the old red flannel drawers that maggie wore

Just because we need to resist the world becoming a colourless, humourless place thanks to the bullying tactics of the purtitanical left, here’s a version of a song we used to sing in folk clubs around Manchester. Tune is the Liverpool traditional Maggie May (not to be confused with the Rod Stewart song of that name).

Oh Maggie Maggie May
they have taken her away
and she’ll never walk down Lime Street any more
On the night that Maggie died
she called me to her side
and gave to me her old red flannel drawers

They were full of lice and fleas
and they came down to her knees
The old red flannel drawers than Maggie wore
They were tattered, they were torn,
‘Round the arse end they were worn.
Those old red flannel drawers that Maggie wore.

We hung them on the line
and the sun refused to shine
on the old red flannel drawers that Maggie wore
So we buried them in the ground
And no grass would grow around
The old red flannel drawers that Maggie wore

They were known all round the town,
For a bayonek** they’d come down,
The old red flannel drawers that Maggie wore
Round the crotchpiece they were pink
And gave off an awful stink,
The old red flannel drawers that Maggie wore,

When she bent to tie her lace
You could see the promised place
Those old red flannel drawers that Maggie wore.
When she stooped to fix her garter
You could see her red tomato
Those old red flannel drawers that Maggie wore.

When we threw them in the bin
They rats threw them back again
Those old red flannel drawers that Maggie wore.
When we buried them in the ground
no grass would grow around
the old red flannel draws that Maggie wore

When we threw them on a fire
It stunk like burning an old tyre,
The old red flannel drawers that Maggie wore,
As the smoke rose from the flames,
it brought down a dozen planes,
Oh Maggie’s old red knickers won the war.

When we dumped them in a bin
the rats threw them out again
The old red flannel drawer that Maggie wore
So we threw them in the sea
and the crabs all flew away
from the old red flannel drawers that Maggie wore

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