George Formby Song-book: They Laughed When I Started To Play-1942c
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They Laughed When I Started To Play-1942C
  Regal Zonophone MR3648 Formby/Fred E Cliffe 
 
    C                                   
Now when I learned to play the ukulele,
  G7                       C      
I used to practice day and night.
   E7                   Am                  
My pals all roared as I fumbled at a chord,
      D7                      G7           
But I couldnt get the darned thing right.

      C                         A7         Dm         G7      
They laughed when I started to play, they laughed so hearty.
Dm G7    Am                    D7                               
Only two lessons I had, I went up the scale and down the scale,
    G7             
It wasnt so bad.
         C                        C7          F           C7   F    
But one chap, he said "Oh what a mug why you cant learn that way"
                                                  G#7  
He took the uke off me and said "Now Ill have a try"
      C                            D7         G7            
Just then the G string bust and flew right into his eye.
    C                         A7           Dm           D7    G7  C    
He laughed when I started to play, but he didnt laugh again all day.
 
 
                                                                  
Oh they laughed when I started to play, oh they laughed so hearty
Strip poker thats a good game,
Once I lost my trousers to a gambling dame
But when, I started shuffling the cards, then the luck came my way.
I won a frock and undies, she was left I declare
As bare as any savage and as savages are bear
She laughed when I started to play,
But she didnt laugh again that day.
 
                                         
Now once I watched a game of water polo,
With players from a ladies school.
The girls all cried "Wont you make up a side?"
So I dashed into the bathing pool.
They laughed when I started to play, oh how they laughed so hearty.
In goal, I paddled about, a big ball in the water soon I started to clout.
Each time, that it came bobbing back, well I smacked it away.
Just then the ball turned over and a girl said "No larks",
"Seven times youve hit me where I cant show the marks."
She laughed when I started to play,
But she didnt laugh again that day.
 

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