This is another Lonnie Donegan
song that I first heard in childhood whilst still at the Worcester Royal Grammar School
, at that time it was a great favourite and in the top ten for weeks. The version I sing today is taken from 101 Pub Favourites for Buskers
. This is a fine nonsense song of one of those working-class icons, namely the council dustman. I find the third verse particularly amusing to whit:
"Tho' my old man's a dustman, he's got a heart of gold
He got married recently tho' he's eighty-six years old.
We said, "'ere 'ang on Dad, you're getting past your prime"
He said, "Well at my age it helps to pass the time!"
Proper thing too, says I!