On the Sands (Steamboat)

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The weather was hot, and trade was slow
So to Margate¹ I resolv'd to go,
On the sands, on the sands, on the sands, on the sands,
In a light tweed¹ suit that fitted me well,
I went for a week a first-rate swell¹[Note 295.1]
On the sands, on the sands, on the sands, on the sands,
To dine on board the steamer - ho hi ho
On hot boiled meat that nothing can beat :-
If the wind don't blow what a lot you can eat [Note 295.3]
Hi oh my ! What a lovely place is Margate
Hi oh my ! What a lovely place is Margate

Now at Margate it is quite amazing
To see pretty little dears there bathing.
On the sands, on the sands, on the sands, on the sands,
Some in blue bed-gowns - short and tall
In calico¹ some, some in nothing at all! [Note 295.2]
To a machine¹ soon I went oh ho hi ho!
But so far swum out, I returned in doubt,
And the wrong box I went into [Note 295.4]
On the sands, on the sands, on the sands, on the sands,
Hi oh my ! What a dangerous place is Margate
Hi oh my ! What a dangerous place is Margate

The Bathing man saw me get in,
So to whip the horse he did begin, [Note 295.5]
On the Sands, on the sands, on the sands, on the sands,
When I look'd round on all the pegs,
I could find no trousers to cover my legs.
On the Sands, on the sands, on the sands, on the sands,
I Began to think of bolting - ho - hi ho !
But I could n't be seen, and the Bathing machine
Towards the shore jolting.
Hi, oh my ! A fearful place is Margate !
Hi, oh my ! A fearful place is Margate !

But this was not the worst. I Vow !
Some distance off, I heard a row,
On the Sands, on the sands, on the sands, on the sands,
A lady on Shore there could not get;
Like a mermaid she stood there, dripping wet,
On the Sands, on the sands, on the sands, on the sands,
So in my desperation - ho, hi ho !
Into a round thing they call a crinoline¹
I got without hesitation !
Hi, oh my ! A fatal place is Margate !
Hi, oh my ! A fatal place is Margate !

I soon found out there was something wrong,
For a stout old lady came running along,
On the Sands, on the sands, on the sands, on the sands,
When my strange costume she did see
With her parasol she made at me,
On the Sands, on the sands, on the sands, on the sands,
Says she, 'you nasty wretch you ! - ho, hi ho !
Thus to expose, my niece's clothes
But the police soon shall catch you !'
Hi, oh my ! A dreadful place is Margate !
Hi, oh my ! A dreadful place is Margate !

As I ran, the boys began to cry,
'holler, boys, here's another guy¹ !'
On the Sands, on the sands, on the sands, on the sands,
After me they flew and caper'd round,
Until the right machine I found
On the Sands, on the sands, on the sands, on the sands,
I plung'd beneath the awning - ho, hi ho !
And stood¹ lots of beer ere I got clear :
So of my mistake warning :
Hi, oh my ! A terrible place is Margate
Hi, oh my ! A terrible place is Margate

With the old time soon I made my peace,
And restored the crinoline to her niece,
On the Sands, on the sands, on the sands, on the sands,
So strange it is what I relate,
We soon became quite intimate,
On the Sands, on the sands, on the sands, on the sands,
On donkeys off we started - ho, hi ho !
And to Pegwell_Bay¹ to go next day,
We arranged before we parted
Hi, oh my ! A refreshing place is Margate !
Hi, oh my ! A refreshing place is Margate !

Now Pegwell Bay is a sweet pretty place,
And to my happiness I can trace,
On the Sands, on the sands, on the sands, on the sands,
The shrimps you pull in half the tails,
And eat bread and butter and things like snails, [Note 295.6]
On the Sands, on the sands, on the sands, on the sands,
The price though rather large is - ho, hi ho !
But when the theme is love's young dream,
You don't mind what the charge is
Hi, oh my ! A delightful place is Margate !
Hi, oh my ! A delightful place is Margate !

 

 

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