George Formby Song-book: On The Wigan Boat Express-1940
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On The Wigan Boat Express-1940
  Regal Zonophone MR3325 Gifford/Cliffe/Formby

On the boat express I ride, see us every day
Flashing by the countryside, picking flowers on the way

Once a wedding pair didnt seem to care they were full of love I guess
And the honeymoon started far too soon on the Wigan Boat Express.

A chap one day with a girl got gay, I saw them both caress
She got what for in the corridor on the Wigan Boat Express.

When we shunt the backs in front and the front parts in the rear
If we survive then well arrive alongside Wigan Pier.

Cried a lady "Oo bring a doctor do, I think Im in distress."
She was feeling shocks in a signal box on the Wigan Boat Express.

On a steep incline one day, the train was standing still.
I said we cant wait here all day so we pushed it up the hill.
If its wet or fine we start at nine, were prompt I must confess.
And by half-past one two miles weve done on the Wigan Boat Express.

Once a chap I saw on the engine floor, hed gone to sleep I guess
But he woke to find a tender behind on the Wigan Boat Express.

Now when we shunt the backs in front and the front parts in the rear
If we survive then well arrive alongside Wigan Pier.

Mrs. Brown looked swell but sad to tell on the door she tore her dress
And the sun shone gay through the permanent way on the Wigan Boat Express.

Now when we shunt the backs in front and the front parts in the rear
If we survive then well arrive alongside Wigan Pier.

In the sleeping car they go too far, all mixed up more or less
But they rearrange when I shout "All change" on the Wigan Boat Express.
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