George Formby Song-book: Levi's Monkey Mike-1933
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Levi's Monkey Mike-1933
  Decca F3458 Rick/Cottrell

Now Mr. Levi always liked an animal or two
And if you went into his house youd think it was a zoo
He went and bought a monkey and , you never saw the like
It came from Tipperary so they call that monkey Mike

Oh Levis Monkey Mike, what a funny creature
He went into the church one day and bit the local preacher.
The organist as stiff as starch joined the rest at Marble Arch
Who was it played the wedding march? Levis Monkey Mike.

You heard about a Captain who has just gained great renown
He played his ukulele while his ship was going down,
But some of you may not have heard the most important fact
Of someone who was there and did a very gallant act.

It was Levis Monkey Mike with that good ship he was sailing
A life upon the ocean wave had always been his failing.
A fact we know is very plain, the ship went down in the angry main
Who was it pulled it up again? Levis Monkey Mike.

A poor old maiden went to bed as poor old maidens will
She dreamt abut a nice young man whos christian name was Bill
She looked so sweet and peaceful as she lay there I declare
And through the open window came a great big bunch of hair.

It was Levis Monkey Mike, the cheeky little duffer
He chewed up all her lipstick and he pinched her powder puffer.
When in her dream she acted queer and whispered, "Darling bite my ear"
Who was it answered "all right dear" Levis Monkey Mike.

Now once we had a parliament but it would never go
So they filled it up with animals out of a wild beast show.
The lion was Prime Minister, to swank he was disposed
They wanted a Lord Chancellor so somebody proposed
Levis Monkey Mike and he proved quite a goodn
He taxed the laces in our boot s and taxed our Christmas puddin.
Now working man just give a cheer, were all right now, so never fear
Who's going to take the tax off beer? Levis Monkey Mike.
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