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My Old Man's A Dustman (The Irish Rovers) videos
#876: YouTube video by raymondcrooke ©2009
~ Used with permission ~

Now, 'ere's a little story,
to tell it is a must,
About an unsung hero
that moves away your dust;
Some people earn a fortune,
others make a mint,
My old man don't earn much,
in fact, he's flippin' skint.

Oh, my old man's a dustman,
he wears a dustman's hat,
He wears gorblimey trousers
and he lives in a council flat;
He looks a proper 'nana in 'is
great big hobnailed boots,
He's got such a job to pull them up
that he calls 'em daisy roots.

One day whilst in a hurry,
he missed a lady's bin,
He 'adn't gone but a few yards
when she chased after him;
"What game do you think you're playing?"
she cried right from the heart,
"You missed me! Am I too late?" -
"No, jump up on the cart!"

Oh, my old man's a dustman,
he wears a dustman's hat,
He wears gorblimey trousers
and he lives in a council flat;
He looks a proper 'nana in 'is
great big hobnailed boots,
He's got such a job to pull them up
that he calls 'em daisy roots.

He found a tiger's head one day,
nailed to a piece of wood,
The tiger looked quite miserable
as I suppose he should;
Just then from out a window
a voice began to wail,
"Oi, where's me tiger's 'ead?" -
"Four foot from his tail!"

Oh, my old man's a dustman,
he wears a dustman's hat,
He wears gorblimey trousers
and he lives in a council flat;
He looks a proper 'nana in 'is
great big hobnailed boots,
He's got such a job to pull them up
that he calls 'em daisy roots.

Now my old man's a dustman,
he's got an 'eart of gold,
He got married recently though
he's eighty six years old;
I said, "Hey hang on, Dad,
you're getting past your prime,"
He said, "When you get to my age
it helps to pass the time."

My old man's a dustman,
he wears a dustman's hat,
He wears gorblimey trousers
and he lives in a council flat;
Next time you see a dustman
lookin' all pale and sad,
Don't kick him in the dustbin,
it might be my old daaaaaaaaad!

####.... J P Long with new lyrics by Lonnie Donegan [1931-2002], Peter Buchanan and Beverley Thorn ©1960 ....####
Recorded live at The Gaumon, Doncaster, UK (More Than 'Pye In The Sky' 1960; also: CD4 from More Than 'Pye In The Sky' a compilation, Bear Family Records, 1993).

From sheet music at The National Library Of Australia - What D'yer Think Of That? (My Old Man's A Dustman) Written and Composed by J P Long. Featured and sung with great success by Joe Brennan in J C Williamson's pantomime Forty Thieves Melbourne: E W Cole, c.1922. Published by arrangement with the Lawrence Wright Music Co, London, UK.

Note: Gorblimey - slang adjective: down to earth and all business; sometimes spelled cor blimey.

The lyrics above are from a live performance of a variant recorded at The Icehouse Comedy Club in Pasadena, California, by the Irish Rovers (First Of The Irish Rovers, trk#9, 1966, MCA-Decca Records).


See more songs by the Irish Rovers.

The video above features an excellent cover performance by Raymond Crooke of Melbourne, Australia.

The video below features a cover performance of a Lonnie Donegan variant by Tony Archibald from Port St Mary on the Isle Of Man.


#1231: YouTube video by threelegsoman ©2010
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