Harry Champion, A Little Bit of Cucumber


Written and composed by T.W.Connor
Published 1915 by Francis, Day and Hunter (London)
Performed and recorded 1915 by Harry Champion (real name William Crump; 17 April 1865 – 14 January 1942)

Harry Champion
Harry Champion


I was weaned on cucumber
And on my wedding day
Sitting down to supper when
The guests had gone away
My old darling said to me
“You must be hungry Joe
What is it you fancy?”
I said, “Fancy, Don’t you know?”

[Chorus:] “I like pickled onions,
I like piccalilli
Pickled cabbage is all right
With a bit of cold meat on a Sunday night
I can grow termartoeses, but what I do prefer
Is a little bit of cu-cum-cu-cum-cu-cum
Little bit of cu-cum-ber.’

I went flying in the air
With my old college chum
Suddenly he said to me
“We’re bound for kingdom come.
Is there anything on your mind?
Before you wear a crown.”
I began to shake and said
“Write this confession down.”


To the lord Mayor’s banquet I
Got in one foggy day
When I saw the grub it
Took my breath away
“Sparrowgrass” and chaffinches
And pigs-head stuffed with jam
I said to the waiter there
“You don’t know who I am.


Several years of married life
Have brought me lots of joys
I don’t know how many girls
I think its fourteen boys
When the last one came to town
It nearly turned my head
It was marked with a cucumber
And the fust words that I said,


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