George Formby Song-book: The Ghost-1936
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The Ghost-1936
(Our House Is Haunted)
  Regal Zonophone MR2270 Hargreaves/Dammerell 

The house that I live in is haunted, I've heard funny noises of late
For one evening in the back kitchen I'll swear
I saw a mans shadow go creeping in there
When I told the wife she said "Hush it's a ghost
And you'd be better get off to bed..
Keep out of his way, don't let him see you,
Every man that he looks at drops dead
I'm terrified out of my life, I'd leave the house but for the wife.

Our house is haunted, I'm sure there's a ghost in the house
One night death-like silence was heard all about
To make matters worse all the lights they went out.
The wife said to me "Off to bed, and I'll see if I can't find the ghost."
She went in the pantry, "Don't move", someone said.
Then I heard things like knives being sharpened - I turned red
When a voice said, "Where is he?" I fell out of bed
Oh I wish we were rid of the ghost.

One night as I sat in the bedroom, I heard a disturbance downstairs.
Someone screamed and said, "Oh you mustn't do that".
I locked my room door and hid under the mat.
I used to have three suits of clothes once to wear, but now I can only find one.
I said to the wife, "Where's my clothes?
She said, "Hush and I'll see if the ghost has 'em on."
She says through brick walls he can get, he's been through my pockets I'll bet.

Our house is haunted, I'm sure there's a ghost in the house.
Every night round the place softly creeping he goes.
But my wife's not frightened, her courage she shows.
Each night I can hear him below, and the wife knows I'm frightened the most
She gets up and leaves me in bed, filled with fright
Whilst downstairs for hours she hunts him left and right.
I haven't seen her since eleven last night.
Oh I wish we were rid of the ghost. (Oh Mother).
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