Shockheaded Peter

by The Tiger Lillies

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1.
When the children have been good That is let it be understood Good at mealtimes good at play Good all night and all of the day They shall have the pretty things Merry Christmas always brings But naughty romping girls and boys Who tear their clothes and make a noise Who spoil their pinafores and their frocks They deserve…
2.
This is cruel Frederick Frederick see A horrid wicked boy was he He caught the flies the poor little things And tore off all their tiny wings He threw the kittens down the stairs He broke all the chairs And ah far worse than all beside He beat his Mary 'til she cried 'Til she cried The trough was full a dog called Tray Went out to drink one sultry day Well he had scarcely wet his lip When cruel Fred snatched up a whip He whipped poor Tray 'til he was sore And then he whipped him more and more At this poor Tray grew very red And he bit Fred And he bit Fred 'Til he bled 'Til he bled Well then you should have been by To see how Fred did scream and cry He had to go go to bed His leg was very sore and red The doctor came and shook his head Fred Fred Fred He was dead He was dead He was dead He was dead Dead Dead Dead Dead Fred was dead
3.
Well it almost makes me cry to tell What foolish Harriet does befell Mama and nurse went out one day And left her all alone to play Well on the table close at hand A box of matches chanced to stand Well mama and nurse had told her That if she touched them they would scold her Well Harriet said what a pity ‘Cos when they burn they seem so pretty They crackle so they spit and flame Mama and papa do often do the same So she wouldn't take their advice She lit a match it was so nice It crackled so it burnt so clear Exactly like the picture here So she jumped for joy and she ran about And was too pleased to put it out Well the pussy cats they saw this They said naughty naughty naughty Miss Oh miaow miaoh miaow miaoh She's burning to death we told her so Well see what a dreadful dreadful thing The fire has caught her apron string She burns all over everywhere She burns her nose and her arms and her hair ‘Til she's got nothing left to lose Except her little scarlet shoes And only these only these are found Amongst her ashes on the ground Oh miaow miaoh miaow miaoh She's burnt to death we told her so Oh miaow miaoh miaow miaoh She's burnt to death we told her so The pussy cats they sat beside Her steaming ashes and they cried Oh miaow miaoh miaow miaoh She's burnt to death we told her so Oh miaow miaoh miaow miaoh She's burnt to death we told her so
4.
Bully Boys 02:20
And it's row me bully boys We're in a hurry boys We got a long way to go We'll sing and we'll dance and bid farewell to France And it's row me, bully boys row We sailed away in the roughest of water Row me, bully boys row But now we return in the most royal quarters And row me, bully boys row And it's row me bully boys We're in a hurry, boys We got a long way to go We'll sing and we'll dance and bid farewell to France And it's row me, bully boys row See now we feast on pheasants by the flock Row me, bully boys row It's a long, long way from the gruel and the stocks And it's row me, bully boys row And it's row me bully boys We're in a hurry, boys We got a long way to go We'll sing and we'll dance and bid farewell to France And it's row me, bully boys row Love…
5.
This is the man that shoots the hare This is the coat he wears With game bag powder horn and gun He's going to have some fun The hare sits in the leaves and grass And laughs to see the green man pass And as the sun gets very hot And he a heavy gun has got The lays down under a tree And goes to sleep as you can see The hare sneaks up hip hop Takes the gun and then hops off The green man wakes and sees the hare's face With the gun shoved in his face Well he screams and runs away The hare chases him all day That hare is trying all that she can To shoot the sleepy green coat man Help help help help help Help help help help help … Fire the hare At last he stumbles at a well Arse over tit and in he fell The hare takes aim and hark Bang goes the gun and hits the mark Bang bang bang bang The hare's The green man's wife Was drinking her coffee From her coffee cup The hare shot cup and saucer through And then the hare shot her too Help help help help help Help help help help help … Fire the hare Well the hare's own child the little hare Lived by the cottage there And as she stood upon her toes The hare shot her through the nose She died with nose in hand And she didn't understand And then the hare put the gun to her head And bang went the gun and she too was Dead dead dead dead
6.
Snip Snip 02:51
Conrad's mother said Conrad dear I must go out and leave you here But mind now, Conrad, what I say Don't suck your thumbs while I'm away Snip! snip That great tall tailor, he always comes For naughty boys who suck their thumbs And ere they wonder what he's about He's got his great long scissors out Snip snip the scissors go And Conrad cries out oh! Snip snip they go so fast And Conrad's thumbs are off at last Well,mama had scarcely turned her back When the thumbs were in , alack! alack! The door burst open and in he ran That great long legged scissor man Snip snip the scissors go And Conrad cries out oh! Snip snip they go so fast And Conrad's thumbs are off at last Well, mama comes home and there Conrad stands And he looks quite sad as he shows his hands Ha! Ha! said mama, I knew he'd come For naughty little suck-a-thumb and Conrad breathes his last and Conrad bleeds to death at last
7.
Augustus was a chubby lad Great fat ruddy cheeks Augustus had He always did as he was told And he never let his soup get cold So everybody saw they saw with joy The hale and hearty healthy boy But then one day one sad fateful day He cried out take that nasty soup away The second day comes the picture shows How weak and thin Augustus grows But when the soup is put on the table He cries out loud as he is able The third day comes oh what a sin Augustus grows so pale and thin Yet though he grows so weak and ill He cries out cries out cries out still Take that nasty soup away I don't want any soup today The fourth day comes the fourth day comes And he scarcely weighs a sugar plum He's like a little bit of thread And on the fifth day the fifth day the fifth day He was dead
8.
Fidgety Phil 03:40
Let's see if Philip can Be a little gentleman Let's see if Philip's able To sit at the table Mama bades Phil behave And papa he looks very grave But fidgety Phil he won't sit still He wriggles and he giggles Yeah fidgety fidgety fidgety Phil Fidgety fidgety fidgety Phil Fidgety fidgety fidgety Phil Fidgety fidgety fidgety Phil Well I declare He rocks backwards and forwards on his chair Just like it was a rocking horse Mama's getting very cross Yeah fidgety fidgety fidgety Phil Fidgety fidgety fidgety Phil Fidgety fidgety fidgety Phil Fidgety fidgety fidgety Phil Then to make matters worse again He grabs the tablecloth and then Down upon the ground he falls With knives plates forks spoons and all
9.
As he trudged along to school It was always Johnny's rule To be looking at the sky And the clouds that floated by Just before him there did lay In his in his in his way Johnny never thought about So that everyone cried out Well look at Johnny Johnny there Little Johnny Johnny Head-In-Air Running in Johnny's way Came a little dog one day Johnny's eyes were still astray In the sky every day And he never heard them cry Johnny mind the dog is nigh Down they fell with such a thump Johnny and dog in a lump Once with head as high as ever Johnny walked beside the river Johnny watched the swallows trying Which was the cleverest at flying Oh what fun oh what fun Johnny watched the bright round sun Going in and coming out That was all he thought about So he strode on only…
10.
When the rain comes tumbling down In the country and the town All the good little girls and boys Stay indoors and mind their toys Robert says no when it pours It's better out out of doors Well rain it did and in a minute Rob Rob was in it Flying Robert Flying Robert Well see the wind how it whistles Through the flowers and the thistles See the silly fella Underneath his green umbrella Well it has caught caught that umbrella So up he goes the silly fella Up he goes into the skies No one hears his screams and cries Flying Robert Flying Robert
11.
Just look at him there he stands With his nasty hair and hands Anything to me is sweeter Than Shockheaded Peter See his nails are never cut They're as grim as black as soot Anything to me is sweeter Than Shockheaded Peter And this sloven I declare Has never once combed his hair Yes this sloven I declare Has never once…

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released January 18, 2021

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