] Grandad's [G7] Flannelette [C] shirt.

[G7] In my [C] Grandad's Flannelette [Cdim] night[Cshirt
[F] I got [Cdim] married one [C] day.
[G7] In the train my [C] bride gave a [Am] shout,
[G] "Ee what is that you are [D7] pulling [G7] out?"
I [C] said, "It's old fashioned and it's [Cdim] tattered and [C] torn
But I've [F] brought it honeymooning with me [E7] Gert "
[E7] When she [F] said, [Cdim]"What is it dear?" I [C] whispered in her [A7] ear
"It's my [D7] Grandad's [G7] Flannelette [C] shirt lordy [A7] lordy, my [D7] 
Grandad's [G7] Flannelette [C] shirt." [G7] The [C] other day I got an invita[G7]tion to [F] go and join a [Cdim] nudist colony [C] [F] And as the life is [Cdim] healthy and [C] in the open [E7] air I trott[G]ed off as [C] happy as can [G7] be. [G7] With my [C] Grandad's Flannelette [Cdim] night[Cshirt [F] I walked up to the [C] door. [F] Someone [E7] said, "Now [Cdim] don't make a [C] fuss, [G7] just take off your [G]
clothes and [D7] you'll be like [G7] us." [C] I was bashful so I [Cdim] stayed by my[Cself, for [F] with the girls I didn't want to [E7] flirt [E7] But [F] when I fell [Cdim] asleep they all [C] came and had a [A7] peep At my [D7] Grandad's [G7] Flannelette [C] shirt lordy [A7] lordy, my [D7] Grandad's [G7] Flannelette [C] shirt.

 

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